Jan Scholten

Sulphur is one of the biggest and most frequently prescribed remedies in homeopathy. Its symptomatology is huge: the repertory mentions Sulphur more often than any other remedy. In the course of the last few years, however, I have found myself prescribing it less and less and when I looked over old Sulphur cases I realised that in only 20% of these cases had Sulphur been the correct remedy. In the others the initial reaction had been good, but in the long term it proved to have been merely palliative. A much deeper result was often achieved later on with remedies such as Oxygen, the Oxydatums, Selenium, Tellurium, Zincum sulphuricum and many other Sulphuricums.
The theme of the partner, the wife or husband, as mentioned in ‘Homeopathy and Minerals’ is still important, but it has now been somewhat moderated by other aspects. It has become clear that in different cultures, such as India for instance, where the marriage plays a much more dominant role in people’s lives, the theme of the partner might be more fitting with the Muriaticum picture.

The original meaning of the word Sulphur is difficult to find. The name was already mentioned in the Bible. The Sanskrit name for Sulphur is ‘shulbari’, meaning ’enemy of copper’.
Sulphur is extensively used in all sorts of products, such as matches, insecticides and rubber tyres.