Clinically Calc. and Sil. are very similar, closer study reveals
differences as detailed below, which demarcates the two remedies.
SILICEA CALCium carbonicum
Origin Mineral kingdom Animal
and mineral kingdom
Miasm More psoric More
Constitution The head and abdomen
are disproportionately Large
head that is disproportionate to the rest of the body, with general obesity
Calc), but the body is small and emaciated OR absolute emaciation with skin hanging in
folds + an abnormally large abdomen.
(never fat or plump)
Chilliness General coldness and
chilliness; cannot get warm enough Coldness
is seen either in general or of single parts and it is usually an internal
external heat and covering. Chilliness
or a sensation as if has worn some damp stockings.
flushes of heat, but the child cannot tolerate the Marked flushes of heat, with rush of blood to head
and chest and burning feet,
bit of uncovering even then. Needs to be wrapped causing the child to throws away the covers at night
Constipation not > Child
feels better when constipated.
Convulsions Ailments from
suppressed foot sweat and vaccination. Ailments
from fright and suppression of eczema.
attacks < at new moon. Though
the child has general < at new moon, it is not so marked in cases of
Nervous system Hyperirritable
and hypersensitive and restless, Sluggishness,
stupidity and indolence more marked.
exhaustion and depression.
Sluggishness in nervous affections
Perspiration Entire head
(scalp/neck/face) covered with offensive sweat Limited
chiefly to the scalp. Excoriation or soreness of feet not seen.
Sore and raw skin of soles and toes
due to offensive foot Offensive
sour perspiration, but less marked than Sil.
sweat. Intolerable, sour,
carrion-like odor of the foot sweat.
Polyps Not so marked. Tendency
to formation of polyps (nasal/aural/intestinal).
formation of pus, and thus hastens suppuration. Favors
resorption of pus, and thus also encourages calcareous formation in parts.
Foreign bodies are dislodged from
the system through its
power to produce suppuration.