Kali Iodatum

Last modified on January 17th, 2019

Dr. S.R. Phatak describes the clinically confirmed symptoms of the homeopathic remedy Kali Iodatum in his Concise Materia Medica, published in 1977.


      Potassium Iodide was used as anti-syphilitic remedy. It acts prominently on fibrous and connective tissues, producing infiltrations, oedema. Glands are swollen; or atrophied. Exostosis, swelling of the bones, rickets, purpura and haemorrhagic diathesis come under its influence. Diversity of lesions, diversity of aggravations, with many tedious symptoms, without any one feature being in prominence calls for this remedy. Gouty_rheumatic_syphilitic diathesis. Stubborn chronicity. Feels used up. Crushing or sharp stitching pains. Discharges are COPIOUS, watery, acrid, salty; thick; green or foul. Diffused soreness; after pains; of affected part. Pains long after injury. Weakness, emaciation. Arteriosclerosis. Craves motion in open air. Cachexy. Contraction of muscles and tendons, chronic arthritis, with spurious ankylosis. Actinomycosis. Coldness; of painful part; in bones. Fungoid diseases. Dropsy, from pressure, from swollen glands.


      Heat. Pressure, Touch. Night. Damp, Mercury. Changing weather. Jarring. Cold foods esp. milk. Sunset to sunrise.


      Motion. Cool air. Open air.


      Irritable, irascible esp. towards his children; his family. Harsh tempered and cruel. Trivial details of life seem insupportable. Cannot think. Despondent. Bad temper. Abusive. Nervous, must walk. Talkative, disposed to jest.


      Vertigo in the dark; worse railway travelling. Violent headaches, as if screwed, through sides of head worse warmth and pressure. Hard painful lumps on cranium; with headache. Pain in scalp on scratching, as if ulcerated. Big head and small jaws_rickets. Brain feels enlarged. Hair changes colour and falls off. Bilateral headaches. Scalp fissured, and sore. Tender spots on head.


      Puffy, burning, watery; conjunctiva red. Syphilitic iritis. Constant oscillations of the eyeballs. Winking is painful. Chemosis. Oedema around. Lower lids twitch.


      Tinnitus. Boring pain in the ears. Deafness.


      Red, swollen. Coryza; descending, profuse, acrid, hot, watery discharge worse cool air; with salivation and dyspnoea. Tightness at the root of the nose. Ozena with perforated septum. Cool, greenish, irritating, discharge from nose. Burning, throbbing in nose and sinuses. Violent sneezing. Takes cold from every damp day.


      Neuralgia. Tight pain at zygomae. Glutinous mucus on lips in a.m.


      Toothache nagging, as if a worm were digging in it. Taste bitter; on waking; salty. Salivation. Bloody saliva, with sweetish or disgusting taste in mouth. Severe pain at the root of tongue, at night. Ulcers in mouth, looking as if, coated with milk.


      Sore of speakers. Goitre sensitive to contact. Dry. Tonsils enlarged.


      Cold food and drinks esp. cold milk worse. Much thirst. Sensation as if waterbrash is occurring. Throbbing, painful burning. Aversion to all food; to broth.


      Flatulence, with air hunger. Squeaking or clucking noise in. Diarrhoea; with pain in lumber region, as if broken, or as if menses would appear. Early morning diarrhoea of phthisis. Stools frequent. Fissured anus; of infants.


      Frequent urination of copious, clear, urine; worse before menses, at night.


      Atrophy of testicles. Chronic gonorrhoea; discharge thick green. Excoriation by least friction.


      Uterus feels as if squeezed, during menses. Leucorrhoea; corrosive, like meat washing. Atrophy of mammae. Menses late and profuse.


      Larynx feel raw. Air hunger, with flatulency; in a.m.; awakes strangling. Whistling asthmatic breathing. Air passages raw. Dry bronchitis. Frothy, greenish, soap-suds like expectoration. Pleuritic effusion. Pneumonia. Chest pains go backwards. Pain from sternum to back.


      Palpitation and darting pains worse when walking. Aneurism.

Neck and Back

      Small of the back as if in a vice. Bruised pain in lumbar region worse sitting bent. Pain in coccyx as from a fall.


      Pain in hips forcing limping. Sciatica worse lying; on the affected side; sitting, standing; wakes him at night; better walking and flexing legs. Rheumatism of the knee, with effusion. Tip of thumb ulcerates and turns yellow.


      Weeps loudly during sleep, but unconscious of it.


      Chilly in bones; in painful parts. Heat in evening. Uncovers then chilly. Alternate heat and chill. Heat with shudders. Hot and dry, then drenching sweat. Profuse night sweats which better.


      Acne. Giant urticaria. Small boils, leaving scars. Rough nodules all over.


      Iod; Sulph; Syphilinum

About the author

S.R. Phatak

S.R. Phatak

A pioneer of Homoeopathy in Maharashtra, Dr Shankar Raghunath Phatak was born on 6th September, 1896. He did his MBBS from Grant Medical College, in 1924. Started his practice but somehow not satisfied with Allopathic Treatment.

He was convinced about Homoeopathy while going through Sir William Osler's writings on 'History of Medicine' so switched over to an entirely Homoeopathic Practice in 1932. He also started working on Homoeopathic literature along with his Practice.

He has contributed immensely to homoeopathic literature. He was an ardent follower of Dr Boger. His Repertory is based on Boger's ''A Synoptic key to Materia Medica'.

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