Anaemia


Dr. Dewey discusses the homeopathy treatment of Anaemia in his bestselling book Practical Homeopathic Therapeutics….


Ferrum metallicum. [Ferr]

      Iron is the great allopathic remedy for anaemia from almost any cause. It is also a great homoeopathic remedy, but it will not cure every case of anaemia; careful individualization is necessary. When the patient has an ***appearance of full bloodedness or plethora, which is followed by paleness or earthiness of the face and puffiness of the extremities, then **Ferrum will benefit. It is not the remedy for the anaemia resulting from loss of fluids; that is **Cinchona, or perhaps **Natrum muriaticum. When **Ferrum is indicated the mucous membranes are pale, more so than with **Cinchona, and there is apt to be an anaemia murmur in the veins of the neck. The patient is easily exhausted. Vomiting of food after eating may occur. The patient is constantly chilly and perhaps has an afternoon or evening fever simulating hectic fever. In very stubborn cases sometimes **Ferrum phosphoricum may serve better than Ferrum metallicum. Schuessler recommends first **Calcarea phosphorica, then **Ferrum phosphoricum. In simple, uncomplicated chlorosis **Ferrum is one of our best remedies. Hughes recommends **Ferrum redactum IX or 2X. Ludlam praises **Ferrum et strychnia citrate 3X, Dr.Jousset, **Ferrum aceticum or the **Ferrum protoxalate, and Dr.Holcombe. of New Orleans, used **Ferrum phosphoricum.

All these preparations of Iron may benefit cases of anaemia and chlorosis; if so, it is by virtue of their similarity to the symptoms of the case, and not because one or the other preparation of Iron is a tonic in the allopathic sense. By giving the indicated preparation of Iron it removes the underlying dyscrasia giving rise to the anaemic or chlorotic conditions and cures the trouble.

Pulsatilla. [Puls]

      **Pulsatilla is the great antidote to Iron, and hence is indicated in the anaemic condition produced by large or continued doses of it. The system is relaxed and worn out; the patient is chilly and suffers from gastric and menstrual derangements. Thus the symptoms resemble closely those calling for **Ferrum. The cause of the anaemia must be sought for, and if the case comes from allopathic hands it is safe to infer that much Iron has been given and **Pulsatilla will surely be the remedy. The **Pulsatilla patient feels better in the open air. Dizziness on rising, absence of thirst, and the peculiar disposition will lead to the remedy. Cyclamen, which is similar in many respects, differ from **Pulsatilla in dreading the fresh air.

Cinchona. [Chin]

      is the chief remedy for anaemia resulting from loss of fluids, as in lactation or haemorrhage, or from all exhausting discharges, such as menstrual flow, long-lasting diarrhoea, and sexual excesses and loss of semen. The quality of the blood is actually poorer in cases calling for **Cinchona. Special symptoms are heaviness of the head, loss of sight, fainting and ringing in the ears, pale sallow complexion, sour belching, poor digestion and bloated abdomen. The patient is sensitive to draughts of air yet wants to be fanned.

**Dr. George Royal thinks many physicians err in giving **Cinchona too low in symptomatic anaemia when much time has elapsed since the drain was made on the system. He finds the 30th. productive of better results than the lower preparations. **Natrum muriaticum is also a remedy for anaemic and debilitated conditions due to loss of fluids, especially in women who suffer from menstrual disorders and in chronic cases with a dead, dirty-looking skin. **Chininum arsenicosum is sometimes prescribed for anaemia, not, however, on the totality;of the symptoms, but because it is said to be “good for it.” It has been found curative in certain cases;of pernicious anaemia.

W.A. Dewey
Dewey, Willis A. (Willis Alonzo), 1858-1938.
Professor of Materia Medica in the University of Michigan Homeopathic Medical College. Member of American Institute of Homeopathy. In addition to his editoral work he authored or collaborated on: Boericke and Dewey's Twelve Tissue Remedies, Essentials of Homeopathic Materia Medica, Essentials of Homeopathic Therapeutics and Practical Homeopathic Therapeutics.