(Homeopathy with Edel)
A new term has entered our lexicon since the arrival of Covid-19: ‘social distancing’. This is still persisting and will continue to do so for some time to come until it is deemed necessary to reverse the ruling – i.e. as long as the pandemic remains a threat to the population.
Adults can rationalise this very well despite experiencing the effects of the inevitable sense of isolation this brings about. When communicating with my single friends at this time, however well they appear to be progressing, they often close the conversation with a comment like ‘all I need is a hug’.
However, for children who do not fully comprehend the reasons for the lockdown (and whose parents/carers are likely to be feeling stressed at this time), the effects are already becoming embedded into their very impressionable psyches at a very young age. My concern lies with the possible enduring imprint this influence can have on their brain structures as they develop.
When considering the importance of touch and how much it is valued as a tool for healing both at the beginning and end of life, not forgetting the years in between, one cannot overlook the impact on their young minds which has been created during this protracted period of lockdown (and beyond), being physically separated from their peers and extended family members at the same time.
Certain homeopathic remedies can act to stimulate the oxytocin receptors which have been shut down in such a way after a sudden and incomprehensible collective trauma like the one created by the pandemic.
A severing in human relationships has occurred as a result, often felt both on a conscious as well as an unconscious level. The obvious remedy for this set of feelings is derived from mother’s milk – Lac Humanum – which is, of course, rich in oxytocin, being the hormone which is released during the birthing process as well as during breast-feeding.
It also acts to support the bonding between mother and child. The main feature in the picture of this remedy is the longing for human touch, the absence of which could in later life lead to characteristics of addiction – the need to control a habit or substance which perhaps they could not control as an infant (their primal food – i.e. mother’s milk). (3)
It all comes back to the quality of the primal attachment as to, not only how the individual responds to the current trauma, but also how the trajectory towards addiction can be triggered and stemmed along the way, before it takes over, with the use of such a remedy.
Another group of remedies where bonding has been disrupted is the Magnesium group. In one Magnesium Muriaticum case, the healing came about in a vicarious way – the mother of a young toddler of 16 months had presented for post-natal depression. As a result, there was little symbiosis between her and the son as he was growing up.
After receiving the remedy (in a 200c split dose) the first reaction came about through the child. The mother reported back that he held up his hands for the first time ever to be picked up by her. She had been unable to caress him before that time and both she and he responded very well to the treatment.
The key is in the level of abandonment that historically runs through the preceding generations – even pre-dating the presenting patient and the current situation.(4)
The main reaction to trauma in the remedy – Helleborus Niger – is a type of regression shown in difficult comprehension and a marked indifference to the environment. This could have been triggered by a withdrawal of affection by the main caregiver at a time of great preoccupation and disruption in a regular routine.
Surprisingly, the Helleborus patient is better for occupation and may be suffering from the suspension of schoolwork which the parents cannot provide in the same way. This patient is lacking in any type of ability to enjoy life due to an overwhelming feeling of powerlessness.
There are many other homeopathic remedies which could act in a case wounded in this way by a sudden curtailment in certainties which, leading up to that time, had been relied upon to maintain the status quo to define their identity. Specific ones which come to mind are:
Bismuth Subnitricum – the child (or regressed adult) wants to be held by the hand.
Borax Venenata – there is a history of difficult individuation. A possible concomitant is a fear of being contaminated by some infectious disease.
Capsicum Annuum – the patient pines away with homesickness and longing for others (this resembles the mental state of Aurum Metallicum).
Oxytocin (in potency) is a remedy where, in such extreme situations, the patient is propelled into a marked state of anxiety and inability to connect with others. The remedy assists the patient in recognising to whom they should gravitate and to whom they should not when needing support. This remedy is a sarcode and can be given in its own right or to support another remedy collaterally.
My conclusion is that the road ahead may remain rocky but the bumps can be cushioned along the way as a new pattern of relating emerges from the emotional fallout of the lockdown.
Homeopathy offers this type of support in the recognition that each individual responds differently – this is very much based on the early epigenetic imprint which feeds into any ongoing traumas – individual or collective.
They act to bring out the raw and ‘uncompensated’ vulnerability which lies dormant until such times of global threat. That which is left behind in its long-term wake will inevitably continue to unravel for years to come in what is being increasingly described as ‘the new normal’.
Sharkey, Lauren, 2019; ‘What Does It Mean to be Touch Starved?’, healthlines.com
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