IN THE MENTAL PICTURE
OF THE HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES, BELONGING
TO THE SAME GROUP
Assos. Prof. Stanka Michalkova
success of the homeopathic treatment
depends on the precision of the
prescription. It is the most precise,
when the rare symptoms are taken
in account. But very often the information
about a strange symptom cannot be
useful to us, because it is not
included in the repertory we are
working with and couldn’t be used
for the remedy search. It is not
uncommon that with the same symptoms
on physical level, the differential
diagnosis between similar pictures
is based on the mental specifics
of the patient. It is especially
necessary to take in account the
specific of the mental picture in
comparative analysis of the remedies
belonging to the same group. In
this rubric, in consecutive issues
of Classical Homeopathy magazine
we will introduce to you mental
symptoms, for which the referred
remedy is the only one between the
remedies of the same group.
The remedies of this group belong
to the family Anacardiaceae. The
largely applied remedies are Anacardium
orientale - eastern, Anacardium
occidentale – western and ?omocladia
dentata – which is Rhus – characteristic
for the southern parts of the USA
The entire family consists of poisonous
plants. They cause poisoning of
the blood and skin eruptions, which
start with vesicles and then develop
with pus or eczema. They can lead
to redness passing into erisipelas.
Regardless of their common features,
the separate plants can considerably
vary by their physiological effect.
These differences can be big enough
to lead to the contrary impact.
Anacardium for instance is an antidote
to Rhus toxicodendron, but we must
notice, that Rhus toxicodendron
is not an antidot? to Anacardium.
There are also considerable differences
within the Rhus group. The major
species there are: Rhus aromatica,
Rhus diversiloba, Rhus glabra, Rhus
radicans, Rhus toxicodendron ? Rhus
venenata. They differ very much
in their poisonous effect. The most
poisonous among them is Rhus venenata.
There are many antidotes for Rhus
poisoning. Among the most efficient
are Croton tiglium, Amonium carbonicum,
Grindelia robusta and Arsenicum.
Graphite is used in cases of chronic
I will examine the specifics and
the mental pictures of the homeopathic
remedies from the Rhus group.
mostly upon the urinary system and
especially the bladder. Indicated
for painful urination, involuntary
urination day and night, involuntary
urination in old people, blood in
the urine, inflammation of the urinary
tract. In female genitalia it can
be helpful for atonia of the uterus
and metrorrhagia. The mental picture
is not well studied.
No independent mind rubrics.
2 mind rubrics together with other
• Delusions, strange, familiar things
• Shrieking, urination before.
specific for this remedy is that
it is helpful for nosebleeds (left
nostril) with occipital headache.
Fetid flatus. Ulceration of the
mouth. Profuse perspiration arising
from debility. This remedy disinfects
the bowels so that the flatus and
stools stop stinking. Indicated
for processes of rotting with tendency
of ulceration. Chronic cough every
spring. Psoriasis with irritability.(4)
There are 9 independent mind rubrics(3):
• Delusions, hole, having in one’s
• Delusions, the hole passes from
the chest through the back.(?.)
• Delusions, snakes has inside and
around him, a cobra having in the
• Delusions, stabbed with a knife
he will be.(?.)
• Drugs, as if he has taken marihuana
• Irritability, mocked at, when.(?.)
• Irritability, others talk when.(?.)
• Mental symptoms, afternoon from
15 to 18 h.(?.)
Takes part of 89 mind rubrics together
with other remedies. Here are the
Ailments from humiliation. Anger
toward oneself. Anger about past
Contented. Self-confident. Brave,
courageous. Coward. Delusion, he
will be abused. Delusion he is betrayed.
Delusion, floating in the air. Dreams
for floating in the air. Brooding
over past, unpleasant events. Brooding
over old grieves. Hatred towards
persons who have offended him. Hatred
and revenge. Fear of people. Irritability.
Desire to hit. Insensible, hard-hearted.(3)
Almost identical effect to Rhus-t.
Characterised with burning in tongue.
Sensitive tip of tongue, pains are
often semi-lateral and in various
parts, often remote and successive.
Many of the symptoms are better
after storm. Occipital headache,
same pain in the nape of the neck
and from there pains draw over the
head forwards. Rheumatic headache.
Hahnemann published under the name
Rhus his proving of “Rhus Radicans,
also called Toxicodendron”. Botanists
agree, that there are not clear
differences between them. The tincture
can be made of both plants. Each
of the two forms is proven separately.
No independent mind rubrics. 25
mind rubrics together with other
remedies(3). The major ones are:
Fast. Confusion at night in bed.
Loss of consciousness when standing.
Transitory unconsciousness. Delusion
of being criticized. Irresolution
of plans. Jesting. Mistakes in speaking.
Amelioration of mental symptoms
during storm. Discontented evening.
Discouraged. Discouraged – evening.
Fastidious, censorious – evening.
Grief – evening. Difficult concentration.
As a major representative of
this group Rhus toxicodendron
is the best-known and applied
remedy, therefore I will not consider
in details its general picture.
Well proven with skin problems,
rheumatic pain, typhoid fever,
complaints after surgery, ailments
from overstraining, overworking.
The constitutional type is very
movable. The symptoms ameliorate
from motion. Aggravates from changes
in the weather and thunderstorms.
This remedy is the opposite of
H. O. Retzek (1998) points to
65 independent mind rubrics, but
in the repertory Synthesis 8.
1. the independent rubrics are
22. Maybe the independent rubrics
have been complemented with other
remedies, as result of the additional
study and extensive clinical experience.
l Anxiety, while sitting strained.
l Delusion, dead – everything
is – alone; everything is dead
and still and she is.(R. H.)
l Delusion, bed, forced him out
of bed, as if something.(R. H.)
l Delusion, falling, backward
– bed, on getting out of.(R.H.)
l Delusion, falling – forward,
backward, and.(R. H.)
l Delusion, farewell she had bid,
friend, to a nearer.(R.H.)
l Delusion, abandoned by a close
l Delusion, held, sitting, he
is held up high when.(R. H.)
l Delusion, wandering the fields.(?)
l Slaw thinking and understanding,
ameliorated by motion.(R. H.)
l Fear, night, cannot sit in bed.
l Fear, supersticious.(Ph.)
l Fear, thinking, sad things,
l Forgetful, walking after eating,
l Forsaken feeling – air ameliorates,
l Memory, active, alternating
l Stupefaction, ameliorated by
l Suicidal disposition, evening,
l Thoughts, disagreeable, night,
l Thoughts, vanishing of, standing
l Unconsciousness, head, turning,
Takes part in 663 mind rubrics
together with other remedies.
The major of them are(3): Anxiety.
Anxiety in bed. Anxiety at home.
Confusion. Delirium. Delusion,
about to be poisoned, he is. Holding
on to past, disagreeable events
at nights, after midnight. Gestures,
makes. Involuntary motions with
hands, grasping bedclothes, with
perspiration. Insanity, with weariness
of life. Irritability, night.
Irritability while walking, ameliorates
in open air. Mildness. Morose.
Morose at night. Morose, aggravates
at home, ameliorates in open air.
Restlesness. Restlessness at night.
Restlessness after midnight. Restlessness,
driving him out of bed. Restlessness,
wants to change the bed. Restlessness,
tossing in bed. Restlessness in
children. Restlessness, heat during.
Restlessness, internal. Restlessness,
move must constantly. Restlessness
with perspiration. Sadness, morning.
Sadness, heat during. Sadness,
home. Speech incoherent. Stupefaction
with perspiration. Suspicious.
Thoughts, vanishing. Timidity,
night. Weeping. Weeping causeless,
without knowing why. Weeping involuntary.
skin symptoms, characteristic for
rhus. Head eruptions, impetigo;
moist eruptions; vesicular and moist
eruptions behind ears; ear infections;
genital eruptions; vesicular eruptions
on the legs; pain in the head, when
stooping or walking; heavy frontal
headache, when moving; frontal headache
in the root of nose; swelling of
the face, around the eyes, lips
and nose; itching of the face, which
ameliorates by rubbing; red tip
of the tongue; pain, swelling, paralysis
and weakness of the extremities;
early recurrent fever; fever and
No independent mind rubrics.
29 mind rubrics together with other
remedies. The major ones are(3):
Difficult concentration. Fantasies,
wild. Apathy to life. Weariness.
Reluctance to life. Sadness. Irritability.
Irritability after midnight. Irritability
Antidote for Rhus poisoning. Violent
skin symptoms. Frightful itching.
Much swelling of the face, hands
and genitals. The skin is very sensitive.
Eczema and erysipelas. Strong nervous
weakness, tired from any effort.
Goes to sleep from exhaustion. The
mental picture is not complete yet.(4)
Allen T.F. (A.)
2. Boger C.M.(Bg.)
3. Hering C. (Hr.)
4. Kent J.T. (K.)
5. Phatak S.R. (Ph.)
6. Roberts H.A. (R.Í.)
7. Tumminello Peter (Ò)
Retzek,H.O. The Complete Materia
Medica - Mind, The Netherlands,
2. Schroyens Fr.,Sinthesis, Edition
3. Vermeulen, F.Concordant Materia
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