have rhythm. Their active, climbing, jumping restlessness mimics
animal behavior. They love music and rhythmic activities like
dancing, tapping, or drumming, and it soothes them. Cunning and
mischievous, they play tricks on their parents and other children,
tell lies, and love to hide. They are very hurried and impatient.
Often destructive, they have to be watched very closely, as they
are capable of breaking anything they get their hands on. They
are very impulsive and distractible. Twitching and jerking of
the muscles is a common symptom. They are often attracted to bright
Italy near the seaport of Tarent.
A group of girls in the village suffered from a hysterical type
of insanity which was only relieved when they danced in a type
of frenzy and cut with knives or swords.3 Although it did not
come up in Angela's case, many children needing Tarentula
do have an urge to wildly
cut clothing and other things during their rages.
Angela's mother called from Australia
five weeks after she took the medicine. Angela had no further
tantrums or extreme moodiness; "just the odd two-yearold
stuff." Her mother had no complaints about Angela's behavior
compared to before she took the Tarentula.
Now she was much more
easily managed when she became upset. She jumped up and down occasionally
when her mother said no, but would settle down. Angela was much
more easily entertained. It was much easier for her to sit in
a car, which had been a major problem previously. Her teeth grinding,
which her mother forgot to mention in the first interview, was
90 percent improved. The redness and scarring on her hands were
also better. Angela's mother added that prior to the homeopathy,
her daughter was forever tapping, teasing, and getting into mischief.
These behaviors had also improved. "Looks like Miss Spider's
working," her mother exclaimed.
Angela needed one more dose of the
months later because some of her symptoms had returned, though
to a much lesser degree than before the homeopathic treatment.
Angela's dermatologist was quite surprised that the redness and
inflammation of her fingers had improved significantly.
M., "Spiders in Nature and Homeopathy: Mangialavore in Wageningen,
Autumn 1993 and 1994," Homeopathic Links, 8(3), 1995,
The Little Girl Who
Couldn't Sit Still
Six-year-old Sumi was a very cute
little girl with honeycolored hair, green eyes, and gold skin.
Her striking features resulted from her Japanese and Northern
European heritage. We first interviewed Sumi and her family at
a poolside table at a California hotel where we were speaking
at a conference on homeopathy. What was most notable about Sumi
was that she could not sit still for more than five minutes. She
ran around the table, became easily distracted by the children
in the swimming pool, or whispered something into her mother's
ear. It seemed literally impossible for her to stay in one place.