Author: Jan Scholten
Homeopathy and Minerals
The most important characteristic of Kali people is that they are very conscientious. They are people with strong principles, they have their rules and norms and they stick to them: 'a man of his word'. They are therefore very reliable, correct, stable and self assured. They have a great sense of duty, are serious and responsible. In the course of time, however, this can go too far and the negative side might start to come up: being rigid, dogmatic, moralistic, conservative, stoic.
In order to live according to their principles, they have to control the other aspects of their life, such as emotions. They prefer routine to new and unexpected things. Playful and artistic traits are hardly acknowledged. That is why they seem to be materialistic, but they are more pragmatic and down to earth than egoistic.
This control is expressed physically in the form of constipation or difficult labours. They hold on to things, are closed and reserved.
In spite of, or perhaps because of, this control there are many fears, but these are often only felt physically in the form of stomach problems. They can also be quite 'jumpy', as unexpected things are not under their control. Connected to this is their great sensitivity to being tickled. Tickling makes you laugh, you have to surrender to your emotions, and their control does not allow this.
They are closed and do not easily share their inner feelings. But they are not melancholic, like the Natrums. One could sooner call them optimistic. They achieve what they want to achieve, through perseverance and hard work.
Their sense of duty is expressed in their work, their tasks. Perhaps 'task' is an even better theme for the Kali's than 'duty'. They are very task-conscious. They are very hard workers, able people, the builders of society. They are practical and pragmatic. They work hard and steadily, although they don’t overdo it. They are not real workaholics.
They have a sort of fatherly aura. Professions in which they thrive are e.g. manager, policeman, judge, translator, bookkeeper.
They are, on the whole, very family orientated. The family is very important to them and they work hard to support them.
They are quite heavily built, stout and robust as a reflection of their inside. The Kali's in general are quite cold, but this depends on the component element. The order, from being very cold to being quite warm, is roughly: Kali-ars, Kali-bi, Kalium carbonicum, Kali-p (neutral),Kalium muriaticum, Kali-n, Kali-br, Kali-s, Kali-i. They are also very sensitive to draught, especially Kalium carbonicum.
The time modality is very strong: an aggravation at around 3 am. Sometimes this is from 2 am-4 am or from 3 am (DD Cupr, Thuja). Kali-ars tends more towards 1 am, and Kali-s and Kali-i to 5 am. All complaints can be aggravated then: sleeplessness, stomach pains, sciatica, etc.
They have a desire for sweets and an aversion to meat.
Aggravation from coition and during menses.
Also an aggravation from touch and from exertion, and an amelioration from mo-vement and sitting, leaning forwards.
Very typical are the stitching pains, sometimes sharp or drawing.
Discharges are copious, usually thick (Kali-n thin), sometimes tough (Kali-bi) and yellow to yellow-green.
Weakness and anaemia can occur in later stages.
Oedema everywhere, particularly around the ankles and the eyelids, with a most typical symptom of swelling of the medial side of the upper eyelid.
Colds and sinusitis can occur in all the Kali's, usually with copious discharges.
Asthma sitting and < lying down.
Pneumonia with stitching pains in pleura.
Affections of the heart, ranging from simple palpitations and high blood pressure to hardening of the arteries and (sudden) heart attacks. All the emotions are held inside, until suddenly the heart gives up.
The Kali's have many stomach complaints. Their stomach is highly sensitive, they are also prone to stomach pains and ulcers. A typical process is that they transfer their fears to their stomach, Kalium carbonicum doing this especially. The whole region of the solar plexus becomes very sensitive.
The menses are often copious, sometimes early, sometimes late. They can also get a copious, creamy, yellow leucorrhoea.
There are many rheumatic affections: inflammation of the joints with deformities, especially in the hips and knees.
The Kali's are often needed in backaches with sciatica. The sciatica is < pressure, < lying on the painful side, < menses.
DD: the Natrums.