Dr Rakesh SP
Ophidia group contains many major remdies in our materia medica. Though there are literatures available for a particular remedy in group, ophidia as a group isn’t well understood in tri miasmatic aproach. Also, there isn’t much light upon the evolution of mind of ophidia as a group. This article is an attempt at tracing the symptoms of ophidia group at a tri miasmatic level.
The word snake comes from ‘Old English word- snaca’ and ‘Proto-Indo-European base – snag’ which means ‘to crawl’. The word serpent is a synonym for snake that is derived from Old French- ‘serp’ which means ‘to creep. Ophidia from ancient greek word – ophis, snake.
Ophidia group is having variety of serpent remedies. Among the three kingdoms, the degree of readily available energy seems to be greater in the animals. As the snake venoms have potent effect surely and quickly, ophidia group study becomes one of the important aspect to learn materia medica. The more angry the snake is, more potent is its venom.
IMPORTANT REMEDIES –
1) Lachesis Trigonocephalus (Bushmaster or Surucucu) 2) Naja Tripudians (Cobra Venum) 3) Bothrops Lanceolatus (Yellow Viper) (Mastinique lland) 4) Crotalus Horridus (Rattlesnake) 5) Crotalus Cascavella (Brazilian Rattle Snake) 6) Cenchris Contortrix (Coppor head snake) 7)
Hydrophis Cyanocintus (Sea Snake) 8) Vipera Aspis (The German Viper) 9) Toxicophis (Moccasin Snake) 10) Elaps Corallinus (Coral Snake).
Hurry and excitement at night
quick to act and show quick comprehension.
Fear of people
Fear of being poisoned
Desire to wander/ travel ( travel- desire to)
COMPETITIVENESS (ambition -increased)
ATTRACTIVENESS/SEDUCTIVE ( amorous )
FRIGHT ( frightened easily)
LONG LASTING GRIEF
yellow staining of skin
acute smelling property
jealousy of own sex
increased sexual passion.
amelioration by warmth.
destructive tendency and act vigorously on blood and tissues
septic affections (Septicaemia)
Decomposition of blood,
very offensive discharges
inflammation with discoloration i.e. dark red, purple or black like gangrene.
desire for alcohol
As per the above study, it is evident that ophidia group of remedies are predominantly syco – syphilitic. Ophidia group of remedies are suspicious, jealous, anxious and loquacious. Also, there is a destructive tendency and action on blood and tissues. The complaints are ameliorated by warmth and spring aggravation is seen. As group study can help a homoeopath deduct vast materia medica into parts, it’s easy to understand and learn remedies individually when group characteristics are well known. It is very important to understand the group in mental, physical and also in miasmatic level.
- Group study in Homoeopathic materia medica by JD patil
- Miasmatic prescribing by Dr Subarata Kumar banerjea
- Group study of homeopathic materia medica by Dr Dhadphale G B
- Decoding the Rubrics of Mind by Dr Amulya ratna sahoo and Dr Samaresh chandra mishra.
Dr Rakesh S P(PG scholar)
Department of homoeopathic Materia medica
Guide: Dr Jyoti A Moolabharati
Department of Homoeopathic Materia Medica
Government Homoeopathic Medical college and Hospital, Bengaluru.