Milk as Medicine in world of Homoeopathic Era
The Israelites searched for the Land of Milk and Honey while Mohammed is reputed to have said: “To dream of milk is to dream of learning and knowledge.” Actually, to dream of milk is understood, in dream symbology, to be a very positive message from one’s unconscious. In particular, a dream of breastfeeding may be about nourishing the needy inner child or it may be about offering spiritual inspiration to others. On the other hand, to dream of asking for or drinking milk, suggests a need for spiritual sustenance. In this regard elicited the rubric: [Dream: milk; mother asking for milk] as it implies that the traditional giver of nourishment is physically and psychologically benefit. Mammals are primed to nourish their off-spring ex-utero with a substance that is designed in a species specific way to complete the cycle of growth and development that was initially governed by the placenta.
History – From the homeopathic point of view milk is very interesting medicine. It combines elements from two sources. People who need milk as a remedy will show issues and problems related to milk in general, but also issues relating to the specific animal source from which the milk comes. When milk is obtained from a mammal as a homeopathic remedy it is necessary only to obtain a very tiny quantity of the milk and that is sufficient to produce all the homeopathic doses we need – literally thousands of doses.
Constituent of some milk –
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Physical feature in general –
People they have eating disorders.
· They may have food intolerances or cravings and addictions.
· They may have a tendency to comfort eating or anorexia or bulimia,
· Hungry all the time, be very fussy about eating, or be totally intolerant of missing a meal.
· It is as if they are “empty” both physically and emotionally.
· They sometimes crave milk, or dislike it, or are made ill by it.
· Headaches and migraine are common milk remedy symptoms as are infantile eczema and acne in puberty.
· Patients often have hormonal problems with premenstrual syndrome, menstrual irregularities or problems that begin in puberty.
Mental feature in general –
· Anxiety and depression are common in these patients since the lack of the healthy “mammal feeling” leads to deep insecurities.
· They are prone to feeling excessively chilly (lack of physical and emotional warmth) and chronic fatigue syndromes.
· Immature emotionally – they often regress into a child-like state under stress. They are often self-conscious and shy.
· A history of poor bonding with a parent, especially the mother.
· Feeling of not being part of the family or a desire to leave home early. Often the child will have found an alternative mother, for example an aunt or a grandmother.
· Sometimes the child gets into the role of actually mothering their own mother, especially if the mother had mental illness. There is often a feeling that siblings were preferred to them.
· Forsakenness and isolation.
· Impulsive and unable to control their behaviour.
· Fight – often like animals – with scratching and kicking.
· Very playful, again like mammals, with lots of hugging and kissing and jumping on people.
· Love the outdoors and are very good at climbing and sport. Often they love animals and interestingly animals often love them.
· There is a kind of animal magnetism about them.
· Patients may have a tendency to destructive urges with lashing out, wildness and rage. There can be a strong urge to control these emotions and often bad feelings about one’s “animal nature”.
· People who need milk remedies often have a very negative body image.
· They can feel ugly, unattractive or disgusting. They have a tendency to feel emotions in a very “visceral” way using phrases like “I have a gut instinct”, “I feel it in the guts”, “I want to get out of my skin” or “It makes my flesh creep”.
· Patients will sometimes form a very close attachment to an animal, with a feeling towards it as to a brother or sister.
· Mammal remedy people can have a lot of physical energy and love the outdoors. They love socialising and can be gregarious or be the very opposite and feel cut off and isolated.
· They are often very competitive and can love martial arts and sport in general.
· Some are carnivores, others herbivores.
· Predatory mammals provide milk that is useful for people who tend to be aggressive and independent,
· While animals which are prey give milk suiting people who are more shy and with a tendency to run away or hide from problems!
Types of Milk and Milk products –
· Lac Assinum
· Lac Cameli Dromedari
· Lac Caninum
· Lac Caprinum
· Lac Delphinum
· Lac Equinum
· Lac Felinum
· Lac Humanum
· Lac Llama Glama
· Lac Leoninum
· Lac Loxodonta Africana
· Lac Lupinum
· Lac Macropi Gigantei
· Lac Maternum
· Lac Oryctolagus Cunicilus
· Lac Phoca Vitulina
· Lac Suillinum
· Lac Vaccinum
· Lac Vaccinum Defloratum
Symptoms of some milk medicine –
· Lionesse’s milk –
Severe premenstrual syndrome and general feelings of anger and rage, dislike of men which essentially was contempt for them. It is known that the lionesses do the work in a pride of lions – hunting and looking after the young – while males hang around doing very little. This was the feeling this woman had – that she was doing all the work and men were lazy. She has done extremely well on Lion’s milk.
· Wolf’s milk
Rage was someone who felt very intensely about the well-being of children and their proper treatment by their parents. In the homeopathic proving of Wolf’s milk several themes came out very strongly, including a strong feeling of children being in danger and a desire to protect them. Wolves are amongst the most playful of mammals – even the males play a lot with the pups. This woman had a very strong affinity with wolves – she even described herself as a “mother wolf” on occasions – and people will often have a strong connection with the source of the remedy they require. She did extremely well with Wolf’s milk extremely warm and open hearted and are very easy to be with. They are extremely sociable and have a magnetic personality. They have a love and openness for friends. All these features relate to the sociability of wolves and their affectionate nature..
· Horse’s milk
Strong feeling of being overwhelmed by duty and work and the impression that life is hardship. Another thing that came out very strongly was killing and violence, probably because the horse has been used in warfare for millennia. Horse milk people tend to be efficient and much organised and work well together in a group, which probably relates to the herd nature of the animal. Both of my Horse’s milk patients own a horse, which is a very important and much loved part of their lives.
· Lac felinum –
People needing Lac felinum will usually be extremely independent. Several of my Cat’s milk patients have in response to their difficult childhood developed a very strong desire to leave home at an early age and fend for them. They tend to be elegant people with good taste in clothing and jewellery. They tend to be agile and extremely good at sports. Sometimes they will be excessively clean and fastidious. They nearly always love cats intensely, regard animals as without intelligence and feeling. The urge to nurture and protect is extremely powerful in mammals. The fact that homeopathic proving brings out such depth and intensity of emotional feelings shows there is far more to the psyche of a mammal than is normally recognised. In addition to everything that mammals have given us in the past, now in our modern era, through the great gift of homeopathy, mammals are serving us perhaps in the most profound way by providing a substance which can be the medium of true healing for both body and mind.
· Lac defloratum –
It is best known for debilitating headaches, complications of pregnancy, intolerance of or aversion to milk, and a strong feeling of being forsaken and rejected by the community
· Lac caprinum,
shameless sexuality, nervous, frightened children clinging to their mothers, and individuals in high social position who hide sexual indiscretions and are subject to scandal and disgrace
· Conclusion – As a symbol of immortality, it may be found in different cultures and literary traditions including those of the Celts, Christians, Greeks, Hindus and followers of Islam. Each mammal is initially nourished with a substance that uniquely gives it an optimum start in Life. Human milk, on the other hand is low in protein (we grow slowly) and high in lactose as lactose is a prime promoter of brain growth. Lack of clean water; poor sanitation and insufficient funds to buy formula and pay for heating soon hit home and babies die of malnutrition or infection. Apart from the full complement of vitamins, minerals (and this includes trace elements) and fatty acids (of which the short chain ones promote gut closure and therefore help protect against allergies and Giardia and the long chain ones optimise CNS development)