The profession is indebted to Jeremy Sherr for the proving of Chocolate.
Chocolate is a remedy of the "drug" group and of the sycotic miasm. The main feeling in Chocolate is the want of warmth and affection. There is a need for contact in the Chocolate person.
It is the feeling of a child who was separated from her mother too early, while the need to suck at her mother's breast was still very strong. As a result the person feels forsaken, isolated and estranged from her family. Being separated from her mother makes her feel as if she is separated from her world.
The situational Materia Medica of Chocolate is one where the mother is a working woman. She breast-feeds the child for the initial few months and then weans her away for her convenience.
After giving her warmth and affection initially, she shows the child her thorny side by turning her back towards her like a hedgehog; as a result, the child feels completely forsaken. She is anxious about the future and has a fear of being injured. She feels like a gypsy who has to search for food every time she is hungry. The child continues to crave for the love and the contact of her mother that she misses so badly.
There are a lot of fears, especially about animals - dreams of animals. Again, like other "drug" remedies it can have pleasant fantasies and feelings.
- Delusion, she is a hedgehog.
- Desire to forage for food.
- Delusion, small.
- Delusion, separated, world, from.
- Dream: lost at home.
- Dream: estranged, family, from.
- Forsaken, sensation of isolation.
- Fear, injured of being.
- Craves chocolate (Argentum nitricum, Calcarea carbonica, Carcinosinum, Lyssinum, Phosphorus, Sepia).
Cicuta is a remedy of the plant kingdom. The theme of Cicuta is that the patient has been hurt so deeply and horribly in the past by another human being, especially a man, that she regresses into a childlike state, and shuts out the rest of the world. She becomes extremely fearful, hateful, suspicious and contemptuous of men. She gets violent and convulsive when excited or approached, and is especially affected by horrible things and sad stories. This tremendous sensitivity and reactivity of Cicuta, as also its shutting out the world, remind one of Opium, to which it is closely related.
A Swiss colleague, Dr. Hansjorg Hee, narrated a case to me while he was in India. It was the case of a child of 8-9 years, who had developed eczema of the face. One peculiarity of the eczema was that in spite of it being a wet eczema, with oozing and crust formation, there was no itching. Also, she had become withdrawn and taciturn. The problem had started a few years earlier when her father told her the story of girl, an angel, who had been buried alive in a coffin, and on awakening found all sorts of creatures creeping around her. This story shocked the child so much that her whole attitude and mood changed. I suggested that she be given Cicuta, based on the following:
- Horrible things, sad stories affect her profoundly.
- Sadness from sad stories.
- Talk, indisposed to, desire to be silent, taciturn.
- Man, shuns the foolishness, of.
- Sensitive to sad stories.
- Company, aversion to, avoid the sight of people.
- Quiet disposition.
- Dullness, sluggishness.
Combined with these, the rubric "Eruptions without itching" from Phatak's Repertory gives Cicuta.
I heard from Dr. Hee that the patient did very well on Cicuta, both mentally and physically.
- Delusion, thinks he is again a child.
- Answers when spoken to, yet knows no one.
- Dancing grotesque.
- Delusion, everything is strange.
- Recognize, does not, his relatives.
- Unconsciousness, periodical.