Comparison Iodum and others
Halogens: Fluor, Chlor, Brom, Iod.
Iod. the heaviest member has AFfinity for O and little affinity for H.
With the increasing atomic weight the halogens show modifications in their symptomatology, but in all the halogens a certain strand of common symptoms seem to be characteristic of the group.
All halogens warm blooded. All halogens have acrid and corrosive discharges to a marked degree. Here one can draw an analogy to their physical properties of acridity. Dynamic and physical properties compete with each other.
Fl-ac. of the halogen group comes nearest Iod. in the desire to be occupied. warm blooded and detest warmth in everything. General nourishment of the body AFfected/Varicose veins and venous stagnation. increased capacity for work, effects boners and nails. Emaciation. Venous. anxious and restless. great sexual erethism. HunGER many of complaints > eating.
cannot help being busy with something or the other. Relieved in their restless anxiety by occupation.
Iod. desire to be occupied/not such endurance feats to her credit/> eating: amongst the halogen group Fl-ac. has it to a fairly strong degree. Affects glands. venous
Emaciation more markedly in Iod. anxious and restless. great sexual erethism. HunGER many of complaints > eating. sudden and strong fits
of doing something physically (muscular) and does not seem to be tired even after prolonged exertion; there is surprisingly great capacity for physical labor
Iod. exhausted after slightest exertion, although he wants to be busy or doing something. cannot help being busy with something or the other.
sudden and strong fits of doing something physically (muscular) and does not seem to be tired even after prolonged exertion; there is surprisingly great capacity for
Brom. like Iod. Has INfluence over glands (centred on the respiratory tract).
Iod. induration of glands. Both have croupy cough and affections of the larynx trachea/difficulty of inspiration/< warmth in general.
In pneumonia Iod. more indicated than Bromine
Chlorine. (= muriaticum), the least known of the members, exerts most of its influence on the respiratory mucous membranes. Suffocation and asthmatic breathing present.
Chlorine salts have in general specific influence on mucous membrane and are similar to Iod. in diphtheria.
Puls. many points of contact with the halogens. Both warm blooded and venous, Iod. more anxious and restless – Puls. more melancholy and lachrymose. Both are whimsical, but Iod. has tendency towards emaciation while eating more, Puls. rather obese while eating less. Chronic: Iod. resembles Puls. in thirstlessness.
Nux-v. lacks the important generality of warm bloodedness, but is violent like Iod. In irritability and vehemence compete with each other (digestive complaints).
Iod. and Nux-v., great ineffectual urge to stool. Nux-v. relieved after stool.
Lyc. complementary to Iod. Both hot, irritable and windy remedies/right sided, although Lyc. more decided action/hunGER with emaciation. General pictures have, their own individualistic features.
Sulph. < standing/feels UNeasy and gets easily tired while standing/may walk for hours but standing upsets in a few minutes.
Iod. exhibits great prostration, unusual weakness at times out of proportion to the apparent cause. Strange symptom: feels extreme weakness when ascending stairs although he does not feel tired while walking on level ground. WEAK when hungry; when stomach is empty after stool.
In tuberculosis Iod. and its salts have won incontestable laurels. Most of its salts have not been proved sufficiently and we have only clinical provings to guide us.
Coryza: Iodum < open air, Hedera is > open air.
Throat pain on swallowing: Hed., Iod. pain when not swallowing.
Urination: Iodum suppressed and increased, Hed. urination increased.
Ovarian pain: Hed. left; Iodum right.
Cardiac sphere Hedera and Iodum have a similar action. Both have constriction of the heart with piercing, needle-like pains. Hedera has been of great service in myocardial infarction and should be considered along with our other great heart remedies.
Hedera shares with Iodum many of the pathological signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism but contrasts with Iodum in the expansion of these into the subtle sphere of subjective, physiological response. In this manner Hedera gives us one more effective agent for the individualisation of the treatment of hyperthyroidism. ‘
The outstanding symptom not shared either with the clinical symptoms of hyperthyroidism or the symptoms of Iodum is a generalised tingling of the joints, muscles and nerves. Clinically, in homeopathic dilutions, Hedera has been of particular value in hyperthyroidism, gallstones and cholecystitis, and chronic cirrhosis. In gross dilutions it has been used to cure drunkenness, for worms, late menses, varicose veins and retarded menses.’