Author: Jan Scholten
Homeopathy and the Elements
Nitrogen on its own is an unknown remedy. We only know something about its properties through compounds such as the Ammoniums and the Nitricums. The general themes of the Nitricums prove to be mostly due to the Nitrogen influence, although the Oxygen in these compounds causes them to be slightly more demanding and complaining than Nitrogen on its own. As the Ammoniums contain no Oxygen (only Nitrogen and Hydrogen) we don’t see this demanding aspect in these compounds; instead we find the idealism coming more to the foreground.
The name Nitrogen means ‘forming (gen) nitrate (nitro)’. It was discovered in 1772 and 78% of the air we breathe consists of nitrogen. We would suffocate if it was 100% as we need Oxygen to convert food into sugars. Nitrogen is a very essential part of life however, because it is the base of all the amino acids.
Nitrogen is also an essential fertiliser for the land.
Most explosives contain nitrogen too: nitroglycerine, glonoine, trinitrotoluene, gunpowder etc. Even more explosive are certain combinations of Nitrogen and starch.
Stage 11-15 Carbon series
Saving Maintaining Individual Person I
Holding on Value Meaning Self-worth
Continuing Spreading Ethics: Good and Bad
Expansion fullness Body Life Lust
Exchanging Magic Myths
Expansion of the person: assertiveness.
Spreading values: enthusiasm.
Holding on to the Self: tension.
Expansion in the body: congestion and tension.
Expansion beyond the body: relaxation.
Expanding the self: relaxation.
Holding on to possessions.
Physical enjoyment: joie de vivre.
Storing inside the body: fat.
Expanding stock: supplies.
Fear of losing life: hypochondria.
Exchanging what is valuable.
Continuing beliefs: unforgiving.
Fear of lack of expansion: claustrophobia.
Picture of Nitrogen
Expansion of the person: assertiveness
They feel a need to show others who they are. They have already passed the stage where they had to prove that they existed They are now in the stage where, because they are here, they have a right to do what they want. They express themselves with ease and are open and extroverted.
This behaviour makes them look as if they are very sure of themselves, but underneath they still feel a little bit uncertain. They don’t show this however. It is only in situations of disease or death in the family that you can clearly see their fears. Then you can clearly see that their self confidence is based on the support of the environment.
Expansion of self-worth
Their assertiveness stems from a feeling of doing quite well in the world. They are quite happy with the way they are managing and they like other people to take notice and admire them for this. But when they are criticised they get very annoyed, bursting out in anger on such occasions.
Expansion of values: enthusiasm
As far as values are concerned, they like to hold on to what they think is important in life. They like to make their ideas and values come true, and they go about this task with tremendous enthusiasm. They are the torch bearers, even to the point where they get a bit too pushy.
Holding on: tension
They feel they have to go through with what they have planned and they have to carry on with what they have achieved so far. It is hard for them to ease off at times, even although they feel they would like to. This creates a feeling of tension which is also felt physically.
Expansion within the body: congestion
The physical tension can lead to a feeling of congestion. There is too much expansion and the body is trying to hold on to it all. More and more is being piled up and the body can’t let go, so it gets over-full.
This accumulation of tension in too small a space can eventually lead to explosions. That is why they burst out in a terrible fit of anger when something doesn’t go the way they had planned it. It makes them very impatient.
Enjoying who you are: relaxation
When they are happy with themselves and the way things are going they like to go out and enjoy themselves. It is a feeling of satisfaction that they like to celebrate and enjoy. It is a way of giving vent to the feelings of tension. If they don’t let go from time to time the tension will build up too much. When they are enjoying themselves they come across as being very self-satisfied. And they like it even better when other people can share their riches.
Holding on to possessions: stocking up
They like to hold on to their possessions and to save up for later. They must have enough money, now and in the future, to pay for all their little luxuries. So they tend to put things away for a rainy day. They always have little extras in the house, extra tins of food in case of hard times, an extra bank account just in case, and so on.
Physical enjoyment: joie de vivre
So the desire for enjoyment is a central theme of the Nitricums. They like the good things in life, going out to a restaurant for a five course supper with a lovely vintage wine, in the company of good friends or family. After the meal they’ll have coffee and brandy and a good cigar and when they get home they’ll share their bed with a lovely woman and that makes life worth living.
So while they go out to have a good time, the tension goes out of their body. It is a letting go process that they need besides the element of just wanting to enjoy good health and happiness.
Storing in the body: fat
The physical expression of the extra’s that they like to stock up with can be seen in the accumulation of fat. So fat is another central theme. Not only are their bodies usually quite fat, they also have a craving for fat food: butter, ham, bacon, fatty meat. Fat is a symbol of the enjoyment of the riches of the earth.
Fear of loss of life: hypochondria
Coupled to the desire to enjoy life is the fear of losing all this. They are very afraid of disease and death, which can take on extreme forms. At the slightest hint of pain or discomfort they’ll immediately think that they have an incurable disease and they want their doctor to look at it straight away. They are not easily reassured and if the pain happens to come back somewhere else they are sure that this time the doctor will surely recognise that it is a very serious disease after all. They keep on worrying and can turn into real hypochondriacs.
The same goes for diseases in the family. Their own complaints often start after they have heard about an illness in the family or after the death of someone who was very close to them.
Continuing beliefs: unforgiving
They find it hard to forgive. They feel they have the right to hold on to what they have built up (either in the form of possessions or health or in the form of values and beliefs) and when something is taken away they want to ‘get their own back’. They are bad losers and they will not forgive the person whose fault it was. When a doctor fails to cure them they’ll haunt him even to the point of taking him to court for malpractice. When someone has taken some money they’ll take him to court, not only for the money but also to prove they’re right.
Exchanging possessions: sharing
They like others to share in the enjoyment of their riches. It gives them a good feeling and they like the company. They dream about parties and social gatherings.
Fear that there is no room for expansion: claustrophobia
They need space because they need to be able to expand in every sense of the word. They have a great fear of being constricted, as we can see in their fear of narrow spaces, lifts, planes, tunnels, caves and crowded places. They’ll want to remain near the exit so they can get out quickly.
The hero has to carry on
In the Nitrogen stage the hero has ended up in the whale’s stomach (Campbell 1990). He is locked up within the process and he’ll have to find his own way out. He is imprisoned in a very narrow space and the situation is extremely tense. The whale dives deep down into the waters of the subconscious and the pressure of the emotions gets very high. The hero has to be able to withstand this pressure and to wait patiently until the whale will surface again and spit him out. Sooner or later the whale will have to return to the surface to take a breath and the hero has to trust in this process.
Fear: narrow spaces (3!), tunnels, caves, shops, lifts, planes, trains, being locked up, enjoyment, disease (3), cancer, heart disease, death, vague (2), life, strangers, future, travelling, flying, crowds, streets, failure, insects, spiders, snakes.
Irritability: sudden temper.
Mood: timid, uncertain, indecisive, -> support, hurried, restless, impatient, listless, meaningless, discontented, moody, gloomy, suicidal.
Mental: confused, slow, problems in orientation, lack of concentration, forgetful, dementia.
Religion: magic, obsessive.
Causes: neglect, abuse, incest, parents absent, addicted or weak, loss of parent and protectors.
Type: obese (3).
Weather: warm; < heat, outside, < damp.
Time: < 9 am; < summer. The complaints come and go suddenly.
Desires: fried bacon, fat, fatty meat, ham, cheese (3), salt, carbonated drinks.
Aversion: fat (2), cheese (2), bacon, ham, meat, beans.
Food: < cheese, fat, bacon, beans, coffee.
Physical: < pressure, pressure of clothes, car drives; <<< great changes in atmospheric pressure.
Discharges are foul and putrid.
Pains are congestive, pulsating (3), stitching like a splinter (3!), with swelling, heat and redness.
Hot flushes (3), < night, < after urination.
Nose: crusts that are difficult to dislodge and painful. Sneezing.
Cardiovascular diseases (3). Angina pectoris. palpitations, arrhythmia. Arteriosclerosis. Claudication. Cerebral haemorrhage.
Stomach pains with distension, rumbling, flatus and eructations. Acrid diarrhoea.
Inflammation in joints of hands with congestion, swelling and stiffness.
Caisson’s disease in divers (’the bends’), with pain in the joints and muscles. Pain in stomach with swollen abdomen. Paralysis, coma. Choking. Heart complaints. Destruction of joint tissues at the end of the long bones.
Skin: red patches, allergies.
DD: Carbon series, Stages 11 and 15.
DD Ammoniums (NH4+): In the Ammoniums we see much more of the idealism of Hydrogen coming through, together with its opposite, the disappointment and the grudges. Here the enjoyment is more etheric, the enjoyment of total unity.
DD Nitricums (NO3-): their desire is for worldly pleasures and they are more inclined to grumble and complain (Oxygen) than Nitrogen on its own.
DD: Amylum nitricum: is sometimes used as a drug because it increases the time and the intensity of an erection, one of the ways of heightening enjoyment of life.
DD Oxygen: Oxygen no longer feels that he has a right to have what he wants so he moans and complains instead. Nitrogen does feel he has a right to get what he wants and his energy is more assertive and pushy.
DD Sulphuricums: Both groups are warm blooded and have left-side complaints, both have cardiovascular problems and feel a need to be acknowledged by others. The Sulphuricums desire acknowledgment for the part they play in the relationship, whilst the Nitricums need to feel acknowledged for who they are as a person.