Author: Jan Scholten
As far as the Lithiums are concerned, all we have got is a somewhat vague picture of Lithium carbonicum. But even here we did not really have a clear picture of its mental/emotional state. My own experiences with Lithium started with Lithium carbonicum too. This showed me its manic depressive tendencies. In a more subtle form this theme presented itself as: ‘quickly starting something, quickly giving it up and then quickly starting something else again’.
It became clear that this theme was a red thread running through all the Lithiums, such as: Lithium muriaticum, Lithium bromatum, Lithium iodatum etc. Only after several combination prescriptions did I finally prescribe Lithium metallicum one day. It seemed like a sort of threshold that I had to cross; like prescribing every type of Natrium combination without contemplating the possibility of Natrium metallicum. Once I had prescribed Lithium metallicum the whole theme really became clear to me. It turned out to be one of the most important of all the Lithiums and will probably prove to be extremely useful in psychiatric cases.
And once again the advantages of homoeopathic prescribing became apparent: it allows us to use Lithium in its metallic form (after being potentised of course), while in allopathic medicine this pure form is too aggressive and does not get absorbed by the body. In allopathy they use lithium carbonate or lithium citrate.
The name Lithium is derived from ‘lithos’ which means ‘stone’. It was discovered in 1817. It is the lightest of the solid elements and it when exposed to air it quickly oxidises into black Lithium oxide. In allopathic medicine it is used against gout and manic-depressive diseases.
Some minerals that contain Lithium: amblygomite, spodumene, lepidolite, petalite, triphylite.
It is also used in batteries for its properties of highly concentrated energy and little weight. It is also used in lightweight metal products.