Milk contains many essential vitamins and minerals, milk is the nourishment which newborns depend on for a healthy start in life. This is undoubtedly truer within the animal kingdom.
The milk of the female of the species is essential to the survival of her offspring, and ultimately to the survival of the species as a whole. Within the animal kingdom, survival is also dependent
on the ability of the species to defend themselves from other predators,
and from mans’ need or greed, (as with dairy herds in the
and also their behaviour within their own particular societies.
In several of them there is an issue of some kind with milk. Expressed as desire, aggravation or aversion. weakness on the physical level
Theme: Falling is found.
Lac Caninum = Dog
ForgetFUL (leaves purchases and walks away without/makes mistakes when speaking or writing, using the wrong words and missing letters. Over-sensitivity on all levels. Can fly into a rage with cursing and swearing from slightest cfause.
Changing sides: sore throat 1. one side, 2. otherside (Rheuma in the ankles will be painful on alternating sides/headache and ovarian pain change sides). LACK of confidence; body feels ugly and imagine that being insulted, heaping the feelings of worth-lessness. Had a difficult childhood and that these difficulties can give rise to LACK of self confidence. Delusion often epitomises the central disturbance of the individual. Very passionate, very lascivious. Can be quite aggressive/defensive. Feels like are going insane yet they are very aware of it and fearful of it. Sankaran contends that the remedy (similar to the domesticated dog) has been totally controlled and civilised so that it has to suppress its basic animal nature and can only express its controlled, civilised side. Fear: of snakes (delusions involving snakes/dreams of snakes). May be of USE when a mother has lost her child during the stage when she was still breast feeding and it has become necessary to dry up the milk.
Craving for milk (have a headache even the thought of milk will make them sick).
May have falling as causation.
Lac Defloratum = skimmed cows
Made sick from milk. Kent says, ‘ much can be learned by mediating upon the milk constitution; some may think there is a difference of importance between milk skimmed and new milk, but for all practical purposes the skimmed milk is sufficient and cures the oversensitiveness to milk, if used in high potency’. ChilLY and sensiTIVE to draughts (nothing will warm)/WEAK/fatigue from slightest motion. Low nutritional status of the person; unable to assimilate their food, will completely lose their appetite. DESpondent and will want to know what is the quickest and quietest way to commit suicide. No fear of death but are sure they are going to die. WEAK physically and mentally: As with many of the other milk remedies the mind of this person has grown weak, ‘listlessness and disinclination for either bodily or mental exertion, loss of memory. There is great sadness with this remedy, and the Lac Defloratum patient does not want to see or speak to anybody. It is as if they cannot bear the suffering any longer and wish to die. AverSION to milk, drinking milk gives a sick headache.
Lac Felinum = cats milk, craving or aversion to milk
Fear of falling down the stairs, without an accompanying feeling of vertigo. of sharp or pointed objects. ‘Mental illusion that corners of furniture, or any pointed object near her were about to run into her eyes; the symptom is purely mental, the objects do not appear to her sight to be too close’. The cat has an instinct to be wild and even though it has been raised as a domestic pet, will often bring chewed up birds and other creatures into the family home, ‘ a desire to be pampered as opposed to desire to be independent’. This remedy may also be indicated in cases where there has been incest or a rape. Dreams of sexual intercourse; many dreams of being pursued for rape, even by relatives.
a desire or aversion or an aggravation from milk.
Lac Loxodonta farican, African elephant has its
very existence threatened through being maimed
or killed by humans for their ivory tusks.
Themes: murder and violence, terrible dreams.
‘I do not want to fight, but I have to or I will die’.
A sensation of timelessness with this remedy,
a spaced out feeling, a strange sensation of mental
fuzziness. Time feels like passing too slowly or it
is distorted in some way.
Trouble finding things due to the dullness on the
mental level and difficulty in thinking.
I was surprised, as the elephant is an animal that we
associate with a good memory, ‘elephants never forget’.
Elephants also after one or more of their group have
been killed are able to stand on the same spot a year
later and ‘mourn’ for the dead.
Lac lupinum.: Wolves very family orientated, living together in packs ranging in size between 3 - 24 members/led by a dominant pair (alpha male and female)/usually mated for life and take responsibility for the rest of the pack. Intelligent and proud, has not enjoyed kindness from mankind, and has been hunted, (predominantly through fear and superstition), almost to extinction.
Wants to protect children, or of feeling an unreasonable amount of concern towards children (dreams and everyday life). This feeling extends to wanting to help others who are less fortunate.
May be critiCAL, wanting to blame others An element of confusion , repeatedly losing their keys, wallets and purses. Interesting that through either dreams or in reality, the provers aware of dangerous liquids and holes in the legs of their stockings. Wolf often shot at, or else poisoned with strychnine-treated bait. “As if dying” of feeling that one does not have the strength to go on. Wolf has been battling for a long time against the odds, to avoid complete extinction.
Lac caprinum. goats’ milk, Fear of falling. The goat is very sure-footed creature, ‘wild goats live in dry, rocky region with little water, unlike the ibex, another member of the Capra species, they are not marked mountain dwellers. Can climb to great heights’.
Fear of being taken by surprise/FEAR of being pointed at, with a finger or a sharp object. Response to fear is to avoid it. Like it’s source, the goat, this person will try and find a high social position where they have control, and ‘no-one can get me while I am up here’ kind of attitude. Become so dependent on this high position that a fear of falling is an almost inevitable consequence. Vermeulen: ‘this falling and degrading must be prevented. One of the means to prevent it is to be just ahead of it by hiding, camouflaging, deluding, deceiving, telling lies, so that you cannot be caught in the very act’. A state of indifference may ensue, serving as a mechanism not to have to face reaching the high position, which would ultimately lead to a fall. This remedy may also experience strong sexual urges, but is very fearful of these, almost uncontrollable, feelings. This leads to suppression and prudish behaviour, ‘This fear is not founded on sympathy with your victim, or moral scruples, but only on the possible consequences of being caught in the act and thereby losing your position’. Consistent with the social climbing, dreams involving staircases.
Comparison Lacs and others
Another remedy that often has activist tendencies is
Both types are prone to suffer great indignation at injustice, and both types tend to be community-minded. Let us look briefly at the differences between Lacs and
1st the Lac issues of abandonment and feeling unsupported are not prominent in Ammonium cases.
2nd Ammoniums tend to have clearer boundaries than Lacs, both in terms of knowing when to say ‘No,’ and in terms of psychic empathy.
3rd Ammoniums do not try to please like Lacs do. And finally, the ambivalence seen in many Lac cases, born of a deep psychic split, is not seen in Ammonium cases.
is another remedy that is known for its activist inclinations. Here the similarity with Lac is less. With Causticum, advocacy is not personal. In other words, he is not fighting for victims
because he felt a victim himself.
2nd Causticum tends to be detached most of the time, without being split in a pathological sense. Lac, on the other hand, is very emotional, but may become detached as a result of a
Push and Pull
One area where ambivalence is seen very often in Lac cases is in romantic relationships. Only the relationship with the mother is more fraught with danger and filled with more opportunities
Lacs approach romantic relationships from one of two directions.
Either extremely wary, and slow to warm to the other person, or they jump in heedlessly. This-all or-nothing approach is expressed at many points in the relationship, because Lac people
are pulled so strongly towards and away from intimacy. When they finally fall, they fall hard, and then they can switch from aloofness to being clingy and dependent.
It is common for a Lac person to state that they have been clingy in some relationships, and aloof in others. The middle ground of open adult relating is not so easy to maintain, since the
early dynamics of reaching out for, or pulling away from mother, are so strong.
The Lac individual often finds herself caring for her partner. She may have chosen a partner who needs help, such as an alcoholic, in which case she will give and give until she feels resentful
that she is getting little back. Or she may adopt the role of parent to a man who is emotionally immature. By looking after him, she wins his love, but fails to achieve true intimacy.
After taking the indicated Lac remedy, many individuals begin to see their co-dependency more clearly, and move toward healthier relating.
However, one important difference is the strength of personal boundaries. These are strong in the case of Natrium and Ignatia, weak in Lac cases.
Again we can postulate the origins of these weak boundaries as arising from the early experience of failure to bond adequately to the mother. A newborn child has no sense of boundaries.
Through bonding to the mother, it gradually learns that it is not its mother; that she is a separate entity. In the process, the child learns that it has boundaries, which separate it from the world,
and from other people.
When bonding to the mother is weak, these lessons are not learned so distinctly. The child continues to try to merge with the mother, and hence differentiation is not completed. This results
in indistinct personal boundaries in Lac individuals (as it does in Boron individuals, who seem to go through similar dynamics at birth).
Weakness of personal boundaries expresses itself in several ways in Lac cases. First of all, Lac people are extremely empathetic. They actually feel the feelings of other people, through a kind
of psychic osmosis.
2nd Lac people are co-dependent, which means they cannot separate their own responsibilities from those of others. As a result they tend to take on too many responsibilities. And when they
fail to fulfill a responsibility that was not theirs in the first place, they feel guilty.
Since Lac people never feel secure in their family of origin, it follows that they will easily feel guilty. When you know deep down that you belong, you do not fear that by making a mistake
you will be expelled. It is this fear that Hellinger has shown to be behind most personal guilt).
There is a lot of similarity between Carcinosinum and Lac cases (very close to Lac felinum).
Suffice for now to note that the principal issue for Carcinosinum is the search for Self, whereas for Lac it is the search for connection to others.