Ixodes Dammini, Deer Tick 2014

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  • Proving of Ixodes dammini

    Remedy Abbreviation:

    Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy 2012


    Jason-Aeric Huenecke CCH, RSHom (NA)
    Lori Foley CCH, RSHom (NA)


    Double Blind Format, 12 Provers, 30c, Proving over 30 days.


    Website by Lori Foley


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    and talented provers and supervisors




    Articles and Other Printable References

    Ixodes dammini Theme Document (PDF) (36 pages)
    Ixodes dammini RUBRICS
    Ixodes dammini Entire Proving Journal (PLEASE DO NOT PRINT!)

  • Ixodes dammini Natural History

    .Ixodes dammini (or Ixodes scapularis)
    (Deer Tick or black-legged tick)

    Kingdom: Animalia

    Phylum: Arthrodoa

    Class: Arachnida (eight legs, Spiders, ticks, mites, scorpions)

    Superorder: Parasitiformes

    Order: Ixodida (small arachnids, ticks and mites)

    Family: Ixodidae

    Genus/Species: Ixodes dammini or Ixodes scapularis

    (Remedy abbreviation is Ixodes-d, Ixodes dammin.)

    Ixodes: a genus of hard-bodied ticks in the family Ixodidae. Some species are vectors of disease.

    Ticks are small arachnids in the order Ixodida. Along with mites, they constitute the subclass Acarina. Ticks are ectoparasites (external parasites), living by hematophagy on the blood of mammals, birds, and sometimes reptiles and amphibians. Ticks carry a number of diseases, including Lyme disease, Q fever, Colorado tick fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, African tick bite fever, tularemia, tick-borne relapsing fever, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, Tick paralysis and tick-borne meningoencephalitis, as well as bovine anaplasmosis.

    There are three families of ticks, one of which Nuttalliellidae has only one species. The remaining two families contain the hard ticks (Ixodidae) and the soft ticks (Argasidae).

    Range and Habitat

    Tick species are widely distributed around the world. However, they tend to flourish more in countries with warm, humid climates, because they require a certain amount of moisture in the air in order to undergo metamorphosis, and because low temperatures inhibit their development from egg to larva. Ticks of domestic animals are especially common and varied in tropical countries, where they cause considerable harm to livestock by transmission of many species of pathogens and also causing direct parasitic damage.

    For an ecosystem to support ticks, it must satisfy two requirements: there must be a high enough population density of host species in the area, and there must be high enough humidity for ticks to remain hydrated. Certain features of a given micro-climate – such as sandy soil, hardwood trees, rivers, and the presence of deer – are good predictors of dense tick populations.


    Ticks, like mites, have bodies which are divided into two primary sections: the anterior capitulum (or gnathosoma), which contains the head and mouthparts; and the posterior idiosoma which contains the legs, digestive tract, and reproductive organs

    Ticks satisfy all of their nutritional requirements on a diet of blood, a practice known as hematophagy. They extract the blood by cutting a hole in the host's epidermis, into which they insert their hypostome, likely keeping the blood from clotting by excreting an anticoagulant.

    Like all arachnids, ticks have eight legs. The tarsus of leg I contains a unique sensory organ known as the Haller's organ which can detect odors and chemicals emanating from the host, as well as sensing changes in temperature and air currents

    Life Cycle

    Both ixodid and argasid ticks undergo three primary stages of development: larval, nymphal, and adult. Ixodid ticks require three hosts, and their life cycle takes at least one year to complete. Up to 3,000 eggs are laid on the ground by an adult female tick. When larvae emerge, they feed primarily on small mammals and birds. After feeding, they detach from their host and molt to nymphs on the ground, which then feed on larger hosts and molt to adults. Female adults attach to larger hosts, feed, and lay eggs, while males feed very little and occupy larger hosts primarily for mating

  • Ixodes dammini Materia Medica

    See Theme Document (PDF)

    Remedy Overview

    Ixodes will exhibit the same power and powerless themes seen in spider remedies (Power and powerless). On the power side, the force is more than just restrictive, it is dominant (Overwhelming power) and suppressive (Submission). It can be projected into the world as the all-powerful force of large business and industry or projected as an evil supernatural force. Either way it is something to both fear and to feel powerless in relation to. The issue within tick is both the dependency and powerlessness in relation to others. The entity with the power is parasitic, meaning it does not respect boundaries (self-interest). It crosses into the other’s space without permission (Crossing boundaries) to take something which is not theirs (Stealing). The invasion is secretive and hidden (Secretive) and therefore others are not easily trusted (Suspicious). There is a certain paranoia that the other is seeking to infiltrate your space and take what is yours. Within the proving, relationships were broken through the efforts of people in authority positions and affairs occurred within marital relationships.

    Ixodes will feel powerless, helpless and weak. Their defense is will be to submit, to escape, or to be aggressive (to bite). They will attempt to bond and connect with the one who can protect them, creating a dependency. They will have great fear around loosing this connection. The loss of this relationship is an issue of survival for them. Here they will commonly feel forsaken and alone. Their forsakenness is a particularly dark and empty experience. They will often turn to addictive behaviors to avoid the emptiness.

    For Ixodes the dark side will have despair and hopelessness. Life will seem insurmountable, and their capabilities small and weak. They can be suicidal, although that didn’t specifically come out in the proving, it has been seen in cases. They are plagued with fears and nightmares of ghastly torture and evil being done to helpless victims. In the dreams they try to protect and save the others (essentially saving themselves) but are ineffective. In one dream, the dreamer sees people lying on the sidewalk wrapped like papooses (restrictive, like paralyzed victims) and are unable to get to them to protect them from falling debris from a bomb. There were many dreams and imagery of war and bombing. War might represent the struggle within them, the struggle for power against overwhelming forces. Bombs represent sudden surprising destruction/death as do heart attacks.

    It would be expected to see a victim-like mentality, where all of life is imposing on them. All of life is consuming and sucking them dry. They could easily be victims of abuse, especially sexual. They will have as active sex drive, like most spiders, but given their dependency pattern of behavior they would tend to get stuck in abusive situations.

    Ixodes will have the restless and impulsiveness found in spiders. Therefore, it is also torturous for them to feel blocked or restricted. You would expect that in their life, whatever force has power, would be perceived as “blocking” them. It is interesting that the major symptom of Lymes disease is pain in the joints which serves to restrict movement. There is great sensitivity to the feeling of being paralyzed with dreams of disabled people. For them it is ameliorating to feel that things are moving or flowing. There are many references to water imagery and dreams near rivers. Water represents the movement they desire. Interestingly, many people also made reference to ice, the frozen or blocked form of water. As a tick feeds, it grows fat and the resulting sensation is one of tightness and restriction, which is similarly uncomfortable for them. Many provers found themselves both ravenously hungry as well as easily sated once they felt the least bit full.

    Ixodes has the mental fog found in cases of Lymes disease. They may be industrious when clear, or dull and apathetic when feeling unclear. They can be forgetful and make mistakes easily. You would expect to see this for a good constitutional case.

    Ixodes has a detached sensation, “as if there is a barrier between them and others” In this, they feel separate from others. This can lend support to their forsaken experience. It also creates a “floating” and “spacey” sensation. The floating is also the brain fog they experience. The tick itself will attach and detach from hosts through its life cycle. In life, you could see a person who needs this remedy doing the same with partners and friends. During the proving, people broke off relationships as well as getting paranoid about holding on to relationships they felt dependent on. It’s in this “detached” experience that they loose their orientation and can experience the “floating.” Life becomes what they can hold on to. In one dream, someone came in and stole all their favorite objects, leaving behind their money. Life for them is about attachments, attachments to their reputation, to their possessions, to their relationships. Any loss creates sadness and despair. They fear loss and suffer from much anxiety in anticipation of something happening.

    They crave the good opinion of others because desire both recognition and acceptance. In favorable circumstances, they can be haughty and condescending. Money, wealth and status can be important to them. Thoughts and concerns about money were seen in the proving. They are sensitive to greed and self-interest. Within them is hidden self-loathing and disgust. Inside they can feel repulsive like a leper as well as tiny and child-like. They can have many experiences where they find themselves rejected by others.

    Their anger is hot and aggressive. However, it is not likely that they would show this to the person in power, more likely to ones that they have power over, like the cat. Several people had dreams of cats and anger towards cats. They could be violent, and often self-destructive with their anger. If someone hurts them they might strike back impulsively and likely feel regret at the potential loss of the relationship afterwards.

    Ixodes will have sudden mood swings, from apathy and dullness to excitement and enjoyment. It would easily present as bi-polar behavior. They can love dancing like spiders and being active. Both master provers began walking long distance (15-20 miles a day) when they worked on the proving. They can also sink easily into apathy and ennui, loosing all motivation. They are also reactive emotionally and sensitive environmentally to noises and crowds. In times of stress they might isolate themselves, hide. Ticks will look for shady and more hidden parts in which to attach to a host.

    They will be full of fears and anxiety. In their restlessness is the need to move as well as the generalized anxiety in anticipation of something horrible happening. They have fears of sudden death, like in a heart attack. They have fears of deadly diseases like cancer and diseases that might incapacitate them (handicap). They have fears in the dark that are better when not alone. They have fears of evil and delusions of evil around them. They will fear someone coming into their home (Crossing boundaries) and harming, raping or killing, them. They can be suspicious of entities/organization with power. As a defensive, they will be secretive, hiding their private and vulnerable parts.

  • Ixodes dammini Repertory

    See Rubrics (PDF) (22 pages)

  • Ixodes dammini Cases

    See Case 1, Lymes disease (PDF)

  • Ixodes dammini About Proving

    It was a relatively quiet proving in many ways. There is a need to keep things to themselves, to suffer in silence (at least not in a public way).

    It is a forlorn and solitary state in many ways. I found myself in the midst of my divorce and separated from my family for a vacation and quickly sank into moroseness. It’s restlessness made it hard to sleep and stay focused. I walked 18 miles one day while working on the proving, the other master prover spent most of the proving (2 months) walking 15-20 miles a day.  There is something about sustained activity, over a long period of time. It didn’t matter what I would eat, I would feel fat during the proving. Shortly into the proving, I became convinced I had breast cancer. 

    There were affairs going on and long time relationships that broke up during the proving.  One of the best stories was one of the provers who took a job at a blood bank during the proving, drawing blood!  It’s nearly 6 months later and they are still working at the job enjoying it. 

    While we worked on the proving, we were sent an article about a tick found encased in amber millions of years old that tested positive for Lymes disease. For me it just spoke to the fact that this energy state has existed from the beginning of time, it’s only now in our condition of fear and powerlessness that we find ourselves manifesting this state in our lives and bodies. 

    To quote a prover, “I am feeling sadness for all the paralyzed people throughout the world”