Pierre: Please tell me what troubles you?
Please continue. This is all very interesting to me.
Tell me more about the insomnia, please.
How is the insomnia affecting you?
Could you tell me about the correlation with your relationship, please?
Continue please. Tell me more.
Tell me more about family, please.
It’s wonderful to have had that. Please tell me more.
I am very happy to hear this, tell me more, please.
Good. Could you tell me a little about hearing your heartbeat at night, please?
Have you had any dreams?
SEVERAL FOLLOW-UPS LATER:
I present this case for everyone who suffers from insomnia. I have noticed puzzlement in insomniacs. The feeling is like “How can I not sleep? It is as natural as eating or being awake and yet it is not happening. What’s wrong with me?” The frustration is great and the fatigue is even greater. Sometimes a lack of understanding can be compounded by friends who might regard insomnia as a psychosomatic problem and say, “Just relax.” It is a difficult ailment for people to grasp and have sympathy.
She says sleep with Ambien does not feel like real sleep. “The eyes are closed, but it is not the same thing as real sleep.”
I say, “Tell me more about the insomnia,” then her answer is about her mother. It is the sufferer who weaves the whole tapestry of the condition on all levels. My purpose is to listen and go where she leads me. Using her words, I probe further and further until we reach the very root of what ties everything together. I picture this process like two happy kids running in a field of wheat: the sun is warm and we are walking back home but the wheat is taller than we, so we are going blind trying to pick up clues as to where we stand. Then we reach the edge of the field and I know exactly where we are. This is the way I see the process of finding the remedy. Sometimes I try to take a shortcut, which is like jumping up to see over the wheat. Rarely do the shortcuts get me anywhere.
If you feel this process is radically different from medicine, I would say that you are right. In fact, it is the exact opposite. To me the person with the problem knows more than anybody else. Part of my job is to bring it all out to the point where it all comes together for the purpose of giving a remedy that matches.
Correlating the insomnia with her relationship, her mother and her family appears as the central theme. As you read these cases you may find some themes seemingly obvious or simplistic. What is really important to understand is that she is telling me what she feels. No one else can know this. Together these themes form the gestalt that includes insomnia, fatigue and soreness.
Inasmuch as the insomnia compels her to focus, it is the same feeling as when she is in a relationship and as when she was in Italy. In short, without a family she needs to focus because she “feels like an orphan.” She does not feel part of a group. These are the opposite feelings to when she had her mother. The soreness after intimacy also relates to a relationship. Not being able to break away from a relationship is stating the obvious.
This case requires a remedy that has family as its central theme and the overall symptoms she suffers from. The homeopathic remedy will resolve all of her issues in a deep acting fashion upon the Vital Force.
In her case, the only thing that helps her a bit is magnesium citrate. A lot of insomniacs take it to sleep; it is palliative, which means that as long as you take it you don’t have symptoms. As soon as you stop taking it, the symptoms comes back. In homeopathy, magnesium relates to a family or group just like it is in this case. What was a little trickier to figure out in this case was the other half because magnesium can’t be given by itself. I gave Magnesium carbonicum because of her feeling like an orphan as well as her affinity to her father’s illness. There are many other choices available to the homeopath. Had the specificity been about the brother the remedy would have been Magnesium phosphoricum. Had it been about the mother, Magnesium muriaticum would have been appropriate.
The thing to do here is simply to continue. Everything is moving in the right direction.
The remedy was repeated several times through different follow-ups. She remains well.