Those for whom Causticum may be most helpful tend to be serious and introspective. They feel the effect of grief for prolonged periods and may become mentally weakened, absent-minded, hopeless, anxious, and prey to fears or fanciful ideas. Forgetfulness and a need to check on their fears and fancies can lead to a compulsive need to check and recheck everything they do. Acutely sympathetic to the sufferings of others, they tend to react strongly to others' distress or to any perceived injustices; at best sympathetic and idealistic, they are often politically active.
These people frequently have a tendency to feel chilly and to be affected by changes in the weather, by cold, dry weather, and by getting wet. Causticum is most often prescribed for weakness, which may progress to paralysis, of the nerves and muscles, especially of the bladder, larynx, vocal cords, upper eyelids, and the right side of the face. Muscle weakness may show both as twitching and as stiffness that causes mobility problems.
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