Sepia Anhang 6



Sepia shares important characteristics with several other polychrests: Phos. Puls. Sulph. Lach. Ars. and Nat-m., with which it is frequently compared. This does not prevent it, however, from being a major constitutional remedy in its own right, with a personality distinctly its own. Sepia is made from the fresh ink of the cuttlefish, an independent creature which swims alone rather than in a group and lives in the crevices of rocks in the cool depths of the sea.  When in danger it sends out clouds of ink to cover its escape, and when securing its prey it ejects the  ink  for  camouflage.  Thus  the  brownish-black  liquid  serves  both defensive and aggressive purposes. The  remedy  is  predominantly  female.  The  classic  picture  is  the woman  seeking  emancipation  from  her  traditionally  passive  and  too limited role as wife and mother in the home. Homoeopathic Sepia, however,  comes  in  different  guises.  For  a  better  understanding,  it  must  be divided  into  three  distinct  faces: 

1.      the  worn-out  overworked  housewife or emotionally withdrawn woman;

2.      the contented career woman; and finally, the dissatisfied complainer.

3.      The Overworked Housewife

Margaret Tyler gives a graphic vignette of the first face, describing a tired housewife with her sallow, bloated complexion and free perspiration,  who  can  stand  neither  stuffy  rooms  nor  cold  air,  who  suffers from constant backache or headache, is constipated, and has an over-all "dragged-down" feeling. So worn out is she with the cares of home and children that she only wants to lie down and rest; her very eyelids droop from weakness (Gelsemium, Causticum). In her run-down condition she feels stupid, dull, forgetful; and when overwrought she feels she must hold tightly to something to keep from screaming. At times, driven  to  an  extreme  of  irritability,  she  lashes  out  at  her  children  and especially her husband. From this picture arises the image of the rebellious dissatisfied woman who wants to leave her husband and children ([Kent]

[Hering] "aversion to members of family") and "get away from it all." Or  she  has  simply  become  "indifferent  to  her  loved  ones"  (Hering). But Sepia is  more  complex  than  that,  and  the  terms  "aversion"  or  "in-difference" must be qualified. In certain cases, Sepia can indeed be found lacking in maternal instinct, as evidenced by the remedy's success in animals who refuse to nurse  or  care  for  their  young  (and  may  actually  attack  their  offspring: Tyler), but she is not intrinsically devoid of emotion. Feelings run strong and deep in this type. She loves her husband and children dearly but is too exhausted to feel anything but the need to get through the day's work and survive to the next. She simply has no physical or emotional energy left for love. All manifestations of love -marital, parental, filial, and even close friendship- are a drain on

her reserves of energy and an obstacle to her need for a certain amount of privacy and independence ("< company, > when alone": Kent). The cuttlefish, after all, is  a 

solitary  animal. Sepia's immediate family,  being  the  greatest  emotional drain, is naturally the greatest threat. She may see her children in direct  conflict with her need

for  self-expression,  and  so she fights the  emotional  bonds  that  stifle  the  growth  of  her  individuality.  Where another woman would see them as enhancing her mental development, she feels them to be a hindrance.

Sepia experiences  love  not  as  excitement  or  enjoyment

Phosphorus love is not a blessing;

Pulsatilla: love is a blessing  as  natural  and  necessary  as  the  sun

Natrum muriaticum. love is  a rare and beautiful gift or an unattainable ideal

Sulphur/Lycopodium Love is human's inherent due which can almost be taken for granted.

Sepia Love is a responsibility or even a burden. She thinks of love somewhat as follows: "These people love me. They expect something of me. I  must live up to their expectations and  not  disappoint  them.  I've  got  to  do  well  as  wife,  mother,  sister, or daughter." Yet how does one express love toward, for example, one's children? Phosphorus and Pulsatilla easily pour out affection and caresses;

Natrum  muriaticum provides  instruction,  instinctively  assuming the role of teacher;

Calcarea indulges in her children and enjoys them in an effortless empathy;

Ars. enjoys taking command and organizing her charges' lives.

For Sepia, however, love has no easy outlet, no natural form. [Kent] "Love does not go forth into affection." Love is not absent, but the manifestation of love is benumbed and cannot be expressed. So she falls back on duty. Even when at the end of her resources, her sense of duty keeps her going until gradually she begins to resent her  incarceration  and  struggles  against  the  ties  that  bind  her.  In  her wretchedness she projects gloom, just as the cuttlefish ejects its cloud of ink. No one  can spread darkness around herself like a discontented Sepia. Then  she  begins  to  think  of  leaving  home,  to  escape  from  the burdens of imposed love. Actually to do so - to forsake her home and family, a woman must usually  possess Lycopodium in  her  nature.  For Lycopodium does  not feel  guilt,  regret  or  self-condemnation  as  other  types  do.  The  more purely Sepia woman might want to get away but is restrained by a sense of duty and guilt. So she stays on to complain, nag, and perhaps to fall ill from the strain. Furthermore, she is proud, as well as dutiful, and in the best sense of  the  word.  Though  needing  independence  and  possibly  desiring  a career for emotional fulfilment, she will still put much care into a task uncongenial to her nature. She tries hard to do things the "right" way. But  the  right  way  is  so  difficult  for Sepia\ She  is  like  a  puppy  raised among kittens who tries to climb trees and spring onto tables, not realizing that she is a dog and not a cat. The housewife's pathology arises from the sheer physical stress of an uncongenial role. Whitmont,  adapting  Jungian  psychology  to  the  homoeopathic method,  interprets  this  aspect  of  the Sepia psyche  as rooted  in  a  conflict  with  the  other  sex  within  her.  Every  individual  is  composed  of both  male  and  female  genes.  The  conscious  personality  has  the  attributes of the dominant sex, while the unconscious bears marks of the opposite sex and performs a complementary balancing function. In the healthy individual these two forces (the Yin and the Yang) work together harmoniously, but in the Sepia woman an imbalance occurs. Failing her suppressed femininity (which takes on a dark character by virtue of its suppression) retaliates

in the form of certain aggressive characteristics and neurasthenic conditions. On the physical plane this struggle manifests itself, not surprisingly, in malfunctioning of the female reproductive organs. Thus Sepia should  be  considered  for  sexual  and  menstrual  com-plaints  of  all  kinds,  including  frigidity  and  the  disturbances  of  meno-pause;  it  should  also  be  considered for disorders  of pregnancy,  such as tendency to  abort and  morning sickness, as well as for severe post-partum  depression ("baby-blues") and other  ailments  while in  childbed or nursing. The remedy is further effective in uterine displacements and disorders  such  as  prolapse,  "bearing-down"  sensations,  fibroids,  and violent  stitches  upwards  from  the  vagina.  Hering  has  six  pages  of frequently-encountered  "female"  symptoms.  Perhaps  most  dramatic  of

all  is  its  power  to  counteract  female  sterility.  There  have  been  many "Sepia babies" whose existence the mother attributes to this homoeopathic remedy.

Calcarea and Natrum muriaticum are the other two frequently effective remedies, and Natrum carbonicum sometimes works when these classic remedies fail (Kent).

Even  when  not  lacking  in  maternal  instinct, Sepia does  not  take readily to motherhood. It is too binding, too psychologically draining, and too physically exhausting for her constitution, which often exhibits a picture of low thyroid, low blood pressure, or adrenalin deficiency* Hence the mental symptom, "indifference to those loved best" is doubt-less the result, rather than the underlying cause, of her problems.This distinction is important, since it explains why, contrary to ex-pectation, Sepia frequently  makes  a  good,  even  an  excellent  mother. The woman whose outlook on life is soured or dreary and whose per-sonality is tiresome will still raise independent, contented, creative child-ren who, reacting healthily to their mother, are charming, attractive and a pleasure to be around. This is partly because she is not overly protec-tive, sentimental or self-imposing. She is often matter-of-fact and stands no nonsense. She does not oppress her children (as does Lycopodium) or attempt to mold them according to some preconceived image (Arsen-* The whole picture of adrenalin disturbances as related to the phys-iological  and  psychopathological  action  of Sepia has  been  discussed by Whitmont and Gutman.

It  is  hard  enough  for  her  to  live  with  one Sepia (herself),  let alone encourage her offspring along similar lines. She respects the child's personality and lets him be himself, yet without overindulgence. She can be unsociable and "averse to company" (Hering). She does not  want  to  go  out,  largely  because  of  the  physical  effort  which  sociability demands (as one patient said, "I don't even have the strength to  comb  my  hair before  going  out, to raise my fork to eat  or to pull the muscles of my mouth into

a smile"), and she is too fatigued to delight in  music,  museums,  nature,  or  even  her  friends.  Uninterested  in  what others are  saying, reluctant to contribute anything herself, too tired to follow  the  conversation  ("concentration  is  difficult":  Kent),  she  may answer  in  monosyllables:  "she  feels  stupid  .  .  .  with  difficult  flow  of ideas"  (Hahnemann);  "incapable  of  mental  exertion"  (Boenninghausen); "language comes very slowly, has to drag out the words to express ideas; forgets  the  chief  points"  (Hering).  All  of  the  foregoing  contribute  to the general picture of "indifference." Yet,  once  she does make  the  supreme  effort  and  attends  a  social gathering, once the adrenalin is stimulated to flow, counteracting her sluggish and "ptotic" state, she comes alive, is good company, and en-joys herself thoroughly* In fact she may become "very excitable when in  company"  (Boenninghausen).  Amelioration  of  physical  and  mental symptoms from strenuous (as against mild) exertion is a guiding symptom  (Boger). Otherwise,  she  only  wants  to crawl  into  her lair  and  be left alone, not touched, approached or bothered, just allowed to sleep: "avoids  the  sight  of  people"  (Kent);  "wishes  to  be  by  herself  and  lie with closed eyes" (Hahnemann). For many of her symptoms are markedly better from sleep, even a short nap (Phosphorus). Unlike Lachesis, whose symptoms are worse from sleep, or Natrum muriaticum who needs a long, deep sleep to feel better, Sepia can lie down feeling hopeless and depressed and wake up a short time later with the gloom temporarily dispelled. In her unsociability she may at times resemble Natrum muriaticum'  Sepia's weary,  "dragged-down"  emotional  state  finds  its  physical counterpart  in  ptosis:  the  "dragging"  or  "bearing-down"  sensation or  prolapse  of  any  part  of  the  body,  but  in Sepia particularly  of  the uterus.

cum's loner mentality; also, like Natrum muriaticum, she may be "worse in company yet dreads to be alone" (Kent). But her loneliness proceeds from  a  different  source. Natrum  muriaticum needs  the  love  she  appears to be pushing away and suffers from its absence. Sepia, however, is truly seeking to escape from close emotional ties and

the obligations they impose, and can be content without them. In certain cases her emotional unresponsiveness takes the form of what  Tyler  calls  a  "stony"  or  "frozen"  indifference.  This  emotional apathy may develop from some profound sorrow or disappointment in a reserved individual who cannot allow herself to feel because she can-not  afford  it.  A  case  in  point  was  a  26-year-old  woman  with  amenorrhoea  who,  three  years  earlier,  had  suffered  severely  from  an  unfortunate  love  (in Sepia, as  in Natrum  muriaticum and Ignatia, profound grief can lead to cessation of menses). Since that time she had been cold and  unresponsive  with  her family  and  friends  and  toward the  world in general. She had seemingly withdrawn into some chilly arctic region where  she  was  determined  to  remain  remote  and  uncommunicative. No one was able to reach her in any way. She was polite and dutiful, but completely indifferent: "the death of a near relative or some happy occurrence  leave  her  equally  unaffected;  no  trace  of  her  former  love for friends, or even for her own child" (Hering). For an older person, buffeted by fate, the attainment of such mental serenity may be desirable, even at the cost of some lack of emotional response.  But  in  a  young  woman  on  the  brink  of  life  such  aloofness from the richness and variety of emotional experience is sad. The pa-tient consequently received a dose of Sepia 50M.Initially there was no dramatic change. Sepia can be a slow starter. Yet on a visit two months later she was a different person—not carefree or even happy,  but  more caring  and responsive,  and her menses  had resumed. No further remedy was prescribed, since the single dose had obviously reached some deep level of her emotional disharmony and was beginning to heal it. Instead, the remedy was allowed to continue dispelling her "stilled" (Kent) or suppressed emotions, as she blossomed into a warm, lovely and now happy human being. According to Pierre Schmidt, Hubbard and other authorities, Sepia (like Sulphur) can be prescribed with benefit for patients who are unable to respond to other indicated homoeopathic remedies, just as they can-not respond emotionally to life.

In addition to being an independent constitutional type, the remedy can  be  indicated  during  a temporary  stage in  a  woman's  life.  It  has proved  invaluable  for  adjustment  to  the  increased  sexual  demands  of marriage; when a woman is trying to resolve the conflict between home and career; for the one who has "never been the same" since childbirth, an abortion, or a miscarriage; during the change of life, etc. Upon receiving Sepia these women often revert to their basic Phosphorus, Calcarea, or Pulsatilla selves. Thus the physician should recognize the episodic as well as the chronic state of the Sepia psyche. Altogether, the first face of Sepia is characterized less by absence of  emotions  than  by  the  attempt  to  escape  them.  Either  she  needs independence or seeks a self-imposed emotional detachment after having  been  injured  in  her  feelings—contrasting  with Lycopodium's in-grained  or  inherent  detachment.  In  particular,  love  is  sensed  by  the housewife as a confinement and burden, even as

she tries to counteract these feelings with duty.


[Armin Seideneder]           


1. Vorderteil Rabenschnabelfortsatz des Schulterblatts (Processus coracoideus) vor dem Schultergelenk/  beidseitig.

2. Mitte der Strecke Calc-p. (Mitte der schiefen Linie zwischen mittlerer Axillarlinie/unter der zehnten Rippe - Spina iliaca anterior superior) - Nabel/rechts

19 - 23E/F8 tiefblau/lapisblau (Eucal./Hydr./Lyc./Paeon./Tell-met. Caps./Cast.).

Er denkt Dinge/die er nicht denken will/spricht in Ausdrücken/die er selbst besser weiß/nimmt sich zu tun vor/was wider seine Absicht ist/und befindet sich so mit sich selbst

im Widerstreit und daher in sehr unangenehmer/unruhiger Stimmung.

Fähigkeit natürlicher Liebesempfindung oder Zärtlichkeit scheint ihr fast ganz zu fehlen.

Unterdrückt jede Gefühlsäußerung; Gemütsleben stirbt ab.

Gemütsverstimmung v.a. während Wochenbett/Uterus- oder anderen Blutungen/bei chronischen Verdauungsstörungen/beim Stillen von Zwillingen oder kräftigen Kindern

oder übermäßiger sexueller Beanspruchung.

Traurig/sanft und ergeben; im nächsten Moment unerträglich/gereizt und widerspenstig.

Man weiß nie/was sie als nächstes tun wird. Man kann sich nicht auf sie verlassen.

Ist nicht glücklich/wenn sie niemanden ärgern oder irgendwem ihren Kummer erzählen kann.

Innerer Konflikt mit dem anderen Geschlecht; Verschmelzung des Animus mit dem Schatten.

Ehrgeizig und hart arbeitend.

Sieht durch andere Menschen hindurch und bleibt unberührt.

Spürt/daß sich in ihrem Inneren nichts bewegt und hält es geheim.

Gefühllos; ihr Verstand steht still; Nicht-reagieren auf einen Wechsel in der Umwelt.

Hat etwas Spirituelles an sich; Guru-orientiert; Augen weit offen; Blick in die Ferne gerichtet.

Unberechenbar; erst nett/zuvorkommend und sich unterhaltend/dann plötzlich schweigsam.

Reagiert abweisend/gereizt und bissig/wenn jemand mit ihr in Kontakt treten will;

hart; verletzend; sarkastisch; weiß nicht/wie weit sie gehen kann.

Kennt die Schwächen der Menschen in ihrer Umgebung (und weiß jeden zu verletzen).


Schlägt ihre Kinder wenn sie etwas wollen; etwas fordern.

Wirkt gelangweilt; introvertiert; ohne jede Gemütsbewegung.

STASE; wie gelähmt. Energien befinden sich in fadem Gleichgewicht; neutral.

Innerlich wie tot; fühlen nichts mehr; fühlt sich ständig gelangweilt.

Brauchen STIMULIERUNG (KAFFEE/BEWEGUNG; Rauchen; laute Musik beim Arbeiten..).

FEHLENDES TAKTGEFÜHL; barsche/grobe/ungeschliffene Umgangsformen.

Unbewältigte Erinnerungen aus früheren Leben (Lach.); Hexenverbrennung.

„Wie ist es mit der Würde?“; VERLETZTE WÜRDE;

- sexueller Mißbrauch (v.a. der Kinder); Reduzierung zum Sexualobjekt.

Signalisiert bei der Anamnese: Komm mir nicht zu nahe!

Absichtliches Häßlich machen; sackartige Kleidung; (bei ihr hängt alles/auch die Kleidung).

Taktik: Werfen dem anderen was vor die Füße (damit ist er erst einmal beschäftigt)/aber verschwinden sofort danach.

Ihre Sünde besteht darin/Gott nur lieben zu wollen/wenn sie/er ihn vollständig kennt;

- sie/er akzeptiert damit nicht die Grenzen ihres/seines Wissens (Thema: Wissen und Lieben).

Hat das Gefühl/ihren Mann nicht mehr zu verstehen.

Sep. muß die Aufgabe zu Ende bringen/die einmal angenommen wurde; sie muß reagieren.

Sie muß sich ZUSAMMENREISSEN; DIENER oder Sklave.

Verliert durch die überbordende Pflicht jeden Kontakt zu ihrer Seele; es geht ihr nicht gut/weil sie ihr Kind nicht mehr lieben kann.

Wirkt in der Praxis ruhig; nur im jeweiligen Moment wird sichtbar/wie angespannt und erschöpft sie ist.

Grundsätzliches Gefühl des Nicht-Schaffen-Könnens; ständige Schuldgefühle: nicht gut genug; nicht genug getan zu haben.

Bei Schuldgefühlen strengen wir uns oft zu stark an/wo wir hätten loslassen sollen.

muß lernen/daß es Spaß machen kann/mit den Schwierigkeiten konfrontiert zu werden und befriedigende Arbeit zu leisten.

Braucht zwischendurch auch Zeit für sich/um Kräfte für die nächste Aufgabe zu sammeln.

Astrolog.: Mond/Mars; Skorpion


ABNEIGUNG/gegen alles; [tagsüber (einz. Mittel)].

- behandelt zu werden (Abrot./Cina/Nat-m.).

- GEGEN DEN EHEMANN (Agn./Glon./Kali-c./Kali-p./Nat-c./Nat-m./Thuj./Verat.).

- gegen Partner.

- gegen Familienmitglieder.

- gegen Führung/Lenkung (Abrot./Cina/Nat-m.).

- gegen das andere Geschlecht.

- gegen Homöopathie (Caust./Hep./Lyc./Nit-ac./Nux-v.).

- gegen Kinder.


- gegen alle Personen/während der Schwangerschaft (Acon.).

- gegen bestimmte Personen.

- gegen sich selbst.

- gegen Umgang mit anderen; Geringschätzung.

ABSCHEU allgemein/beim Rauchen (einz. Mittel).

- vor dem Leben.

ABSICHTEN widersprechen seinen Worten; Taten seinen Worten.

- unternimmt Dinge gegen seine Absicht.

ÄRGERT SICH über jede Kleinigkeit.

AKTIVITÄT; hyperaktiv (Chin./Hyos./Ign./Op./Spig./Spong./Tarent./Verat./Verb.).

- geistige Aktivität geschwächt (Ars-h./Lyc./Ptel.).

> durch AKTIVITÄT;

Beschäftigung; Ablenkung.

ALBERNES Benehmen.


AMOURÖSE Neigungen.

ANARCHIST/Revolutionär (Caust./Kali-c./MERC.).

Will nicht ANGEFASST werden/Kitzeligkeit.

Will nicht ANGESPROCHEN werden.


ANGST; Ängstlichkeit/Bänglichkeit/zu manchen Zeiten; arge Angst im Geblüt.

- morgens; > beim Aufstehen (Carb-an./Cast./Fl-ac./Nux-v./Rhus-t.).

- beim Erwachen;

nach dem Erwachen (einz. Mittel); beim Schwitzen (Sulph.).


Ängstlichkeit abends im Bett.

- ängstlich gegen Abend;

Ängstlichkeit/abends/sie wird ganz rot im Gesicht/und so wechseln die Hitzeschauer von Zeit zu Zeit.

- im Zwielicht.

- nachts; und beim Erwachen.

- nach Metrorrhagie (einz. Mittel).

- im Abdomen; nach Stuhlgang.

- als würde unwillkürlich Stuhl abgehen (einz. Mittel).

- nach Ärger (Acon./Ars./Bov./Lyc./Phos./Staph./Verat./Zinc-met.).

- beim Alleinsein; vor dem Alleinsein.

- Beängstigung/in Anfällen; periodische Anfälle.

- bei Anstrengung der Augen (einziges Mittel).

- arge Angst im Geblüt.

- beklemmende Angst.

- besorgt und ängstlich/mit Verdrießlichkeit.

- im Bett.

- bei Blutandrang zur Brust (Ammc./Kali-n./Nit-ac.).

- bei Blutandrang zum Kopf.

- in der Brust; in der Herzgegend; nach Kopfschmerzen (einz. Mittel).

- in der Dunkelheit.

- beim Erwachen; wenn er geweckt wird (einz. Mittel).

- beim Essen (Carb-v./Kali-sil./Mag-c./Merc./Mez./Ran-b./Sabad.); nach dem Essen.

- beim Fahren (und Reiten) (Arg-n./Aur-met./Bor./Lach./psor.).

- Bänglichkeit beim Fahren im Wagen.


- während Froststadium.

- mit Furcht.

- nach einem Fußbad (Nat-c.).

- durch unangenehme Gedanken (Phos.).

- beim Gehen/wodurch er schneller geht (Arg-met./ARG-N./Ars./Fl-ac./Lil-t./Sul-ac./Tarent-c.).

> durch Gehen im Freien (Cann-i./Iod./Kali-i./Kali-s./Puls./Rhus-t.).

- um die Geschäfte.

- um die Gesundheit; bekümmert über ihre Gesundheit/ängstlich/gereizt und sehr schwach.

- in Hinblick auf die Zukunft.

- bei Gewitter (Caust./Gels./Nat-c./Nat-m./Nit-ac./PHOS.).

- Ängstlichkeit in den Gliedern; er hat nirgends Ruhe.

- sehr beunruhigt über ihre häuslichen Angelegenheiten.

- bei Harndrang (ACON./Agn./Carb-v./Cham./graph.).

- bei unterdrücktem Harndrang (einz. Mittel).

- durch Herzklopfen (Graph./Sulph./Tril./VERAT.).

- mit Herzklopfen; über längst Vergangenes (einz. Mittel).

- mit Hitze; Ängstlichkeit und Bänglichkeit mit fliegender Hitze; beim Gehen im Freien.

- während Hitzewallungen; mit Hitzewallungen über das Gesicht und den Kopf.                                   



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