I feel like a robot; a case of Teucrium marum
The patient is a 38 year old man, whose first consultation was in 1992. He came because of infections around his finger nails (panaritium), which started two months previously. At first, it was very painful, as though a needle had been stuck in his fingers.
Another problem is a lack of feelings: he is not even depressed, it is just that nothing seems to touch him. “It just leaves me cold and apathetic, I feel like a robot.” This partly has to do with being unemployed. Seven years previously, he had graduated as an ecologist. Since then, he has had seven contract jobs but he has been unemployed for the last four months. He has written many job applications and is sad about the fact that he cannot find a job. “My energy disappears into nothing, I can’t build anything up.”
He is attracted to both men and women. He has a daughter, together with a girlfriend who lives in the same street; his daughter spends half of the week with him. He does not want to live together with his girlfriend.
He would like to be involved in Amnesty International but cannot stand the stories of violence and torture; they touch him too deeply. “I prefer to just donate money.” He occupies himself with the protection of nature and with leadership functions. He hates having to apply for jobs, as though he is selling himself. “This culture has too much packaging and too little content, it is a bla bla culture, all full of air.”
Prescription: Teucrium 200K
Teucrium is a plant from the Lamiales family. Rajan Sankaran uses the former name Labiatae; he emphasises the sensation “excitement, which can be vivid, pleasant and tremulous.” As a passive reaction he names “lack of excitability, absent reaction to external things, numbness, disinterest.” This man calls himself a robot: “Everything leaves me cold and apathetic.” His feelings are numbed, which is a good illustration of a passive reaction fitting the Lamiaceae.
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