MC: H PYLORI
Pierre: Please tell me what is going on?
OK, what else is going on?
I think when we spoke on the phone you mentioned IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)?
Describe the symptoms to me a little more, please.
I am sure there is a lot more you can tell me. Please continue.
I get the sense that you want to tell me something, please tell me what is on your mind.
Tell me more about that please.
Talk to me about the warpath?
Please describe the feeling of having something stronger than you.
Tell me about your dreams. Any dream that had a particular impression on you or any recurrent dream in your lifetime.
Did anything else get better?
How is the craving for chocolate?
Tell me more about the IBS, please.
This case is presented because it is elucidated through her dreams. In homeopathy, we are not really interested in the dream itself as that can be open to interpretation.
Within the first sentence she talks about being on the “warpath” the tone is set!
It is common for people to speak for 15 minutes nonstop. I generally have a hard time keeping up with the writing as things are being rattled off in quick-fire style. It is also common for people to stop after one or two sentences and wait for me to ask a question; it is so in this case.
Not being able to eat most foods is very common for people suffering of IBS.
“It is stronger than I am and I accept it” is the coping mechanism. Understanding the speed of the case is a crucial part of the initial consultation. For example, in Clara’s case of lupus there is total destruction, and in Tom’s case of migraines it is an attack and then there is relief (see case). The cases in this book give all of the different possibilities so far identified.
Outside of homeopathy one would say, “You need to overcome this desire of having to have chocolate.” This is such a harsh thing to say – and you chocolate lovers know what mean! She is aware of that but she can’t. She says it when she states, “It is stronger than I am.” In any case, I doubt it would make a difference.
I was so steeped in her delightful chocolate craving, imagining smooth, silky buttery taste in my mouth that the contrast she made with the fish was nauseating to me, too.
Now that she has told me her guilt or her sin about the chocolate, she feels she has nothing left to say and I should be able to figure this out but I need to have more information so I go back to something I don’t understand in the context of the totality of symptoms. I ask her about “the warpath.”
She wants to quarrel before her period. She doesn’t want to but “it is stronger.” This is the same feeling as when she was speaking of chocolate. It is also how she spoke of her IBS pains and politics. Now we are seeing that problem from four different issues. All around, it is the same perception. We are getting closer to the root of it all. The whole disorder can be nailed.
I am trying different ways to get to the root level and I am still missing relevant information to make a good choice of remedy. She is still reluctant to give me information. I change the approach with the hope of getting the information in a different way. I decide to go the dreams route. Often, they give me the opening I need to get deeper. To the homeopath the dreams are an integral part of understanding the case. It is not something outside the person that needs to be interpreted. The dreams are used as an extension of life. They are connected to the waking state just like the physical level is connected to the emotional and mental level. There is no break in the continuum. It can’t be any other way.
As she says, “I could break in two,” she makes a gesture as if she were breaking a stick. Now that she has put life into the case, she is using all of her senses to express the disorder.
Now she can go to a party and eat everything but in lesser quantity. This is good but it is not the time to indulge in food. It is understandable that she would eat more from time to time after several years of guilt about eating food. This reminds me of a woman who was really seriously debilitated by migraines and since she was feeling much better she figured she would catch up on socializing with friends and family. I am thrilled she is so much better but I advised to slow down a bit. She said to me that she didn’t know how long the relief would last and that she wanted to take advantage of it. She continues to be well, took a step back and a great life is unfolding.
Now that health is being restored, everything is getting easier and look at that chocolate craving. She needs much less of it. It is no longer a craving like it was before. The reason for that is that her inner state is far healthier.