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Creating Waves of Awareness

Jung said of the inner child:
"In every adult there lurks a child- an eternal child, something that is always becoming, is never completed, and calls for unceasing care, attention, and education. That is the part of the human personality which wants to develop and become whole."

It is the inner child that gets hurts and injured and lost, along the way, though neglect, abuse and violation. In many sense what we do as homeopaths is aid our clients to search out the wounds of the child and bring them to awareness. We are asking them to look at and relate to us traumatic events, griefs and wounds from their past. As they do this we can then mirror the injury with a remedy and facilitate them in their healing process.


The Tree
When I was researching the remedy Thea, I wrote tothe Tea Council in London and they sent me a publicity pack. It contained a series of pictures. The first one was of a tea plantation, and the caption began" "Imagine beautiful green hills for as far as the eye can see..." Well, looking more closely I began to realisethat there werethings missing from the picture. It was very deceptive indeed. What was missing was old growth rain forest and habitats for species like the mountain gorila. It showed me ground cultivated to grow something that contains no nutrition, and the robs thesoil of its richness so that food crops wont grow well on it again. It showed me that there are mileafter mile of beautiful plants, which are related to the Camellia, which are never allowed to bloom and blossom, never allowed to come into their full potential. It showed me tress planted so closely together that their roots were twisted from lack of space. I saw tress unable to stretch out their arms.
I can see this remedy being about suppression of the creative child.
There is a whole series of proving sympstoms which I consider very interesting:
Fear of killing
Fear of killing herself
Fear she will kill her own child (the only black type in mind)
Sudden impulse/desire to throw her child into the fire
Suicidal disposition to thorw herself from window
Dreams of killing boys and girls
Pleasure waking from dreams of murder
Dreams about children being murdered
Sensation as if impelled:
to her baby in the boiler with the clothes
to cut its throat while cutting bread
throw it downstairs
This could be interpreted in lots of different ways; however, I FEEL THESE SYMPTOMS MAY BE EXPRESSION OF KILLING THE INNER CHILD. If this is the part of us that carries the memory of pain and hurt, then the desire to kill this part of ourselves will be very strong, especially in our society where we are discouraged from expressing pain.


Are we giving our inner child any throat space? If we dont allow them a share, then what happens? They start making demands to be heard. On a physical level it may become destructive, creating mouth ulcers, which burn and sting, tooth decay, necrosis of the bones, bitter taste in the mounth.

Here is a list of Thea symptoms that have to do with speech and communication skills:
Conversation, aversion to
Speaks in rhymes
Speech fluent
Speech interesting
Hoarseness of voice
As if a foraing body were in the throat
Rush of thoughts
Mind: Delirium with ecstasy, laughed incessantly, talked in rhyme.

Imagine a formal afternoon tea party. Everyone is on their second cup of tea and being extremely polite, and well mannered. Hold this image in your mind while you read the following list of some of the mental symptoms of Thea:
Disposition to quarrel at the most harmless speech
Great nervous excitability with exaltation of intellectual faculties
Nervousness with want of confidence
Peevish and ill-humoured
Fear of losing control
Aversion to everything
Death presentiment
Aversion to conversation

There is a nice set of symptoms that reveal the contradictory nature of this remedy. One might call them compensatory symptoms:
Witty/Confidende, want of self
Loquacity/Consersation aversion to
Eccentricity/Fear of losing control
Ecstasy, amorous/Aversion to everything
Cheerful, happy/Morose and cross
Vivacious/Fear of death
Concentration active/Indolence
Strengh, increased mental/word, aversion mental
Ideas abundant/Aversion to thinking
Sense of muscular strengh/Weakness, enervation


Thea is a cold remedy. The passion and fire very subdued. It has all sorts of cold sensations:
Cold dump feeling at back of head
Cold perspiration while lying down and when vomiting
Fever with hands and face as marble, and bedewed with clammy moisture
Better from heat and hot baths
Better external warmth (applying hand or clothes in occiput)
External numbness (loss of feeling out of body)


An indication of how uncentered they are:
Tendency to faint
Ason the verge offainting
Gone faint feeling
Sickness in pregnancy (more likely to be <>from beer
Susceptibility to hernia
Constipation (said to be anal retentive people)


Nocturnal fright
Awoke suddenly as from a struggle of incubus
Suicidal thoughts at night
During the sleepless nights the mind is in a most active state
Persistent thinking in spite of all attemps of forgetfulness
Horrible dreams of murdering people which caused no horror
Wakes from dreams of murdering with feeling of pleasure
Gets pleasure for a long time inthe hideous remembering
Delusion on waking, they are dragged from the lowest abyss
As if a weight of a sheet on the feet crush the toes

This last symptoms reminds me of the tree roots not being allowed to grow properly, with its cramped roots, preventing the child from moving forward.


All tea addicts who have tried to withdraw from tea will recognise this excessively disgreeablesick headache!

Congestion or constriction of entire head
Shooting in temples, with a constriction over whole of the head
Pulsation in vertex
Sick stomach goes to the head
Neuralgic pains in nape of neck like a flat iron between skin and the skull, passing over the whole of the cranium to forehead region.
Thirst but every mouthful of cold water goes to the brain like a schock
Throbbing shooting in temples extending to the nose,with great acuteness of smell
Scalp so tender can hardly comb hair
Eyes bright and dilated
Neuralgia pain can be so bad that it extends into cartilages of the ears, and into the eyes with icy coldness

All sorts of funny things with their hearing:

Roaring in the ear
Think they hear bells ringing
Think they hear the doorbell ringing

to be continued...

Reference: Melissa Assilem "The Mad Hatter's Tea Party"

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Comment by Stephanie Nile on September 29, 2009 at 6:55am
Many of the themes we observe in Thea are common to the Ericales Family (i.e. the Ericaceae, Primulaceae and Theaceae) - see diagram.
Comment by Katharine Dome on September 10, 2009 at 8:15am
Coming from a heritage of British parents, I was brought up on black tea and only recently have discovered with the help of my Homeopath, that I was drinking too much tea-it was making me nervous and (I used it like coffee drinkers use coffee) it was negating my constitutional remedy.
I really appreciate the information you have provided Alicia!
Comment by Rochelle Marsden on August 30, 2009 at 2:05pm
All Interesting. I was actually drinking a mug of strong green tea as I have been reading this thread. I try to drink 6 mugs of green tea a day because it is meant to help Type 2 diabetes. I wonder if the proving of green tea would be the same as black tea.
Incidently Roger (Hi Roger, long time no see!) I am sure you know that that there is a connection in the Thuja proving with tea and tea agg headache. I remember one Thuja patient I had who was improved in every way except for the headaches. As soon as he stopped tea drinking the headaches stopped. I agree about vile Indian tea - I will only drink Chinese/Japanese green tea.
Also interesting was abput diabetics being depleted of zinc. is this type 1 or 2 - anyone know?
Comment by Dr. Robert Bruck on August 28, 2009 at 7:31am
Cool Article! Indeed I am a TEA aficionado!!
Comment by Roger Savage on August 24, 2009 at 1:50pm
I think the remedy stock we use is China tea (thea sinensis), which is definitely a milder taste (with possibly lower tannin) than Darjeeling or Ceylon or Assam tea. It would be interesting to compare the symptoms shown by a potency of these 'black' teas. I was a china-tea aficionado - not an addict but an habitue (that should have an e-acute at the end, but I can't get that in this format!) At the height I was topping up to an average of about 15 mugs a day, when I came to analyse. This was 20 years ago. Then I had a dream in which an academic I knew came to me and said very fiercely "Your habit of going to bed after midnight you think is very grown-up, but actually it's nothing more than schoolboy exhibitionism.... and by the way, you drink FAR too much tea"!!! I tried to ignore the dream, but these sorts of dreams are telling us what we don't want to hear yet really need to hear. So I began to watch my symptoms, and realised that after tea I was feeling better then worse. One day I had a nasty headache and had to see a patient: she gave me a small cup of Japanese rice tea, and within 2 minutes the headache was totally gone! Other times the reverse happened. I used to call tea 'my most unreliable friend'. Finally I knew I just had to stop. The day I did I felt as ill as Alicia you describe in your symptom list, yet had to go to tea with friends. I had a few sips of vile Indian tea, felt more and more ill and then fainted in the chair! When I came to I felt cured. My energy soared and a few days later I woke up and said to myself "I could eat work" - not my usual kind of comment! For some months afterwards I was vital and headache-free. But I said to myself 'Tea is not so much a drink, it's more a way of life'. No more teashops; and my collection of fruit-flavoured china teas is awaiting my ability to drink it! Whether Thea is the remedy for ill-effects tea is open to question: I found that when I once accidentally inhaled Thuja 10M I couldn't drink tea for four months. This is a long comment, but these insights may help some readers to extend he lines of thought and connection further, and thus enhance our grasp of this and asociated remedies. Roger Savage, Saffron Walden, UK
Comment by Dr. Wequar Ali Khan on August 24, 2009 at 1:42pm
Most of us drink tea regularly,yet never gave it a thought that it can be a powerful remedy in the form of a homeopathic medicineTHEA. Indeed Alicia's article has opened a new window on THEA.Though it exist on the pages of Boericke's Materia Medica,but not much benefit could be derived out of it as there was not much in it.

The mental symptoms attributed to Thea gives a new dimension to this forgotten homeopathic medicine.With the publication of this article the homeopathic community as Dr Meakin has rightfully stated "---one more tool is there now in our armamentorium "
Alicia thank you for a wonderful article.
Comment by Alicia G. Aros on August 24, 2009 at 10:07am
thank you Meakin!! I am learning and adding to my own knowledge very valuable information from others too! I was just reading your blogs, extremelly interesting! thanks again. Alicia
Comment by Dr. Meakin Mittu M.D.(Hom.) on August 24, 2009 at 10:00am
Thea is so unknown to the masses of homeopaths and we were striving for the provings and symptoms to prescribe.This is really a help for the community that one more tool is there now in our armamentorium to fire at .
Thanks Alicia.
Yours more updates will be welcome.I am adding these among symptom lists of remedies

dr meakin
Comment by Alicia G. Aros on August 23, 2009 at 11:35am
THEA: Second Part
The Menstrual Picture:
You will notice from the list of modalities that Thea is generally < menses. The menstrual pains last throughout the menses. Thea is < for abuse of iron but there is also anaemia. A woman's iron level tends to drop during her period.
Great enervation
Loss of usual "joie de vivre"
symptoms last as long as the bleeding
Pains are severe and cramping
Bearing down sensation
Menses delayed and scanty (this remedy is generally dry)
Sore and tender right ovary (this is not necesarrily at menses)


>warm bath

Negative Nutrition
Fluoride - trace amount found in tea
Iron - drinking tea (and coffee) at meal times reduces iron absorption from vegetables by one third
Zinc- It inhibits zinc absortion. Zinc is component of insulin and is part of the enzyme that breaks down alcohol. A person with diabetes will have only half the usual amount of zinc in their pancreas. Zinc is essential for the general growth and proper development of the reproductive organs and for the normal functioning of the prostate gland. It is thought that it is requeried for the synthesis of DNA, carrying all inherited traits and directing the activity of each cell. It is interesting form a homoepathic point of view that Thea has restless feet like Zinc.
B vitamins - which are involved in digestion and metabolism. So tea caused a form of malnutrition. As with coffee and sugar it gives us "negative nutrition".
Comment by Dr. Navneet Bidani on August 22, 2009 at 12:09pm
I had never used Thea as a constitutional medicine, so thanks for sharing the Picture of Thea, would love to read the remaining parts of this post.

It gave me very good results for occipital headache associated with sleeplessness.

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