The management of the AMCC has ordered a new series of articles on the main diseases of our time. Have no Fear! Although we are in a period of history where the number of diseases has increased tenfold (thanks antibiotics!), this only makes more material to feed the blog. You can send YOUR illnesses, those that are close to your heart, those that you want to be cured of – to email@example.com (in English or in French). In the meantime, we will have to find a source of inspiration for this month at least. Possible options:
- one illness per letter of the alphabet, starting with A for the first month, then B for the second, etc. up to the letter Z after 26 months. There are 26 letters in the alphabet, I checked (not by counting on my hands but with Google, it’s easier).
- Or… I take a random drug from drugs.com and look at one of the side effects to choose a disease for the blog of the month. For example, Fluticasone gives me a nice choice between the following symptoms/diseases as its side effects:
- mental breakdown
- back pain
- bleeding gums
- chest pain
- itching and swelling of the skin
…. no comments.
- Or I watch the news … there is always a new possible cure for this or that disease. A little depressing on the other hand (how many possible cures for cancer, which we have not yet managed to master?)
- We could also draw inspiration from the theme of the month. Well, let’s do it like this, this month it’s the theme of spices. In homeopathy, cinnamonum verum mainly cures bleeding. Or we have ginger, Zingiber officinalis which in homeopathy cures a lot of things including:
- food poisoning
- morning sickness
etc. always depending on the terrain of course.
As we will already talk about cinnamon in our article on Controlling your Sugar Cravings, let’s choose Hepatitis, which will be our Modern Disease of the Month. But is it really a modern disease?
Hepatitis: What Does It Eat in Winter?
Let’s take Hepatitis A-
Hepatitis A is an acute infectious disease caused by the hepatitis A virus. Really, the three hepatitises A, B and C are inflammations of the liver caused by viruses, hepatitis A, B and C (respectively of course). Easy to remember, loves it. The disease (A) is characterized by nonspecific symptoms such as fever, chills, headache, fatigue, generalized weakness and pain. This is followed by nausea, vomiting, anorexia, dark urine and jaundice. It is considered a mild disease so complete recovery should come in a few weeks (who has time to wait that long?). The main route of transmission is fecal – oral, occasionally; Hepatitis A is transmitted through blood products or illicit injection drug use. Complications mainly include: cholestatic hepatitis with itching and jaundice lasting up to 18 weeks. Recurrent nucleus with second hepatitis flare 30-90 days later; this resolves without chronic sequelae… That’s for the long story.
How to check for Hepatitis (in case you were wondering):
- Serum bilirubin is elevated
- Albumin may be reduced in severe cases
- ALT levels indicate the severity of hepatocyte lysis
- The presence of urinary urobilinozen can be the first sign, even before jaundice. Will need a test, difficult to detect by the senses.
- The diagnosis of acute hepatitis is based on the detection of IgM antibodies against the hepatitis A virus, present for 3 to 6 months from the onset of clinical symptoms.
- Positive anti-HAV IgG, in the absence of anti-HAV IgM, indicates previous exposure to HAV and immunity to the virus.
Now the fun part. The organ linked to hepatitis is the liver… So let’s see what the AMCC’ Symbolism of the Human Body course tells us about the liver…
The Symbolism of Hepatitis and the Liver in General
The concept of desire and making things ours
The liver accumulates glycogen, which is converted into glucose by the pancreas. This energy helps the pancreas to satisfy desires; however, any breakdown will prevent it from fulfilling these desires due to a lack of energy, for example in the case of hepatitis, where we experience great fatigue. The liver, like desire, has a tremendous ability to regenerate itself. This organ is the place where the Self adapts to the exterior in order to appropriate it. Disorders manifest in the liver when this psychologically crucial behavior spills over into our attitudes toward others, such as one’s partner, friends, and children. The liver is often overloaded by disorders such as bulimia and insufficient food intake. Hepatitis A is caused by eating “bad” foods; Hepatitis B virus is also caused by the transmission of contaminated blood from person to person, causing difficulty in sharing with someone else, which constitutes a “bad” meeting of the due to the multiplicity of partners. This excessive behavior of wanting to appropriate something “at all costs” can lead to a confusion between having and being. We try to relieve the suffering of the Self and the Being through multiple external possessions, such as food or partners. Also note that the liver supports muscle activity through the redistribution of glucose. Conversely, one way to effectively drain the liver is to practice regular physical activity. This means that we must keep the energy flowing and avoid hoarding it, because problems start as soon as the energy is blocked by accumulation.
Hepatitis and Self-Image
The liver is affected when we reconsider our self-image. Let us remember that the liver also represents the faith in us. An infection with hepatitis is obviously caused by an infection with the virus, but this contact always occurs when we experience a sense of emotional loss and a complete lack of confidence in ourselves. The liver adapts the food we eat to make it ours. It is also involved in our adaptation to life experiences and governs how we integrate them into our inner being. For example, if we refuse to accept an injustice, we can end up contracting hepatitis. This refusal can also lead to self-destruction stemming from a rejection of life, to the point that the subject’s refusal manifests itself in cirrhosis, or “cancer”, of the liver.
The Liver = Neutralization of Toxins
The biliary function of the liver reflects any bitterness or anger that we are not able to assimilate into our lives. The Hebrew word for liver is kaved, which also means heaviness, weight, wealth, and power. Annick de Souzenelle describes the liver as “the possessor of divine power and of its glory: the liver is the place where the light of the act accomplished is stored”. The word kaved has a numerical value of 26, ie the number of the sacred Name. The liver is therefore called to be nourished by this Name and to draw energy from it by turning towards the interior and the Being. The liver is not only the carrier of the energy of the Divine Name but also the organ which can completely regenerate itself. This could perhaps represent a permanent “forgiveness” for the error of humanity. Is there a link between words and liver energy? The Word, the true Word of God – these are the healing words that draw energy from the organ of the liver through our incarnation. It is as if we are inscribed with this Holy Name by its vibration in the liver, so that our words also vibrate on the same frequency. Emotions of anger and jealousy weigh on the liver, just as certain physical foods (alcohol, excess glucose) affect its proper functioning. By giving weight to our sufferings and our feelings towards these types of foods, we alter the real ontological function of the liver, which is to give “weight to the Divine Light”. In herbal medicine, the plant used to help the liver function properly is called celandine, which means “Great Light”.
To See More Clearly
Converting the unsatisfied into the accomplished through the energy of the liver is usually the power of sight. To achieve this conversion, you have to see clearly. Interestingly, impaired vision “belongs” to the liver in TCM, and one of the first signs of hepatitis is yellow discoloration of the whites of the eyes. In hepatitis disorders, we no longer see clearly because the liver is overloaded with toxins! Torpor leading to hepatic coma is a more severe deregulation which signals an almost irreversible hepatic pathology and is manifested by a loss of vigilance.
If our vision is clouded by excessive emotions, the liver is susceptible to disease. We no longer have a clear vision of things and are caught up in our own desires. Finally, the liver represents the narrow portal through our own body from the unsatisfied to the fulfilled (the portal vein brings blood to the liver, the filter of the body). The weight of the Holy Name which is inscribed in the liver should indeed enlighten us (to give us a clear vision of things) and help us to access a spiritual plan. But more often than not, the weight of our family lineage and our painful memories of emotional loss clog the liver. Respect for our ancestors also goes back to the liver, but a good balance must be maintained; we can neither forget our past nor cling to it. Only the “Light” must “weigh” on the liver; if we give too much importance to other things, we will lose a clear vision. In TCM, the liver, in addition to controlling vision, also helps in the return of venous blood, which is full of past experiences (a kind of weight) and is returned to the heart through the veins. Too much “weight” in our experiences and family history therefore overloads our veins.
Homeopathic Remedies for Hepatitis
In homeopathy, we do not rely (only) on the diagnosis to find a remedy but on all the symptoms, as well as the causality when it exists, to find the right individualized remedy for the person. The case of hepatitis is no exception. If you look in Murphy’s Directory for example, you will find Hepatitis under “Liver – Infection” and the main remedies listed include
There are also as important remedies: Aconite, Belladonna, Carc., Chin., Lycopodium, Nat-S, Nux vomica, Scirr. Then, the following must be taken into consideration:
- is it chronic hepatitis (which comes back at intervals), in this case the list of possible remedies is already reduced. Is it caused by bad food or water? Is it acute in nature?
- does it happen after catching a cold? – only one remedy – cham.
- Is it caused by dirty needles?
- Is there as another symptom the dilation of the abdomen? Just two remedies: Chin and Lyc.
- Does it come from a fear – Aconite
- After a humiliation? Lyc.
etc. etc. As you can see, each hepatitis has its case, its file, we cannot generalize in homeopathy according to the disease. Even if it is true that certain remedies are more suitable, since it is a question here of the organ of the liver and as we have seen in the “spiritual” text, this also corresponds to certain mental aspects which concern only specific remedies.
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