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The Essence of a "Sulphur" Constitutional Type
by Gina Tyler DHOM
Los Angeles California,USA-

The mental, emotional, and physical make-up of a "sulphur" is discussed in this article (sulphur: sol = sun, ferre = to carry). When a trained classical homeopath helps a person with an illness, they normally look for signs of the patients "constitutional remedy". What is a constitutional remedy?

From the time of conception you take into consideration the inherited traits from your parents and ancestors. Not only physical traits, but disease imprints, and mental, spiritual, and emotional traits. Trauma is inherited not only during conception but via the fetus forming. So, it is the totality of all symptoms of the patient; this makes one's constitution. To match this constitutional type with a homeopathic remedy that is similar in "personality" is a difficult task. Sometimes it may be obvious, but not always. (There are thousands of homeopathic remedies that have specific personalities.) The patients obvious traits are sometimes tainted by miasmatic layers of a chronic disease. These need to be homeopathicaly removed (like peeling an onion layer by layer). Out of the thousands to choose from, sulphur is the most extreme in intellectual abilities. Sulphur patients have unusualy gifted mental abilities from the day they are born. Some sulphurs are: Albert Einstein, Carl Jung, Samuel Hahnemann, Abraham Lincoln, and Socrates.

Among our great leaders, inventors, scientists, gurus, and mathematicians, there have been many sulphurs. The scholar, the creative genius, the eccentric, the impulsive artist; all have minds that flow profusely into metaphysics, theories, and equations. All are famous for answering in long-winded sentences.

A great example is the book called "The Organon" written by S. Hahnemann. Hahnemann calls sulphur "the king of antipsorics". Sulphur types are philosophers, deep in thought and oblivious to the simple physical life they live. As Einstein was, his wife had to do everything for him. He had to be fed, dressed, etc.; his head being "in the clouds". Sulphurs live in a world of imagination. They are blind to all the material things of today.

Personally, I am focused on the sulphur constitutional type due to the fact that when I think back in my own life, my mentors, great teachers, and inspirational people have all been sulphurs. It is always those that stood out, making a dent in society. I have great respect for the eccentric sulphurs because of their many contributions to my life. Up until now, I have only met male sulphurs. It is well known that there are very few female sulphurs in existence. Sulphurs need a lot of emotional, mental, and physical room due to restless and nervous energy (like the flammable element sulphur.)

The greatest egos come from the sulphur type, but this is the motivating force that keeps him mobile, stimulated, focused, and driven. Such great leaders are self motivated and do not look to follow another but set the pace for others to follow. This intense ego, if imbalanced, is destructive, obsessive, irritable, insecure, negative, and a hypocondriac. To criticize an unbalanced sulphur is volatile. You cannot argue with a sulphur type due to the strong will and obstinate personality combined within a dictionary of wuick witted vocabulary words. So here, you have the two basic extremes of polarity.

Emotional and mental states of imbalance cause organic derangements in the physical realm. Sulphur is impatient with those around him. Always on the move, full of brilliant ideas, alchemists call sulphur "the heat and force of everything." In homeopathy, sulphur is used to push out symptoms ("bring to maturity"). For example: clearing up skin imbalances due to suppressive topical lotions, or suppressive emotional and mental imbalance; a phenomenon that happens when the vibration of the homeopathic sulphur remedy neutralizes the vibration of the disease.

All of one's traits become "real" under stress of an emotion. When a
sulphur is suppressed, mentally and emotionally the unconscious side of them makes an appearance. The alter ego sets in; its spirits, its demons (Lucifer), and its flaws all become visible. This is when it is easy to detect a sulphur. The worst thing to do to a sulphur is to cause sufficating suppression of any type. To suppress their imagination, creativity, ego, and spirit will degenerate a sulphur's fire. The physical body becomes full of discomforts and starts to adapt to its miserable situation, becoming ill with disease, irritable and difficult to live with.

1. Sulphur is an extremely hot blooded person. Warm hands and feet; always kicks off blankets.
2. Nervous, lean, eccentric looking.
3. You can spot a sulphur in a crowd due to his unruly long hair, and
outgoing selection of clothing (sometimes wearing the same clothes week after week.)
4. Sits in a chair with his entire body involved.
5. Paces the floor, cannot stand still in one spot.
6. Cannot wear wool clothing, gets super itchy.
7. Health complaints are always relapsing.
8. Noon and midnight are the worst aggravations for sulphurs.
9. It has to be "his idea", not someone elses.
10. Reads a lot of books, retaining everything.
11. Can teach a class better than the instructor.
12. A sulphur "scholar" does not worry about his physical appearance.
13. Messy house does not matter to sulphur. He is indifferent.
14. Offensive body odors.
15. Intolerance of artificial heaters indoors. They make him "stuffy".
16. Chronic skin eruptions (eczema, dry itchy psoriasis, boils, and acne.)
17. Lots of anxiety. Dislike of criticism, suppression, and being scorned.
18. Embarassment is extremely humiliating.
19. Much struggling for ego and honor.
20. Sulphur "idealists" are usually dogamatic and cannot be swayed.
21. Absent minded "professor" type, neglecting practical aspects of their lives.
22. Sulphurs make excellent teachers.
23. Sulphurs want to do things whenever they want to, not when told to.
24. Known for drinking large amounts of alcohol.
25. Charming to the opposite sex. Many sulphurs are womanizers.
26. Having many partners. Openly flirting with women, but hopelessly dependent on their wives, emotionally and practically.
27. Sulphurs are great in promoting themselves.
28. Lots of self confidence, gifted and enterprising.
29. Preferring self employment. Likes his independence and freedom.
30. Has knowledge of a broad range of subjects, highly intellectual.
31. Most have no formal education and are self taught (born an intellectual genius.)
32. Sulphurs like an audience.
33. Sulphurs do not care about being socially acceptable.
34. Relates to all walks of life, young and old.
35. Individualist, independent.
36. Childish persona.
37. Lots of self confidence, boasting about his achievements.
38. When it comes to a goal or passion, sulphur dives into it 1000%, whether it is a negative obsession or work related project.
39. Protective of his family, the wife is "queen" in his eyes.
40. Sulphur feels like a child of the universe.
41. Often unbearable to live with, cynical and feeling sorry for themselves causing insecurities.
42. Becoming aloof, guarded, and with a self doubt.
43. Worries about the future.
44. Revels in argument or anecdote.
Note: The "clinical" symptoms of sulphur have not been discussed such as skin afflictions, lymphatic, cardiovascular and urinary systems. For that, most homeopathic Materia Medica's have lists of information. This article pertains more to the "essence" of sulphur.


please add your own write up's/observations on the different constitutional types here-
Things you dont find in the Materia Medica.

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Great symopsis. What are your experiences with selecting a potency for constitutional purposes? Opinions vary so much especially with regards to Sulphur!

None, Constitution is not disease.

And provings did not create personalities --- so remedies don't have personalities.

And-- most of my patient's don't want to have their personality changed --

In general the most advanced method is using Q-potencies where you start with the lower potency and then work your way up, if the remedy is still indicated.

Organon 6th, edition gives detailed instruction, and btw. does not even mention the old C-potencies anymore.

The concept of Constitutional prescribing is actually too confusing. These are experiences of various authors compiled together which gave birth to the various constitutions and personality types! Hence these are based more on clinical trials than provings. How reliable these trials may be is the big question?

I generally find potency is highly individual regardless of whether the remedy has been indicated for chronic or acute states. I have used 6c up to 10M for my chronic sulphurs.

I am also not a fan of the term 'constitutional' as it seems to imply that people remain in a remedy state the whole of their lives even after being prescribed that remedy, which conflicts with homoeopathic philosophy. I prefer to use the term chronic. Constitutional carries suggestions of postive, desirable traits that are never part of a disease state, which is in its whole is negative and undesirable. Any symptoms which remain would represent an incomplete cure by a partial similar. Healthy, positive characteristics of a person cannot be part of a disease/remedy, because according to the law of similars such things would be removed when the remedy is given. I have never seen such a thing happen, and I am sure nobody would want this.

Anything left behind after the simillimum has done its work belongs entirely to the patient as a person, not to the disease. I believe it is important to be able to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy traits if you wish to perceive the true picture of disease (and of the matching medicine).

I do however see the chronic disease state (remedy) as interacting with the character of the patient while it is active, and if the disease has been active for a long time, perhaps even a lifetime, the patient may in fact identify strongly with their disease (remedy) creating confusion in their own mind as to what is healthy and what is unhealthy. In fact I think that society as a whole has developed this same confusion, creating whole theories and systems around personality types that are in fact disease states. Popular astrology is a good example of that.

Provings may not give us a very good picture of patients who have been living in a particular disease state for a long time, and it is often clinically that such pictures are developed. The simillimum removes that interaction, allowing the natural healthy state to flourish, no matter how long the disease has been influencing the person. In fact the true clinical picture of a long-term chronic disease state/remedy will only be established after the simillimum has cured them, and so it is important to not attempt to create such pictures out of partial cures or palliations. I don't believe the simillimum simply changes the negative disease/remedy state into a postive disease/remedy state, as I feel this is a paradox that cannot exist.

Just to add a few ideas to my last post, I think it is important to remember what disease does. It perverts the normal functioning of the organism. This will be on all levels (to differing degrees for each individual) so physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. As individuals, as human beings, each of us possesses the potential for all sorts of strengths and talents. When disease affects us, those characteristics can be distorted, exaggerated, or diminished. When disease has been affecting us for a great length of time, perhaps even since childhood, those distortions have become familiar and perhaps almost comfortable. We accept them, those around us accept them (to some degree). When even our dominant medical system cannot itself tell the difference between health and disease (mostly because they cannot truly cure it) it creates a belief that such distortions are natural. In some cases, under very specific circumstances, such distortions can actually create a short-term benefit for the person. In fact many people will choose life situations where these distortions will be cause less suffering, where they may even be some kind of reward for it. For example the fastidious Arsenicum may choose a profession where such attention to detail is applauded. The egotistical Sulphur, our focus for the discussion, may gravitate towards careers where their intellect will be given as much praise as possible and they can be the 'big man' (or woman). But such choices are driven by an imbalance in their health, and will not be beneficial in the long-term. Even within those narrow areas of their life, such characteristics will cause them problems. In part this is because the person is expressing those traits in an exaggerated form, and this will be destructive. They also will be unable to 'turn it off' outside of those areas, and will act inappropriately in other situations, creating more suffering for them and for others.

Since many disease characteristics are distortions of healthy functioning, those characteristics themselves can be very useful in the right situations and when expressed in proportion to the situation. Such things would never be considered part of the disease state for that patient, nor would a healthy person need treatment for such things unless their survival is threatened (in the case of emergencies).

What cure should give a person, is flexibility. In any situation that calls for it, a person can do whatever is necessary to survive it. Health is flexibility - the ability to respond appropriately to any given situation. Again, this is on all levels. If you get hit, you bruise, protect the part and then heal. If you get insulted, you get angry, resolve the conflict, and let it go. If you suffer a great loss, you grieve, accept it, and move on with your life. Being alive, being human, means that we encounter all sorts of problems that require us to adapt to them. Health means we adapt and then return to our normal level of function. Disease means we cannot adapt enough, we cannot stop the adaption (so we remain stuck in it), or the adaption is too much.  

So in my mind it is important to be able to tell the difference between those things that truly benefit us, and those things that hamper us. We are hampered whenever we cannot appropriately adapt. The person that constantly chooses to put themselves in situations where their unhealthy characteristics can exist with some pay-off, is not displaying health. You can tell such a person by watching how they deal with every other situation in their life - do they continue to do the same thing regardless of what might benefit them or others more? A person who can enter those situations, do what is needed, and then return to how they were, or enter into a new situation that calls for a new type of behaviour (symptoms), is healthy. When people have trouble doing this, they need our help.

Anyway, those are my thoughts on it.

Interesting perspective, David.  Thanks for sharing.


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