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Healing Through Homeopathy: Schizophrenia
A Case of Schizophrenia

© Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman ND, MSW

In asking about any physical symptoms, present or past, she reported having had herpes zoster on the right ear a year earlier which developed into Bell's palsy. She was treated with Prednisone, after which time she developed an intense rash and fungal infection. She also reported an extreme sensitivity in the past to poison ivy.

She had suffered from severe laryngitis at age 20 which prevented her from speaking for a month. She had not been sexually active since age 22 and had only two sexual relationships in her life; in both cases she felt she was just a sex object. She shared that her mother had a history of psychiatric hospitalizations starting at age 34 (probable diagnosis of schizophrenia) as well as breast cancer.

In the homeopathic pharmacopoeia, there are numerous remedies for mania and psychosis. In this particular case, we chose initially the remedy Anacardium orientalis because of her long history of low self-esteem, conflict with the devil, and severe past sensitivity to poison ivy. She took the remedy daily and returned two weeks later reporting that she felt a lot stronger. She was not hearing voices, but had mild visual hallucinations for two hours the night she started the remedy. She was no longer bothered by obscenities or burning eyes and had lost the inclination to masturbate frequently. Her memory, which had deteriorated during the recent psychotic episode, was now improving. She still felt her nerves were "somewhat fragile". She experienced a slight chest rash from the sun since the remedy. She had not resumed the Navane. Because of the improvement in her mental state, we assessed that the Anacardium was a correct prescription. The worsening of the hallucinations briefly upon beginning the remedy appeared to be a homeopathic aggravation, generally an indication of a correct remedy. We interpreted the rash from the sun as a likely return of old symptoms, particularly interesting because Anacardium is also a common remedy for poison ivy.

When she returned three weeks later, she described her mental state as improved, her energy was higher, and she was "more me" (a description we often hear after a correct constitutional homeopathic prescription). She had suffered from a "terrible cold" for one week with copious sinus drainage, a wart on the bottom of her foot had peeled, and she had experienced briefly an unusual outbreak of acne of her face, first one side, then the other. She was clearly continuing to improve mentally. When we questioned her further about the nasal discharge, she said she had been treated at 22 with antibiotics for a severe sinus infection. This sounded like a possible return of old symptoms. The peeling wart appeared to be another good sign following Herring's Law, which says that cure generally occurs from the inside out, from top to bottom, and in the reverse order in which the symptoms appeared. K.S. continued to improve steadily for the next nine months, during which time the remedy was continued on a daily basis.

Then, while at a homeopathic conference, we received a phone call from our office that K.S. was in a state of severe mental distress. We interviewed her in hotel where the conference was held and found her to be extremely anxious, restless, and confused with tangential thoughts. She had been acting out others' thoughts recently. It was as if her father and brother were inside her body. The only thing that helped was long hours soaking in a hot bathtub, which she felt compelled to do. She told us she was "spacey", had forgotten to eat much in the past two weeks, was hearing voices, and couldn' t tell what was real. She had been calling people in the middle of the night and sleeping only two hours a night. She talked to herself a lot and was very bothered by energy flooding in through the top of her head and coursing through her. She felt herself laughing inside. At the end of the interview she sharted that she had the feeling of leaving her body at night and was seeing spaceships. We went with her immediately to our office and started her on C. indica daily due to her inability to distinguish reality, distorted body sensations, and extreme confusion. She was definitely improved within three days and no longer seemed a high risk for psychiatric hospitalization. Ten days later she was considerably more able to function, no longer restless or drawn to long baths, but was beginning to worry seriously about her finances and wondering if she should declare bankruptcy.

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Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, DHANP, MSW is a licensed naturopathic physician board certified in homeopathic medicine. She graduated with a degree in ...more
 
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