A gentleman visits his homeopath for depression. He complains of feeling aimlessness, an inability to function at work, and cannot achieve any sort of sense of accomplishments.
Upon questioning, this man reports that though he lives in the city, he comes from the Ozark mountains where he was raised in the hills and countryside. He reports that he feels better in the presence of the countryside and hills. He also feels better when inside cool damp buildings made of stone.
It is rare, according to him, that he is ill. However, when ailed, he feels better and safer when inside stone buildings. He also expresses that he recovers much quicker when visiting his family and hometown when ill than if he were to stay in the urban area during recovery.
Further assessment by the man’s homeopath indicated that when the patient is worried and frustrated, he tends to pace. There is a strong aversion to pungent and obnoxious smells.
The homeopath proceeds to ask deep questions to the patient regarding goals in life concerning career. The gentleman responds with frustration and a sense of helplessness. He feels that he is not advancing far enough for his superiors and cannot complete enough tasks at work. The man feels like his promotion within his employed company is never going to happen. He does a good portion of his work at home, whenever it is possible. He prefers working at home as opposed to frequenting the office where his superiors may be present. When describing the man’s frustration with his employers and superiors, along with his inability to get promoted, the man’s arms fling out in front of him. He speaks with aggression while his arms and hands are out in front of him. There is an evident emotion of restlessness as he continues to describe his problem of career. This gentleman feels as though he is trapped and unable to achieve even mediocre accomplishment concerning work.
The man’s homeopath encourages him to stand and walk while continuing this discussion, so the two might be mobile during this time of anxiety and stress belonging to the patient. At this point, the patient is able to articulate his words and feelings better while walking.
The patient expresses that having no children. He feels as though the family he has made efforts to start five years ago has not come to fruition. He believes it never will become a reality. His wife also works out of the house, maintaining full-time employment. This gentleman describes his relationship with wife as lacking in any significant accomplishments. His libido is low and continues to decrease.
When flustered or aggravated, this man prefers to get outside and walk. If he is unable to reach the countryside while living in the city, he resolves to performing walking activities in city parks.
For such types of depression, aimlessness, and sensations of lacking accomplishment, the patient’s homeopath recommended to him Castianeira Longipalpis along with taking a vacation to visit the man’s family in the Ozark mountains. The homeopathic of Castianeira Longipalpis was given in 12X; one sublingually every other day for twelve weeks.
Upon returning after twelve weeks of treatment with the recommended homeopathic remedy, the man is calm and reports that his work productivity has doubled. He feels more energetic and optimistic about life.
Arthropodic homeopathic medicines are highly underappreciated in the homeopathy world; both by traditional homeopaths and homeopathic practitioners. While not always appropriate for depression, symptoms such as the desire to be inside stone or brick buildings, feeling better in the hills and countryside, animated frustration through the use of upper limbs while speaking, and strong aversions to pungent smells are homeosigns that point to the Arthropodic remedy Castianeira Longipalpis.
One should always seek the advice of his or her primary care provider or a trained homeopath prior making any supplemental or dietary changes.
Dr. Edward Meiggs, Ph.D., D.G.M.
Author of Arthropoda Medica of North America and doctor of Traditional Greek Medicine