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Silicea [silica] is a wonderful drug having the conscious of self-image. I find no other drug could equal its concern about self-image. This remedy in the sycotic miasm exhibits monomania, obstinacy and egotism. Hence, these people have a fixed image on themselves and want to be recognized by their image only. This is very strongly marked in this remedy. It is not the good opinion as in palladium, but the image they think of their own. They think every one should see them as they are. They are very obstinate and fixed in it. This is the CORE DELUSION OF THE REMEDY.

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Dear Dr. Nagarajan

SILICA is classed an anti -PSORIC remedy and not anti -SYCOTIC. (see: 1)

I could not find reference to your view, that Silica makes the prover concerned about self- image. there is no mentioning of monomania. I refer to the proving carried out by Hahnemann. (see: 1)


1) S. Hahnemann: die Chronischen krankheiten Band 5 / zweite Auflage 1839 S.: 240 ff.

Dear Weitbrecht, 

Thanks for your quotings. You are right, as per Master Hahnemann it comes under the anti-psoric remedy. But i hope you know the recent understanding that every remedy has all the miasmatic states. It is one or the other which dominates can be called as the miasm of the remedy. Silicea is also SYCOTIC, which is represented through its symptoms. The fixed ideas, obstinacy, egotism makes it a sycotic remedy. 

For your second doubt, i would like to tell you to refer RADAR 10, Section MIND; Rubric MONOMANIA- Silicea is one of the remedy mentioned there. The source refers to Dr.C.M.Boger, Dr.J.T.Kent. As we know there are number of persons who have done provings other than our Master.

It is very interesting = a discussion about a deep acting remedy when potentiating but inert in raw state(sand).
The word “Fidgety” is mentioned in Phatak’s Repertory about Silicea. Silicea is tense, especially in the presence of others. The most important about Silicea is the feeling: “What do others think about me?”  It is not important that people think of him as a good or a nice person, but that he is thought of in a particular way, a fixed manner. It is not a good opinion that he wants, but a fixed, definite opinion. For example, he does not want others to say: “This man is a very helpful, sympathetic person.” But, if he has the idea that he must be a great scientist, then he cares that others should think of him as such. So, one gets the idea that the Silicea person as an OK feeling which is conditional to having a very specific image.  The state of Silicea therefore arises from a situation where a person’s acceptance by people as fulfilling a specific image is a necessary condition. For example, a child is told that he will be accepted and loved if he achieves in a specific way. This could be his doing exceedingly well in sports, becoming a great cricketer. So it is very important for this child that other people think of him as a good cricketer, even better than he is. This creates tension and the timidity in the presence of others:  – Timidity in public;  – Monomania;  – Fixed ideas;  – Fixed actions;  – Counts pins;  – Rigid thinking;  – Egotism;  – Ailments from egotism;  – Fidgety.  Contrast with Palladium: Palladium’s feeling of well-being (OKness) is subject to having the good opinion of others but not a specific opinion. There is “Longing for the good opinion of others”. That means you have to say: “What a nice person this is”, or “What a good person he is.” You may not say that about Silicea.  Palladium comes from the situation where the child needs to get the good opinion of others; otherwise he will be neglected and unappreciated. The Carcinosinum situation is similar: the child must be perfect in all ways — his work, his dress, etc., and this “good feeling” is subject to his being perfect and controlled. So, you will see rubrics like:  — Fastidious;  — Sensitive to reprimands;  — Offended easily;  — Desire to travel (Tuberculinum).  The Tuberculinum situation is where the parent is forcing the child to adopt his standards and so the child tries to revolt – “Audacity” – and to go away – “Desire to travel”. That is the connection between Carcinosinum and Tuberculinum. This illustrates how the situational Materia Medica links remedies together. We went to Palladium from Silicea, to Tuberculinum from Carcinosinum – all having similar situations; but note the shades of difference in the situation of each remedy. The difference is in the expression and the state of being. We said that Silicea comes from a situation where he must earn a specific image because only then will he be accepted; therefore the need to be accepted is a part of the situation:  — Yielding;  — Mildness.  So, Silicea is actually fulfilling an image made for him by somebody else. In that sense he yields to that image, but he also becomes fixed to it and so he is “Obstinate”. This combination of “Obstinate” and “Yielding” is found in Silicea in a peculiar way. On one hand there is “Desire to be magnetized”, i.e.  he wants to be completely under the suggestion of somebody else, and on the other hand he is so fixed in his opinions that if he is contradicted he can become violent: “Contradiction, intolerance of, has to restrain from violence” (Aloe socotrina, Silicea). Silicea does not openly revolt but sticks to her opinion. Samuel Butler used to say: “Convinced against her will, but of the same opinion still.” So, she will say “Yes” finally and not make an issue, but inside the feeling is: “No, this is wrong.” Silicea is “Dependent”. She is unable to revolt but if she yields completely and gives up her goals and images, then whoever she is dependent on will start disliking her. This is a peculiar contradiction.
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