The Lowly Earthworm

The third and last supermoon of 2019 will occur on 21st March. Native American tribes knew this moon as the Full Worm Moon, because the ground at this time of year was soft enough for earthworms to appear.

The lowly earthworm has a place in various systems of healing, including Chinese medicine – and homeopathy.

Data from a meditative proving of the Common Earthworm (Lumbricus Terrestris) was published in 2000, while a physical proving of another earthworm, the Common Field Worm (Helodrilus Caliginosus) took place in California, also published in 2000. (In a proving healthy volunteers take the chosen (but unknown to them) remedy and then log their responses. These proving responses are then collated allowing the picture of the remedy to emerge.)

Emerging from the worm provings are feelings of remorse, of being small or vulnerable, and an awkwardness. There is also an affinity with injuries of the spine, especially the discs.

With the provings dating from this century, Earthworm is a relatively young remedy in the homeopathic world, and relatively small in its sphere of action. The big ‘polycrest’ remedies such as Sulphur and Pulsatilla are far more established, well-known and have a broader sphere of action. But the younger and smaller remedies occupy an essential place, and remind us that there are always new discoveries awaiting us in our quest for healing.

I hope you’ll enjoy the supermoon on 21st March; I know I will as it consummates the arrival of Spring, with all its promise of fresh new beginnings.

Warm wishes,