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Blind men and an elephant

Blind Men Appraising an Elephant by Ohara Donshu, Edo Period (early 19th century), Brooklyn Museum

The parable of the blind men and an elephant originated in the ancient Indian subcontinent, from where it has been widely diffused. However the meaning of the popular proverb differs in other countries. It is a story of a group of blind men, who have never come across an elephant before and who learn and conceptualize what the elephant is like by touching it. Each blind man feels a different part of the elephant's body, but only one part, such as the side or the tusk. They then describe the elephant based on their limited experience and their descriptions of the elephant are different from each other.

The one who felt its trunk, believed the elephant looked like a large snake. The one who felt its leg reported that the elephant looked like a tree trunk. The one who felt its back said that an elephant was like a large hard throne. The blindman who felt the tusks described an elephant like a large sword

In some versions, they come to suspect that the other person is dishonest and they come to blows. The moral of the parable is that humans have a tendency to claim absolute truth based on their limited, subjective experience as they ignore other people's limited, subjective experiences which may be equally true.

If you visualise the elephant as a method to heal or a medicine, some would limit themselves to the original- herbs. Some would also limit healing to pharmaceuticals, surgery. Other ‘bits’ of this elephant could be Homeopathy, hypnotherapy, counselling, essential oils, natural supplements like vitamin c etc.

In fact the more informed and creative thinker would see the whole elephant and use the appropriate one or more health solutions

An example: Eczema Following is some various examples of remedies

  • Very acute and for instant relief = hydrocortisol cream. (pharmaceutical) Long term side effects can include headaches, dizziness and thinning of the skin

Can be used long term:

  • Discover the allergen. Probiotics will help eliminate from the gut

  • Essential fatty acids, evening primrose oil which are anti inflammatory and encourages healthy skin

  • herbs =Calendular. viola tricolor

  • supplements = vit D, vit. Cand zinc

  • Creams = chickweed & sea buckthorn

  • Homeopathy = Ferrum Phos - Useful in early inflammation. Slight redness and discomfort, developing quite slowly Mez - Where eczema has been suppressed with creams. Scaly scabs. White pus and white chalk line crust. Itching from bathing in warm water Petrol: Most burning, brown, yellow spots. Itching and burning sensations. Restless Sepia: Location worse in bends of elbows and knees

  • Essential oils =

Citrus Aurantium (neroli) - Is very relaxing; use it in the bath to help dry, sensitive or eczematous skin

Eucalyptus globus (eucalyptus) - A few drops in the bath will help relieve the symptoms of eczema and sensitive skin

Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) - This sharp spicy oil has germicidal, antiseptic powers, as well as being soothing and healing. Use it in the bath to treat eczema dry or sensitive skin, insect bites pimples and boils

Geranium - Use in bath to combat eczema and can be used to treat insect


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