Author: Jan Scholten
Homeopathy and Minerals
Of the Magnesiums Magnesium muriaticum and Magnesium carbonicum are the most well known. Mag-p also has a relatively well-known picture. Mag-s, Mag-f, Mag-i and Mag-br are less well known. We probably know the mental picture of Magnesium muriaticum best of all. But what are the themes of the Magnesiums?
The Magnesiums hate aggression. They cannot stand rows and violence. Vithoulkas
(1991b, page 177) has described this very nicely in Magnesium muriaticum. They are the people who work for Greenpeace and Amnesty International.
But we can find this aversion to quarrels and violence in all the Magnesiums. This is expressed in different ways. Firstly, because they find it very difficult to get angry themselves. But also, because they get extremely disturbed by all sorts of violence. They will start to avoid violent people, or violent television programmes. Some of them cannot even watch a western.
On the other hand they can be very aggressive. This side does not get emphasised in the literature very much, although we do know Magnesium carbonicum to have this. The comparison with cham in this aspect is quite appropriate. But Magnesium muriaticum can also be very aggressive. Whitmont (1982, page 126) describes the Magnesiums: 'Magnesium way well be called the most violent, ill-tempered, erratic, but also fearful and depressed remedy of our materia medica'. He talks about Magnesium muriaticum extensively and calls it the first remedy for manic depressive states.
Fear of loss
An additional theme of the Magnesiums is the fear of loss of friends, family, etc. Magnesium carbonicum expresses this as 'delusion forsaken by family and friends' and Magnesium muriaticum as 'delusion he has no friends'. Kent describes Magnesium carbonicum as a remedy for orphans. In my experience, Magnesium carbonicum and Magnesium muriaticum are the most important remedies for children of divorced or quarrelling parents. Quarrels can lead to a break-up, hence the very strong reaction. And this reaction can go two ways: either trying to soothe or avoid the quarrel, or starting a row themselves, as a diversion.
The fear of aggression also expresses itself in a great sensitivity to pain: 'shrieking from pain'. There is fear of the dentist, not entirely unjustified because of the many dental problems. The pains of the Magnesiums are really very severe and terrible. Their fear of pain is therefore understandable.
Location: right sided; bitter and old looking.
Temperature: cold, warm applications (3).
Time: < 7 am. (2); periodic complaints.
Desires: meat, vegetables, refreshing things.
Aversion: meat, vegetables, cooked food (2). < sweet, fat.
Physical: > pressure(2), bending double (2), < touch.
Spasms, cramps, colic.
Colds and allergies.
Vascular spasms, Raynaud's disease.
Liver and gallbladder (3).
Muscles and nails.
D.D: the Ammoniums and Acids.