April 2014

Anger and bitterness within: a case of Tradescantia virginiana

by Jan Scholten

 Woman, 60, burning tongue: the patient has vesicles on her tongue and lower lip. They look red, feel dry and burning. It is worst at the tip of her tongue and is worse from talking.

She worries a lot about her brother who has cancer. In the past, she had the same problems when her father was paralysed and living in a care home.

What bothers her most is her husband. He is depressed because his business is not going well since the financial crisis. He blames himself, thinking he is no good, and he fears that he will have to keep on working his whole life. This is aggravated by the fact that they have lost a huge amount of money during the crisis from a bad investment. He can be very rude when he is a bad mood and then he thinks that having sex will solve his depression. She has been caring for him but does not get much in return. She can understand her husband but he seems to have no compassion for her. This is all too much for her, especially since this has been going on for a few years already. She is bitter about it and thinks of divorcing, but it is not really an option for her, as she thought they would become old together. Besides that, a divorce would be a shock for their two daughters. She cannot discuss the problems with her husband. When she tries to, he becomes even angrier, and it only makes things worse.                                               

The central problem is with her husband. Her basic attitude is of staying together forever but lately she feels the marriage is out of balance and thus thinks about a divorce. She is bitter but cannot fight openly with him.

The relationship problems indicate Silicon series, pointing to the Class Lilianae in the Plant kingdom. There are also aspects of Carbon series in the form of financial and sexual problems. Lilianae have these too, having a combination of Hydrogen series, Carbon series, and Silicon series. The main problem is the Silicon series: the fact that the emphasis is there indicates the Subclass Liliidae. Her basic attitude of staying together forever is a sign of Phase 4. This leads to the Order (Superorder) of Commelinoids in Liliidae. Her feeling of being used in her marriage is an indication for Phase 6. Subphase 6 in Commelinoids is the Clade Commelinales. She handles the situation by becoming bitter and angry, but holding it in. This is stage 13. One can see her complaints as symbolic for her state. She would like to speak out, to communicate (Silicon series); her words are burning on the tip of her tongue but she cannot speak out and has to hold it in:  stage 13.

Plants: her story is very emotional; she can understand her brother and husband.

Silicon series: problems with husband; problems with brother.

Carbon series: financial worries; sex problems.

Lilianae: Carbon series and Silicon series.

Phase 4:  she feels that marriage is forever.

Subphase 6: caring but does not get much in return; bitter; thinks about leaving.

Stage 13: anger which is held in; bitter; thinks about leaving.

Prescription: Tradescantia virginiana 200K

Follow up
After Tradescantia virginiana, her tongue complaints disappear within a week or two. She is more cheerful and happy, and is not bothered with her husband and financial problems anymore. They have a much better relationship.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Tradescantia virginiana; public domain

Categories: Cases
Keywords: mouth vesicles, depressed husband, bitterness, divorce

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