Homeopathy Tips for 5/11/10 Mind and Disposititon

One of the hardest parts of being a homeopath is understanding the mind and disposition of a person. Everyone is different and everyone has mental symptoms. These are often very common symptoms that may or may not fall into the class of a dis-ease or something that is asking to be healed. It requires great clarity to see the normal from the abnormal mental symptoms of a person. Sometimes they can be very subtle.

One of the most common symptoms of the mind and disposition is anxiety. The most common report I hear from my clients is that the reason they are feeling bad is because of stress. This tells me nothing about their sufferings. It is then I ask them to tell me stories about their stress that can paint the picture of their sufferings. Usually the end result of this is that some level of anxiety is present. The common themes of this anxiety will then lead me to understanding the symptom and choosing the correct rubric to describe it.

It can be difficult to differentiate a common symptom and a healthy response to ones life from that of the dis-ease that is needing to be healed. In today’s economic world the fear of loosing one’s job, cutbacks in income, financial loss and the resulting effects can plague many people. It would be normal for the person to speak of this in the interview. How one responds to these stresses is what is most important to understand. There can be a fine line between having a healthy concern for our problems in life and having a response that is keeping the person stuck.

It is necessary to put the persons story into context of his life and see if this is the real exciting cause. Many times it is an addition stress that compounds the persons sufferings but is not the real problem behind it all. It becomes the homeopaths job to investigate if this pattern is the pattern that really needs to be healed.

The most common forms of anxiety are about health, money, business, anticipation and the future. These usually will come up repeatedly in the stories the person chooses to tell. To select one of these rubrics correctly would require that the symptom is a theme in the persons case. Rubrics that best describe these states from the Complete 2009 Repertory are;

  • Mind; ANXIETY; Health, about (126) : acet-ac., acon., adam., aeth., agar., agn., aloe, alum., alum-p., alum-sil., am-c., androc., ant-t., aran-ix., 3Arg., arg-n., arist-cl., arn., 4ARS., ars-h., astac., aur-m., 3Aur-m-n., 3Aur-s., bar-c., bell., blatta, bor., bov., brom., bry., bufo, 3Calad., 4CALC., calc-ar., calc-f., 3Calc-p., calc-s., calc-sil., cand-a., cann-i., canth., caras., carb-v., carc., caust., chel., 3Chin-ar., choc., 2cinis-p., clad-r., 3Cocc., cop., corv-c., cub., culx-p., cupr., 2cyg-c., euph., fl-ac., galeoc-c., germ., gink., glon., grat., 3Hep., herpes, hist., hyos., ign., 4KALI-AR., 3Kali-br., 2kali-c., kali-m., kali-p., kali-sil., kreos., lac-c., lac-eq., lac-lup., lach., lamp-c., 2lat-h., lil-t., lob., 3Lyc., m-arct., mag-m., 3Med., merc., meteo., micro-a., morg., 2musca-d., nat-c., nat-m., nat-p., 4NIT-AC., nux-m., nux-v., onc-t., oro-ac., ozone, parth., perla, 3Ph-ac., 4PHEL., 3Phos., podo., posit., psor., 4PULS., ruta, scut., 2sel., 3Sep., sil., soph-m., spect., spong., staph., sulph., tarent., tax., tela, 2uran-n.
  • Mind; ANXIETY; Money matters, about (24) : 2agath-a., aids, aq-mar., aur., bac., bry., c-di-o., calc-f., calc-sil., cand-a., choc., clad-r., cop., 2cyg-c., germ., hep., ign., kali-p., onc-t., posit., sol, tax., thuj., uran.
  • Mind; BUSINESS; Talks of (19) : agar., ars., bell., 4BRY., canth., cimic., com., dor., 4HYOS., lach., 3Med., mygal., op., phos., plb., 2rhus-t., stram., sulph., uran.
  • Mind; BUSINESS; Ailments from, agg. (214) : acet-ac., 3Acon., acon-l., act-sp., aesc., aether, agar., agn., alco., all-c., aloe, alum., am-c., am-i., am-m., 3Ambr., 2amet., anac., androc., ang., apis, aq-des., aq-mar., 3Arg., 3Arg-n., arg-s., arist-m., 3Arn., ars., ars-h., asaf., asar., asc-t., 3Aur., aur-m., bac., 3Bamb-a., 3Bapt., bar-c., 3Bell., 3Bor., 3Brom., brucel., 4BRY., bufo, 2c-di-o., cact., cadm., 3Calc., calc-acet., calc-f., calc-sil., calen., camph., 3Canth., carb-ac., carb-an., carb-v., carc., carl., caul., caust., cham., 3Chel., 3Chin., chin-s., chir-f., cic., 3Cimic., 3Cina, cinnb., clem., 3Coca, 3Cocc., coff., coff-t., coloc., com., 3Con., cop., corv-c., croc., culx-p., 3Cur., cycl., cyg-c., dor., dros., elaps, eug., euph., falco-p., ferr-i., 3Fl-ac., gels., 3Graph., ham., harp., 3Hep., herin., hipp., hura, hydr-ac., 4HYOS., hyper., ign., ind., iod., ip., kali-ar., 3Kali-bi., 4KALI-BR., 3Kali-c., kali-chl., kali-i., kali-m., kali-n., 3Kali-p., kali-s., kola., kreos., lac-ac., lac-c., lac-eq., 2lac-h., lac-lup., 3Lach., 2lap-be-e., lat-h., laur., 3Lil-t., lim-b-c., lith-c., loxo-r., lsd, 3Lyc., lycps., mag-c., mag-m., mag-s., manc., mang., mangi., 3Med., mel-alt., merc., meteo., mez., mobil-ph., musa, mygal., myris., naja, nat-ar., nat-c., 4NAT-M., nelu., nit-ac., nitro., 4NUX-V., onos., op., opun-a., perla, peti., 3Ph-ac., 3Phos., phys., 3Phyt., pic-ac., plat., plb., plut-n., 3Podo., posit., psil., 3Psor., 3Ptel., 4PULS., pyrog., ratt-n., rhod., 4RHUS-T., ros-ca-a., sabad., sabin., salx-f., sang., sars., sel., 4SEP., ser-ang., sid-al., 3Sil., spect., spig., stann., staph., 3Stram., stront-c., 4SULPH., syph., tarent., tax., tax-br., tell., telo-s., tep., ther., thuj., 3Uran., verat., viol-t., zinc-p.
  • Mind; FEAR; Poverty, of (48) : adam., agath-a., aids, alli-m., ambr., anac., ant-c., ars., 4BRY., 3Calc., 3Calc-f., calc-s., calc-sil., cand-a., catha-e., caust., chir-f., chlor., 2clad-r., falco-p., fl-ac., gink., graph., hura, hydrog., kali-c., lach., lamp-c., med., meli., 2mus-m., nat-c., nat-m., 3Nux-v., ph-ac., phasc-c., phos., posit., 3Psor., puls., 4SEC., 3Sep., sil., stann., staph., sulph., telo-s., uran.
  • Mind; ANTICIPATION (152) : 4ACON., 3Aeth., agar., 3Aloe, alum., 3Am-c., ambr., 3Anac., androc., ant-c., ant-t., 4ARG-N., arge-p., arist-cl., arn., 4ARS., aur., aur-m-n., 3Bar-c., bar-s., bell., blatta, bor., bros-g., 4BRY., cadm., calad., 4CALC., calc-p., camph., canth., 3Carb-v., 4CARC., carn-g., 4CAUST., chin., chir-f., choc., 3Cic., cina, 3Clem., 3Cocc., coco-n., 3Coff., colch., 3Con., crot-c., crot-h., culx-p., cupr., cyg-c., cyni-c-g., 3Cypr., cypra-e., cyrt-p., 4DIG., dros., dulc., dys-co., 3Ferr., 4GELS., geoc-c., 4GRAPH., hell., hep., hura, hydrog., hyos., 4IGN., iod., ip., 3Kali-br., 3Kali-c., kali-p., 3Lac-c., 3Lac-eq., lac-f., lac-lup., 4LACH., lamp-c., lap-be-e., lap-gr-m., lap-mar-c., lat-h., 3Laur., leon., levo., loxo-r., lsd, 4LYC., 3Lyss., m-aust., mag-c., 3Maia-l., mang., 4MED., 3Meny., 4MERC., meteo., mosch., 3Mur-ac., nabal., nat-c., 4NAT-M., nat-p., nat-s., nelu., 2nicc., 3Nit-ac., nitro., nux-m., nux-v., ox-ac., perla, petr., 3Ph-ac., 4PHOS., 3Pic-ac., 4PLB., plut-n., posit., propol., 4PSOR., 4PULS., rheum, rhus-t., ros-g., 3Ruta, sabin., salx-f., samb., sel., 3Sep., 4SIL., spig., spong., 3Staph., still., stront-c., 3Stroph., sul-ac., 3Sulph., syph., tax., telo-s., 3Thuj., 3Tub., ulm-c., uran., vanil., 3Verat., 3Zinc.
  • Mind; ANXIETY; Future, about (169) : acon., adam., aego-p., aeth., agar., alco-s., allox., 3Aloe, 3Alum., alum-p., aml-n., 3Anac., anan., 3Ant-c., 3Ant-t., aquilr-a., arg-n., arist-cl., arn., 3Ars., astac., aster., aur., 3Aur-m-n., 3Aur-s., 3Bamb-a., 3Bar-c., 3Bar-m., bar-s., beryl., bros-g., 4BRY., bufo, buth-aust., calad., 4CALC., calc-acet., 3Calc-ar., calc-f., calc-p., calc-s., carb-an., carb-v., 2carc., 2cassi-s., 4CAUST., cham., 3Chel., 3Chin., 4CHIN-S., chir-f., choc., chrysan., 4CIC., cimic., cinis-p., clem., cocc., coff., 3Con., conch., culx-p., cupr., curc., cycl., 2cyg-c., 3Dig., dirc., 3Dros., 3Dulc., 3Euph., euphr., falco-p., ferr., ferr-acet., ferr-c., 3Ferr-p., fl-ac., fum., 3Gels., germ., gins., 3Graph., grat., harp., hell., hep., hipp., hura, 3Iod., kali-br., 2kali-c., kali-m., kali-p., kalm., kola., lac-leo., 3Lach., 2lap-be-e., lar-ar., lat-h., laur., lil-t., lith-c., lsd, lyc., 3M-arct., mag-c., mang., mant-r., meny., merc., methylp-h., 3Mur-ac., nat-acet., nat-ar., 3Nat-c., 4NAT-M., nat-p., nat-s., nelu., 3Nit-ac., nitro., 3Nux-v., onc-t., 3Op., ozone, parth., perla, 4PETR., 3Ph-ac., 4PHOS., plat., psor., 3Puls., querc-r., ran-b., 3Rhus-t., 3Sabin., scroph-n., scut., 3Sep., 3Sil., sol, sol-t-ae., spect., 3Spig., 4SPONG., 3Stann., 3Staph., stram., stront-c., sul-ac., 4SULPH., tab., taosc., tarent., tax., telo-s., 3Thuj., tub., ulm-c., 2vanil., verat., vichy-g., vichy-h., viol-t., wies., xan.

Another common symptom of the mind and disposition is anger. Anger is a healthy response if appropriate and in context to the situation. But the problem with anger is that it can often be an unhealthy response that becomes habitual. In this sense it can be a very serious condition that needs to be considered in the persons case.

Many cultures have a loud and boisterous way that emotions get expressed. This can be confused with anger responses and would not be considered to be abnormal. This is something that no remedy could inspire healing with if the symptom fell into the range of normal. Closer investigation is necessary to find out what is behind the emotional response. Only when the pattern of this is understood it can them be factored into the case.

Common rubrics associated with anger that can be useful are;

  • Mind; ANGER; Causeless (17) : aego-p., 2ant-c., carc., 2cassi-s., chel., culx-p., cyn-d., diox., hydr-ac., hydrog., 3Mez., ped., posit., salx-f., sel., tax., zinc.
  • Mind; ANGER; Contradiction, from (63) : aesc., agar., aloe, am-c., 3Anac., ars., 4AUR., aur-ar., bros-g., 3Bry., cact., calc-p., carc., 2cassi-s., caul., 4CHAM., 3Cimic., cocc., cop., dendro-p., echi., falco-p., 4FERR., 3Ferr-ar., gall-ac., grat., helon., hep., herin., hura, hydr-ac., 4IGN., ignis, 3Lac-c., lac-h., lac-leo., lap-be-e., 4LYC., med., merc., nat-ar., nat-c., nat-sil., 3Nicc., nit-ac., 3Nux-v., olnd., op., petr., pitu-a., prot., querc-r., ros-d., 4SEP., 3Sil., staph., stram., sulph., tarent., tax., 3Thuj., til., 3Verat.
  • Mind; ANGER; Easily (88) : 3Acon., adam., aesc., alco-s., 2alli-m., androc., arg-n., arge-p., 3Ars., aur., aur-ar., bar-c., bar-m., bell., 3Bry., bufo, calad., 3Calc., calc-hp., calc-s., calc-sil., 3Caps., carb-v., 4CHAM., 4CHEL., 3Chin., chin-ar., chir-f., cinis-p., 3Cocc., con., 3Crot-h., cyna., cyni-c-g., diox., 3Dulc., 3Ferr., ferr-i., 3Gels., 3Graph., 3Hell., 3Hep., herin., hippo-k., 3Hydr., ign., iris, kali-m., lap-gr-m., latex, 2leon., lil-t., 4LYC., mand., mang., meph., 3Mez., mim-p., 2musca-d., nat-c., 3Nat-m., nat-p., 2nelu., nept-m., nicc., 3Nit-ac., 4NUX-V., pall., perla, 3Phos., 3Plat., 3Psor., ran-b., rob., salx-f., sep., squil., staph., sulph., 3Tarent., telo-s., teucr., 3Thuj., v-a-b., valer., 2vanil., zea-i., 3Zinc.
  • Mind; ANGER; Mistakes, about his (17) : ars., aur-m-n., aur-s., bell., blatta, bros-g., bry., carc., ignis, lac-f., 3Nit-ac., nitro., nux-v., ros-ca-a., salx-f., 3Staph., 3Sulph.
  • Mind; ANGER; Oneself, with (31) : adam., aego-p., agar., agath-a., aloe, ars., bell., cop., corv-c., 3Croc., cyg-b., cytom., elaps, germ., gink., herin., ign., lac-lup., lamp-c., lyc., mand., mus-m., neon, nux-v., phyt., puls., rhus-g., sep., staph., 3Sulph., zinc.
  • Mind; ANGER; Trifles, about (142) : 4ACON., adam., agki-p., am-c., am-m., anac., ang., 3Ant-c., arn., 4ARS., asaf., asar., aster., atro., aur., aur-m-n., bar-c., bart., bell., blatta, 3Bry., bufo, 2bung-f., 3Calc., calc-i., cale-z., cand-p., cann-s., canth., 3Caps., 3Carb-v., 2carl., catha-e., 3Caust., cere-s., 3Cham., 3Chel., chin., chir-f., 3Cimic., cina, cinis-p., cist., clem., 3Cocc., 3Colch., coloc., 3Con., 2croc., culx-p., cycl., cyg-b., digin., dros., ferr., gink., glon., graph., hell., helon., 3Hep., hippo-k., hydr-ac., 3Ign., iod., ip., kali-bi., kali-c., kali-m., kali-sil., kola., kreos., lach., lat-h., laur., lyc., lyss., m-arct., m-art., m-aust., mag-c., mang., mel-alt., meph., merc., 3Mez., morph., mur-ac., nat-ar., nat-c., 3Nat-m., nat-p., 4NIT-AC., nit-s-d., 3Nux-v., onc-t., pall., par., perla, 3Petr., ph-ac., 3Phos., phyll-a., pitu-a., 3Plat., plut-n., posit., puls., ran-b., 3Rhus-t., rob., ros-ca-a., sabad., sang., sanic., sarcol-ac., sars., scorp., sel., seneg., sep., sil., sol, sol-n., spig., squil., stan-e., stann., 3Staph., stram., sul-ac., 3Sulph., telo-s., teucr., thuj., thyr., tril-c., tub., verat., wye., zinc., zinc-p.
  • Mind; ANGER; Violent (163) : 4ACON., adam., aesc., alco-s., 2alli-m., am-c., ambr., 4ANAC., androc., 3Apis, arn., 3Ars., 3Astac., 4AUR., aur-m-n., aur-s., 2bacch-a., bamb-a., bar-c., 4BELL., bor., bros-g., 3Bry., bufo, 2bung-f., cahin., 3Calc., camph., cand-p., cann-s., canth., caps., carb-an., 4CARB-V., carc., cast., 3Caust., cere-s., 4CHAM., 3Chel., chin., chin-b., cimx., 2cinis-p., citl-l., cocc., coff., con., 3Croc., culx-p., cupr., cycl., cyg-b., cyna., cypr., dendro-p., des-ac., dros., falco-p., ferr., ferr-m., ferr-p., germ., 3Graph., grat., harp., hecla., hell., 4HEP., herin., 3Hom., hydr-ac., hydrog., 3Hyos., ictod., 2ign., iod., ip., 3Kali-c., kali-chl., kali-i., kali-m., kola., lac-f., lac-h., 2lac-leo., lach., latex, led., lsd, 3Lyc., lycpr., lyss., m-art., 3M-aust., mag-c., mag-s., mand., mang., med., mel-alt., 3Meli., merc., mez., mosch., mur-ac., nat-c., 3Nat-m., nat-s., neon, 4NIT-AC., nit-s-d., nitro., 4NUX-V., oena., olnd., onc-t., 3Onis., op., ozone, pall., perla, 3Petr., ph-ac., phos., pitu-a., 3Plat., posit., prot., pter-a., puls., ran-b., ros-d., ros-g., ruta, sabad., salx-f., scorp., sec., seneg., senn., 3Sep., sil., sol-t., spig., stan-e., 3Stann., 4STAPH., stram., stront-c., sul-ac., 3Sulph., taosc., 4TARENT., tell., thal-s., thyr., tub., tub-k., uran., verat., zinc., zinc-p.
  • Mind; WEEPING, tearful mood; Anger, vexation; with (33) : ambr., ant-t., arist-cl., ars., bell., cand-a., caras., caust., 3Cham., cocc., coff., gink., lac-c., lap-be-e., lil-t., m-aust., merc., 3Mosch., nit-ac., nitro., nux-v., op., petr., pitu-a., puls., sabin., salx-f., sep., spong., staph., sulph., thyr., zinc.
  • Mind; WEEPING, tearful mood; Anger, vexation; after (35) : aids, ambr., arn., aur-m-n., 3Bell., bung-f., calad., calc., cast., caust., cham., 3Cocc., 3Coff., culx-p., cyg-b., hydrog., ign., lach., luna, lyc., m-aust., 3Mosch., nat-m., nit-ac., 3Nux-v., petr., 3Plat., puls., sabin., 2salx-f., spong., staph., sulph., tarent., 3Zinc.

There are many other ways to differentiate the healthy parts of a persons response to the conditions of their life from the parts that create and maintain their suffering. It is very important to keep this idea in mind during case receiving. The homeopaths job is to know the difference between health and disease. We need to know the common elements of mind and disposition to be able to effectively help our clients. Having a knowledge of rubrics and remedies that are common in mental symptoms and dispositions will be helpful.

22 comments so far

  1. Dr.Aradhana Srivastava on

    Good morning,
    I feel that Fear is another entry which you cannot overlook while trying to understand the Disposition of the Individuality.The mental symptoms elicited best by the patient when he is suffering by an ailment which drives him to your clinic.for eg. He might be suffering from headache for which he has come to your clinic but one’s he enter’s he says”Doctor get me rid of the pain,Ican’t concentrate on my work” so here the rubric is concentrate cannot.this brings us closer to our similimum for the case.

    • Robert Field on

      Hello Dr,
      Yes I agree that in the end fear is always behind most negative emotion. The fears are always behind the anxiety but rarely are investigated to find the roots. This requires self awareness and usually is not a comfortable process for most people. Usually they complain about a physical manifestation of the fear/anxiety and have never really looked to the emotional causes.
      Thanks for your comment.
      Robert Field

  2. Dr M Azizur Rahman on

    Thanks Robert. I can share with you that religious mind may be another factor. This differs from religion to religion and belief. considering the causes we should think about his belief. Thanks. Dr Rahman Bangladesh


    During selection of constitutional symtoms mainly mind descreption given is apprecited.But to control any diseae based on external symptons like pathogens other related medicine should also be given along with constitutional medicine which resulted a good achievement in cure as experienced in mhcdr

  4. F. Sheikh on

    It was interesting to read about the symptoms of the mind. I still could not figure out which one would be right for me. During my third pregnency, I began to suffer from fear and anxiety. After my child was born, gradually I recovered. I was given Arsenic cm, once. I began to drive again which became the biggest problem. But later again with some stress in my life my driving would get less, most of the time, I can only drive around my neighborhood. As soon as I see more traffic or I have to speed a bit, I get a panic feeling, my legs tremble and feel dead. Aconite helps a lot temporarily. Arsenic does not suit me much anymore. I also suffer from acid reflux and constipation. For about ten years I am struggling with driving and do not drive beyond my comfort zones because it brings on a panic feeling.
    A homeopathic specialist prescribed, Nux Mochsata, Raphanus and Asafoteida (30). for my phisical and anxiety symptoms.Can any of you make any recommendations.

    • Robert Field on

      Hi F Sheikh,
      Take a look at Argentum Nitricum. This remedy has a fear of loosing control and is indicated in many panic attack disorders.
      Good luck,
      Robert Field

    • Dr.Aradhana Srivastava on

      In your case I feel fear is just an expression.There is some deeper feeling which expresses itself as panic attacks.
      So prescribing only on the expression that is panic attacks,
      Will never help you.Kindly go for a proper Case-taking.
      that will definately help you resolve your problems.

      • Robert Field on

        Hello Dr, Yes, Proper case-taking is necessary. I could not agree with you more. Good work!!

  5. Dr. Rabia Jehangir on

    mind symptoms are the basis of all disposition & diseases so consider as prime importance.

  6. Yvonne on

    Another factor that I consider is the birth trauma, where the patient comes with a baggage of fears and delsions as she was delivered through forceps. Through her life she develops all kinds of phobia, especially claustrophobia or is even experiencing panic attacks.

  7. Yvonne on

    The great Hahnemann was a protestant and he didnt bring out his religious beliefs in the Organon.


    Dear Sir,

    Good article on situational materia medica. I enjoyed. Always I ask question as follows:
    Could you kindly tell me you have faced any serious problems in your life in the recent past?
    this question helped me a lot in arriving a accurate similimum in most of the serious illness. Take for example When I asked this question for one patient he told me that eventhough I was loving my wife she gave me divorce. This is clarified me that he had a love dissappointiment. And he was suffering from kidney problems and was taking dialysis very frequently. I gave NAT MUR 1M which has corrected his kidney problem.

    With warm regards M.R. Bahadur Singh

    • Robert Field on

      Hello M.R, Singh,
      Thank you for sharing your case with us. It is most useful to all to see how the story will tell us about the mental disposition that also leads to the correct remedy.
      Robert Field

  9. V.V.Sita Rama Rao on

    Thankyou sir, thankyou very much, it is very very good
    article. Fear and angry drive human tendencies, those
    must be healed to diffuse love from their heart which is
    reservoir of same.

  10. mah-jabeen on

    thank you Robert, sharing this article/.

  11. Sharon Cardenas RN on

    Excellent, thank you.

  12. F. Sheikh on

    Thank you, Robert.

  13. Dr. Kumar, Malaysia. on

    Excellent, thank you.

  14. S K Kalra on

    Thanks for throwing light on ‘not-lighter’ aspect of Homoeopathy.

  15. DR.ASHISH on

    thank you sir,
    Very good article on mind rubaric

  16. […] Mind and Disposititon […]

  17. Dr. GEORGE KURIEN. on

    When we refer Aph No:211, 212, 213, 215. or 217–(6’th edition ) the word Disposition stated as ” the state of disposition of the patient “.( Aph–211 ).
    But instead of that in the rest of the Aphs the term ” the state of the disposition and
    mind ” used.Here i would like to know what was Hahnemann’s concept of Disposition?

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