Group Analysis of Marine Animals
GROUP ANALYSIS of Marine Animals
There are various approaches to group analysis; the focus of this research study is a comparison of the characteristic symptoms of Gymnura natalensis
to the symptoms of other remedies derived from sea animals.
The remedies chosen for comparison form a group that constitutes a scientific natural „family‟ of sea animals (Mangialavori, 2002).
Mangialavori (2002) provides the following as common themes of the sea remedies form a group that constitutes a scientific natural „family‟ of sea
animals (Mangialavori, 2002).
Individuality – Do not need any contact with others
Weakness / Independence - A tendency to appear strong and not needing others
Past - The idea that "before" was better
Safe Environment / Protection
Motion - difficulty moving
Ambra grisea has an affinity for the nervous system and female organs (Vermeulen, 2002:59).
A central theme of a reference to the past is characteristic of the sea remedies (Mangialavori, 2002).
This is evident in Ambra grisea that it dwells on past disagreeable occurrences (Vermeulen, 2001:52) whilst the trend in Gymnura natalensis
was of „going back to the past‟ i.e. past events and relationships, as depicted in the nature of the dreams.
Both remedies share the symptom of anxiety with Ambra grisea reflecting anxiety and worry about almost everything (Vermeulen, 2002).
They also want to be left alone during this time. It was noted in Gymnura natalensis that often provers experienced anxiety for no reason
or were unable to pinpoint the cause of their anxiety.
The irritability seen in Ambra grisea is somewhat mild and is initiated by conversation (Vermeulen, 2002:60), while the irritability expressed
in Gymnura natalensis is pronounced and stems from dissatisfaction and intolerance.
The sadness and despair is expressed as a loathing of life (Vermeulen, 2001:52), the despair of Gymnura natalensis is not of the same intensity
and is displayed more as negativity.
A prominent symptom is dullness and slow comprehension (Vermeulen, 2001:52) which corresponds to the spaced out feeling, difficult concentration
and inability to focus that is seen in Gymnura natalensis.
There is similarity of symptoms on the physical level. There is an extreme weakness, lassitude and prostration of and body noted in both remedies
Galeocerdo cuvier hepar
The characteristic symptoms of Galeocerdo cuvier hepar are confusion of heightened senses, back pains, sleeplessness and an affinity for the female
reproductive system (Grimes, 2000). The anxiety of Galeocerdo cuvier hepar is particularly specific and relates to matters of health (Grimes, 2000:43).
There is dullness of mind, confusion and cloudiness and lack of mental clarity (Grimes, 2000:43) that corresponds to the inability to focus and relatively
poor concentration seen in Gymnura natalensis.
This symptom is further confirmed by a spaced out feeling (Grimes, 2000:44), also very distinct in the remedy pictures of Gymnura natalensis and
Lac delphinum. It is also noted that there is a need to be detached, of disconnecting and removing oneself from others (Grimes, 2000:43).
This remedy also shares the similar type of lassitude of Gymnura natalensis which is characterised by low energy, inability to do physical activity and
he need for rest (Grimes, 2000:98).
The characteristic symptoms of Lac delphinium include vertigo with a floating sensation in the head, specifically grey discharges and a spaced out
feeling (Herrick, 1998)
A particular similarity exists in both remedies with regard to this spaced out feeling. In Gymnura natalensis, the spaced out feeling is reflected as a
feeling similar to that of intoxication with drugs. The „spaciness‟ of Lac delphinium is likened to looking through a pane of glass with cracks or
as though there is a fog – indicating the lack of clarity of the head.
There is an associated disorientated or dissociated feeling (Herrick, 1998).
This corresponds to the inability to focus and relatively poor concentration seen in Gymnura natalensis.
There is a need to be introverted, alone in their own world (Herrick, 1998) – detached- this corresponds to the detached, disconnected and isolated
feeling that exists in Gymnura natalensis.
In Lac delphinum, there is a feeling of being separated from the group, of wanting to be with people but feeling shunned (Herrick, 1998).
The feeling of separation in Gymnura natalensis is a conscious choice of wanting to be detached from others with a desire to be alone.
The specific symptoms of Medusa seem to be based on the toxicological effects of the jelly-fish sting with a very clinically based remedy picture.
The characteristic indications are numbness, burning and pricking heat of the skin; vesicular eruptions similar to a nettle rash and disorders of
lactation (Murphy, 2001:1116). The lack of mental/emotional symptoms in homoeopathic materia medica did not allow for further comparison
of this remedy with the themes of Gymnura natalensis.
The main action of Murex purpurea is on the female genital system and on the general state causing weakness and exhaustion (Vermeulen, 2001:667).
On the mental level it shares similarity with Gymnura natalensis with regards to the presence of a great sadness and anxiety.
The depression of Murex purpurea is (outstanding during menopause) (Vermeulen, 2002:935), a symptom further confirming its affinity for the female
system. For the proving of Gymnura natalensis, it was not possible to determine whether depression would feature during menopause as there was
no female prover older than 35 years of age. However, it is evident that the female reproductive system is an area of weakness for both remedies.
In Gymnura natalensis, it was noted that premenstrual symptoms, such as breast tenderness were improved or absent for the duration of the proving.
Murex purpurea on the other hand has principal indications for premenstrualsyndrome and painful mammary swelling (Vermeulen, 2001).
There was a significant amount of tiredness and weakness experienced as exhaustion and lethargy in Gymnura natalensis, Murex purpurea shares
the same states of exhaustion and weakness (Vermeulen, 2001).
Sepia officinalis has to be the most extensively researched and widely used remedy in this family of sea remedies. The main indications incl.
particularly of the female pelvic organs, depression, irritability and constipation (Vermeulen, 2002:1227) which closely resembles the picture of
There is a marked mental stasis with the characteristic confusion, dullness and thinking difficulty
(Vermeulen, 2002:1227) that is common to this family of remedies.
The desire to be alone is due to the fact that they are indifferent to others and have an aversion to company.
The remedy shows irritability and anger over trifles (Vermeulen, 2001) while the irritability of Gymnura natalensis is due to dissatisfaction and intolerance.
The remedy is particularly indicated for ailments related to female hormonal imbalance (menopause), as is the trend of other remedies in this group.
While the other remedies in the group exhibited lassitude, weakness and an inability to carry out physical activity.
Sepia officinalis > physical exertion, running or walking fast and keeping busy (Vermeulen, 2002:1227).
5.7.7. THE RESULTS OF THE GROUP ANALYSIS
Analysis of the family of remedies derived from sea animals yielded the following common themes:
Alteration of mental state – „spaced out‟
Separation and a detached feeling
Individuality and a desire to be detached/disconnected
Mental and physical weakness
Affinity for the female genital and hormonal system