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1. Description

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Latin Name:
Petroleum, Pet, Oleum petrae, Rock oil, Coal oil, Mineral oil, Paraffin, Paraffin oil, Lamp oil, Kerosene

2. Source & History

Given that Petroleum and all its derivatives have changed the shape of the modern world more than any other substance and given that the USA is currently at war in the Middle East, with oil at the center of the equation, Its importance can be appreciated.
 The exact constituency of Homeopathic Petroleum has been somewhat of a mystery. However today the most used sourced is Helios's preparation from the HPUS monograph, using a high grade of kerosene/paraffin oil.

3. Mentals & Generals

Aggression, violence,  intense anger, face feels hot & bothered, a feeling of being attacked, of hostility, confrontation, a sense of violence and conflict, ultimately leading to death and murder.
Delusions/ Forgetfulness
Cold blooded

4. Particulars

Motion sickness/Sea & Air sickness
Daytime diarrhoea
Voracious appetite during diarrhoea bouts.
Dry cracking skin conditions.

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Aversion Meat/Fat

Warmth/Dry wether
Lying with head high

6. Keywords

Worse in winter
Coldness/ but Buring sole & palms
Dry Skin/ Eruptions/ Itch
Ailments of Passive motion

7. Clinicals

Eczema/Skin eruptions/Herpes
Travel sickness
Eczema and Herpes
Eczema with Motion sickness 

8. Constitutional Prescribing

Historically this remedy has been reserved for use mainly in acute skin situations. However in combined condition situations such as  Eczema and Herpes or Eczema with Motion sickness  it would have a significant role within Nebel's Carbonic Constitutional typology.
As always it is the patient picture that is important here 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.

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9. Relationships

up to 50 days
Agar, Ars, Calc-c, Carb-v, Cham, Lyc,
Nat-mur, Nit-ac, Nux-v, Phos, Puls, Sil, Sul, Thuj
Remedies that Follow Well
Bar-c, Calc-c, Lyc, Nit-ac, Nux-v, Puls, Sep, Sil Suil.

10. Posology

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11. Further Information

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Sylvian Cazalet Homeopathe International Reversed Kent's Repertory
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Note on Mineral Oil:
In the late 1800s, the term "mineral oil" or "rock oil" was first used to describe the petroleum hydrocarbons and associated products that were produced from wells that tapped underground reservoirs. The term differentiated petroleum hydrocarbons produced from underground sources from other common oil sources at the time, such as palm oil or whale oil. Today the phrase "mineral oil" is most often used in legal documents to define all of the liquid hydrocarbon and gaseous products produced from wells drilled into underground petroleum-bearing reservoirs.
As such Mineral Oil is a fossil fuel derived from both Plant and Vegetable Kingdoms and should not be classified under the Mineral Kingdom. As it is composed of two Kingdoms it is not possible to classify botanically by Family.  


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Kingdom: Mineral
Latin Name: Oleum
Common Name: Oil
: Petroleum
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Tabular Materia Medica

Materia Medica (MM) is Latin for medical material. MMs are a listing of remedies together with their respective symptoms and differ from Repertories which are a listing of symptoms and illnesses.


This Tabular MM is not presented as an exhaustive comprehensive list of all that is known about a remedy. Rather the opposite. It is intended to be used only as an aid memoire to highlight the foundation upon which by further study and experience a fuller knowledge of homoeopathics can be obtained. Consider the Tabular MM as a word picture showing a black and white sketch of the remedys main essential characteristics upon which colour, shade and tone has still be painted.


Remember to rank case symptoms according to their hierarchy giving first priority to
Mentals & Generals when comparing the MM remedy picture of one remedy against another.

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Remember also that you don't need to match everything listed under a remedy to benefit from the remedy. All that is required is to find the closest remedy match for those case  symptoms which rank the highest and are the most troublesome. The easiest way to find remedy matches is by Repertorisation. 


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Once the main case symptoms have been captured in say 4 - 6  remedies fine tune the final remedy selection manually by refering to the MM, or clicking the Further Information tabs or looking up any other approriate reference manual.  

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