Dr G Swati
Paris Quadrifolia is a lesser-used remedy belonging to the ‘Trilliaceae’ family. Mental symptoms play a key role in the individualisation of a patient for prescriptive purposes in Homoeopathy. The similimum must match the symptoms of the patient both at the mental as well as the physical level for better results. The mental symptoms of Paris are often unexplored. This article is an attempt at a deeper understanding of the mind of Paris Quadrifolia at a Tri-miasmatic level.
KEY WORDS: Paris Quadrifolia, Tri-miasmatic understanding, Mental symptoms
Paris quadrifolia is a lesser known and an infrequently used remedy, proved by none other than our founder – Dr. S. Hahnemann himself. Commonly known as ‘One berry’ or ‘True love’, it belongs to the natural order of the ‘Trilliaceae’ family, earlier a part of the ‘Liliaceae’ family.
It is thermally a chilly remedy and chiefly a Left sided remedy with marked action on the Nervous system. Clinically, Paris is predominantly indicated in neuralgias originating from the cerebro-spinal nerves. Therefore, it has been found to be useful in headaches, ciliary neuralgias, Brachial neuralgias, Facial neuralgias.
As per aphorism 211 of the Organon of medicine, Dr. Hahnemann mentions that ‘the state of disposition of the patient often chiefly determines the selection of Homoeopathic remedy as being a decidedly characteristic symptom which can least of all remain concealed from the accurately observing physician.’ Further in aphorism 213, Dr. Hahnemann emphasises on the importance of consideration of altered state of mind and disposition in every case, including acutes to bring a complete relief in the patient.1
As there are several medicines mentioned in our Homoeopathic literature for neuralgias, it is essential to understand the mental state of Paris Quadrifolia so that we can clearly distinguish the cases of neuralgias or any other affections which require Paris for cure. A tri-miasmatic understanding helps us in learning the different mental states in which a Paris patient can present himself at clinic.
The mental symptoms of Paris Quadrifolia were obtained via reverse repertorisation by using Synthesis Repertory by Frederik Schroyens (RADAR software)2 and Complete repertory by Roger Van Zandoort (CARA software)3 and classified under the three miasms – Psora, Sycosis and Syphilis. The understanding of the miasms is based on ‘The chronic diseases’ by Dr. S. Hahnemann4 and ‘The end of Myasmtion of miasms’ by Dr. Prafull. G. Vijaykar.5
|AFFECTIONATE||AILMENTS from – scorned; being||ANIMATION, agg.|
|AIR; in open- amel.||ANGER||CAPRICIOUSNESS|
|ANXIETY – fever – during||DISCONTENTED||CONFUSION of mind – night -lying down, on|
|ANXIETY – moaning; with||DISCONTENTED – surroundings, with||CONTEMPTUOUS|
|ANXIETY – throat, in||DREAMS amorous||DELIRIUM|
|ANXIETY – throat, in lump sensation, with *||DREAMS – frightful irritation of cerebrospinal nerves, in *||DELIRIUM – Loquacious|
|ANXIETY – throat, in pain in, with, as if a ball were lodged there or as if constricted when talking *||EGOTISM||DELIRIUM – raging (=raving)|
|CHEERFUL – foolish, and||EGOTISM – speaking always about themselves in company||DELIRIUM – waking, on|
|CONFUSION of mind||FANCIES – vivid||DELUSIONS (=imaginations)|
|CONFUSION of mind – air, in open – amel||FOOLISH behavior||DELUSIONS – Body – brittle, is|
|CONFUSION of mind – walking – air, in open – amel||FRIVOLOUS||DELUSIONS – enlarged|
|DISCOMFORT||GOSSIPING||DELUSIONS – enlarged – body, is|
|DULLNESS||HARDHEARTED||DELUSIONS – enlarged – distances, are|
|EXCITEMENT||HAUGHTY||DELUSIONS – enlarged – head, is|
|IRRITABILITY||INCONSOLABLE||DELUSIONS – enlarged – objects, are|
|MENTAL EXERTION – agg||INSOLENCE||DELUSIONS – Fancies, illusions, of|
|MIRTH||LAUGHING – silly
|DELUSIONS – Home – away from home; he is|
|RESTLESSNESS – night||LAZINESS||DELUSIONS – place – strange place; he was in a – solitary place; in a strange and – night – waking; on *|
|RESTLESSNESS – bed – tossing about in||LOQUACITY||DELUSIONS – smell, of|
|RESTLESSNESS – internal||LOQUACITY – changing quickly from one subject to another||DELUSIONS – strange – land; as if in a strange|
|RESTLESSNESS – internal – night, on waking, with headache||LOQUACITY – changing quickly from one subject to another merely for the sake of talking *||DELUSIONS – touched; he is|
|SENSITIVE – odors, to||LOQUACITY – cheerful, exuberant||DELUSIONS – touch everything rough, everything is too *|
|WALKING – air; in the open – amel||LOQUACITY – foolish||DELUSIONS – waking; on|
|VIVACIOUS||LOQUACITY – unimportant matters, about||FANCIES – vivid|
|LOQUACITY – nonsense||FOOLISH behavior|
|LOQUACITY – self-satisfied *||GESTURES, makes – ridiculous or foolish|
|LOQUACITY – vivacious||HYSTERIA|
|MENTAL EXERTION – aversion to||INSANITY|
|MIRTH – Foolish||INSANITY – loquacious|
|MISTAKES; making – localities, in||LOQUACITY – insane|
|MOCKING – sarcasm||MANIA|
|MOOD – repulsive||MENTAL SYMPTOMS – accompanied by – physical symptoms|
|MOROSE||PRECOCITY of children|
|ORIENTATION, sense of – decreased||RAGE|
|PROSTRATION of mind||REPROACHING others|
|RUDENESS||SLANDER, disposition to|
|SPEECH – foolish||SPEECH – incoherent|
|SPOILED children||SPEECH – prattling|
|TALKING – pleasure in his own talk||SPEECH – wandering|
|THINKING – complaints – agg.; thinking of his complaints||TALKING – himself, to|
|TALKING – himself, to – alone; only when|
|WALKING – air; in the open – agg.|
NOTE: “*” denotes single remedy rubric.
As per the above study, it can be concluded that Paris Quadrifolia is a remedy with a lot of egotism as is evident from the rubrics like ‘Ailments from being scorned’, ‘Egotism’, ‘Delusions – enlarged, body is’, ‘haughty’, ‘contemptuous’. These rubrics also convey that Paris constitutions think highly about themselves as they are very complacent with their talks and are inconsiderate of others’ feelings which is conveyed through the rubrics – ‘Hard-hearted’, ‘Insolence’, ‘Rudeness’, ‘Reproaching others’, and ‘Slander, disposition to’.
Paris quadrifolia is suitable for extroverts as is evident from the many rubrics pertaining to ‘Loquacity’, ‘Talking’ and ‘Speech’ and generally, the loquacity of Paris is characterised by senseless, irrational, foolish talks. They tend to talk too much about themselves. The talks are also characterised by marked vivacity.
Intellectually, Paris is a remedy suitable for persons with low intellect and disturbed sense of judgement as is evident from rubrics like – ‘childish behaviour’, ‘foolish behaviour’, ‘Imbecility’ etc. They have an aversion to and aggravation from mental exertion of any kind.
Paris is a remedy which has a disturbance in the sense organs as can be seen from the rubrics – ‘Delusions of smell’ and ‘Delusions of touch’.
The above study also demonstrates that Paris Quadrifolia is predominantly a Syco – syphilitic remedy and can be prescribed not only in sector approach but should also be explored in constitutional approach.
- Hahnemann S. Organon of medicine. 6th ed. New Delhi: B Jain Publishers; 2012.
- Radar Software: Frederik Schroyens Synthesis Repertory, Version 9.1.
- Complete Repertory by Roger van Zandvoort (CARA software).
- Hahnemann S. The chronic diseases: their peculiar nature and their homeopathic cure. New Delhi: Jain Publishing; 1995.
- Prafull Vijaykar. Predictive Homoeopathy – The end of myasmtion of miasms. Mumbai: Preeti Vijaykar; 2000.
Dr. G. SWATI
PG Scholar, Department of Materia Medica,
Government Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital, Bangalore