Homeopathy – Medicine for the New Millennium – page 107

hit by a car and may be on the verge of rushing from his seat in an attempt to rescue the child before he looks again and sees that the child is safe.
I once had a patient whom I had treated unsuccessfully for great anxiety about his health. I was unable to find the correct rem- edy until we spent a few days together in the countryside. We were on a fishing boat and happened to catch a fish that was cov- ered with poisonous stinging spines. I warned him not to touch the fish because it could be very dangerous. We put the fish in a container. Later I was alarmed to turn around and see him close- ly examining the creature. He had his hand dangerously close to the spines. I warned him away for a second time, but a few min- utes later I looked back to see his fingers close to the fish again. It was obvious that he was fascinated by the danger and could not steer his thoughts away from the poisonous fish.
When I asked him why he was doing that, he did not answer me, most probably not knowing himself. I then saw the remedy for his anxiety! Argentum nitricum cured him promptly. After sev- eral years the remedy was repeated for a relapse of his anxieties, and again the remedy acted.
There seems to be a type of attraction to imaginable, danger- ous situations; the patient becomes hypnotized by the thought ‘What would have happened if…’: …if I had fallen down the stairs; …if I had touched the poison needles; …if I probed a wire in the plug, etc. But Argentum nitricum will not be the type of patient who engages in really dangerous activities, such as driv- ing at breakneck speed down a twisting highway. He actually prefers cosy, easy pastimes and enjoys the pleasures of life. He will try to avoid ordeals.
In yet another example, a student may be trying to study some subject, but he is unable to really concentrate. He seems to be suffering from brain fag as a consequence of the exertion of studying. He idly looks about the room; the electrical outlet catches his eye and he thinks, ‘I wonder what would happen if I put a screwdriver into that outlet?’ He tries to redirect his mind back to his work, but these thoughts just will not leave him. Fi- nally he picks up the screwdriver and walks over to the outlet, catching himself just as he is about to insert the screwdriver in