Author: Jan Scholten
Homeopathy and the Elements
Zincum is one of our well known remedies. The emphasis on intellectual performance that we always consider as an important theme in Zincum could have been slightly biased by our culture. Overdoing things [Stage 12] with regard to education and work [Iron series] is in our society often focused on intellectual performance, particularly at school.
The name is probably derived from the German word ‘Zink’, meaning metal. It was discovered in the 16th century by Paracelsus.
The metal has a bluish hue to it. Exposure to air causes oxidisation, but an initial layer of oxide prevents further oxidisation. It gets used to make protective layers, as in gutters etc.
Natriumzincate, NaZnO4, is used as a water softener.
Stage 12 Iron series
Overdoing Task Work Duty
Exaggerating Craft Use
Repeating Ability Perfectionism
Decay Routine Order Rules
Divided Control Exam
Enemies Observed Criticism
Overdoing your work: restless.
Repeating knowledge and ability: intelligent.
Overdoing routines: rehearsing, revising.
Pollution through orderliness.
Decay through bureaucratic behaviour.
Enemies oppose the work.
Bureaucrats are enemies.
Repeating exams: retakes.
Picture of Zincum
Essence: repeating routines.
Overdoing your work: restless
They like to do their work well, but they tend to overdo it. They are extremely restless, simply can’t stop and when they have nothing to do their body just carries on regardless. When they go to sleep their legs are still on the move, when they are talking their mouth makes all sort of extra movements. They have many tics, restless hands and feet. They have been brought up with the idea that ‘it is no good sitting still’, ‘go and find something useful to do’ etc. Their complaints are usually worse at times when they are forced to take a break, like weekends, holidays, but also at the end of a working day and in the evening at bedtime.
Repeating knowledge: intelligent
Intellectual performance is very important to them. They feel driven to do very well at school. This pressure to achieve may initially lead to outstanding performances, but it can also lead to the opposite: a mental dullness. Their constant urge to acquire more knowledge can give rise to feelings of not having done enough. Then they get blocked and can’t think anymore, feeling they are the ‘thickest’ of the class.
This situation is often brought about by an upringing where the emphasis is on intellectual achievements. They have to get high marks at school, otherwise they won’t count. Usually it is the father who exerts the most pressure, and it is typical how it is often the father who brings his Zincum child to see the homoeopath.
The rational side may start to block out their feelings, making them appear flat, emotionless, even cold.
Overdoing routines: revising, rehearsing
Repeating is almost the same as rehearsing, except that rehearsing is more connected to learning something time and time again. It is the sort of learning that is often applied in secondary school, endless repetition of the same lessons until you know it ‘by heart,’ you are ‘blocking’ for an exam. Quite interesting expressions as you are in fact blocking out your heart while forcing the knowledge into your head.
The repetitive tendency can also manifest itself in their speech: they repeat every question before they given an answer.
Repeating routines: copying
They are inclined to endlessly repeat their routines. Hence their fascination with computers who do in fact just that. They can get quite addicted to computer games or computer programming. One of the most common uses of computers is to calculate and to store records and accounts. This has always been the work of the book keeper, the bureaucrat in the traditional sense of the word.
Repetition can easily lead to automatism, and the performance of automatic routines is getting faster and faster in modern computers. In fact they are getting so fast that we can’t keep up with them anymore. Hence the restlessness in Zincum.
Pollution through too many rules
Copying and repeating things can lead to pollution. There are too many duplicates lying around, people keep copying indiscriminately and the paperwork is mounting up. The same happens in the world of computers where new information is added to the files and nobody bothers to check whether old information can be erased.
The pollution in our society is largely due to over production: endless copying by machines. Any initiative is soon smothered by the bureaucratic machines of our times: you need to fill in at least 10 copies of an application form which then has to be processed by 30 different departments and even then nobody knows who is going to give you permission to go ahead.
Our society is polluted by too many rules and regulations. Everything you do is registered and the registration in itself is more important than the details. Never mind whether the information is correct or not, as long as it written is on a form it is fine.
Repeating exams: retake
These people can be very anxious before exams, afraid they will fail. It is a fear that might haunt them for years in their dreams. They dream of failing their exams. It is as if they have to sit the exams again.
Enemies are trying to obstruct their work
They feel that others are trying to hinder them at work, especially when things aren’t going very well for a while. Or they may feel that others are trying to make things difficult on purpose, for instance by insisting on some new rules and regulations, which they know will slow things down. This feeling is quite natural when they are really being obstructed, which often happens. But they might even feel it when nobody is interfering at all, when it is their own fault that they get stuck because they keep on repeating the same old methods time and time again.
Overdoing the job leads to failure
They work incredibly hard, but they don’t realise that this very fact is the cause of their failure. They simply deny it. Once they have failed they feel very guilty, as if they have committed a crime. They feel pressurised by superiors, parents or teachers, constantly chased by the police.
Once they know that failure is inevitable they can get careless. They want to escape the pressure and decide to put in a minimum of effort, to make sure they don’t overdo it and fail as a result of this.
Fears: failure, falling, heights, criticism, pursued, opposition, observed, touch, anticipation, thieves, family, alone, cerebral haemorrhage, death, being buried, dark, horror, ghosts, fantasies, noise;easily frightened.
Dreams: futile efforts, paralysis, horses don’t do what he wants them to, he hasn’t passed an exam that he took a long time ago (3!), unprepared for an exam, burglars, ghosts, monsters, ice, man with a knife between his teeth, geese, fleeing, thieves, strangled, pursued, animals, erotic, disease, stools, falling, heights, party, accident, murder, quarrels, water.
Delusions: criminal, devil, death, dead people, objects are double, being light, poisoned, thieves.
Irritability: grumbling, irritable, < being woken, < music.
Mood: happy, gloomy, discontented, hurried, changeable, complaining, sentimental, laughing, hysterical, screaming.
Mental: analytical, exhaustion, slow, delirious, chaotic, confused, dementia, forgetful, idiotic, mad, manic, childish, very active, mistakes.
Contacts: , <- talking, < talk.
Sexuality: strong, nymphomania, kisses everyone.
Causes: humiliation, insults, alone, anticipation, fright, sadness, homesickness, trifles.
Professions: computer programmer, bookkeeper.
Type: pale, sallow, wrinkled.
Weather: cold; < cold, < light.
Time: < 5 pm.
Desires: sweet, meat, fruit, starch, cold, beer, liquorice.
Aversion: fish, milk, warm, sprouts (2), mushrooms, cloves.
Food: < red wine, sweet, coffee.
Menses: little: > during menses.
Sleep: sleeplessness < nightmares; << lack of sleep; somnambulism.
Physical: > sitting back (!), < touch, discharges; > movement; << suppressed discharges, vaccination (3); < music.
Restless, repetitive movements (3), head rolling, head banging, nail biting, tapping, thumb sucking, movements of the mouth < talking, restless legs < getting to sleep, grabs the bedclothes, tics, Chorea, Gilles de la Tourette.
Neurological complaints (3): epilepsy, paralysis, meningitis, Hydrocephalus, coma, MS, Parkinson’s, dementia.
Hydrocephalus, cholera, somnambulism.
Migraine (3), pressing, forehead, << school.
Strabismus, eye infections.
Hayfever, bronchitis, asthma.
Late teething, < teething.
Stomach complaints. Diabetes, < pregnancy.
Diarrhoea < wine. Constipation. Abdominal pains.
Retention of urine, > sitting back; enlarged prostate (2).
Tumour or swelling of testicle. Impotency.
Backache, < carrying heavy loads.
Eczema; white spots on nails, herpes.
DD: Iron series, Stage 12, Phosphoricums, Staphysagria, Thuja, Viola odorata, Viola tricolour.
DD Cuprum: still thinks he will be able to manage as long as he does his best, even if it is rather forced. Zincum know the end is in sight and can’t be avoided, everyone is working against him.
DD Phosphoricums: are much more focused on discovering new things, new cultures, meeting new people. The Phosphoricums would rather learn a new language by going to live in that country and absorbing it through contact with those people. The Zincum state is caused by having to learn pages and pages of words and verbs.