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Grabbed by an unseen hand (a tale of Sciatica)

Female Patient

Presenting Symptoms

Sciatica <- can’t deal with it
- can’t roll over in bed
- left hip extending to ankle
- pain – grabs – can’t move and can’t handle not moving
- must stop whatever she is doing
– must move into a less painful position
– pain catches you
- < having an argument with husband

Issues - money as husband is very money oriented
- feels like she wants to run away
- always been a bit of a runner

Freedom - always been a big issue
- go wandering on her own all the time
– wanted to go travelling
– been engaged three times before being married
– being her own boss
– do what she wants to do when she wants to do it
– doesn’t want to feel trapped
– has moved house a lot
– now she feels stuck

Has a short fuse – she counts to 3 instead of 10 when waiting for the children to do something.
Wants things done now or she smacks them.

Stuck with position (work), with family.
Feels she has more to do than her job.
Has her own car – has her freedom.
Pregnancy is a way of escaping from her job, but at the end of a pregnancy she goes stir-crazy because she cannot move, cannot do what she wants.
Husband is not very affectionate, so if she withdraws it there is none in the relationship.
Husband runs her down – she always gives in to him, always the peacemaker.

Inability to decide what she wants to do.
Feels she must do something really important with this life.
Feels she is running out of time, that the world is running out of time.
Feels she is wasting this life – has always achieved things before.

Something important is raising peoples’ consciousness, more tolerance, giving with your heart, leading by example, showing people a better way of living, making changes in someone else’s life.

She had a goal since childhood to be the first female prime minister, but she feels politics is full of lies and deceptions. ‘
She actually ran for public office once, put her heart and soul into it, but realised that in politics you have to compromise.

When she is angry, she slams doors, breaks into tears, gets really heated, rants and raves.
She expresses herself better when angry.
She is able to achieve her goals when angry, gets really focussed – “I’ll show them” attitude.

Pain - grabs really tight
- feels like it will break
- grasping, as if someone grabbed your arm really tight
- spasmodic


Sensation (physical) is one of being grabbed, as if a hand had grabbed her.
Sensation (non-physical) is one of being stuck in her life, of being less than she could be (smaller).
Her reactions to this sensation are to feel caught (passive) and to want to get free (active), to keep moving , to be bigger than she is.

This leads us to the Cactaceae (cactus) family.

Miasm is represented by the desire to run, the need for freedom, the feeling of being trapped, the desire to travel, the desire to go wandering, and most importantly the feeling that she is running out of time.

This leads us to the Tubercular miasm.

The remedy that lies at the connecting point between the Cactaceae family and the Tubercular miasm is Cereus Bonplandii.

One of the key mental characteristics of Cer-b is the desire to be useful.

Quotes taken from a case by Dr. S. King:

“...doing big important political work.”
“ I want to make a contribution to something bigger than myself.”
“It is easier to devote myself to a group, to be a visionary, to do what is needed. Big and important things, useful things, relating to a community outside myself. “

Prescription = Cer-b 200, 10 drops once only.

Reaction: No noticeable aggravation. Almost completely pain free. Whole life has turned around. Feeling much better in herself. Much more positive attitude to life. Doesn’t feel trapped anymore. Work has turned around – several people suddenly joined her group which has made it easier and more financially viable. She has been considering studying natural therapies for awhile now, but could not decide which one. She wants to study homoeopathy, as she cannot believe how easy and effective it is.
  brisbanehomoeopath on 2009-08-29
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Hi brisbanehimeopath,

I am really elated to read the case analysis done on Dr. Rajan sankaran's 'An insight in to plants'.My self, a student of Dr. Rajan sankaran applying his techniques in to my cases in my clinic and getting wonderful results since his works 'spirit of homeopathy'-'substance of homeopathy'- 'sole of homeopathy' and lately the insights, the sensations etc.As i was reading the personality profile of the patient i was fitting tha case in Lanthenides approach of Dr. Jan scholten,whose approach is yielding very good results. Her liking for autonomy and problem with the husband and her having tried to manage public office which she ultimately shunned as not being adaptive or compromising and lately her indecisiveness,unstability, and changeableness are strong pointers for a Lanthenide remedy.Please come up with cases. The prescribers on the forum, it seems are , are unaware of the latest developments in Homeopathy. In you on the forum i see a person whom i can connect with.Please keep writing.
sarup 9 years ago

Thanks muchly for your comments Sarup. I have several colleagues all of whom use the new case taking methods - our round-the-table discussions are much more interesting than they ever used to be! :):)

I should point out too, that the gesture in this case was the patient grabbing her own wrist and sqeezing it. She did this many times even when not talking about the physical complaint. I have noticed this same gesture in many of the patients who need remedies from the Cactus group.
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago

Hi! brisbane,
Thanks for your reply. Body language being unpolluted is the most dependable provided we succeed to decode the meaning behind each gesture.Study groups and discussion forums really add to the knowledge provided one considers himself or herself a student throughout one's life.Always open for ideas is the best way of learning as disemination of knoledge is the best service in the name of creating awareness in any field.Now i would try to apply such gestures whenever i see in my patients.
sarup 9 years ago

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