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You are viewing: Homeopathics - Hepar sulphuris calcareum - Contemporary - Level 3

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Hepar sulphuris calcareum 

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Dr Peter Darashah
Quick Overview

Brought to you by:
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Didi Ananda Ruchira
Using Hepar
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Hepar sulphuris calcareum 

Brought to you by:
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Author
Dr Peter Darashah
Quick Overview

Keynotes
Coughs, Colds, Flu, Chills, Fever, Hay fever, Congestions, Ear congestion, Sore throat, Throat Pain, Nasal Congestion, Sinus congestion, Sinus pain, Skin symptoms, Acne, Sores, Sore throat, Stomach pain, Constipation, Indigestion

Summary Use
When chilliness and yellow phlegm dominate this remedy helps the body clear congestions, skin sores and eruptions as well as stomach catarrh.

Mentals
# Irritation over the slightest matter
# Quick to take offence
# Talks quickly when anxious
# Over-reacts when angry
# Prone to bouts sadness and depression.

Physicals
# All skin problems that gather pus and are slow to heal
# Skin ulcers and bedsores
# Acne and boils
# Earache
# Ear pain with sore throat
# Catarrh
# Coughs that create hoarse and dry throat
# Cold sores, particularly around the eyes
# Mouth ulcers
# Influenza with sweating and sneezing
# Cracked dry lips
# Perspiration with bad odour.
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Modalities
Aggravation
# Worse: for touch and the cold

Amelioration
#
Better: for warmth and for wrapping up and keeping the head warm

Source
Hepar is derived from calcium sulphide.

Description
This remedy is good at turning around suppurative skin and cold symptoms, especially if chilliness is present. When your little bundle of joy turns into a bundled up irritable case of cough, chilly flu, ear pain or cold symptoms, this remedy should be considered. If things are stopped up, it can start the faucet flowing whether sinuses, phlegm, stomach catarrh or skin issues are involved. Individuals whose every cold ripens and every sore suppurates can gain the most from this remedy.

The Hepar patient becomes very sensitive to touch, cold and pain whether suffering from its chilly flu, hay fever or cold. These may include: a nasty cough (dry choking to rattling suffocating), sore throat irritation, hoarseness, yellow mucus, fever, possible ear pain, a desire to be wrapped up warmly and seemingly excessive irritability.

Aconite is always touted for minimizing colds after a cold wind, but if every cold wind leaves you stopped up or flowing with phlegm that quickly turns yellow, you may need the solid support of Hepar Though very similar to the pure cell salt Calc-s this remedy (made by heating sulphur with the white interior of oyster shells, Calc carb) tends to help open congestion or abscesses at an earlier stage than Calc-s.

Hepar promotes healing in skin ailments including: abscesses, sores, acne, cold sores, deep cracks in hands and feet, or gum/teeth issues. Some materia medica sources suggest low potencies in skin applications to promote quick drainage.

Individuals needing Hepar lack internal heat, are easily offended, can get violently angry especially regarding rudeness or causes. They may become quite morose, sad and highly irritable, especially at night. Though not highly active, they may speak, eat and act out quickly and impulsively. In general, if highly sensitive to cold, pain, and touch, you might want to examine Hepar sulph, especially if cold air feels threatening. 

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Hepar sulphuris calcareum 

Brought to you by:
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Didi Ananda Ruchira
Using Hepar
Constitutionally

My experience in Africa is that, if I may put it in this way, many cases are solved because the symptoms "lie on the surface" so to speak. The culture and environment of Kenya and Africa is very much oriented to physical survival. On one hand, deep psychic traumas are certainly there, yet that also shows on a very physical level.

The trauma of childhood rape and incest can scar for life. Kezia (name changed) had been repeatedly abused as a child by her brother and a cousin. As an adult Kezia is severely depressed, unable to make decisions or hold a job, anger bursts out of her uncontrolled and unpredictably, and she has strong suicidal tendencies.

When she came to me for help, I realized I was not able to help her alone and I referred her to Carole, a psychologist specializing in trauma therapy, who donates her time at Abha Light. She has been seeing Kezia for nearly two years with the progress understandably slow, though steady.  A few months ago, Carole and I had a discussion about the possibility of using remedies with psychiatric patients.

After two years of therapy, Kezia was able to intellectually define her problems, but there remained a disconnect between her intellectual understanding and the emotional healing that still needed to take place. That's when she returned to me.

To be frank, I was totally baffled. While I was having heady discussions with Carole, I could toss around the names of remedies that related to psychic trauma - you know - Nat. Mur., Ignatia, Anacardium, Aurum, Staphysagria.  Well, I thought, thats about my limit. My experience in dealing with suicidal behaviour, chronic depression and other psychoses are limited indeed.

I thought I was only taking a "mentals" case, and so ended up with a rather feeble list of symptoms. Kezia was able to recite her list of problems rather blandly, after all shed been through it with her therapist over and over again:

  • she feels shame & guilt (of the incest forced on her in childhood)
  • she has low self-esteem
  • she feels shed be better off dead
  • the depression is worse in night
  • Thats not very definitive homeopathically, but she thought she had said it all and closed up after that. I was intimidated about asking much more. Indeed shed been in therapy for so long and had probably recited her problems again and again. I started Kezia off on Aurum 200c, and later tried Ignatia. Nothing changed, so Carole sent her back to me.

This time Kezia was coughing. I asked her about it and this is what I got:

  • She has a lifetime of "allergies" and coughing with "bronchitis" several times a year.
  • Sneezing, coughing with expectoration
  • Pain in the lower lungs, lower sides of the chest
  • Pain with pressure
  • < cold; she covers her face with a blanket every night
  • < sudden drops in temperature;  <perfumes; strong odours
  • Other observations: her voice is not clear - that is, slightly hoarse. She talks speedily with a low voice. Her anger and irritability can just flare up at the slightest cause

The "covering of the face at night" tipped me off. I then confirmed Hepar sulph:

  • She loves sour and vinegary tastes and eats some vinegar every day (it's an unusual food choice in Kenyan diet)
  • She likes the rain, which makes her calm (again unusual in that in Nairobi weather, "rain" and "cold" go hand in hand)

For those unfamiliar with Hepar's relevant symptoms (from Murphy's Lotus Materia Medica)

  • Generals - Great sensitiveness to all impressions. Sweating patient pulls blanket around him. Chilliness, hypersensitiveness. Craving for sour and strong things are very characteristic. Feeling as if wind were blowing on some part.
  • Lungs - Bronchitis of old, exhausted people. Loses voice and coughs when exposed to dry, cold wind. Dry, hoarse cough. Cough excited whenever any part of the body gets cold, or is uncovered, or from eating anything cold.
  • Nose - Hay fever. Sinusitis after coryza.
  • Temperature - Chilly in open air or from slightest draught.
  • Food - Longing for acids, wine and strong-tasting food.
  • Modalities - Better in damp weather. Better from wrapping head up and from warmth. Worse inhaling air, cold air, dry winds, slightest draught, open air. Worse in the night, on awakening, when blowing the nose. Worse from single parts of the body getting cold.

Now the mentals of Hepar:

  • Dejected and sad.
  • Depression, sure of death and desires it.
  • Forgetful.
  • Anguish in the evening and night with thoughts of suicide.
  • The slightest cause irritates.
  • Ferocious.
  • Hasty speech.

Can Hepar be a remedy for suicidal tendency and depression?
Who would have thought it?

I gave her Hepar sulph 200c for the first week. In the next therapy session with Carole (who shared her progress with me ), Kezia finally had the emotional breakthrough in therapy that Carole was waiting for. She also had a few days where she felt more "up" than "down". The next week, Kezia made a leap in therapy by finally following her therapists assignment to keep a diary, through which she started to have certain realizations about herself.

Two weeks later I followed up homeopathically. Kezia wasn't coughing but also didnt report clearly on whether her physical symptoms had changed much. I gave Hepar 1M.

Kezia now continues to make progress in her therapy. Her therapist has asked her to assert herself in looking for a job.

Many of us look on Hepar sulph as a respiratory remedy and generally only as an acute. Yet we can see in this example that when a person is resonating to a remedy, they resonate it through and through. In a truly core-remedy case, the physicals reflect the mentals as much as the mentals reflect the physicals; either way you'll reach the remedy.

In severe depression, the mental symptoms are very much dominated by the "symptoms of the disease". It could take hours and repeated visits for a homeopath, untrained in psychology, to unearth a relevant symptom that would uncover the case. In this example, even with an extended case-taking, Hepar sulph would have been easily lost as a minor remedy to affect change, and may never have been found by a psychological case-taking.

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Hepar sulphuris calcareum

Kingdom: Mineral
Latin Name: Hepar sulphuris calcareum 
 Comman Name: Liver of sulphate 
Homeopahtic
: Hepar sulphuris calcareum 

  


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