Vera Resnick-Weisz, DHom Med (Lic), IHM. Classical Homoeopathy. Local and online homoeopathic treatment available
Several years ago, a patient mentioned that she had been feeling unusually angry and irritable recently. We discussed whether there had been any changes in her life, her general lifestyle, and could not see what could be triggering it.
She then mentioned that since she had decided to stop drinking coffee, partly because of homeopathic treatment and partly because she felt it was unhealthy, she had been drinking a lot of tea.
“What tea?” I asked – although I was pretty sure of the answer.
“Chamomile tea,” she answered, “and I’ve been drinking lots and lots of it.”
Just so you should understand – in Homoeopathy Chamomile is often used to treat teething babies. The kind of babies that are constantly angry, screaming, want to be picked up but then probably want to be put down. The kind of babies that scream for things, and when you give them what they wanted they throw it in your face.
Samuel Hahnemann, founder of homoeopathy, waxed wroth in his fury at those who overlooked the power of Chamomile, in his words “this powerful medicinal plant”. He expressed total disgust at obstetric practitioners, who …”permitted the midwives and mothers to mix chamomile tea in almost all the drinks and food of children at the breast and wet-nurses, as though it were a purely wholesome, non-injurious, or at least a perfectly unimportant and indifferent matter…[the physicians] vied with the common people in the thoughtless recommendation or permission to use this powerful medicinal plant in all cases of disease, without any distinction, in any quantity or dose the patients chose”. (Introduction to Chamomile proving, Materia Medica Pura)
Homeopathy works on the principle that a substance that can cause symptoms mimicking disease in a healthy person can cure similar disease symptoms in a sick person. So if chamomile can cure heavy duty anger and rage issues (not to mention teething pains) in a sick person, working backwards it would not be surprising to find that in a healthy person, excessive chamomile tea drinking could result in some irritability, if not even episodes of anger or rage.
In short, the patient stopped drinking chamomile tea altogether, and the situation improved immediately.
Completely Non-sequitorial Note: I found myself drawn to the expression “waxing wroth” when describing Hahnemann. It’s one of those expressions that can fit the need so well but when you look at the words individually you wonder if you’re actually speaking English…On doing a search for the expression I found that it had been used in the Marx Brothers’ movie Horse Feathers. Groucho Marx, playing university president and professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff, is told by his secretary: “The Dean is furious. He’s waxing wroth.” To which Groucho replies: “Is Roth out there too? Tell Roth to wax the Dean for a while.”