Ferrum Element Anhängsel
Frei nach: L. R. Twentyman, M.B.
Metal Fe is in nature’s 3 kingdoms/human organism most important.
Our civilization is a definite phase of the Fe Age.
A look back to earlier civilizations before the use of this metal was mastered. There are in myth and legend many pointers to the origins of the Fe age. The figure of the Smith rises mighty in the great Finnish epic the Kalevala.
Childhood memories are full of the magic of the village blacksmith with his forge and bellows and the hammering of the burning red horseshoes. The hammer beats of the pulse here met the breathing rhythms of the bellows, and we stood spellbound before the open mysteries. Across our country are many memories of Wayland the Smith, and we can trace his ancestry to the great source of human freedom in the figure of Prometheus.x the Olympian Hephaistos. Today when the figure of the blacksmith is lost to our village life we can nevertheless in the Fe foundries and mighty steelworks experience on a gigantic scale these same basic themes.
Fe is 4th commonest element in the earth crust known to us, after O, Si and Al. It is essential to vegetable/animal/human life on earth. In haemoglobin it enters as a important constituent into the blood as organ. Other metals are required only in trace amounts. It is strange therefore that its use as a remedy in medicine is relatively limited, in academic medicine to supplement the natural sources in food in cases of Fe deficiency anaemia and in homeopathic medicine to the rather thin indications for Ferr-met. and Ferr-p.
There should be an extended therapeutic use for this metal, following pointing to some of the fields in which it can be a healing agent. As a healing force, a real undoer of poisoning over a wide range of phenomena.
The principal Fe ores are distributed in the northern temperate zone where they lie close to large coal deposits. Fe in metallic state occurs on the island of Disko off Greenland, in meteors and finely distributed in various basalt rocks. The main ores are the sulphides, oxides, Cates and hydrates. The main S ore is Pyrites , which is almost metallic in appearance; here Fe overcomes S. There are various forms of Fe sulphides. When exposed to air and water the ores are changed to rust and salts; stable only if imprisoned and protected in deeper layers of rocks. With O, Fe forms ferrous and ferric oxides and the ferrous salt of ferric acid occurs as magnetic (Kirunavara, Sweden). As Ferr-o. occurs as Haematite which gives a reddish colour to the rocks, whereas ferrous oxide conveys a greenish colour to Olivine. With Carb-diox. it forms Cates (Siderite = resemblING Calcite). Siderite can dissolve in Cic water to form biCate of Fe. In this form it appears in the chalybeate (= Eisenhaltig) springs. The changing seasons bring about varying concentrations of Carb-diox. and Fe in the water. With water, Fe forms various hydrates important in the German deposits. As combines with S and Fe in the form of Asal pyrites, and here we can see that Fe can subdue both S and As, rendering the latter nontoxic. Fe also combines with As acid to form insoluble Scorodite.
Hauschka has pointed to the appearance of two main dynamic tendencies in the crystallization or rather the pattern of crystallization of Fe compounds.
1st. a radial formation most clearly seen in Marcasite, a centripetal radial pattern of crystals being especially characteristic.
2nd. a tangential arrangement is typically found in Haematite and Limonite.
3rd. 1st + 2nd combined in spiral arrangements (Siderite). "The spiral tendency always arises when time enters space and develops towards a centre. The fact that this dynamic shows up so clearly in Fe ores points to the fundamental role played by the Fe process, for it transforms spherical forces quite unrelated to the laws of the earth into radial forces working towards a centre. Or we can say that the function of Fe is to help cosmic, weightless elements to enter the sphere of gravity. This is a characteristic of Fe to be found at every level of its functioning“.
We have noted the capacity of Fe to unite with As, rendering it nontoxic, and have seen that in pyrites the metallic nature of Fe masters and overcomes the Sous tendencies. It further has the capacity to combine with cyanide to form the prussian blues and ferrocyanides and render the cyanide harmless. In the chalybeate (= eisenhaltig) springs, the changing seasons dissolve or precipitate the Fe compounds, showing how Fe responds to these rhythmic processes of the earth. We also find that in its compounds with O, the ferrous and ferric oxides, it shows a wonderful responsiveness to light. These two forms easily change into each other, the Fe taking up and giving up O with equanimity and showing no preference for the bi- or tri-valent forms. Light is a powerful agent for converting Fe to Ferr-o. These phenomena led Pelikan to characterize Fe as the "breather among the metals“. A further example of the detoxicating function of Fe is found in the rivers and seas. Pb, Cu, As, Hg and other metals are washed down into the oceans where they would make life impossible were it not for the hydroxide of Fe washed down with them which combines with them and precipitates them to the bottom as mud.
Not only is Fe responsive to light and the warmth of the season, it is also responsive to magnetic fields/takes on magnetism. Pure Fe is soft and malleable and will scarcely maintain its form. But it has a remarkable quality of absorbing C which confers (= verleiht) it the rigidity of the earthly state in cast Feusseisen). Together with various metals such as Cr and W, C gives qualities to Fe which as steel fit it for the enormously varied needs of technology. Not only can it be made rigid, elastic and so on, but it will retain magnetism - which pure Fe almost immediately loses when removed from the magnetic field. So Fe can respond to the qualities in C and other metals, absorbing and retaining their forces. It is responsive both to the influence of light and to the gravitational and magnetic forces of the earth.
We can now turn to the functions of Fe in the vegetable and animal kingdoms. Our attention is at once gripped by the green chlorophyll of plants and the red haemoglobin of animal blood. These two substances are basically very similar, only chlorophyll contains Mg whilst haemoglobin contains Fe. Chlorophyll cannot be formed in the absence of Fe, but it cannot take it up into itself. In haemoglobin the Fe is interiorized. When Fe is removed from haemoglobin and Mg removed from chlorophyll, the porphyrins are so to speak the break-down product. Introduced into the animal organism, these open to the poisonous effects of light. The porphyrins are constructed out of 4 pyrole rings and pyrrolidine enters into many plant poisons (alkaloids of Tab., Bell. and Coca). In these phenomena we can see the metals Fe and Mg antidoting/overcoming the poison and even converting it into life-building substance. Are the porphyrins themselves the destructive agents or do they act as media through which the destructive action of, say, light penetrates into the organism?
When the animal/human organism is exposed to light, the pigment Melan. is formed. This happens in the eye/the skin as a response to sunlight.
Melan. pigments do not contain Fe but, like chlorophyll, they can be formed only in its presence. The ink of the cuttlefish is related to its extraordinary and wide open eye.
Pelikan has shown how in the plant kingdom the appearance of alkaloid poisons comes about, as forces akin to the specifically animal forces penetrate too deeply into the vegetable sphere. These (astral) forces normally contact the plant in its blossom. There they paralyse vitality and growth and eliminate the green colour. If they penetrate more deeply poisonous substances are found. In the human, the nervous system is the specific organ for these forces which penetrate into the organism as paralysing, katabolic destructive processes. But it is on the basis of these destructive processes that consciousness can arise, the price being a constant sickening from the nerve pole of human organisms. Against this sickening the Fe in the blood provides a constant healing activity comparable to its healing of the poisonous porphyrins. We have already seen that Fe can subdue the S processes which, arising from the metabolic pole strive to overcome consciousness in a polar form of disease. Fe acting as a rhythmic breathing element works to balance and heal both tendencies to illness which we forever carry within us. This rhythmic balancing function also makes it possible for Fe to become the bearer of our ego freedom and presence of mind.
If we look at the homeopathic drug picture of Ferr-met. we find headaches with a distinctly migrainous character conspicuous. Full bounding headaches revealing a bursting through of the S metabolic processes into the realm of consciousness. Fe can help to subdue these too turbulent, exuberant forces. The Ferrum patient is chilly/deficient in warmth. Fe enables the imponderable element of heat to enter into the organism. The blushing and blanching reveal the sensitive responsiveness of Fe which we have noted, and this responsiveness is further revealed in sensitivity (noise). Gentle, slow movements are said to help these patients, and we can guess that such movements act into the general rhythmic system in contrast to Sep. > vigirous exertion (liver and portal congestion).
Ferr-p. inflammatory condition (respiratory tract)/less acute phase Pyrite in tracheitis/bronchitis.
Fe is in a sense a remedy for the inherent illness of the nervous system. Treichler suggested the use of Katoptrite/Berthierite in M.S. Katoptrite is an Fe antimony compound and in Berthierite S is added. In the earlier times when acute poliomyelitis was epidemic, zur Linden reported on the very useful action of Skorodite (Ferr-ars.) in this disease. In M.S. the earliest lesion is probably in the optic nerve and visual tract. Not only is retrobulbar neuritis often the earliest presenting symptom, but recent studies have shown that in practically all cases of M.S. there is a demonstrable delay in conduction from eye to visual cortex. I have personally noticed a great deficiency in the capacity to produce "after-images" in these patients. Can we perhaps interpret these phenomena as indicating that light itself is here again acting as a toxic agent? Can we not take it that normally light is digested in the eye and does not pass into the nervous system as a foreign element? It is met by the blood in the retina and the sclerosing, destructive effects of light are met by the metabolic dissolving inflammatory forces of the blood. Anyone who will spend a little while observing the phenomena of after-images can soon observe the rhythmic play of colours continuing for some minutes. In these rhythmic phenomena, can we perhaps see the Fe again playing its "breathing" role and how it helps in a healing manner to mediate between the sclerotic and inflammatory tendencies we have mentioned? We can, following Treichler, envisage the morbid process in M.S. as consisting in the process normal on the retina being displaced further and further, so to speak, into the brain and spinal cord. The first phase of the attack, demyelination, is an extension of the normal dying, sclerosing, "life" of the nervous system which then arouses an inflammatory, explosive, counter movement from the blood. This inflammatory reaction is often more destructive than the original demyelination. The plaques can in this way be understood as displaced eyes, attempts to form eyes within the nervous system itself. We hope that Fe may help to antidote the toxic effects of light, that it may help to bring this imponderable constructively within the earthly realm/may restrain a too violent inflammatory reaction. By exerting its rhythmic tendency it can intermediate between the two poles. Something of all this can be seen in the psychic phenomena of these patients. On one hand their thoughts and mental life become very scatterbrained even for our scatterbrained generation; they find it difficult to bring the synthesizing force of the will into their thoughts to enliven what have become excessively dead and abstract items of mental existence. On the other hand they cannot infuse their life of will with ideals and conscious goals. The life of will becomes blind impulsiveness; they cannot inform the will with purpose. In the course of working with these patients I have found that these remedies do seem to help this divided state of soul even when the organic state does not respond. I have the impression that one can often act therapeutically in this way and one can have an idea of what one's therapeutic goal can be.
Depression, may call for Fe, that state of paralysis of the will which is so common.
Aur. is the best homeopathic remedy for severe depression, but we should also consider Stann-met. and Ferrums.
The relation of depression to the liver is obvious in the experience of Hepatitis/Sn and Fe have a special relation/affinity for the parenchymatous and bile functions. Whilst Stann-met. may arouse and unlock the torpid and paralysed will, Fe will serve more to fan it with enthusiasm and give it individual force to take its place in the world, to fight for its place.
Aur-met. concerned more with the despair of existence and those depressions whose solutions point to a transformation of life's goals and meanings. It has to do with the transformation of material into spiritual goals. There are of course many other remedies needed in depression, but these three give a certain orientation in penetrating the dark enigmas of this state. There are many preparations of these metals to choose from. (vegetabilized metals: metals potentized by the passage through corresponding plants). Use in depression: Taraxacum Stanno cultum, Chelidonium Ferro cultum, and Hypericum Auro cultum, (injection).
Rheumatoid arthritis: Fe in various potencies and forms in the treatment of.
‡ Wirkung: Blut/Kreislauf, Gleichgewicht/Dynamik zwischen Beschleunigung/Hemmung/Umwandlung, Leichtigkeit/Schwere,
Durch des Eisenprozesses durchdringen Seele/Ich den physische Körper, Stau entsteht in Leber/Galle (Eiweißbildungskraft wird hier gestaltet + Galle gebildet = Eisenkräften die den freien Willen entfalten). Galle nimmt die Nahrung das Eigene, hilft die Aufnahme der Nahrung in die Wärmehaushalt/Seele. Ähnliche Prozesse finden im Sinnes-/Nervensystem statt (der Eisenprozess ist völlig vergeistigt im Kehlkopforgan, wo Stauprozessen die Sprache gestalten). Eisenphasen = vor der/Geburt/Gehen lernen/3e/9e/14e.
Fühlen: beherrschen Leidenschaften/mitgerissen werden
Wollen: sich durchsetzen/eigene Vorstellung ‡
Thema: Verteidigung gegen Forderungen von außen;
Negativ: Gesetzte/empfundene Grenzen nimmt die Begeisterung/Unternehmungslust. = angenehm zu haben wenn er tun kann was er will. BeHAUPTet sich eisern/rechthaberisch/Kleinigkeiten ERREGEN, Druck/ Zwang, Angst bei Seite geschoben zu werden/unerwartete Angriffen, ertragen keine + < Widerstand/Lärm, rücksichtslos/verbissen, > Bewegung + abgeneigt, Blut, Gesicht errötet bei Schmerz/Emotionen/Anstrengung,
nach Beherrschungsverlust kommen Reue/Schuld, entwickelt langsam, SENSITIV = < Anstrengung,
Ferrum = silberweiß und dehnbar, erst die Verbindung mit Carbon macht es hart,
Ferrum = schaffen/Ziel/Aktivität/Ende/Überfluss, Arterien
S und Fe ziehen sich an
Cuprum = Stille/lauschen/dienen/Sparsamkeit, Venen,
Ferr braucht Cu um in Stoffwechsel aufgenommen werden zu können
Ferrum kann durch Aktivierung Hämoglobin bilden.
Ferrum schützt bei Erdbeben die Gebäude vor Einsturz,
Chrom wird hergestellt aus Chromeisenerz.
Ferrum = Katalysator für Diamant (Temperatur kann niedriger sein)
Ferrum schützt bei Erdbeben die Gebäude vor Einsturz,
Chrom wird hergestellt aus Chromeisenerz.
Ferrum = Katalysator für Diamant (Temperatur kann niedriger sein)
Fe zerstört Vit. E
Ferrum braucht Cu um im Stoffwechsel aufgenommen werden zu können (Cu = Stille/lauschen/dienen/Sparsamkeit/Venen
Fe = Teil Enzymen/Hämoglobin (bindet O/Fe entsteht unter sauerstoffarme Bedingungen
Fe macht Giften unwirksam: Plb-kombinationen. Cupr- kombinationen. Ars- kombinationen. Merc- kombinationen.
‡ Folgendes hat anthroposofische Einschlüße ‡
Frei nach: Bertram von Zabern, M.D.
The red pigment of the blood, hemoglobin contains iron, the chemical properties of which are at work in the functions of respiration: the absorption of oxygen in the lungs, and its transport to all body tissues. An iron deficiency could cause not only fatigue and physical weakness, but in general, it could be responsible for a person's constant lack of resistance to infections. Interestingly, a decrease of iron in the blood may be itself caused by infections, thus leading to a vicious cycle of poor health.
Since the arrival of AIDS the lack of resistance to infections is the greatest challenge of modern medicine. Immunology, like other conventional sciences, has become a research field of details resulting in ever more immunizations rather than addressing health in a holistic way. Within the scope of this article, I will refer to basic observations, which link the outer appearance of human nature, illness, and remedial substance to their inner origins. Such views have been renewed for modern thinking by R.S. although we find this wisdom described throughout history.
Iron is the most prevalent of the heavy metals in the human body as well as in our planet as far as earth has been explored. According to W. Pelikan the distribution of mineral iron stretches from N. America, England, France, Germany, Russia, North China as a vast belt around much of the northern temperate earth latitude. Characteristically, it occurs next to a similar belt of coal formation, an indication that in the early stages of earthly evolution iron, like coal, was part of organic life.
A special form of iron is found on all continents: meteorites literally fall from the skies to the earth every year. This meteoric iron is a cosmic pure metal with a crystalline pattern not seen in earthly iron.
Civilization has been called the "Iron Age" since humans learned to use this metal for purposes of technology. As iron is one of the main ingredients of nature and human life, we are not surprised to find through many epochs of history that cultures have described their central spiritual values in connection with this metal. Never have these values been more deeply expressed than through the personality of the apostle Paul, who is always depicted with his sword. The sharp iron blade points to Paul's own transformation from a cruel, merciless persecutor to become the "instrument of the Lord Christ." Paul himself used, at the end of his epistle to the Ephesians, the picture of the armor of God to fight the hierarchic powers of evil. "The spiritual sword is the Word of God".
Another sword-bearing figure in Christian depictions is the archangel Michael, about whom we read in the Apocalypse that he defeated the satanic dragon. But Christian art shows Michael also holding a scale. There, the blade of his sword is transformed into the "tongue" of the scale, pointing out the difference between good and evil.
Are these considerations relevant to understanding the immune system? Whichever way the different white blood cells and other elements of the "body defenses" work, the emotional and spiritual condition of the patient makes a vital difference. A strong sense of determination not to become ill, an attitude of guardedness against infection, are effective helpers to prevent communicable illness. Our immune system is even capable of fighting cancer with amazing results, especially in patients who do not give up.
Observations of this kind remind us of the inner strengths of iron: courage and will power to fight. At the same time, they raise questions about the purpose of the immune system. Is it there to fight infections or cancer, to kill bacteria, viruses or malignant cells, so there will be no illness? In terms of bacteriology, that would define the immune system. But it does not define health, because it does not include the personal experience of going through an illness to regain new health. When we are "run down", "under stress", or sleeping or eating poorly, not only our resistance to various illnesses is compromised, but we become victims of our own poor lifestyle. As disruptive as an illness can be for the job we are trying to fulfill, it helps us to take a break from an exaggerated work commitment and to gain a better perspective on life. Recovery then can bring a new resolution, a new sense of inner balance and joy.
Hahnemann had insight into the true process of healing that always included the mind as well as the body. He saw a deep spiritual connection between an illness and a remedy. The inner dynamic of a substance does not become active in its crude material form. To become a remedy, a substance has to be rhythmically diluted. Hahnemann taught in his book Organon that in the homeopathic process the inner force of a natural substance is set free so it can truly heal. The understanding of the spiritual side of healing has been more common in the earlier days of medicine. The Finnish epic Kalewala describes the power of iron to injure and kill; but the hero Wainamoinen knows the mythic origin of the iron, from where the spiritual power comes to stop the bleeding.
The cosmic side of iron is traditionally connected with Mars, the god of warfare, and his red planet. Paracelsus.x wrote that iron is a universal force present in the planet Mars, in the metal, in the function of the gall bladder and the bile, and in plants permeated by the force of iron, such as the stinging nettle.
How do we prescribe such remedies at present? As a medication to boost the body defenses in flu and similar viral infections, we use iron phosphate in its homeopathic form. The phosphorus component addresses the inflammatory nature of these illnesses. Underlying dispositions like fatigue, poor resistance, anxiety, we treat by homeopathically using meteoric iron. Supplementation of material iron has little to do with these medications, even though there are conditions such as iron deficiency anemia, where we have to supplement nutritional iron.
Typical "iron plants," in the sense in which Paracelsus described the stinging nettle, bear the signature of iron regardless of their material iron content. One of these plants is Symph. (= Boneset), Eupat-per. (used against flu). It is native to America (it only grows wild there). I prescribe it as the flu preparation Infludo w, which contains Boneset as a main ingredient, and in combination with it Ferrum phosphoricum D 6. You may find Boneset in your back yard or alongside a country road. Its leaves are serrated, lanceolated and sharply pointed. Their flavor is of a penetrating bitterness that truly wakes us up. It is a healthy bitter taste that activates bile excretion. We can see here already a glimpse of how Boneset works its magic; there is a cleansing, "clarifying" effect to that bitterness and its bile activation, which identifies it as part of the iron force described above. The name Boneset indicates that it helps with fevers generating violent bone aches. "Perfoliatum" means "through the leaf' - opposite leaves are uniquely grown together at their base, so that the stempierces the double leaf. This martial appearance is accentuated in the young plant by the small top pair of leaves pointing upwards like the tip of a spear.
There are other plants carrying the force of iron: Echinacea, Celandine (Chelidonium), Prunus spinosa (a wild-growing bush of the plum family), and certainly the oak tree, just to name a few. If we would consider them only to be fighters against infection or other illness, they would be misunderstood. They are fighting to bring about balance in our lives. Their message is: "Find yourself in your inner equilibrium, then you will understand us, and you will be healed“.