Folliculinum Anhang


[Dr. Christina Ari]

Deutsche Version:

Since I myself have experienced all stages in a woman`s life, from puberty to menopause, including all ups and downs, it is a special honour for me to point out the importance of a remedy which c

an without doubt be considered the most female of remedies of  Materia Medica Homoeopathica.

To find out more about the nature and essence of this remedy, I would first like to take you on a historical journey, which in fact started much earlier than in the middle of the 20th century, the time homoeopaths for the first time gathered experience with this nosode.

A number of renowned colleagues have already closely studied the substance over the past decades and through their findings have described a wide spectrum of indications. Based on the illuminating results from the analysis of the spectrum efficacy of oestrogens, I finally managed to explore the inner essence of this remedy. This knowledge brought about a more impressive characterization of Folliculinum and led to an extension of symptoms and indications in Materia Medica, I intend to show in this performance. It is of importance, as well, to explain distinctions to similar remedies through differential diagnosis (Carcinosinum).

My personal experience in the treatment of patients adds to the attempt to present you a new and extended picture of Folliculinum and finally to point out its miasmatical importance.

Folliculinum or Oestrogen is a natural hormone secreted by the ovaries. Besides oestradiol and oestrol, it is one of the physiological most active.

Oestrogens, a steroid hormone, with typical steran structure and the formula C18 H22O2.

So the basic elements are carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, the matrix of organic life.

Oestrogens are able to directly interact with nuclear DNA if connected with a steroid-receptor. Therefore they are such important and urgent transmitting substances.

The name oestrogen is derived from Greek. Oistros means “rut or lust” and genao “to create”. What we are talking about is a “rut or lust generating substance”.

The oestrone used in homoeopathy is derived from horse urine. It is a w ater-insoluble, white, crystalline substance, triturated to C3.

Path towards the essence

This remedy was proved clinically in detail by Madame De Mattos already in the 1950s. Results can be looked up in Materia Medica of New Homoeopathic Remedies by O.A. Julian.

At that time mainly low potencies of the remedy were applied and that primarily showed positive effects against the so-called Hyperfolliculinia Syndrome, which was already described in the year 1936

by Gilbert Dreyfuss. Whatever caused the syndrome could, at that time, not be fully apprehended, though.

Real Hyperfolliculinia takes the form of a glandular-cystic hyperplasia. It is manifested in an anovulatory cycle which can lead to clinical disorders in terms of for example a polycystic ovary syndrome, cysts or tumours of female organs that finally leads towards infertility. This real hyperfolliculinia can be histological verified through biopsy and is differentiated from functional Hyperfolliculinia.

The later can not be proved substantially, but it responds positively to the intradermal Hirschberg Test, that shows a kind of an allergic reaction, if small doses of oestrogen are implied subcutaneously.

The primary assumption that the remedy could be of effect in all medical conditions which result from an excess of or a disturbed level of oestrogen, was questioned in an early stage, even by Lea De Mattos herself, since the relation of pathological symptoms on a physical and an emotional or psychological level at the same time and out of the same reason could not be explained in the middle of the past century.

A full understanding of the complexity of the feedback mechanism between hypothalamus, hypophysis and the gonads was not established at that time. Today, we do know more about the intricate feedback mechanisms of neuro-humoral transmitters, the so-called messenger substances. Possible connections between symptoms and clinical pictures on different organ system levels can be explained more accurately nowadays. It has been proven that sexual hormones directly influence the neurotransmitting systems, unless they are even considered to be neurotransmitter themselves.

It is therefore safe to say that treatment options of Folliculinum, when applied as a homoeopathic remedy, show a very wide spectrum of indications, exceeding cases of symptomatic, hormone specific disease patterns.

The essence of the remedy becomes manifest on close inspection of the effective range of oestrogens.

Primarily they are responsible for sustaining fertility in human organism.

Therefore oestrogens are responsible for the development, the functioning, and regulation of female sexual organs.

They dictate the female hormonal balance and they safeguard the dynamics of an individual balanced ovular cycle of a woman.

The follicular phase is determined by the effect of oestrogens. This euphorigenic effect provokes lust in life to get stimulated and everyday challenges to be met readily. This is the aspect of femininity

that is widely appreciated and the image of women in general is reflected that way.

Better insight in the essence of this substance is gained considering situations where the level of oestrogen is very high, at its summit, for example during ovulation or when giving birth. In those moments tremendous elementary powers are arising in a female organism, through a direct and exceeding effect of oestrogens on the hypothalamus.

At the time around this hormonal peak women feel like high and get an impressive and fascinating expression, full of effective power.

But simultaneously, somehow like a shade, this circumstance shows definitely some kind of a repression of the controlled waking consciousness. It seems like an invisible force is taking possession of the female rational guidelines, of the ratio itself and like intoxicated, women surrender to this exceptional state.

Around ovulation lust feelings are at its peak and cohabitation happens thoughtless once a while. Even female climax never can be more satisfying than around ovulation.

Ability for self-abandonment and loss of inhibiting mechanisms of self-control finally facilitate successful fertilization, and as well allow for an easier bearing of the fear and pain connected to giving birth, and guarantee for a caring and devoted mother-child relationship.

Summarizing one can say that these facts are substantial preconditions for conservation of the evolution of higher species.

On the contrary, at that point, Homo sapiens find himself also confronted with the drawbacks of hormonal effects, shown as unwanted pregnancies and hopeless dependencies in relationships.

The analysing of this key effect of oestrogens finally uncovers the central delusion of this remedy. It can be described as – Being lost in devotion!

One can say that the ability to selflessly devote oneself to a task or a relationship is profoundly female and can be attributed to the effect of the oestrogens.

Fortunately, the physiological sequence of the two-phase female cycle involves a natural opponent, the so called protective hormone gestagen. The balanced interaction of both gonad hormones facilitates the development of a multilayered perception of women, which is characterized by a creative and flexible organizational ability and natural and consolidating leadership qualities. Multitasking ability,

often come across with women, can be put down to this fact.

Every healthy woman, therefore, has her own individual rhythmical cycle which helps her to find the right measure in relation to empathy, devotion, self-determination, strength of will, and individuality.

These are the essential prerequisites of a healthy female organism.

Any disturbed or suppressed physiological cycle signifies a missing pace setting signal of the oestrogens and leads to well known disorders in the sense of hyperfolliculinia and its reflecting symptoms, concerning the entire organism, body, sense and mind.

Oestrogens are the pace maker in a healthy cycle.

Given the fact that women suffering on a disturbed hormonal balance are not able to fully unfold their potential creativity on physical and emotional level, a deficiency based diatheses in relation to the development of an individual personality structure arises, which characterizes the guiding symptoms of this nosode.

They are manifested in profound unsteadiness and poor ability to personally dissociate oneself from others because of not being accorded to an individual rhythm.

To compensate deficient feelings, the person somehow feels obliged to surrender completely, to finally `nourish the whole world`, until he or she becomes totally leached out.

This remedy is for someone who is longing for a life in autonomy but unfortunately he or she is condemned to surrender in dependency.

In the end it seems there is no way out, he or she falls into deep depression or gets involved into severe illnesses of the body.

Next is a detailed description of Materia Medica of Folliculinum:

Donald Foubister followed Madamme De Mattos, examining the remedy. Publications added by Melissa Assilem have essentially contributed to the development of contemporary remedy characteristics, well described in the Synoptic Materia Medica by Frans Vermeulen.

In her manuscript `Mist or Miasma`, Assilem was the first to show up the fatal consequences of hormonal abuse, effecting the following generations, starting in the second half of the past century.

During a period of about thirty years a drug called Diethylstilbestrol (DES) was given to numerous of  women, to prevent miscarriages, in U.K. and U.S.A., causing a rare form of cancer, a vaginal clear-cell adenocarcinoma in daughters of those women. Although these cancers could arise very early, many were not triggered off until the girl was exposed to more hormones, e.g. the pill, or another hormonal treatment. Assilem claimed this to be a case of an acquired miasma triggering off an inherited one. Many sons of those women treated with DES suffered on low sperm counts or abnormally shaped sperms. The `morning after Pill` was made from DES as well.

Finally in 1999, Folliculinum was proved by Andreas Holling during a seminar in Münster with Jayesh Shah involving 10 participants.

Complemented by the symptoms derived from this proving and by my own extensive experiences with the remedy I would like to attempt to more precisely characterize Folliculinum to achieve a better understanding of it and facilitate differentiation with other remedies.

Indications prefering the female sex:

Since Folliculinum can primarily be considered a female remedy, I would like to start emphasizing on indications concerning afflictions in preference of the female sex. In aetiological terms, I will proceed mainly according to clinical aspects, which correspond with the typical pathognomic symptom complexes, including all psycho vegetative symptoms, and also include the side effect symptoms of synthetic hormones.

1.  I would like to start with indications which can be put down to physiologic fluctuations of the hormonal balance:

Frequently in puberty, the development of the ovulary cycle, is characterized by difficulties concerning the individualisation process leading to womanhood. It is proved as a remedy for boys as well, unless they are drained and slow and unable to identify with their selfhood.

In case of abnormalities at the time of ovulation and the days before menstruation 1, especially afflictions in terms of a premenstrual dysphoric syndrome or menstrual disorders in general, despite the modality that the start of the period causes improvement.

During pregnancy, around birth, during the breastfeeding phase, especially when there is a lack in a balanced mother-child relationship, to the point of puerperal psychosis 1.

In menopause, the whole spectrum of physical and mental symptoms is covered.

2.  Furthermore, Folliculinum is indicated in case of functional and organically manifested female diseases 1, which can be attributed to an impaired ovulation cycle, such as polycystic ovar

syndrome, endometriosis, ovary cysts, myomas, malignomas and other tumors, depressions and other physical or mental manifested disorders.

All diseases regarding breasts, should someone remind of Folliculinum 1.

3.  Now for iatrogenic causes:

Long lasting hormonal suppression or replacement therapies 3 including all consequences represent a serious iatrogenic cause, as severe physical side effects and a higher risk of developing cancer are proven. That fact shows one of the main indications for the remedy. It is common practice to treat functional endocrine disorders with synthetic hormones. In that way to us homeopaths alarming disorders as acne vulgaris, endometriosis and PCO syndrome are basically simply suppressed.

Hormonal contraceptives 3, no matter what kind, totally blocks the functioning of the ovaries. They are made available too easily to even very young girls, whose cycle is barely developed yet. Suppression and deception of one`s own balancing mechanisms often leads to an ovular cycle not able to regenerate itself, which may cause infertility. This drastic consequence, the side and after effects of contraceptives such as widespread urinary tract infections, migraine etc. can successfully be treated with Folliculinum.

First stop suppressive drugs and than prescribe rhythmically repeated medications of Folliculinum, because oestrogens are the pace maker in an ovulatory cycle, this is a simple way to induce regeneration! This method has proven to be very successful in my experience, in the sense of functional therapy, in intervals, supplemented by the treatment with a Simile.

Modern medicine`s answer to infertility is further hormonal treatment and finally in vitro fertilization 7, which most often needs to be repeated causing severe symptomatic and functional disorders

Consequently, the children procreated this way may suffer form problems and diseases 7. Here you can follow a severe miasmatic pressure already!

Antihormone therapy against hormone-receptor positive carcinomas has lots of side effects, can clearly be made more tolerated by rhythmically repeated medications of Folliculinum C200.

Some women respond to weekly, others to doses given every two weeks. 7

Now I am going to talk about gender-free symptoms and indications, as well as the modalities of this homoeopathic remedy:


Sources: 1 Julian and deMattos, 2 Foubister, 3 Assilem, 4 Cooper, 5 Holling, 6 Journal of classical Homeopathy,

Trias of symptoms: Neuropsychic symptoms – symptoms of female genitals including mammae – various sensitivity for pain.


Mind/mental/emotional symptoms:

Delusion, gets lost in devotion. Results in loss of individual creativity. We have to look out for patients, permanently trying hard to do their best, to express their true selves to find a personal identity. They are not sure about themselves. They prove their autonomy, but always remain in a trying position. Behind this lack of self confidence, we discover forsaken feelings and a disposition to dependency.7

She feels she is controlled by another. She is out of sorts with her rhythms. She is living out someone else`s expectations. She loses her will. She over-estimates her energy reserves. She is full of self denial. She becomes a rescuer, addicted to rescuing people. She becomes drained. She has become a doormat. She has forgotten who she is. She has no individuality, she looses sense of herself, she may totally lose herself in her relationships“.

„Pressure of a personality or a group on an individual; a dominant or possessive parent, friend or marriage partner; and certainly where there is intolerant religious dominance“.

Puts enormous efforts in order to give her best.

Disorders through paternalism, over a long time.

„ Pressure through conditions on work, also persons that have worked over a period until exhaustion and seem to be unable to recover or to react to a subscripted homoeopathic remedy“.

„Patients (under extreme pressure) not responding to homoeopathy“.

„There is a very strong link here with Carcinosinum and it is not surprising, that Folliculinum works well when Carcinosinum is indicated but does not act. Cancer cells have lost their identity and the ability to differentiate or individualize”.

Loss of individual creativity.

Fear, to have neglected one`s duties.2

Fear, remorse, to have done something bad. 7

Fear, in general and sudden. 2

Fear, in the evening, at dawn. 1

Fear tortuous. 7

Fear, to loose control. 2

Reproaches, self-reproach. 7

Thoughts force him, to be active. 7

Feels acknowledged by activities only. 7

Feels obliged to be friendly, sympathizes to get appreciation. 2

Hypersensitivity. 1

Excitability alters with depression. 1

Irritability, bad temper 1

Feels attacked, hurt and easily offended. 1

Sensitive to reproaches. 1

Feels not being taken seriously. 7

Can`t understand why others find everything she does for granted. 7

Emotionally reserved. 3

Indecision. 3

Feeling of helplessness. 7

Sadness. 1

Feeling of abandonment. 3

Feels high, spaceyness. 3

Delusion to be under a powerful influence. 3

Delusion, to be assigned with an important mission. 7

Someone really gets heated up in situations, appearing very important to him/her. 7

Wants to dictate and establish oneself.7

Seductive, wants to put someone under one`s spell.7

Pulls the nearest into her fate. 7

Wants to pull nearest into her dependency. 7

Can`t let dearest go, husband, children (overprotective mother). 7

Indicts her nearest, complains. 7

Aversion against own husband, children. 3

Falls into a feeling of emptiness, as soon the children leave home or she loses her job. 7

Has a feeling of not being able to finish things. 5

Weak concentration if trying to do more things at a time, this irritates him. Can only do one thing at the time, or as less a possible. 5

Makes things in series, not simultaneously. 5

Confused, if too many mental impressions at the same time. 5

Deficiency in concentration and fear when driving a car, fears loss of control.5

Aggressive verbal attacks when getting parallel requirements. 5

Losing herself in details. 5

Avoids stress. 5

Longing for rest or for action alternate with need for rest.5

Cancels appointments and dates, escapes. 5eird slowness or agitated hurry. 5

Feels overstrained, drained. 3

Territorial confusion, loses perspective. 5

Incapacity to keep the overview. 5

Generalities and clinical indications:

History of abuse whether sexual, physical or psychological. 3

Fixed ideas on sexual matters. 1

Lack of libido or increased libido. 3

Eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia). 3

General risk for dependency. 7

Serotonin deficiency syndrome, depressions and psychosis,

on people, who cannot find boundaries.7

Burnout syndrome.7

Suicidal tendancy.3

Chronique fatigue syndrome.3

Immune deficiency syndroms.


[Dorothy Cooper]

Pressure in adults of continued ill health or slow recovery after recurrent or severe infection. This covers, especially in my experience, young men after glandular fever or presenting with what is

ecoming identified as post viral syndrome. In these cases I always start by using Carcinosinum, but add Folliculinum if the Carcinosinum does not achieve a lasting response. The same applies to

patients not responding after cortisone treatment“. My personal experience confirms a greater incidence for Folliculinum, since I can differentiate in a better way between Carcinosinum and


The development of an immune mediated disease connected with a viral infection. Almost every multiple sclerosis patient shows a mononucleosis disease in his medical history. I have seen

patients suffering for multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, Bechterew`s disease and Darier White Syndrome showing good results with this remedy.


Chronic B. Coli infections.

Sterility. 1

Candida albicans.



Vasomotoric disorders.

Exhaustion and fatigue.

Heat, hot flash.


<: through wind/heat/noise/touch/rest/alcohol/nicotine;

>: through fresh, cool air/exercise outside/through commendation and appreciation;

Craving for wheat and sugar (pastry, pasta). 3

Contradictory symptoms change quickly. 7

Period: 1 h./dependency on the rhythm of the moon/periodically;

Colour preference by Müller, Welte 12 – 14 C  DD.: Lanthanides


Feeling as if more oxygen reaches the brain, this makes thinking easier.


Headache, slightly can extend to migraine.



Pale, ring`s under one`s eye.

Swollen conjunctivas.

Sore eyes.

Ears: Seborrhoae of the auditory canals with pruritus.

Nose: Rhinitis vasomotorica.

Hay fever.

Seborrhoae of nares.

Face: neuralgia.

Facial acne.

Mouth: Itching, tickling, burning, a feeling that you get from touching a battery with the tongue, or slightly burning of pepper.

Throat: Painful swallowing, pressure sensitivity of the pharynx, hoarseness as far as anaudia.


Tickling of the airway from the throat up to the xyphoid process, this provokes a cough.

Spasmodic cough with up to choking. 

Stomach: Gastralgia with nausea.

Abdomen: Diversified periodic dyspepsia.

Dyspepsia allergy (intolerances).


Pain, right hypochondrium.

Hepatic dysfunction, liver swelling, liver carcinoma.

Biliary tract dysfunction.

Pancreas disorders.

Rectum: Diarrhoea # constipation.

Urinary tract: Recurrent infections of the urinary system, incontinence, increased desire to urinate.

Small stings in the bladder.

Urine: smells like ammoniac.

Incontinency, pollakisuria, nightly dysuria.

Female Organs: Symptoms of the female gender have been mentioned in advance. In general everything < around ovulation and before menses.

Chest: Cardiovascular disorders, including disorders of the rhythm of the heart and stenocardia, angina pectoris.

Accelerated pulse, with faintlessness.

Dyspnoea, breathlessness.

Longing for fresh air.

Takes deep breaths, deep sighs.

Labile hypertension or manifest hypertension.

Raynaud`s disease.

Thromboembolic disorders and varicositas.


Back: Pain, arthralgia miscellaneous forms, myalgia.

Glieder: Achillodynia, on the right side more than left.


Eczema on the fingers, with fissures.

Skin: Dry lichen, itching.


Atopic dermatitis.

Eczemas; Foubister advises against the use of Folliculinum considering skin complains. My experience does not cope with that.

Chloasma uterinum.



Dreams: Situations, which are difficult to cope with, to feel to go under and to prove oneself something.

Occupied by adverse power  and forces.

Exhausting situations with obstacles.

Heroic doings.

Loss of controle.

Fear of loss of control while driving vehicles with obstacles.

Dream after taking Folliculinum C200 once: She is cooking a feast for the whole family. As the meal is finished, the door bell rings, the guests arrive. She panics, she is not showered, not combed,

not dressed yet, she now flees into the bathroom. She hears her brother saying amused: „It`s like always, she is never ready on time, she is not able to organise her time.“ She is in the bathroom,

she is in despair and stressed as she tries to get ready, she becomes aware that she can`t find her own image looking in the mirror. She can`t recognise herself, she has no identity.

The amount and complexity of symptoms points out the importance of the remedy.

DD.: First I want to talk about the necessary differentiation of the nosodes Carcinosinum and Folliculinum:


DD.: Compare Folliculinum to other close or related remedies:

Discerning nosodes, it is essential to find out whether a deficiency based diatheses is present or not. Thyreoidinum as well as Medorrhinum can be very similar.

Animal remedies follow sorted according to similarity.

Concerning female remedies De Mattos called Lachesis to be the closest remedy, finding the following: excitability # depression, extreme sensitivity to contact, and > menstrual flow.

Folliculinum: No laterality, or < from sleep

< during ovulation. M. Assilem adds: Lachesis does the draining, Folliculinum gets drained.

Elaps and Cenchris are close related as well as other snake remedies.

Sepia is very close, but the cycle modalities are stronger in Folliculinum.

Sea remedies depending to rhythm, in general relate (Calc. and Aster.).

Plants: Lilium tigrinum, Staphisagria, Ignatia, Aristolochia, Pulsatilla and Cyclamen are close.

Minerals: Natrium muriaticum, Samarium muriaticum, all the muriaticums and lacticums could be compared as well as other lanthanides and remedies out of the silver-serie.

Granit has aggravation at ovulation. Kalium carbonicum shows the weakness.

How to prescribe?

Over the past ten years of intense studies with this remedy, functional and miasmatic prescriptions of Folliculinum have become more common to me. In this way and especially when complemented

by a Simile the nosode accompanies chronic recoveries. This method has proven to be successful with many patients and resulted in lasting recovery.

Foubister already experienced good effects giving Folliculinum three or four days before an individually selected constitutional remedy.

Exclusive prescription provides a solution with iatrogenic induced cycle disorders, as already explained before. According to its properties I rhythmically administer the remedy in case of chronic states, which can be seen in connection with hormonal disorders, mostly in C potencies; the level of the potency is always chosen according to the individual case.

If the remedy is to be prescribed solely according to the simile nature, the most satisfying recoveries can be observed. In such cases, fluxion- and Q- potencies have proven to be successful.


Folliculinum and Miasma:

Now I would like to talk about the superior meaning of Folliculinum in a miasmatic sense. In 2010 the birth control pill celebrated its 50th aniversery. Three generations of women in industrialized countries have made use of it. Millions of women have avoided experiencing their own individual female rhythm, which is the basis of their creativity, and do not realize that they are victims to the drug (men?).

In striving for liberation from paternalism, they haven fallen prey to deceitful carelessness, which eventually leads to taking possession of female sex again.

This attempt to escape is understandable, taking the role which has been imposed on women over countless generations by the dogmas of world religions.

Women have been reduced to the caring form of expression of their being, giving birth to and taking care of ten or even more children, definitely missing a steady cycle. They were for the most part

refused to be seen as rational beings and therefore not considered to have leading capacity.

Thousands of years of suppression of individual and creative possibilities for development of women all around the world can primarily be seen as a taking of possession of femality. Folliculinum therefore is an expression of lost matriarchy, combining a desperate strife for rehabilitation.

The general impact on our health induced by increasingly incontrollable hormone substitution and genetic engineering in animal breeding, though leading to an appreciated worldwide rise in production,

can not be neglected either. Hormones pass our food, are excreted through our liver and kidneys, go back into the water supply and are reintroduced into the circle, as they cannot be filtered out. We are under a constantly growing hormonal exposure.

Out of this hormonal pollution and in connection with taking synthetic hormones over centuries, hormonal misuse has become part of our lives and has to be considered a mayor risk to our health at present and even more in the future.

The rise in breast cancer and cervical dysplasia is alarming.

In Austria one out of eight women develops a malignant breast tumour. The fertility rate in so-called industrialized countries is constantly decreasing symptoms such as endometriosis and PCO syndrome are on the rise.

Not only women are afflicted by this phenomenon, disorders in spermatogenesis probably induced by oestrogen can be observed with men. The sperms are too slow, too small in number, or deformed. Whether environmental pollution or the taking of the pill by their mothers before pregnancy is the cause can not absolutely be differentiated.

In this context, I would also like to mention the Burn Out Syndrome which affects both sexes and has been on the increase over the past years. It is terrible to see how many people suffer from chronic stress.

People who have self-sacrificed themselves in tasks and duties and are terribly striving to keep up control mechanisms, who have forgotten to perceive and live out their capacities, have definitely lost touch with their individual rhythm of life.

Folliculinum ought to be an option in these cases, a remedy which is mirrored noticeably in the regretful state of our civilized society.

Assuming a miasma in general to be an influence that induces illness and is hidden behind common pathologic symptoms which are signs of a disrupted force of life, it is legitimate in this case, to speak of

a new miasma that has to be taken very seriously.

What we are talking about here and now, is neither a simple iatrogen, nor a sex-specific nor a simple carcinogen miasma.

I would like to point out that this is a distinct folliculin miasma, which can either be acquired or inherited. What we are dealing with is a so-called adapted or chronic cancerogen miasma, which primarily leads to degenerative disorders to sign up for reduced regenerative properties.

Coming to this point I hope for a broad acceptance of my mission, also to do justice to the remedy which has proven helpful to mankind.

Folliculinum helps to restore and re- empower the patients. Finally they are able to develop a new identification of selfhood, which is needed to re- establish their individual rhythm of life - the chance

to move out of this destructive and degenerating miasma.

This remedy is of big importance and should be considered in the same order as Carcinosinum or Medorrhinum.


[Melissa Assilem]

Folliculinum: Mist or Miasm?

This paper was first presented at the Society of Homoeopaths Seventh International Conference at the University of Nottingham in September 1990. Reproduced here by kind permission

of the author.

Folliculinum is made from Oestrone, a synthetic form of oestrogen. The source we are using today comes from Dr Donald Foubister. Although there have been no organised provings in the traditional method, millions of women have been proving it since the discovery of synthetic hormones in the 1940s. Dr Léa De Mattos has done exhaustive clinical studies on the remedy, and has published her work in French. You can also find a good picture in Julian's Materia Medica. Much of what I will be relating here, however, comes from my own experience with the remedy, (mental picture). I have been using it a great deal over the past 4 years, with remarkable success.


I wish to begin by explaining how and why I came to see the wide indications for Folliculinum. I feel that an inherited miasm is being created by the indiscriminate use of synthetic hormones. When I was a student I was going to write my thesis on the remedies with relationship to the moon. So about four years ago I started using moon menstrual calendars, asking my patients to fill in their symptoms on the chart. I am still using them today, because they are so incredibly useful. All sorts of interesting patterns emerge. It soon became clear that many women had symptoms between ovulation and menses, and most of them had been on the Pill at one time or another.

Another amazing thing to emerge was the fact that many young women were having these problems, who had not been on the Pill but their mothers had been on the Pill before they were conceived. Remember the Pill has been available for thirty years now. At first I confused the picture with Medorrhinum symptoms (early sexuality, urinary infections, spaciness etc). but as I got to know the Folliculinum picture better, it begin to dawn on me what the causation might be. I have used it with both girls and boys in their teenage years, drained, slow, unable to identify with their selfhood. I have heard it said that children of the sixties often are a bit spacey, because of all the social drugs their parents were on. However there were many more women using the Pill than were ever using hash or marijuana. Studies have shown an increase in a rare type of chromosomal disorder in the aborted embryos of women who conceived within three months of stopping the Pill. I would like to see questions asked in the initial case taking, around these issues, so that we can see just how many children of Pill taking mothers have been effected. I am afraid the signs are increasing to show the inherited damage due to the Pill.


The other indicator towards inherited disease, through hormone abuse involves a drug called Diesthylstilbestrol (DES). This is a man made oestrogen. Beginning in 1940, it was given to pregnant women who had histories of miscarriages, premature births, diabetes or hypertension, or showed signs of bleeding in the early stages of pregnancy. We don't know how many women were given this drug in the UK, but in the US, it numbered well over a million. It was well known as early as 1953 that DES did not prevent miscarriage, but it's use for this purpose was continued into the 70's. A previously rare form of cancer, vaginal clear-cell adenocarcinoma, has been found in increasing numbers of daughters of women who were given DES. Over 500 cases have been diagnosed with a direct link to the hormone. Although these cancers can start as early as age eight, many are not triggered off until the girl is exposed to more hormones, i.e. the Pill, or other hormonal treatment. (Perhaps this is a case of an acquired miasm triggering off an inherited one?) There is growing evidence to show a sharp increase in breast cancer, and as much as a five-fold increase of cervical dysplasia, in DES daughters. A high percentage of those who have not yet developed cancer have a condition in which glandular type tissue is found in the vagina, which is normally found in the mouth, a matter of confusion in differentiation. They can have a whole range of abnormalities including incompetent cervix which prematurely dilates, causing miscarriage, a higher chance of having difficult menstrual problems, and a lower level of fertility. Abnormalities of the genitals have now been found in male children also together with small testes, infertility, subfertility; and as high as 40% of DES sons have low sperm counts or abnormally shaped sperm.

The 'morning after Pill' is made from DES, and is still administered quite freely, even though the effectiveness of preventing pregnancy is not established. Large doses of DES were given to animals to fatten them up for slaughter, and it is still used to dry up women's milk after childbirth. So, from these two facts alone, DES daughters and sons, and children whose mothers were on the Pill before they were conceived, we have a frightening idea of what we may be facing. Our regeneration is at stake, much less our health. Folliculinum is a remedy which expresses so much of what is out of order in our world today. So that we can see the whole picture of what is going on today, we need to go back in history and lift some of the mists of time. So I am going to tell you a little story. Let me call it a drama documentary. So settle back, relax, close your notebooks and open your eyes, your heart your mind or whatever you need to open when you read.

The story

Once in the very first times, there was a land where women were respected ... where women's business was women's business, and they loved and respected themselves and each other.

The women lived a bit separate from the men at times, in order to carry out this business. They were in charge of their own religion, and their own bodies. They celebrated the monthly ritual of bleeding by the moon, and they all menstruated together. It was a time of high energy and creativity, and the Great mother Goddess was worshipped. She was earth centred and life giving. The celebrations took place in the Women's House that was called TAPUU, which meant magic. When a girl had her first menstruation, the women welcomed her into the magic of being a woman. Her expectations were to celebrate being a woman. Her health and well being belonged to her sisters and herself and she felt powerful.


To leave the story for a moment - and say that we know of course that this story is true. From archeological remains, but mostly from the fact that these things still happen with First Nation People all over the globe, in America, Africa, Australia and the Pacific. People who have not lost their land connection. Early anthropologists, and missionaries, white men from European cultures, interpreted these separations as being a banning and turned the magical word TAPUU into TABOO, which has become an everyday word in our language with quite a different meaning. We also know that women living together in groups; nuns, nurses and others, synchronise their periods. There is an energy between them, the meaning of which we have long since forgotten.

So let us get back to our story. Back to the land where time was told by the moon, and where a girl learned of the tides within her body which matched the two great monthly heart beats of the earth - beats of balance between the full and the new moon and the mother earth. [picture] Time was told according to these beats, ovulation and menstruation, thirteen lunar months, regulating the planting and the harvest; the conceiving and the birthing.

Then things began to change, and more father-centred religions took over the women's business, and elite groups of men began to dictate how things should be. Many people migrated and lost their connection with the land, and women were separated from each other, and the father religions called the bleeding unclean, and the father religions took the new born children and baptised them in deep cleansing rituals, to wash away the mother blood from them. Father healers began to take over the management and control of women's business. At first it was only the women of the ruling groups who were controlled. Poor women continued to be healers and midwives. Then the father religions began to burn the women healers and the earth religion was termed Devil worship, and the women were called witches. Nine million witches were burned, and after those nine million murders, much of the knowledge of our healing died. After that, women's knowledge was derided and called 'Old Wives Tales', or 'Idle Gossip'. The father doctors passed laws to make sure that other healers would never be as powerful as themselves. Women's bodies became the property of the father doctors and father priests, and women forgot their rhythms and their tides, and their earth connections. Women were now seeing their menstruation as a curse, not a blessing. The father doctors had finally got control. But they were not yet finished.The first surgical removal of ovaries was performed in 1809, and marked the beginning of a long and brutal history of excision as the answer to women's ever increasing bad health. And then Hallelujah! the father doctors discovered hormones.


What a panacea of control they had uncovered. They regulate our periods and fecundity with the oral contraceptive, which totally blocks our ovaries from working properly and tricks them each month with a false message. The very delicate and complex pattern between pituitary, ovary, hypothalamus, and uterus, is deceived and jangled. Just look at the picture of the reproductive cycle and see the intricate rhythms of the oestrogen, the follicle stimulating hormone, progesterone, and the luteinising hormone. It is an awesomely elegant rhythm which has evolved over millions of years, and now, that rhythm is tricked and fooled with like a toy.

The contraceptive Pill

The Pill of course, which this year had its thirtieth birthday, makes us sexually accessible at all times with no fear of fertilisation, in fact it often ends our periods altogether. There are no more eggs. When we are not fertile enough we are given hormones in the form of fertility drugs to produce more eggs. They induce our babies with hormones, often only for convenience sake, which is effectively injecting our babies with hormones, before they see the light of day.

Hormone replacement therapy

They inject depo-provera with its horrible side-effects into women whom they consider not bright enough to follow the instructions on the Pill packets - and the side effects are devastating, often causing flooding and pain. They give us the morning after Pill - they can abort us with hormones, and now they have discovered Hormone Replacement Therapy, which they say will keep us young and feminine and save us from ageing naturally. But the major boon to this latest 'revolutionary medical technique', is that studies have shown that they will save packets of money?? on us when we are old, because osteoporosis is costing over £500 million a year in treating fractures in old women. There are ten million post-menopausal women in Britain, and they wish to see the majority of these women on HRT. It is seen as a 'cheap and safe preventative medicine'. In fact it is being suggested that all women over forty be given it. They administer hormones to both sexes of animals to plump up their breasts and flesh them out, to produce more meat- they regulate the female animals - chickens, whose ovulation gives us eggs, and cows whose yearly calving gives us milk. They put hormones in pesticides to spray our grains and vegetables with, and now these hormones are excreted through our kidneys and back into the water supply. In London, by the time we drink the water it has been through seven pairs of kidneys and the hormones are in the water and can't be filtered out. The tyranny of hormone abuse is complete, from conception to old age, it is part of our life and a risk to our future. The rise in cancer in the reproductive systems in young women is only the first sign of what is to come.

                       The picture

So now you have the picture of Folliculinum:

She feels she is controlled by another

she is out of sorts with her rhythms

she is living out someone else's expectations

she feels she is being fed off emotionally or psychologically

she loses her will

she over estimates her energy reserves

she is full of self-denial

she becomes a rescuer, addicted to rescuing people

she becomes drained

she has become a doormat

she has forgotten who she is

she has no individuality.

There is a very strong link here with Carcinosin, and it is not surprising that Folliculinum works well when Carcinosin is indicated but does not act. Cancer cells after all are cells which have lost their identity, lost their ability to differentiate themselves, to individualise. They revert to primitive cells with no selfhood.

she loses sense of herself

she may totally lose herself in her relationships

Folliculinum can help restore the will and re-empower. Folliculinum comes up over and over again in cases where women have been abused sexually, psychically or physically, either now or at any time in the past. (This can be true whether she remembers it or not.) She may be tied so strongly to the abuser, as in early childhood when the abuser was a parent or a loved carer. She may never have been allowed to say NO. She may have evaded the process of her own growing up. Folliculinum can help her to break the control. Folliculinum is a link breaker, and can give extra vitality when having to face heavy rememberings. It can be useful for those with emerging psychic abilities who can find no boundaries. The ovary is such an organ of creativity. It simply seethes with life and activity. When it isn't functioning well creativity can be blocked.

Maybe it is blocked by a domineering parent or spouse. Maybe it is blocked by the way our society views women's creativity. If the energy is blocked, and suppressed and tricked, where is it going to go? It goes into disease, depression, anxiety, hypersensitivity and instability. She gets easily upset, easily hurt and unsure of herself. She does not want to be alone, gets restless, goes hyper, gets allergies. It appears like an oestrogen allergy. The body gets confused and rejects the things that nourish it. The mind gets confused and can't make decisions. Folliculinum helps to restore clarity. There may be panic attacks, dizziness faintness, she can become aggressive, then depressed, put on weight without over eating, can gain up to seven pounds before periods, can get into compulsive eating and have huge food cravings, especially before periods but it can be at anytime. There can be both fat and water retention.

Hormone imbalance

I got really excited when I came across a piece of research done by Dr Katharina Dalton, which helps to explain why we find allergic reactions in cases of hormone imbalance. Under normal conditions, the ovaries produce the progesterone needed for proper reproductive function and the adrenal glands produce chemicals that are eventually transformed into a group of hormones known as corticosteroids. During the process of chemical transformation, progesterone is manufactured. As the chain continues, the adrenal progesterone is altered and eventually, corticosteroids are produced. Under normal conditions, then, it has nothing directly to do with the sex hormone cycle of the pituitary-ovary-hypothalamus. However when the corpus luteum produces less progesterone than usual, the reproductive system appropriates progesterone from the adrenal chain. The feedback system of the sex hormones is then able to continue and the menstrual cycle is completed. It is almost like an extra back up system to ensure the survival of the species. So despite a lack of ovarian progesterone production, the menstrual cycle remains unbroken, but this occurs at the expense of the corticosteroid production in the adrenal glands. The chain leading to their production is broken, when progesterone is borrowed, and as a result fewer corticosteroids are produced. A little hormone snatching leads to a large number of repercussions. The adrenal gland produces many corticosteroids, each with a different function.

Some are responsible for the water balance in the tissues of the body, regulating the sodium and potassium in the cells, some prevent allergic reactions, some regulate the level of blood sugar and others mobilize parts of the immune system response. So we can see that this imbalance happening at the stage of the cycle before the menses, would cause much disruption at this time.

Specific symptoms

Folliculinum is fairly well known. for having symptoms from ovulation to menses:

all symptoms < ovulation to menses

all symptoms > menses except specific menstrual symptoms

< heat/noise/touch/resting: > fresh air;

So there are ovulation problems such as:

drawing, burning, gripping pains,


ovarian cysts

polycystic ovaries

Premenstrual symptoms

Reading down the list we can see how it covers the majority of symptoms found under the umbrella of the premenstrual syndrome:

breasts swollen and painful < touch (Lac-c.)

migraines (Nat-m.)

nausea and vomiting diarrhoea alternating with constipation (both Puls.)

diarrhoea ten days before menses

very low or high libido

weepy and depressed


indecisive, with

panic attacks. with

huge mood swings from aggression to

apathy, and

unable to tolerate noise, touch or heat


Candida albicans

We can also see a group of symptoms which might be categorized as Candida albicans infestation:

cravings especially for sugar and wheat

rumblings, bloating, weight gain and itching

and recurrent cystitis which returns at this time.

This candida picture may tie into the body's inability to regulate sugar, due to the adrenal system not functioning properly, as I have already shown with the previous diagram.

Menstrual symptoms

painful periods centred in ovaries

prolonged and heavy bleeding with

bright red blood and dark dots

all sorts of cycle problems,

either too short, too long or none at all.



A a really brilliant remedy around menopause, for which it is well known. It pretty well covers the whole range of physical and mental symptoms we might find at this time. Let's have a look:

cycle irregularities


hot flushes

hyperactive < rest (hot and bothered)

- night sweats

air hunger

dizziness and faintness

abdominal heaviness


folliculaemia (4)

vaginal dryness

slow movement and spacey chinking

hypersensitive to noise, heat and touch

And of course, this covers any of these symptoms arising from a hysterectomy which is like premature menopause.


Clinical situations

There are too many here to go over each one, but there are some special areas of interest here:

history of abuse whether, sexual, physical or psychological.

Myalgic encephalomyelitis; this is an obvious one when we consider the overall picture of feeling drained and exhausted;

fibroids; Folliculinum will help to regulate the cycle while the tumour is shrinking. This of course is very important as there are often frequent periods with very heavy bleeding + fibroids;

Raynaud's disease, a vascular disorder where the fingers go cold and numb and lose their ability to circulate properly. Has been treated allopathically with the birth control Pill.

Most of us are aware of the dangers when there are vascular problems and the Pill is known to be responsible for causing thrombosis;

Cardio vascular problems: this aspect shows up in our Folliculinum picture in angina, palpitations, tachycardia, and other heart irregularities;

Eating disorders; it is not surprising that Folliculinum is useful in eating disorders considering the mental picture of the remedy. Self-abuse with substances which should nourish. Self-denial, but that is such a huge subject in itself that I cannot elaborate here.

Post-natal problems; another very interesting connection is that of post-natal depression, difficulty bonding with the baby and children unable to separate from their mother; all of these are about unbalanced connections. When our babies are born it is such a poignant reminder of the unresolved hurts from our pasts. As for the child, if the connections are not secure enough, or too tightly bound, the terror of separation is too painful to contemplate.

Timing and potency

I have found that an optimum time to use Folliculinum is on the 10th – 14th day of the cycle. This of course is not always the case. It would not be so for men or for amenorrhoea where ovulation is unknown or indeed for postmenopausal women. I have used it a few days before the period, usually five days or so. Léa de Mattos found that different potencies worked in quite different ways, and I have found this to be true. The 3x or 4c stimulates and can bring on menstruation; the 7c is a balancer, and the 9c is a menstrual retardant, where there may be very frequent periods. There is a myth about not repeating Folliculinum to which I have not taken heed. I have given it repeatedly every month, or on five consecutive nights and in many other variations. As with any remedy it is important to be creative in its use. I have used Folliculinum from 3C up to 10M.


[Melissa Assilem]

Dies ist ein Mittel, auf das ich 1987 zufällig stieß, im gleichen Jahr, in dem ich das Mittel Lac humanum kreiert hatte (Erstaunlicherweise erkannte ich aber damals keinen Zusammenhang). Es wurde von Dr. Donald Foubister vom Royal London Homeopathic Hospital eingeführt. (Er machte uns auch mit Carcinosinum bekannt, das ebenfalls zur Menschen-Familie gehört.) Die hervorragende belgische Homöopathin Frau Dr. Lea de Mattos hat klinisch sehr umfassend mit diesem Mittel gearbeitet.

Damals hatte ich eine große Praxis in London; meine Patienten waren zu etwa 95% Frauen. In vielen Fällen wurde es deutlich, dass ihre Beschwerden auf die Pille zurückgingen. „Die Pille“ wurde am 9. Mai 1960 nach einer äußerst schlampigen Forschung - die später diskreditiert wurde, denn viele der Studienteilnehmerinnen hatten die Pille abgesetzt, weil sie davon krank geworden waren - genehmigt und zugelassen. Die Presse und viele Frauengruppen begrüßten sie als Befreierin der Frauen, die uns endlich die Kontrolle über unsere Fruchtbarkeit gibt. Doch wenn wir uns die Schwächen des Mittelbildes vor Augen führen, wird uns klar, was für ein betrügerischer Trick das war.

Einige Stichwörter und Themen von Folliculinum

Wie von einem anderen beherrscht und beeinflusst, leben sie die Erwartungen anderer aus, sind emotional und psychisch ausgelaugt, mit Helfersyndrom, ein Fußabtreter für andere, und voller Selbstverleugnung. Sie vergessen, wer sie sind, haben keine Individualität, kein Selbstwertgefühl, sind nicht ganz auf der Höhe mit ihren irdischen Rhythmen, und unfähig „Nein“ zu sagen.

Es besteht eine enge Beziehung zu Carcinosinum.

Ich glaube, dieses Medikament, das einer gesunden Bevölkerung zugeführt wurde, hat ein Miasma geschaffen. Seine giftige Galle wird Generationen durchseuchen. Ich habe herausgefunden, dass es ein erstaunliches Antidot bei allen Arten von Hormonmissbrauch darstellt. Hormonbehandlungen in der Postmenopause, hormonelle Behandlung von Akne etc. Ich lernte mehr und mehr darüber. Ich stellte dann meine Ergebnisse in der „1990 Society of Homeopaths Conference at Nottingham University“  in England vor. Der Vortrag wurde dann in deren Zeitschrift veröffentlicht und kann jetzt im Internet unter: nachgelesen werden.

Ich stellte sehr oft fest, dass Frauen, die die Pille genommen hatten, nicht auf gut gewählte Mittel reagierten, und oft waren ihre Symptome am Ende ihres Zyklus, vor der Menstruation, viel schlimmer. Auf Folliculinum kehrte ihre Kraft zurück. Es war, als ob ihre Lebenskraft befreit worden sei.

Ein genaueres Bild tauchte auf, und individueller eingesetzte Mittel taten ihre Wirkung. Erst später, nachdem wir die Prüfungen von Fruchtwasser und Nabelschnur durchgeführt hatten und ich dabei war, die menschliche Embryogenese  zu erforschen, lernte ich, dass wir kurz bevor wir unsere Reise aus dem Mutterleib beginnen, mit Östrogen vollgepumpt sind.

Damit endet buchstäblich die Schwangerschaft, indem die Aktivität des Progesterons beendet wird, das die Schwangerschaft aufrecht erhalten hatte. Beim Blick auf das Mittelbild von Folliculinum mit seinen starken Verlust-Symptomen wie Identitätsverlust und das Gefühl, von einem anderen beherrscht zu sein, wird klar, wie es zu Individualitäts-Verlust, geminderter Lebenskraft, und dem dominanten Symptom: „Sie vergessen, wer sie sind“ beiträgt.

Meine Ideen sind vielleicht ein bisschen ungewöhnlich, aber diese letzten Momente der physischen Verbindung mit unserer irdischer Mutter und dem Ort, wo unsere Seele vor der Empfängnis gelebt hat, wird verborgen, damit wir unser neues Leben in Freiheit und ohne Reue, etwas zurück zu lassen, beginnen können. Vergesslichkeit kann auch als Geschenk angesehen werden, um das Leid der Trennung zu bewältigen.



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