It may be noted that during the action and proving of Iodum on my person I avoided the study of this drug in any book of the materia medica, so that I should be able to put down in the record everything unbiased. Now that I go through the literature I find interesting comparisons. In many instances the words may be different but the central ideas are the same. Moreover, very few authors have done full justice in their work, probably because of lack of first hand acquaintance.
Herings Guiding symptoms and Kents Materia Medica give the best rendering. In my case, the most violent upheaval came after a potency of 50M and I was confined to be for two months. Even to this day, some one or another symptom crops up. My intimacy with Iodum is ten year old and its effects seem to last for years. In constitutional cases its repetition should be done with great care.
One of the things that I forgot to mention was easy forgetfulness. At times, even if there was nothing definite, I felt as if I had forgotten something and did not know what it was. It weighed on my mind and made me nervous and restless. It is a great nervous remedy; nervousness on undertaking any thing new or even a journey. Anxiety and nervousness was felt in the stomach causing a lot of empty eructations.
I have already written about its irritability; so irritable that he will throw objects, abuse others or desire to beat. Great irritability after stool. Weakness and irritability after stool was a constant symptom.
Great sensitiveness to noises of a crowd. Confusion and blankness of mind in a crowed. Sudden noises would startle me and resound through the heart.
At times laughter and hilarity without any cause, at others terrible blues.
I often had sudden impulses to fly or run very fast or bomb and blast buildings. I could not explain it, but it persisted for a long time.
I have failed to mention when I wrote about the weakness of Iodum that there is often trembling with weakness. Trembling of legs walking or after some exertion. Weakness and exhaustion even on talking. This weakness was not confined to chest but it was general with desire to keep quiet. There was however a phase of loquacity when I could talk on endlessly at a stretch, but I felt very tired after the feat. Weakness in particular limbs also. Inexplicable weakness alternated with restlessness.
It seems that Iodum has some sort of periodicity in its complaints which has not been brought out clearly before. I experienced cyclic depressions, both mental and physical, and they came at fairly regular intervals without any rhyme or reason.
I had a large boil on the right leg 4 inches below the knee. It burst and healed up but after two weeks it showed activity again, discharged some bloody pus and closed again. After a fortnight, it stirred itself again and with drop of bloody discharge it become quiet. There was not further recurrence.
For two winters successively I had influenza – like symptoms and the attacks came about the same month. At both times the symptoms were remarkable similar.
Sides of the Body
It seems to affect the right side of the body more than left. this are the organs affected more on the right side according to my experience.
Right eye: congestion, redness, blepharitis.
Right elbow: Eruptions.
Right leg: Abscess.
Right face: Crack in the right corner of the mouth.
Right teeth: Caries, pain.
Head and Face.
Shooting pain in the lower jaw and in the forehead, especially during in attack of acute catarrh, aggravated by bending forward or stooping. Shooting, hammering pain in the right half of the head, right ear and right lower jaw. Its application to chronic sinusitis should be kept in mind. Sensation of rush of the blood to head, tension in the head, aggravation by stooping. Increased hunger during coryza. Flushes of heat on the face and ears. Fleeting shooting pains in the lower gums. Dryness and tingling in the lips. This symptom almost gums. Dryness and tingling in the lips. This symptom almost always appeared after a dose. Every winter I noticed blepharitis of the right upper lid. One of the last to appear symptoms was cracking of the corners of the mouth, especially the right corner.
Oppressed feeling about the chest as if air was rarefied and breathing was difficult. Wanted to go out at once into the open air. Pressing pain in the cardiac region, a sensation of constriction.
As I have mentioned before, this drug is capable of causing and curing skin eruptions and itching. It produced vesicular and pustular eruptions on the elbow and on the dorsum of the feet. Itching without eruptions. numbness after itching At times I noticed that itching on the skin alternated with headache or other complaints. It produced small abscesses on the thigh and leg. During the later phase of its action a few leucodermal patches also appeared; they faded out or reappeared periodically. Also there was increased susceptibility ton tanning of the skin by the rays of the sun.
Itching without eruptions on the genitals in the evening. This was quite a persistent symptom. Falling of the public hair.
Fever and Chill
I experienced influenza – like symptoms for two consecutive winters. There was creeping chilliness both on back and front of the trunk. These chills alternated with flushes of heat on the face. There was absence of thirst throughout. I noticed that during these two attacks the recovery was fairly quick and I was more energetic after the attack of fever.
One thing that struck me was that after the attack was over, although I felt very much exhausted and irritated on the next morning, yet by the evening I felt a sudden change in myself and I was as energetic as ever. Exhausted feeling in the morning was accompanied by peculiar kind of weakness such as felt by man going uphill in a rarefied atmosphere. There was palpitation with it.
During these attacks chilliness came in waves. At times waves or flushes of heat would alternate. Chilliness in spite of heavy covers.
During the first attack of this type I had a strong urge to coitus and intercourse seemed to ameliorate me in general. During the second attack, on the day after the fever I still felt very heavy on the head. In the afternoon I slept and had an involuntary emission during sleep (an unusual thing). In the evening I was quite lively and active. Amelioration was quite marked.
Comparisons and Relationships
It is interesting to compare Iodum with other members of the halogen group, especially with Fluoric acid. Both are warm blooded and detest warmth in everything. General nourishment of the body is deeply affected, although Fluoric acid has a greater influence over bones and nails, whereas Iodum has more on glands. Emaciation is present in both but more markedly in Iodum. Both are venous remedies; both have great sexual erethism. Fluoric acid like Iodum has great hunger and many of its complaints are better by eating in general way. Both are anxious and restless remedies, but Iodum is exhausted after slightest exertion, although he although he wants to be busy or doing something. Both the remedies cannot help being busy with something or the other. Fluoric acid has sudden and strong fits of doing something physically (muscular) and does not seem to be tired even after prolonged exertion; there is surprisingly great capacity for physical labour. both are, however, relieved in their restless anxiety by occupation.
The other halogen, Bromine, like Iodum, has great influence over glands, but most of its activity is centred on the respiratory tract. Iodum causes greater induration of glands. Both have croupy cough and affections of the larynx trachea. Both have difficulty of inspiration. Both are aggravated by warmth in general. All the halogens are warm blooded. Iodine is more indicated than Bromine in pneumonia.
Chlorine, the least known of the members, exerts most of its influence on the respiratory mucous membranes. Suffocation and asthmatic breathing are present in this also. Chlorine salts have in general specific influence on mucous membrane and are similar to Iodum in diphtheria.
All the halogens have acrid and corrosive discharges to a marked degree. Here one can draw an analogy to their physical properties of acridity. Dynamic and physical properties vie with each other. With the halogens Pulsatilla has good many points of contact. Both are warm blooded and venous in character, but iodum is more anxious and restless, while Pulsatilla is more anxious and restless, while Pulsatilla is more melancholy and lachrymose.
Both are whimsical, but Iodum has tendency towards emaciation while eating more, whereas Pulsatilla is rather obese while eating less. In its chronic aspect, Iodum resembles Pulsatilla in thirstlessness. Pulsatilla is complementary to it. Nux vomica lacks the important generality of warm bloodedness, but it is, however, violent like Iodum. In irritability and vehemence they vie with each other especially i digestive complaints. Iodum has, like Nux, great ineffectual urge to stool. Nux, however is relieved after stool.
Lycopodium has many complementary relations to Iodum. Both are hot, irritable and windy remedies. Both are right sided, although Lycopodium has more decided action. Both have great hunger with emaciation. General pictures have, however, their own individualistic features which delineate them from each other.
Tuberculinum, Phosphorus and Natrum mur. are also a few of the remedies with marked emaciation and increased hunger but not to the same degree as Iodum. In scrofulous characteristics all these remedies are very close together.
In glandular affections Conium, Calcarea fluor. and Rhus tox. should be compared with Iodum.
In tuberculosis Iodum and its salts have won incontestable laurels. Most of its salts have not been proved sufficiently and we have only clinical provings to guide us. They might be a tremendous asset to our armamentarium if all are thoroughly proved.