Ropy and stringy discharges, in pharyngitis, laryngitis, in coryza, in the vomited matters of gastric catarrh: in leucorrhoea and discharges from urethra. In the children it helps, where there are tenacious, stringy and purulent ear discharges, with stitching pains shooting into head and down into neck: glands, especially the parotid of that side swollen, while pains shoot down into that parotid gland.


Kali bichromicum is a remedy with some very marked and characteristic features, all its own. It is a corrosive irritant poison, deeply destructive to the tissues it attacks. Therefore, acting gently and healingly in the potencies, it soothes and stimulates repair in certain, often terrible, conditions of mucous membrane and skin – i.e., where natural and drug-sickness match. “Drug are sick-making and sick-curing, and the sickness is the same”.

One spots Kali bich. by its stringiness, its spottiness, its yellowness.

In Crocus the haemorrhages, from whatever source, draw out into long black strings; but with Kali bich. it is the purulent, or mucous discharges, from whatever source, that draw out into long strings- strings even “from mouth to floor”. Stringy discharges from nose, throat, ear, eye, chest, vulva, urethra – “urine alkaline and ropy”; vomit of like character, even the milk looking like “Stringy matter and water”, suggest Kali bich. Though the drug also tends to produce “lumpy masses” (mucous), tough-and of all degrees from bland to very offensive; white- yellow – green.

Its most characteristic pains appear in spots. The characteristic pains of Berberis radiate from a centre: those that suggest Kali bich. occur in small spots which can be “covered with the tip of a finger”. Such pains occur in some of its headaches, – “semilateral headaches in small spots”; “dull pain or stitches in right chest over a circumscribed spot” – in right hypochondrium: just to left of ensiform cartilage: in sacrum. Though it has also shooting and stitching pains.

Its ulcerations, also, are typically round-deep-looking as if punched out. They occur in mucous membranes, especially stomach: in skin: in eyes: even in bones. And the scars they leave are of like character-depressed, round, “as if punched out”.

Then its yellowness:- yellow vision (Cina), yellow sclerotics (Chel., etc.), yellow discharges, yellow vomit, yellow sputum. Yellow discharges from ear, nose, eye, while the tongue may be glazed, red, cracked, or “coated as with yellow felt”. Clarke (Dictionary) makes a great point of its usefulness where large quantities of yellow watery fluid are vomited (these occur in the provings) and he gives cases.

HERING gives a case of the vomiting of pregnancy cured by Kali bich. “Sudden nausea; yellow coated tongue; inward coldness and heat of face; constipation; violent abdominal pains; faintness.” Again, “Long, and continued vomiting during pregnancy; can retain no food in stomach; great emaciation and debility”.

KENT (Lesser Writings) details a stomach case cured by Kali bich., where “There were no catarrhal symptoms of nose or chest, and no thick, ropy discharges, therefore Kali bich. was neglected. The stomach symptoms alone guided to its use, as he had no other symptoms of importance.” “Here the patient looked over the provings, and underscored such symptoms as he had suffered from”.

Among them, “Weak digestion; stomach disordered by mildest food (as with chrome washers). Incarceration of flatulence in stomach and lower abdomen. Feeling of emptiness in stomach, with want of appetite at dinner. Wakes in the night with great uneasiness in stomach, and soreness and tenderness in a small spot to left of xiphoid appendix. Sudden violent burning constrictive pain in anterior surface of stomach. Repletion after a mouthful of food, not helped by Lycopodium. Also, cutting as with knives: unable to digest potatoes or starchy foods”.

Among other characteristics of Kali bich. are its rheumatism: wandering in type: or alternating with catarrh, or with stomach troubles.

Kali bich. has been found especially useful in diseases of mouth and throat, in tonsillitis, diphtheria, croup; in asthma, bronchitis, whooping-cough, and in stomach troubles, especially in ulceration – the round variety. But everywhere it cures specifically mucous membranes affected in its own peculiar way, and finding them thus, proceeds to mend them.

Effect on the workers in chrome. “For the first few days there is discharge of clear water from the nose, with sneezing, chiefly on going into the open air; then soreness and redness of nose with sensation of fetid smell. Then they have great pain and tenderness, most at the junction of the cartilage, and the septum ulcerates quite through, while the nose becomes obstructed by the repeated formation of hard, elastic plugs (called by the workmen clinkers). Finally, the membrane loses its sensibility and remains dry, with the septum gone, and frequently loss of smell for years. HUGHES (Pharmacodynamics).

Margaret Lucy Tyler
Margaret Lucy Tyler, 1875 – 1943, was an English homeopath who was a student of James Tyler Kent. She qualified in medicine in 1903 at the age of 44 and served on the staff of the London Homeopathic Hospital until her death forty years later. Margaret Tyler became one of the most influential homeopaths of all time. Margaret Tyler wrote - How Not to Practice Homeopathy, Homeopathic Drug Pictures, Repertorising with Sir John Weir, Pointers to some Hayfever remedies, Pointers to Common Remedies.