Pierre: I understand you have chronic sinusitis.
You also mentioned migraines, please tell me about them.
Is there a pattern to it? Does it start on the right and then goes to the left or any other way? Alternating perhaps?
OK, let’s continue with the migraines. Please tell me more about them.
I understand, please tell me about the migraines.
Tell me more about “it gets you in a strong and powerful way”.
Please tell me more about that state of pain.
OK, I would like you to tell me more, please.
How do the migraines affect you, please.
As if too much coffee?
Tell me a little more about the feeling of being “held in.”
Please tell me more about this “opening and closing.” (I make the same gesture he made.)
Tell me more about being fluid.
Are you congested in the morning?
OK, and after that?
SEVERAL FOLLOW UPS LATER: (8 months)
FOLLOW UP: (a few months later)
SEVERAL FOLLOW UPS (over a few years)
Tom was diagnosed with migraines 8 yrs prior to seeing me.
I asked a lot of questions regarding the sinusitis but beyond what we have here not much more information was coming forward hence no conclusive remedy could be found.
It is possible to arrive at the correct remedy through any ailments because ultimately the root of the disorder is the same. One person with several ailments equals one root. It is Tom who walks in the consultation room not sinusitis holding hands with migraine accompanied by lower back pain. In a situation like this it is easier to get to the root by way of his migraines because migraines are so painful the sufferer has more to gain by getting rid of them than by getting rid of a low grade sinusitis.
By asking a question about patterns I am trying to see if there is anything Strange, Rare and Peculiar (SRP). I can quickly discern that and it would afford me a shortcut to the remedy. It is a try but it rarely works. It is a little bit like the husband driving and promising his wife he has a shortcut. It is rarely so.
He is weaving his answers with other ailments. That’s very good though it can get confusing. The golden thread, as I often call it in this book, takes us to all the physical issues through the emotional level and on to the mental plane. People often have a difficult time transitioning into feelings. I ask, “What is the feeling?” How do the migraines feel not only physically but also emotionally to him. “How do they affect you?” I mentioned at the beginning of this case that one can look at the remedies online in what we call Materia Medicas. MM’s are encyclopedias, some as large as 12 volumes, where symptoms of all kinds are noted and described. There can literally be hundreds of symptoms for one remedy and we have thousands of remedies. It is like searching for a needle in a haystack. The way I go about finding a remedy is very different than just looking up physical symptoms and cross referencing remedies a couple of remedies. My process involves discerning the precise pattern encompassing the totality of the encroachment on the PEM levels. As I mentioned before, one needs a professional. To give you an example I don’t nor can I take my own case.
He is talking to me about multi-tasking in the kitchen.
When he says, “held in” a second time he used the same hand gesture of closing and opening his fist as he did the first time. In my work of distilling everything down to what ties everything together, movements or gestures of the hands while describing feelings becomes very interesting and important. When people start putting the pain in motion the whole condition becomes dynamic. Since it is the Vital Force we are interested in, it makes sense that we wait for it to express itself before we do anything else. As we have seen dynamis (VF) needs to be met by a dynamic substance, a homeopathic remedy. It is the resonance of the remedy upon the VF that returns the VF to a state of health.
The open and tightening feeling he is talking about clearly matches the hand gesture.
He has “fears of outbursts.” Outbursts here mean opening as in the opposite of “held in,” therefore it is the same feeling. We are not losing anything in the translation between physical and emotional.
Now the feeling of tightening is combining with a feeling in childhood. The process of spiraling down to the root is happening very neatly. Let me point out again that this is not psychotherapy and that not all cases go back to childhood.
According to his descriptions of the migraine, how it affects him, what it is like and the sensation of what it feels like, I was confident I knew the remedy he needed not only for his migraines but all the other complaints.
All complaints are better. There is no need to change the remedy. I stayed with the same remedy and the same potency.
He was at a point when he reported one migraine every 3 to 4 weeks. Compared to before, this is a major improvement. The “held in” sensation did not improve any further so I needed to rethink the remedy. I settled on a remedy of the same botanical family with the same opening and closing feature but slightly different qualities. This is like in Bruce’s case of IgA nephropathy (see case). A little change and…
That was it! Truth be told, looking back the clues to find the best remedy were right in the first intake. The results are great now but I don’t want anyone to think that conditions improved so perfectly as I describe in this book every time. Here we waited about 8 months before I changed the remedy. I tried different potencies taken in various different ways. One does not jump from one remedy to the next quickly, especially with that much improvement. It is a deeply thought out process. I guess what I am trying to say is: “Don’t be impatient.”
This man now comes about once a year. He remains migraine- and sinusitis free.