Calcarea iodata

Proving Symptoms of homeopathy medicine Calcarea Iodata, described by Richard Hughes in his book, A Cyclopedia of Drug Pathogenesis, published in 1895….


Iodide of calcium, CaI2.


1. W. J. BLAKELEY, M. D. Dec. 9th, 1866, at 9:30 p.m., took 3gr. of 1st cent. trit. of c. iod. In 10 m. dull heavy pain in forehead, sharp and piercing in right temple; followed by dull heavy lameness in right arm; persistent itching on right elbow., afterwards same on left knee; aching in left temple also; fulness in forehead, aggravated by stooping; severe laming pain in external portion of right arm, with numbness of hand and fingers. On waking next m. had still same dull aching as on previous n. At 7:50 a.m., repeated dose. Immediate attack of same dull headache before, and constant evacuation of large quantities of wind downwards. Repeated dose at 10 a.m. While riding, 1 1/2 h. later, against a cold wind had very severe headache over forehead and in temples. Repeated dose at 5:20 p.m., after 1h. itching in various parts of body, migrating from place to place, only relieved after much scratching. At 7:20 took gr. ss. After 5 m. mouth and gums burn like fire. astringent taste, as of alum; severe dull headache in forehead and both temples, specially r. Pulse 80, regular and soft. Tired feeling in legs, especially calves, and weariness of whole body. Next d. frontal and temporal pain persists. At 1:30 p.m., 6 gr. of 1st trit., and at 10:15, 3 gr. of 2nd trit. While making latter temporal headache increased; after taking it slight pain in abdomen and across anterior upper third of both thighs as if beaten. Next d. frontal pain extends to right side of face and a molar tooth; and again great evacuation of wind. (Hahn. Monthly, iii, 267.)

2. Mr. J. L. -, aet. 30, nervo-bilious temperament. Dec. 10th, 1866, 10:15 p.m. took 3 gr. 2nd cent. trit. 11 p.m., light- headed; easy indolent feeling, indifference to anything; “sensation as if my head wasn’t, yet was” (Dr. Blakeley did not see the prover again, and cannot explain this sensation). 11:10 p.m., numbness and ringing in ears; inclined to belch wind (after 1 h.); slight hiccough. 11:20, rumbling in the bowels with discharge of wind. 11:35 p.m., slight nausea; dry furred feeling on lips and tongue. dec. 11th, 7a.m., slight giddy headache, pain over eyes, stiffness of back of neck, desire for stool, with great discharge of wind. 7:20 a.m., took 3 gr. 2nd cent. trit. 8 a.m., stiffness of neck continues. 9 a.m., bitter taste in mouth like myrrh, not disagreeable. 9:20 a.m., bitter taste partially relieved by tobacco. Dec. 12th, 7:30 a.m., took 3gr. 2nd cent. trit. 11 a.m., no symptoms save fulness of the head. 11:35 a.m., slight pain in the head, with heaviness over the eyes and nose. (Ibid.).

Richard Hughes
Dr. Richard Hughes (1836-1902) was born in London, England. He received the title of M.R.C.S. (Eng.), in 1857 and L.R.C.P. (Edin.) in 1860. The title of M.D. was conferred upon him by the American College a few years later.

Hughes was a great writer and a scholar. He actively cooperated with Dr. T.F. Allen to compile his 'Encyclopedia' and rendered immeasurable aid to Dr. Dudgeon in translating Hahnemann's 'Materia Medica Pura' into English. In 1889 he was appointed an Editor of the 'British Homoeopathic Journal' and continued in that capacity until his demise. In 1876, Dr. Hughes was appointed as the Permanent Secretary of the Organization of the International Congress of Homoeopathy Physicians in Philadelphia. He also presided over the International Congress in London.