Introduction and Contents of BUTTERFLIES

An innovative guide to the use of butterfly remedies in homeopathy The well-known French paediatrician Patricia Le Roux ventures in this book into the virtually unknown territory of butterfly remedies in homeopathy. She has found these remedies particularly useful among hyperactive (ADHD) children who are lively, agitated, restless and mercurial. In these “butterfly children”, there is often a strong feeling of being abandoned, especially by their father or mother, which is experienced as loss of imposed authority and safe boundaries. Butterfly remedies also have a common theme of metamorphosis – the desire to dress up. They enjoy masks and are confused about their own identity. The author has found these remedies very effective too in various skin problems, such as urticaria or eczema. The book contains provings, cases and concise essences of 13 butterfly and moth remedies: The California Sister, The Tailed Jay, The Lilac Beauty, The Processional Caterpillar, The Brown Tail Moth, The Brimstone, The Death’s Head Hawkmoth, The Blue Morpho, The European Peacock, The Marsh Fritillary, The Cabbage White, The Small Tortoiseshell and The Fox Moth. These different remedies are clearly differentiated and vividly described, paving the way for exciting new prescription possibilities. INTRODUCTION
This work on butterflies, and the discovery of new remedies fromthe lepidoptera family, started in Marseilles (France) back in spring2001, when a group of work colleagues and I started exploring andexchanging ideas on the subject.
Having been intrigued with the originality of butterfly prescriptions from fellow homeopaths abroad (JP Janssen in Holland and Chetna Shukla in India) the members of our study group (known under the acronym of CHUMS) began, cautiously, to prescribe butterfly remedies to our more fragile patients – and, in my cases, to the more restless, hyperactive, agitated young characters in my children’s practice. It became clear to me after some time that the butterfly family was indeed an extremely useful tool in many cases, and only the fact that it was so little known in the world of homeopathy was preventing it from much wider application. I decided to undertake the task of research and provings, and so the project – to use butterfly terminology – took flight. I would like to thank my friends, the CHUMS for their ideas and input, especially the work on the families which has contributed to the resulting Materia Medica. I am also grateful to the Academy of St Petersburg for their proving on the Brassica, and my French colleagues from Aix en Provence, Nantes and Marseilles who also partook in direct experiments – and without whose help this new book of new remedies would not have been possible. And lastly, I need to thank Clémentine, Pauline and Clément and Viviane the four medical students who have proved themselves indefatigable provers of so many of these butterflies. This book records unique and ground-breaking homeopathic discoveries, and opens the way for new and exciting prescriptions. I, personally, have found the butterfly remedies particularly exciting amongst hyperactive children (ADHD), who form a significant proportion of my patients. Using the Austrian internet site Remedia (http://www.remedia.at) as the source for our substances, we ventured into unknown territory and tested butterflies which have never been considered before. We are satisfied that the prescriptions in this book are now ready to share with our fellow homeopaths, although, obviously many still need further verification and clinical confirmation. The combination of the existing remedies with the results of our programme of new provings allows us to present the basis for a whole new ‛butterfly prescription’, and to better understand how and where these valuable remedies can add to our pharmacopoeia.
CONTENTS Introduction............................................................................................... 1
The characteristics of the butterfly world ............................................ 3 »» Biology................................................................................................... 3 »» Classification ........................................................................................ 6 »» Symbolism ........................................................................................... 6
The provings ............................................................................................. 9 »» About provings in general................................................................... 9 »» Details of the 13 individual provings................................................ 12
A summary of symptoms common to all butterflies........................... 41
The main butterfly case studies and materia medica ........................ 45 1. Acherontia atropos – The Death’s Head Hawkmoth .................... 47 2. Apeira syringaria – The Lilac Beauty.............................................. 53 3. Bombyx liparis Chrysorrhoea – The Brown Tail Moth................. 57 4. Bombyx processionaria – The Processional Caterpillar................ 63 5. Euphydryas aurinia – The Marsh Fritillary.................................... 71 6. Gonepteryx rhamni – The Brimstone.............................................. 77 7. Graphium agamemnon – The Tailed Jay....................................... 83 8. Inachis io – The European Peacock................................................. 89 9. Limenitis bredowii – The Californian Sister................................... 95 10. Macrothylacia rubi – The Fox Moth........................................... 101 11. Morpho peleides – The Blue Morpho........................................... 107 12. Nymphalis urticae – The Small Tortoiseshell ............................ 113 13. Pieris brassicae – The Large White, or Cabbage White ............ 119
Summary and Conclusions ................................................................... 125
Bibliography............................................................................................. 127
Index ....................................................................................................... 129
Butterfly Terms...................................................................................... 131
Author: Patricia Le Roux, MD. Source: http://narayana-publishers.eu/An-innovative-guide-to-Butterflies/Le-Roux-Patricia/b5048