Someone spoke to me recently about a friend who seemed to have had many extreme medical interventions. “he’s had to go through so many operations,” my friend related, “but he is better after every operation.”
“Until the next one…” I prompted
“Well,” my friend explained, “the next operation is always for something completely unrelated…”
Is there such a thing as a body part or system that is unrelated to the rest of the organism? One of the most interesting things I find in provings is when we see demonstrations that this is clearly not so. Often an aggravation or amelioration can be seen to affect the whole organism, not just the part or system one would expect to be affected. Sometimes we see this in provings, sometimes we see it clinically, and the concept formed part of the basis for Boenninghausen’s therapeutic pocketbook, where he generalized modalities.
Calc-Carb is aggravated by walking. There are 77 mentions of walking, (including the introduction), most of them aggravations, many of them relating to walking in the open air. Hahnemann saw fit to include this aggravation in his introduction four times, relating to headache, knee pain, weakness in the limbs and general fatigue. In the proving itself, the aggravation wends its way through the following areas: vertigo, headache (where sometimes walking will ameliorate), pain in the area of the liver, abdominal pain, rectum, urination, respiration, back, upper and lower extremities, (although as with motion and bodily exercise, walking will sometimes ameliorate) and in the musculoskeletal generalities.
The following mental symptom seemed particularly poignant. It was buried in general symptoms, and also demonstrates this point:
1451. Every time she walks out in the open air, she become sad and has to weep.
Symptoms appearing before and during menses given in the proving also highlight this issue – although with menses a general impact would be expected. Calcarea’s impact after menses is there, but much less pronounced. Here are the symptoms in the proving – note that these symptoms cover sleep and dreams, headache, mental symptoms, vertigo, thermoregulatory, eyes, throat, teeth, digestion and urination.
965. Before the menses, in the night, a very voluptuous dream.
966. The day before the menses, headache.
967. The day before the menses, she was strongly affected ; a trifle served to terrify her.
968. The evening before the menses (after supper), a strong chill and then colic, continuing all night.
969. During the menses, vertigo, in stooping and raising the head up again.
970. During the menses, rush of blood to the head and heat there.
971. During the menses, pressive pain on the vertex of the head.
972. During the menses the eyes were closed by suppuration and they watered ; her head was heavy and she could not well grasp her thoughts.
973. During the menses, sore throat ; a pain as from soreness while swallowing, soreness in the fauces, on the uvula and behind it.
974. During the menses violent burning in the throat, with hoarseness.
975. During the menses, an attack of toothache.
976. During the menses, boring in a hollow tooth, which on stooping turns to throbbing (16th d.).
977. During the menses, nausea and tenesmus.
978. During the menses, drawing, pressive pains, with stitches in the abdomen, and in other parts of the body, now here, now there, with restlessness, even to fainting (aft. 10 d.).
979. During the menses, when the flow of blood ceased for a few hours, contractive, pinching colic.
980. During the menses, the urine passes involuntarily at every movement.