Catherine R. Coulter is well known and respected in homeopathic circles for her three volumes of ‘Portraits of Homoeopathic Medicines. Psychophysical Analyses of Selected Constitutional Types’, the first being published in 1998.
Here she defines constitutional remedy:
“In homoeopathy the expression, “constitutional remedy”, signifies the medicinal substance which encompasses the sum total of the individual’s physical, emotional, and mental picture. Homoeopathy denies any inherent or qualitative distinction between these, assuming that all processes within the organism are interdependent. Physical illnesses (apart from accidents and injuries) have a mental aspect, while mental illnesses have a physical aspect, and the prescription of medicines must be based upon a consideration of both categores of symptoms. A patient is said to be a Phosphorous, a Silica, a Pulsatilla or some other type, according to the constitutional remedy which most closely approximates his total picture. To find this constitutional remedy the physician not only records painful sensations, symptoms, pathology, and the like, but also how the patient looks and behaves when in health, what he says, how he responds, his temperament and disposition, strengths and weaknesses. After collection, arranging and evaluating these characteristics, he matches them to the remedy which most expresses this “wholeness” of the patient. Espousing this truly holistic approach, each chapter of this work describes the relationship between a given type’s physical emotional and mental patterns when viewed in their dynamic interaction.”
In the book her observations of each constitutional type is expanded over many pages but here is my very brief summary of her ‘prominent characteristics’ of Lycopodium:
“The following analysis will focus on four prominent Lycopodium characteristics: his resilient self-esteem, his unshakeable viability, his imperturbable detachment and the Achilles heel of this highly capable individual – his tendency to deceive himself.
The first striking Lycopodium characteristic is self-esteem. It is seen in the quiet air of one who is self-possessed and obviously has a good opinion of himself. He has confidence in his own judgment, believing that he knows best at all times. He considers himself an example of moderation and reasonableness others would do well to follow. He is convinced the world would be a far, far better place if it contained more right-thinking and right-acting persons like himself.
Lycopodium‘s viability (enormous tenacity for survival) stems from his resolute yet conforming nature which permits him to adapt to fluctuating times and circumstances while pursuing his own policies. He likes wielding power and even while wanting to please everyone, needs to be honored or acknowledged as a leader.
Lycopodium needs to feel detached at almost all times and at almost any cost. Aloof from the turmoils of earth, he likes to float somewhere above struggling humanity, unruffled and unperturbed, regarding it from the lofty perspective of his detachment.
Lycopodium’s fourth prominent characteristic, self-deception is the natural outgrowth of his self-esteem, viability and detachment. To preserve these three, the individual may resort to deceiving himself. Few types are so adept at blanking out undesirable realities and concealing from themselves what they do not want to admit.”