Author: Jan Scholten
642.17.17 Papaver somniferum, Opium
Botany: opium is the gummy exudation of the unripe capsule of the poppy.
Source: Ulrich Welte.
The situation is that of a man lying on a battlefield, his army has lost and the enemy comes to kill the survivors; in order to survive he feigns death. As a dead man he does not feel anything, even when they prod him with a bayonet he does not react. His stool runs out of his "dead" body. He has already death spots. It is the ultimate escape, death.
We see here a good combination of all closing Phases and Stages. It is Stage 17 and Phase 7. Hallucinations, addictions, cheating and telling lies are paramount. And they are still very timid. It all has to do with ending; it is used at the end of life, to escape from pain, the horrors of life.
They feel very weak and have the idea that have no will of their own. They have no will power or good judgement. Self-control is lost. They can be the ideal slave as they feel nothing.
The world feels like a dangerous place. All kinds of incidents can induce fear and fright.
They are oversensitive to almost anything. Almost anything can induce a disease but behind it is the fright. In order not to feel the pain they go into numbness, closing off all their senses.
In order not to feel all the horrors they shut down their senses. They do not feel anything anymore. Painful complaints become painless. Their mental awareness recedes too.
They try to see the best of the world even if it is horrible. They have a sensation of bodily well being, great happiness. He feels good, even when things are going badly. He needs nothing because everything is fine. They can even go into all kinds of imaginings: that they are big and strong, that all is very well, just the opposite of what’s going on. It is the only solution out of a situation that is bad but where they do not have any power.
Confusion, dull, stupid, concentration difficult, idiocy.
Drowsy, dreamy, sluggish, stupor, stupefaction, coma.
Desire: vastness of God, unconditional love.
Imagines parts of his body are very large.
Wants nothing, says nothing ails him.
Exaltation of the mind, vivid imaginations.
Stimulates the imagination.
Deceit; tendency to lie.
Deceptive, in vision, taste, touch; perversion of all senses.
Ailments from: fear, fright, anxiety, anger, shame, sudden joy, rape, shame and reproaches.
Dreams: cats, dogs, black forms; pleasant, fantastic, amorous.
Type: light hair, lax muscles.
Weather: chilly, > cold, > uncovering, < heat, sunstroke.
Sweat: hot, whole body except lower limbs.
Desire: alcohol, drinks.
Food: < alcohol, < stimulants.
Sleep: heavy, deep, stupid, + stertorous breathing; < during and after sleep; sleepless < noise, < acute hearing.
Physical: - >> uncovering; > constant walking, < odours; charcoal fumes, drug overdose, lead.
Nervous: apoplexy; epilepsy, spasm, tetanus.
Vertigo: lightness, < old people, < injuries.
Head: heavy occiput.
Face: dark, mahogany-brown, passive congestion.
Ears: buzzing, tinkling, sea roaring; hearing acute.
Eyes: red, bulging; staring, glassy; half open; turned upward; eyelids hanging, paralysed; pupils fixed, contracted, dilated, = light.
Face: red, bloated, swollen, dark suffused, hot, intoxicated, besotted; distorted; trembling, twitching, spasmodic, corners of mouth; veins distended; jaw locked, hanging down; lips swollen, protruding.
Nose: loss of smell.
Mouth: dry; blubbering of lips; bloody froth; teeth loose; tongue purple, white, black, paralysis, protrudes to right side, dry, ulcers; copious salivation; taste: bitter, sour taste.
Throat: dryness; voice weak, hoarse, lost, difficult; paralysis, swallowing difficult.
Chest: heat, tension, constriction; compression of diaphragm.
Lungs: unequal, stertorous, difficult, intermittent, deep, stops << sleep; sighing; cough bloody, + dyspnoea, + blue face, + profuse sweat on whole body, > drinking water; yawning after cough.
Heart: pain, burning, weakness; pulse full, slow, fast, hard.
Stomach: nausea, retching; vomiting blood, green, faeces, urine, + colic, + convulsions.
Abdomen: hard, bloated, tympanitic; paralytic atony colic, spasms.
Rectum: constipation, hard faeces; obstructed; colic; incarcerated umbilical or inguinal hernia; diarrhoea, involuntary, << fright; stool black, offensive, frothy.
Urinary: kidney atony; urine retained, involuntary << spasms of neck of bladder; kidney colic, pain radiates to bladder and testicles.
Female: menses absent; horribly painful, >> bend double, + urging to stool; miscarriage; lochia absent; uterus: prolapse. << pregnancy, << labour.
Back: opisthotonos; veins of neck swollen, beating, pulsating.
Limbs: trembling, twitching, jerking; painless paralysis weakness; numbness; coldness; veins of hands distended.
Skin: red, blue, death spots; dry, rough, dirty; itching, crawling; ulcers, painless, indolent; erythema; scarlatina; desquamation; chilblains; sweaty skin.
DD: Bariums: dull, idiocy.
DD: Noble gases: coma, anaesthesia.