According to Homeopathy’s principle, the mind and body are so powerfully linked that mental and physical conditions cannot be successfully treated without having a complete understanding of what constitutes a person.
The homeopathic remedy, Sulphur, is prepared from the mineral. It is used to treat several health conditions, especially skin problems, such as psoriasis, atopic dermatitis (eczema), and acne. It is normally given to patients who suffer from offensive foot sweats or feel worse after taking a shower.
Sulphur has been used in Chinese and Western medicine since ancient times for skin disorders and as an antiseptic. It was also used in medieval Europe to ‘cleanse’ the blood and keep the bowels healthy.
The homeopathic Sulphur represents the imaginative ‘genius,’ who is more inclined towards philosophy than practicality. This is because Sulphur individuals are naturally gifted with extraordinary mental, emotional and creative abilities. Some of the famous Sulphur types are Socrates, Dr Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, Abraham Lincoln and Albert Einstein.
Sulphur are also brilliant mathematicians and logicians. Individuals who are inclined to respond with well-thought through, lengthy responses — even in normal, day-to-day banter.
Sulphur is habitually immersed in his own thoughts and intellectual world; he is entirely oblivious to the mundane physical surroundings. This also explains why Sulphur requires a good deal of emotional and physical support.
Sulphur does not take well to heat, humidity, eating, standing, bathing and washing. As a rule these aggravate any illness a Sulphur type may suffer from. Sulphur has a strong affinity for the skin — it cause heat, burning and itching. This is often made ‘worse’ by the heat of the bed. A great dislike of water, with constipation, dry, hard hair and skin, red orifices, a sinking feeling in the stomach at around 11:00 am, are all symptoms that call for the use of Sulphur.
Sulphur is effective when the individual complains of injuries that take a long time to heal. It is equally useful for freckles, pimples, pustules, rhagades, and hang-nails. It is useful for pruritus, which often tends to recurs during spring or damp weather.
Sulphur personalities are always on the go, thanks to their restless, nervous energy, akin to the combustible element. The downside to this is that they burn up so much energy on ideation, brimming over with dazzling ideas and racing around in different directions, that they often lack the ability to concretise such ideas and see them through. As a result, Sulphur can be accused of being somewhat disorganised and lethargic.
Sulphur does have a strong desire for recognition, but not for personal gain. They are far too ‘self-centred’ and engrossed with intellectual pursuits. In fact, Sulphur has no interest in material wealth. Yet, thanks to their intellectual prowess, Sulphurs have a large ego that keeps them motivated, stimulated, focused and determined — qualities that are essential for effective leadership.
Effective leaders are self-motivated; they do not follow others, but inspire others to follow them. Yet, the problem with Sulphur is their unwieldy sense of worth — this may sometimes cause them to lose their sense of balance and in the process become destructive, obsessive, irritable, insecure, negative and a hypochondriac.
While a ‘balanced’ Sulphur can accept and handle criticism, an ‘imbalanced’ Sulphur would turn nasty. Sulphur tends to fiercely champion their own cause, but only when the idea or cause appeals to them, or engages their cerebral disposition and energies. This is because Sulphurs do not believe in the ordinary or the past.
As Sulphurs are edgy, irritable and self-absorbed at times, they tend to upset friends with their impatience, but they win them over with their generosity and quick wit.
How do you spot a Sulphur in a crowd? When you see someone removing his jacket with cheerful relief, the chances are he’s the Sulphur type. This is because Sulphur personifies the warmth and power of everything. This is what makes them effective in flushing out impurities and clearing up suppressed skin imbalances. Yet, they ironically have the pristine ability to ‘mask’ disease.