Author: Jan Scholten
Homeopathy and Minerals
Magnesium muriaticum has been extensively described by Vithoulkas (1991 b, page 177). The mental picture that he describes, is of a pacifist who cannot stand aggression and tries to make peace everywhere, privately as well as politically.
Whitmont (1982, page 128) gives another picture besides this. According to Whitmont, Magnesium muriaticum is the first remedy for manic depressive states.
The aggressive side is also obvious in his description.
Fear of loss Nurturing
From the group analysis we get the following picture as the essence of the remedy: the idea that aggression leads to loss of care from the mother, or that aggression is necessary to ask for care forcefully. From this viewpoint we can understand the pictures painted by Vithoulkas and Whitmont, and bring them together in the essence. We can also find the Magnesium element again: the aggression can be very much held in check, leading to pacifism, or it can be expressed and result in great irritation.
The group analysis tells us why Magnesium muriaticum has such problems with aggression: it is because he is so afraid of losing his sense of security through aggression, or he is afraid that others will lose it too. In Magnesium carbonicum we sooner find the fear that he will lose his self worth. In Magnesium muriaticum it is the fear of losing his sense of being safe and cared for. Magnesium muriaticum is with this theme the first remedy to consider for children of divorced parents. The quarrelling of the parents made the child lose his sense of security.
The repertory indicates this in the rubric 'delusion he is friendless'.
The idea that their own aggression, or aggression from their mother, leads to loss of care from their mother or parents.
They crave for attention and nurturing. In the first stages they actually ask for this attention. They might whine, but they might also get very irritated if they don’t get the attention. The irritation may be very marked and change into bad temper or fits of anger.
At the same time they are afraid of aggression themselves. They are afraid of other people's anger and don't know at all how to handle that. They completely shut off in that case. They can’t stand violence on television either. But worst of all is violence amongst their own family or friends.
Quarrels between their parents can throw them completely out of balance. They are afraid of a divorce and will start to show all sorts of behaviour to prevent this. They might become even more impossible in their own behaviour than the parents themselves: for instance, manic depressive or hysterical. Or they might act as the pacifier, trying to stop the quarreling. Or they might give up and get depressed.
The depression can be a very marked symptom. They have the feeling of being abandoned by everybody, parents and friends alike. They will withdraw and become very silent. It will be difficult to make contact with them, and as a therapist you will get very few symptoms from them. Their answers are short, even abrupt. It is as if a dark cloud is hanging over them.
They feel the world is divided; everything and everyone is divided by rows and violence.
They have strong feelings. These can become so strong that they could overwhelm them. That is when they dream about water that might drown them.
Temperature: warm, sea. > open air.
Time: < 7 am. (3)
Desire: meat, fruit (2), lemon, vegetables (2), sweet (2).
Aversion: milk (3), meat, vegetables. < milk (3), salt.
Menses: irregular, copious. < before menses, irritable.
Sleep: unrefreshing (3); fear < closing the eyes, < beginning of sleep.
Physical: > lying on left side, < lying on right side. < noise, talking.
Affections of the liver, cancer of the liver.
Constipation. Stools hard, dry and white.