Woman, 47 years old
and dancer, tall and muscular. She is animated. She looks down at the floor
while giving her case and glances upwards as she speaks.
“Since my daughter was born, I’ve been feeling breathless all the time. I had
several medical examinations but no doctors could tell me what I had. I am very
allergic to cleaning products like
floor cleaners or bleach, they make me breathless.”
Dreams and Fears
“Cockroaches – and I am very scared of them in real
with my mother – I wake up screaming.
“I used to wake up screaming when I was a kid if
I dreamed of cockroaches. I hate
cockroaches +++. Also
spiders and flies, but cockroaches are worse. I don’t like to be in closed spaces nor in
"There is a dream that’s been repeating from
time to time since I was a kid. I dream I have
a house (that I don’t know in real life) and there are some bedrooms that I
didn’t know before. The house is much bigger than I thought. Sometimes, it is a bit dirty and slummy but it’s very
comfortable. There is one bedroom that looked like a dressing room full of
mirrors and lights. This bedroom was hidden behind the kitchen.”
Family and Relating to Others
have severe problems with my parents. My
father was always away and my mother was very difficult. My incompatibility with my mother got
worse over the years. She irritates
me and makes me angry. I thought my mother would be more human when my father died. She was not born to be a mother.”
Respect and Recognition
give too much to people but I’ve never
had the credit for my great ideas.
want to have more respect for me,
and for my work, I want people to
respect me more.
am talented but I never got the
recognition I deserved. For
example, I knew this guy who is now rich
and famous doing the same stuff as me. I had a bit of recognition, but not
like him. He is now famous!
would love to have more respect in
my professional life.
arrogant but I pretend to be
treat people equally, but it seems
that the more arrogance one has, the
more respect you get.
don’t belong in my home country any more. I'm free of my family here in UK. In England, people have more respect for each other.
of not belonging or having a friend who thinks the same. I like like-minded
groups of people.”
Winners and losers
feel no one wins in this life; you win one day and then lose the next day.
is selfish, it’s all Facebook and 5 minutes of fame.
these days is so aggressive, there is no
sophistication. It’s all much too loud.
is so much rubbish around. Old films
are better. I want to study cinema and arts.
wish I was more cynical.”
like dancing+++ and the sound of stepping.
like aerobic exercise.
wanted to be like an Olympic gymnast.
is animated and excitable; she loves music and dance. She is competitive and
envious of others’ success while she feels she is unrecognised. She feels
cheated by others. Talking of other people as ‘humans’ suggests an animal
recognition, arrogance, sophistication, dirty houses, problems with parents -
especially her mother.
has many Insect remedy themes. The need for respect, her desire to be famous
and recognised, feeling envious of those who are more famous and respected. She
has the single symptom of Blatta, ‘Envy
or jealousy to those venerated’.
Remedy: Blatta orientalis 200 single dose
up one month later: “The night I
took the remedy, I felt (I could almost
visualise) my chest opening. It was a refreshing
feeling as if there was some mint in there. It was a very strong sensation.
After a week, I wasn't breathless any
more. I was still feeling unbalanced but I’m much better. It is so nice to breathe again.”
night, I dreamed of cockroaches –
they were dead in the living room
and the floor was dirty, someone had
killed them. Then, I actually saw a cockroach in my room!
need to know how to play the game of life. It’s important to have a mask – I need to wear it. I'm too exposed and don’t like it. Everyone
knows what’s happening to me. I need to feel more secure and powerful. I want
“It is very hard to
trust people, even my mum. My mum telephoned me, she asked nothing about me,
she never does, it’s strange. I don’t want to turn into my mum with my own
daughter. I read about a 12 year old boy who killed his step father.
been polluting myself (too much
smoking). I often vomit after yoga, not this time, I felt so good. Yoga is good
for me; I go 3 or 4 times a week. It’s
nice to breathe again.
remedy has been good for my partner. He is doing things, like going to the gym,
taking care of himself.
feel life is getting better. Before going to sleep, I imagine what I want to
become. It’s good. I’m sleeping much better.”
patient had two more doses of Blatta 200 over the year and is doing
well. No more breathing problems.
orientalis (Indian cockroach)
position – feels excluded, disrespected, unrecognised, treated like dirt
Feels belittled by other jealous people who are
greedy for fame, money, property
Anger, irritability and rudeness to family members
or loved ones, even to hatred
Desire to be sophisticated, polished, cool,
organised, attractive, talented
Feel suffocated (psychologically &
Love travel and being pampered
Position in Society
Disgust & Dirt
Family & Friends
Summary of Insect themes
always busy, workaholic / stupor & sleepiness
and anger – feels picked on
Social Position – how can I be
noticed, recognised, respected?
in society, individual vs group or family, living together
sensitive to their environment (allergic reactions, acute senses)
sided or alternating sides
/ Early sexual maturity / Puberty aggravates – useful in children
Restless, Speedy, Activity, Sports, Running, Dancing,
sexual desire, mania, obsessive, or lack of personal contact, lack of intimacy
‘Touchy’ Worse for touch, oversensitive to being touched
Constriction, Constricting sensations, Crushed
Constriction, Breathing, Allergic reactions
cutting, stabbing pains
Acute manifestations, violent inflammations (especially
Brain, skin, sexual, bladder, urinary symptoms
of moist internal partsHair,
Excitement / Alternation of moods
Lightness / Weariness & heaviness
Open air ameliorates
damp weather aggravates
Flushes of heat / Chilliness
Desires fresh juices
Treated like a slave
Taken advantage of
Desire to kill ‘in cold blood’ but unable to, due
to feeling small & helpless
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Blatta orientalis; Acrocynus; 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license
Keywords: respect, disrespected, recognition, rich and famous, envious, restricted, constricted, oppressed, suffocated, breathless, allergy, allergic reaction, dirty, killed, insect, cockroach
Remedies: Blatta orientalis
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