Kalium Sulphuricum

James Tyler Kent describes the symptoms of the homeopathic medicine Kalium Sulphuricum in great detail and compares it with other homeopathy remedies. …

Two very deep acting remedies unite to form this one. It was left to Schüessler to show its first curative powers.

Dewey’s work, on the “Tissue Remedies” gives the best presentation from the biochemic view. The writer gathered the symptoms from reported cures for many years, and found that they were justified by the study of the two remedies entering into the formation.

Generals: Many of these symptoms come out upon the sick as aggravations. Some of these are only cured symptoms. This arrangement could be improved upon much by provings. If the reader will carefully use this remedy as herein directed he will be astonished at its depth of action, and if he uses it high he will be surprised at the length of action of every dose.

It has cured epilepsy, lupus and epithelioma, and many desquamating skin affections. It has cured most obstinate case of chronic intermittent fever. It is useful in catarrhal affections with thick yellow or greenish pus, viscid or thin yellow watery discharges.

Most symptoms are aggravated in the evening. The patient craves fresh and even cold air, and he is ameliorated in open air and cool air. Aggravation by exertion and becoming heated. Complaints come on during rest, and are ameliorated by motion. Complaints aggravated in warm room. Takes cold from being overheated.

When once heated he cannot cool off without taking cold. Predisposition to phthisis. It is frequently indicated after Tuberculinum. Epileptiform convulsions. Jerking of the limbs and twitching of muscles. Dropsical condition of the extremities. Loss of flesh, and complaints aggravated after eating. Fasting ameliorates many symptoms. Flabby muscles. Fatty degeneration of glands, liver and heart. Heaviness of limbs and weariness of the body.

Hysterical symptoms. Sluggishness of the body and lack of physical irritability. Well selected remedies fall short in action. Wants to lie down, but lying in bed aggravates; he must walk about to ameliorate his sufferings. Surging of blood in the body.

Pain: in the limbs, bones and glands.

Wandering pains. Pains ameliorated by motion, ameliorated walking, ameliorated in open air; aggravated in a warm room, aggravated sitting or lying, or rest in any form.

The pain are burning, cutting, jerking, stitching and tearing, ulcerative pains. Tearing downward in the limbs. Tearing in glands and muscles. pulsation all over the body. Touch aggravates many symptoms. Many symptoms appear on waking.

Trembling and quivering. Walking ameliorates. Warm coverings aggravate, warm room aggravate, warm bed aggravates, warm wraps aggravate; bathing aggravates. Complaints dating back to suppressed eruptions. Post scarlatinal nephritis. One does not need to reflect to perceive this is Pulsatilla somewhat intensified. It takes up the work and finishes as a complement of Pulsatilla, unless, as in some instances, the patient becomes a cold and chilly subject and is better during rest, and then Silicea often will be found to have what symptoms remain.

It is usual for a patient under a deep acting remedy to go to opposite modalities, and hence Pulsatilla is so often followed by Silicea; but this is not always true. When Pulsatilla has acted well for a time and because of opposite modalities Silicea does good work for a while, and then the patient swings back to the original state, symptoms and modalities, then it is that Kali sulph. is of great usefulness.

What occurs is the same as when Sulph., Calcarea and Lyc, have rotated in a given case too deep to be cured by a single remedy and a series of remedies has been what was required because the symptoms changed in such a manner that such a series was homeopathically suited.

Mind: Quite unlike Pulsatilla, this patient is easily angered and obstinate and very irritable.

Seems to be thinking of something far away. Anxiety in evening in bed, during the night and on waking. Aversion to work, to business and to company (like Pulsatilla)

Concentration of mind difficult, and want of self-confidence. Confusion in the evening and in the morning, in a warm room, ameliorated in open air. Dullness of mind, discouraged and discontented with everything.

Extremely excitable, and mental exertion aggravates. Fear at night of death, of falling, and of people. Frightened at trifles, and forgets what he was going to do and to say. he is always in a hurry as if excited. Impatient and impetuous.

Hysterical and excited in the evening, and mind active. Cannot make up his mind to do and am Very irritable in the morning on waking, in the evening and during menses. Misplaces words in writing. Alternating moods. Changeable disposition. Restlessness during menses. Low spirited morning and evening. Oversensitive to noise. Mental symptoms from sexual excesses. Walking in sleep. Shrieking. Easily startled, from fright, on falling asleep, and during sleep. Indisposed to talk. He talks in sleep. General timidity. Weeping.

Head: The vertigo is a prominent feature in the evening, in a warm room, aggravated after eating, aggravated during headache; aggravated looking upwards; with nausea; must, lie down; objects, turn in a circle; aggravated sitting, aggravated rising up, and standing; ameliorated in open air. Feels he is falling forward. He staggers. Boiling sensation in the head, and coldness of vertex. Hyperemia in bed, on coughing, and in a warm room. Constriction like a band or close fitting-cap.

Constriction of forehead. Much dandruff. Eruptions on scalp, crusts, eczema moist, sticky, pimples, scaling. Fullness in head and hair falls out. Heat in head in a warm room. Heat in forehead. Flushes of heat. Heaviness of head, morning, in forehead, in occiput. Itching of the scalp in the morning.

The brain feels loose. Sensation of movements in head on moving the head. There are numerous headaches. Pain, morning on waking, evening and night, aggravated from a draft, during chill, taking cold, during coryza, on coughing, after eating, when heated, from warm room, jarring, during menses, motion of the head, pressure.

It is ameliorated evening, in open air, in cold air, lying. Rheumatic headache in evening aggravated in warm room, aggravated moving head from side to side or backwards. Catarrhal headaches. Gastric headaches.

The aggravation of headaches by motion is an exception, and it will be interesting to learn what further provings and observations bring forth.

The pains are pulsating, aggravated shaking head, after sleep, sneezing, standing, stepping heavily, stooping, straining the eyes aggravated in a warm room. The pains are violent. Walking in open air ameliorates. Pain extends to eyes and forehead. Pain in forehead, morning, evening; aggravated after eating. Pain over eyes. Pain in occiput, sides of head, temples.

The pains are boring, burning, bursting drawing, jerking, pressing, Stitching in head and Sides of head.

Stunning. Tearing. Pulsating in occiput, sides of head, temples, vertex. Shocks in head, in sides of head, mostly in right side.

Eyes: The eye symptoms are numerous.

Lids agglutinated. Dryness. Discharge, yellowish, greenish. Inflammation of conjunctiva, of lids. Dark veins. Eruptions about the eyes and on the lids.

Lachrymation and itching. Opacity of the cornea. It is recommended for cataract. Pain, burning, pressing and tearing. Photophobia, redness of eyes and edges of lids. Spots on the cornea; ulceration of the cornea. Swollen lids. Dark colors, variegated colors, yellow. Halo around the light. Black floating specks.

Dazzling. Dim vision. Exertion of vision brings on many complaints. Foggy vision. Sparks before the eyes. Weak vision.

Ear: Catarrh of Eustachian tubes and middle ear.

Dryness of the middle ear. Discharge from ear, yellow, thin, bright yellow or greenish, bloody, offensive, purulent.

Eruptions, eczema, excoriated, pimples. Eruptions behind ears. Itching in ears.

Noises; buzzing, chirping, cracking, crackling, humming, ringing, roaring, rushing, whizzing. Flapping sensation in the ear.

Pain in ear, evening, aching, boring, cutting, pressing, stitching, tearing. It has cured polypus. The cars feel stopped, and pulsate. The bearing is impaired.

Nose: Fluent coryza.

Catarrh with discharge, bloody, burning, excoriating, greenish, offensive, purulent, thin, yellow, slimy, or thick and viscid. Dryness in the nose. Bleeding in morning on blowing. Itching in nose. Obstruction. Pain, burning. Soreness in nose, of septum. Smell acute, later lost. Sneezing. Swollen nose.

Face: Sickly, yellow, chlorotic face.

Cracked lips. Sometimes pale. Sometimes circumscribed redness. Drawn face. Suffering, sickly expression. Eruptions on face, lips and nose. Herpes, pimples and scales. Desquamating face.

Flushes of heat. Itching. Inflammation of the submaxillary gland with swelling. Prosopalgia, aggravated when the room becomes too warm, and in the evening; ameliorated in the open air.

The pains are drawing, stitching and tearing. Perspiration of the face. Swollen glands of jaw, swollen lips. Twitching face. It has cured a wart on the lip, and will cure epithelioma when the symptoms agree.

James Tyler Kent
James Tyler Kent (1849–1916) was an American physician. Prior to his involvement with homeopathy, Kent had practiced conventional medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He discovered and "converted" to homeopathy as a result of his wife's recovery from a serious ailment using homeopathic methods.
In 1881, Kent accepted a position as professor of anatomy at the Homeopathic College of Missouri, an institution with which he remained affiliated until 1888. In 1890, Kent moved to Pennsylvania to take a position as Dean of Professors at the Post-Graduate Homeopathic Medical School of Philadelphia. In 1897 Kent published his magnum opus, Repertory of the Homœopathic Materia Medica. Kent moved to Chicago in 1903, where he taught at Hahnemann Medical College.