Children's Remedies

You may note that this section of the site (along with future pages that will be devoted to remedies for pregnancy and your child's first year, pain and trauma remedies, etc.) has no link from the home page. The reason for this is that specific medical information about remedies is relatively useless and misleading if one does not have a basic understanding of how homeopathic remedies are made, how they are selected for a particular patient, and how they work. Congratulations diligent reader! Your arrival at this point suggests that you have found the material presented elsewhere in the site worthy of your interest (at least that is my hope). So why a section specifically devoted to children's remedies? If one were to choose a topic, say, rheumatoid arthritis; there are hundreds of homeopathic remedies that are appropriate for helping and curing this condition, depending on the constitutional characteristics of any specific patient. A homeopath does not prescribe on the name of a disease. Remedy selection depends on how rheumatoid arthritis manifests in that patient, and that patient alone. Routine prescribing by disease name seldom results in a cure, and improvements in a patient's condition tend to be short-lived. So again the question: Why children's remedies? I will quote Paul Herscu from

his book The Homeopathic Treatment of Children: "I decided to focus on eight remedies -- Calcarea carbonica, Lycopodium, Medorrhinum, Natrum muriaticum, Phosphorus, Pulsatilla,

Sulphur, and Tuberculinum -- rather than a more extensive or exhaustive selection on the basis of a simple discovery: these eight remedies make up the constitutional similimum for nearly eighty percent of an average pediatric practice [italics mine]... There are at least another thirty remedies that are also deep-acting constitutional remedies in pediatric populations, but all are much less commonly employed that the ones listed here." In other words, children, especially younger children, are like a newly minted coin. Life has not had the time to tarnish them and, consequently, their symptom pictures tend to be clearer -- more pure. A few words about what we mean by a "constitutional type" are in order here. "In homeopathy the expression 'constitutional remedy,' signifies the medicinal substance which encompasses the sum total of the individual's physical, emotional, and mental picture... Physical illnesses (apart from accidents and injuries) have a mental aspect, while mental illnesses have a physical aspect, and the prescription of medicines must be based upon a consideration of both categories of symptoms. A patient is said to be a Phosphorus, a Silica, a Pulsatilla, or some other type, according to the constitutional remedy which most closely approximates his total picture. To find this constitutional remedy the physician not only records painful sensations, symptoms, pathology, and the like, but also how the patient looks and behaves when in health, how he responds, his temperment and disposition, strengths and weaknesses. After collecting, arranging, and evaluating these characteristics, he matches them to the remedy which most expresses this 'wholeness' of the patient... The homeopathic physicial does not seek to change a patient's character with his remedies but rather, by modifying its tone, to enhance it. The notes remain the same, but the piece is now played well instead of badly" (Catherine Coulter, Portraits of Homeopathic Medicines). The vast majority of the following information is quoted or paraphrased from two sources: Coulter, Catherine R., Portraits of Homeopathic Medicines, Psychophysical Analysis of Selected Constitutional Types (Vols. 1 and 2). St. Louis: Quality Medical Publishing, 1998. Herscu, Paul, The Homeopathic Treatment of Children, Pediatric Constitutional Types. Berkely: North Atlantic Books, 1991. Other sources will be cited within the text.

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Children's Remedies 1. Calcarea carbonica (Carbonate of Lime) 2. Lycopodium (Club Moss) 3. Natrum muriaticum (Common salt) 4. Phosphorus

1. Calcarea carbonica (Carbonate of Lime)

reak in pieces a clean, somewhat thick oyster shell, take one grain of the

softer, snow-white calcareous substance found between the outer and the inner shell. This is prepared in all the degrees of potencies... in the manner directed as to the preparation of dry medicinal substances for homeopathic use" (Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, Chronic Diseases). Physical Characteristics (Herscu): (a) Head: In the infant, we find a large, round head due to the late closure of the fontanelles. The infant may be born with a presistent cradle cap that is moist, tending to crust over. A history commonly told by a parent is that the child now being treated for asthma or chronic sinusitis had this type of eruption as an infant and that the respiratory symptoms came only after the rash was treated and disappeared. It is also common to give the remedy and then to find that the child develops skin disorders as the respiratory symptoms disappear. This response to the remedy should be viewed as positive and should not be interfered with. The head perspires upon the least exertion and during sleep. (b) Ears: The ears are a constant source of illness for the Calcarea carbonica child. The mother commonly reports how an earache began following a bout of bronchitis, tonsillitis, or even a cold, and how quickly the infection found its way to the ears. The discharge tends to be thick, yellow, and very smelly. Ear problems are aggravated by cold wind. These children like to keep their hats

pasta. The oral mucosa is very sensitive to damage in Calcarea carbonica. The child develops canker sores and aphthous ulcers readily with any small puncture of the inner lip or mild trauma to the area. Calcarea carbonica is to be thought of for babies who nurse and then within five minutes of unsuccessful burping. Many do not like or tolerate mild at all. The chest takes the brunt of the allergies and respiratory infections by producing coughs which have the peculiarity of being dry at night but loose with easy expectoration in the morning. With these sore throats one is always able to palpate many swollen glands. (i) Stomach. (d) Face: Typically. Babies tend toward chronic vomiting. Children tend to have slow digestion.on. They tend to crave cool or cold water and foods. The skin has the appearance of a great deal of underlying fat. While some children may be picky eaters. (h) Food Cravings and Aversions: Calcarea carbonica youngsters love all the carbohydrates: sweets. The abdomen is soft and has poor tone. Dentition tends to be late. They dislike slimy foods. and potatoes. regurgitate the undigested milk. They dislike meat in general and fat in particular. bread. Clinically. Fluid buildup in the eustachian tube in often noted in allergic children who breathe through their mouths and develop one respiratory infection after another. (e) Mouth. most wake up hungry and demand to be nursed or to have breakfast. a distinctive big belly. The history of fluid in the ears may lead to a chronic hearing loss. ice cream. (f) Throat and Neck: Calcarea carbonica children develop sore throats easily. thereby leading to the easy development of umbilical hernias. Eggs are the big favorite and serve as a very strong keynote for this remedy. (c) Nose: Even in good health these children often have runny noses. (j) Abdomen: These children often have large abdomens that pouch out. the Calcarea carbonica baby has a round face. They also crave salt and fish. (g) Chest. .

Many a successful case has been destroyed by trying to get rid of a rash. Do not be coerced! The rash is the body's way of overcoming an imbalance. usually on the hands. Another common keynote is the ease with which the hands and feet perspire. and the stool tends to be large and bulky. even when cold. Rashes and eruptions around the genitals caused by the action of strong urine may also occur. . especially when they eat something to which they are allergic or when they are tired. Although rickets is no longer seen very much in more affluent parts of the world. The vaginal discharge is thick and milky yellow. (l) Urogenital: Boys tend to develop hydroceles.(k) Rectum: Constipation is the chief complaint for many of these children. and difficult dentition. (n) Extremities: Some babies are slow learning to walk and have weak ankles that turn easily. as the rash will disappear but the respiratory symptoms will surely return. The eruptive state should absolutely not be interfered with. Diarrhea is common with celiac disease or lactose intolerance. what is prevalent is a calcium imbalance that shows up as a weakness of the back and/or scoliosis or a more serious spinal anomaly. They often develop Candida rashes that are bright red and have a sharp line of demarcation. and also accompanies many acute ailments such as otitis media. This weakness also affects the long bones and nails. (o) Skin: This remedy type has a propensity for eczema. Calcarea carbonica is one of the main remedies for bone problems such as rickets. Something unique to be observed in infants and toddlers is that they often scratch their faces. spina bifida. Recurrent vaginitis caused by yeast occurs mostly in obese infant girls. Many infants are born with it or a heavy cradle cap. The other main skin symptom found in some Calcarea carbonica children is warts. (m) Back. resembling thick breast milk. The respiratory symptoms disappear but the parents may insist on treatment for the nasty diaper rash the child now has. Rashes may return to the allergic or asthmatic child a few months after the remedy is initially prescribed. they may grow slowly or break easily. bronchitis.

These children work hard. the most common remedy for night terrors. Calcarea carbonica children discover early in life that they are slower than . Such children need structure and as a result may appear slow. such as dentition or learning to walk. Academically. and the beverage milk. These reports are exactly the case. Slowness of comprehension may be observed. as may be the case during dentition. A good point in differentiating Calcarea carbonica from some other remedies is that the child wakes up refreshed and in a good mood and is usually the first one up. This is a deliberate. and bone injuries. The second type of Calcarea carbonica child isbrilliant. There are often problems with memory. and characteristically perspire even though they are cool. even willful. (c) Many symptoms may develop when metabolism changes. exertion. This is. Important General Characteristics (Herscu): (a) Calcarea carbonica is by far the most common remedy for epilepsy.Sleep (Herscu): Calcarea carbonica babies like to be rocked. and bones often grow poorly and the glands enlarge and harden easily. especially if it occurs during dentition. (b) Calcarea carbonica children show poor assimilation of calcium as well as malfunctions of the thyroid gland. which lead to slow mental and physical development. They are helped by warm. Perspiration is greatest during dentition and other acute conditions. nails. cold and wet weather. but information must come in slowly and systematically. Due to mental strain. by far. Mental/Emotional Characteristics (Herscu): One finds in Calcarea carbonica cases a child who is delayed in developing mental as well as physical skills. and often receive the best grades. dry air. They perspire quite profusely. The children occasionally become overheated in bed. Material is therefore learned solidly and will not soon be forgotten. slowing of development on the part of the child in order to assimilate and understand new information more carefully. the first type does not try hard enough in school. two types of children need this remedy. also. Illness for these children may begin when either system is stressed. Parents will report that their child is very bright but has his or her own speed of assimilating new information. especially the infants. learning to walk. Children may become anemic and chilly as they age. and instructions may have to be repeated two or three times. plod along. Their learning ability is such that they need to learn step by step. they are aggravated by dentition. and love the summertime. a change of weather from warm to cold. growth spurts. The child may be the most intelligent in the class. (d) In general. The hair.

he simply needed to finish his task before moving on to another. When a parent or sibling interferes with the choice made. The children look directly at the doctor with a strong. and she can remain steadfast in her outrage and frustration unless distracted with another offering as a substitute for. and come as a complete surprise to the parents. It is unfortunate that most parents are unaware of this kind of mental structuring and persist forcefully with their own agendas and schedules for the child. tantrum-like behaviour can be the child's response. At times obstinacy may be observed in other ways. . They are independent by nature. crying fits. Alan's mother was angered. Extra time is also needed to finish tasks the child has begun. thinking that he was deliberately disobeying her. he would say yes. it seems easier to use all their energy to obstinately get what they want and be done with it than to have "unfinished business" weighing on their mind. serious stare. children who tend to play by themselves. Long after other remedy types realize that they will not get what they want and surender. but continue to plod along. the Calcarea carbonica child is still kicking and pounding the floor with his fists. working on his current project. Structure and scheduling are very important for these children. They are self-willed and desire to do things at their own pace. What parents say about these children is that they do not try new things easily. To avoid ridicule they may become quiet and withdrawn. During illnesses these children become quiet and withdrawn. This can lead to a sense of self-reliance that is illustrated by the child who can be left for an hour to play alone while his mother cleans the house. Four days after the remedy was given. Obstinacy is a major clue to the remedy. For many children needing Calcarea carbonica. Obstinacy is one of the main personality characteristics of the child. Whenever the mother of four-year-old Alan came along and asked him to do something. Fifteen-month-old Barry seemed unable to walk. This delay in walking is classic behaviour for the Calcarea carbonicachild. Responses of irritability. and tantrums seem disproportionate to the magnitude of the request asked of the child. Often these children are unable or refuse to stop their tantrums. say. Barry coincidentally began to walk with ease and was no longer so stubborn. In actuality. Often the child will become engrossed in examining the new object and is satisfied. Obstinacy is a sign of the basically strong character of the child. The nature of the tantrum is also telling. An inability to change their minds quickly is characteristic of Calcarea carbonica toddlers.others their age. not from physical inability but simply because he did not wish to. The child is cautious and refuses anything new for a length of time until he can assimilate the new information and then structure and categorize it in his mind. a desired object. but when they do make such an attempt they often show perfect mastery.

Because of their apprehension about the future and the need to finish tasks. scary stories. about heaven and hell. In a new classroom or in any new group. the child appearsnervous. Most have fears of the dark and of shadows. activities. They may not wish to go to bed alone. The head is large and moist. These children often want to sleep with a light on because they are susceptible tonightmares in the dark. Calcarea carbonica children are apprehensive when they do not know the plans. The fears are many in this child. often to a degree inappropriate to his tender years. Many Calcarea carbonica children become clingy during illnesses. This individuality combined with slowness often leads to an ability fordeep and lengthy concentration. and trying to open doors. a chubby face. and bright pink cheeks. One child asked a series of questions when his aunt died that are typical of the Calcarea carbonica mind. or if plans are changed unexpectedly. The Child (Coulter): Calcarea carbonica is the child's constitutional remedy par excellence. a doctor's office for instance. about death and ghosts: about all things that are unknowable. so they struggle with them. masks. Yet he lacks energy. with golden curls which later straighten out and become darker. They go about the office touching everything. He wanted to know where his aunt had gone after she died. There is a tendency to . the torso pear-shaped or pot-bellied. What did it mean to die? Why did she die? How did it happen? Why were all the people crying over her? And why was Uncle not crying? The reason these children seem to get stuck on such weighty questions is that they must categorize this information mentally -. Fears are generated by frightening experiences. They fear spiders and insects. The Calcarea carbonica child is independent. Many children start out life as Calcarea before they are transformed into other constitutional types by their circumstances and experiences. They are overly sensitive and vulnerable to these experiences. They also want to know everything that might happen in a new situation. these children may give in to their natural curiosity and begin to investigate and categorize things. They ask many questions about God. Many chronic fearful behaviours may have their etiology traced to specific frights.In an unfamiliar environment. has a mind of her own and "sticks up" for herself. pulling books off the shelves. or guests. trying to flesh out their understanding of unfamiliar places. The child looks fit.yet these issues are not readily sorted out or labeled. bad news. etc. even in the very they must categorize everything -. They also have a fear of being alone in the dark. as their fear of ghosts andmonsters mandate that a parent tuck them in. they do not like breaks or changes in routines. The hereafter is a major topic of interest to these children. and most children call for it at some point during their early years. They virtually interrogate their parents with questions.

Their bone development may be poor. showing that the words were only waiting to be brought out. an original twist. The knowledge is there. This can be seen physically in delayed fontanelle closure and late or difficult dentition.but within a structured environment. revealing that he has understood what is going on. axillary and sub-mandibular glands. in slowness to lose his cradle cap. If laid down. he will play contentedly with his fingers or toes. In school the child might be "slow. will often come up with a novel contribution. If he does succeed. sometimes in only one. even if taking time to digest it. fat. This is one of the first medicines to be considered for children who are bright and intelligent but who do not perform up to capacity. Sometimes the hitherto inarticulate youngster will start to speak in complete phrases. lymphatic and muscularly weak. for instance. exploring the different rooms. The infant is frequently a "floppy baby:" soft. to develop motor skills (especially to walk). in his own circuitous way. The toddler goes his own way. or stare fixedly at some one object or person. Either they dislike the teacher or the mental effort. he observed clearly and responds sensitively and appropriately when encouraged to develop at his own placid and deliberate pace -. But if he loses momentum." sometimes in all subjects. he may have trouble getting started again. Calcarea's slowness in talking may be self-imposed. he has too little energy for the effort of concentrating or lacks the drive to complete a distastful task. mesenteric. He disappears into his room to work on some project about which others will hear when he has finished it. He is an autonomous little entity who can grow into an original and independent adult. and nerves by promoting the proper assimilation and utilization of calcium and other nutrients. and the typical high narrow dental arch indicating a need for future orthodontic work. he likes math (there is something secure in the predictability of numbers) but is poor in reading. and to acquire bladder and bowel control. Calcarea. placidly but not unimaginatively entertaining himself while his parents talk with the doctor. earaches. the plodder who may beat the sprinting . In the physician's office the infant will look around fearlessly. it is by spending a disproportionate amount of time on his word -.far more than other children. in whom everything operates in low gear. Altogether. or they balk at the confinement of rules and regulations. the picture is one of imperfect calcium metabolism. Calcarea can be recognized in the child who is remarkably self-sufficient. Or he may give up easily. Both at home and in school. or poorly developed teeth. During winter months these children have an unending series of colds. The potentized lime encourages the healthy growth of bones.swollen tonsils and enlarged cervical. but he simply does not want to be hurried into talking. irregular formation of the long bones. The older child is capable of occupying himself quietly for hours at a time but tends to keep his enthusiasms to himself. climbing imperturbably over furniture and the knees of adults. and attacks of bronchitis. teeth. He is the proverbial tortoise.

It also helps a child to take criticism without being hurt. or simply overheard in conversation. then. ridicule without being devastated. What is the vulnerable child's principal defence against the adults who surround and govern him? He is slower than they are. Calcarea mulishly insists or he digs in his heels. surprisingly enough." waking up screaming. The Calcarea child's sensitivity is expressed in his various fears: of being alone. But the adult's lack of initiative and fear of failure are later seen to stem directly from such early childhood criticism. For some children. The child's manner is not to cry. unworldly. It inculcates in the indolent one the ability to persevere. the remedy acts as a shield against the harshness of the world. He is a slow reactor. If pressured at school. however. more dependent -. and enables the excessively vulnerable one better to accept the injustices of life. The "shadow" side of Calcarea. and hence a bit victimized. of going to bed. or a book that describes harsh and violent treatment will upset him. An even-tempered child can also resort to that other technique for getting his way -. or seek sympathy but rather to withdraw. Sensitivity to criticism is another aspect of this child's vulnerability. In these children the effects of frightening experiences can be felt for a long time. less articulate. in a fearful one a readiness to venture and to dare. bruised and silent. He will not eat his dinner or get dressed and is impervious to coaxing. is the terribly difficult and badly behaved child. The child is oversensitive to small upsetting incidents of everyday life that offend his sense of justice and propriety. To the teacher or parent he might seem to take it very well. Both cases were cured by repeated doses of Calcarea in high potency.hare to the finish line. he puts up a quiet but stubborn resistance. can strengthen the child's ability to function in a stressful or inimical environment. This remedy. but at a deeper level he has been affected. in the insecure one a sense of accomplishment. read in a book. One was thrown into convulsions by having a mouse jump out of a drawer at her and was subject to them for years afterwards. With his solid principles and sound heart. while for others it provides an irritant to nudge them out of their fears or sensitivities and .what can he do to get his own way? One technique is to throw tantrums.obstinacy. he cannot understand what motivates others to behave irrationally or gratuitously mean. He is subject to "night terrors. Often the child cannot sleep from the lingering impression of some frightening event seen on television. These are the Charlie Browns (hero of the Peanuts cartoon strip) of the world: lovable but slow. physically weaker. even the sight of maimed persons in cartoons. He is not immediately devastated and does not burst into fits of indignation or self-justification. Calcarea also cannot handle violence at one remove. cling. and refuse to try again in the future. Another's four-year history of petit-mal seizures began with the sight of a snake swallowing a frog. of the dark.

It floats on liquids without being dissolved.encourage them to confront challenges. Chronic Diseases). Physical Characteristics (Herscu): (a) Head: The scalp develops eczema quite easily. they develop a headache that subsides as soon as they eat. by blowing it through the flame of a candle. Lycopodium being the main remedy for eruptions appearing on or behind the ears. there arises a wonderfully effective medicine in its thirty different degrees of dynamization" (Samuel Hahnemann. also to sprinkle over pellets which else easily stick together. "It has been used hitherto to make artificial lightning. is without taste and smell. Lycopodium (Club Moss) his yellowish powder. is obtained toward the end of the summer in the forests of Russia and Finland from the spikes of the club-moss (Lycopodium clavatum). (b) Headaches: Headaches are common to adolescents who crave sugar. and also to sprinkle it on excoriated folds in the human body to protect them against painful friction. 2. "But when the pollen of the club-moss is tested in the mode by which the homeopathic art unveils the crude substances of nature. which are dried and then beaten. smooth to the touch and resembling dust. and in its ordinary crude state almost without any medicinal effect on the human body. the better to prepare them for adulthood. If they miss a meal or are late for one. (c) Ears: .

" so they cannot understand why the Lycopodiumchild sniffs and sniffs and rubs the nose. The nasal obstruction is much worse at night when the child lies down and is aggravated in the morning due to mucus accumulating overnight. eyes full of apprehension and the forehead lined with wrinkles proportionate to the anxiety felt. toddlers. so that the skin hangs a little more loosely there and begins to wrinkle. The common combination of right-sided otitis media with cracks behind the ears will almost always be cured by the remedyLycopodium. Those with such conditions tend to lose weight from the head area and upper torso. They ask the child to blow the nose but no mucus comes out. The child often develops painful cracks behind the ears.The ears are frequently affected." (e) Face: The face may be quite distinctive. The otitis media tends to be on the right side and often causes the tympanic membrane to rupture and the ear to discharge thick yellow pus that has a strong odor. The Lycopodium child may also develop middle ear infections. as if the ears were trying to detach themselves from the scalp." but which drive the parents to distraction. especially in children with malabsorptive syndromes. (d) Nose: The nose is affected in almost all Lycopodium children. Infants. The babies will not be able to nurse properly because they cannot breathe through the nose. Babies may be jaundiced at birth and may never lose a yellowish tinge around the nose and cheeks. (g) Throat and Neck: Recurrent sore throats and tonsillitis plague this group. The mother of such an infant may show the doctor the bulb syringe that she carries around in the diaper bag with which she suctions out the baby's nostrils. What is often seen in the infant who sits on the mother's lap looking right at the prescriber with an anxious look on the face. A case of snuffles in infants or children is cured most frequently by the remedy Lycopodium. Perhaps eighty percent of those who complain of sore throats that begin on the right side and . cry. dry snuffling is even more infuriating for parents who compare this child to another of theirs who needs the remedy Calcarea carbonica. but reports that "there is nothing there. (f) Mouth: A condition found here is the speedy yellowing of teeth. even in children who brush their teeth regularly. and then try to nurse again. This chronic. breathe through the mouth. This other child "sniffs and blows and mucus pours effortlessly out the nose. Infants must pull off the breast. The nose may be completely dry and the snuffles described only as "sniffing. and young adults almost all have obstructed nasal passages.

tender cervical glands develop that coincide with the above modalities of right-sidedness and aggravation in the morning and around four o'clock in the afternoon. The Lycopodium child develops stomachaches during all illnesses. and stomachaches ever since an episode of mononucleosis. and vomiting with the slightest degree of stress. As the infection progresses. the child begins to lose weight. The children are often described by the parents as having a sensitive stomach. (k) Stomach: The stomach and abdomen are the most symptomatically rich areas of the Lycopodium body. but Lycopodium leads the list in that respect. One should also think of Lycopodium if the child has a history of frequent upper respiratory tract infections. nausea. Some of the following foods they simply dislike. benefit from a dose of Lycopodium. from colds to flu to asthma. This overwhelming desire in a child is a forecast of blood sugar problems in the future. and cabbage. causing gas and colic: beans. Tendencies toward hypoglycemia or diabetes are also heralded by intense hunger and irritability upon awakening and by headaches that come on after missing a meal and are dissipated by eating. other wreck havoc on their digestive systems. Swollen. onions. (l) Appetite: . and the glands will be more swollen on the right. Offensive-smelling pus produced from the throat and obstructed nasal passages is also present. Children needing Lycopodium feel anxiety in the stomach more than any other remedy type discussed in this book. weak. The stomach becomes affected by frequent stomachaches. The skin begins to look translucent with a greenish hue and the face becomes ashen with dark circles under the eyes. an obstructed nose. (h) Mononucleosis: Lycopodium should be one of the first remedies considered for the treatment of mononucleosis. oysters. (j) Food Cravings and Aversions: By far the most enjoyable foods for Lycopodium children to ear are sweets. This is especially true if one confirms the time modality that the child worsens upon awakening and during the late afternoon. and tired. It is very unusual for a child to desire warm drinks in general.that are ameliorated by warm drinks. The abdominal pain is ameliorated by bending over and by eating. The right side of the throat will be the most affected. leading to bronchitis or pneumonia. (i) Lower Respiratory System: The Lycopodium child is susceptible to colds and flu that descent easily into the bronchi. These children say that they develop such symptoms before any test or performance. fat. The child becomes very chilly. Pains develop in the abdomen and nausea and vomiting follow. as it ameliorates the pain in the throat.

Sleep (Herscu): They frequently need the lights on and may need to sleep with others in the room. which may cover a small or large portion of the body. There is a great propensity toward birth anomalies involving the urogenital tract. . especially for sweets. and urethral stricture. Boys are commonly bed-wetters and/or have to urinate more frequently in the evening. (m) Rectum: The child tends to be constipated. (p) Skin: The child is often plagued by eczema from birth. The pains are ameliorated by motion and heat and are aggravated by rest. The children sleep on their right side or on their abdomens. the appetite verges on the voracious. and scalp (especially behind the ears) are the most affected areas. The keynote of dry. These anomalies include structural problems of the kidneys or ureter. Moles and freckles easily appear on these children. (o) Extremities: A Lycopodium prescription should be considered for rheumatic pains and arthritis in the childhood years when it is worse on the right side. fingers. These same children may develop a tendency for hives that is aggravated by anxiety and by eating foods to which they are sensitive. cracked skin covering the heels is observed in teenaged girls. Lycopodium is often the remedy for the child who develops neurodermatitis. hypospadias or epistadias (where the urethral meatus is not in the proper location). the adolescent experiences an increase in her appetite. Boys also develop right-sided inguinal hernias. The menstrual flow is accompanied by pains that begin in the right lower abdomen and extend to the inner thigh. Premenstrually. as well as an increase in constipation and irritability. In the interview one notices that the legs are in constant motion. A common observation made about Lycopodium children is the restless motion of the legs. In the child or teenager. The feet. (n) Urogenital System.The infant has a huge appetite and screams when it is hungry. going in circles from the knees down. Lycopodium is the most frequently prescribed remedy for infant boys born with undescended testicles. Lycopodium babies may be voracious nursers and often hiccough after nursing. The baby may wake up during the night to nurse with a big appetite every hour or two. The itching forms vesicles.

Fear is an essential factor in the development of the Lycopodium psyche. Fear is immediately observable in the facial expression. and may sleep with their socks on and the windows closed. Even the babies are apprehensive. as they become especially afraid when alone and when around strangers. especially when both time modalities are present. They awake unrefreshed in an irritable mood and do not bounce out of bed. Fear of being alone is greatly accentuated in the dark. The child may also develop a fear or aversion to new things. This is unusual as most children are warm-blooded. TheCalcarea carbonica child is obstinate and unyielding. siblings. The fear of new situations in Lycopodium is intimately bound to a prominent . In the other. Mental/Emotional Characteristics (Herscu): Two distinct types of behaviour can be observed in Lycopodium children. While these two types may be found in different individuals. the child isbossy to the point of being dictatorial and strives to control those close by. As well as being ill-tempered. be they parents. or friends. fear and apprehension affect every aspect of the child's life. he becomes more comfortable. the characteristic strong hunger directly after rising makesLycopodium the first child to arrive in the kitchen. (c) They are often chilly and like to wear hats.fear and a lack of self confidence followed by the emergence of a desire for power. Lycopodium babies develop this from birth and experience it throughout most of their childhood. but because he fears the new thing itself. (b) Aggravation in the morning and from four to eight o'clock in the evening. Even though similar behaviour is noted in their dislike of new things. not due to stubbornness. well cocooned under their blankets. they also represent a continuum that may be expressed in one person -.They remain covered. The child keeps track of the parents' whereabouts throughout the day. while the Lycopodium child is fearful and anxious. as found in Calcarea carbonica. Once the situation is better understood by the child. Infants need to be near the mother or on a parent's lap. Important General Characteristics (Herscu): (a) Complaints are right-sided or begin on the right side and spread to the left. even in the summertime. Whereas most children go through a "stranger anxiety" phase at some time within the first couple of years. the child will be fearful and timid at first. In one type. Such a strong fear of strangers may often be conjoined with a fear of being alone. constitute guiding symptoms noted in any disease state as well as in times of a general drop in energy. The parent states that in new places and situations and in crowds. set off by the distrustful look in the eyes and often a mild frown. the root causes are radically different for each of these remedy types.

dress neatly. once they begin the activity. as if she lacked personality. Parents describe their Lycopodium child as a "considerate little girl. the fear of failure is felt only before an upcoming event. also described herself as having had a "weak stomach" her entire life. In the office. A hallmark of the combined lack of self-confidence and insecurity is seen in the child's indecisiveness. Whenever she studied for any test she would develop stomachaches so intense she would eventually vomit. Her scholastic abilities. one finds that the Lycopodium child may compromise easily. Apprehension and anxiety are often felt by Lycopodium children in the stomach and abdomen. and yet it is as if the child has little charisma. This sensitivity to ridicule has a specific flavour. For example. For the most part. To restate the characteristics of the Lycopodium psychology mentioned thus far. . rather. I remember a teenager who. it is a fear of failing in public. along with all the Lycopodium modalities of sore throats. This pattern grows more and more pronounced as such children mature into adulthood. She does not mind trying new things if she is alone. However. But each constitutional remedy type is affected by the same stresses in different ways. He fears that he will get up in front of the class. These children may be sloppy in their rooms and messy in the bathroom but they groom themselves well. not during it. Since they feel that the parents will take care of them in difficult situations." Others volunteer that the child does all the right things. nausea. Lycopodium children try to stay very near them. She was a very good student who maintained a high grade average. or that they will be ridiculed in some way. but does not wish to do them in front of others. however. the fear diminishes and they accomplish the task with ease. he is sensitive to social ranking and will not wish to lose status. They are preoccupied with their looks. and look foolish. the child often answers in a timid voice that lacks any expression of self-assurance." or say that she is "nice. she has adbicated anything that sets her apart from others. make an error. we may safely say that the children fear being alone and being around new people and situations. a Natrum muriaticum child can be destroyed emotionally by ridicule. They anticipate that something will go wrong. food desires. and maintain a tidy appearance in general.fear of failure. They develop frequent stomachaches. As a corollary to this concern about what others think. It should be noted that this fear is not merely a fear of failure. The Lycopodium child will not be so easily crushed emotionally. especially her peers. In trying to maintain her social rank. However. and skin problems. They rarely develop a strong sense of self and remain plagued by a feeling of powerlessness. vomiting. and loose stools or diarrhea. did not lessen the anxiety she experienced before every test. something bad will happen.

chastising siblings. "Get me this book. This again shows a painful awareness of social standing and the fear of making mistakes. the ease with which the girl corrected her mother's responses (in a tone of voice somewhere between good-natured and condescending) helped to confirm the Lycopodium diagnosis.Since one never knows how a stranger will react. especially those deemed weaker. dyslexia often first indicates a need for this medicine. he tends to be a follower. they are to be avoided." The homeopathic prescription was confirmed by the fact that the same child was also fearful and would not play by himself. it will most often point to Lycopodium. They likewise have difficulty developing a coordinated pattern of crawling ("cross-crawling") and learn to walk later than their siblings. Many teenagedLycopodium girls become hypercritical and faultfinding. adding up columns of numbers incorrectly. It is a peculiar combination: a domineering yet needy. The child speaks irritably to the parent. Dyslexia (Herscu): In Lycopodium there can be problems in integrating the left and right sides of the brain. and even parents. Because the feeling of power allays insecurities. inverting or leaving letters out or using the wrong words. Frustration with these disabilities naturally causes apprehension. It is the tone in which these commands are spoken and the attitude that it reveals that promp one to first think of Lycopodium. it becomes addictive to Lycopodium children. always following the mother about the house instead. When these characteristics are found together. and in arithmetic. not the adult. Infants commonly have difficulty mastering the sucking reflex. They are prone to dyslexia. both as children and as adults. Lycopodium children grow irritable if not obeyed or if not obeyed quickly enough. controls the relationship. A more conscious decision is then made to have only people around who they can control. The child is not able to handle the slightest degree of criticism or correction from others. When the child is forced to play with older children. The child becomes critical and faultfinding. The "love of power" syndrom will also manifest in the manner in which the child plays. for doing this or that wrong. Indeed. yet with ease he picks on and finds fault with other children and family members. A Lycopodium child with this trait often prefers to play with younger children so that he will be dominant." "Turn on the television. While eliciting a case history from seven-year-old Janice. the child whined constantly and ordered his mother around. In one case. the ones who can be controlled and will not put up a fuss. this love of power leads to a strong intolerance of contradiction. either at school or when doing homework. In later stages of Lycopodium psychopathology. The child. He wants to only be around family members. fearful person. since this is the first real feeling of power that they have felt. quieter and more compliant to what others wish. In order to avoid being laughed at by their ." "Give me that toy. What the demanding child says is only part of it. They make mistakes in reading and writing.

in order to free it from its associated salts. except when . and then brought to the decillionth attenuation" (Samuel Hahnemann. the child needing Lycopodium procrastinates instead of doing assignments. Chronic Diseases).peers or receiving a poor grade from the teacher. The extent to which such children are "lazy" reflects the degree to which they fear failure and lack self-confidence. This is not laziness. This is seen particularly in those who have a history of making many mistakes. and left to crystallize by evaporation at a temperature of 122º Fahrenheit. are of cubical shape with pyramidal indentation on every side. a task that is anathema to the Lycopodiumpsyche as it deflates the ego as well as makes the child fear a loss of status. There are some hyperactive children who respond beautifully to the remedy Lycopodium and who exhibit many of the traits discussed here. One grain of these crystals is triturated to the one millionth attenuation. A peculiar behaviour pattern may develop in these children: they hurriedly write their work but cannot bear to read what they have just written. Reviewing the work means having to come to terms with the mistakes made. Natrum muriaticum (Common salt) alf an ounce of ordinary kitchen salt is dissolved in an ounce and a half of boiling distilled water. Often Natrum muriaticum children will not wear hats. The crystals. it is filtered through printing paper. Physical Characteristics (Herscu): (a) Head: Skin eruptions often develop around the margins of the hairline and behind the ears. which are allowed to dry off on blotting paper. which ooze a thin watery fluid that coagulates to a slightly yellow-tinged scab. 3.

some have extreme sensitivity to light. Others just prefer the shade. Acne and rashes on the face tend to be centered on theforehead. with a visual loss on the contralateral side. (b) Headaches: Headaches are a frequent complaint of the Natrum muriaticum child. or sunstroke. (c) Eyes: One can see great sensitivity in the eyes of Natrum muriaticum children. and bright light. molds. They may occur from reading too much or any kind of eye strain. the child is destined for a headache. and pollen. sharp noise. There may also be allergic reactions to foods. from exposure to the sun and before the menses. The child may develop dark circles under the eyes. The child becomes nauseated and loses any appetite for food. as well as Denny's lines: the creases under the lower eyelids that typify allergies. developing hay fever-like symptoms from dust.they are out in the full sun. The Natrum muriaticum type tends to develop myopia at an early age. The headaches may begin. while others develop headaches when in the sun. heat prostration. especially during a change in weather. as do migraines. The allergies may lead to sinus infections and sinus headaches. They can be quite photophobic and need to wear sunglasses. Natrum muriaticum children often have many allergies. (d) Nose: The nose is frequently troubled. Without a hat in this case. Hives may also be a chief complaint. The photophobia is of graded severity. They may develop from each and every exposure to the sun or may occur only during the first three or four weeks of summer . (e) Face: Adolescent girls can develop a distinctive rash along the jaw line that becomes worse before the menses. They are often accompanied by a thirst for cold drinks and a desire for coldcompresses to be applied to the head. The face becomes pale and the afflicted person desires to be aloneand to lie down flat with cold and pressure against the head. but all squint in bright light. The Natrum muriaticum headache is aggravated by exertion.

This was a terrible blow for him. (i) Stomach: A large number of children complain of recurrent stomachaches . The asthma first began when the parents first filed for divorce. evidenced by indigestion or a respiratory allergy to milk. evening time. It was a little cough caused by a tickle in the throat." Many Natrum muriaticum children are lactose intolerant. The remedy Natrum muriaticum stopped the cough for good. although he told no one how he felt. They dislike dishes that are prepared from many food elements. blisters or herpatic sores develop that recur around the lips. No reason could be found for the cough by his pediatrician. "mixed-up foods. In one case. Eight-year-old Frank coughed daily for two years. and summer and fall weather in general. (f) Mouth: The mouth may feel dry and sore and the tongue may be geographically mapped. fat and slimy foods. (h) Food Cravings and Aversions: Natrum muriaticum children have strong desires for salt and sweets. Asthma in this remedy type is often triggered by emotional causes. hollow cough that is described as sounding like a dog's bark. They have a strong thirst for cold drinks and may often be found drinking copious amounts with meals. It was found upon questioning that the cough had started soon after the boy's best friend had moved away. One patient called them with disgust. It is uncanny how often a Natrum muriaticum picture develops in cases where the child must suppress sadness. This is accompanied by shortness of breath that is aggravated by exertion. according to Frank.sunshine. a girl would have an asthma attack whenever her divorced mother would come to pick her up for the weekend. The lips are often dry or cracked and frequently develop a fissure in the centre. With colds and fevers. (g) Asthma: Asthma begins with a dry. With the dry mouth there is thirst for icecold drinks. which are consumed by the glassful. allergies. The child may develop allergic coughs that do not progress all the way to asthma. such as casseroles. They may intensely dislike milk.

Before the menses. A frequent complaint is motion sickness. It is aggravated by the ingestion of milk or wheat and is accompanied by much flatus and cutting pains in the lower abdomen. especially during any long drive. When they finally do walk. one finds that the abdominal area cramps easily in the Natrum muriaticum child. as with the application of a heating pad directly to the lower abdomen. Bed-wetting is also often reported. The diarrhea occurs first thing in the morning.or abdominal cramps. With such a history. with backaches that get better while lying flat on the back on a hard surface. and may be projectile. The symptoms fit an irritable bowel syndrome very well. (l) Urogenital System: Boys: The shy child. learning to walk at seventeen months or later. is odorless. and so habitual constipation develops. Localized uterine pain is aggravated by the slightest jarring motion and is lessened with heat. will find it difficult to urinate in a public rest room. The actual menses may be painful. The abdomen becomes hard to the touch. Abdominal pains that come with the menses extend down the thighs to the knees. (m) Extremities: The toddler may be small and may be slow to walk and talk. they may . especially the adolescent boy. and who find no pleasure in riding fast or whirling rides at carnivals. These are the children who cannot be spun around in games due to nausea. and is accompanied by severe pain as if the colon were being grasped and squeezed by a tight fist. Those afflicted are compelled to double up with this acute attack. (j) Abdomen: Clinically. sadness and irritability prevail. (k) Rectum: There is a tendency toward constipation. Girls: Nondescript vaginitis in a young girl is not uncommon. The premenstrual syndrom plays a big role for Natrum muriaticum adolescents. This makes the child not want to go to the bathroom. cramps up. The stools are dry and the child strains and may cramp before passing a hard stool. these children develop many tiny anal fissures as well. Young children can suffer from chronic diarrhea.

Hives aggravated by exposure to the sun is another complaint found within this remedy type." Yasgur's Homeopathic Dictionary] following an emotionally stressful situation may be aided by this remedy. There often may be a problem with hair loss. and predisposed to the development of eczematous rashes. The onset may follow grief and may progress through all the joints very quickly. stitching pains in all the affected joints. even in the summertime. The most commonly affected tendons are those of the left shoulder. the ankles (especially the Achilles tendon. there is usually an abundance of sharp. cracked. and which is red. the Natrum muriaticum child tends to show scanty or uneven perspiration. Many Natrum muriaticum children develop very stiff neck muscles. (o) Psoriasis: Psoriasis develops readily on the Natrum muriaticum body. hairline. People who have eczema on their hands. from the heel to the calf). the knees.turn an ankle frequently. ankles. (n) Skin: The skin is often dry. Rheumatoid arthritis has also been successfully amelioriated by the administration of Natrum muriaticum. elbows. Alopecia ormorphea ["a skin desease marked by the presence of indurated patches of a whitish or yellowish white color surrounded by a pinkish or purplish border. Often . They frequently bite their nails. raw. cracked and weepy. yet perspire only lightly. It is common for the child to become quite hot while running or playing. a syndrome that should often bring the remedy Natrum muriaticium to mind is frequent or easily induced tendinitis. frequently benefit from a dose of Natrum muriaticum. Clinically. Natrum muriaticum children often have warts. when sweating can be profuse. the scalp around the hairless patch is dry and flaky and itches a great deal. especially when the child eats a food that she is allergic to or when she becomes hot. In alopecia [loss of hair in patches] cases. The eczema itches intensely. Besides the frighteningly rapid spread of the arthritis. or behind the ears. Except during sleep. The pains that accompany these inflammations are often sharp and will be amelioriated by cold and pressure. and the fingers.

as the lesion is now less likely to be cured completely. It is interesting that the enuresis of this remedy type is marked by the fact that the child. the lesion. This should make the prescriber view the case more cautiously. this last modality is lost and the rash then becomes ameliorated by exposure to sunlight. They usually sleep on the left side or on the back. one understands that the homeostatic mechanism of the individual is no longer concerned with the rash. Sleep (Herscu): The sleep of Natrum muriaticum children is often troubled. the body is in the process of giving up on the rash and learning to live with it rather than to fight and attempt to vanquish it. Pustular psoriasis may have a very rapid spread accompanied by strong chills and headaches. exacerbation from new grief or emotional trauma is the rule. The psoriasis may be unusual in several respects. the opposite may be found: the rash becomes aggravated by the sun's rays and the lesions grow on skin surfaces that have been exposed to the sun. Lastly. In Natrum muriaticum. After the child has had the disease for several years. They can talk and walk in their sleep. With this change. It may be extremely painful. . however. Enuresis in little boys who are shy and fine skinned and who dislike being looked at will often respond to the remedy Natrum muriaticum. while it remains curable.there is a specific emotional etiology such as grief that brings on the lesions. In a few words. and a boy of the same age developing this condition after moving away from his friends to a new city. while other find a sink or wastebasket. In general. Some children walk up to a plant in the room and urinate into the pot. It is characteristic for this disease that the ultraviolet light of the sun ameliorates the rash. Many find it hard to fall asleep in the first place and sometimes lie awake in their beds for several hours before succumbing. It is as if the emotions that were repressed during the actual exchanges can finally be experienced in their full magnitude. finds some kind of receptacle in which to urinate. or it may be the rarer form of pustular psoriasis. Scenarios commonly observed by the doctor include examples such as a girl of ten developing psoriasis after her parents sought a divorce. though ostensibly asleep. Some stay awake to recapitulate the social and emotional encounters of the day. especially if strong medications have been used. may behave paradoxically to all other types of psoriasis lesions. burning with each new outbreak.

One child sits up straight with her legs crossed. Yet another child sprawls on the floor behind the parent's chair. While this may seem to show a nonchalant attitude. (d) There is a general aggravation time from three to six o'clock in the afternoon. Teenagers may respond grudgingly with monosyllabic yes or no answers. As a group. weak. How sad. They dream of being chased. of robbers. Natrum muriaticum children dislike heat and stuffy rooms. to find a child who has the seriousness and the heavy burden of the aged upon his young shoulders. Mental/Emotional Characteristics (Herscu): "Youth is wasted on the young" is a saying that adults. Important General Characteristics (Herscu): (a) Warm-blooded for the most part. a thin veneer that does not hide the facial expression that conveys another message: "I do not want to be here. (c) Many children are thin. perhaps an adolescent. of disasters. even when thus disturbed. apparently relaxed while reading a book. pale.Many Natrum muriaticum children experience anxiety-fraught dreams. and anemic. then. Another child. The doctor may find several different behaviours. observing young ones at play. why am I being grilled about my friends. her hands folded. and all her muscles tensed. etc. I was brought in for my headaches. During the interview they are reserved and shy. (b) They prefer the shade and dislike and are aggravated by direct sunshine. that they have been abandoned. the Natrum muriaticum child acts this way toavoid emotional communication with the doctor. exhibits how physical distancing can be manifested by slouching with his legs up on the seat. I was brought here against my will by my parents. is mostly refreshing. often repeat. And yet this is exactly what one finds in a Natrum muriaticum child. putting those legs and his entire body between the doctor's intrusive questions and himself. that the school has moved and they cannot find it. my schoolwork?" Occasionally it is felt by all in the room that a child is baring his or her . Their sleep. Natrum muriaticum children are very well behaved and obedient. my fears.

it reinforces the negative selfimage that dwells inside. and clean them with enjoyment and great care. These children never lose any items of personal value and will categorize. One way to escape the ridicules of childhood is to appear invulnerable or perfect. Suddenly the mood in the room changes and a very intimate bond begins to form. They become depressed or hysterical if they do not receive good grades on exams or report cards. The first thing that strikes one about a Natrum muriaticum child is how well-groomed he or she is. At an early age. They may seem possessive by not letting their friends or siblings touch their special objects. and unbroken. all joking disappears and the child begins to reveal what becomes the central focus of the case -. in order. Almost all Natrum muriaticum children tend toward perfectionism. emotional state. coordinated outfits. their beds made. it is out of the desire to keep their things clean.the true sensitive. If they do make a mistake. and mediculously combed hair are the rule. Many do not try anything new if they fear they might fail. which may manifest at a very tender age. grieved. They feel strong emotions and are offended easily. . they often do not ask for help because they think that they are "bad" people for having made the mistake. rather.perfection. and their books and toys put away. They often work on homework assignments until they are absolutely sure there are no mistakes. clean clothes. This resistance may range from that of a child who refuses to play due to poor physical coordination to the shyness of a child who will not try to make new friends. Natrum muriaticum youngsters are very sensitive. This "siege mentality" creates great anxiety in the child as he strives to achieve the unachievable -. They become embarrassed easily. They like their rooms neat. so if they are laughed at or ridiculed in any way.soul to the interviewer. say on a math problem. This degraded self-image mingled with social insecurities is the basis for many obsessive. They cry or tear up the offending page if they make a mistake while writing or coloring. but this is not out of true possessiveness. They are very concerned with others' opinions about them. organize. perfectionistic behaviours.

never hearing the compliments or applause. The overly conscientious nature of Natrum muriaticum may cause anxiety attacks in the youth.Intense and deeply felt emotions pour out onto the pages of diaries. They become very sensitive to the slightest criticism. When relating to others. this could not be further from the truth.Natrum muriaticum should be considered. They may choose does not really matter what the vehicle of creative expression is. Theirs is an inner drive to achieve. and are especially predisposed to sadness. Peter. Children of this type are shy with people and often have a natural love for and become very close to animals. One adolescent. Natrum muriaticum children experience emotions very profoundly. the visual arts. as he was an excellent student and his parents had never pushed him to perform. Above all else. hating and fearing larger groups. separation or divorce. or sports -. others begin to think of them as aloof and seemingly too serious for such young people. A death in the family. His fears were not based on reality. or siblings and friends moving away can all trigger this disposition. . and the canvases of paintings. Whenever a child develops disease after a severe depression or when depression accompanies an illness. they like to interact on a one-to-one basis. They seek any activity that allows them a refuge from ridicule and an opportunity to vent their emotions. always criticizing any finished piece or performance.It is this tendency toward self-recrimination that pushes these children to perfect any endeavors they take on. Natrum muriaticum at any age is a loner. in songs. had severe stomachaches and headaches whenever he became anxious about his mathematics class. The dissatisfaction leads her to push her abilities even further toward perfection. the likes of which few other remedy types possess. The fantasy world waiting for them in books is one reason why they are often voracious readers. What is consistent is that theyexcel at whatever they choose. He had panic attacks before exams from the fear that he would not receive good grades. Because they push others away in fear and hypersensitivity. Their emotionally sensitive and reactive nature combined with great shyness makes the youngster seem closed and emotionless. This drive to succeed is born out of the child's dissatisfaction with her own performance or creation.

They may actually desire consolation from their parents. spiders. Typically. of thunderstorms. having a desire to be alone rather than consoled. such as that every negative event or consequence must be their fault. "No one must know that I am needy. insects with large mandibles." The child weeps easily and exhibits an aversion to being held. cry. If they are scolded or if the parents are harsh with them. they reexperience indignities. making a bad situation worse. They have a great fear of robbers. when hearing something sad and moreover when having to tell someone else disheartening news. and groan but not say what is disturbing him. A fear of evil or that something awful will happen is common. With acute disease this close-mouthedness may be absolutely maddening to the attending adults. a smile inappropriately and helplessly comes to the lips. there is a partial compensation for this fear in the form of an attempt to control events. of being alone." Attempts to console them precipitate an even greater sadness. injustices and humiliation over and over again. Natrum muriaticum children tend to cling to a certain belief about themselves. When hurt. Grudges against and hatred of certain family members may develop. but they never ask for it." It is incredible and sometimes tragic that one finds such guilt and remorse in a child of perhaps seven years. of heights. Childhood and Family Relations (Coulter): . of snakes. Other fears may include fear of speaking in public. burning with each fresh revelation and fuming as every nuance of the conflict slaps them in the face. or fear that there is something around the corner. and of closed in spaces.In the alcololic family they often cast themselves as the heroic savior: "It is my responsibility. it may bring on torrents of tears. fear that the cat will die. These children have a negative reaction to consolation. They are so sensitive to reprimand that they may weep if merely looked at the "wrong way. that I feel insecure. This is very characteristic of this remedy type. Fears may haunt them: fear of the dark. especially after being ridiculed. The child may moan. my fault alone. The picture is sulky. Sometimes. Anxiety about parents who do not arrive home on time is symptomatic of this type. of being kidnaped.

This "don't touch me" syndrome contributes to the young Natrum muriaticum's difficult relationship with his parents. Only Natrum muriaticum so deeply resents her betrayal. although these grievances against the parent are sometimes legitimate. in general. Yet. and is described by the parents as having a "lighter" nature generally. They do not reach out for physical closeness and have trouble expressing affection. The physician can often recognize him by his determined avoidance of eye contact. More often and more graphically than any other type. The testily independent child pushes not only any show of affection but also guidance. Thus the lessening of emotional rapport between parent and child that frequently occurs in adolescence with reduced physical contact may commence earlier in Natrum muriaticum. is not easy to have around. But when she is home. He projects a "leave me alone" attitude. he exhibits the consequences of a poor relationship with one or both parents which breeds resentment and/or guilt. and is so sensitive to her rejection or neglect. Some of these children feel ill at ease when touched. reluctance to answer questions. can cause extraordinary changes: the child is now willing to look the physician in the eye. He thereby creates a "no win" situation for his parents and himself. it is part of the nature's complexity and perversity to suffer inordinately from deprival of parental affection even when rejecting it. The "difficult" Natrum muriaticum child may originally have been well-behaved and affectionate but has turned moody and unhappy because of real or imagined parental inattention to his needs. accepting the situation and enjoying their mother when she is home. Thus. and resentful expression as he looks down at the floor. At times Natrum muriaticum's pathology stems from early sibling . that he cannot demonstrate the need for her affection. and the parents leave him alone. he is neither affectionate nor outwardly happy. has an open instead of a forced smile.Natrum muriaticum's grievances often stem from family relations. and. however. however. he can also be accused of making excessive demands. Natrum muriaticum often has a superabundance of sympathy and devotion to his parents and an extra-close relationship with them. A classic situation is the child whose emotional problems started when the mother took a job outside the home. The other children in the family are not affected in the same way. is also true. He rejects it when it is proffered and is angry when consoled. The polar opposite. A prescription of the medicine in high potency.

repressed. less judgmental of others -. A final observation is that a child will be passionately attached to his pet. that he will not even tell his parents that he is afraid of the dark and would like a night light. individuals suffering from long-standing dejection or severe mood swings. making the patient master of himself. The previously bright and happy child starts behaving badly or slackens in speech and intellectual development when he senses that his younger siblings are receiving parental preference. argue. They will fight for attention. Other constitutional types in similar circumstances may feel equally jealous and resentful. more accepting. it helps him be less vulnerable. when a parent or teacher describes a child as overconscientious. or that he wet his pants in school and would like to change them. but ultimately they succeed in dealing with the situation. the first remedy to consider is the potentized salt. Natrum muriaticum is the remedy most frequently administered to children and adolescents who have undergone the trauma of parental divorce. slow learning to talk is a strong indication for this remedy and a concrete reflection of the type's general inability to express emotion easily.more hopeful and open to the joyful aspects of life. and less inclined to self-condemnation. The child is so sensitive to disapproval. He may confront it by being ultracooperative. He is deeply affected by quarrels and subliminal hostility and can become actively ill as a result. insecurity. . or they will learn to share or to yield. Every homeopathic constitutional remedy performs psychotherapy while working on the physical level. or several. obedient and responsible. For this reason. The remedy can disperse the patient's tormenting idées fixes and soften his unbending pillar-or-salt personality. extremely anxious to avoid giving trouble. so longing for approbation. feelings of unworthiness and excessive self-absorption. or who are weighted down with cares.rivalry. In fact. morbidly sensitive or traumatizedNatrum muriaticum this unblocking of emotions to allow the "vital force" to flow freely in the body is especially striking. find themselves lighter. but in the introverted. Indeed. and a mere glance from an adult will elicit the desired behaviour. This remedy can cut through the tangle of depression. No so Natrum muriaticum. less defensive. permitting greater subtlety of understanding and opinion. and "extra" or "unnaturally" good. so fearful of parental rejection if he does not please. After one dose. lavishing on it all the affection he cannot give to humans. of homeopathic sodium chloride. or intrigue.

even to the point of migrains.hence "bringer or bearer of light. and finally. misses a meal or eats too much sugar. flickers. the child describes an empty feeling in the chest or stomach area. They may be heralded by many visual changes such as photophobia. meaning "light. Phosphorus he homeopathic remedy is made from the luminescent element phosphorus. The headaches are commonly preceded or accompanied by hunger. shiny hair. Physical Characteristics (Herscu): (a) Head: The heads of Phosphorus children share three similarities with those of Calcarea carbonica: the head may often be covered with fine. the child may perspire profusely from the scalp (b) Headaches: These children tend to develop headaches. This headache may be set off by . baldness occurs in certain areas when the child is experiencing serious illness such as pneumonia or bronchitis.4." Both the etymology and the associations evoked by the element provide fitting keys to the Phosphorus personality" (Coulter). especially a teenager. If the child. or floating spots. the only non-radioactive substance capable of producing its own light." and a form of phoro. meaning "to bring" or "to bear" -. silky. The other common type of Phosphorus headache occurs due to a sensitivity to the environment. The name originates from the Greek word phos. he will probably develop a headache.

The skin . The child may have in this case many visual distortions such as "floaters. the child may complain of eczema or seborrheic dermatitis on the eyebrows. (d) Ears: The ears are not often affected in these children. (e) Nose: The nose is frequently problematic in Phosphorus children and adolescents. (c) Eyes: The eyes of infants and children are bright and wide open. whenever the children strain during coughing or blowing the nose. and tobacco smoke. Many of these children have a history of nosebleeds. While Arnica should be the first remedy considered for subconjunctival hemorrhages in infants and children. Phosphorus should come to mind for both infants and children who have had an ear infection with a bloody discharge. with fine features and fine skin. Phosphorus should be especially considered if the bleeding recurs often." Finally. even from birth. Amelioration of a headache by cold compresses applied to the head is a big clue to this remedy. (f) Face: The Phosphorus face of both infants and older children is often particularly beautiful. Paralysis of the optic nerve causing gradual blindness is also a complaint that should make one think of Phosphorus. shining with a glimmer and brilliance all their own. During severe headaches of all kinds there may characteristically be nausea and vomiting. The paralysis may be due to an unexplained degeneration of the nerve or may occur after a brain tumor causes papilledema with loss of visual fields. both of which are exfoliative. The blood is bright red and profuse It is common to elicit the fact that the child develops many colds each winter that begin in the nose. Another feature that may be observed is blue-tinged rings of discoloration around the eyes of a pale-faced child. car exhausts. Phosphorus types have long eyelashes.strong odors such as perfumes.

The throat feels raw. Sufferers often hold their chests when they cough because coughing causes pain to the rib cage. During these attacks there is also a burning sensation located anywhere in the chest. Children tend to develop laryngitis with these infections. . but will flush full of color with embarrassment or excitement. from an early age. The tongue is long and thin. An X-ray often confirms that the pneumonia is mostly in the lower lungs. they are inevitably accompanied by hoarseness. any cold quickly drops into the chest to cause a cough. one may observe the child trying to hold her breath because every time she inhales. circles under the eyes. The gums may show a tendency to bleed easily. often puffy. she coughs. young and old alike. It is noted that. (i) Lower Respiratory System: The chest is one of the most affected parts of the body in this remedy type. A strong concomitant feature that will help find the correct remedy is the great craving for ice-cold drinks during these attacks predominant among Phosphorus individuals. dry. bronchitis. The mouth favors the development of frequent canker sores. dry. (g) Mouth. and cracked. Children with allergies develop allergic "shiners": dark. even in infants. especially in wintertime. The lips tend to become red. and burning. and the child will especially favor cold drinks for relief. (h) Throat and Neck: When Phosphorus children develop sore throats (which they do often). or pneumonia.may be almost transparent and pallid at rest. The shape of the teeth is similar to the shape of the typical Phosphorus body: long and thin. (j) Pneumonia: Phosphorus is one of the main remedies to be considered for pneumonia in infants. Since the cough can be quite painful.

(k) Asthma: In Phosphorus, asthma is often related to allergies that are prone to be worse in the spring and fall. Other asthma attacks are set off by upper respiratory tract infectionsthat drop into the chest, leading to the spasms. The chest tightens, feeling as if a weight were placed on the sternum. Curiously, with allergic asthmas the sternum may itch as well as feel tight. (l) Food Cravings and Aversions: Phosphorus children crave ice-cold foods such as ice cream, cold milk, and often just plain ice cubes. They desire chocolate, and refreshing snacks such as cucumbers. They also love sour foods such as pickles and lemons. Many of these children also love bubble gum. They dislike eggs and bread. This is one of the most thirst-prone remedy types in the entire materia medica, drinking many glasses of liquid a day and even waking up at night to drink. Most of the drinks will be cold to ice-cold. (m) Stomach: In general, the child has a good appetite. Being acutely sensitive to the blood sugar level, any time the child abstains from eating he or she will develop hypoglycemic symptoms: dizziness may ensue, a headache may develop, or mild irritability may be noted. The stomach is one of the weakest areas of the Phosphorus constitution. With any acute infection such as influenza the child develops nausea and/or vomiting, retching at the slightest provocation. Such digestive tract problems may also occur from anxiety or stress. The keynote Phosphorus symptom of vomiting is further confirmed if it is aggravated by anything warm and ameliorated by anything cold; in fact, the colder the better. The afflicted youngster will drink ice-cold drinks or eat ice cream for relief, but as soon as the drink warms up in the stomach (in about fifteen minutes) the nausea returns. (n) Hypoglycemia: Children who miss meals or fast for holidays may become not only nauseous but also weak, trembly, and susceptible to headaches. Because of a rapid metabolism, thePhosphorus child seems hypoglycemic and needs to eat often. Many of these children will not be able to fall asleep because of hunger, while others will wake up in the

middle of the night for want of food. They will be the first one to the breakfast table and will relish the morning meal after having "starved" the night through. (o) Abdomen; Many pains are experienced in the lower abdominal area. These pains aften coincide with stress, fear, anxiety, or even just excitement. As with nausea, such problems will be ameliorated by any ice-cold drink. (p) Rectum: The Phosphorus child tends to develop diarrhea quite easily. In infants, watch for recurring diarrhea that may accompany any illness and may last for a long time after the illness is resolved. (q) Urogenital System: Sometimes the child may lose bladder control when excited while awake during the day as well as when asleep at night in bed. Quite often in teenaged girls the menstrual flow will be very heavy and consist of a bright red flow throughout the entire period. The flow may be so heavy that the adolescent becomes anemic, pale, and, quite commonly, dizzy while menstruating. (r) Extremities: The remedy Phosphorus has cured types of arthritis that are aggravated by first motion and by cold, and are ameliorated by continued motion. The child tends to acquire plantar warts on either foot. The hands and feet perspire profusely any time the child is anxious or excited. (s) Skin: While the skin is not often affected, Phosphorus types sometimes produce the driest skin and flakiest eruptions of all the major remedies. This can range from simple dandruff to extensive ichthyosis, in which the whole skin flakes off constantly and resembles fish scales. The child will perspire profusely. Sleep (Herscu): The children do not like to go to sleep alone. In the dark they fear that the room or the closet has monsters or ghosts, and every changing

light and shadow pattern gives them a start. They have strong imaginations. For this reason they often report that they sleep with a light on. Phosphorus is one of the most common remedies given to the child who, even though eight or ten years old, still sneaks into bed with his or her parents. It is not uncommon to have a thirteen-yearold Phosphorus girl still wanting to be tucked in at night. The sleep position is often characteristic in Phosphorus children -either on the right side or on the abdomen. They tend to talk in their sleep, and many will sleepwalk. Sleep may be restless, as they have many nightmares. Phosphorus infants and children usually wake up refreshed, though perhaps hungry. Vertigo (Herscu): Tall, thin children frequently complain of orthostatic hypotension -- low blood pressure -- when they rise quickly from a reclining position. They feel light-headed and dizzy, as if their feet do not touch the ground. Older girls may also feel this way when they menstruate heavily. Important General Characteristics (Herscu): (a) Phosphorus children are generally tall, thin, and beautiful. They usually have fine-textured skin and refined features. (b) The Phosphorus remedy type is vulnerable to bleeding problems and hemorrhages of any sort. (c) Both the mental and physical conditions of Phosphorus children tend to be aggravated by lying on the left side, and at dusk and twilight. Amelioration is from lying on the right side, drinking cold water or eating cold food, by consolation, being rubbed, and sleep. Mental/Emotional Characteristics (Herscu): As a group, Phosphorus children are the most enjoyable to treat. They tend to be very communicative, excitable, and expressive. They are generally good-natured and happy from birth. They are warmhearted and like to be picked up and hugged. The children have good manners, so their parents do not hesitate to bring them to

public places. It is the nature of the Phosphorus child to be extroverted. The child is very impressionable as well as warm, outgoing and affectionate; qualities that attract others like iron filings to a magnet. The Phosphorus child appears bright, answering questions quickly and asking many questions of her own. She extemporizes on anything, often straying from the topic at hand. It is common for the child to simultaneously answer a question and begin a new statement on a separate, though perhaps related, topic. As a doctor, one can experience the child's openness and observe the ease with which she floats through the world, able to establish rapport easily with just about anyone. The child is very accepting and does not hold grudges. When ill, if not seriously so, the child tends to remain outgoing physically as well as verbally. It is remarkable how specifically the child will express a desire to be rubbed, tucked in, or sung to. Young Sam, pointing to his forehead, approached me and said, "Paul it hurts here" in a most pathetic tone, reminiscent of high drama. With Phosphorus, health problems are clearly expressed, and thus the parents can greatly empathize with their child. These bright children are often group leaders when playing games. The affection that the child emits toward others unconsciously draws them closer. Phosphorus children love being the centre of attention. In one example, all the other children were riding bicycles and having fun. Leon was too young to know how to ride but began to cry foul play, protesting that he was not getting his fair share of the riding. He mounted a bicycle and began to ride and fall, ride and fall, over and over again until he could indeed ride the bicycle! This particular event illustrates another aspect of the Phosphorus personality: they strongly prefer not to be considered "just average." When praise is earned in situations like these, the recipient relishes the achievements and the glory, enjoying it for all it is worth. Phosphorus children are very enthusiastic about new environments, people, or activities. They love going to shopping malls, game arcades, and playgrounds. At times the excitement makes

them almost uncontrollable. They love to play with all the toys, video machines, and games. Phosphorus children may be quite restless from sheer excitement. Parents tell the doctor that their child "can't keep still for one minute" and cannot focus on a task long enough to finish it. Although the child is delightful, he or she fidgets all the time. The children try to bargain with their parents. Statements such as, "I ate all my food, give me a toy," or "I did good in school, let's go to the arcade," if offered in a pleasant manner, are typical pleas of the Phosphorus child. The child may get up many times during the night to ask for water or go to the bathroom, or anything else that gains an audience with the parents. The child usually spends all his allowance as soon as he gets it. The parents tell the doctor that the child buys as if there is a fire in his pants pocket; he must spend every penny. If he uses his money on a toy and has a quarter left over, he will buy candy with the remainder. Excitability is also heightened by upcoming events. Before a team game, a recital, or other event the Phosphorus child becomes anxious and may even become physically ill from anticipation. The children may, in excitement and/or in sympathy, give away favorite toys and other possessions. This generous giving away of personal possessions is a reflection of the sensitive and giving nature of Phosphorus. The child is deeply caring, taking responsibility for siblings or animals that are in need. Some Phosphorus children develop the lack of mental focus for which this remedy type is well known. This may be observed in the short attention span and easy distractibility of the child. Another major aspect of the Phosphorus child is shyness, particularly during the initial interview, blushing easily, looking down at the floor, answering in a timid whisper, and looking to the parents before every response. As the interview continues, one notes that the shyness quickly fades and excitement builds within the child. Once I was treating a family over lunch. One of the three children of the group was nine-year-old Liz. At the beginning of the interview she was very shy, whispering and looking to her father for answers and not ever looking at her questioner. By the second half of the interview she was

These are similar to the fears of the Natrum muriaticum child. They need affection and consolation and can cry easily and openly in front of others. Besides the irrationality of assuming he would contract such a disease. or diarrhea may develop with these fears as they become somaticized. The Phosphorus child becomes terribly fearful with the slightest provocation. The former is open. as if the hapless child is reliving the experience. and thunderstorms. the fear of death in one so young is quite unusual and peculiar to this remedy type. ulcers. They recover more quickly than some other remedy types. As I watched this girl unfold and finally win my affection as well as my french fries. being alone.answering questions herself and beginning to pick at my food. The major difference regarding the shared fears between these two remedy types is that the Phosphorus cannot help but talk about the fears with dramatic expressions that pull the listener right into the experience. ghosts. stomachaches. The eyes open wide while the mother sketches the child's reaction to a thunderstorm. If pushed further. one often sees the actual terror consume the child. The Eternal Child (Coulter): Whether actively seeking it or inadvertently attracting . The poor Phosphorus child is often left with an overactive imagination with which to fantasize what this threat might be. Fears may affect the stomach. This is experienced as a general foreboding that encompasses many facets of the child's life. The strongest and most common fears are of the dark. As a parent gives an account of the child's fears. twelve-year-old Paul said he feared AIDS. this wild imagination makes the child fear the future. Phosphorus children change moods and cry easily. he became anxious over the prospect of dying from it. When asked what he was afraid of. whereas the Natrum muriaticum child will largely keep his fears to himself. This instant feeling of affection quite often helps me identify and prescribe Phosphorus. all I or anyone else present wished to do was hug her. the later closed. Many of the Phosphorus fears can be distilled down to the single fear that something "bad" will happen. Having heard that it killed people and not knowing how one contracted the disease. vomiting. Nausea.

Phosphorus from an early age manages to capture notice. such as having stories told or read to him." At the same time he wants to be the best in everything without really working for it. Like a jack-in-thebox he pops up smiling even after being reprimanded. Phosphorus children are seldom mean and do not bully others. They are not necessarily angels. throwing impressive tantrums. desiring gratification at the very moment and. if thwarted. he must "get it" the first time. they are adept at twisting the facts or concocting spur-of-the-moment explanations why they didn't do their homework or their chores. as they gaze with open admiration at a child whose alertness. charm. They are popular without necessarilly being leaders. With their ready imagination. He is appealing in both looks and manner. he often does manage to be a good. But by no means! The more innocent Phosphorus looks. or tricking their elders. gurgling with pleasure at their own cleverness. all the sooner to reenter others' good graces. But he is easily appeased and snaps out of his anger whenever he pleases. The sensitive nature feels the disgrace but covers it up. while others are searching and shouting their names in concern. you feel that the Phosphorus child must be telling the truth with those wide eyes gazing straight at you. may crawl away to hide in a closet. but not an excellent. In contrast with the Natrum muriaticum child who looks guilty even when he is not. or throwing down his tools in frustration. Whatever he is trying to accomplish. Their mischievousness comes out in teasing. He does not allow sadness to last and does not bear resentment. playing jokes on others. Children less than a year old and still unable to walk. stamping. When they must weasel out of a tricky situation. but dislikes anything requiring sustained application. Because he is quick and absorbs things easily. shouting. not a disagreeable. and even passers-by exclaim. student without studying too hard. and bubbling good spirits compel attention. As concerns his studies the young Phosphorus loves anything that captures his imagination. they sit concealed. If unsuccessful or thwarted in his attempt. anything that is not "fun. but they gain the upper hand in a diverting. the guiltier he usually he may react hysterically. Phosphorus can be impatient. grace. they look you directly in the eye while fabricating a complete untruth. and who always gets caught in the slightest fib. "What an attractive child!" "Just look at those eyes!" The cry is instinctive. they are just . way.

he believes only what he wants to believe. his unstability overrules his judgment. participating in a school play. The constitutional type is recognized in the patient who is likable and attractive and displays the warm and extroverted manner of one who wants to be liked and can make himself liked.friendly. lack of restraint. All this excitement and stimulation may undermine his health. a plant which grows in the plains and pasturelands of Central and Northern Europe and is commonly known at the 'wind flower. or more subtly. His imagination outweighs his understanding. and the adolescent begins to suffer from headaches. is governed by caprice and cannot see beyond himself. with a flexible stem which bends one way or another according to the . He may possess a brighter luminescence but will always evince that special Phosphorus sympathy and responsiveness that ranks compassion before justice and generosity before truth. Pulsatilla (Wind Flower) he remedy Pulsatilla is made from the meadow anemone. and enthusiastic. who has developed and put to good use his wonderfully positive approach to people and life. however. and many a dreary life has been brightened by the antics of a lively Phosphorus. Yet he may also suffer from a tendency to emotional excess. confusion of fantasy with reality. So that for all his promise and fine talents his life falls short of its potential. Friends and strangers alike respond to his expansive charm. 5. and nervousness. vital.' It is small and delicate. The younger child may even fall ill from anticipation or excitement: of such happy events as Christmas. Or he remains sleepless and overwrought long after an event. insomnia. and uncertainty about his own identity. he loses his emotional stability and mental cohesion. or a birthday party.

Agglutination of the eyelids during the night is common. even in the coldest weather. The face becomes red during the congestive headache and the eyes feel engorged. purulent. Some children develop styes that recur over and over again. (b) Eyes: The eyes are frequently affected by various problems in the Pulsatilla child. Colds can settle in the eyes and produce a thick. pressure. or becoming overheated in a warm room. Children rub their eyes continuously. especially at night. Teenaged girls may complain of headaches associated with the menses." Yasgur]. and swollen. All Pulsatilla eye symptoms are aggravated in a warm room or by warm bathing. The hot head is relieved by cold packs. The headache may be aggravated by lying down and ameliorated by outdoor activity. bland discharge. It is one of the prime remedies for otitis media. The temperature modality is very important to ask about because the answer will help to differentiate Pulsatilla from other homeopathic medicines that alleviate eye problems. or applying cold compresses. the child may develop eitherconjunctivitis. crusty mucus away. hot. When the child awakens in the morning. by watching television. Aggravation is from quick motion and stooping. as if there is pressure pushing them outward. and sitting up. aggravated by eating too much ice cream. Pulsatilla children sometimes have headaches that are associated with upper respiratory tract infections such as sinusitis. the adolescent feels a constant throbbing." Yasgur's Homeopathic Dictionary]. the lids must be moistened with water to loosen the dry. reading. During any disease. (c) Ears: Pulsatilla cures many ear symptoms as well. Severe throbbing pains in the ears become worse at night and with the warmth . Physical Characteristics (Herscu): (a) Head: Girls may develop schooltime headaches accompanied by digestive upsets. even in the newborn. especially of the upper respiratory tract. Even small babies will push away a warm cloth if it approaches the troubled eye. and are tremendously amiliorated by cold air. meat or fats. The eyes become inflamed. The pain will be felt on one side or temple and be congestive in nature. The external ear may be red. bathing the eye in cold water. Parents state that the child always takes the hat off. yellow-green. which they say burn and itch. dacryocystitis ["inflammation of the lacrimal sac of the eye.direction of the prevailing wind" (Coulter). or marginal belpharitis ["inflammation of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands along the margins of the eyelids. with the sensation that there is sand in the eyes.

open air. This may develop after or along with a rash that is suppressed by ointments and does not fully develop.of bed. Pulsatilla prevented this girl from developing any further infections and stopped her cycle of upper respiratory tract breakdowns. The cough is caused by a dry tickle in the throat. Pulsatilla children develop repeated colds accompanied by much sneezing and which areaggravated at night. even in the very young. (e) Hay Fever: Pulsatilla is one of the most useful remedies for curing hay fever. which is worse when the child lies down at night or becomes warm or overheated. (g) Mouth: A dry mouth yet lack of thirst is a classic keynote for Pulsatilla. one can often see a thin. pressing pains in the ears accompanied by a high fever. While examining Pulsatilla children. Her lips dried out quickly and began to crack and bleed over the next few days. and feel better outdoors and with cool applications. both acute and chronic. (h) Lower Respiratory System: The chest is the site of many problems for the Pulsatilla child. Six-year-old Sally was typical in her infection. is the common . raw throat. During the inflammation she also developed vaginitis and became lethargic. Bronchitis or croup may begin with a dry. or sits up. It begins with itching of the upper palate. The nose also itches. The eyes then begin to itch and lacrimate greatly. wanting to be held much of the time by her mother. discharging a clear. (d) Nose: The nose is involved in almost every upper respiratory tract infection. The cough usually subsides when the child walks in the cool. at night. All hay fever symptoms are aggravated out of doors on hot days. one may find a patient with mumps in which the face is very flushed and the inflammation has metastasized to the breasts or testes and is accompanied by much swelling and pain. Her conjunctiva became red and her eyes began to itch. which began with frequent sneezing. as well as of Calcarea carbonica. Occasionally only one cheek becomes flushed while the other becomes pale. The breath can be quite foul when the children get up in the morning. There may be a history of bronchitis or pneumonia. (f) Face: With fevers the face becomes flushed. A keynote of Pulsatilla. white or lacy coating on the tongue just as they open their mouths. While quite rare in these times of antibiotic use. causing those afflicted to make clucking sounds with their tongues while trying to scratch the upper palate. She then started to have sharp. The attacks are ameliorated by cool days and by splashing cold water on the face. and by the change of seasons. bland mucus.

(j) Stomach: The stomach is troubled as often as the respiratory tract in the Pulsatilla child. similar in this regard to Phosphorus." One last distinctive digestive symptom. The Pulsatilla child is often very allergic to the environment. eggs. warm foods. such as ice cream. The abdomen distends and there is audible rumbling and gurgling. lemons and very sour foods. The stomach of Pulsatilla digests both food and emotional interactions slowly. Very often a homeopath will observe symptoms and prescribe Pulsatilla only to . The stomach is easily upset by eating rich foods. wet cough only upon awakening. They are aggravated by pastry. by foods Pulsatilla children enjoy immensely. even though he may have a fever or a very dry mouth. is that most will hiccough after they eat. ice cream. nausea and/or vomiting. cake." While this is a bit of an exaggeration. accompanied by much expectoration at that time. and fatty meats. pastry and cakes. The child may also develop ulcers in the stomach from strong emotions that remain unresolved. fats. what one does find is that there is no predictability as to what type of stool will emerge next. One parent described her daughter's sensitive stomach as "Post-HalloweenBirthday-Easter-Christmas-Syndrome. butter. the child develops stomachaches. and unfortunately. Gastroenteritis is accompanied by severe abdominal cramps. fats.complaint of a dry cough throughout the entire day and night and a loose. Eventually. Any time there is a strong emotional stress. A commonly confirmed keynote is that the child is quite thirstless. (i) Food Cravings and Aversions: It is interesting to note that many of the foods Pulsatilla children crave aggravate problems of their digestive tracts. At first the child only manifests hay fever. the hay fever stops and the child progresses to asthma. and cheese. peanut butter and sweets. developing asthma from any bark dust or pollen in the air. (k) Abdomen: Infants with colic often respond well to the remedy Pulsatilla. often observed in Pulsatilla infants. and meat (especially pork). conforming to the adage "No two stools alike. diarrhea. ice cream. and headaches. bread. They desire cheese. (l) Rectum: The infant may develop diarrhea or the diarrhea may alternate with constipation. Many of these foods cause vomiting. They are averse to eating milk.

They often stick their feet out of the covers at night. with cycles commencing from every twenty-odd days to every six months as the hormonal system "gets into gear. as most girls report amelioration of menstrual pain by heat. (m) Urogenital System: Pulsatilla is a key remedy to consider for children who develop increased frequency of urination and/or bet-wetting that is aggravated by lying down. causing the girls to double over. The joints are swollen. Even at an early age. . The case was clearlyPulsatilla. pointed especially to Pulsatilla as an effective remedy. girls become weepy and morose. and the clinginess. as usual. the general symptoms lead and must prevail in the selection of the remedy. She then developed a fever along with more regressive behaviour. girls may develop a thick. this irregularity is particularly pronounced and may last for several years. as the local symptoms often overlap between remedies. The pains are ameliorated by motion and by cool air. the sibling rivalry. she became very droopy and weak and began to cry more than usual.but that Calcarea carbonica will. her thirst decreased instead of increased. Along with the emotional changes that first emerge during this time are some specific menstrual problems that are commonly seen. Pulsatilla may be used to treat juvenile rheumatoid arthritis with wandering joint pains that are aggravated in the morning. and for those who may have a history of kidney infections. which it proved to be. (n) Extremities: The most common Pulsatilla symptom in the extremities is the warmth found there. recurrent cystitis[inflammation of the bladder]. Before the menses. The children want to walk around barefoot even in the wintertime. an unusual finding. however. The next day she had increased urinary frequency accompanied by blood in the urine. contrary to what would seem to make sense physiologically. as illustrated by the regression. by warmth. The first year's menses can be irregular for girls of all types. This is often associated with an upper respiratory tract infection. creamy. Many Pulsatilla conditions tend to develop more fully during puberty or at the menarche. Her mother reported that even when the child urinated more frequentlly. When it started. The menses are accompanied by much pain. many times Calcarea carbonica will not work and Pulsatilla will. Likewise. A special keynote is that the pain may be aggravated by hot applications and ameliorated by cold ones. Everything seems to be fine when suddenly the thought arises in them that there is no purpose in living. toss and turn in bed. and by lying in bed. or pace the floor. red. This modality. offensive smelling vaginal discharge.find that it does not work -." For Pulsatilla. Little Mary developed a bladder infection two weeks after her sister Susan was born.

marbled. The rash will commonly be accompanied by otitis media. They dislike covering up and will kick off the covers. need yet another bedtime story. Problems . They generally fall asleep on their backs. but also from aggravating foods. All skin problems are aggravated by warmth (especially at night in bed) and by contact with wool. amorphous dark shapes. or bronchitis. but as the mother puts the child down again. during sleep. and would her parents think less of her if she did not? The thoughts keeping these children up are rooted in the fear of losing the love of their parents. Fourteen-year-old Anna started to weep as she described her nights: she worried for hours if she had studied enough for the next day's test. Likewise. the children may become slightly delirious. Such children pretend that they need a glass of water. Important General Characteristics (Herscu): (a) Pulsatilla youngsters are warm-blooded children who dress lightly even in the wintertime. Every time the infant awakens. conjunctivitis. Pulsatilla is a valuable remedy in many childhood exanthems such as measles. it cries for the mother who must rock. or nurse the child back to sleep. High fevers may accompany any acute disease and. open air. the crying begins anew. When the child becomes old enough to walk.and hot. Of course. chickenpox. the mental picture must also be consistent with Pulsatilla before it is assumed to be the correct remedy. and roseola. Sleep (Herscu): Sleep offers many keynotes to the remedy. Finally the baby falls asleep. Pulsatilla babies have a characteristic feature of the skin: it takes on a purplish. (o) Skin. dreaming and talking of black cats or large dark animals. or just of ominous. This remedy type also develops large hives. need to urinate. especially in a cool room. One finds that Pulsatilla babies need to be rocked and nursed in order to fall asleep. or that they are scared. Nodules develop during the early stages of the disease. (b) Pulsatilla weaknesses are aggravated by becoming overheated. mottled appearance most of the time. caress. possibly with their hands above their heads. or on the abdomen. Older children may have difficulty falling asleep. waking up and finding the way to the parents' bed will be common. would she do well. These problems are ameliorated in cool. when a parent announces bedtime and time to be tucked in. the child often resists because sleep separates him or her from the parent. and hate to wear hats. especially from strong emotional stresses.

not a leader. He helps around . cook. the Pulsatilla child chooses the chair closest to the parent and then leans toward the mother or father. the child begins to cry. one can see the Pulsatilla youngster's gentle. In a new classroom or playground situation.become more evident from the time of puberty. They tend to bashfully wait until a Phosphorus or Sulphur comes along and scoops them up into the fun -. The first characteristic noticed about these children is how close they sit to their parents in the doctor's office. In a waiting room full of toys and other distractions. he "yaks away" with family members all day long. as it is in Natrum muriaticum. appear anxious before every answer. Mental/Emotional Characteristics (Herscu): At a glance. she often mopes about pouting and cries.until she finally sits on or lies across her parent's lap. or promptly head for the parent's lap and not respond at all. look at the mother or father to see if they have answered correctly -. mild. The Pulsatilla child is affectionate. at home where the child is relaxed. The only time Pulsatilla children are not talkative at home is when they have taken offense at something and are upset. The child must remain close to the parent. and by weeping. The sicker the child is. Similarly. they may be experienced only on one side of the body. may wander from place to place or change in character from time to time. if a coach is unfair to a child and will not let her play. clingy. yielding.the "right" answer. The mother reports that her Pulsatilla child is easy to handle. the closer she leans -. She is unable to shop. The child may blush. in the open air. The mother's story is that she goes through this sort of thing all day long. and submissive -producing whatever behaviour it takes to win the attention and security so craved. During the interview. timidity and bashfulness are very evident. (c) Symptoms tend to change often. (d) Pains and illnesses are ameliorated by cool applications. being carried or gently rocked. or do housework because she has to hold the child in order to prevent continuous crying.a follower. The child likes to be neat and tidy. which begins again as soon as the mother tries to put the child down. fearful nature. the hair is combed perfectly. Parental cuddling and rocking almost always manages to staunch the flow of tears. According to the parents. The ability to challenge unfair practices does not belong to the Pulsatilla child. If a Pulsatilla toddler is on the floor at the parent's feet and the parent stands up to get a glass of water. Pulsatilla children will want to be liked but often lack the initiative to begin a dialogue or interaction themselves. and quickly persuaded to do his chores.

Due to this jealousy. a phenomenon that onlyangers most parents further. Every time the parent wants to change the baby's diapers. which promote aggression against the younger sibling. Another very common manifestation of this insecurity is the refusal to go to bed alone. The child becomes manipulative. What I find amazing is the fact that if they feel that no one is paying attention to them. This is particularly true of hyperactive boys. makes his bed. however. is that the child will develop "real" physical illnesses. In Pulsatilla children. This can take several forms. Occasionally one finds a Pulsatilla child of very strict parents sitting during the interview with hands folded. This unusual behaviour in a child is indicative of the intense desire for acceptance by the parents and the equally intense fear of alienating them. Regression is particularly acute in Pulsatilla children when they experience a major stress. and cleans his room. and may even hit the "pestering" child. the Natrum muriaticum child cannot help but clean his room. There is a resistance to growth and the attainment of maturity: they will wet the bed after being "dry" for years. without which they wilt into feelings of worthlessness.the house. The boy demands attention so strongly and for so long that the parent finally become annoyed and pushes him away. maintains her typical Pulsatilla sweetness with others. usually of the respiratory variety. irritability and anger develop. The fear of abandonment can become very strong as the children grow up. The reaction to intense grief in the Pulsatilla adolescent may render them inarticulate. the desire comes from within. such as the birth of a sibling. it is an action for which they seek an emotional reward." They become selfish andpossessive about their parents' attention and their toys and material possessions. In contrast. such as feigning illness to get attention. perfectly dressed and not moving in the slightest. learning early how to "turn on the tears" to satisfy aconstant desire for attention. They want the parents to praise them again and again. This causes the child to feel even more abandoned and misunderstood. They just sit in their rooms or mope around the house. One major shock that frequently pushes this fear into an acute state is the birth of a sibling." "How do you like the triangle I drew?" They need constant attention and affection. Another child will begin to suck a thumb or exhibit basic babylike behaviours. An older child or an adult Pulsatilla may present with a health history revealing that the asthma from which they have suffered for so many years began soon after the birth of a sibling. Another peculiarity often noticed within the first two months of a sibling being born. . they may actually produce a fever. The child. "Is this how you want it?" "Watch me dance. the Pulsatilla asks for something from the parent: "Can you draw me a cat?" "I want a drink. Other Pulsatilla children may become obstinate in order to secure the desired attention. The child may become extremely jealous of the newborn.

a parent is late to pick her up after school. and the parents must make the choice for her.pointed to Pulsatilla. given that our society has such strong mores prohibiting it. Even so. morose state can be especially dangerous for aPulsatilla teenager. Eight-year-old Betty was seen for recurrent earaches and sinus infections.expressed in the form of needing consolation -. When upset. When she goes to a restaurant. The sympathy and consolation that he receives from displaying sadness reestablishes the bonds of love so critical to his emotional survival. This very deep. the intense sensitivity to pain -. Although she may not be the most popular child in the class. If. especially in the form of sadness and tears. When ill she would cry dramatically. It is interesting to find weeping in older boys. stomach cramps. he would yell for her until she returned. This is followed by a period of shyness after which the teacher receives near complete compliance. Betty's next earache was her last. He had to be held and rocked to ameliorate the hurt." said Alan without hesitation or inhibition.They respond monosyllabically: "Is something wrong?" the parents ask." Self-pity engulfs them. She cannot make up her mind what to wear. as though weeping were a natural language with which he communicated. running to her father to be picked up. After the remedy was given. School is a big cause of stress for Pulsatilla children. and cry continuously when hurt until an adult picks them up. she cannot decide what she wants to eat. Equally striking is the ease with which these children. the children cry nonstop for the first few days. she will arrive home with a tearstained face and near hysterics. The symptoms of the case weighed equally between Sulphur and Pulsatilla. It seems that the emotions rule this child. "I cry because my feelings are hurt. they are afraid. These children are very sensitive to pain. the Pulsatilla's friends will be close to her. Six-year-old Tommy had gastroenteritis accompanied by vomiting. talk about their weeping. when it comes time for them to go to school. The tears that so easily flow help the child both physically and emotionally. she becomes irresolute and unable to make any decision. If his mother left the room while his stomach was hurting. Emotions flow freely in the Pulsatilla child. When left off at school in the morning by a parent. and diarrhea. she fears that she has been forgotten and begins to cry. If for some reason she believes a friend has slighted her. They become sad and forlorn when an older sibling goes away to school. . however. boys and girls alike. trivial or important. the child feels emotionally destroyed. One must be careful here that the child does not entertain thoughts of suicide. which are expressed openly and with ease. While the otitis media symptoms did not give any special clues to the remedy. If favorites change. The symptom that sent the verdict to Pulsatilla was that Tommy was ultrasensitive to the pain." "What happened?" "Nothing. may change her clothing several times or ask the mother to pick something out for her. "No.

Carried to the extreme . In her need to be physically close to those she loved. may make him seem effeminate and softer than his peers. being basically unaggressive. calling me a sissy. becoming uncontrollable with loud. and easy. When probed about his feelings. The child also knows how to demonstrate affection. she instinctively assumes a sweet. the fear of abandonment. Pulsatilla (Coulter): Almost all Pulsatilla children have a sweet manner. cuddles there and sits quitely without wriggling and squirming. Delicacy of feeling. She comes up with hugs and kisses. In the young this dependence is manifested in actual clinging: the child hangs on to her mother's skirt in public. And she cries when her mother has to leave her. of soft and pleasing voice. when pronounced in a boy." he finally managed to say. Pulsatilla will bend over backward to restore harmony and even shoulder the blame. Another prominent Pulsatilla characteristic is dependence. She is not prone to argue. because he tried to cover his mouth so that no one would see him crying hysterically. more often than not. will burst into tears. racking sobs. indecisiveness. his mother volunteered that he wept easily. The basic psychology is that the children act as they do from an insecure nature. nor does she anger easily. The other boys at school may pick on him. In many cases there is a corresponding sweetness of heart. The type is encountered in the "good. Ten-year-old Nathan was seen for recurrent diarrhea. "It is because my sister hurts my feelings on purpose. Her apologies are sincere and she yearns to be forgiven so as not to suffer withdrawl of the affection she craves. It was easy to see that he had been told he was too old for this type of behaviour. consideration of others.This irresoluteness. strong emotionality." obliging child who seeks approval and affection. since she relies on others' moods to be happy. If a rupture does occur. acceptible manner. placed in our society and having to stifle these natural inclinations in order to conform to a sex role. smiles and gestures. He gives in on most issues if there are differing or louder opinions. She helps out in the home and is eager to be "mother's little helper" in return for love and caresses. which only eggs on the taunting children more. and a gentleness that restrains her from making any comment likely to wound another's sensibilities all reflectPulsatilla's essential sweetness. What a dilemma in which the Pulsatilla boy finds himself. observable in their facial features. Asked if this was true. When teased at school he. Even at home she may not venture two steps away from the mother. Both child and adult are inherently conciliatory and will avoid a quarrel whenever possible. She also possesses strong peacemaking instincts. climbs in your lap. Nathan burst into tears.

In her resistence to maturation. the child goes through agonies of indecision.(when ill) she may be virtually glued to her mother. Puberty is the first stage of true psychological emancipation from the family. less from laziness than from extreme hesitancy: which subject should be done first -.these boys being usually fair. Pulsatilla's irresoluteness is also seen in the child who cannot get down to the next day's homework. A five-year-old boy came to the physician for chronic earaches." Then she starts work obediently. This boy was in no way soft or girlish. This symptom suggested Pulsatilla which successfully cleared up his ear condition. These attributes. Although they usually outgrow this stage. or which doll to buy. whining and crying easily. which Pulsatilla does not seek. slender and gentle. the individual is blown one way and another. An important symptom is: "first serious impairment of health begins at puberty" which is not surprising in view of the nature's dependence. weaker creatures. Pulsatilla's dependence does at times. tomorrow in the abdomen. Pulsatilla boys may appear girlish in their behaviour: fearful of the dark or of being left alone. being known as their "guardian angel" and performing these duties between turns at bat or during pauses in games of kick-ball.math or history. While this trait is. prevent her from maturing. she acquires a host of unexplained little aches and pains: last week in the knee. If any youngster was teased or mistreated. though he would not fight (Pulsatilla children avoid physical skirmishes). He was a rambunctious. yesterday in the head. they may retain a certain softness throughout life. found more frequently in girls. "Begin with the math. many a boy doubtless suppresses this aspect of his nature for fear of being considered a sissy. Another Pulsatilla characteristic is indecisiveness and irresoluteness. tears would well up in the boy's eyes and. revealing a habitual inability to make up her mind on matters both large and small. almost gratefully. which Matchbox car. So we are surprised to hear from the mother that he defended the very young children at the playground. he would hover protectively over the offended party. It is distinctly . husky little fellow with nothing of Pulsatilla in his looks or outward manner -. understandably. She may retain the characteristics of a child of rather infantile character. Pulsatilla's emotionalism can be manifested in a tendency to self pity. He just had the Pulsatilla desire to care for smaller. guarding him from future harm. are not always clearcut. of course. English or French? She sees reasons for and against each one and ends up studying none of them unless firmly directed. The selfpitying note can even be detected in the tone of a baby's cry. She does not fight against her parents to assert her independence. Like the meadow anemone which is swayed by every passing breeze. In choosing which flavor of ice cream. In this way she remains reliant on her parent's support.

and fussed over. causing pimples with the above-mentioned symptoms. kissed. Altogether. The skin easily becomes infected. and even in a yielding and adaptable nature. and the child screams from the irritation of the water. There are definite stages to such eruptions. Pulsatilla has a prepossessing and pleasing nature. There is strength in a sociable and civilized disposition. and when its softness and malleability are combined with stronger qualities. Pulsatilla is by no means weak. feels insufficiently liked. The self pity is seen in the touchiness of adolescents who are offended in a situation where another would laugh. After all. The snarling cry of a Chamomilla baby makes one want to spank the child.not so much from pain as from a desire to be bandaged. and resorts to gentle tears whenever crossed or reprimanded. Although mild and unaggressive. . The rash turns an angry red any time the child is washed. not the delicate but resilient Wind Flower. the eruption begins to discharge a yellow. 6. Later the child may become a crybaby who whimpers and whines a lot. is woulded by teasing. the massive oak was laid low by the North Wind. they fulfill a nice balancing function. Soon after it commences. a sympathetic and sensitive attitude.plaintive and differs from the yell of a Sulphur or Calcarea baby. Physical Characteristics (Herscu): (a) Head: The head is often the site of skin eruptions such as cradle cap or eczema. Chronic Diseases). watery pus that later crusts over. or wails piteously from the smallest scratch -. while the pitiful cry of Pulsatilla makes one want to comfort and caress it. and then washed by shaking with alcohol to remove any acid that may adhere to it" (Samuel Hahnemann. The slightly older child is easily discouraged. forming flowers of sulphur. Sulphur or homeopathic use the roll sulphur of commerce is redistilled at a gentle heat.

the ears are often plagued by eczema. A chief presenting complaint is often that of frequent headaches. causing much additional pain. The Sulphur youngster screams and kicks as a warm or cool wash cloth nears the eyes." Yasgur]. (d) Nose: . whereas that of Calcarea carbonica tends to be more benign. Ricky. Dried. Pulsatilla types may also be similarly affected. Occasionally one prescribes Sulphur during acute otitis media. offensive-smelling discharge that was streaked with blood. yellow pus coagulates and prevents the eyes from opening in the morning. In Sulphur the eyelids become red. After trying Lycopodium to no effect. a Lycopodium child under chronic treatment. There are. the intense redness of the ear was noticed and the remedy Sulphur was prescribed. The eyes may feel or actually be extremely hot. The following case describes the classic Sulphur otitis. especially at the edge. (c) Ears: One usually notices the redness of the ears within the first few seconds of observation. Migraines are preceded by visual disturbances such as flickering lights and halos around objects. and during infections are almost always dry and itchy. he may report that it feels as if someone had thrown sand in his eyes. but the eyes will not be as irritated as they are in Sulphur individuals. hot eyes. The inflammatory process in Sulphur is very destructive to the mucous membranes of the eye. Many Sulphur children perspire profusely from the head. A common time to observe this symptom complex is during summer hay fever season." Yasgur] and conjunctivitis ["inflammation of the mucous membrane covering the anterion surface of the eyeball and lining the eyelids. thick. Instead of soothing the itch. water irritates every little cut. successfully ridding Ricky of the problem. however. developed an otitis with a thick. causing dacryocystitis ["inflammation of the lacrimal sac of the eye.The head is quite warm and the child often refuses to wear a hat. Finally. (b) Eyes: Sulphur influences the eyes. the water brings as much relief as applying tiny daggers might. either on them or behind them. Not so. A common cause of headaches is mental exertion. much like that found with Calcarea carbonica. a few differences. yellow. The headache tends to throb and lying down in a darkened room with the head slightly elevated on a pillow will offer some relief. If the child is old enough. and the Pulsatilla eye complaints will be categorically ameliorated by cold water applications. With all this sticky mucus and irritated. Some children say that they get headaches from school. one would naturally assume that the child would wish to cover the eyes with a damp cloth. dry. instead of helping the burning and stinging.

along with Pulsatilla. The tongue may guide us to the remedy as well. This is not because the nose is blocked. and lips. the color spreading much further than the actual ulcer. even at eight or nine years old. The easiest way to tell a Sulphuris by how bad the breath smells. reddish color. The mouth is extremely sore. and stuffy sinuses. with discharges that excoriate and redden the tip. This is a very strange clue to Sulphur children to tuck away in the back of your mind. making the child cry out in pain. rotting odor inside the Sulphur throat. the red. but can only manage to pass a little air through the nose. (g) Throat and Neck: It is not uncommon to have to decide between Sulphur and Calcarea carbonica with regard to the throat. having a bright red tip in some. such as acne. The optimistic. In reaction to what is happening inside the mouth. cry. and cracked. a mistake may easily be made here. but resemble angry red boils. (h) Asthma: . much post-nasal catarrh. (f) Mouth: Babies may be prone to aphthae [canker sores] that become bright red. At times the face may be pale. but as soon as the child begins to laugh. but because of a lack of the coordination needed to blow the nose. The throat and tonsils have a dark. the lips become red. that crop up easily in Sulphur patients. The acne becomes bright red or purplish when the teenager exercises or after taking a hot shower. Since both remedies share all these symptoms. blackheads. The child may have chronic tonsillitis. There is one very unusual thing about Sulphur that should be mentioned here. especially during adolescence. red edges join the red tip. or become excited. ears. swollen glands. make clucking sounds when trying to scratch an itchy upper palate with the tongue. Occasionally I meet a child who cannot blow his or her nose. The first and most striking feature of the face is the redness of the eyes. happy nature of the child can often be read on the face. the hapless youngster huffs and puffs and tightens the chest. especially during bouts of hay fever. while in others. ruddy glow suddenly radiates. Sulphur children. chapped. There is a decaying. with huge tonsils. and may feel as if they are on fire.The nose may be affected in a similar manner to the eyes. The next trait one notices is the skin eruptions. or eczema. (e) Face: There are so many clues to the remedy written on the face of a Sulphur that it is often tempting not to elicit a full case history at all and just give the obvious remedy. These are not little eruptions.

If the child is in school. The fever attending the infection rises as the day goes on. and regurgitation to vomiting or diarrhea after drinking the slightest amount of it. They often dislike milk. or follow a cold that has dropped into the chest. The . The first group consists of those who are thin and hungry all the time. (i) Pneumonia: Sulphur is one of the most frequently prescribed remedies for pneumonia. It is ameliorated in the open air. Lack of appetite combined with much thirst is a symptom frequently observed in many of the child's acute illnesses and should be remembered as a Sulphurkeynote. therefore. but never totally lost the cough. bringing up green mucus as if there is no end to the supply. The reaction can be anything from gas. panting.The bronchi and lungs are often involved. the Sulphur child with any health complaint will remain thirsty. bloating. (k) Food Cravings and Aversions: Sulphur children desire sweets. there is a great deal of perspiration on the face and extreme fatigue. being in a warm room. When these children are having breathing problems. many parents of Sulphur offspring bring their children for the treatment of asthma. The cough is aggravated by lying on the back. and they strongly dislike eggs. The child seems to cough incessantly. and meat. who love eggs. Sulphur children tend to be very thirsty. they eat voraciously the rest of the day. spicy foods like pizza. having the same sorts of reactions to it that Natrum muriaticum does. or getting warm at night. especially for ice-cold drinks. A common story is that the Sulphur child had pneumonia of the left lung and then recovered slowly. especially exposure to mold or cats. either current or residual. by ten or eleven o'clock she is feeling faint and finding it hard to concentrate. These children eat little snacks throughout the day and then merely pick at supper. Because they often skip their morning meal. This helps to differentiate them from children requiring Calcarea carbonica. which finally yields a white or yellowish expectoration. She becomes hypoglycemic and hyperactive and. They dislike sour foods. dry. The second group does not wish to eat much at all. drinking large quantities of cold water or soda pop. In fact. The child becomes hot. they are particularly hungry from eleven o'clock until noon. and needing ventilation from an open window to ease his or her breathing. more difficult to control. The asthma may also be triggered by household allergies. (l) Stomach: Stomach symptoms found in practice belong to two general groups of children. (j) Bronchitis: There is a hard. The asthma may alternate with or follow a skin eruption. While they may not like to eat breakfast. uncovering the legs or the whole body. racking cough. (m) Rectum: The rectum is the most ill-affected portion of the digestive tract.

Personal hygiene is not high on the list ofSulphur priorities. A final observation is that the entire area around the anus. The child is very cross and cries. the skin locally turns purple and aften develops an infection. diarrhea ensues. like the anus. The children walk about barefoot even in the winter and stick their feet out of the covers at night. and does not wish to be talked to. even with a respiratory tract infection. The diarrhea is usually painless in itself except for the excoriated anus it produces. (n) Urogenital System: Boys: The history elicited may contain many bouts of inflammation of the penis. sometimes having two or three (or more) movements a day. whereas in Sulphur it tends to be so painful that the child refuses to move his bowels for fear of the pain it will bring. elbows. The eruption can be of any type from scales. and itching of the anus. There is a poor recuperative and regenerative ability of the skin . as well as the underwear. Improper wiping after stool is the most common causative factor. not back to front. hives. touched or held. may smell bad on examination due to poor personal hygiene. Sulphur may also be thought of as one of the four main remedies for weakness of the ankles. (p) Skin: The skin is perhaps the most affected body part in Sulphur. palms. walking. Girls. or is bitten by an insect. If the child gets a scratch or cut. Parents often complain of offensive foot sweats in their little ones. The parents of some children report that the child's buttocks are sore and red to the point that sleeping. (o) Extremities: The extremities are quite warm. This weakness causes turning of the ankles or "pigeon-toed" walking. and knees that is red and itchy. even in older children. The mother states that the child tends to develop rashes all over the area.healthy Sulphur child has very regular bowel movements. In Calcarea carbonica children the constipation may be painless. The genitals. It is so acrid as to redden the anus and make the skin raw. boils and pustules to vesicles and scabs. which so easily spreads bacteria to the vaginal area. can be messy and soiled. The parents state that when the child becomes ill. The hard stools that are passed with difficulty cause burning. A main Sulphur complaint is eczema of the hands. tend to develop rashes and mild infections of the vaginal area. The eruption is almost always wet. They must always be reminded to wipe front to back. This rawness can make the child very irritable and peevish. soles. likewise. stinging. and sitting are extremely uncomfortable. One may find constipation rather than diarrhea. Diarrhea also develops quite easily every time the child is on antibiotics.

(b) The next strong Sulphur sign is the body type. eczema. they love to have a parent run a hand up and down the body. While some resemble the Calcarea carbonica type. if the child had an acute or chronic rash to which a salve or drug was applied. They sleep restlessly. There are some patients who improve quite nicely with a remedy until vaccinated. Most eruptions do not do well after bathing. and leads the child from one skin infection to another. They all itch intensely. waking up at dawn to read or watch television. and psoriasis with strong topical medications is the norm these days. For example. become taller and thinner than the rest of their age group. especially when the child becomes heated. They will be up running around. stretching out from the chubby toddler they once were. Most of the children. especially after scratching or bathing. Treating diaper rash. Sulphurs feel sleepy after eating lunch. tossing and turning. Then the case begins to unravel. jumping and doing acrobatics to burn off the last stores of that day's energy. All these eruptions have some common characteristics. or mood changes. Sulphur is the main remedy to think of for suppressed eruptions. The Sulphur neonate will have the typical diarrhea described above as well as skin that itches intensely. Important General Characteristics (Herscu): (a) The child is extremely warm-blooded. This is such a common occurrence that many parents will not remember it without persistent questioning. Most of the children will be the "early birds" in the family. a suppression of the disease has probably been accomplished. Finally. so such histories must be carefully elicited. If one elicits keynotes . diarrhea. Sleeping positions on the left side or abdomen are usually preferred. being round and plump. As they cannot yet scratch themselves. Sleep (Herscu): They may have a great amounts of energy at night and do not wish to sleep at all. and may awaken every hour or so after one or two o'clock in the morning. (d) Another situation where the remedy Sulphur can be invaluable is after vaccinations. Burning is also common. they will be much more robust and ruddy than the typical Calcarea carbonica.that makes both eruptions and surface injuries slow to heal. bronchitis. the remedy Sulphur should be considered for neonatal jaundice. (c) These children hate to get into the bath. however. They like to play outside and dislike remaining in a warm house all day. and the eruption disappeared shortly before the onset of asthma. screaming and kicking all the way to the bathroom.

When I asked who the patient was. it is easily overwhelmed by this intense curiosity. I remember eight-yearold Melinda slouching in her chair. by extrapolation. Mental/Emotional Characteristics (Herscu): In the waiting room the Sulphur child is typically all over the office exploring everything. or cerebral. they do not care a bit about their appearance. They can make contact with others quickly and gain their trust. he simply picks up a pile of toys and dumps them in a heap in the closest repository. With a smile and a winsome personality. Sulphur children in general. his shirttails are hanging out.of Sulphur in such cases. (e) Skin eruptions accompanied by intense itching and burning pains. It is this exuberance coupled with a strong sense of selfcenteredness that allows a Sulphur to both wish to and truly be able to impress others. Sulphur children tend to fall into one of four categories of temperaments: happy-go-lucky. "Meeeeee! I am the patient. pulling toys off the shelves. Already the doctor has formed certain conclusions about this child and. irritable. it can be observed that he is in charge of the play. but is rather good at clear. asking about the telephone or the computer. Most common is the happy-go-lucky. chewing gum and swinging her legs back and forth vigorously. as well as offensive-smelling discharges from practically anywhere on the body are typical. one can see that he is not accustomed to being personally neat. the child leaves a strong. wanting to know how it works and what all the wires are for. They are messy. the girl volunteered. They are curious and without fear of strangers. She seemed very relaxed even though it was her first visit to my office. The Sulphur energy. and questions that are thoughtprovoking even for adults. hyperactive. The child may have to be forced by a parent to put all the toys away. Along similar lines. It is also evident from the interaction with these new children that the Sulphur child has no fear. as his clothes are messy. as her legs were not long enough to touch the ground. If the Sulphur child is on the floor playing with other children. from informing the receptionist . Melinda's mother stated that the child was happy and easygoing. always shines out. When the child finally does comply. This is observed in many ways. and generally making a mess of the reception area. Looking at the child. they do not care about the doctor's property. Upon entering the reception area. easy communication. the doctor may find the child speaking to the secretary. If the child has any fear. positive impression. but what is more. smiling type." before her mother could answer. if will often as not put things back in order. touching the pictures. on the verge of exuberance. and his hair is flying in all directions.

or airplane mechanics. unlike the gregariousness of other Sulphur types. he has his candy or toy. They may love to read about faraway places. resembling Natrum muriaticum. As one delves deeper into the case. The cerebral Sulphur is also more haughty and condescending than one would find in aNatrum muriaticum. "You know what?" He just does not wish to be left out. Toddlers can become peevish and irritable. He immediately becomes his lovable self again and does not hold any resentment. especially since most of the physical general symptoms are the same for both remedies. The hyperactive child is commonly cured with a prescription of Sulphur. bite or pull the hair of the mother. unstoppable by parents and teachers alike. He breaks all the rules of home and school. answering questions with well-thought-out. or abuse animals when upset. the doctor may notice a slouched posture. and is able to look directly at the doctor for longer . Boys commonly spend time making airplane models and meticulously arranging baseball card collections. becoming more unruly and disobedient before lunch when the blood sugar level drops. that nobody appreciates them. They complain about household chores. The second type of Sulphur children. The cerebral Sulphur child can be quite different from other Sulphur children. direct responses. their faces quickly becoming crimson. the irritable type. farm equipment. another differentiating point to look for is that these children are not overly sensitive to any grief in their lives and that they do not hold grudges at all. They nag to be let out to play. indulge in endless science fiction books and movies. to directing the attention of other waiting patients to the blocks she just stacked. screaming so long and loudly that it is difficult to quiet them down. Then the doctor elicits the information that the child is messy instead of neat. All of these traits often mislead one to think of Natrum muriaticum. The fact that the parent is now in a rage or distraught is meaningless. have a negative attitude toward practically everything. The child has a great amount of energy. they seem dissatisfied with everything. which is all that counts. Children may become quite aggressive and may slap. crying louder and louder. These more intellectually oriented youngsters tend to have few close friends. Such children are very articulate. forgiving and forgetting easily. When they become upset they may wish to be alone and not be consoled. pestering the mother nonstop until she hits them or until they win the struggle. or even pore over technical manuals on computers.all about a new toy she just got. The Sulphur child enjoys being the center of attention. hit. Even is he is not the actual patient but rather the sibling of one. as the patient talks. It should be stressed that this irritable type is therarest form of Sulphur. he may come up and pull at the sleeve of the doctor and say. to telling the doctor she won an award at school. However. It is amazing how quickly the crying stops as soon as he has what he wanted.

With this innate intelligence comes the openness and desire to explore new situations. lethargy. They love the position and feel secure in it. are fiercely independent. The messiness in these children is just one facet of the personality that reflects an attitude that others do not really count -. and disordered. They like to do everything by following their own schedules and on their own terms. One feels almost guilty for stopping this amiable child's exploration of the office. There is a degree of joyful abandon in this disorder as opposed to other remedy types who can be wantonly destructive.periods of time. One finds four-year-olds who demand to wash and dress themselves. the child appears very bright in comparison to other children who. They devour the last piece of cake. and lack of concentration. are slower to experiment and acquire knowledge. They are strongly opinionated and have the audacity to tell any adult what their wishes are in no uncertain terms. due to shyness. It appears to be a sort of facultative breakdown that often first begins just before lunchtime and then gradually generalizes to the entire day. Their clothes. unkempt. puts dirty shoes on the furniture. and their rooms are typically dirty. There is a strong degree of self-determination in these children. or the fear of new situations. or game and them goes on to the next one. The teacher tells the parents that at . object. Sulphur children. Thus far we have seen the sharpness of the mental processes. This intelligent youth often assumes the leadership position in a group. and seems immune to repeated reprimands. Some children who need the remedy Sulphur can also enter into the opposite state of dullness. who quickly figures out the workings of a toy. It is this inquisitiveness that is partially responsible for the "messiness" of the child. As a result. drain the orange juice pitcher. If one looks past the cuteness. past the curiosity. The child tracks mud into the house. While other children may wish to be leaders. it is Sulphur children who glide effortlessly into such roles. A three-year-old girl was the only child who talked back to her parents out of a family of four children. reservation. Sulphur children then. The child touches everything. This little demolition expert makes the doctor feel like a "stick in the mud" for curtailing the happy child's fun. one can discern a selfcentered child who does not care about others' feelings or possessions. hair. and they do not mind. however. It is as if the grooming impulse and personal hygiene gene is missing from these children. do tend to have a dirty and messy appearance. or snitch the last candy bar from the cupboard. They do not do this out of meanness but rather out of only thinking of their own needs. Sulphur children are usually born with a great natural intelligence: an ability to quickly and integrate new information.that other's opinions about their habits do not count.

however. Instead of their previous top grades. Sulphur can also be materialistic. pushing away help as he struggles to tie his shoe laces or attempts some other difficult task. mine" with an angry and determined expression on his face. more time is spent on social activity. Instead. "I want to do it my own way!" he insists. Thus. As they enter the higher grades. They are by instinct .. listen to music or watch television.eleven o'clock in the morning the child begins to prop her head up in her hands with the elbows on the desk. At times. lack ambition. Anything goes for these once precocious children as long as they do not have to strain their mental faculties. and instead will try to "cram" for the test the night before or tocheat outright. the information becomes too complex to pass tests without studying. attributed to selfishness. An older child will approach whomever he had taken a fancy to and generously hand over his book or stuffed animal in the same assertive manner. It is important to think of this laziness not as a conscious choice to slack off. but as an actual dulling of the mind. As Sulphur grows older. These children may also have the wellknown anxiety about family members. gazing out blankly with almost crossed eyes due to weakness and lack of concentration.. and what's yours is negotiable.. Instead of grabbing. dolls. baseball cards. stamps. the extremes of selfishness and generosity are strangely encountered in this remedy. they now seem not to care. Don't touch!" The remedy was once successfully prescribed for this reason to an eighteen-month-old boy with a complicated respiratory tract infection: while sitting in his mother's lap he tugged at her earrings and shouted "Mine. and never finish chores. A prescription of the remedy Sulphur can do wonderful work here. he or she begins to collect things: rocks.. If a parent does not come home on time. the reverse is encountered. They no longer do their homework. is actually generated more by an extreme independence and resentment of outside interference. The children may try to bluff their way through life with a keen sense of humor. The most common fear is of heights. "By myself. since it has become more difficult to concentrate. "It's mine!. They no longer care about external demands on their mentality. They then begin to daydream frequently and stop doing well in school. they easily take tests without studying and receive adequate marks. Since they have an innate mental agility. "What's mine is mine. by myself!" he cries angrily. matchboxes. shells." At an early age the child can be quite ferocious in snatching away toys from others while protecting his own tenaciously. Sulphur (Coulter): Sometimes the Sulphur child's aggressive unwillingness to cooperate. they begin to imagine the worst and will fret and worry. babies will insistently thrust a toy or rattle into another's hand. They come home from school and lie around. or tiny china animals. Parents report that their children have poor concentration.

"Who knows? -. Here again. restless. but he was a tough little fellow (as Sulphur often is) with a demanding but basically sanguine disposition. put to bed. If any of the five disappeared. However cluttered and messy his room. This need for tactile contact with his possessions. he wanted an electric train in exchange. raised. he knows exactly where everything is and cannot bear having anything moved. Not only did the rash begin to subside immediately. He is proud of them. however. having a sharp eye for bargains and insisting that his parents shop accordingly. The child hates to part with any object. the reverse is encountered in the child who will happily trade a camera or a new BB gun for an irresistible sack of worthless old toys and feel proud about it. noise-making and movement continue to be intrinsic to his nature: slamming doors. The skin on his buttocks and groin was not only raw. was brought to the homeopath for a severe case of diaper rash.some day it might come in handy. Sitting still. tumbling downstairs.pacifiers in his possession: one in his mouth. They may not be able to sit through a meal. but also cracked and so inflamed that the heat could be felt a foot away. and colicky. talks of them. Soon after receiving a course of the remedy his eczema started to resolve and he decided to give "all" the pacifiers away to Santa Claus. He may lie awake crying at night. A vivid illustration was the eczematous three-year-old who walked into the physician's office with five -. He is always hungry and continually on the go. a fivemonth-old boy. and the remaining two dangling from each arm where he could see them. The "heated" or eruptive nature of Sulphur can be seen clearly in both the physical and mental spheres. displays them. How the baby could stand this was a mystery. and especially standing still. or seated at the table. and making noise for its own sake. then sleep most of the day. he began to sleep at night and do his playing and nursing during the day. fussing against whatever holds him back or holds him still. This situation called for Sulphur. but his inner clock was also changed. fidgeting about." He resents lending even the most easily replacable things.pack rats. Thereafter. being Sulphur. . even the most useless because.not one. The pockets of a younger Sulphur boy will be stuffed with his favorite objects. He received three doses of the remedy at twelve-hour intervals. disappearing completely in a few days. are intolerable. The child is extremely pleased with his possessions. is a particular Sulphur characteristic. During his boyhood stage Sulphur loves swapping his goods and seldom emerges the loser in these transactions. he would fly into a passion. Adults are constantly telling him. One of these night-time babies. The child may have an astonishing money sense. bright red and shiny-tight. As the boy grows older. but five -. Sulphur hates being washed. loud shouting. wanting to be fed and amused. keeping them on his person or within reaching distance. one tightly clenched in each fist. "Will he come [it was July] to get them?" However. The infant is active. dressed. Later in school they cannot sit quietly at their desks.

and television programs to be full of excitement. He loves to be outside playing ball. . the music must be stimulating and loud. He put forward two remedies. Often they are only quiet when listening to music. as most indicated. The maturing lively boy may turn his creative energies to troublemaking. movies. Tom Sawyer and Dennis the Menace. In contrast. Even here. with a most disruptive influence on the class. and engaging in various strenuous activities. one or other. riding his bicycle. Given the heat-emitting and commotion-causing qualities of this remedy. given. they may be remarkably uncomplaining. but in a constructive way. The disposition can be fiery and pugnacious. but. possessing the positive. by manifesting his leadership qualities. Medorrhinum (Nosode of Gonnorhea) edorrhinum is the sterilized and potentized product of one of those deadly acute diseases which Hahnemann recognized as basic to chronic disease. buoyant outlook of those two charming Sulphur immortals. it is hardly surprising that Sulphur is the "ace of spades" of homeopathic adolescent remedies. Some boys must always be talking. He also likes his books.just obstreperous and constantly asserting themselves. In fact. and lively stimulation. 7. He is still making waves. fast action. Thuja and Nitric Acid. They are not necessarily obnoxious -. like fire. the boy who is the social core of the class is also frequently a Sulphur. and therefore potently curative. also radiate cheerfulness."Keep quiet! Be still! Sit down!" or "Stop it!" But Sulphur needs to be active. They emanate heat. as producing symptoms "like" those of the acute gonorrheal manifestations. however.

"But. Physical Characteristics (Herscu): (a) Head: The scalp lacks oils in an inverse proportion to that which the face produces. not yielding to orthodox treatment or the more . Older children may report these eye inflammations as something that occurred in the past. and it may be impossible to obtain really satisfactory healthward progress without a few intercurrent doses of Medorrhinum" (Margaret Tyler.eyelashes falling out and a sensation of sand in the eyes -. that therefore the patient must have had the disease. let us say emphatically. proving and employing. The most common sequela is a great amount of fluid in the middle ear that causes impaired hearing."Since his early work. but with a maximum of success. (b) Eyes: Infants may develop conjunctivitis ["inflammation of the mucous membrane covering the anterior surface of the eyeball and lining the one must think that because Medorrhinum is the remedy called for by the symptoms of any case. This condition may be quite intractable and obstinate. (c) Ears: Some Medorrhinum children have frequent colds. The infant or child will catch coldsvery easily and it may seem as if he always has mucus either running from or stuffing up the nose. resulting in dry hair and a dandruffy. and hay fever abound. but tamed. first. By far more commonly the taint may have filtered down through several generations. yellow-green mucus that had to be suctioned out of the nose. -. not soon resolving as it does in children of other types. with tremendous effect. (d) Nose: Since the immune system in Medorrhinum children is damaged from birth. If these colds are repeatedly treated with antibiotics. If the eardrum ruptures. the disease-product itself. "Homeopathy has. one finds that the fluid pours out of the ear for a long time. problems such as eczema. Homeopathic Drug Pictures). asthma. flaking scalp. and so rendered absolutely harmless even to the new-born babe. The parents remember that from the first few months of life the child sneezed often and developed crusts surrounding the outside of the nostrils and was plagued by thick. The pus that is exuded is thick. greeen. after the methods of preparation and administration he laid down. The sensations that they mention -. sequelae develop in the ears. for the last 100 years [This was written in 1942] employed the deadliest poisons with not only perfect safety. we have advanced yet further." Yasgur] or blepharitis[inflammation of the eyelids] with much swelling and redness. with the absolute foreknowledge of where and how they may be relied upon merely to stimulate vitality to curative reaction and do no harm. and excoriates the entire area of the eye.are similar to Sulphur. or complain of low-level chronic blepharitis as the chief complaint.

The skin may be pale or gray toned. This is due to the excess oil produced by overzealous sebaceous glands. on their knees at the side of the bed with the abdomen and head pressed on the bed. The remedy Medorrhinum may at times be prescribed on these signs alone. Younger children develop fever blisters easily. No matter how hard they try. This may be noted as a thinness of the beard of teenaged boys. The . What may be observed in many Medorrhinum children is pencil-thin. The asthma. The constant cough is severe and seems to tear the throat apart. Chronic chest colds also plague the Medorrhinum child. rattling cough. (g) Throat and Neck: The child tends to get colds that lead to a postnasal drip with copious. Often there is a raw pain in the throat and the tonsils are painfully swollen.common homeopathic remedies. almost choking on it at times. or on the abdomen. The cough that accompanies the asthma as well as shortness of breath are both ameliorated by lying down. Occasionally. shiny look to the skin. There is a deep. especially after drinking citrus juice. The amount of facial hair is minimal. spidery-looking spots made up of dilated capillaries under the surface of the skin can be seen in infants as well as children and adults. where most other asthmatics describe the location of this sensation. narrow eyebrows. (h) Lower Respiratory System: The Medorrhinum child is susceptible to chest colds and/or asthma from birth. especially on the abdomen. thick mucus. described as "tightness. Medorrhinum is especially indicated if the child has agreenish. the face bears a keynote of this remedy and of this inherited Medorrhinum tendency in general: spider hemangiomas. they throw themselves onto the bed and bury their heads in the pillows. Some children exhibit the keynote that when they begin to cough. A one-year-old girl was brought in for chronic upper respiratory infections. The state of the nose should be considered a major confirmatory clue in the diagnosis of Medorrhinum. The reddish-blue. (f) Face: The faces of these children are often graced with very distinctive features." may be felt high up in the chest as opposed to lower in the chest. They either lie in the knee-to-chest position. especially on and around the lips. It may be ameliorated by lying on the abdomen. (e) Mouth: Occasionally a child complains of tiny blisters in the mouth that recur. The skin looks as if it were polished with wax. The child hawks or coughs up phlem. they cannot dislodge the mucus.

This is such an intense and persistent eruption that it is remembered by the parent and reported even when the child is seen much later in life after the rash has disappeared. (j) Stomach: Medorrhinum is one of the main remedies for the infantile condition commonly known as failure to thrive. The parents report that they went from one doctor to another. They can eat many pieces of citrus fruit at one sitting: "As many as there are in the house. fat. (i) Food Cravings and Aversions: The food cravings are quite unique. or green varieties. beans. In an infant or . distended abdomens after eating. and may cause or exacerbate the fiery red rash just described. and peas. due to the vomiting and diarrhea that constantly arise he will be slow to develop. These children strongly dislike any foods that tend to be slimy. round pellets. Many children have chronic constipation from birth. and even lemons. yet no matter what treatment was tried. Babies often like juice in general and orange juice in particular. Mothers notice that after the baby nurses he vomits not only milk but also yellow mucus along with the milk. burying her face in the carpet and thrusting her seat up into the air. This was the first clue to the remedy which was given to the great benefit of the tiny patient. they eat but do not gain weight as they should. tart. (l) Urogenital System: Medorrhinum children are plagued by bed wetting.worst complaint for the mother was the child's incessant wet cough. This diarrhea in infants is yellow-green. The strongest cravings are for salt. the rash would not go away. The child strains and strains. Although the child has a large appetite. She carried the sleeping child into the office and put her down on the floor and the child promptly rolled up into the knee-to-chest position. grapefruit. excoriates the anus and surrounding area. sweets. Many Medorrhinumteenagers complain of bloated. They may also have rashes and warts on the penis. After the remedy is given the children usually begin to quickly put on weight and height. In older children. (k) Rectum: The infants usually have a characteristic fiery red rash around the genitals and anus. only to pass very hard. Many times the favorite is citrus: oranges. as well as onions. especially the sour. and unripe fruit. Boys may develop an acute phimosis (inflammation of the foreskin of the penis). and has an offensive odor. They have a great thirst for cold drinks and especially love to chew on ice. The child may have diarrhea from birth along with the other symptoms of failure to thrive previously described. The urine is acid with a very strong odor." tells one mother.

and occasionally suicidal. (n) Skin: The skin of Medorrhinum children is susceptible to growths such as moles and warts. most especially of the ankles. Even infant girls may develop a vaginal discharge. hot feet can be seen protruding from the covers during sleep. The cycle tends to be irregular. pelvic inflammatory disease. This swelling is a good guiding symptom for the remedy. (m) Extremities: Two clues to the prescription of Medorrhinum are persistent. especially in the breast area. Girls may develop a variety of vaginal infections very early. What stands out most in Medorrhinum cases is the degree of swelling of the joints. what is more unusual in sexually inactive girls. The blood may be dark and clotted. and ameliorated by motion. and gives off an offensive odor. is that the adolescent feels chilly before the flow. Medorrhinum should be the first remedy considered for painful soles. Medorrhinum should be one of the first remedies considered for infants who have eczema from birth. weepy. and both tend to masturbate as children. an arthritis that often begins in the ankles or knees. if in the same bed. The child wants her shoes and socks off and often walks barefoot through the house. Many boys awaken with erections and. Teens may complain of a painful stiffness in the joints. even in the wintertime or on cold cement. The infants often have very bad rashes in the genital area. if one can ask and confirm it. Both sexes engage in early sexual experimentation. Another common keynote of Medorrhinum is that children bite their nails to the quick. and uncommon warmth of the feet. The alternation of eczema and asthma or eczema and . Older girls may likewise develop vaginitis and. in damp weather. like to rub against the parents or siblings. An acccurate keynote. nervous up and down movements of the child's feet. girls may become sad. Older children may complain of pain and swelling of the soles and ankles. The menstrual flow in adolescents is also often affected. Also before the flow. Arthritis is aggravated at night. The flow may arrive with ovarian pains so intense that the girl doubles over with them. especially if the eczema alternates with bouts of asthma. Some children describe a feeling as if their joints are tightening up and that they must "pop" them to loosen them up and get relief. making the child favor the sides or edges of the feet as a walking surface. In the evening these two characteristics combine and fidgety.young child such a history reveals that a parent or grandparent at one time had contracted gonorrhea.

Sleep (Herscu): The Medorrhinum child tends to be a "night person. The child may either wake up with much frantic energy. but these children also tend to get many insect bites and allergic reactions to these bites. the child does very well. The original prescription may have matched the case perfectly. It is peculiar. Quite a few Medorrhinum children have vitiligo. especially on the face.allergies is very consistent with this remedy type. are common themes. It is as if there were a genetic flaw that undermined the child's vital defenses and made them too weak to react properly to the well-chosen remedy in order to reestablish homeostasis. a few Medorrhinum keynotes arise. especially the feet. bitten by animals. or wake up tired and unrefreshed. The child may develop neurodermatitis and hives from drinking citrus juice or eating strawberries. A common scenario follows: After prescribing the first correct and well-chosen non-Medorrhinum remedy. with much tossing and turning. Also consistent is the ease with which the eczema is suppressed by strong medications and thereafter the child develops respiratory problems or bone disease in response. Many Medorrhinum children have nightmares. The child is very hot and will often sleep naked and uncovered. Medorrhinum should be among the first remedies contemplated for lipomas or fat cysts. consisting of large. etc. one may find the patches becoming pigmented and fading away. they favor sleeping on the abdomen or in the knee-to-chest position with the buttocks in the air. Being chased. Yet after a time the case stalls. (b) Medorrhinum should be considered for children who appear stunted in . Even though their sleep is restless. After the remedy is given. The skin may appear oily all over the body. Important General Characteristics (Herscu): (a) The remedy Medorrhinum is frequently prescribed after the case has been treated first with another remedy." finding it difficult to fall asleep until late at night. Most especially commented upon is the thrashing of the legs throughout the night. circular patches of pale discoloration on the face and abdomen.. Medorrhinum is prescribed and the child progresses nicely again. Their sleep is restless. Simultaneously.

I once treated a six-year-old girl who showed violent tendencies in general and who liked to "pick" at her vagina all the time. then to the bones and joints. pain killers. masturbating. although the former is much more common. especially respiratory symptoms. what do you have under that thing?" and tore the patch off the astonished man's face! This overly-exuberant nature often leads to early experimentation with drugs and other experience-altering substances such as model airplane glue fumes. (c) A detailed family history is of the utmost importance. The family tree may begin with diseases of the skin. asthma. (e) All their discharges are offensive smelling. Most children of this type are very extroverted and vital. They usually play hard and enthusiastically. parents report of their young children such behaviours as erections. and before his huffing mother could catch up. There is a great deal of sexual acting out at an early age as well. carrying as they do a genetically determined constitutional weakness. and then to the heart. may first offer a clue to the probability of a Medorrhinum layer existing in the child. angina. and repeatedly being found naked with young neighbor children. acrid. A directness. An older patient in a wheelchair and wearing an eye patch was waiting in the reception area. or mental development. The Medorrhinum child has a number of distinctive characteristics in the psychological and mental spheres.physical. arthritis. which progress from there to the respiratory tract. A Medorrhinum child. Mental/Emotional Characteristics (Herscu): Medorrhinum children are among those who are frequently ill from birth. open air and dislike heat. . this vitality is amplified to the point of irritating those around them. cough medicine. either in one person or across a family lineage. emotional. and profuse. Extreme extroversion or extreme introversion may be reported. This "open" type of Medorrhinum can easily approach total strangers and begin a conversation on almost any subject. at times extreme. kissing and playing erotically with both adults and other children. (d) These are hot-blooded children who like the cool. he lunged at the patient and yelled. They enjoy socializing and usually have many friends. "Hey. and even car exhaust. With some embarrassment. and heart disease. The child would coerce her mother to dress her in the tightest possible clothes and underwear. For some. Howard. (f) Health complaints are ameliorated by lying on the abdomen. The Medorrhinum child's family history may contain diseases common to this remedy type: gonorrhea. burst into the office. There is a general unability to shake acute illnesses quickly or totally.

he can fight everyone around him. Such energy may over time lead to a true hyperactive state. and helped whatever physical complaint brought the child to the homeopath in the first place. most often indicates a need for this remedy. breaking three bones in his hand. who suddenly became angry. siblings. The child becomes implacable. . In this state. "I want this!" while tugging at the doctor's stethoscope and screams and carries on until the object is handed over. even parents and bigger. Parents state that during these "mean" times. The child may even wait for his chance and take reprisals against the parents. When this happens. especially when the child is contradicted or reprimanded. The parents report extreme polarity of behaviour. always seeming to be in a big rush. brought more emotional balance. Another negative attribute commonly found in these children is meanness and cruelty. The child yells.Evidence of greater than normal vitality may be observed in their hurried behaviour. even in the case of a threeyear-old. punched his fist into a door. it can lead to frequent quarrels. The parents confirm that the child does everything quickly. without apparent cause. time and time again. incapacitating inertia. throwing things andstriking their parents. the fitful. Hyperactive Medorrhinum children cannot concentrate very well. An episodic cruelty or rudeness. The parents assert that it is no use to try and reason with the child once his mind is made up. and out-and-out fighting. Parents bemoan the constant struggle to determine who is in control. the child wants his own way even more and seems to develop superhuman strength. changeable nature of the child. and friends without remorse. the child can become totally out of control. where meaningful discipline or punishments are impossible. They are messy by nature and may be confused with hyperactive Sulphur children because of this. Like many symptoms of this remedy. coupled with high energy. This meanness can help to differentiate Medorrhinum from other remedies sharing similar physical symptoms. swinging from very sweet and charming to very nasty and destructive. and without thought of the pain it might impose on the child himself. screaming matches. One troubled teenager. These fitful children may become very obstinate and bossy. the exact opposite may be true: there may be periodic swings toward total. ameliorated fits of anger. At school they may become restless to the point of wildness. They have found that attempts to discipline the child in this state only have a deleterious or negligible effect. The situation can quickly degenerate into a struggle for control in which the parents have to physically overpower the child in order to stop a tantrum or other violent behaviour. and a prescription has. when times of great aggressiveness alternate with times of introversion and playful coyness. especially when tired. Selfdestructive tendencies born of hot tempers and mindless fitfulness. are characteristics of this remedy. stronger siblings with great tenacity.

He would even hide his own toys and blame his brother for stealing them just to get him into trouble. It was as if the contact that she made with her parent in that fashion was desirable." In the office a careful listener will frequently hear this type of lying: the parents describe a negative trait. Others hide behind the parent's chair or behind a plant and yell. As soon as a parent became angry with her. like temper tantrums or cursing. In addition to behaving violently themselves. He seemed not to know of affection at all. and almost longs for a reprimand and punishment. "It's not my fault. Some lying is evoked by jealousy of siblings." These little ones remember everyone else's perceived transgressions and desire to mete out appropriate retribution while forgetting their own substantial meanness and trespasses against others. Medorrhinum children are often caught lying. . They blurt out angrily. He would steal and hide his brother's toy because he did not one also. Another form of lying by omission is noted in children who do not wish to have anything "bad" said about them. The length of time can be amazing. Explosive violence and other generally antisocial behaviour is reported upon the slightest contradiction. she would become cooperative and sweet. If her mother told her not to make noise at the theater. Since some children appear not to comprehend parental love." This lying by omission in children can evolve into an adult behaviour. toys. the physical trappings of love. If the doctor finally turns to the child and asks. They scream. these children like to observe violence as well. but their reactions speak loudly of the remedy itself. "What didn't happen?" the child will say "That didn't happen lately" or "That didn't happen on Thursday like Mom said. they may measure love by getting equal shares of objects. No one does. and the child will exclaim over and over with the utmost conviction. it was guaranteed that she would yell so her mother would be moved to swat her. The child may nag and confront a parent until getting an emotional rise out of him or her. I remember nine-year-old Sally. needs. who would provoke a fight whenever possible.Another was to guage the depth of the obstinacy is to see how long children hold grudges. I know a boy who wanted a duplicate of everything that his brother had. "No! No! Stop!" at the parents as they describe ordinary symptoms to the doctor. Lying often begins with the relatively innocuous and common excuse. desiring only the outer manifestations. even in small children. Medorrhinum children exhibit temper tantrums that are often rooted in a great intolerance of contradiction. They love to watch scary or violent movies with lots of blood and gore. Loving attention by a parent may go unheeded or even be rejected by such a child. "I'm not telling!" in answer to any question asked of them. "No I don't! No I don't!" in response to every point. It is as if she wants. and food. "I'm gonna get him back.

The child is easily confused by more abstract information. They are usually poor spellers and forget the meaning of words. Many children who require the remedy Medorrhinum are pseudoambidextrous. There is a subgroup of Medorrhinum children that is shy and timid. abstract theoretical knowledge is easily lost. spending a long time trying to fashion letters correctly. There can be a chronic mental disconnectedness symptomatic of both the remedy and the inherited susceptibility. This is also manifested as manipulativeness. While the child may forget what was heard or read. It is not that they are equally able to use either hand as a true ambidextrous person can. she can still remember concepts that have visual. especially those revolving around school projects. The first problem is an inborn mental and physical dwarfing.There is a thoughtless selfishness. the Medorrhinum child who is a slow learner is perfectionistic. mistakes in speech. they may switch hands during activities and never quite master a skill with either one. Their fragile concentration is easily broken by any noise. They can have difficulty expressing themselves clearly. Anomalies in gross or fine motor skills abound. The second is only a functional problem with the ability to concentrate. or do homework. Because of this. In teenagers. and poor recall are not due to mental dullness so much as to confusion. write. He may also walk with a jerky gait. The boys of this subgroup are softhearted and sensitive to an extreme degree. The child may tattle on other siblings so that he will receive more attention. as though from a minor chromosomal defect. the slow dissipation of attention that takes place over a period of years and is replaced by growing confusion. the child begins to procrastinate and to hate being pushed to read. Initially. In general. . but rather that they do not have a dominant hand. For the second type of child. A child may not be able to use scissors or demonstrate good penmanship. The former difficulties include a memory weak from babyhood on. This is due to decreased confidence in his own mental capabilities. Parents are often told that the child requires Ritalin. An inferiority complex is observed in their demeanor during the interview. The child needing Medorrhinum may have one of two main problems in the ability to think clearly. they are either intermittently or consistently bashful and introverted. confusion is seen most commonly in schoolrelated learning. Behaviour can reflect a complete disregard for the wishes of others. especially for conceptual thought. experiential clues. even lying to get a sibling into trouble. This type of child begins to lose the thread of conversations. As memory declines over time. the short attention span often leads doctors to diagnose an attention deficit disorder. They can become mentally dull and develop increased anxiety about upcoming events. As the confused state worsens over months and years. Dyslexia.

On the other hand. This self-blame can lead to more extreme selfdestructive behaviour. It is not that they do or say anything that could be considered repulsive. he aggressively punches his way out. They start to take drugs and smoke cigarettes. One final note on the mind: if the doctor is very attentive to his or her own feelings about and reactions to the patient. something under the water may come up and snatch them. As these children grow up they become increasingly more introverted. Some girls even begin to physically punish themselves. Many become depressed. In such a severe emotional condition. they should never be the sole treatment. Some of these children elicit a feeling of disgust in others. One final comment on eating disorders: while homeopathic remedies can be very effective in helping to rebuild the body as well as the mind. feeling that all around them is blackness and depression. it is just a general feeling in the observer of something repellent that seems to exude from the child. a love of bathing in the ocean is also sometimes characteristic of this remedy. especially in the dark. unseen things. They become gloomy. completely losing all reason in doing so. . These unfortunates have no confidence or pride in themselves. but when she finally forces herself to eat. In their depression they begin to act out."something eerie in the house lurking in the dark. but instead with a sense of despondency. A homeopath's success rate with these disorders will rise dramatically if treatment is combined with family-centered counseling and skill-oriented therapies that work on developing new methods of relating to food. Another fear that about one in five Medorrhinum children has is the fear of closed-in places. Any time the child wrestles and becomes pinned down. just as more extrovertedMedorrhinum children do. There is one major clue that will make one consider Medorrhinum over other remedies for anexoria: the adolescent may not eat for days. This taking of drugs is not done with the relish and enjoyment found in their outgoing counterparts. She blames herself for anything that goes wrong in her life as a way of justifying her self-destructive behaviour. some girls may develop anorexic or bulimic behaviour. The two most common stressors that make the girl more vulnerable to suicidal impulses are drug use and premenstrual tension. starving herself so that she emaciates. this alone may provide a strong clue as to whether or not this remedy is needed. A common fear of Medorrhinum children is the fear of being alone. she will eat mainly fruit. cutting their arms with razors. This fear is related to the fear of eerie. The reason behind this fear is really a deeper fear of an unseen "presence. Fear of large bodies of water is the other well-known fear of this remedy type.The mother may state that the child has been psychologically tested and found to have very low self-esteem. This is a major indication for the remedy.

as seen most clearly in hyperactive children with uncontrolled exuberance. or the focus supplying intensity are internal welling up that finds urgent release in an eruptive and exuberant form. at a loss for words or breaking off in the midst of a sentence. never a distinguishing feature). He is always in a great hurry. in a compulsive rush of words. In fact. to him.Medorrhinum (Coulter): Even if Medorrhinum starts out to behave moderately and methodically. Thus even in speech habits. He takes the second step before the first. knowledge is born of action. somehow his actions take on a non-systematic. the individual might be unable to collect his thoughts. and may be even hard put to express himself. He talks hastily. can be positive traits. or must first be experienced in action. Medorrhinum may perform in spurts of haste because he fears that otherwise he will not only lose his thread of thought but also his rush of inspiration. have difficulty concentrating his mind on abstract subjects. The case of a brain-damaged boy of six is an example. hurling himself into any chosen endeavor: "When my mind is on a particular point. they become serious handicaps. beginning in midthought. Medorrhinum is one of the most effective remedies for the unruly or undisciplined youngster who is constantly touching things. but the brain had . fail to act. when the energy-generating pressure.the general way in which he processes knowledge and experience. repeating himself frequently as if fearful of being misunderstood. sometimes to my own detriment. at times in garbled phrases. The condition had commenced at the age of eight months when he suddenly stopped breathing and had to be rushed to the emergency room. this nosode's overall pattern is encountered -. As mentioned previously. His life was saved. This contributes to his impatience. The following cases will help to illustrate this. while rushing to accomplish everything that is on his agenda. Medorrhinum is usually prescribed as an intercurrent remedy when well-selected remedies. Another idiosyncratic Medorrhinum symptom is a deranged sense of time. he is a likely to hurt himself as others. breaking them. enthusiasm. tripping over himself. encouraging high productivity and nourishing talent. eruptively. The hurried quality is often exhibited in Medorrhinum's very speech." an adult patient admits. and rashly lurching to do everything hastily -. Exuberance. I act as if it were the only thing in the world. or even comprehensible. exuberant coloration. But when unmanageable or misdirected. He must act out a situation before it is credible. even excess. Yet. A methodical approach tries his patience (at best. The child does not learn from being told that the stove is hot but must burn himself more than once before anticipating the consequences of his actions. Time seems to move too slowly. Such behaviour actually reflects a deeper stratum of the Medorrhinum makeup -. that match the case very well. He puts everything off until the last moment and must then operate in haste and under pressure.

and his reading skills were below age level. He was a notorious procrastinator. a patient's preferred lying or sleeping position can be crucial for choosing a remedy.been impaired. Certain intellectual disabilities remained. As is typical of such cases. When first seen by the homeopath he was mentally retarded. talking disconnectedly and off topic. then working in haste until very late. But his progress was not uniform. Natrum muriaticum. Although he still went off on a tangent occasionally. and Calcarea carbonica. although still in school for the learning disabled. its effect did not hold. and the case once again jumped forward. and soon afterwards the parents noticed signs of inadequate mental development. especially in mathematics. In many other developmental areas. There were several suggestive symptoms. Especially in the early stages of treatment he occasionally relapsed and seemed to lose ground. got good grades. so the physician resolved to address a probable underlying level. then less frequently in ascending potencies. the same was true for Sulphur. emitting peculiar noises. in severe asthma attacks she breathed better from lying draped over a chair with her head down -. however. his behaviour degenerated. This illustrates what might be called the nosode's "tugboat role" of assisting other remedies to do their work. and retreated into his autistic world. Sulphur. he was able to take his place as a well-functioning member of his class and family. he could carry on thoughtful conversations most of the time and displayed a well-developed moral sense. and. and with a two-year old's sense of responsibility for his behaviour and actions. he now responded to the indicated remedy. Calcarea interesting variant of Medorrhinum's time-honored symptom: better in the knee-chest position. Lycopodium.). Over the course of a year it was the girl's principal asthma remedy and proved wonderfully curative. A final case was a twelve-year-old girl suffering from asthma. Although Tuberculinum is the classic nosode for this condition. He attended a special school where he learned little and could not relate to his peers. . His progress in developing mental strength was heartening. failed to act. etc. furthermore. In fact. or Baryta carbonica. putting off all the weekend homework until Sunday night. had helped in the past. Psorinum. he was given a dose of Medorrhinum 10M or 50M. He was primarily Sulphur. Another case was a ten-year-old boy with nocturnal enuresis [bed wetting]. or possibly due to it. which he received regularly during years of homeopathic treatment. Medorhinum 200X was prescribed every week for a month. living isolated in his own autistic world. When Sulphur. he would make loud noises. Natrum muriaticum. the boy's study habits provided the guiding symptoms to the curative Medorrhinum. despite the unnecessary pressure. he was well within the normal range of normality. but above all. a prime remedy for children's asthma. While Natrum sulphuricum. which are generally the most useful remedies for treating mental retardation (also the less severe dyslexias. and Arsenicum. He generally succeeded in completing the assignments on time and. at length. and Pulsatilla had helped only marginally. He was as controlled and responsible as any other teenager.

By the methods of Hahnemann.The obvious question is whether the nosodes should not have been administered at the start. But Medorrhinum. "And as to any objections to its use. killed and sterile and triturated and. Physical Characteristics (Herscu): (a) Head: The head provides a number of clues to this prescription. but it is only 'like to like' that makes contact. in alcoholic tincture. and they all act. These children develop ringworm of the scalp very easily. and of that. who needs them and is therefore hypersensitive to their action. only sufficient used to medicate a few tinest pellets of milk sugar. It is a 'nosode' which in one form or another. Neither is the delicate preparation per se a power. 'If phthisis [tuberculosis] can be cured by bread and butter or attar of roses. The . nor is the sick man sensitive all round. and yet perfectly innocuous to a healthy infant a day old. especially down the centre of the back. like any nosode. Most parents remember this hair. Burnett says. as it is not very common for babies to be so hirsute. In potency. merely one part in a decillion. often acts especially well when held in reserve. in the 30th potency. but if not. well and good. and then things happen. then let us have something that will cure it'" (Tyler). 8. one would be sorry to be without. and is then brought out with a dramatic flourish. founded on its unpleasant origin. Did it break through some impediment to cure and help resolve the case because its way had been paved by the earlier remedies or was it the simillimum from the start? Since every case is unique. Tuberculinum (Tuberculin Nosode) here have been many preparations from different manifestations of tubercule. one can only speculate. the most terrible poisons and disease products can be so tamed and roped-in as to affect curatively the strong man. The first clue is that these children are often born with a large amount of long hair on the scalp and on the back.

as in Phosphorus and Lycopodium. the child notices that everything he looks at just before a headache strikes has a blue tinge to it. (b) Headaches: Headaches can be caused by studying or by reading or watching television for too long. causing Tuberculinum children to develop chronic fluid in the ears. observation is that these children sometimes sweat profusely. or weak eye muscles that give rise to weakness of accommodation such as myopia. especially from the scalp and forehead. This is very confirmatory of Tuberculinum. Sulphur. beautiful eyelashes. This is only peculiar to a few remedy types and so may be used to confirm the remedy. The children who develop upper respiratory infections also develop blue allergic "shiners" around the eyes. These children are often born with strabismus. Some strike their heads against a wall or the floor when they are mad. however. all of which cause the child to develop headaches from reading. full. The headaches are severe. (c) Eyes: Just as these children are often born with long hair on the head. though rare. Occasionally. (d) Ears: The adenoids enlarge easily. The third clue is that these children often strike their heads. they are also born with long. The child has a twinkle or brightness in the eyes like that found in Phosphorus. An interesting. when they burrow their heads into the pillow or hit their heads against the pillow or mattress as a way to relax. The most common time. These children develop recurrent ear infections in which the ear becomes red and painful. is during attempts to sleep. zigzags. the headache may be preceded by a feeling of severe emptiness of the stomach and anintense hunger. Others do it during a headache.eruption causes circular patches of hair to fall out. astigmatism. The ear . with so much pain that it typically leaves the little patient ravaged for days afterward. Eczema may occur on the eyelids. Also. during a headache. and lights. making the victims cry before the eardrum finally and inevitably ruptures. The headache may begin with visual disturbances like those found in Natrum muriaticum. The sclera [the white of the eye] may have a blue hue. and Phosphorus: flickering.

These frequent colds begin when cold. such as cleft palate or a small dental arch. sleep. (g) Mouth. The teeth are greatly affected. Finally. Nosebleeds occur from overheating. the teeth may be ground down and perfectly flat! (h) Throat and Neck: The throat may show large tonsils from repeated or chronic tonsillitis. These children grind their teeth in their sleep. so that some of the teeth will lay in front of or behind the others. (f) Face: The face is often pale. The child may be born with anomalies. the teeth are too crowded and will not align properly along the dental line. yellow mucus that extends to the ears. Others develop chronic corysas after they drink milk products. white discharge that lasts for months. especially on the cheeks. Authentic corysas begin with the production of thick.then discharges thick. The central line of the face (the nose. and lungs. Then the nose begins to run with a clear mucus. Tuberculinum perspires quite easily on the face. exertion. fevers. The other problem is the ease with whichTuberculinum children contract colds. sinuses. or pale with patches of ruddiness. or from the slightest blow to the nose. In most. yellow pus. Commonly seen are teeth that are severely serrated. First is the curious fact that the child may be born withtoo many sets of teeth. noted most during exertion or sleep. one will be able to palpate all the cervical lymph nodes. and central forehead) is most affected. With tonsillitis or any respiratory infection (even if the child does not currently have an infection but tends to contract them). if a child is old enough to have worked at it for awhile. (e) Nose: The nose is affected in two ways. Sometimes this discharge develops into a chronic condition with a thin. almost to the point of boils. wet weather passes through the area. The face may have terrible acne in the teenager. The child who has allergies wakes up with a stuffy nose that stays stuffy until he goes outside to play. just as it does in Calcarea carbonica. chin. as they .

(k) Pneumonia: Tuberculinum is one of the best remedies to give during pneumonia with chills. Afflictions vary from physical deformities to acute or chronic infections. Parents might add that it is always there but that sometimes it gets worse. and so the children maintain this cough. Once an acute cough is fully developed. it is aggravated in a warm room and eased somewhat in the fresh. vomiting. pleurisy. Headaches also prevail at these times. There are a few symptoms common to all these respiratory infections. only to suddenly develop a new infection. The shape of the chest and rapid growth during adolescence often lead to chest pains. hard cervical glands.will be large and indurated. causing shortness of breath and wheezing. and high fevers that recur in the afternoon. and where there is a distinctly red face. A child seems to recover from one attack. The nodes of the neck will feel like a chain of marbles. The child has a high fever in the evening that is accompanied by a red face. The coughing fits that accompany the pneumonia typically begin in the afternoon and consist of dry. just as might be expected from the remedy's namesake. (j) Weak Lungs: Lung problems may begin from the first day of life. This is . Some of these children are born with fluid in the lungs. nausea. or bronchopneumonia. felt as stitches whenever there is exertion. Such a cough becomes more noticeable after playing outside in cold air. profuse perspiration. (i) Chest: The chest is greatly affected in these children. however. open air. The chest may be narrow and long or take the form of a pigeon chest or a funnel chest. Weakness of the lungs precludes the ability to recuperate completely. Most catch colds frequently that drop into the lungs and settle into a persistent cough. painful coughs that make the child cry. croup. Tuberculinum children develop chronic coughs due to a little tickle in the back of the throat. retaining perhaps only a lingering cough. The lungs of the pneumonia patient are full of mucus that makes breathing difficult. The health history commonly reveals repeated and frequent bouts of bronchitis. and very swollen. whooping cough.

This can be recognized by the fact that they can eat as much as an adult but not gain any weight. butter.especially the case when lying down at night. (o) Rectum: If present. spices. and macaroni and cheese. as well as bone aches throughout the body. yogurt. peanut butter. set off by animal fur or by pollen and grasses. (m) Food Cravings and Aversions: They strongly crave cold milk and spicy meats such as ham. especially if these are smoked. and salami. They desire cold water during coughing fits. It may be the allergic variety. Tuberculinum youngsters may have an increased appetite before or during a headache. (n) Stomach: Children tend toward poor nutrient absorption or a fast metabolic rate. They also have a high thirst for cold water. moaning with the pain of each spasm. sausages. They perspire profusely all over with this illness. eggs. It may follow an acute infection such as pneumonia or come on during a simple cold. In Tuberculinum cases the main clue is the strong desire for cold milk. the child may not be able to bring it up. Diarrhea develops. some children drinking gallons a day. Sufferers cough and cough. Like Phosphorus and Lycopodium children. with the stools becoming very hard and consisting of little balls. even if they themselves are chilly. About a third to a half of Tuberculinum children are averse to eating meat as well as vegetables. feeling an emptiness in the stomach that must be filled with food. They constantly grind their teeth. (l) Asthma: These children may also develop asthma quite easily. Many have a strong desire for sweets. bacon. The remedy Tuberculinum is also helpful for children who have had pneumonia that never fully resolved and left them with the type of ongoing cough described here and a tendency for recurring bouts of bronchitis. It is accompanied by . While much mucus can be heard in the rattling breathing. constipation is usually quite severe. most especially on the face. salt.

The more common complaint. Boys tend to masturbate from the early age of four or five years. forcing the child to run to the bathroom. though. The problem may be lifelong or have only begun after an acute illness. two. The loose stools often persist long after the illness has ended. but especially respiratory disease and fevers. The thin Tuberculinum child may suffer from lactase deficiency. and swelling of the breasts. backaches. Diarrhea may accompany any illness. This is unusual as most women experience relief as the flow becomes heavier.colic. it will be realized that the stools do not have the characteristically strong Sulphur odor. (p) Urogenital System: Enuresis: The remedy Turberculinum is the best friend that the parents of a bed wetter can have. for some children this type of stool gets to be the norm. The stool is painlessly and explosively expelled without effort. In other children. is diarrhea. there may appear to be no reason for the diarrhea. It is commonly found that after the remedy has acted the sleep is not as profound and the child will awaken if needed. After the remedy does not work and the case is reanalyzed. Some thin. For most children the cause of the problem is that they cannot rouse themselves from a deep sleep to get up and go to the bathroom. The common history elicited from the parents is that the child has recurrent bouts of diarrhea that last for one. or even three months. causing profuse diarrhea every time milk is taken. They can get to be fourteen or fifteen years and . Embarrassed parents mention that the child either masturbates or is always touching his genitals and can maintain an erection. This is common with Sulphur and may lead the doctor to mistakenly prescribe it. complaining of severe cramps. Girls: Even from menarche the girls develop dysmenorrhea before the period. It is interesting to note that the pains increase with the flow. socially-stigmatizing disorder than any other remedy in the materia medica. nor do they excoriate the anus as one would expect to find with that remedy. It occurs mainly in the morning when the child wakes up. This remedy has cured more children of the embarrassing. The specific symptoms of the diarrhea may remind one of Sulphur. emaciated-looking girls do not begin to menstruate at the normal age.

thin person grows weaker and more lethargic. and first motion after rest. swollen glands. or become ingrown. The problem is not so much the menstrual cycle or the lack of it. The child kicks the legs vigorously from the knees down. Fingernails and toenails may split or peel easily. The child perspires from the feet. there may also be scoliosis. There may be abnormally slow bone growth. a change of weather. With every growth spurt. Along with pigeon or funnel chest. one may notice that they are deformed and crooked. The children may be bowlegged or have weak ankles that frequently turn. The child may have deformities of the limbs. be plagued by hangnails. The child just lies around watching television until the growth reaches a plateau. turned medially or laterally. Teenagers may complain that their backs hurt whenever they stand for too long and feel better if they walk about or play. rest. as the child continues to grow older. and aching joints. Children . The pains and stiffness are aggravated by damp weather. It is incredible to watch these crippled digits straighten out over a period of months with the prescription ofTuberculinum. but rather a deep constitutional disorder that may first make itself known at the expected time of menarche. tonsillitis. Alternately. Looking at the fingers and toes. (r) Extremities. They are ameliorated by continued motion and heat. sitting or standing for too long. However. have slow comprehension. the tall. These girls begin to lose weight in their teens. One may observe out of the corner of an eye that the feet and legs are restless during the interview. and develop one respiratory disease after another. (s) Arthritis: Tuberculinum is one of the common remedies for juvenile arthritis. X-ray examination will reveal that the child is falling behind in bone development.still not show any sign of approaching menarche. (q) Back. the child may undergo rapid bone growth accompanied by many problems in overall health. There may be no apparent problem during the first few years. especially at night. with problems such as a runny nose.

The pains wander and are accompanied by swelling. Perspiration is evident all over the body. making Tuberculinum the main remedy for this condition. After the inflammation stops. He may need to rock to sleep or bang his head rhythmically on the pillow until he fades away. . The eczema and hives have common modalities: the itching is intense at night. one finds it is pale. In general. and has a translucent quality. the joint remains large and becomes externally pale looking. Tuberculinum is the main remedy to consider for a fever of unknown origin. but especially on the head. heat and redness. The fevers usually begin to rise at three or four o'clock in the afternoon and continue into the night. Eczema also readily develops. delicate. dropping in the morning and rising once again in the afternoon. This type of skin is very susceptible to ringworm. This apparent cessation of the arthritic process only seems to prompt another joint to go through the same sequence of events. thin. the health history may contain the fact that the child was born hirsute. Looking at the child's skin. (t) Skin: As mentioned before. A great thirst for cold water is not uncommon. The child may develop hives. The overall allergic predisposition of the child may show itself on the skin as well as in the respiratory system. This is a big keynote for the remedy. and is especially intense when the child is undressing for the night. as it is in cold air or during cold. Sleep (Herscu): Even though the child is tired he may find it hard to fall asleep both from physical restlessness and an inability to calm the mind. The face becomes very red. The most beneficial palliative is dry heat. the Tuberculinum child perspires easily. (u) Fevers: These children develop fevers very easily.with arthritis wake up stiff and feeling crippled until they move about. Some Turberculinum children have eczema from birth. wet weather.

they usually sleep quite deeply -. If the child is allowed to approach the parent. . However. mountain air.Once Tuberculinum children do fall asleep. Many also experience severe night sweats. and in fog and drafts. The sleep may be so deep that the child does not wake up when a parent carries him to the bathroom or even while urinating there. (e) One commonly finds retarded Tuberculinum children with large heads. preferred environment is cool. Almost all of these youngsters grind their teeth during sleep. After taking the remedy. and are never completely eradicated from the deeply. Tuberculinum children often wake up slowly and unrefreshed. This is a common symptom for Tuberculinum. dry. at the onset of cold. in fact. one will find their tempers very difficult to handle. they seem to brighten up and become healthier. (d) Tuberculinum should also come to mind for the congenital anomalies and illnesses that seem to be plaguing humanity ever more frequently. Their ideal. swollen glands. and bone anomalies who have constant upper respiratory problems. then everything is fine. There is a weakness that not only prevents acute conditions from ending quickly but also brings out constitutional symptoms with every acute attack. plus a family history of tuberculosis. (b) The child is negatively affected by changes in weather such as those coming before a storm. fresh air even though it may aggravate the physical complaints. of one wakes them up or if they are pushed in the slightest in the morning. Ironically. This remedy may also be considered for cases in which a disease recurs over and over again. It is this underlying weakness that forms the basis for understanding this remedy type. Important General Characteristics (Herscu): (a) Tuberculinum may be called for in the case of a child exhibiting only a few keynote symptoms of the remedy. wet weather. the child tends to be chilly yet prefers the cool. but eventually they feel okay. similar to that discussed in the chapter on Medorrhinum. that they often lose the inhibition against wetting the bed and urinate. (c) Complaints often change location from one body system to another.

Of course. except that its whining and moaning (almost constant) seemed to increase if it was spoken to or moved. with the doctor's consent.You will doubtless remember the case of hydrocephalus you saw with me while in Athens. the head ceased to increase in size and (though it has taken no medicine at all.. from that day.. and for which you prescribed Tuberculinum. with "head on him" larger than a man's head. so far. The fontanelles could not be felt. I could not see that the child recognized anything. whom I had never met before. 1900. Nash.An Illustrative Case (Eugene Nash. B. "Dear Doctor: -. N. Cortland. . but the effects of the remedy. a powder of Tuberculinum 1M and advised to let it act. E. She was the only one left of the family. etc." I received one letter since. reporting further improvement. I readily consented to go. that I may continue the remedy at intervals. and last Sunday it was half an inch smaller than a week before. He had read "Leaders. seem to be quite remarkable. and there was no money in it. This was on the Monday following Easter Sunday. Inquiring into its family history discovered that several of the mother's sisters had died with tuberculosis. distending it as above described. Pa. only movable a little from side to side. Found a child of seven months. I called upon one of the homeopathic physicians of the place. since taking that) has begun to gradually decrease. I can hardly expect a cure in such a case. May 24th.Y. It looked idiotic. but it had come into his hands from the allopaths who had given it up to die. Leaders in Homeopathic Therapeutics): While on a visit to my daughter in Athens." and after we had talked books for a while he asked me if I would not like to see a curious case. because of the hydrocephali condition which filled the whole scalp. I received the following letter: "Dr. there being no money in it. They measure it in the same place every Sunday. I gave. etc. Well. with eyes pushed out and turned upwards. I think. Will you kindly send me a graft at once of Tuberculinum high.

Because study can easily lead to physical aggravation. Mental or emotional retardation is often accompanied by many other disorders or physical deformities. The parental description is that "ever since she had pneumonia. Within the wide range of mental difficulties. so parental optimism needs to be tempered with actual class reports from teachers who. the child will be able to concentrate and learn much more easily. There is an odd dissatisfaction with whatever he is currently doing. Restlessness is an important feature of the Tuberculinum child's behaviour." The memory becomes affected. unaware of the homeopathic treatment. the state of the mental faculties will often be the first clue that the child needs this particular remedy. Some develop headaches from studying or concentrating for too long. to change . she just cannot study. forcing them to read a chapter or learn numbers or letters over and over again. As with all remedy types. The degree and depth of amelioration varies greatly. Then the spark with which she studied and concentrated flickers out. the child has a weak ability to concentrate on the task at hand.Mental/Emotional Characteristics (Herscu): Mental and emotional states are often the leading qualities that lead to a prescription of the remedy Tuberculinum. Another common scenario of of the Tuberculinum child who excels in school until befallen with a severe illness. The parents may state that the child absolutely cannot. have noticed significant academic improvements. of sitting and doing the work. The strain of focusing on the task. although this may not be the reason that the parents bring the child in for a consultation. the child becomes averse to taking on mental activities. After taking the proper remedy. or will not. is too great. Though the mental aptitude to work at a certain level may be there. Homework is an agonizing topic for many Tuberculinum children. sit still long enough to do an assignment. on the less affected side of the spectrum we find children who merely find it exhausting to apply themselves to a lesson or project. which manifests in adesire to move. A proportion of these children may be born with mental handicaps ranging from mild learning difficulties to severe mental retardation. concentrate or comprehend the way she used to.

"Let's have supper. contrariness.positions. and pushing the mother or father away. Many parents can tell the moment their Tuberculinum offspring is at all under the weather because the amount and intensity of basic energy expended is greatly reduced. Tuberculinum constitutes the main group of hyperactive children that responds to changes in the diet. A usually nasty. The child with a high fever may become totally uncontrollable in the office: kicking. or destructive tendencies early and to an extreme degree. Like Lycopodium and Sulphur types. it is especially dairy products that trigger impulsive.almost the opposite energy expression of her usual self. the child is negative. especially on first awakening. as is the strong aversion the child has to being touched when having one of these attacks. screaming. the parents must struggle to keep the child well behaved. She will need to sleep long hours or lie in bed all day -. During a respiratory illness she will become lethargic and weak. These strong negative tendencies may remain hidden until the child has an acute illness. The most common way to elicit this is by asking about car rides. screaming when upset or when they want someone's immediate attention. After eating cheese or drinking milk they often end up breaking things and hitting others. they react intensely to sugar. restless. These hyperactive children are noisy. hitting. They are also loud in general. Many Tuberculinum babies seem to be born irritable and angry. During these tantrums it is common for the child to pound his fists and feet on the floor or strike his head on the floor or wall." "No!" "Let's go shopping. This "head thumping" is very characteristic of this remedy." apologizes the parent for a usually well-behaved child. like Tuberculinum adults. and playful during a ride in the car." "No!" . irritable Tuberculinum child may become quite agreeable. to ramble from room to room and from toy to toy. attentive. and malicious behaviour. These restless juveniles. The children exhibit irritability. In church. may love to travel. repeating things over and over. crying and being very fussy. The ride fulfills an inner desire for change. But for Tuberculinum children. "This is unusual. They have fits of irritability that lead to temper tantrums. The parents of such a child state that he likes to go to new places all the time. Contrariness is also noted with great regularity.

"Now. For example. presents. Lodged deeply within the psyche of these children is an eye for an eye mentality. leads to the aggressive fighting behaviour often seen in these children. Breaking things is one way to release tension. "It does no good to punish him. Yet she knows that she needs something.There is an intolerance to contradiction that makes the child violently angry. The same request on another day may trigger a temper tantrum. should always make one consider the remedy Tuberculinum. This unpredictability can drive parents to distraction. even is very similar situations. expressing a wide range of responses. and waste time dressing just to perturb the parents by ruining their plans. clench his fists. he slaps me back. If they are hit." Such dramatic changes in the ability to deal with authority. If thwarted. the Tuberculinum child may tighten his lips. Parents may complain that it is a constant power struggle over every issue at home. favorite plants -. for which this remedy is well known. "my son Nate is whiny and nothing seems to please him. The contrariness and quarrelsome nature. This type of child opposes another's every decision. Younger children love to . The child suffers short. A parent often describes the child as unpredictable. One time the child will comply with a request. If he does not get it." one mother reported. dillydally. wanting everyting his way. the child may wait on purpose. making fists and hitting people for little reason. repeatedly. If is spank him. These children break things easily. and then explode. not really knowing what she wants. he seems to be unaware of it and continues to act the same way. he quickly becomes angry. especially after an illness. This violence may begin after a bout with an acute illness. He is so obstinate. deliberately doing what is not allowed. When corrected. something other than what she has. Distructiveness and violence should always make one think of Tuberculinum. they lash out at the offending person directly or indirectly. they hit back as a matter of course. They destroy books. and with enjoyment. anything that is cherished by the other. One finds both self-distructive behaviour and disructiveness toward others." Mood and behaviour can change quickly. This is the child who disobeys for no apparent reason. He has become strong willed." Or. "If I punish him. Another method of irritating offending persons is by intentionally ruining their belongings.

The family pet commonly takes the brunt of a Tuberculinum child's temperament. She tends to be quite competitive. asking. etc. wolves. There is a malicious character to this remedy type. Unlike other remedy types who have a fear of animals. It is as if they are relieved of some mental anguish when they demolish something. During an acute episode of pneumonia. This type of child is extroverted and easily communicative. the Tuberculinum child may try to bluff by ascribing negative attributes to these animals. dragging the pet on the ground. tend to be leaders. "What's an MD? What's an ND? What's this thing for?" She shares with others and has many friends. With her individualistic manner she usually gets what she wants. They state that they are gross. For example. he developed a strong fear that his own pet dog would bite him. tigers. a child who had always loved animals. pulling the hair a little too roughly while petting. similar to that of Lycopodium. It is very common to hear that the child enjoys choking the animal. Fear of being alone is often found in developmentally delayed Tuberculinum children. never giving up or quitting when she plays. He then watches with pleasure as the sibling frantically searches for the object. Notes on Tuberculinum (Coulter): Children who have been repeatedly given antibiotics for respiratory . like Sulphur. The child is an "up" person -. especially cats and dogs and all their wild derivatives such as lions. the Tuberculinum child will break it. the child may hide toys of books that a sibling wants. The strongest fear of Tuberculinum is a fear of animals. Their pranks can be playful or have an edge of destructiveness. wriggling about in her chair. She looks all around the office.sit and destroy a magazine or newspaper in the middle of the floor of the waiting room. If a sibling builds a model. pulling the tail. and bears. The children may also enjoy teasing others in a mischievous I recall the case of John. ugly. They feel that something bad will happen to them if a parent is not around. The parents often fear for their child's future. Tuberculinum children who are not aggressive or mentally slow. and disgusting. "What will he be like when he is sixteen?" is a frequent anxious comment.

who can't get rid of one cold before another comes. will bite at a restraining hand. need for security and support with the desire for independence. a desire for seclusion with eagerness for intense experience -. ones he can muster. a mischievous streak in children often signifies an underlying Tuberculinum susceptibility. The mental instability of Tuberculinum is not the suddenly contradictory mood of some other remedy types. enuresis [bed wetting]. cause Tuberculinum to be prescribed for children and adolescents more frequently than any other nosode. while Tuberculinum soon desires something else. ringworm and other skin conditions. Misbehaviour may take other forms than destructive behaviour: this remedy ranks high for excessive stubbornness and wilfulness in a child. If fact. He was. eczemas. the most offensive. The principal distinction is that many other remedy types are content when the object has been gained. tonsils. cheerfulness with negativity. and certainly the frequent tantrums of the "terrible twos" -. anger with indifference. For instance. he . enlarged glands. he began to cut tiny. Confronted with these misdeeds and reprimanded. febrile activity with lethargy. tenderness with violence. its service in young persons who grow too tall too fast without corresponding muscular development.yield to Tuberculinum as to no other remedy. He constantly wants attention but at the same time desires to be let alone.the violent outbursts of peevishness and fury from little apparent cause -. restlessness with passivity.tract infections. One three-year-old with chronically runny ears was not disagreeable. The normally attractive and affectionate child periodically becomes ornery and disobedient.making the individual a constant fountain of emotional upheavals. The child hurls not only objects but also words. He is quick to strike out at others. inherent tendency: accommodating behaviour alternates with disruptiveness. or hurls objects with a desire to break things and to injure. however. preferably scatological. reliability with capriciousnes. its value as a preventive as well as its efficacy in chronic ear infections. almost unnoticeable. unmanageable in an impish way. This type can also be mischievous. epistaxis [nose bleeds]. exhibiting violent fits of temper that upset the whole family dynamic. and adenoids. will benefit especially from a dose of this medicine in high potency at the beginning of the school year. holes in the backs of upholstered livingroom furniture. The alternating moods can be observed from an early age. In fact. but a chronic. discovering the potential of a really sharp pair of scissors.

to make it more credible. unless caught in the act. and alternating moods and modes of conduct. it may prove a sturdy plank.parents. Patches. The Tuberculinum dilemma consists in the need to fulfill both the civilized and primitive sides of one's nature. This fear is a key to the remedy. http://www. restlessness. coffee. in the presence of other family members he solemnly delivered upbraiding homilies to poor dumb Patches. A pleasing attribute of this type is a lively sense of humor. teachers." was the ready reply. And the potentized tuberculin virus. A ten-yearold girl cured of enuresis by periodic doses of Tuberculinum 1M used to warn her father that smoking. "Once you're over the hill you start picking up speed!" Incidently. young lady. And. achieves its profound cures by addressing our archetypal conflicts and helping to resolve them. One day he parried. You are growing older every day yourself!" "Not so. he could not be proven guilty.millstherapeutics. When the drowning physician finds himself in a sea of non-specific symptoms. when thwarted. and anyone else with whom she could match wits -. extremely fearful of dogs and when younger became quite hysterical if approached by one. He realized that no one believed him but was sufficiently shrewd to sense that. like the other deep-acting nosodes.stoutly denied his guilt and blamed the family dog. and alcohol would hasten his aging.html . is expressed in tantrums on the slightest provocation. this child who so fearlessly confronted adults -. "I'm not aging any faster than you. No threats or punishment could induce him to change his story. But the homeopathic remedies are directed precisely at the unconscious level. The conflict occurs largely at the subconscious level and.

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