A Supplement to Clarke's Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica
by Peter David Fraser
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Royal Python, Ball Python,
Found throughout tropical regions of Africa.
The blood of a python (obtained through the bite of a leech) was diluted and succussed.
The Royal Python is the smallest of the African Pythons not usually growing to much above a metre in length. Its size makes it popular in the pet business but wild caught animals often do not take well to captivity and may refuse to eat sometimes to the point that they die. They have beautiful dark markings, often like the rungs of a ladder, their undersides are much lighter. Their heads are triangular and distinct from their necks. Both males and females have vestigial legs in the form of anal spurs. They are oviparous. The female lays 3-11 large eggs which she incubates, often underground, until they hatch after 60 days. Their diet consists primarily of small mammals, which they kill by crushing them until heart or respiration cease, swallow whole and digest completely. Python regius is found throughout Equatorial Africa. They tend to inhabit those border areas where the forest meets the savannah or the desert. They like to find solid structures such as a tree or a rock that they can lie beside and push against. When threatened they gather themselves into a tight ball with their heads in the centre, hence the common name of Ball Python. Their association with royalty, particularly Cleopatra who is said to have kept one wrapped around her wrist, gives them their scientific name and the other common name of Royal Python. Like other related constrictors they have an excellent sense of smell picking up scents on their forked tongues and transferring them to the highly sensitive Jacobson's organs on the roofs of their mouths. They also have a form of heat vision using infra red detectors situated in pits between nostril and eye.
The remedy was proved by Brigitte Klotzsch in Cologne in 2000. There were 5 female and one male prover who took the remedy in 30c potency. There were also dream or meditative style provings involving 32 people and the 200c potency. Obtaining the sample of blood from the python was not easy. Pricks with a needle and then a deep cut with a razor blade produced not a single drop of blood. A leech was placed on the snake and when it was removed a drop of blood could be collected from the wound. The snake's blood seems to have tremendous clotting power, the leech died soon after and was found to be full of coagulated blood. The snake was a captured wild one that had refused to eat since it had been caught in Nigeria.
The Python is closely related to the Boa constrictor and there are similarities between the constrictors. The Boa remedy was made from the fat of the snake rather than the blood and this may account for some of the differences. The respiratory and circulatory symptoms which are absent in Boa are much more clearly expressed in Python regius. Python has some similar gastro-intestinal symptoms but they do not dominate the picture in the way that they do in Boa.
The primary feeling in Python, as in Boa, is a feeling of losing control. A feeling that is described as being swept or sucked into a whirlpool or vortex. There is a feeling of being forced to do things of having no choice. Even a sensation that her body is not under her control.
The reaction to this is to depend on relationships, especially very close relationships either with a partner or mother child relationships. These relationships offer some form of security but also become restrictive and suffocating. The relationship feels like a prison, or she feels that it will destroy her. Both the patient and the partner become bound in a situation which is damaging both and from which they cannot escape.
There is much forgetfulness and confusion of mind but it can have a particular quality of preventing her from doing what she must do or going where she must go. There are also dreams of getting lost and of being late.
There is a feeling that the mother is of less value than her children, that she must sacrifice herself for the children. This corresponds to a feeling of lack of self worth and of shame. There is also a feeling of being watched, of being in a bell jar. Symptoms, particularly of restriction occur in embarrassing situations, or there is inappropriate laughter when embarrassed. While everyone can see and watch her she is unable to fully perceive the outside world and experiences everything as if under a blanket.
The reaction is a deep depression. Lying in bed staring at the walls. There is a desire to commit suicide but even here the relationship has a strangle hold on her and she won't for the sake of the children or the partner.
The remedy is an extremely fearful one but the fears are not particular. There are fears of water, of starvation, of sharp objects, of heights. Rather there is a strong sense of foreboding that something bad will happen, a fear of catastrophe. She is afraid to go to sleep because she thinks she will die. There is a clairvoyance, as in most snakes, but it is generally about something bad that will happen. There are fearful dreams and dreams of catastrophes.
There are amorous dreams, but often they have an element of compulsion or a feeling of being trapped, including being trapped in a sex hell. Awake there is a general aversion to sex and to sexual touch. Orgasms are absent. Sex seems to be part of the dynamic in relationships that restricts, traps and suffocates. There is a fear of marriage.
There is a distinctive sense of lateral division and separation. One side feels constrictive and the other expansive or one side is in this world and the other in another. Such a division is often connected to gender issues but it is not clear in what way that applies. It may have something to do with a generally masculine order in conflict with a primeval feminine chaos.
For an animal with only the faintest vestigal limbs there are a great number of limb symptoms. They are generally either sensations of constriction, weight or being pulled or they involve the nerves, especially anaesthesia, heaviness and numbness though there are also twitchings and electrical shocks.
As would be expected in an animals that kills by constriction the sense of constriction and suffocation is strong. There are many sensations of pressure and weight that are often described as as if a stone or rock were pressing on the part. There are constrictions: of the throat; of the heart; of the chest and respiration, as if corseted when taking a breath, and of the abdomen. This constriction and suffocation is also the main emotional sensation in the remedy. They are better in the open air and in natural surroundings.
The remedy would seem to be an extremely haemorrhagic one. It was so difficult to get the animal to bleed that the sample of blood could only be obtained by using a leech as an intermediator. The remedy has been used as a first aid coagulent. There are nose bleeds. Menses were extremely heavy and painful. There was a sensation that the uterus had been turned inside out and that blood was pouring out. There was also a fear of bleeding to death.
There are burning pains in the stomach and abdomen but the strongest symptoms were of nausea and a desire to vomit in order to feel better and a need to retch, which seemed as if it would be easy to do. There was also a sensation of some objects, particularly stones in the stomach.
Generally the pains were of a pressing or pulling nature.
There are a number of sensations of heat in different parts but there are also chills and coldness so it would seem to be a lack of control over temperature that is the main symptom.
In Greek mythology Apollo killed the Python at Delphi so replacing the Chthonic, Earth religion with the Apollonic, Sky religion. However, in doing so considerable concessions were made to the old order including a female priestess and the institution of the Pythian games to commemorate the python.
Sensation as if hovering in the air.
As if rooted to the spot.
As if she were a snake.
As if his body had a life of its own.
Sensation as if there were a dividing line between the left and right sides of her body.
As if left ear were in the world and the right ear was not.
As if her left side extended and her right side contracted.
Sensation as if she were a young girl. As if he were an old man.
Feeling of being sucked into a whirlpool.
Sensation as if pinned down by bedcovers.
Experiences everything as if under a blanket.
Sensation as if right eye is hollow and eyeball is lost.
Sensation as if eyes were turned downwards.
Sensation of eyes twitching without actual twitching.
Sensation as if teeth were dissolving.
As if teeth were becoming loose and being pulled downwards.
Sensation of a lump in throat. As if the throat is compressed.
Sensation of foreign bodies in stomach.
Sensation of heat in stomach.
As if about to retch.
Pulling sensation like a clenched fist in the abdomen.
Sensation as if uterus were turned inside out.
Pressure as if a large stone on the chest.
Sensation as if corseted when taking a deep breath.
Piercing sensation in heart.
Sensation as if arms and legs were paralysed.
Sensation as if limbs were made of wood or cement.
Sensation of weight as of a yoke on the shoulders.
As if shoulders pulled out of their sockets.
Sensation as if a stone were lying on the right elbow.
Hands and arms numb, as if paralysed.
Sensation as if right arm were longer than left.
As if one leg were getting longer than the other.
Sensation of electrical impulses in right hand.
Sensation as if hands in gloves that are too tight.
Pelvis feels as if cradled.
Sensation as if right leg lower than left.
Sensation as if toes are being pulled.
Sensation as if ankle were chained.
< in the morning, > in the evening
> in dark rooms
> outdoors and close to nature
< left side (head pain)
> on waking (pain in spine)
Boa constrictor, other constrictors, other snakes.
Heroin, other opiates (anaesthesia).
Feeling trapped in a relationship.
Self sacrifice. Feels that mothers exist only for their children. Feeling that her relationship with her daughter will destroy her. That her child is more valuable than she is. Feels she is controlled by her partner or by another person. That her partnership is a prison. Feels that her partner is dependent on her.
Feeling of being sucked into a whirlpool. Sensation as if rooted to the spot. As if his body had a life of its own. Sensation as if she were a young girl. As if he were an old man. Busy, cleaning up all the time. Aversion to being touched by her husband. Delusion that woman will force men to have sex.
Depression. She lies down in her bed and stares at the wall and is unable to work, with feelings of guilt. Suicidal but won't act because of her children. Experiences everything as if under a blanket.
Sensation as if there were a dividing line between the left and right sides of her body. As if left ear were in the world and the right ear was not. As if her left side extended and her right side contracted. Sensation as if hovering in the air.
Uncomfortable situations cause irritation in the throat. Laughter for no reason and in embarrassing situations. Bashful. Feels he is under a bell jar. Ashamed of herself, of being poor, being crazy, being fat. Desires recognition.
Delsusion that something bad will happen. Clairvoyant sees bad events that will happen. Thinks she will die if she sleeps. Delusion that his wife has abandoned him. Many fears. Fears of being hurt by others and of hurting people. Of being devoured. Of sharp objects and syringes. Of snakes. Of being drowned in a vortex. Of losing partner or parents. Of marriage. Of life. Of death. Of bleeding to death. Of catastrophe. Of bleeding to death. Of heights. Of water. Of starving. Of suffocation.
Feels that she will get lost and not arrive at her destination. Feels that life is passing him by. Forgetfulness. Unreliable because she forgets. Can't concentrate. Confuses words.
Sensation as if she were a snake.
Pulling pains, pulling on temples. Pressing pains. Head pains pushing outwards against forehead, vertex, occiput, temples. Pains extending to face, to cheekbone or jaw < left side. Pulsating in scalp. Head in head and in neck. Itching. Heat, felt in waves. Vertigo. Vertigo with nausea. Spinning. Objects spinning in all directions. Dizziness and everything goes black. Sensation of to-ing and fro-ing.
Pressure. Watering of eyes. Eyes puffy and stuck together in the morning. Doesn't want to open her eyes in the morning. Numbness around eyes. Itching. Twitching of eyelids. Sensation of twitching without actual twitching. Rolling of eyes. Strabismus. Sensation as if eyes were turned downwards. Sensation as if right eye is hollow and eyeball is lost. Lower left lid feels swollen. Field of vision expanded or restricted. Dimness of sight at dusk.
Pressing and pulsating pains. Cramping in left ear. Itching in left ear. Roaring in ears, in right ear. Tinnitus moves from right ear to left.
Sinusitis. Rhinitis. Coryza. Icy coldness in tip of nose. Epistaxis
Numbness in right cheekbone (Boa left side, Lachesis one side, Crotalus horridus lips). Swelling of right cheek. Clenching and locking of jaw. Acne.
Clenching of teeth. Sensation as if teeth were dissolving. As if teeth were becoming loose and being pulled downwards.
Tongue furred. Bitter taste, like a battery. Dryness alternating with salivation. Salivation reduced in times of conflict.
Burning pain. Pressing in throat. Sensation of a lump in throat. As if the throat is compressed. Sensation of a sling around her neck compressing her throat. Sensation of constriction when swallowing. Irritation. Scratchy throat.
Appetite diminished. Desire cold food. Desires fruit and apples. Desires chocolate. Aversion to milk.
Heartburn in oesophagus. Sensation of heat in stomach. Sensation of foreign bodies, such as stones, in the stomach. Pressing pains in stomach, radiating to heart. Gurgling in stomach. Eructations and flatulence. Nausea. Waves of nausea from left to right, from stomach to head. Retching without effort. As if about to retch. Desire to vomit in order to feel better.
Swelling of abdomen. Cramping pains with bloating. Pulling sensation like a clenched fist in the abdomen. Heat in the abdomen. Burning in abdomen.
Violent movement of bowels. Diarrhoea, Watery, yellow-green stool. Stool contains undigested food. Pressing in anus with hard stool like sheep droppings at night. Flatulence. Haemorrhoids.
Dysmenorrhoea. Very heavy menses, as if pouring out. Sensation as if uterus were turned inside out and she were losing all her blood. White discharge. Clear sticky jelly like discharge in a lump. Pelvis and genitalia stimulated. Orgasm absent.
Pressure on lungs. Hard to get breath, body has to fight for each breath. Sensation as if corseted when taking a deep breath. Need for fresh air in order to breathe.
Pressure as if a large stone on the chest.
Piercing sensation. Heart feels restricted.
Cramping pain in neck. Pain radiating from neck to shoulders. Heat in the nape of the neck. Pain in spine > on waking. Pain in small of back extending to hips. Coldness. Waves of chill from left to right. Warmth from back to loins. Sensation of weight as of a yoke on the shoulders.
Sensation as if arms and legs were paralysed. Sensation as if limbs were made of wood or cement.
Pressing and stabbing pain in shoulders and arms. Stabbing pain in shoulder, moves to heart and improves. Stiffness and tension in shoulders. Can not raise arms above shoulders. As if shoulders pulled out of their sockets. Pain and heaviness in elbows. Crawling in right elbow. Sensation as if a stone were lying on the right elbow. Heaviness in the elbows. Sensation as if right arm were longer than left. Sensation of electrical impulses in right hand. Hands and arms numb, as if paralysed. Crawling and pulsating of hands. Coldness of hands. Sensation as if hands in gloves that are too tight. Pain in finger joints on moving them. Stiffness and numbness of fingers. Twitching. Left hand swollen. Right hand feels exposed as if without flesh and as if blood were flowing out. Fingernails soft and breaking.
Pain in hips. Pressing pain in pelvis. Pricking pain in pelvis. Cramping pain in instep. Pulling sensation in pelvis. Pelvis feels soft and warm as if cradled. Right leg feels lame. Stiffness. Pain in right knee. Heaviness. Prickling. Numbness and twitching. Ice cold feet. As if one leg were getting longer than the other. Sensation as if right leg lower than left. Sensation as if ankle were chained. Sensation as if toes are being pulled.
Better in the evening, worse in the morning. Worse for humidity. Better in a dark room. Walking ameliorates. > outdoors and close to nature. Spells of heat and coldness. Exhaustion. Sudden abundance of energy. Fidgety. Haemorrhage. Insect bite inflamed. Sensation as if pinned down by bedcovers.
Falls asleep late. Hard to fall asleep. Waking early, waking in the early hours.
Of water and floods. Of catastrophes. Being late and getting lost. Of losing her child because she was more interested in other things. Sexual dreams. Of a sex hell. Of snakes. An eagle and a snake are fighting. Embarrassment.
Chilliness sweeps from top to bottom; heat sweeps from bottom to top.
Klotzsch, Brigitte: The Mystery and Power of Python Regia (sic). Published by the Author, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany.