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Kevin Ryan

JANTA vol. 1. No.2 Summer, 1984, p25.

Samuel Hahnemann, founder of the science of Homoeopathy, in aphorism seven of his Organon1 stated that “since the totality of the symptoms is the outwardly reflected picture of the internal essence of the disease, it must be the principal or sole means whereby disease can make known what remedy it requires.” This one statement summarises an attitude to healing which is based upon perception of symptom phenomena rather than clinical or pathological concepts of diseases. Paracelsus before Hahnemann realised that study of healing should begin with that of the curative agents and not of the causes of disease and that “it is the cure that shows us the cause of disease”2. Hahnemann however went much further with his detailed description of both the curative agents and the causes of disease. His most useful work was to link these curative substances, the homoeopathic remedies, with the patient’s constitution as it manifests in what he described as the totality of symptoms: the total patient.


In an article in the first issue of this journal the author suggested that there was a high frequency of mineral salt constitutions encountered in practice compared with those from either the plant or animal kingdoms. It is a premise of the Indian based Institute of Clinical Research that this reflects the physiological importance of the essential mineral cations in determining the patient’s predisposition towards particular pathology. It one considers the incidence of mineral salt constitutions found in practice to be some how related to the extent of physiological occurrence in the human, one would expect to find those of sodium (Natrum). potassium (Kali), calcium (Calcarea) magnesium (Magnesia), and iron (Ferrum) to outnumber in frequency those of zinc (Zincum). silicon (Silicea), manganese (Manganum) chromium and other trace elements. It takes only a short time in practice using constitutional homoeopathy to be convinced that this is so in the case of Calcarea, Kali and Natrum. The Magnesia and Ferrum salt constitutions are somewhat rarely perceived.


I suggest that the reason for this is not that they are in themselves rare constitutions, but rather that we often fail to recognise them when they present in practice. The features of the Ferrum type will be covered in a future article It has been previously suggested that mineral types may be grouped according to cation component and that particular anions influence the cation group in the same general way.3 The phosphate of any mineral group will be the more friendly personality but also more restless, fearful and chilly than for example the iodide which will tend to be more dynamic, ambitious and thermally hotter. It is the carbonate that will represent the clearest picture of the cation itself as the cation tends to dominate.

The Magnesia patient is probably confused more with the Calcarea than any other mineral group. This occurs because of the patient’s physical type and also the nature of the pathology presented. For example, both Calcarea and Magnesia carbonates are described as useful in tired women with uterine and menopausal complaints.4 5 They both suit children of the same physical characteristics viz; flabby, pot-bellied and with strong tendency to sour perspiration and worms. This child will be prone to malabsorption and may show signs of malnutrition and emaciation. The premenstrual syndrome is very evident with tension and fluid retention showing in breasts and extremities. Tissue relaxation by way of prolapse, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, etc will dominate the pathology also.

The closeness at the physical level is probably due to the clear expression of the tubercular miasm in both mineral groups. In the case of Calcarea the other dominating miasm is the sycotic. The Magnesia salts are somewhat unique as they exhibit in their provings an even distribution of all four miasms. The syphilitic tendency shows throughout the group independent of the anion. Reading Kent 5 on Magnesia carbonica and Magnesia muriatica will instance the structural change tendency permeating the pathology.

If the homoeopath were more concerned with the more difficult to elicit mental or nervous system symptoms and characteristics, then the two groups would be more easily separated. In Magnesia the syphilitic mental picture tends to dominate with suppression and repression paramount. Kent5 noted that the mind of the Magnesia constitutions did not come out in the provings. Research at the I.C.R. has shown that the great anxiety present is held in, and really is only evident in the well marked tendency to dreams and expression by somatization. There is a very wide range of dreams viz: anxious, of the dead and dying, fearful, fire and danger from water to list but a few.

This trait results in an absence of anxiety at the conscious level and in extreme cases the depth of repression may reveal itself through delusions and schizophrenia. Any negative experience in close relationships and lack of adequate recognition will result in conflict and anxiety which, because of the inability to express feelings, will manifest in more troublesome dreams.

The high activity of the Calcarea mind differs greatly from the physical tendency towards sluggishness and indolence with relaxations and herniations. This contradiction between mind and body gives rise to frustration and anger. This is expressed mainly in unpredictable and erratic behaviour because of poor self image and subsequent insecurity. It may also be shown as a strong irresolute tendency. Sadness, brooding and grief complete the picture.

Anxiety tends to be more superficial than in the Magnesia salts but is also found at the depth of dreams. There is a strong tendency within the Calcarea dreams for pleasantness to dominate.

No doubt Hahnemann would turn in his resting place were he to see what has become of his “like cures like” system of therapeutics with the advent of homoeopathic polypharmacy. It would appear that the use of this shotgun approach is at the expense of making any attempt at understanding the patient at all levels. An in depth study of the mental picture of the patient will contraindicate many remedies within the mixture. Also such a study will exercise our gift of perception so as to clearly and more easily separate such physically close constitutions as Calcarea and Magnesia.

1. Hahnemann S., Organon of Medicine, sixth edition. Roy Singh. Calcutta. 1962.
2. Paracelsus, Volumen Paramirum.
3. J.A.N.T.A. (1983)1,15,
4. Boericke W., Pocket Manual of Homoeopathic Materia Medica ninth edition, B. Jam Publishers.
5. Kent J.T., Lectures on Homoeopathic Medica, N.H.L., Calcutta.

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