Corallium rubrum Anhang


[Paul Theriault]

Trituration has been part of Homeopathic Pharmacy since Hahnemann’s original discoveries of potentising remedies. The acts of trituration and of serial dilution and succussion served to develop the medicinal powers of substances.

It has also long been known that trituration and the handling of remedies can often result in proving like symptoms appearing. The most famous example of this phenomenon

is an unintentional proving by Constantine Hering. When on expedition in the jungles of Surinam, Hering obtained a specimen of Lachesis Mutus. When handling the venom of the snake, Hering was sent into a delirious mania which furnished many of the key symptoms of Lachesis.

Due to the delayed publication of the 6th edition of the Organon, much of the significance of triturating substances was not widely known in the Homeopathic community

until the modern trituration movement. This movement began in Germany in 1993. It was initiated by Witold Ehrler.

Ehrler was a young man dating a student of Homeopathic Pharmacy. Fascinated by the idea that substances could have definitive mental emotional pictures, he set out

to perform a trituration of Calc. Fortunately for all of us, he was using a particular edition of the Homoopathisches Artzneibuch from the 1970’s which specified 4 rounds

of trituration, rather than the traditional three.

While completing this trituration, Ehrler began experiencing mental and emotional states vastly different from his normal ones. He actually feared he was going insane.

When he began the 4th round of trituration, he found that all his previous symptoms melted away into a new state of insight which explained all of his previous behaviors

and feelings, and offered a solution to the problems they represented.

Fascinated by this, Ehrler began performing more triturations and exploring the information he experienced while doing them. This procedure gradually caught on with

many other homeopaths (Jurgen Becker and Alize Timmermann), and has since spread to many other centres of Homeopathy throughout the world.

Over time and over many repetitions, a pattern in the data collected began to emerge. Data from the first round of trituration, or C1 in Ehrler’s terminology, contained

a predominance of physical symptomatology. The data collected from C2, or the second round of trituration contained a more emotional picture. The data collected from

C3 gave a more mental view of the remedy, and the data from C4 showed a more distanced view, in which the problems of C1-3 were solved via some great insight into oneself. Things seemed far less pressing and dualistic in C4, and the provers often experienced a great sense of peace and enlightenment during these sessions, along with

a penetrating insight into the faults and delusions which led them into the state they experienced in C1-3.

Several differences between the information gathered in Triturations, and that gathered in Hahnemannian provings have gradually emerged.

The information appears to be more succinct and structured. The mental emotional picture of triturated remedies appears very clearly and in a well organized fashion when compared with Hahnemannian provings

Physical symptoms tend to be less prominent. Physical symptomatology, while often present, seems to be less highlighted than in Hahnemannian provings.

Triturations performed up to the C4 level often contain a synthesis, a solution to the problems affecting the being at the C1-3 levels.

The information from triturations often compliments the information from provings, making it more succinct and clear. An excellent example of this is the Trituration of Calendula by Schriebman and Hogeland. The mental proving of Calendula was very scanty until this trituration was performed. Now we have a rich and detailed mental picture of this common remedy.

Not only confirmations, but entire provings have been done using the trituration methodology. The most famous of these provings are those contained in Jonathan Shore’s amazing and foundational book “Birds – Homeopathic Remedies from the Avian Realm”. The remedy pictures within that book were largely collected through a series of triturations, and have been clinically confirmed and expanded since publication.

While not identical to Hahnemannian provings, triturations are valuable sources of information and are becoming an increasingly accepted proving methodology. In my view,

a trituration should be part of every Hahnemannian proving, for the sake of completeness.

The Trituration of Corallium rubrum:

In light of the above information on the trituration movement, I have decided to undertake a series of triturations with my ongoing table of animals project.

Each major group of animals will have at least one trituration done, both to expand the material medica, and for the benefit of experiencing the state of each of the animal groups when writing about them. Several entirely new groups of remedies, such as the brachiopods, and a number of others will be presented that have never before been described as a group within homeopathy, such as crustaceans, sponges, trilobites and amphibians.

I have tried to focus on animal remedies with some physical symptoms, but with a poorly developed mental pictures. One of the remedies chosen was Corallium rubrum,

a Cnidarian coral.

Corallium rubrum


Unification of the Self

This trituration was made from a sample of Corallium rubrum purchased from a small online jewelry store in Spain. It was performed by myself alone. The notes were taken directly during the trituration itself.

C1 - 3:

In these three initial triturations a clear picture emerges of a very weak self. I was buffeted by sensory impressions I couldn’t tolerate. Light was too intense, sounds too powerful etc. These impressions were too strong for me to deal with, and result is feeling overwhelmed and the integrity of myself being destroyed: This is described as

a feeling of being jittery, quivery, fizzling, dissolving (DDX actinides) and falling to bits. My response to this was to withdraw, specifically to withdraw into a small cave-like enclosure, in which I felt safe and secure. This cave is described as safe, secure dark and quiet. A place where I can finally relax.


Performed November 19th 2014:

I feel strange. I’m quivery inside and weak

A very dizzy feeling

I feel weak, shy, incapable, passive

I feel a lot of activity in my digestive organs

I’m very uncertain. I feel quite afraid of my surroundings

I’m afraid. I don’t really know why, but I am afraid right now!


Performed November 22nd 2014:

I feel uneasy with my surroundings. Perception is intense.

Light seems intense

I feel a flushing of heat on my cheeks

I feel jittery and quivery inside

I feel a sensation of heat inside my chest and on my skin

It is this internal jitteriness that makes me anxious. I’m afraid. I’m afraid of everything

I feel like I have to keep my guard up to guard myself against whatever is making me jittery. It is a very rigid feeling

I feel weak and vulnerable- but vulnerable to what? The external world

 I feel like withdrawing

 I feel hot all over - heat flushes on my skin

 Intense nervousness

 The heat is starting to lessen and release


Performed November 23rd 2014:

 The fear is more intense now. I’m afraid of my surroundings

 I feel a quivery weak sensation inside…. Which is surrounded by a shell

 I feel very weak inside- but I hide myself in a shell to avoid this weak feeling

 I hide myself in this shell and feel that I am less exposed

 I feel vulnerable. Life is intense! I want to withdraw into myself – into my own little cave to escape it. Sensation is just too intense

 I feel very mentally withdrawn and hesitant

 Perception of movement, noise. It all seems louder to me. I cringe backward and withdraw from it. I just want quiet and peace

 Quiet is the lack of sensory stimulation. It feels dark, quiet and peaceful. I can relax there

 I just feel like the world is too intense right now to connect or engage with. I don’t feel strong enough to stand it all

 The world will overwhelm me!

 My body feels soft and vulnerable

 I’m not able to deal with life. It is too much input

 My self can’t deal with it all and stay intact!

 I will fizzle and dissolve!

 I will fall into bits!


This level of the trituration describes the sense of jitteriness in greater detail. The forces holding the individual components of myself together are not as strong as they need

to be to withstand the full force of sensory impressions. A metaphor of evaporation is used to describe the impact of sensation. It is as if sensation imparts an energy to components of the self, and the self is not bound together strongly enough to maintain its wholeness. This remedy strengthened the forces holding me together, allowing me

to withstand sensation. Sensation is still too intense, and I still felt a need to withdraw from it, but this is not due to the dissolution of self. Instead it is due to the perceived intensity of the stimulus.

Performed November 24th 2014:

 There is a sudden feeling of heaviness around my head

 Life is intense- I feel a sensation that is very strange

 I feel odd, out of sorts

 Then suddenly, the intensity diminishes- first on my right

 The sensation on my right is still intense, but I feel like I can deal with it now

 Now the left side is following- sensation isn’t so disturbing there

 Sensory input is still very intense, but I feel like it no longer grates upon me. It’s just a lot!

 I don’t feel threatened by it- the anxiety is lowering!

 I feel good. I no longer feel jittery inside!

 It is as if the external world no longer threatens me, and causes my insides to react with fear.

 To jitter

 I still feel like I want to back off from loud noise, but it is not affecting me deeply. It’s just too loud!

 That jitteriness was like static, or like a flickering. It was like my insides were moving relative to one another.

 They shouldn’t be doing that!

 If it gets worse it will be like evaporation. The particles making me up will move so fast they will break away from the whole structure- Its like whatever is holding me together isn’t all that strong

 I feel really good right now!


[Willard Ide Pierce]

This is an ancient remedy, but it has not been used for a long time by the old school. It was considered to have “strengthening properties, such as precious stones were formerly supposed to be possessed with” (Taste) and was used for a tonic.

While first proved by Dr. Attemyr, of Germany, Teste, of France, gave us our first therapeutic knowledge of its use as derived from his own provings.


The especial interest that we have in Corallium rub. is in reference to its remedial action in nervous coughs and whooping cough, and there are seasons when it seems to act almost as a specific in the

latter condition.

An indication for its use is the extreme severity of the paroxysm, the patient gets blue in the face, vomits tough, stingy mucus, or may have haemorrhages from the nose, mouth or lungs.

The cough is often preceded by a sensation of smothering, and the paroxysms follow one another at short intervals, leaving the patient very much exhausted, or as Hering puts it, “as weak as a rag.”

There is a general sensitiveness of the mucous membrane of the throat, especially to air, which seems cold, and breathing the open air will provoke a paroxysm, of coughing.


[John Henry Clarke]

= Gorgonio nobilis. Class, Zoophytes. *N. O. Gorgoniaceae. Trituration.


Asthma miller. Catarrh. Chancre. Cough. Eruptions. Glands, inflamed. Hysteria. Measles. Post-nasal catarrh. Psoriasis. Purpura. Syphilis. *Whooping-cough.


Red coral, the product of a coralligene zoophyte, contains carbonate of lime, oxide of iron (whence its colour), gelatin, and other elements. In old physic it was considered to have “strengthening properties,” and to be astringent, sudorific, diuretic, and absorbent. In homoeopathic practice *Corallium corresponds to a combination of syphilis and psora. Is suited to persons of nervous temperament, nervous coughs. It causes eruptions which are for the most part of its own colour, coral- red. Red spots on the palms of the hands, at first coral colour, then darker, and finally coppery. The chancres to which it corresponds are coral-red. The cough is of the whooping-cough type, smothering sensation before, and great exhaustion after cough. Cough in “minute-gun” paroxysms. Crowing inspiration, sensation as if inspired air was icy cold. There is much drowsiness with *Coral., and many symptoms appear during sleep. ***J. N. Lowe cured with *Coral. an infant, almost a year old, suffering from laryngismus stridulus, the indications being worse during sleep and after waking. *Lach., given first, failed to relieve.

Guernsey’s indication is: “Whooping-cough, or any other kind of cough when the attack comes on, with a *very rapid cough, and the attacks follow so closely as to almost run into each other.” I have found it most effective in the nervous “minute- gun” cough where the patient gives an isolated cough at regular intervals through the day. Nash finds it the most useful of all remedies in post-nasal catarrh. Guernsey’s other indication is: “Red, flat ulcers on the glans and inner surface of the prepuce, with secretion of a quantity of yellow ichor.” In the head there is a sensation of emptiness or hollowness.

Head feels very large. “As if forehead flattened”. Change of air causes coughing. Feels cold when uncovered and too hot when covered.

Mind: Grumbling humour, with oaths in consequence of the pain. Irascibility and ill-humour. Wine has a natural taste, but immediately stupefies him.

Head: bewildered, as if in consequence of drunkenness. Confusion in the head, which feels empty and hollow. Intoxication after drinking very little wine. Pressive cephalalgia, as if everything were going to protrude through the forehead, compelling motion of the head, and mitigated only by uncovering the body, which is burning hot. Pressing headache in the forehead, she cannot keep the eyes open, relieved by walking in the open air. Violent cephalalgia with nausea, greatly aggravated on sitting down. Pain in the sinciput as if it were flattened. Aggravation of the headache, and congestion in the head and in the face, on stooping. Sensation, as if wind were traversing the head, on moving it rapidly (or rocking it). Sensation, as if the head were increased in size (three times its size).

Eyes: Pressure, as from sand, in the reddened eyes (evening). Sensation of compression in the orbit. Pain, as from excoriation in the eyes, on moving the balls or the eyelids. Sensation of heat in the eyes,

on closing the lids, with a sensation as if they were swimming in tears. Sensation of burning in the eyes, by candle-light.

Nose: Semi-lateral swelling of the nose, with heat, pulsation and sleeplessness. Painful ulcer in the nostril (on the inside of the right wing, with the sensation as if the nasal bones were pressed asunder). Epistaxis, sometimes at night. Bleeding of the nose, from one nostril at a time (at night). Great dryness of the nose. Fluent coryza, with excessive secretion of an inodourous mucus, resembling tallow. Profuse secretion of mucus through the posterior nares, obliging one to hawk frequently.

Face: Heat in the face, worse by stooping. Pain, as from a bruise in the cheek-bone, worse by touch. Pain, as from dislocation in the maxillary joint, on masticating, and on opening the mouth wide.

Painful swelling of the sub-maxillary glands, worse when swallowing and on bending the head forward. Lips cracked and painful.

Teeth: Every tooth on the left side feels as if set on edge, it feels as if the teeth were too close to one another, or as if a tenacious body were lodged between them.

Throat: Great dryness of the fauces. Constant hawking, owing to an accumulation of mucus in the posterior nares. Great dryness of the palate and of the throat, with sensation of excoriation on swallowing.

Mund: Appetite. Insipidity of food. Sweetish taste of beer. Violent thirst, longing for acids and salt food. After a meal, the head turns round, as during intoxication. After dinner, hot cheeks and forehead, with cold feet.

Stomach: Nausea, with dryness of the tongue and violent headache, worse when sitting up.

Stool and Anus: Constipation (for six days), followed by copious papescent stool.

Urinary Organs: Loam or clay-coloured urine, with similar sediment. Burning urine.

Male Sexual Organs: Copious sweat on the genital parts. Swelling of the prepuce, with pain as from excoriation when it is touched. The margin of the prepuce feels sore when the linen touches it.

The frenum is painful, as if pricked by needles. Pseudo gonorrhoea (balanoblennorrhea) with fetid secretion of a yellowish-green colour. Red and smooth ulcers on the glans, and in the internal surface of the prepuce, with sanious and yellowish secretion. Pollutions. Involuntary seminal emissions during sleep (without dreams or erections).

Respiratory Organs: Painful cough, as if a stone were depressing the pleura.Yellow, puriform expectoration, in consequence of the cough. Sensation of cold in the respiratory organs, on taking a deep inspiration, inclination to cough, with difficult hawking up of bronchial mucus (in the morning). Crowing during inspiration. Violent, spasmodic cough, “firing minute-guns” of short, barking cough all day. Whooping-cough, or other rapid cough, attacks following so closely as almost to run into one another, cough till patient falls back exhausted. Cough with morning aggravation, smothering sensation before paroxysms. Cold expectoration.

Neck and Back: Stiffness in nape of neck. Pain, as if the small of the back were broken.

Limbs: Pressive pain in the shoulder-blades, aggravated by coughing. Pain in the wrists, as if he had been writing much and rapidly. Pains in the shoulder-joints, as if the head of the humerus were pressed violently outwards. Smooth spots of a deep-red colour, in the palms of the hands and in the fingers.

Pain in the knees, tibia and tarsal joint, as if he had walked a great deal.

Generalities: Failing of the limbs, after the least exercise in the open air. Sensation of cold in the hot parts, on uncovering them. The symptoms of heat and cold > artificial heat.

Skin: Red and smooth spots on the skin. Smooth spots on the palms of the hands and fingers, first of a coral colour, then dark-red, and lastly copper-coloured. Measles, purpura, psoriasis.

Sleep: Yawning, violent, frequent and in rapid succession, with pain in the articulation of the jaw. Great sleepiness, falls asleep while standing. As soon as the falls asleep she starts up, on account of frightful dreams. Cannot sleep before midnight tosses about, if he uncovers himself, he feels too cold, and when covered, he feels too hot.

Fever: Pulse full and hard. Chill, the skin is of the ordinary temperature, with headache and violent thirst, better by external heat. Febrile shivering, with burning thirst, and pains in the forehead. Dry heat internally and externally, with full and hard pulse. Dry heat without thirst, and not followed by perspiration. The hot parts feel cold when uncovered.


[William Boericke]

Red Coral

The provings of coral develop much coryza and epistaxis, and even ulceration within the nostrils. It is to be thought of for whooping and spasmodic coughs, especially when the attack comes on with a very rapid cough, and the attacks follow so closely as to almost run into each other. Often preceded by sensation of smothering, followed by exhaustion. Congestion of face after dinner. Patient becomes purple in face. Violence of paroxysm, even with expectoration of blood. Feeling as if cold air were streaming through skull and air-passages. One is too cold when uncovered and too hot when covered; relieved by artificial heat.

Head: Feels very large; violent pain as if parietal bones were forced apart; worse stooping. Eyes hot and painful. Deep-seated frontal headache with severe pain back of eyeballs. Pain aggravated by breathing cold air through nose.

Nose: Odors of smoke, onions, etc. Painful ulcer in nostrils. Post-nasal catarrh. Profuse secretion of mucus dropping through posterior nares; air feels cold. Dry coryza; nose stopped up and ulcerated. Epistaxis.

Mouth: Food tastes like sawdust. Bread tastes like straw. Beer tastes sweet. Pain in articulation of left lower jaw. Craves salt.

Respiratory organs: Hawking of profuse mucus. Throat very sensitive, especially to air. Profuse, nasal catarrh. Inspired air feels cold (Cistus). Profuse secretion of mucus dropping through posterior nares. Dry, spasmodic, suffocative cough; very rapid cough, short, barking. Cough with great sensitiveness of air-passages; feel cold on deep inspiration. Continuous hysterical cough. Feels suffocated and greatly exhausted after whooping-cough.

Male organs: Ulcers on glans and inner prepuce, with yellow ichor. Emissions and weakened sexual power. Profuse perspiration of genitals.

Skin: Red, flat ulcers. Coral-colored, then dark red spots, changing to copper-colored spots. Psoriasis of palms and soles.

Modalities: <: open air/changing from a warm too cold room;


[M.W. Van Denburg]


Dry coryza, nose stopped, nostrils ulcerated.

Great dryness of mucous membrane of nose and throat.

FLUENT CORYZA– Violent fluent coryza of odorless mucus looking like melted tallow.

Profuse secretion of mucus dropping from posterior nares.

Inspired air feels cold.


None at first.

Profuse, fluent mucus, also dropping down the throat.

Odorless mucus, looking like melted tallow.


DRY COUGH– Nervous, occasional and very spasmodic coughs.

Convulsive, violent paroxysms of spasmodic cough; intermittent in recurrence.

Intermittent cough in severe paroxysms of 15 m. to 1 hour.

Short, barking coughing regularly about once a minute; very spasmodic.


Very spasmodic scanty or loose difficult cough.

Children lose their breath, and get black in the face.


Seems cold.

<: Lying down; must sit up.

Change of air provokes cough; throat and chest very sensitive to change.


“As if very cold air were streaming through the air passages, when breathing deeply”.

Subjective odors of disagreeable sorts; smoke, onions, etc.

Great sensitiveness of the air passages.

Very spasmodic cough (Badiaga, Con., Agaric.).


[William Burt]


This is a cerebro-spinal remedy, and affects especially the respiratory ganglion of the medulla oblongata, and the filaments of the pneumogastric nerve; producing spasmodic and convulsive cough.


Violent spasmodic cough, so violent that children loose their breath, and grow purple and black in the face.

Pertussis in children, that take very little food or drink.

Paroxysms of violent spasmodic cough, commencing with gasping for breath, and continuing with repeated crowing inspirations, until the patient grows purple or black in the face, and is quite exhausted,

< at night.

Trickling of mucus form the posterior nares into the fauces.

Laryngitis stridulus, and chronic convulsive cough.



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