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In the wake of the many wildfires that repeatedly torment our planet in the summer seasons, frequently reported so in the media from Canada, the US, Australia and Southern Europe, it becomes obvious that quite often what ignites such fires is malicious arson.


Where there are no commercial interests driving such arson, it is likely to be a mental derangement. Who is the pyromaniac that has the impulse to start such horrific destruction? The repertories have only few remedies in the specific rubric looking at the desire of setting something on fire.


Murphy’s repertory [1] and Schroyens’s Synthesis [2] have listed the following remedies in the rubric “Mind – Fire – set things on fire; wants to”:

Alco., Ant.t.. – [1]

Alco., Ant.t., Bell., Carc., Hep., Hyosc., Phos., Staph., Stram.. – [2]



Below is a collation of mind symptoms of these remedies, which may reveal some insight into the personality of such pyromaniac personalities. These are taken from the Materia Medica of Boericke [3], Clark [4] and Allen [5].



Alcohol:  There is an inclination to quarreling, cursing, frenzy and mania with this remedy. Within the manic outbreak this individual has a disposition to commit murder or incendiarism, that is, maliciously setting things on fire. There is a heightened self-esteem and self-importance, loss of judgement, grief and sadness, and depression. In a state of melancholy there may be the inclination to commit suicide.


Antimonium tartaricum:  In this individual there is great despondency and agitation. There is anxiety about the future and fear of being alone. He or she may be peevish, and quarrelsome. His or her actions may be the consequence of anger or vexation. There may be a tendency to suicidal mania.


Belladonna: This person lives in a world of his own, has visions and is oblivious to his surroundings. Illusions and hallucinations and an acuteness of his or her senses are present. There is a fear of nearing death, melancholy with grief, and mania with rage and fury. Fearfulness and suspicion, and a desire to escape torment this individual.


Carcinosin [6], [7]: There is a marked sensitivity and tender heartedness to this individual. He or she has very low self-esteem, feels lost and abandoned, and is emotionally very needy. In stress there is anxiety which leads to an emotional shut-down. This character is easily influenced and shapeable, and there is a destructiveness, rage, and cruelty about him or her. There may be mania and thoughts of suicide.


Hepar sulfuris: Extreme apprehension, anguish and sadness may at times point to suicidal tendencies of this individual. This character reacts extremely to irritation and vexation. There may be fury, anger, dejection and ferociousness.


Hyoscyamous: Great suspiciousness, anguish and fear are marked, as is a fear of betrayal and of being poisoned. This individual is peevish and quarrelsome. There is rage, perversion, melancholy and lascivious mania.


Phosphorus: Sadness and melancholy, apathy and anguish are part of the picture of portrayed by this individual. There is much fear, about his or her future, of darkness, of death. This person may have a disgust of life, is low spirited, indifferent, easily vexed and angered. In great anger there may be violence.


Staphisagria: This character may have sadness, grief, peevishness and fear of the future. He or she may suffer of violent, yet passionate outbursts. There is anxiety and agitation, and a desire for death.


Stramonium: Characteristics of this state are hysteria, mania, melancholy, sadness and great anguish. He or she has fixed ideas, suffers of mental derangement, has visual and auditory hallucinations, and fears he is losing his senses. This individual may be violent and lewd, may have delusions about who he or she is.



There are numerous characteristics that these remedies have in common, as such the loathing of life, ie. the suicidal aspect. They all have an element of fear, melancholy and sadness. Many have hallucinations and are peevish, quarrelsome, and have a deficiency of self-esteem.





[1] Murphy, R. (1998) Homeopathic Medical repertory, 2nd edn., Delhi: B. Jain Publishers.

[2] Schroyens, F. Synthesis 9.0 (English), Radar.

[3] Boericke, W. (2004) Pocket manual of homeopathic materia medica and repertory New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.

[4] Clarke, J. (1994) A Dictionary of practical materia medica New Delhi: B.Jain publishers Ltd.

[5] Allen, T. F. (2000) The Encyclopedia of pure Materia Medica Homeoint [Online]. Available at: http://www.homeoint.org (Accessed: September 2016).

[6] Nissen, M. (2016) Carcinosinum: A Clinical Materia Medica, Available at:https://homeopathy.org (Accessed: September 2016).

[7] Mehta, N. (2013) Materia Medica CARCINOSIN, Hpathy, [Online]. Available at:http://hpathy.com/materia-medica/carcinosin-2/ (Accessed: September 2016).