Ferrum

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Ferrum signs and symptoms of the homeopathy medicine from the Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by J.H. Clarke. Find out for which conditions and symptoms Ferrum is used

      Iron. Fe. (***A. W. 56). Including also symptoms of the acetate and the carbonate. Triturations of the pure metal and of the carbonate, solution of the acetate. The Protoxalate is also a useful preparation in the crude and in trituration. “Hensel’s Tonicum,” a liquid, is another serviceable form.

Clinical

Anemia. Aphonia. Asthma. *Biliousness. Catalepsy. Chlorosis. Chorea. *Consumption (Ferr-ac.). Cough. Cramps. Debility. *Diarrhoea. Enuresis diurna. Fever, intermittent. *Goitre, exophthalmic. Gonorrhoea. Haemorrhages. Heart, affections of, palpitation of. Hectic. Hydrocephalus. *Kidneys, *affections of. Lienteria. *Menstruation, *disorders of. Neuralgia. Paralysis of viscera. Pregnancy, disorders of. Rectum, prolapsus of. Rheumatism. Shoulder, affections of. Spasms. Syphilis. Toothache. Urine, incontinence of. Vertigo.

Characteristics

*Ferrum, the Mars of the alchemists, is one of the prominent constituents of the animal body, being present in considerable quantity in the blood. It is present in many articles of daily food, and when given in excess to men or animals its first effect is to increase the amount of iron in the blood, stimulate the appetite, augment the heart’s beats and the bodily vigor. The secondary effects, which ensue sooner or later if the administration of iron is continued, are those which give the indications for homoeopathic prescribing. Hahnemann (*Mat. *Medorrhinum *Pur.) describes the effects of iron on persons who habitually drink chalybeate waters: “In such localities there are few persons who can resist the noxious influence of the continued use of such waters and remain quite well, each being affected according to his peculiar nature. There we find more than anywhere else chronic affections of great gravity and peculiar character, even when the regimen is otherwise faultless. Weakness, almost amounting to paralysis of the whole body and of single parts, some kinds of violent limb pains, abdominal affections of various sorts, vomiting of food by day or by night, phthisical pulmonary ailments, often with blood spitting, deficient vital warmth, suppression of the menses, miscarriages, impotence in both sexes, sterility, jaundice, and many other rare cachexias are common occurrences.” The digestive disorders set up by Iron are marked and peculiar, and among them is intolerance of eggs. The occurrence of this symptom in a patient about forty- five, who had had repeated attacks of articular rheumatism, led Kunkel to cure his case after he had been dosed for three weeks with salicylate of soda by the allopaths. The only other distinctive feature was constant worse of pain after midnight. The obvious advantages derived in many cases of anemia from the use of Iron in its crude forms has led to very grave abuses in old-school practice. That Iron is what may be called a “nutritive” remedy in certain defective blood conditions, having an organopathic relation to the blood, I have no doubt. In the anemia of cancer and syphilis it is often of great service as an accessory, and need not interfere with more specific remedies. But it is not suited to all cases of anemia and chlorosis, or even to a majority of them, and should never be given without discrimination and careful watching. But apart from its organopathic sphere, *Ferrum has a strictly homoeopathic use in anemias in which the highest potencies are curative. For excess of Iron will cause anaemia, and at times will aggravate it when present. The type of anemia caused by Iron and suited for its homoeopathic use is commonly seen in young persons subject to irregular distributions of blood. The cheeks are flushed as if in blooming health,’ but in spite of bloom in appearances there is pallor of lips and mucous membranes, great fatigue and breathlessness, and any motion will set up the symptoms. Delicate girls, fearfully constipated, with low spirits. Chlorosis with erethism. Mucous membranes abnormally pale. Feet swell. The irregular distribution of blood in chlorotics recalls another set of symptoms which indicate *Ferrum: haemorrhages of many kinds, from over-fullness of blood-vessels from vasomotor paralysis, or else from delicacy of the vessels themselves. Throbbing pains, the blood-vessels all over the body throb violently. Feet swell. Fullness of blood-vessels accompanies neuralgia, which is brought on by washing in cold water, especially after being over-heated. Hammering headache. The pulse of *Ferrum is full and *yielding, (that of *Aconite, is full and *boundings). With *Ferrum there is excessive irritability, both of the mind and of the tissues. It is like *Arsenicum and *China in this, as in many other symptoms, and it is an antidote to both. It is one of the best remedies for over-dosing with quinine, and hence the favorite old-school combination of “Quinine and Iron” is so far a wise one. Cramps are well marked in the pathogenesis, irritability of the bladder causing incontinence of urine when standing, irritability of the bowels, causing diarrhoea while eating. This symptom is peculiar to *Ferrum, the diarrhoea coming on when the patient beings to eat. Many remedies have it immediately after eating. Worse From eating eggs. There is also gastralgia, heavy pressure in region of stomach, a feeling as if something rolled into the throat and closed it like a valve, frequent spells of nausea, periodic vomiting (especially at twelve midnight). The liver and spleen are affected. Walls of abdomen are sore. Pain in os tincae on lying down, feeling of dryness in vagina. *Ferrum is a remedy that should be given carefully in haemorrhagic phthisis, as it may aggravate. The acetate, iodide, and phosphate are better than the metal in such cases, unless the similarity is very close. Rheumatic symptoms, especially of left shoulder and deltoid. Paralytic weakness. Restlessness. Tremor. Most symptoms are worse by motion, especially sudden motion. Vertigo on suddenly rising, when crossing a bridge over water, vertigo as if balancing to and fro, as when on water. Neuralgia is better moving slowly about. In fact ” better moving about slowly ” is a keynote condition of many *Ferrum cases. Rest worse cramps. Lying down worse pain in face, asthma, causes pain in os tincae, better cough (*H. W., xxxi. 57). Descending stairs worse headache. Walking slowly better palpitation, pain in arms, in hip-joint. The chief time of aggravation is night, and especially midnight, and also in early

morning. The symptoms generally are worse in cold weather, and better in warm air, but there is a good deal of contradictoriness in this respect, showing the irritability of *Ferrum to all influences: uncovering chest better asthma and constriction, but too light covering worse pain in shoulder. Over-heating causes neuralgia, and so does washing in cold water. There is dread of open air, but open air better headache. The chlorosis of *Ferrum is worse in winter.

Relations

Ferrum compares with Graphites (which contains iron), Manganum, and the other metals, Teste puts it at the head of a group comprising Plumb., Phosphorus, Carb-an., Pulsatilla, Zincum met., Secale, Mag-m., China, Baryta carb. It is *antidoted by: Arsenicum, China, Hepar, Ip., Pulsatilla It *antidotes: Arsenicum, Chi., Iodium, Mercurius, Hydr-ac., tea and alcoholic drinks. It is *complementary to: Alumina, Chi. *Compatible: Aconite, Arnica, Belladonna, Chi., Conium, Lycopodium, Mercurius, Phosphorus, Veratrum *Incompatible: Thea, beer. *Compare: Borax (vertigo on descending), Mang. (cough better lying down), Anacardium, Spongia (cough better after eating), Arsenicum, Chi. (Intermittent fever), Phosphorus (cholerine), Selenium, Thuja (Bad effects of tea); Graphites (Flushes of heat), Rhus ( better from motion), Olnd. (lienteria), Causticum (Paralyses).

SYMPTOMS.

Mind

Anxiety, with throbbing in the epigastrium. Anxiety as after committing a crime. Peevish, passionate, and disputative. Irritable, little noises drive to despair. Gaiety, alternating with sadness, every other day.

Head

Confusion and heaviness in the head. Vertigo, which causes falling forwards, as from the motion of a carriage, especially on moving, stooping, etc. Dizziness and turning vertigo, on looking at running water, with sickness at the stomach in walking, with the sensation as if the head would constantly incline to right side. Pressive pain in the head, especially in the fresh air. Painful confusion in the head, above the root of the nose, especially in the evening. Pulling from the nape of the neck to the head, with shootings and buzzing. Periodical hammering and pulsative headache, which oblige the patient to lie down, every two or three weeks. Congestion in the head, enlarged veins, sensitiveness of the head to the touch, worse after midnight and towards morning, returning periodically. Pain in the back part of the head when coughing. Pain in the scalp, as if it were galled. Profuse falling off of the hair, with pain when it is touched.

Eyes

Eyes cloudy, dull, and watery, with blue rings around them, especially after slight fatigue (in writing). Eyes red, with burning pain. Swelling and redness of the eyelids, with a stye, suppurating on the upper lid.

Ears

Buzzing in the ears, mitigated by supporting the head on a table.

Nose

Epistaxis, chiefly from one nostril and in the evening. Constant accumulation of clots of blood in the nose.

Face

Face earth-coloured, or pale and wan, with sunken eyes. Fiery redness of the face, the veins are enlarged. Yellow or bluish spots on the face. Small red spots on the cheek, which is pale. Puffing of the face round the eyes. Lips pale.

Throat

Pressive pain in the throat, on swallowing. Spitting of blood. Constrictive sensation in the throat, feeling as if something rolled into throat and closed it like a valve.

Appetite

Sweetish taste, like that of blood. Bitter taste of food. Want of appetite, especially in the morning, alternating with bulimy. Dislike to food and acids. Longing for acids. Meat lies heavy on the stomach. Insatiable thirst, or absence of thirst. Solid food appears too dry. After every meal, risings and Regurgitation of food, even of that which has been eaten with good appetite. Vomiting after taking acids. Pressure on the stomach and on the abdomen, always following eating and drinking. Beer affects the head, or causes vomiting. Cannot eat or drink anything hot.

Stomach

Nausea, with inclination to vomit, during a meal. Vomiting of food, especially at night, or immediately after a meal, even after eating only fresh eggs. Sour vomiting and acid rising. Everything vomited tastes sour and is acrid. Bitter risings after eating fat things. Pressure on the stomach, especially after eating meat, or even after taking the least food or drink. Cramp- like pain in the stomach. Pressive cramps in the stomach, on every occasion of eating or drinking.

Abdomen

Inflation and hardness of the abdomen. Liver enlarged, sensitive. Spleen large, sore. Cramps in spleen region. Cramp- like pains in the abdomen. Cramps in the abdominal muscles, as if the abdomen were contracted, especially during physical exertion, and on stooping, so that he can only straighten himself slowly. Flatulent colic at night (violent rumbling in the abdomen). Painful heaviness in the hypogastrium on walking. Painful weight of the abdominal viscera in walking, as if they would fall down. The bowels feel sore as if bruised, when touching them or when coughing.

Stool

Watery and corrosive diarrhoea, sometimes accompanied by cramp- like pains in the abdomen, the back, and the anus. Watery diarrhoea with burning at the anus. Discharge of blood and mucus at every stool Painless diarrhoea (involuntary during a meal). Undigested faeces. Slimy faeces. Ascarides in the rectum discharged with the slimy stool. Costive: stools hard and difficult, followed by backache. Constipation from intestinal atony, with hot urine. Contractive spasms in rectum. Itching at the anus from ascarides at night (children). Protrusion of large varices at the anus. Blind and fluent haemorrhoids.

Urinary Organs

Pains in bladder. Involuntary urination by night, also by day. Constant desire to urinate, with pain in liver, chest, and kidneys. Urine blood-red, contains blood corpuscles. Albuminuria. Hot urine.

Male Sexual Organ

Increase of sexual desire, with frequent erections and pollutions. Impotence. Nocturnal emissions. Flow of mucus from the urethra.

Female Sexual Organ

Metrorrhagia, with over-excitement of the sanguineous system. Face fiery red, and copious flow of blood, at one time liquid, at another black and coagulated, accompanied by pains in the sacral region and abdomen. Similar to those of child-birth. Catamenia feeble and of a pale blood. Suppression of the catamenia. During coition, smarting and pain, like that of excoriation in the vagina, with want of enjoyment. Swellings and indurations of the vagina. Prolapse of vagina, pain in os tincae on lying down. Before the catamenia, shooting pains in the head, with tingling in the ears. Abortion. Milky and corrosive leucorrhoea. Sterility.

Respiratory Organs

Hot breath. Oppressed, short breathing. Hoarseness and roughness in the throat. Tickling in the trachea, which greatly excites coughing. Cough, only on moving and walking. Cough better on lying down. Purulent expectoration from the cough. Spasmodic cough, especially in the morning, with expectoration of tenacious and transparent mucus, ceasing immediately after a meal, or dry, spasmodic cough, commencing after a meal, with vomiting of food. Sensation of dryness in the chest. Cough worse in the evening, till midnight. Fetid, greenish expectoration, with streaks of blood, especially at night, or in the morning. Cough after a meal, with streaks of blood, especially at night, or in the morning. Cough after a meal, with vomiting of food. On coughing, pains in the occiput, or shootings, and pains as of a bruise in the chest.

Chest

Difficulty of respiration, with almost imperceptible rising of the chest, and great dilation of the nostrils during expiration. Difficulty of respiration, especially at night, or in the evening, as if commencing in the epigastrium, worse during repose, and better by intellectual or physical occupation.

Fullness and tightness of the chest. Asthma (after midnight) compelling one to sit up. Asthma most violent when lying, or when sitting still without doing anything, better by walking and talking. When sitting still, loud breathing as if asleep. Fits of suffocation, in bed in the evening, with burning pain in the throat and the upper part of the body, and coldness in the extremities. Constrictive oppression of the chest. Constrictive spasms in the chest, worse by walking or movement. Stitches and soreness in the chest. Tensive lancinations in the chest, extending to the shoulder-blades. Congestion in the chest.

Heart

Palpitation: worse from least motion, better walking slowly, in onanists, after loss of fluids. Venous murmurs. Hypertrophy.

Back and neck

Stiffness of the muscles of the neck, with pain during movement. Swelling of the glands of the neck. Tearing (paralytic) between the shoulder-blades at night, into the upper arm (left), he cannot raise the arm, slow movement improves it gradually. Shootings in the shoulder-blades on moving the arms.

Upper Limbs

Shootings and tearings in the joint of the shoulder, and in the arm, or pullings or paralytic weakness, and heaviness. Cracking in the shoulder-joint. Nightly tearing and stinging in the arms. Uneasiness in the arms. Swelling and desquamative of the skin of the hands. Cramps and numbness in the fingers.

Lower Limbs

Tearings, with violent lancination, from the coxofemoral joint to the tibia, worse in evening in bed, and during repose. Paralytic weakness and numbness in the thighs. Weakness in the knees, so that they yield, with uneasiness of the feet. Varices on the legs. Stiffness, traction and heaviness in the legs. Swelling of the knees and of the joints of the feet. Swelling of the feet, with drawing pain, especially on beginning to walk. Cramps in the calves of the legs, the soles of the feet, and the toes. The toes are contracted.

Generalities

Violent pains, tearings and shootings, especially at night, which compel movement of the parts affected. Varices. Contraction of the limbs. Cramps in the limbs (during the day). Dropsical swellings, with shooting pains. Ebullition of blood and haemorrhage. The majority of the symptoms show themselves at night, are aggravated by a sitting posture, and mitigated by gentle movement. Great lassitude and general weakness (Almost paralytic), produced even by speech, often alternating with anxious trembling of the whole body, she is so weak that she must lie down. Emaciation. After walking in the open air, sickly feeling of fatigue, to the extent of losing consciousness, with obscuration of the eyes, and buzzing in the head. Restlessness of the limbs. Great need to lie down. Cracking in the joints.

Skin

Burning sensation in different parts of the skin, with pain as from excoriation on being touched. Paleness of the skin over the whole body. Dirty, earth-coloured skin. Dropsy.

Sleep

Excessive drowsy fatigue, with agitated sleep, at night, anxious tossing, numerous dreams, and difficulty in going to sleep again after waking. Vivid dreams. Can only lie on her back at night. The child does not sleep, disturbed by the itching caused by the ascarides. Sleep retarded in the evening. Anxious tossing about in bed (after midnight). Eyes half open during sleep. Inability of sleep when lying on the side.

Fever

Frequent shiverings of short duration. Shiverings in the evening with a feeling of cold when in bed, all night. Shiverings with violent thirst, preceded or accompanied by headache. Chill with thirst and red, hot face. Dry heat, with urgent inclination to throw off all covering. Pulse full and hard. Ebullition of blood in the day, with heat in the evening, especially in the hands. Fever, with congestion in the head, puffing round the eyes, swelling of the veins, vomiting of food, short respiration and paralytic weakness. Copious perspiration, excited by the least movement during sleep. Nocturnal perspiration of a strong smell. Cold perspiration, with anxiety during the spasms. Colliquative, clammy sweat. Profuse and long-continued perspiration, during the day when moving, and at night, and in the morning hours in bed.

About the author

John Henry Clarke

John Henry Clarke

John Henry Clarke MD (1853 – November 24, 1931 was a prominent English classical homeopath. Dr. Clarke was a busy practitioner. As a physician he not only had his own clinic in Piccadilly, London, but he also was a consultant at the London Homeopathic Hospital and researched into new remedies — nosodes. For many years, he was the editor of The Homeopathic World. He wrote many books, his best known were Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica and Repertory of Materia Medica

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