IODINE


IODINE. Iodine is the heaviest member of the halogen group. It has the greatest affinity for oxygen and least for hydrogen. With the increasing atomic weight the halogens show modifications in their symptomatology, but in all the halogens there is a certain strand of common symptoms which seem to be characteristic of the group. comparisons will bring out this point.


General Introduction

Iodine is the heaviest member of the halogen group. It has the greatest affinity for oxygen and least for hydrogen. With the increasing atomic weight the halogens show modifications in their symptomatology, but in all the halogens there is a certain strand of common symptoms which seem to be characteristic of the group. comparisons will bring out this point.

It is a vital element for us and it has specific influence as a catalyser. Although it is found everywhere in our body, yet the thyroid is by far the richest in Iodine contents, as it contains 1/6 to 1/7 of the total Iodine. The amount necessary for the maintenance of metabolic equilibrium is about 14 gammas a day. Thyroid is the central laboratory in the body which is responsible for the movement of Iodine in the body, its absorption and organic combination. Thyroxin is the compound to which is ascribed the chief action of Iodine. Excessive amounts of thyroxin in the blood accelerate the basal metabolism and usually Thyrotoxicosis is the result.

The picture of hyperthyroidism and the drug picture of Iodine seem to be very much alike in many ways. Emaciation, nervous and mental disturbances, anxiety neurosis and intolerance of warmth are the examples.

Drug Picture.

Iodine is one of the most deep acting constitutional drugs known to us. Although it is not frequently indicated, yet no other drug can take its place where it is constitutionally indicated. Fortunately for us, it has well defined, sharply cut features, but even then we often pass by it and fail to recognize it. The patient is usually think and lean, or has become so, although he might have looked well-fed earlier. The color of the skin often darkens under its influence. Hence the text says that it is indicated in dark persons. He or she is usually an over- active, even restless type, always doing something or other. Even when there is little energy left in him, he does not keep quiet. He becomes restless and irritable if he does not do something to occupy his mind and body. Suppose he has headache

and it hurts the eyes to read, still he would go on reading or writing; if he does not do it, he becomes uneasy. The …..

mechanical act of mere writing will give him some peace. In later stages he is easily tired by any exertion, but this peculiar restlessness forces him to attempt to do something. It is an anxiety state, and he finds an escape through work or occupation. He paces the room to and fro in his extreme anxiety. He will become restless and anxious when his meal time comes. Concentration on anything is impossible. Eating relieves him for some time. If he suffers from flatulent distension of the abdomen, he becomes anxious and restless; knows not what to do; walks about. Continued walking seems to give him relief. It may be mentioned, lest forgotten, that many of its aches and pains are better by walking or continued motion. Patient as a whole, because of his general restlessness and anxious state, is better while in motion, while he is pre-occupied with something.

A little thing, however insignificant, will start him worrying, and then comes the anxious state, ameliorated from eating or some work. At times there is a feeling that he must do something or he will go insane. Patient wants to do something, but knows not what. In its constitutional state this anxious restlessness must be present in Iodine cases. Of all the authorities only Kent has emphasised it properly.

Of the halogen group Fluoric acid comes nearest Iodine in the desire to be occupied. I remember the case of a Fluoric acid female, who would get sudden fits for doing something and would become restless. Would suddenly get up at midnight and start cleaning the house, or take up sewing, otherwise there was no peace in her mind. She could do an astonishing amount of work. Text says increased capacity for muscular work; actually it is something more. In Fluoric acid there is increased capacity for work, but Iodine, however, does not have such endurance feats to her credit.

Other Mentals.

Iodine patients are quite sparing in their habits, and seem to possess a lot of self-control. Like Phosphorus, however, they are very sensitive in every way. Very touchy, even harmless words are misconstrued. Every little worry makes him anxious and he can’t get rid of it. At times, there are violent impulses: as impulse to beat somebody without rhyme or reason; uncontrollable impulse to kill somebody; an impulse to destroy something. Perhaps they are the result of the interminable anxiety they suffer from (in my own case, I remember I would actually beat my

Jugal Kishore