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Aurum Muriaticum

Aurum muriaticum / Wolfgang Springer 1997

Video case 2

Recurrent bronchitis

A woman, age 54, presented with recurrent bronchitis, which had been lasting for several years with only short intermissions. Presently she also suffers from excessive fatigue and depression, strong menopausal flushes, vertigo and chronic pains in throat, back and several joints. Her medical history consisted of tuberculosis and several pneumonias in childhood, tonsillectomy causing hypertension and headache. Her outer appearance was one of a very well-groomed person. Her well cared for hairstyle and way of dressing gave her an aspect of dignity, but it also contained a message of 'do not touch me.'

The patient had a remarkable personal history, which was as follows: her father was killed in the war, when she was only five months old. Therefore she and her mother had to live with her grandparents, whom they were depending on. Her grandfather was a closed person with a violent temper, who dominated and suppressed the whole family. Her mother suffered a lot under him and even as a small child, the patient, who felt a lot of pity and guilt towards her mother, started to support her emotionally. So they developed a symbiotic relationship. At the age of 23 the patient got engaged to a man and soon became pregnant with twins. But, afraid that her mother would kill herself if she left her, she had the twins aborted and the engagement was dissolved. Shortly after that the patient was offered to be the godmother of a new-born girl. She accepted and cared a lot for her godchild, who became the dearest person in her life.

When the patient had to go to hospital for the curettage, she was convinced that she was going to die. She spent the whole night before the operation in the hospital's chapel praying to God to forgive her for the sin of the abortion. The next morning she felt that her body was flooded with divine light. This experience was so strong, that from that moment on she had a firm inner calmness, whatever was happening around her. This peace of mind lasted until three years ago, when her godchild unexpectedly died from leukaemia. This was a tremendous shock for her from which she never really recovered.

Professionally the patient was remarkably successful. She said of herself that she can achieve anything she wants to. She had worked herself up into the management of a major firm. For six years she had been in charge of a big company, a job her predecessors had only managed to held for about 18 months on an average.

Her private life, however, was virtually a complete sacrificing to her mother, who was still living with her. Her mother used to say: 'I will only live a few more years and then you will have the rest of your life to do what you want.' The patient's main feeling towards her mother was disappointment, because nothing of her love was ever returned. She sometimes got angry with her mother, but had never felt hatred towards her.

The patient was also disappointed with life in general. Sometimes she had thoughts of killing herself with an overdose of sleeping pills and occasionally had the sudden impulse to throw herself from a height. There are two things that bring meaning into her life. One is religion and the other one is music. She listens to classical music every day, late at night after her mother has gone to bed and the house has turned completely quiet. These hours were very precious to her and she said she would not be able to live without them. They mean 'breathing' and 'salvation' to her. Asked the famous question about the three things she would take with her on a desert island, she answered: 'the bible, Verdi's requiem and a CD-player to listen to it.'

The patient had a strong desire for company and was afraid to live alone. Isolation of any kind was very difficult for her. When she was on vacation she very much wanted to meet new people and asked herself over and over why people never spoke to her. Other features of the patient were that she was conscientious about trifles, very sensitive to criticism and that she could not stand conflicts and tried to avoid them. She was also very sensitive to noise and, last but not least, she had a strong sexual desire, she admitted. But this aspect of life had also been completely sacrificed for the sake of her mother.

The patient received Aurum muriaticum, 1MK. The first three weeks after the remedy she felt, 'as if the carpet had been pulled from under her feet.' All her complaints aggravated or returned one by one. After this she felt emotionally really well for about two months. When her depressive mood started to come back, the remedy was repeated, again with the effect of a short physical aggravation followed by an improvement on all levels.

Follow-up after six months

On the video, a remarkable difference in mood was apparent. While during the first consultation her voice was sad and monotonous, she was now talking in a much lighter and more casual way, sometimes smiling or even laughing. She said that she had started to loosen the bonds with her mother and had gained a thirthy percent independence so far.

Video case 3

Systemic lupus erythematosus

A 40 year old woman presented with a newly diagnosed systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)). She had an erythrocyte sedimentation rate of 50 and her ANAs (antinuclear antibodies) were 2000. The rheumatologists wanted to start a steroid therapy immediately, but agreed to wait two more weeks, because the patient wanted to try homœopathy first.

The disease had begun with herpes labialis. The patient went to the drug-store, where she was given Belladonna. The herpes went away within 2 days, but she developed a headache instead and later she got wandering joint pains, mainly in the hands. She felt very weak and consulted a rheumatologist. At that time her ANAs were still around 40 (borderline value) and the doctor vaguely diagnosed a fibromyalgia syndrome.

Some weeks later the patient had a stressful time professionally as well as privately, which caused a bad relapse of her disease. Nearly all her joints were painfully swollen, an erythema had developed at her neck and she was awfully tired. She was admitted to hospital, where the SLE was diagnosed.

Before this, the patient has been more or less healthy all her life with the exception of a period of recurrent urinary infections in her twenties and chronic abdominal pains with slimy diarrhoea in her thirties.

The patient grew up in a conservative rural area and her parents were obliged to marry when her mother accidentally became pregnant with her at the age of seventeen. Being still very young, her parents were hardly able to handle the situation of having a family of their own and her father became an alcoholic. Three younger brothers followed and the patient soon had to take over the responsibility of looking after them. If she had not taken such good care, they would have had to send her youngest brother away to some children's home, her mother told her. The parents of the patient always made her feel that she was an unwanted child, that she was the cause of their difficulties. When she was six years old it happened that her father had to go to town, to do some shopping, but for some reason he did not want to take her with him. Her mother however, having a lot of work to do, told her to go with her father. So she followed him at a distance, hiding as best as she could. But her father soon saw her and slapped her face really hard to make her understand that she should return home.

The rest of her life was just a continuation of her childhood. She has had three marriages and two more relationships, always hoping to find a little bit of love somewhere. But all her partners were either weak persons, who she had to take care of just like her brothers, or they were violent persons, mostly alcoholics, who used to beat her when they got angry. She had a daughter from her second marriage.

The patient was a very pretty, charming, good-hearted and warm person. In spite of all the hardships, she showed no trace of bitterness or hatred (not even towards her father), but has kept her dignity and her positive attitude towards life. Professionally she was quite successful. She was working for the local health insurance, where she had become head of several employees.

The patient received Aurum muriaticum. In the follow-up she said that she felt as if a bomb had hit her. Lots of memories of her childhood came up. She remembered all the things that were done to her, and overwhelmed, she cried for half an hour. Afterwards the SLE quickly ameliorated and the cortisone therapy was not necessary any more. After two months, and again after five months the remedy had to be repeated. Three months after the first dose the ANAs were down to 30 again and the rheumatologist considered her SLE to be cured. After the second repetition the patient became ill for two weeks with various complaints. It started with a tonsillitis, followed by a pleurisy and other disorders and finally ended with a huge herpes labialis, just like it had begun half a year ago.

Remedy picture of aurum muriaticum

Aurum muriaticum is mainly a woman's remedy. It is rather often indicated among female homœopaths. Like all the Aurum compounds it has the tendency to produce severe disease of a syphilitic nature once the pathology reaches the physical level.

Mind

Ailments from mortification with unbroken desire for company.

The key to the prescription of Aurum muriaticum, is a history of continuous mortification, from which the patient has suffered without losing his faith in life and his strong desire for company.

These two items are always present and can be regarded as the essence of the remedy. The Aurum muriaticum patient typically is a warm and good-hearted person with a lot of sympathy for others. She often is religious too, loves music and has a strong sexuality. At work she is fastidious and therefore often successful. Usually a mild form of depression is present, which the patient sometimes expresses as 'subdued vitality'.

Mental

• ailments from mortification

• desire for company (the opposite of all other Aurum compounds)

• sensitive to noise *, music ameliorates *

• starting when spoken to *

• internal restlessness *

• thinking of complaints aggravates *

• anger thinking of his ailments * (talks, for example, of her 'stupid cough')

• silent grief *

• abrupt, rough, yet affectionate (Vithoulkas)

• sad stories and horrible things affect her profoundly (P. Schmidt)

• music ameliorate *

• religious melancholia *

• sadness after grief (Knerr)

• suicidal disposition

• fastidious *

• sexual passion increased.

Mentally Aurum muriaticum is similar to Natrum muriaticum and especially Carcinosinum. But Natrum muriaticum is harder and under the same circumstances would have become embittered and introverted.

Aurum muriaticum however keeps her mildness.

The main difference to Carcinosinum lies in the reaction to criticism and reprimand; Carcinosinum is very easily offended, while Aurum muriaticum has no special sensitivity in this respect.

Physical

Of course again any pathology is possible, especially that which is syphilitic in character. Typical manifestations however are:

• metrorrhagia with myoma *

• sinusitis, warm room aggravates

• hypertension (P. Schmidt)

• loss of vision, sudden/parturition, during

• arrhythmias from negative emotions

• pleomorphic adenoma of parotids

• periostitis and morbus Sudeck

• hypersensitivity of genitals

• hypersensitivity of tibia

• knot (ganglion) at the wrist

• warts on the tongue

• crack in the middle of the lower lip

• cracks on fingertips

• exostoses (skull, face, tibia)

Aurum muriaticum is aggravated by heat and ameliorated by cold, wet weather. They like open air and wind.

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Characteristics

- This salt has been proved.

- The symptoms are in the main identical with those of the metal, but some are peculiar or more pronounced in the one than in the other.

- The Muriatic element is seen in the heart symptoms; violent palpitations, sore aching, heaviness and sensation of rigidity in heart, hyperaemia from heart disease.

diesen Aspekt betont Vithoulkas sehr, allerdings habe ich das in den neurologischen Fällen und auch in einem Fall von Sarkoidose nicht so vordergründig erlebt, es muß also nicht als Leitsymptom fungieren.

-        Catarrhal and glandular affections are marked.

- - Warts appear in various parts : on the tongue, on the genitals.

- - Digestion is slow.

- - Diarrhoea after eating.

- - Aur. mur. is a sycotic remedy causing suppressed discharges to reappear.

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-        - Halbert has given Aur. mur. 2x with much success in cases of sclerotic and exudative degeneration of the nervous system.

- - He narrates a case of disseminated sclerosis, the result of a fall; one of exudative localised meningitis;

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-        also disseminierte Sklerose nach Trauma !! kann ich durch einen Fall mit Syringomyelie bestätigen.

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-        and one of Morvan's disease greatly improved under its use.

- - This patient, a man cook, had hypertrophy of all the fingers.

- - In some of them this had progressed till painless whitlows appeared.

- - Analgesia and anaesthesia were present, and some atrophy of the muscles of the hand and arm.

- - Brachial neuritis appeared to be the causative factor in the case.

- - Remarkable improvement occurred under Aur. mur. 2x.

- - Aur. mur. is particularly valuable in haemorrhages from the womb at climacteric and after, which are frequently of sycotic origin.

- - Violent chill and fever.

- - Hectic fever.

- - Ascending stairs agg..

- - Cold washing and cold weather >>.

- - Warmth agg.; throws off bed-covers.

- - Suited to : Lymphatic, scrofulous constitutions.

- - Gold salts, like mercury salts, dissolve organic tissues; they stimulate the heart more, but act on fluid tissues less powerfully than mercury.

- Relations

- Compare :

- - Aco., Am. c., Arg., Arg. n., Ars., Bell., Cannab., Fer., Glon., Hecl., Lyc., Merc., Nit. ac., Pho., Plat., Sil., Sul.

- - Sulphur springs are incompatible.

- Antidoted by :

- - Bell., Cannab., Merc.

- Causation

- - Chagrin.

- - Fright.

- - Vexation.

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seit Dez 2007