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Seminar Review - Lac felinum

Report on a presentation by William Mann, LAcby

This is the fifth in a series of reports from the 4th Annual Southwest Conference in Classical Homeopathy, an NCH Regional Conference, held in Tempe, AZ, October 2 - 3, 1999.

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William Mann, LAc, stated that the essence of the remedy Lac felinum (cat's milk) is the conflict between dependence and independence. Namely, there is tension between the desire to give one's independence away for security or love and the equal urge to be on one's own under no one's power or subjugation.

Mann summarized the history of the cat over the last 5,000 years. The point most relevant to the essence of Lac felinum is that the cat domesticated itself, starting in the Nile valley. An agrarian community encouraged domestication in order to control the rodent population that threatened the grain supply. The wild cat had to learn to conquer its fear of humans and tolerate being handled, but once it did, its rewards were impressive. The domesticated cat lived longer and more healthily than its wild ancestors. As an interesting aside, Mann surmised that the Bubonic plague that decimated the population of Europe in the Middle Ages might have been avoided if the cat population had not been reduced during the persecution of pagans and so-called witches. There were simply not enough predators left to kill the rats that carried the plague.

The physical symptoms for Lac felinum include localized migraines; ovarian pain and formation of ovarian cysts; vaginal itching, at times severe; premenstrual tension and aggression; outbursts of hatred and feelings of low self-esteem with depression; the menses come too early and too frequently; sinus problems; vertigo; inflammation of the eyes.

Other symptoms include clairvoyance and intuition; desire for colorful, attractive, tasteful clothing and jewelry; desire for cleanliness, orderliness, and fastidiousness; a tendency to mystical, religious, and spiritual interests. As with Silica or Spigelia, there is a fear of sharp, pointed objects.

Dreams may include motifs that are sexual in nature; pleasant, erotic dreams; dreams of sexual relations with a man; of being forced to have intercourse with a man, including relatives; of large penises; of cats fighting; of being chased by animals, men, dogs;
of biting someone; of snakes in the bed; of rats; of earthquakes (Allen).

There is an aversion to or intolerance of milk. There is also an intolerance of hunger which is common in remedies of the animal kingdom, as control over the instinctual urge is absent.

There may be feelings of worthlessness or inferiority; feeling dirty; feelings of ugliness with a revulsion for oneself; feelings of being incapable, thick, stupid, or inferior. These feelings are shared by many milk remedies, especially those of domesticated animals. But, as Mann stressed, with Lac felinum these can be expressed as their opposites. There is an expression of intolerance of obligation and pressure (Timmerman). There is a strong desire for liberty; the wish to be a free agent is one of the most frequently occurring desires in Lac felinum and is expressed in many forms and on many levels. This corresponds to a clear feeling of being restricted by one's partner. There may also be a marked jealousy of the partner and his actions. The desire to get out of the house and the desire for fresh air are an expression for Lac felinum's need for freedom and independence. There is also a strong aversion to being compelled to do anything against one's will and an aversion to external regulation.

Lac felinum was proved by Divya Chhabra of Bombay, India, in the early 1990s. Mann quoted from her proving as a summation of the remedy. "This is an animal remedy with a dirty feeling about oneself, a feeling of not being respected, of being treated contemptuously. The conflict of submitting oneself, of degrading oneself to save a relationship or for money. The theme of the prostitute who submits her body, her respect for money." Chhabra also stated that Lac felinum should be considered as a remedy to treat patients with a history of incest.

Mann reviewed a case with us of a 42-year-old woman who displayed an amazing number of Lac felinum symptoms. He said it was the clearest case of Lac felinum he has ever encountered. Mann followed her case for a year. During that time her physical symptoms resolved and, though her relationship did not change with the provider of her security, the woman experienced less tension about this issue.