Homeopathy acknowledges certain groupings of body-mind symptom patterns that a person has and which correspond with the sensitivity of a particular medicine. It takes into account information about the person’s body type, temperament and disposition, and behavioural tendencies to determine the appropriate medicine. There are, for instance, the “sepia type,” the “sulphur type,” the “arsenic type,” and the “natrum mur type”. Each of these topologies refers not only to a type of medical problem but also to those factors that make it better or worse other physical symptoms may be related to its various past or present symptoms and diseases, food cravings or aversions, sensitivity to temperature and weather and energy levels at varying times of the day.
Quoting from one of the most classical descriptions by Margaret Tyler, the “sepia type” is not difficult to spot.
Picture sepia as a sallow, tired mother of a big family, on “washing day”. She is perspiring profusely, pouring under the arms. She cannot be shut in because of the heat and the stuffiness which make her feel faint. Her back aches badly. She wants to press it to support it. She feels she must sit down, or cross her legs, as her whole inside seems to be dragging down, and coming out of her. She simply must sit down to keep it in. The worry of the children is more than she can bear.
Her baby wants to be carried, and wails and screams. And when her six-year-old starts drumming with a spoon on a tin can, she can stand no more. She snatches the tin can and hurls it away, and smacks her small son which does not improve matters. He howls dismally, and she does not care. Oh! How she wants to run away and leave it all, and have a little peace! Her head aches.
The pain is left-sided today: last time it was on the right side, as she remembers. She is so nervous and jumpy. She has to hold on to the edge of the wash-tub to prevent herself from screaming. If she could only go away from everybody and everything, and lie alone, in the dark, and close her eyes! Her husband comes in. She has no smile to greet him. Nothing but dull indifference, weariness and suffering. He must leave her alone. She has her work to do. If she could only lie down, she knows even 10 minutes’ sleep would make her a new woman! But there are the clothes to be ironed, cooking to be done, the stuffiness, the terrors of her restless children, with their noise and fidgeting.
Sleep is not for her. Her dull face has lost its contour, its bloom, and its pleasing lines. There are horrifying brown bands or blotches on the forehead, and saddlewise across the nose and cheekbones. She once was a bright and beautiful girl. Now she is a sepia.
Sepia is predominantly a female’s remedy with some exceptions. Women needing this remedy are usually strong and hardy until they are overstressed. Then they become emotional wrecks resulting in depression, irritability, crying and indifference towards their loved ones. This is one of the best remedies for women who have become worn out from all their toils of life. Many women’s health issues are addressed with this remedy. For example, the pre-menstrual syndrome, vaginities, menopause, pregnancy, miscarriage, endometriosis, anemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, digestive disorders, loss of sexual desire, mental disorders, depression and hysteria.
Sepia is a deep-acting medicine and requires infrequent repetitions. It should not be used without consulting an experienced homeopath.
The description of sepia is for the reader to identify with its sensitive characteristics. It helps the physician in selecting the true constitutional medicine. In no way does it endorse self-medication.