Gail's Paps were normal for the past two years. Her first normal Pap occurred
six months after she left her husband. Her sexual energy was high.
Gail had a tendency to moles (2). She had one suspicious mole biopsied. It
was benign, but she still visited a dermatologist regularly. She had axillary
skin tags. She complained of sinus congestion (2) and a poor sense of smell
(2). She was photophobic (1). Gail had herpes on her lips (1) when she became
overly nervous or tired. It began at age 13 when she began to play the flute.
She also had infrequent outbreaks of genital herpes (1). She had suffered from
ulcers ten years before.
She always had cold hands and feet (2). Her sleep was good. She usually alept
on her back or left side. She liked cheese, pasta, tomatoes, spicy food, and
ice cream (all 2's). She disliked milk (2). She had average thirst (2). She was
not a morning person and she often felt sluggish for the first few hours after
Gail described herself as "quick to anger" (2). She tended at hold the anger
inside. She felt insulted easily (2) and became defensive if her ability was
called into question (2). She was usually pretty mild (2), however.
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Those of you who are familiar with homeopathy will find this to be a very
clear-cut case. This is a typical presentation of the remedy
Staphysagria (Stavesacre). Staphysagria is one of the most
prominent homeopathic remedies for bladder infections, particularly of the
"honeymoon cystitis" variety. The symptoms of the individual case of cystitis
can vary. It is often the etiology as well as the personality type of the
individual that leads to the prescription of this remedy.
People needing Staphysagria very often experience sexual abuse during
childhood and may begin to develop urinary symptoms at that time. The other
typical time of onset of their cystitis is after first becoming sexually
active. In Gail's case, there was no known sexual abuse and the urinary
symptoms began later in her life. This is actually surprising, given how well
she fit the remedy picture.
Though this remedy can also be given to men, we will concentrate here on the
presentation of Staphysagria in women. This remedy is the classic
battered women's remedy. The woman tends to have low self-esteem. She is
generally very sexual and becomes involved in relation-ships with domineering,
often abusive, men. She holds her anger inside, backs off from confrontations,
and blames herself for the conflicts. She keeps hoping she can make things work
by being a better wife or love...if she could just be more perfect. She may
become so angry that she throws things, but generally the anger will remain
suppressed. She may stay in a violent relationship for years because she is
afraid to leave. After taking the remedy, it is not uncommon for such a woman
to leave the abusive relationship or situation.
In addition to urinary symptoms, people needing Staphysagria may
develop styes, stupefying headaches, severe dental decay, vaginitis, and
abdominal pain after anger.
At Gail's first visit, we gave her Staphysagria 30C to take as needed up to
twice a day for the next few days. We also gave her cranberry capsules and an
herbal urinary combination. We instructed her to stop using the contraceptive
Gail called two weeks later to say she was doing very well. She had a herpes
lesion on her lips, which we interpreted as the return of an old symptom,
generally confirmatory that the chosen remedy is correct. At her follow-up
visit six weeks after we first saw her, she was feeling "really good". There
was no dysuria or aching in the kidneys.