Kali sulphuricum

Last modified on January 22nd, 2019

Kali sulphuricum 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 Kali sulphuricum is used

      Kali sulpha. Potassium Sulphate. K2SO4. Trituration.


Antrum of Highmore, disease of. Asthma. Cataract. Catarrh. Chorea. Dandruff. Dyspepsia. Eczema. Epithelioma. Eustachian catarrh. Gleet. Gonorrhoea. Itch. Nails, diseased. Nettle-rash. Ozena. Polypus. Psoriasis. Rheumatism. Rhus poisoning. Vertigo. Whooping-cough.


Schussler’s account of this remedy is as follows: *Kali-s., which in reciprocal action with iron effects the transfer of the inhaled oxygen to all the cells, is contained in all the cells containing iron. A deficiency of *Kali-s. causes: ” A sensation of heaviness and weariness, vertigo, chilliness, palpitation of the heart, anxiety, sadness, toothache, headache, and pain in the limbs,” These are worse in a room, in warmth, towards evening, better in open, cool air. “There ensues a desquamation of cells of the epidermis and epithelium, which have been loosened from their connection because they were not sufficiently provided with oxygen. The scaling off of these epithelial cells is followed by catarrhs with a secretion of yellow mucus. Therapeutically *Kali- s. answers to the process of desquamation which takes place after scarlatina, measles, erysipelas of the face, etc.” to catarrh of larynx, bronchi, nostrils, etc., where the secretion has the above named characteristics, to catarrh of stomach, where the tongue has a yellowish mucous coating, to catarrh of middle ear, and of the kidneys. *Kali-s. effects the access of oxygen, and so facilitates the formation of new epithelium. Schussler points out that *Kali-s. and iron carry on the same transference of oxygen in the organic world. When a sulphate and any oxide of iron comes into contact with decomposing organic substances they surrender their oxygen and form suppurate or iron. By more oxygen this may be further decomposed into sulphuric acid and an oxide of iron. *Kali-s. is Schussler’s Pulsatilla. It has had no proper proving, and the fine indications are not so clear as they might be. The leading indications are those given by Schussler _ the yellow colour of the discharges, the skin and mucous membrane appearances, and the worse by warmth and better in open air. ***M.E. Douglass (*H.R., x. 279) reports a case of asthma with *thick yellow expectoration, much rattling in chest, laboured breathing, talking almost impossible, cured with *Kali-sul. 3x, five grains every hour in the attack. Hansen cured with left leg and left elbow. Eruption, papular, oval and annular with paler centers, covered with whitish scales, skin beneath red and smooth. The guiding symptom was “great desquamation of the epidermis.” All symptoms are worse in evening (*Pulsatilla worse in twilight). “Its sphere of action is in lymphatic vessels: when there is lack of this substance, a yellow mucous catarrh arises, or a yellow sticky discharge from isolated places on membranes.” The pains are wandering, wandering rheumatism (*Pulsatilla, Kali-bi.). Gonorrhea and ophthalmia neonatorum (*Pulsatilla).


*Antidote to: Rhus poisoning. *Compatible: Acet-ac., (itching and redness of skin), Calcarea, Hepar Pulsatilla, Rhus, Sepia, Silicea, Sul. Compare: Pulsatilla, Kali-bi., Hydrast. (dyspepsia, epithelioma).


Chill when over-heated. Injury.



Dreadful vertigo: worse rising from lying or from standing, when looking up. Rheumatic headache worse in warm room, in evening, better in open air. Great pain on moving head from side to side or backwards, can move it forwards without pain. Yellow dandruff, moist, sticky. Bald spot left side of head, also beard (after gonorrhoea).


Catarrhal deafness, swollen Eustachian tubes. Discharge: watery, mattery, thin, yellow, sticky, brown, offensive (right), with polypus, stinking.


Smell and taste lost (ozena). Discharge: yellow, offensive, alternating with watery, worse left, thick, dark brown, semi- fluid, fetid from antrum of Highmore (left), yellowish viscous in old catarrh.


Face ache worse warm room, evening, better cool or open air. Epithelioma right cheek, right side nose. Legs, blistered, swollen.


Toothache worse arm room, better open air. Taste: insipid, pappy, lost. Tongue: coated with yellow mucus, yellow, slimy, sometimes with whitish edge.


Faint sensation at stomach and befogged feeling in head, fears to lose her reason. Stomach affections (pressure, as of a load, fullness) with yellow mucus coat on tongue.


Gastro-duodenal catarrh: jaundice. Hard, tympanitic abdomen (whooping-cough).


Diarrhoea. Stools: yellow, slimy, watery, mattery thin, offensive. Constipation, haemorrhoids (with yellow tongue).

Male Sexual Organs

Gonorrhoea of glans or urethra, discharge yellow, mucous, or greenish. Orchitis from suppressed gonorrhea. Gleet.

Female Sexual Organs

Menses: too late and scanty, weight and fullness in abdomen, every three weeks (ozena), headache during. Metrorrhagia. Leucorrhoea yellowish or water, mattery.

Respiratory Organs

Hoarseness from cold. Bronchitis, asthma, whooping-cough, pneumonia, etc., with yellow slimy skin, or watery, mattery and profuse expectoration. easily expelled.

Back and neck

Stiff neck, head inclined to left, shoulders raised. Periodical pains in back, nape, or limbs, worse warm room, better cool air.


Acute and wandering rheumatism of joints, from chill when over- heated.

Upper Limbs

Eruption on left axilla about neck and on back of hands (Rhus poisoning). Scaly eruption, most on arms, better from hot water.


Jaundice. Suppressed rash of measles, etc. Abundant scaling of epidermis. Burning itching, papular eruption exuding pus-like moisture. Fine red pimples running together. Scurfs, scaling, chapping. Sores with yellow, sticky secretions. Epithelial cancer. Eczema. Itch. Intertrigo. Nails diseased.


Very vivid dreams.


Intermittents, with characteristic tongue.

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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