Author: Jan Scholten
Homeopathy and the Elements
Ferrum is a very well known remedy.
The name is derived from the Latin word ferrum which means iron. It is the fourth most common element on earth and it is the basic material of all forms of steel. It has been used since prehistoric times, since the Iron age to be precise.
It has traditionally been used for the manufacture of both weapons and tools and these two words are exactly the words we can use to describe the main themes of Ferrum: i.e. fighting and performing your task.
Ferrum is the ideal material for the construction of tools: machines, vehicles, furniture, bridges, nails and screws. We couldn’t imagine our present day technical society without iron. It has been combined with all sorts of elements in more than a thousand different alloys which are all called ‘steel’ of some form or another.
Magnetism is another very important property of iron.
Stage 8 Iron series
Perseverance Task Duty Work
Maintaining Craft Use
Force Ability Perfectionism
Heavy Pressure Routine Order Rules
Resistance Opposition Control Exam
Calculating Observed Criticism
Planning Failure Guilt Crime
Concentration Pursued Tried
Persevering in your job: firm.
Persistent in your task: thoroughness.
A heavy task.
Enforcing routines: discipline.
Meeting opposition in your work.
Opposition through control.
Maintaining your position to avoid failure.
Criticism means opposition.
Force as a profession: soldier.
Persevering for the exam.
Failure through using too much force.
Picture of Ferrum metallicum
Essence: persevering in your job: firm.
Persevering in your job: firm
They feel they have to persevere with their job. The word ‘firm’ says it all. They don’t give way, they are brave, robust, steadfast, straight and to the point. The carry on regardless, however difficult the task. They feel they have to take a stand for something, to brace themselves and not give in, to go on with what they had planned. They come across as very resolute, there is not a moment’s hesitation.
Although they look powerful, it is not power they are after in itself, it is more a determination that the job should be done properly. We see this theme in expressions such as ‘iron discipline’ or ‘the iron Lady’, Mrs. Thatcher.
Durability of the work
They want the products of their labour to last a long time. It has to be able to take a few knocks, just as they feel they should be able to. They have two criteria: it has to be durable and it has to be useful.
A heavy task: force
Their work is often very heavy. It is as if they have to use real force to get the job done. They work in professions that are demanding, either physically, where they may be a blacksmith or a labourer, or mentally where they have to carry a heavy load. You often find them in the army as a professional soldier.
Enforcing routines: discipline
In order to perform their task well they have to go about it in an orderly manner. Their task is huge, and the only way to get it done is to be very disci-plined about it. They are great organisers and they hate chaos and sloppy organisation.
Criticism means opposition
They are very sensitive to criticism. They consider it as a direct form of oppo-sition and it makes them very angry. They have to carry out their task and they haven’t got time for these type of diversions that stop them from concentrating on the job. They get irritable from any form of control, critical remarks, people or objects that are in the way, chaos and noise, even slight noises such as the rustling of paper.
Even slight criticism makes them feel as if they have received a huge blow. They are physically afraid of blows or accidents too. They often had a childhood where their father used to smack them hard to instil some discipline.
If they need to criticise someone else they tend to knock them flat, using much more force than necessary for the occasion. The other person has no hope of defending himself.
Persevering for the exam
They tend to work hard for exams. They constantly have the feeling that there is a lot to be done before they are ready. They will have to do their utmost to pass, it won’t be an easy task.
Maintaining your position to avoid failure
They can have the feeling that they are about to be pushed aside, that they will lose their position if they don’t give their best. It is as if they have to earn their position, it is not something that they automatically deserve. They often feel people are ‘not respecting their boundaries’, and it makes them very angry.
Failure through using too much force
The fact that they are always pushing themselves a little bit too hard can lead to different problems. They are in danger of overloading themselves and having a nervous breakdown. Another thing that often happens is that their colleagues turn against them because the are fed up with being steamrollered. The iron discipline is carried on too far, whatever doesn’t fit in with their plans gets pushed aside, until they find one day that they have lost some very essential parts and the whole thing grinds to a halt. Then they give up because they feel they have failed.
Fears: failure, criticism, opposition, observed, anticipation, cerebral haemorrhage, death, accidents, crowds, people; easily frightened.
Dreams: unsuccessful efforts, paralysis, straight cold lines, battles, fights, contests, war, water, falling, death, dead friends.
Delusions: large environments, criminals, poisoned, war.
Mood: happy, restless, gloomy.
Irritability: quarrelsome, shouting, cursing, insulting, choleric, < noise, < pain, < contradiction, < opposition, about food.
Contacts: <- company.
Professions: soldier, midwife, secretary, blacksmith, builder.
Causes: opposition, contradiction, criticism, quarrels, suppressed will, injustice.
Build: red hair.
Weather: cold, < cold; hot flushes.
Time: < 3 am.
Desires: tomatoes, meat.
Aversion: egg, tomatoes, nuts.
Food: < egg, tomatoes, sour, tea, beer, fat, meat.
Menses: profuse (3), large clots.
Physical: > slow movement, < exertion; < noise, rustling of paper.
Vertigo < wine and getting up.
Headache, every 14 days.
Conjunctivitis, choroiditis, retinitis (Dreisbach).
Red cheeks < wine.
Anaemia (3), from lack of iron, low and high bloodpressure.
Stomach problems, vomiting without nausea.
Liver complaints, cirrhosis, cancer. Diabetes.
Diarrhoea, < eating.
Arthritis. Problems with shoulders (3).
Restless feet (O’Keefe 1993).
DD: Iron series, Stage 8, Arnica, Cadmiums, Calcium’s, Rumex, Sulphur, free radicals.
DD Manganum: Is able to give others their own space. They have more space and are still able to practice. Their criticism is milder and more constructive. Ferrum is more pushy, it is a ‘must’.
DD Kali: they are very similar in their thoroughness. Both have the same sense of duty. But Kali has a feeling of ‘this is what I should be doing’, a perseverance with what they consider to be their duty. Ferrum has more a sense of force, they have to carry on, they mustn’t give in.
DD Calcium’s: There is an obvious relationship between the two. It seems that the sensitivity to other people is characteristic of all the +2 charged metals. As if positive 2 charge is reflected in the relationship between two people. Calcium responds with a passive reaction: a retreat into the shell. Ferrum responds with a more active reaction: standing firm.