Carl is an adorable 10-year-old boy with dreamy eyes, who enjoys colouring pictures in my office. I notice immediately that he has an excellent sense of colour. His mother tells me that he is very creative and produces a lot of art work.
Carl is suffering from chronic sinus congestion for at least five years. He has dark circles under his eyes. His mother reports that he snores at night.
The Words are Moving on the Page
Carl is also highly dyslexic. He tells me that he cannot read well because the words appear to move on the page, especially if someone speaks to him while he is reading. He tells me that words can move from one line to another.
He may also easily mix up the letters b and d, p and q. In math he is often spaced out and in his own world.
"I can hear the teacher talking but the words don't make any sense," he says. The teachers think he has a visual processing disorder.
Carl is a very sensitive child and naturally tuned into the world of nature and spirit. He has a strong connection to nature and loves trees, flowers and animals.
He is slow to answer questions and seems a bit spacey.
Dreams and Fears
Carl has dreams of being in a world of shapes, like triangles, squares and circles, all in different colours, blue, yellow, green. He also has dreams of floating.
He has difficulty going to sleep at night due to fears of the dark and of ghosts. He can see things in the dark.
Carl is a 10-year-old boy with long-standing sinusitis as well as dyslexia. What is peculiar about this child is his great sensitivity to nature and trees, as well as the spacyness and of course the fact that the words were moving on the page.
I used the following rubrics:
Reading, unable to read
Dream, as if in a, read could not
Dullness, sluggishness, difficulty of thinking and comprehending
Forgetfulness, ideas for last
Fear of ghosts
Cannabis indica came through in those rubrics and Cannabis also has a strong tendency to chronic sinus problems as well as poor focus and concentration with spacyness.
I gave one dose of Cannabis indica 10MK.
Follow-up Five Weeks Later
Carl's sinus congestion has improved and the remedy has really helped with the dyslexia. The words are no longer moving on the page! Carl can read much more easily now. The teachers have commented on how much better he is doing.
I was amazed how much of an effect even a single dose of Cannabis indica had on Carl's dyslexia. I think more children with dyslexia and spaceyness might benefit from this remedy. He needed a couple more doses over the next six months.
Anke Zimmermann, ND, FCAH, Naturopathic Physician, Sooke, BC
Anke Zimmermann, BSc, FCAH is a homeopath with a special interest in developmental and behavioural disorders. Cases are all from her practice. Names have been changed, they were published with permission and are intended for education only. They are not intended as medical advise.
Anke Zimmermann, BSc, FCAH
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