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On the basis of bowel habits, we can classify the individuals into three categories:

Constipated people  Constipation is due to constriction of muscles and dryness of mucus membranes. There is suppression of desire to defecate. When the constriction of the mind goes to the rectal muscles, it leads to constipation.

Diarrheic people They have no power to hold anything. They are basically powerless to face a situation. Similarly, the circular muscles can’t hold the contents in the rectum. Like their mental and emotional features, everything comes out in splashes!

Altered bowel habits  Here, constipation alternates with diarrhea. Similarly, their mind also fluctuates between opposite ideas and situations.

There is a hidden relationship between the mental features of certain remedies with the character of stools mentioned in the Materia Medica. It may be the different levels of expression of the similimum. But, such type of relationship is not always seen in most of the remedies. The relationship seen in some remedies are discussed here, because this approach helps to study Materia Medica.

Here, there is constipation with no urge to pass stool. Similarly, the Opium patient has no desires and complaints. The stool of Opium is dark colored. The mind is also dark.

The stool of silicea comes out partially and goes back (Shy stools). Similarly, the patient also expresses shyness.

Lycopodium stool is hard first, but comes easily when it becomes loose later. Similarly, the patient feels difficult to start one task, but he does every thing smoothly when he overcomes the starting trouble.

The stool of Pulsatilla is changeable. Similarly, changeability is expressed in the mind and behavior.

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In Nux vom, patient is unsatisfied; there is frequent urge to pass stools. The same urge is there in performing duties and achieving goals. He is also unsatisfied with others, and there is marked fault finding nature.

There are certain remedies having just opposite relations:

Here the stool is narrow. But the patient is not narrow-minded; he is very open-minded and friendly.

The list never ends here. You can add more – both similarities and dissimilarities.

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Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on April 3, 2011 at 6:22am
Thanks for the comments. True that mind is important. But, physical generals are also important. Some times, mental symptoms are useless when it is common mental symptoms. For example: while treating a case of any psychiatric cases like schizophrenia, we should avoid the "mentals" related to the disease. On the other hand, while treating even a case of rectal cancer, the symptoms related to the bowels are considered. Of course, when common symptoms are qualified by some modalities or peculiarities, it is important.
Comment by Dr Ravindra Saraswat on April 2, 2011 at 11:19pm


      In Homoeopathy, We give the importance to mental symptoms because first we think then perform. Mind is the MAN... We treat the MAN in disease......Not disease in MAN---------

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