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Twelve Tissue Remedies Comprising of Theory, Therapeutics, Application, Materia Medica & Complete Repertory of Tissue Remedies. By Boericke & Dewey.

Ferrum phos [Ferr-p]

      This is the first remedy to be given in all cases of boils, carbuncles, felons, or any suppurative process, where there are present fever, heat, throbbing pain and congestion in the parts. If given early, this remedy will often abort suppuration.

Kali mur [Kali-m]

      Is indicated in the second stage of boils, carbuncles, felons, abscess, etc., where there is swelling, but as yet no pus formation; especially is it indicated in abscesses of the breast, with the above characteristics. It may be given in carbuncles, boils, and other suppurative processes to abort swelling before matter forms. It may also be used as a lotion, applied externally on lint.

Natrum sulph [Nat-s]

      Fistulous abscesses of years’ standing, discharging watery pus, surrounded by a broad bluish border. Burrowing abscesses. A single dose of the 3d trituration gives everything a favorable turn; the abscesses collapse, the fistulous canals dry up. Paronychia, inflammation or suppuration around roots of nails.

Silicea [Sil]

      When suppuration appears this remedy should be exhibited at once. It greatly assists the suppurative process, causing the tumor rapidly to ripen, and often to break spontaneously. It is to follow Kali mur. in those cases where pus has commenced to form, as in mammary abscess, especially if Kali mur. has failed to abort the suppuration. After the abscess breaks or is opened, this remedy should be continued as long as infiltration remains. Silicea is also useful in blind boils. In whitlow Silicea assists and controls the formation of pus and stimulates the growth of new nails. The use of Silicea in all cases of commencing whitlow cannot be over-estimated. A dose every two hours will usually cure the felon in twenty-four hours. (A.P. Davis, M.D.).

Calcarea sulph [Calc-s]

      This remedy follows Silicea well in suppurative processes, when, not withstanding the absence of infiltration, the suppuration continues, owing to the torpidity of the affected tissues. It is useful in boils, gathered breasts, whitlow or felon, when they are discharging. It will abort felons and furuncles in the 12x. (W.E.L.). The presence of pus with a vent is an indication for its use. The distinguishing features between this remedy and Silicea, in abscesses, are these: Silicea ripens abscesses, since it promotes suppuration; Calcarea sulph. heals suppurating wounds, since it restrains the suppurative process. It lacks the foetor of Silicea. This remedy is similar to Hepar Sulph., but it acts more deeply and intensely. Painful abscess about anus. A most useful remedy in gumboils.

Kali phos [Kali-p]

      This remedy is indicated in abscesses, carbuncles, felons and other suppurative processes when there are adynamic symptoms and the suppurative process becomes unhealthy. The pus is ichorous, bloody, offensive and dirty-looking. In mastitis when the pus is brownish, dirty and foul.

Calcarea fluor [Calc-f]

      When the suppurative process affects the bone, or where there are hard, callous edges to the wound, then this remedy will be found effective. In felons a lotion on lint externally has been found to do good. “It is an invaluable remedy in pelvic abscess proceeding from caries of some bone.” (Southwick.) “In old cases of fistulous sinuses of the mammae I have found this remedy especially valuable.” (J.W. Ward, M.D.)

ABSCESS CASES [Abscess cases]

      Patient had taken a slight cold which settled in the gums and the hard and soft palate, and a gumboil began to develop just back of the upper incisors. Gave Ferrum phos. with some relief, but the boil seemed determined to suppurate. It continued to swell and grew very painful. After reading an article on Calcarea sulph. wherein the writer stated, “for gumboils of the teeth it is the only remedy I ever use,” I concluded to try it, and accordingly took the 3x in five grain doses, three or four times a day for two days. There was immediate improvement; pain grew less, and, under occasional doses of Calcarea sulph. the boil absorbed and disappeared. (M.F.R.)

A lady, Mrs. B., suffering from swelling of the leg below the knee, had been attended some months by her doctor, who had poulticed it, and had opened it with a lancet; but there was no discharge. She was unable to walk. It was then painted with iodine without effect; then bandaged to reduce the excessively hard swelling, and cold water poured over it thrice a day. Some parts were blue- looking on removing the bandage. It felt cold and very hard, and looked as if ready to burst; almost twice its usual size. Warm fomentations and Kali mur., taken internally and applied externally, cured the leg in three weeks. (From Schussler).

William Boericke
William Boericke, M.D., was born in Austria, in 1849. He graduated from Hahnemann Medical College in 1880 and was later co-owner of the renowned homeopathic pharmaceutical firm of Boericke & Tafel, in Philadelphia. Dr. Boericke was one of the incorporators of the Hahnemann College of San Francisco, and served as professor of Materia Medica and Therapeutics. He was a member of the California State Homeopathic Society, and of the American Institute of Homeopathy. He was also the founder of the California Homeopath, which he established in 1882. Dr. Boericke was one of the board of trustees of Hahnemann Hospital College. He authored the well known Pocket Manual of Materia Medica.
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.