Lac Remedies in Practice

Lac Remedies in Practice

  • Philip M Bailey


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Clinical Materia Medica with Cases

Drawn entirely from Bailey's clinical experience, this materia medica of the homeopathic Milk remedies, offers information that lets the practitioner build on the knowledge of Lac remedies gleaned from provings.

240pp HB
ISBN 9 789076 189277


Philip Bailey uses his wealth of clinical experience working with Lac remedies to flesh out fully rounded pictures of eight milk remedies. Each chapter is based on personal experience using the remedy, and includes many original observations. With the help of this knowledge, homeopaths can deepen their understanding of Lac remedies beyond rubrics and stereotypes, to the complexities of real people.

The breadth of Bailey's clinical descriptions is matched by their depth. The essence of each remedy picture is fully explored and studied from numerous angles. Each chapter is accompanied by case histories, expressed in the actual words of the patients, enabling a thorough examination of how each remedy's themes and essence are expressed verbally.

Bailey paints a rich physiological picture of the main themes in Lac cases, from early dynamics of inadequate bonding to mother, through victim-consciousness to compensatory spiritual idealism, whilst emphasizing the split in every Lac case between the worldly and the spiritual, and the ambivalence that results from this split.


Introduction - Lac themes -- 11

The Lac remedies -- 11
Missing Foundation -- 12
Ambivalence -- 13
Paradise Lost -- 15
Alone and Co-dependent -- 16
Mother-Child -- 17
Where is the Man? -- 19
Victim-Consciousness -- 21
Unsupported -- 22
Community Awareness and Advocacy -- 22
Rebel with a Cause -- 23
Push and Pull -- 25
Boundaries -- 25

Lac humanum -- 28-59
Lack of Nurturing -- 29
Survival -- 30
Alone -- 31
Mother Love -- 34
Activist/ Feminist -- 38
All or Nothing -- 40
On Jacob's Ladder - The Spirit-Body Split -- 42
Whose reality? -- 45
Depression and Worthlessness -- 47
Summary -- 48
Case 1 -- 49
Analysis -- 51
Case 2 -- 55
Analysis -- 56

Lac felinum -- 60-86
Ambivalence -- 61
Freedom and Dependency -- 63
Anti-Authority -- 65
Feminist -- 66
Fear and Delusions -- 67
Throat Chakra -- 70
Addictions -- 71
Sensuality -- 71
Cats -- 72
The Tomcat -- 72
Differential Diagnosis -- 74
Physical Complaints -- 77
Case 1 -- 78
Analysis -- 80
Case 2 -- 82

Lac equis -- 88-133
Blocked -- 89
Breaking Free -- 95
Depression and Mania -- 97
Assertive -- 99
Differential Diagnosis -- 100
Case 1 -- 103
Analysis and treatment -- 104
Analysis -- 109
Lac equis - mind -- 111
Case 2 -- 115
Comment -- 122
Case 3 -- 128
Comment -- 130

Lac caninum -- 134-157
Worthlessness -- 135
Out of Control -- 139
Abuse -- 144
Denial -- 146
Grief -- 147
The Male -- 147
Case 1 -- 150
Analysis -- 152
Repertorization -- 153
Case 2 -- 154
Analysis -- 156

Lac defloratum -- 158-173
Passivity -- 159
Nebulous -- 161
Self-esteem -- 162
Suppressed rage -- 163
Co-dependency -- 165
Fear of annihilation, of being trapped -- 166
Don't trust the Feminine -- 167
Case 1 -- 168
Analysis -- 170

Lac leoninum -- 174-198
Dignity and Pride -- 175
Calm, Responsible and Controlled -- 177
Near Death Experiences -- 178
Africa -- 180
Trouble with Men -- 180
Summary -- 184
Case 1 -- 185
Analysis -- 189
Lac leoninum rubrics in this case -- 192
Case 2 -- 192
Analysis -- 195

Lac delphinum -- 200-215
Fear -- 201
Relationships and Sexuality -- 202
Heart-centered and Dreamy -- 203
Play, Escape, and Magical Thinking -- 204
Depression -- 205
Case 1 -- 206
Analysis -- 207
Case 2 -- 209
Analysis -- 211

Lac lupinum -- 216-213
The Outsider -- 217
Trouble with Women -- 219
The Opportunist -- 219
The Thrill-Seeker -- 220
Avoidance -- 221
Trouble with Money -- 224
Death and other Inconveniences -- 225
Case -- 226
Analysis -- 227

Index -- 231-238

Philip Bailey trained as a medical doctor at Westminster Hospital Medical School. He studied homeopathy at The Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, and with George Vithoulkas. He spent three months at Esalen Institute studying Gestalt Therapy, and has had personal experience of Jungian, Primal, and breathwork therapies. Dr. Bailey works in Perth Australia as a medical doctor and homeopath, and lectures frequently on homeopathy.


Philip Bailey is perhaps best known for his book 'Homeopathic Psychology' a book I have greatly enjoyed over the years since its publication. For me Philip Baileys' books are ones that I dip in and out of if I want to 'see' a clinicians perspective of a remedy and this is no exception. There has been a great deal of interest over recent years in the Lacs as remedies and a number of books have been published including those by Nancy Herrick, Sankaran and Links. It might be asked if we need another one, my answer would be yes, when it comes in the form of Lac Remedies in Practice.

Lac Remedies in Practice opens with a very useful chapter outlining the main themes of the Lacs particularly around bonding difficulties between mother and baby and the long term sequelae that can arise from these problems. Interestingly, Bailey states that Lac remedies run in families and are genetically inherited, and he then goes on to develop these themes within the 8 Lac remedies presented, one per chapter (Lac humanum, Lac felinum, Lac equis, Lac caninum, Lac defloratum, Lac leoninum, Lac delphinium. Lac lupinum).

The Links book on Lac's does contain more remedies, but the way that Bailey crafts his material taken from provings (conventional and dream), materia medica (his own) and his own experience makes it for me a more exciting, readable book. The book contains rich descriptions about the remedies and also provides clear differentiations from other remedies and what is important for me, shows his analysis and reasoning for the prescriptions. Bailey appears to use LM potencies for most of his prescriptions in this book and I would have liked to explore whether this is just an extension of his normal practice or whether it is something that he finds particularly effective with either this group of patients or remedies.

The book itself is hard backed and just slightly bigger than A5, covers 220 pages and has a comprehensive index of themes. This book will stay as a useful addition to my library.

Reviewed by Jean Duckworth

Reprinted with permission - Autumn 2011 Edition of The Homeopath.
The Society of Homeopaths -


The aforementioned pioneers of new thinking and application have helped provide us to some extent with a road map to guide us into the unknown territory of the patient's situation, furthering the original work of the founders of homeopathy. These 'maps' have shown us the importance of identifying the nuances and the so-called non-human language often hidden deep within the unconsciousness of the patient.

There are increasing numbers of homeopaths who are producing books based on their practical experience, giving us deeper insights into remedies which are still being explored in terms of their whole remedy picture. Sometimes, there is supporting evidence through provings, and sometimes not. Sometimes, the experience with particular remedies may not be extensive but that has fortunately not held authors back from sharing their valuable experience with us.

Philip Bailey has done just that with this new book on the Lacs. He generously shares his sometimes limited experiences with the reader and describes his investigations into the remedies.

When one picks up the book, one is immediately touched by the gentleness of the illustrative cover, with Leandro Stanzani's beautiful photograph of the mother dolphin supporting her baby, as it gains greater independence. The content of the book develops the issues surrounding poor bonding between mother and infant through discussion of eight human and animal Lac remedies. The lack of early nurturing that can result in fear and unstable foundations in those early days following birth is a key indicator for a Lac remedy.

In the introduction, Philip Bailey discusses the Lac themes, which opens one up to the enquiry within the following chapters. I was immediately drawn to make links with the work of Luc de Schepper and his insights into intra-uterine and birth trauma. Philip Bailey, however, makes the point that it is not so much the birth trauma that produces a Lac picture constitutionally, but more the generational bonding difficulties that bring about the need for a Lac remedy. As he demonstrates, the result of a mother who experienced poor bonding with her own mother may be seen in attachment and dependency issues, as well as other subsequent behavioural; relationship difficulties and poor selfworth. I believe the discussion of intra-uterine and birth trauma can be seen in conjunction with Philip Bailey's work, especially when one reads his discussion, in the Introduction, of the 'paradise of the womb' that the infant enjoyed, where 'it felt at one with its environment'. If that experience was not safe, for whatever reason, then a Lac remedy may be required, even if there was no generational bonding issue. Bailey does go on to say that adverse intra-uterine experiences may cause the infant and later the adult to withdraw away from life. He also differentiates varying states that may ensue and the remedies that may also be considered.

Whilst the eight Lac remedies in this book have been discussed by other authors, such as Farokh J Master, it is Philip Bailey's sensitive approach and insights that bring greater depth of information to each remedy picture. His work comes directly from his own clinical experience and is supported by the experiences of others, such as Karl Müller and the provings of Nancy Herrick and Rajan Sankaran. It is the case studies that enrich the information provided, with patients' own words being used throughout. Those expressions and Bailey's observations form some of the new rubrics that will need to be added to the future repertories.

The book is simply structured and easily read, with each chapter starting with relevant sketches by Jane Dune from Ireland. The introduction immediately fulfils its purpose by identifying the themes of the Lacs and draws the reader into the deeper layers within each subsequent chapter. Its beauty lies in its simplicity and in the descriptive narrative that Bailey uses, illustrated well in the chapter on Lac equis. The picture of the shackled or constrained horse and its desire for open spaces conjures up such clear imagery that it creates no doubt as to the themes of this remedy.

Throughout each chapter, Bailey differentiates extensively between the Lac remedies themselves and non-Lac remedies from the materia medica, which allows readers to develop further their own skills in differentiation. In the chapter on Lac caninum, for example, he describes the results of abuse on the patient and how one needs to be clear whether one is looking at a case requiring Thuja, with its bravado and secret, or Staphysagria, both of which have self-loathing. Lac caninum also has denial, which may give an incorrect picture to the homeopath because of the accomplished 'cover-up' by the patient!

Philip Bailey demonstrates the congruency between what he has found in his practice and what has been identified through provings of the Lacs, especially the keynotes and common themes. His work highlights the importance of sensitive case taking (and follow-ups) as well as thorough differentiation, as demonstrated in cases where seemingly well-prescribed remedies, while helping, did not get to the heart of the problem. He demonstrates the difficulties of having had insufficient information on these important remedies. As he states in the chapter on Lac defloratum, "every article I read seemed to cover only common Lac themes, except for the symptom of 'delusion will die soon'. It was only after recognising and successfully treating a couple of cases that I began to be able to differentiate the remedy from other Lac remedies." I had every sympathy with those needing more information, when I received into my clinic a man who I began to realise needed a wolf remedy. I had never heard of Lac lupinum but I trusted my instincts and made further enquiries. He responded very well to the remedy.

At each step, Bailey offers analysis and comment about the information gathered during case taking, together with extensive differentiation. The work illustrates the complexity of individuals and the challenging journey to the solution. It is thanks to the work of people like him that we can make good use of the fruits of their efforts, perseverance, rigor, and generosity. This work is a very welcome addition to the homeopathic library.

Reviewed by Sue Spurling

This book review is reprinted from Volume 3, 2010 Edition of Spectrum of Homeopathy with permission from Narayana Publsihers