Comparison Animal + Insect + Spider

[Shiela Mukerjee-Guzik]

"Selbstliebe und Selbsthingabe“.

Den italienischen Homöopathen Massimo Mangialavori kann man mit Fug und Recht als meisterhaften Kenner der homöopathischen  Materia medica bezeichnen. Selbst wenn man bereits einige Bücher von ihm gelesen hat, ist es immer wieder erstaunlich, wie es ihm gelingt, die Charakteristika bestimmter -oft auch bisher wenig beachteter- Mittelgruppen ebenso wie die Differenzierung der einzelnen Arzneien so präzise herauszuarbeiten, dass eine erfolgreiche Verschreibung in der Praxis tatsächlich möglich ist. Dies wird auch im vorliegenden Buch „Insekten und Parasiten in der Homöopathie“

durch zahlreiche Fallbeschreibungen eindrucksvoll dokumentiert, in denen sich dem Leser -wie auch in Mangialavoris anderen Werken- menschliche Abgründe in ungeahnter Tiefe und Fülle offenbaren.

Dem Reich der Insekten und Parasiten scheint in dieser Hinsicht ein ganz besonderes Potenzial innezuwohnen.

Mangialavori präsentiert drei Gruppen dieser Lebewesen: Parasiten, nicht-parasitierende Insekten und Spinnentiere.

Die Gegenüberstellung von zwei Gruppen von Lebewesen (Insekten – Säugetiere), die unterschiedlicher nicht sein könnten, macht dabei den besonderen Reiz dieses Werkes aus.

Bei den Insekten bzw. bei den Patienten, die ein solches Mittel benötigen, offenbart sich eine außerordentliche Ichbezogenheit und Erfolgsorientierung, bei der die Person quasi „über Leichen geht“, wenn es um die Verfolgung ihrer eigenen Ziele und Interessen geht. Dies erscheint uns Menschen als Paradoxon, da Insekten für uns eher der Inbegriff von uniformen Wesen sind, die sich in kürzester Zeit massenhaft vermehren und oftmals als Kollektiv auftreten, in dem das Individuum anscheinend keine Rolle spielt (Ameise, Biene, aber auch Floh, Wanze etc.). Einzig bei den Vertretern der Spinnen erscheint ein solches Kernthema auf Anhieb schlüssig.

Aufgrund dieses egozentrischen Wesens ist die Fähigkeit zum Aufbau emotionaler Bindungen und reifer Beziehungen -wenn überhaupt- meist nur schwach ausgeprägt.

Ganz im Gegensatz zu den Insekten stehen die Säugetiere, hier vertreten durch die Gruppe der Milchmittel. Bei diesen dreht sich alles um das Elternhaus und die Familie und in diesem Zusammenhang insbesondere um das Thema Verlust und Verlassen. Lac caninum ist das zentrale Milchmittel der Materia medica. Die anderen Milchmittel weisen viele Gemeinsamkeiten mit Lac caninum auf, sind aber gleichzeitig eigenständige Arzneientitäten, die von Mangialavori klar differenziert werden.

Wenn man denn unbedingt einen Wermutstropfen an der ganzen Geschichte finden möchte, so wäre als einziger Kritikpunkt zu nennen, dass im eigentlichen Buchtitel kein Hinweis auf die Milchmittel

zu finden ist, sondern nur im Untertitel. Dadurch läuft ein/e Homöopath/in auf der Suche nach Informationen über diese Mittelgruppe Gefahr, dieses bemerkenswerte Werk zu übersehen."

 

[Carolyn Burdet]

Animal Kingdom theme

Insect theme

Spider theme

Competitive

 

Ambitious, hard working, work for the corporation. Striving, need to achieve goals for validation and material gain.

Ambition to be someone big or to do something big. Ambitious to become bigger. Attention seeking

Competition with a Winner/Loser

Ambitious to do better, improve, get ahead, make something of their life,

Competitive power struggle. Wants to get one over someone else. Victory! Must win, must come out on top  

Power struggle -

Me versus You

Domination, submissive, enslave, inferiority complex, downtrodden, want to be seen as an individual but feel like nothing

Exert their will over others. Overpowering, or wants to overcome an oppressor. Head belongs to another - personality sublimated into another person’s identity

Bigger than me / smaller than me 

Feel small, belittled, humiliated, feel as if people demean them and treat them like dirt

Won’t tolerate disrespect. Feels a need to be bigger in order to defend oneself from a bigger oppressor

Animal kingdom has hierarchy issues

Insects colonise. “As if they are working within a structure of control that is abusing them”.

No fear, no intimidation, or feels manipulated and overpowered by someone. Big difference in power in a partnership (she is stronger)

 Key themes:

Change, Transition, Transformation are key themes for insect remedies

Vindictive, possessiveness, won’t let go, manipulative relationship, female revenge

Tubercular miasm

Trapped, suffocated, fly away, restless activity,

Embroiled, entangled, can’t escape from a situation

Attack/defence a survival issue

Violent impulses: ruthless, quick attack, fear of sudden death, incandescent rage, feels harrassed, fights back

Violent outbursts: pounces suddenly, premeditated impulse for revenge, spiders wait for prey to get caught up

Activity

Team sport, running around, one team wins; eg football

Likes violent sport, sadistic, brutal: (kick) boxing

Ruthless

Can be unfeeling, lack of empathy for others feelings, may ruthlessly exploit others

Cruelty, sadism, deceit, lies, trickster, plot to hurt, ‘take him for everything he’s got’

Teasing

Cutting, stinging comments, gossip, unfeeling, abrupt

Joke, tricks, pranks, teasing, mockery, teasing, jibes, sly

Irritating

Irritating, harassing, feels bullied (malarial miasm)

Annoying, trapped, stuck, under someone’s power

Sensitiv to environment

Over sensitive, irritable, buzzing, humming, wired

Sensitive to noise, vibration, rhythm, pulse, sound

Restless

Internal / physical restless - suffocated, restricted, tubercular miasm

Internal restlessness, physical restlessness and nervy, jerky movements

Impatience

Impatient, in a hurry, rushing around, speedy, fidgeting, frenetic or fruitless activity

Impatient to have it, wants it now, can’t stand being kept waiting, demanding 

Energetic

High energy, restless, fidgety, energy buzzing in their body, can’t relax

Highly strung nervy energy - noise /vibration reverberates in their whole body

Sexual desire

High sex drive, itching for sex, urgent desire, dispassionate, fickle, casual fling. Apis is an exception - sex is suppressed 

Passionate, high sexual energy, one partner has the upper hand, can be deceitful 

Animated movement

Run, hop, fidgety, ADHD, itchy, scratchy, insect bites cause itchiness, restlessness

Jump out at someone, booby trap, climb, ropes, swings, spin, trapeze, ticklishness

Productive

Must keep busy, structured, organised, productive work to do goals or fruitless activity

Creativity, knitting, craft, art, textiles, handicraft, or there may be a desire to lie down

Energy

High energy, excitement, erratic, never stops moving, inexhaustible energy, or tired out. Keep busy even when ill

Rhythm, drumming, dance, Lassitude, lie down. Feels vibrations in body, noise sets their teeth on edge.

Animal kingdom is social, issues about their interaction with others

Social. Conform to society, corporate, follows orders. Insect remedy children may feel overlooked, ignored

Nonconformist, individual, committed to their family and children, spiders show parental care to their young

Delusions

Insect delusions: feels used + abused, exploited, tormented, harassed, humiliated, small

Spider delusions: caught in a web, can’t leave a bad relationship, overpowered

Sensations

Squished, squashed, bugged, demeaned, dirty, stepped on, despised, downtrodden, small

Crushed, crunched, kicked, smashed, tortured, distortion of size, enlargement of parts

Jealousy

Apis is jealous, there is a saying “jealous as lice”

Can be vindictive, revenge, turn tables, lies web of deceit

Attractive appearance

Materialistic, consumer, look good, fashion trends, brands, shiny colours, nail bar

Prefer black, red, green colours, individual style,

Consumption

Consume stimulants, drugs, caffeine, to stay wired

Craving: to smoke tobacco or marijuana to relax

Animal species in relation to humankind

Insects are stepped on, low, crushed, exterminated, dirty, treated as an infestation (fleas, flies, lice, mosquitoes) 

Spiders make people jump, elicit fear + phobias, spider remedies treat panic, heart arrhythmia + palpitations

Compensations

 

An insect remedy feel small, treated like dirt, filthy, dirty, to overcompensate, they clean, tidy, wash compulsively

Spider cases want to appear bigger and stronger to overcome their oppressor, so plot to get the upper hand

Symptoms + Sensations

Burning, itching, pricking pain, swelling, allergic reaction

Lassitude, enlargement, vibration, nervous conditions

Temperature

Hot, red, burning

Cold, chilly to the bones

Modalities

Hot, itchy, Worse from heat, Better for cold applications (Apis)

Palpitations Better for warm showers (Lactrodectus mactans)

Affinity / pathology symptoms

Urinary tract infection, rash, allergic reactions, sore throat, with swelling constriction

Heart palpitations, angina, fatigue, hysteria, nerves, jerky, injury, blood platelets

Appetite / Desires

Big appetite, constant hunger, feels starved, appetite for sugar

Juice, liquidised food

Can go for long periods without eating, indigestion

 

Insects

Themes Common in Insect Remedies

Busy, active, restless, industrious, organised

Feeling small, powerless, helpless, insulted, humiliated, belittled, used, taken advantage of

Squished, crushed, stepped on, squashed, trampled, downtrodden

Dirty, ugly, repulsive, disgusting, no good, cheap, low, degraded

Desire for a more elevated less lowly existence, dreams of taking flight

Symptoms Common in Insect Remedies

Suffocated, constricted, oppressed in the throat or chest

Itching, crawling, prickling skin

Buzzing, vibrating in the body

Urinary tract symptoms, irritation of genitals

Burning, stinging, stabbing pain

Hoarse voice, aversion to fluids

Appetite, hunger,

<: heat; >: in the open air/cold applications;

Insect classifications

Hymenoptera - highly organised social structures

Ants, bees, wasps: Busy activity, home, family, social duty, bossy, organised
Vespa: home life feels unstable, fragile, sarcasm, stinging repeatedly
Apis: organised, industrious, bossy, home loving, fastidious, inflammation amel cold water
Ants: industrious, tireless activity, unemotional, dreams aliens, robots

Diptera

Musca domestica: dirty, low, worthless, ‘rubbish’, belittled, confusion, perversion, porn
Mosquitoes: harassing, malarial miasm

Coleoptera - beetles

Beetles: hard shell, fragile inside, feels vulnerable, bullied, feels used, feels guilty, stability
            Cantharis: frenzy, activity, overreaction, mania, stabbing pain, burning pain, cystitis, burns

Doryphora (potato beetle feeds on solanaceae): allergy, addiction, loquacity, bloating, red

Dictyoptera

Cockroach: numb, indifference, crushed, ambition for status, to be polished, successful
Preying mantis: brutality, cursing, anger, thinks others are victimising them

Hemiptera

Lice, fleas: Parastic, greedy, needy, clingy, get too close, talk about themselves

Lepidoptera

            Butterfly, moths: Restless, flitting, lack concentration, confusion, fickle, change to survive

Orthoptera

Locusts, crickets: irritability, ambition to be the best, hunger, emptiness, cold, fear of attack

Pterygota Phthiraptera anoplura - lice, blood sucking, wingless parasites

Siphonatpera - fleas

Zygoptera Odonata = Dragonfly, damselfly: Floating, meditative, attacking, responsibility vs irresponsibility

 

Spiders

Themes Common in Spider Remedies
- enervation, sensitivity to noise, sound, vibrations felt in the body, noise
- dancing, music, beat, rhythm, drumming
- restlessness, activity, restless legs, busy hands
- joking, pranks, teasing, tricks, trickery, flattery, risk taking, defiant, outspoken
- jumping, hiding, jumping out, pouncing, climbing, ropes
- tubercular miasm – in a hurry, on the lookout for new and interesting
- deceit, sly, cunning, plotting, conniving
- reclusive, individual (not social like insects, but spiders are close to children)
- power struggle, jealousy, revenge, feel small, powerless, female dominance
- fear of spiders/fascination with spiders
- issues of being trapped or caught, paralysis symptoms
- palpitations, cramping pains, breathing difficulty, feels cold to the bones
- fear of illness, death, hypochondria, psychosomatic, depressed by illness
- inflammation, swelling of wound, oedema, abdominal pain, delirium
- jerky movements, chorea, cannot sit still, vertigo
- nervous exhaustion, weariness, lassitude, wants to lie down, prostration
- attractiveness, sexuality, adornment
- dyslexia, poor memory

Symptoms in Specific Spider Remedies

Sensitive to music, noise, vibration, light                                             Aran-d. Tarantula Ther. Lat-m

Teasing, Witty                                                      Aran-i. Tarantula. Lat-m. Aran-i. Loxosceles reclusa

Restless, active, compelled to move                                 Aran-d. Mygale, Tarantula, Theridion

Restless yet worse from least motion                                Lat-m.

Nervous                                                            Theridion

Sense of danger, threat                                              Lat-m. Mygale

Concern for family’s health                                        Aran-i.

Wants to fight, boxing                                             Aran-i. Tarantula,

Twitching, jerking                                                  Mygale, Tarantula

Cramping pain                                                      Aran-i. Lat-m.

Tension, constriction, angina                                       Lat-m.

Abdominal pain, back pain                                          Lat-m. Loxosceles reclusa

Cardiovascular disorders, heart palpitation                                        Aran-i. Lat-m. Myg.

Inflammation, lymph, cellulitis, oedema                                         Lat-k.                         

Nerve pain                                                           Aran-d. Aran-i.

Sensation of swollen enlargement                                      Aran-d.

Violent (troublesome) sexual passion                                   Mygale, Lat-h.

Crave coffee, tobacco, smoking                                       Aran-d. Aran-i.

Icy coldness hands + feet, chilliness                                    Aran-d. Aran-i. Mygale, Tarantula, Theridion

Burning pains                                                        Lat-h.

Chilly but flushes of heat                                            Lat-m.

Head belongs to another                                              Ther. Lat-m.

Flying, floating in the air, vertigo                                       Lat-h.

Crying in fully grown men                                           Lat-m.

Better open air                                                       Aran-d. Aran-i. Tarantula

Worse, cold, damp                                                   Aran-d. Lat-m. Tarantula

Better warm bathing                                                  Lat-m.

Periodicity                                                            Aran-d. Mygale, Tarantula

Sensation hollow, emptiness                                            Loxosceles recluse

 

Arachnida Remedies

Aranomorpha: eg Aranea

Spin cobwebs in the air.

Mygalomorpha: eg Atrax, Mygale, Tarentula cubensis

Live in funnel hole in the ground. Camouflage the entrance with a twig or leaf like a trap door.

Aranea diadema – papal-cross spider – garden spider

spins a fresh web daily and lives suspended in the air

Aranea ixobola – the cross spider (larger than diadema)

Aranea scinenencia – grey spider

Atrax robusta – trap-door spider

lives in a hole in the ground

Latrodectus hasseltiiredback spider

Latrodectus katipo – New Zealand spider

Latrodectus mactans – black widow spider

has a messy funnel-shaped web

Loxosceles reclusa – brown recluse spider

isolation, sudden attack

Mygale – black Cuban spider, bird spider

vigorous sexual urge

Tarentula cubensis – decomposed Cuban spider

known as a remedy for boils

Tarentula hispanica – tarantula

Archetype of spider characteristics

Tegenaria domestica – house spider

Tela aranaea – spider’s web

Theridion – orange spider

keynote: hands busy, knitting, craves oranges, bananas, sensitive to noise

 

Scorpion remedies

Androctonos and Buthus australis are arachnids but have different characteristics and modalities. For this reason the scorpion remedies are not included in this comparison chart or general summary

of spider symptoms. Instead of spiders’ teasing and joking there is isolation, cold blooded violence, the ‘lone fighter in the desert’.

 

 

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