IODUM – Homeopathic Medicine

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IODUM homeopathic drug picture symptoms from A Primer of Materia Medica by T.F. Allen, of the homeopathy remedy IODUM

General Effects

      Acute catarrh of all mucous membranes, especially of the eyes and nose. Salivation. Enlargement of lymphatic glands, followed by atrophy, especially of testicles and mammae, and general emaciation. Polyuria, nephritis and albuminuria.

Generalities

      Emaciation. Restlessness. Trembling of the limbs. Muscular twitchings. OEdematous swellings. Weakness so great that one can hardly speak. Great excitement of the whole nervous system. Violent pains; worse at night.

Clinical. Chronic cases, not febrile, generally characterized by great appetite and rapid emaciation. Acute cases, with high fever. Localized inflammations very frequently require Iodium, which seems to be adapted to febrile conditions accompanying parenchymatous inflammations of the various organs and tissues. These patients are usually very thirsty, but not of necessity restless; certainly not anxious like Aconite.

Mind

      General despondency. Irritability, with sadness.

Head

      A feeling of rush of blood, with throbbing. Pain as if a tight band were about the head. Headache; (<) warmth, noise and talking.

Eyes

      Inflammation, especially from taking cold; swelling of the lids. Obscured vision.

Clinical. Valuable for intra ocular inflammations, especially of the iris and choroid.

Ears

      Deafness (due to adhesions in the middle ear, or associated with chronic catarrh. Sensitiveness to noise).

Nose

      Sneezing, with acute, fluent coryza, which sometimes becomes stopped towards evening; sudden, violent lachrymation, pain in the eyes, and a feeling as if the larynx were constricted.

Clinical. In acute influenzas, with hot watery discharge, pain at the root of the nose and over frontal sinuses, with general fever.

Face

      Pale, sometimes yellowish or greenish, with blue lips (in chronic cases). Twitching of the facial muscles. Swollen Submaxillary glands.

Mouth

      Teeth yellow and covered with mucus in the morning. Gums loosened from the teeth and bleeding easily. Ulcers in the mouth, of a foul odor. Salivation. Tongue thickly coated.

Throat

      Inflamed with burning pain. Constriction, with general swallowing.

Clinical. Catarrh of the Eustachian tube, with deafness, sometimes with hoarse cough. Ulceration, with swollen glands. Enlargement of the thyroid gland. (External application of Iodum to be absolutely forbidden as extremely hazardous.).

Stomach

      Ravenous hunger. Great thirst. Heart-burn. Nausea, even vomiting, (<) after eating. Vomiting of bile, with violent pains in the stomach. Pressure in the stomach always after eating. Burning; gnawing. A peculiar internal trembling seems to spread over the region of the stomach.

Abdomen

      Pains in the region of the liver, renewed after eating; sore to pressure. Pain in the region of the liver, with jaundice, emaciation, etc. Inflammation of the liver, with fever, dry tongue, restlessness etc. Region of the spleen very painful.

Clinical. Enlarged spleen, with salivation. Disease of the pancreas. Enlarged mesenteric glands, with enormous appetite, emaciation. Enlarged liver, with jaundice, etc.

Stool

      Diarrhoea; whitish, frothy; sometimes with undigested fat. Diarrhoea alternating with constipation.

Urinary Organs

      Frequent, copious micturition. Urine yellowish-green; or with iridescent film.

Sexual Organs

      Swelling and induration of the testicles. Uterine haemorrhage. Menstruation usually very irregular, early or late.

Clinical. Excoriating leucorrhoea, with atrophy of the mammary glands, goitre, etc. Ovaritis, with leucorrhoea. Chronic metritis A wedge-like pain from the right ovary to uterus.

Respiratory Organs

      Pain in the larynx, with hoarseness, rawness and intolerable crawling, provoking a dry cough. Cough croupy, with difficult respiration.

Clinical. Extremely valuable in croup, with dry cough and fever, particularly indicated after Aconite; has relieved the restless anxiety but not the fever. Iodium controls the fever and softens the cough, and is frequently to be followed by Bromine. In pneumonia the hepatization, dry cough and fever, without the anxiety of Aconite or the sticking pains of Bryonia, especially if the lesion be at the apex of the lungs. Atrophy of the breasts.

Heart

      Palpitation; (<) any effort. Symptoms of inflammation of the heart or of hypertrophy.

Extremities

      Trembling and weariness in the extremities and debility. Tearing pains in the joints. Pains in the bones at night; (<) when lying on that side.

Clinical. Inflammation of the joints; rheumatic, especially when complicated with inflammation of the heart. White swelling of the knee joints.

Fever

      Heat predominates; sometimes followed by profuse sweat at night, especially of the feet.

About the author

TF Allen

TF Allen

Dr. Timothy Field Allen, M.D. ( 1837 - 1902)
Born in 1837in Westminster, Vermont. . He was an orthodox doctor who converted to homeopathy
Dr. Allen compiled the Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica over the course of 10 years.
In 1881 Allen published A Critical Revision of the Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica.

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