Author: Jan Scholten
Homeopathy and the Elements
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.
Stage 1 Carbon series
Initiative Impulsive Individual Person I
Instinctive Spontaneous Value Meaning Self-worth
One Simple Ethics: Good and Bad
Lonely Alone Body Life Lust
Single minded Rash Hero
Immature Magic Myths
A naive person: weak willed.
An impulsive person: changeable
Unthinking: easily influenced.
A naive child: childish.
Impulsive good or bad behaviour: manic depressive.
A foolish hero, a heroic fool.
Picture of Lithium metallicum
Essence: A naive person with a weak will.
A naive and weak willed person
These people are at the beginning of the road of self discovery. They don’t know who they are, sometimes they even don’t know whether they are here or not. Their sense of Self has not been developed, nor has their own will. So they appear weak willed and indecisive. They can spend ages on the minutest details, without ever finishing something properly. They are unsure of themselves and get upset by trifles. They are easily afraid and always worry whether they have done things right. They seem to be afraid of life itself, of everything that is unknown to them. They love to have the protection of a safe haven, a home with a strong and protective fatherly figure nearby.
They won’t dare to stand up for themselves, they won’t dare to take what they feel they need. Their hesitation to receive can be so strong that they might even reject what is being offered.
An impulsive person: changeable
They tend to do anything that comes up in their mind. Not because they are not interested in the wishes of others, but simply because it seems a good idea at the time. But, not surprisingly, this doesn’t always turn out to be the right thing. Either the other person doesn’t understand their intentions, or their remarks have nothing to do with the subject in question, or their actions totally overshoot the mark. The result is one disappointment after another, but, forever optimistic, they’ll try again. This time they’ll try and do it differently. And so it goes on. It is a sort of trial and error process, through which they come across as being very changeable and unstable. They try something new, give up, try again, or they alternate between different possibilities to see if it will work this time.
They want to try to prove themselves, to show to the world what they are worth. But they don’t think their actions through before they start, so they do any thing that comes up.
They can’t think things through because they haven’t got anything to compare them with. They wouldn’t know what values to take as a measure of good or bad.
They are inclined to view everything in extremes of good and bad. And here we also see them quickly switching between the two extremes. One day they’ll think the world of someone and the next day he is a ruthless scavenger.
This is how they see themselves too, one moment they feel good about themselves and the next moment they feel they are worth nothing, deserted by God, wicked as the devil. The slightest thing may cause this switch in feelings.
Unthinking: easily influenced
Because of their changeable moods and their weak will they are easily influenced by other people. When someone suggests something to them they quickly take this on because ‘he is bound to know more than they do’. They will often seek help from others because they don’t have any stable inner values of their own. They need an authority to tell them what is what in this world.
Naive and childish
They are like a child who needs its parents support. A child that hasn’t found its own way in the world. They like to try out whatever comes up in their mind, but they do this in a helpless sort of way. The sort of way that will make others say: ‘Look, isn't it cute the way she is trying to do that’.
A foolish hero
They can be very forceful and heroic in their actions. But even then we can see the childish traits coming through. They have hardly figured out what they are fighting for, more of an impromptu idea to take on an issue. Like Don quichotte in his fight against the windmills. They aren’t able to reflect on the sense and purpose of their quest, because they have difficulty in comprehending any values in life, including their own self-worth.
This is the stage in which the hero is being given his task is, but he doesn’t know what it entails yet.
Impulsively good or bad: manic depressive
In manic depressive disturbances we can find all the different themes of Lithium.
In the manic phase we have the impulsive and unthinking behaviour, the foolish way they handle their lives, their possessions and their communications with others. In the depressive phase we see that they give, they think themselves a failure and they feel thoroughly bad. Their is an alternation between feeling very good about themselves and feeling totally useless.
Fears: vague (2!), the unknown (!), life, strangers, future, travelling, flying, crowds, streets, failure, disease, operations, cancer, death.
Irritation: overassertive, aggressive, self mutilation, accusing.
Mood: restless, excited, impulsive (!), manic, unstable, hysterical, timid, unsure, indecisive, -> support, listless, meaningless, gloomy, suicidal.
Mental: associative, confused, symbolic, obsessive, slow, orientation problems, lack of concentration, forgetful, dementia, dissociated, psychosis, manic depressive psychosis (!).
Religious: magic, obsessive.
Causes: neglect, abuse, incest, parents absent addicted or weak, loss of parents or protectors.
Time: < night.
Desires: drinking, coffee, tobacco.
Food: < fruit, chocolate.
Physical: < light, <<< radiation, chemotherapy.
Vertical hemiopia (one sided vision!). Congenital eye problems.
Trembling of arms, jerking of muscles at night, tremor, ataxia. Epilepsy.
Malignant neuroleptic syndrome.
Salivation, taste of metal.
Hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, thyroiditis, goitre.
Affections of lymph glands, affections of thymus, lysis.
Cardiovascular diseases (3). ECG abnormalities. High blood pressure. Congenital heart disease, abnormalities of tricusp valve.
Nausea, vomiting, stomach pains > eating. Stomach ulcer.
Duodenal ulcer. Diarrhoea, < fruit, < chocolate, < night.
Sterility, insufficient milk production, miscarriages.
Kidney affections (3), calculi in kidney or urethra (3), uremia, frequent and Copious urination.
Acne, psoriasis, itching, hair loss, increased secretion of sebum, herpes, seborrhoeic eczema. Hair too thin.
DD: Carbon series, Stage 1, Crocus, Mancinella, Vanadium, Vit B12.
DD metabolism influenced by Lithium: Gaba, Glutamate, Inositol, Phosphoricums.
DD remedies containing Lithium: Allium cepa, Brassica, Daucus, carota, Hyoscyamus, Lactuca virosa and sativa, Nux vomica, Solanum, lycopersicum, Tabacum.