Author: Jan Scholten
Homeopathy and Minerals
Niccolum is a remedy of which we know a certain amount of symptoms, without being very clear about the mental picture. The only thing we know on this level is their strong sense of conscience which is expressed in the delusion that they have committed a crime. Vrijlandt (1990, page 206) mentions a typical physical symptom of stones in the pancreas which look like green peas, covered with white fungus.
Neat, decent and constrained
Their behaviour is very proper and constrained, because they feel that they should control their emotions. They keep their distance and may seem to be cold and rational people. Their reason rules the emotions and their appearance is often dignified and aristocratic.
Suppressed emotions: aggression, sex
They suppress their emotions, particularly aggression, but also sexual and other ‘negative’ feelings. Only ‘decent’ emotions like love may be shown.
Lost contact with emotions
Eventually they lose touch with their feelings and their emotions start to lead their own life, coming to the surface at strange and unexpected moments. This makes the niccolum people feel uncomfortable: they don’t understand what is happening and they don’t know how to react anymore.
the idea that they are not allowed to be angry or sad, to such a degree that they don’t understand their own emotions any more.
They have the idea that they shouldn’t show any strong emotions. Their anger or sadness might hurt other people. They think that others would not appreciate their emotions and would therefore not appreciate them as a whole. ‘If you quarrel, I don’t love you’.
So they start to hide their emotions. Because they are not allowed to feel anything they stop noticing their feelings. Eventually they don’t know what they are feeling any longer. So they get confused about what is happening to them. They do still feel their emotions, though, whereas plumbum doesn’t feel anything anymore. But niccolum doesn’t know where there emotions are coming from. The cutting off from their emotions is symbolically expressed during the proving: they dream that their fingers or their head are cut off.
The restlessness is a feeling that there is something wrong, but they don’t know what. So they get a feeling that they have to solve this, they have to find out what it is. They always want to solve problems, in themselves, at work, in their relation-ship with other people. Once they know what is going on they feel much more at ease and their complaints go away.
They also have a strong desire to live up to the duty of being nice, kind etc. This makes them into perfectionists. They have to do everything right in order to be loved. They strongly resemble Vanadium and Manganum in this respect. But Vanadium is not as successful, Vanadium will have more failures. And Manganum is warmer and more friendly compared to Niccolum, who is rather cool and rational.
They are hard workers with high ambitions who might even overdo things.
The other side of this ambition is also present: a great doubt about themselves. They doubt their ability to achieve anything. They think they are worthless and they don’t dare to fight back. Hence the dreams of losing their teeth.
They might even develop the idea that they are guilty and being persecuted.
They like company and they like to be appreciated, but they don’t make contact with other people very easily. They feel that they can’t be liked by other people until they are perfect. They also have a fear of being deserted because they don’t live up to certain standards.
Suppressing all their emotions makes them inclined to withdraw: they would rather live in a world of fantasy.
They are on the whole very refined and pleasant people to be with.
They are very restless inside.
Location: right sided.
Temperature: slightly cold; cold feet (2).
Time: < 1 pm and 5 pm.
Desire: asparagus (2), liquorice, sweet, tomatoes, alcohol, tobacco.
Aversion: meat, milk, coffee. < coffee.
Sleep: falling asleep is difficult.
Physical: > rubbing.
Periodical headaches, holding the head.
Right sided tonsillitis with stabbing pains > swallowing, radiating to the ear.
Swollen glands, fear of suffocation.
Cough, has to hold the hands on the thighs. White, tough mucus.
Stomach pains, as from a ball, > rubbing, eating.
Affections of the pancreas. Mucoviscidosis.
Stones in the pancreas, like a green pea, covered in white fungus.
DD: Calcium sulphuricum, Carc, Lyc, Mang, Plb, Staph.