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Hekla lava

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Hekla lava

1. Description

Al, Ca, Fe, Fl, K, Si, Mg, Mn, Na,
Latin Name:
Hekla lava
Hekla lava (Hecla)
Hek-l (Hec-l)
ash, ashes, basalt, coulee, magma, obsidian, scoria, slag

2. Source & History

Hekla is Icelands most active volcano with over 20 recorded eruptions since the 11th century. Traditionally it is believed to be the gateway to Hell. The word Hekla means cloak in Icelandic which most probably is a reference to the almost permanent cloud hovering over its summit.
A Hekla eruption characteristically starts out with an explosive phase that usually lasts for a few hours followed by an eruptive phase in which large quantities of lava are spewed up over a period of several weeks.
The remedy was introduced by J J Garth Wilkinson (1812-99) who was on holiday in Iceland and noticed that the sheep grazing in areas furthest from Hekla where the fine ash had fallen, had bony growths on their jaws and ankles.
Homeopathic trituration is produced from Hekla lava ash.

3. Mentals & Generals

Normally calm, poised, controlled and gentle with great sensitivity to admonition, criticism and injustice, which causes them to get very agitated. They suppress their anger until such time as they can no longer control it at which time they turn violent. and burst into a tempestuous eruption of temper with displays of mayhem, hurt, destruction and vituperate language. This phase quickly resolves however into a quieter but glowering, sullen, brooding and menacing mood lasting for some time.

4. Particulars


Ulceration of nasal bones. Facial neuralgia from carious teeth and after extraction. Toothache, with swelling about jaws. Abscess of gums. Enlargement of maxillary bone.

Marked action upon the jaws, thighs and shin in exostosis, gum abscess, difficult teething. nodosities, caries of bone, osteitis, periostitis, osteosarcoma; rachitis and  bone necrosis, Glands
Induration, enlargement and infiltration of cervical glands studding the neck like a row of pearls.
particularly of the intercostal muscles
Skin Carcinoma
as a result of chronic traumatic wounds including pressure sores, osteomyelitis, venous stasis ulcers, urethral fistulas, anal fistulas, and other squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) type conditions. 
Lactation deficiency
Foot and ankle impairment

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Rest & sitting
Commencing to move
Touch & pressure

Continual movement
3 pm

6. Keywords

Suppressed emotions
Dentition, jawbone, facial neuralgia, glands
Bone necrosis & exostosis
Malignant skin tumour
Lactation problems
Problems of thigh & foot bones

7. Clinicals

Ailments from suppressed emotions
Dental caries, toothache
Facial neuralgia
Bone necrosis & exostoses
Plantar faciitis, heel spur
Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
Deficient lactation

8. Constitutional Prescribing

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The use of Hek-l is usually restricted to symptomatic situations. 
However as always it is the patient picture that is important especially the mental & general manifestations that are the key determinants for its Constitutional use.
High potency Constitutional prescription may be used as background together with a concurrent lower potency symptomatic remedy administered according to the Law of Similars in situations where two or more of the main symptoms occur together in the patient. For example
Bone caries and neuralgia

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9. Relationships

Alum, Calc-c, Ferr-m, Calc-fl, Kalis, Sil, Symph,  Magnesias, Mang, Natrums, Ruta  
Remedies that Follow Well
Calc-s, Fl-ac, Hep-s, Merc, Phos, Sil, Staph, Sulph,

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11. Further Information

Click More above for Classical information
Sylvian Cazalet Homeopathe International Reversed Kent's Repertory
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Dr. S. Mohamed Asleem &
Laila Alberts


Hekla's cloak (cloud)
Hekla's cloak (cloud)

Hekla, Iceland volcano
Close up of Hekla

Hekla on Icel;andic map
Hekla on map of Iceland

 Volcanic lava
Volcanic lava

Volcanic cloud
Volcanic cloud

Kingdom: Mineral
Latin Name: Hekla lava
 Comman Name: Lava Scoriae from Mt. Hecla  Homeopahtic: Hekla lava


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