WITH these remedies it is possible for many to help themselves and others in times of sickness, and to keep their health without fear of relapse for, instead of requiring a trained knowledge of disease, all that is needed is the knowledge of the characters of those around us which we already possess.
When anyone is ill, it is often said, “She is not herself,” and on recovery, “She is herself again,” showing that disease is truly a state of mind which is not normal to the patient. For instance, losing ones temper may result in a headache, being frightened may make one feel cold and shivery, or may cause ones hands and knees to tremble, but if the fear is dispelled the body becomes normal again. Disease is a more lasting result of a continued abnormal state of mind and when the patients healthy outlook upon life returns, the bodily health will also return.
In the treatment of the sick the kind of disease may be ignored, but the state of mind they happen to be in must be considered.
There are twelve of these phases or states of mind which are the real causes of disease, and for each of these states, whether accompanied by physical disease or not, there is a remedy. They are: State and Remedy.
1. The terrified state Rock Rose.
2. The frightened Mimulus.
3. The restless, tortured Agrimony.
4. The undecided, wavering Scleranthus.
5. The dreamy, indifferent Clematis.
6. The self-pity Chicory.
7. The foolish, self-distrustful Cerato.
8. The discouraged, depressed Gentian.
9. The strong-willed Vervain.
10. The impatient, irritable Impatiens.
11. The quiet, aloof, proud Water-violet
12. The weak exhausted Centaury.
The patients themselves often give their keynote when they talk to you. They may say, “I seem to have lost all interest in things now” (Clematis). “I am afraid to try” (Mimulus). “I dont seem to be able to make up my mind” (Scleranthus).
The following short description may help to bring into concrete form the different attitudes of mind we have always noticed in ourselves and others but have perhaps considered of no importance, not realizing that the state of our bodies depends upon the state of our feelings, just as we smile or frown according to how we feel at that moment.
Rock Rose. The terrified. The people who in normal life seem to be always in a terrified state of mind: terrified of meeting people, of being alone, of doing fresh things, of going upstairs in the dark: who are made really ill by some sudden noise or shock, have a terror of anything unknown. They may have a great dread of insanity, of suicide, suffer utter despair, have terrifying nightmares, wake up screaming.
You often see that look of terror in their eyes and depicted in their whole attitude. This state of mind affects the body in sudden acute dangerous illness or accidents, those times when something must be done quickly or there may be fatal results, when the patient is in a panic, extreme danger. Rock Rose is the “rescue” remedy for people in danger whatever the disease may be.
Mimulus. The frightened. This place is the fearful, frightened one. These people usually begin every sentence with, “I am afraid I cannot.” They are timid, nervous, rather excitable, get flustered, blush easily, are shy, either hide their fear and shyness by much talking or by not talking at all; dislike noise and much talking in other people. When ill, are afraid to move in case the pain comes back, afraid to begin doing things again, such as walking in case they are not strong enough, afraid of facing ordinary life again.
They are nervous for other people, their children, husbands, wives, etc., never take any risks for fear of the consequences, are afraid to sit in a draught, to get their feet wet, afraid of being ill, and of what “might be”. They are sensitive to the opinions of others because of the fear in them.
Agrimony. The restless tortured attitude of mind is quite common. They are usually outwardly very cheerful plucky people, make light of their troubles so that others think they have not a care in the world. They have mostly a healthy colour like people who live much in the open air. They are restless, cannot sit still for long, must always be doing something, they need company, amusements, sometimes drink to excess and even take drugs in an attempt to deaden their pain or suffering.
When ill they are always cheery and make fun of their disability, they have great courage and put up a good fight, but as they never take anything seriously it is difficult to discover from them how much they are suffering. They are restless in bed, but make no fuss although they may be in great pain: even when very ill show courage, like a young girl who, during a bad attack of asthma, still managed to gasp out with a smile, “Im making a noise like a traction engine”.
Scleranthus. The undecided wavering state. The people of whom we say “He never knows his own mind, he says one thing one moment and another the next, he is so erratic in everything he says and does.” Indecision and uncertainty are shown also in their movements, they are jerky, unable to walk quite straight, they hesitate when crossing the road, go half-way and then come back.
They cannot make up their minds quickly, they are alternately optimistic and pessimistic, their spirits are up in the heights at one moment and down in the depths the next. In disease their symptoms will come and go, the pain be first in one place and then in another, their temperature of the swinging type. They change their minds constantly as to what they want to eat, or how the pillows should be arranged.
Their mental uncertainty results in bodily uncertainty, such as giddiness, shakiness, uncontrolled actions and movements. In convalescence this phase often occurs, showing itself in the uncertain, stumbling, walking, and the dizziness which usually accompanies the change from lying down to sitting, standing and walking.