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HELLEBORUS

PLANT (Ranunculiae)

Somewhat Psoric, some Syphilitic (in despair), Typhoid (from effort required)
I feel so frustrated, if I dont concentrate really, really hard I cant feel or respond
Nothing Penetrates Sees without seeing, hears without hearing
This strange disconnect; All senses are fine, but lack of being able to perceive
Intense Effort and Focus Required; Furrowing of the brow
Concentration is extremely difficult, Everything is exhausted
The struggle to engage the mind I have to tell my body to be alive
Excruciating slow process trying to perceive My brain wont let body move
I think something is wrong with me They know something is wrong
Im so frustrated Its Very upsetting; Intense frustration
Angry about it They feel trapped
Guilty; Very remorseful (theyve screwed up)
State of great despair and anguish; Desperate for help
Brain injury
Indifference to life
Inability to perceive life
Dull mentally
Given up
This guy not depressed, just given up
(vs. Opium) needs to really be out of it
(vs Nat-S) brain injuries but (NTS) significant depression
Everything is an Effort worse exertion, shake heads, furrowed brow
Body Wont Obey in digestion (over-active colon), in movements (awkward & spasms)
1. Neurological; Strokes, spasms, convulsions
2. If pain, would be shooting, stitching (neurological like)
3. Chilly (quite), worse from cold
4. Aggr. 4-8 p.m. (Lyc)
5. Worse with exertion
6. Better at rest
7. Sigh a lot (getting oxygen to the brain)
8. Worse eating and drinking (its such a struggle to function)
9. Weak and erratic pulse
10. Headache; often with slow brain dullness when trying to concentrate; better rolling head on pillow
11. Head motions
12. Rub their heads
13. Shake their heads (to get brain going)
14. Furrowed and wrinkled brow ** (esp. in acute meningitis)
15. Major for Meningitis; Head injury
16. Over-active colon; colitis, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea, lots of mucus, pain on passing stool, jelly like watery stool
(as if body not prepared to digest)
17. Awkwardness, drop things, hands wont move the way want to, muscles refuse to obey me, leg moving constantly
(feel like they cant stop it)
18. No sexual desire

HELLEBORUS
No fears to speak of

Helleborus Niger Mental State


Very upsetting

Ranunculiae Family

Nothing Penetrates

(very important!)
They feel trapped

(Aconite, Puls, Staph)


Over-Reactivity
Dont think miasms on this one now
Somewhat Psoric, some Syphilitic (in despair), Typhoid (from effort required)

They are aware, but nothing penetrates

Very intense frustration


Heart-breaking

Angry about it
The struggle
to know what this is
Furrowing of the brow
An excruciating slow process of trying
to perceive

Engage the Mind


They know
They know they have to engage the
mind to get the body to move

Trauma Ediology
Often from severe injury
Great prolonged stress or overwork
At end of life: can be state of dementia
After head injury
Serious illness
Long periods of struggle
Situations
Meningitis
Baby after traumatic birth
Palliates in case of Brain Cancer
After brain surgery

Guilty
Very remorseful (theyve screwed up)
Can feel tremendously guilty for failing
people

Intense Effort and Focus


Required

State of great despair and anguish

The mind is very slow, takes great deal of


effort to move to think to answer
See this tremendous effort (in their face)

Desperate for help

The memory almost non-existent

Case
Women, High-Power to Care-taker
Starting to wear her down
A year of headaches, frontal
Instead of knowing the next thing to do, if
didnt plan ahead I started to get confused
Never went back to job
Felt body is running down
I get more and more upset
Its like Im a zombie
Dont feel how upset I am
I have to tell my body to be alive
My head is so heavy is so dull
Shes try and exercise I had no strength
Like I have muscle but cant get it to move
Everything is exhausted almost paralyzed
State of complete exhaustion
Like block of wood in head
No concentration no focus
When shes take father to doctor, I have to
just focus really, really hard, if I dont
concentrate really, really hard I cant
feel it or respond

At best very weak


At worse almost no there
Like mind is blank, no thoughts

Concentration is extremely difficult,


unless they keep totally focused they
might stop doing it
Might stop eating, wont feed themselves,
if not concentrating
Particularly after a head injury, can talk
about wild feeling in the brain
Comparisons
Gelsemium (easy to confuse with)

They are convinced they cant do it


Their sensitivity that brings them down Hell its their
shutdown that brings them down
Aurum (easy to confuse with)

Can feel tremendously guilty for failing people


Aurum however doesnt have mental paralysis and
slowness

It doesnt register
Sees without seeing,
hears without hearing
Someone is speaking to me, I understand
they are speaking, but cant formulate to
understand
At convention, knows shes there, hears
and thinks she understands, but when over,
cant recall anything
A disconnect
A trapped feeling
One is in ones body, one is aware that one
is not engaged

This strange disconnect


All senses are fine,
but lack of being able to perceive
A sensorial disorder
(a disturbance, but not impairment)

Information is not getting to the part of the


mind that would help them react
The person in the wheelchair looking out
Hes aware of everything around him, sees
colors were wearing

Im seeing it through a thick lens


I cant translate anything I see into anything meaningful
You know something is wrong
Described as a heavy feeling
As if its happening on film somewhere
else

You cant respond


You cant understand what you see or feel
They are helpless to respond to their environment
Im not capable of any reaction
I cant react to the bomb in the room, although I hear it, I see it

Helleborus

(Val)

Somewhat Psoric, some Syphilitic (in despair), Typhoid


(from effort required)
Dont think miasms on this one now
Situations
Meningitis
Baby after traumatic birth
Palliates in case of Brain Cancer
After brain surgery
At the end of a long illness, they say at the end like they
are paralyzed

Extremities
Awkwardness, drop things, hands wont move the way
want to, muscles refuse to obey me, leg moving constantly (feel like they cant stop it)
No fears (in particular)

Mental
After head injury, serious illness, long periods of
struggle, end stage of life
All senses are fine, but lack of being able to perceive
The mind is very slow, takes great deal of effort to
move to think to answer
You can see this tremendous effort (in their face)
Themes
Everything is an Effort
worse exertion, shake heads, fur- The memory is almost non-existent, at best very weak,
at worse almost no there
rowed brow
Body Wont Obey
in digestion (over-active colon), in move- Like mind is blank, no thoughts
ments (awkward & spasms)
Concentration is extremely difficult, unless they keep
totally focused they might stop doing it
General
Might stop eating, wont feed themselves, if not con Neurological; Strokes, spasms, convulsions
centrating
If pain, would be shooting, stitching (neurological
They do get guilty feeling for not doing enough
like)
A state of great despair and anguish, disparate for help
Chilly (quite), worse from cold
Particularly after a head injury, can talk about wild feeling
Aggr. 4-8 p.m. (Lyc)
in the brain
Worse with exertion
Helleborus Case 1
Better at rest
52 women
Sigh a lot (getting oxygen to the brain)
Said she was in menopause
Worse eating and drinking (its such a struggle to
I cant remember
function)
Cant focus
Weak and erratic pulse
I feel depressed
All started in the morning
She would wake with heavy, heavy, heavy feeling
Like my whole brain is paralyzed
I cant get out of bed, brain wont let body move
Its like shed see the clothes on floor and not care
With memory, people could talk to her, but she had heavy
drowsy feeling in front of head
When they left, couldnt recall what they talked about
I just wish time would stand still so I would have time to
absorb what was happening
Depression from these symptoms
Angry because of symptoms
Had hot flashes
I thing something wrong with me
G/I
Over-active colon; colitis, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea, lots Sense getting warm, husband says Im red and sweat
of mucus, pain on passing stool, jelly like watery stool Almost like Im anetisyzed
**
(as if body not prepared to digest)
Hell 200c
Came back
Repro
Like I can feel again
Not much
No sexual desire
Head
Headache; often with slow brain dullness when trying
to concentrate
Occipital headache better from rolling it around on the
pillow
Rub their heads
Shake their heads (to get brain going)
Major for Meningitis
Major for Head injury
Furrowed and wrinkled brow ** (esp. in acute meningitis)

Helleborus

cont.

Helleborus Case 2
Women 51
Had been high powered career woman
Took leave of absence when mother sick w/alstimers
Then took care of aunt who became demented
Then cared for brother
Starting to wear her down
A year of headaches, frontal
I realized I had to make time to think about things
Instead of knowing the next thing to do, if didnt plan
ahead I started to get confused
Never went back to job
Felt body is running down
I get more and more upset <- what makes it Helleborus
Its like Im a zombie
Dont feel how upset I am
I have to tell my body to be alive
To be in touch with my feeling
My head is so heavy is so dull
Sometimes fresh air a little clearer
Shes try and exercise I had no strength
Like I have muscle but cant get it to move
Everything is exhausted almost paralyzed
State of complete exhaustion
Like block of wood in head
No concentration no focus
When shes take father to doctor, I have to just focus
really, really hard, if I dont concentrate really, really hard
I cant feel it or respond
She was pushing herself and pushing herself, cant think
1M Hell, 2 months
Mentally I still have problems
Aware she was able to concentrate better
Read and know she read
Headaches less often and less intense
When went to meetings had to concentrate and go to bed
for 2 days afterwards (before a week)
Still hard to focus on more than one thing
I had an excited feeling tho
Got a sinus infection (had as kids)
Waited, no dose
2 months later
Physically Im stronger, 50% more energy
Bought a Nordic track , could do 2 minutes
Still having trouble focusing 20% better
Headaches a little better
Occasionally feel like oxygen is getting to my brain **
Started to think about going back to work
I feel like Im among the living again
Im aware of myself
Im more like a regular person
Waited again, no dose

6 months
I really am thinking now
Im getting my vocab back, I had it back last time but now
I can use it
I cant analyze it like I used to
She had overdone it a few times; Like a black heavy could,
a cloud she can see through
Started to have memories of being a college student and
how much fun it is
A feel the fun from these memories
Waited again, still movement
6 months later (a year since first dose)
1M
Now she knows this stuff works, wow!
Decided she enjoyed photographing and didnt go back to
high power job