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Calcarea phos [Calc-p]

      When during puberty the patient has not been careful, with consequent dysmenorrhoea. Nymphomania. Labor-like pains before and during catamenia, with violent backache, vertigo, sexual excitement and throbbing headache.

Ferrum phos [Ferr-p]

      Pain at the monthly periods, with flushed face and quick pulse, with vomiting of undigested food, sometimes acid taste. To be taken also as a preventive before the periods if these symptoms are recurrent. Excessive congestion at the monthly periods, blood bright red, the vagina dry and sensitive.

Kali phos [Kali-p]

      Great pain at the time of menses in pale, lachrymose, irritable, sensitive females.

Magnesia phos [Mag-p]

      The chief remedy in ordinary cases of menstrual colic, painful menstruation or pain preceding the flow. Warmth is soothing; neuralgic, cramping pains, worse by motion. Membranous dysmenorrhoea. It suits well also a nervous form of dysmenorrhoea.

Natrum mur [Nat-m]

      Menses scanty and dark, preceded by frontal headaches; often subject to fever- blisters on lips, and during summer to urticarious eruptions. Sore burning in vagina and cutting-burning in the womb. Great melancholy. Also, too profuse and too early, with bursting headache, and frequent shivering.

Natrum sulph [Nat-s]

      With colic, menses acrid. Pinching in abdomen, early in the morning. Violent epistaxis. Vulvitis. Trembling or twitching of the hands and languor of feet.

Silicea [Sil]

      With great coldness. Icy coldness of the whole body from the commencement of the flow. Vagina sensitive.

DYSMENORRHOEA CASES [Dysmenorrhoea Cases]

      Miss N., aged 19, troubled with pains before and during the first day or so of the flow, which would confine her to bed. Plethoric, robust and perfectly well in every other way. Several ten grain powders of Ferrum phos., to be given in hot water every half hour until the pain was relieved, which occurred after the third powder, and then to continue the powders in water every other night before retiring during the next interval with a hot saline sitz bath at least once a week at night. The menses came all right and have been coming ever since with no return of pain and perfect regularity.- F.D. Bittinger, M.D., Dayton, O.

J.T. Kent reports a case of dysmenorrhoea of years’ standing cured by Calcarea phos. in two months. – Homoeopathic Physicians, 1884.

Dr. R. D. Belding (N.Y.St. Trans.) reports a case of dysmenorrhoea, of years’ standing, characterized by pain and soreness in left hypochondrium going through to right scapula, worse lying on left side, with headache and diarrhoea. Patient feels best in cool, dry weather, every summer has urticarious eruptions. Dreams of robbers, has frequent cold sores on upper lip. Natrum mur.200 cured.

Dr. D.B. Whittier (in Hahnemannian Monthly, July, 1887) reports several cases of dysmenorrhoea cured with Kali phos. and Magnesia phos.

Dr. A.P. Davis relates a case of dysmenorrhoea with severe pains in uterus, back and lower limbs; heat applied to abdomen did not relieve; a large dose of Magnes. phos. 6x lessened the pain in one-half hour; another dose brought on a free flow. The pain usually lasted several hours previous to flowing. The remedy was given as a preventive during several subsequent months with good effect, and the patient finally cured. Dr. Davis regards Magnes. phos. superior to Cimicifuga in neuralgia of the uterus and in the relief of menstrual pains, and as very useful in uterine engorgement, and gives a case of menorrhagia cured with the 6x.

KALI PHOS. IN DYSMENORRHOEA- Dr. D. B. Whittier reports the cure of a dysmenorrhoea of fifteen years’ standing (in a highly neurotic and hysterical woman) by a course of Kali phos. continuing over six months after allopathic medicines, and apparently indicated homoeopathic medicines had failed. Some of the symptoms were; the mammae were so painful that the touch of her clothing was unbearable. The menstrual pains were cramplike white severe bearing down in the hypogastrium, and most severe after sometimes streaked with blood. The vomiting would relieve the painful distress of the stomach, when the uterine pains would be increased and sometimes continue for twenty-four hours. A headache, at first general, soon settled over the left eye. When the headache was severe the pains elsewhere were lessened, and vice versa. The first menstrual period following the administration of the Kali phos. was comparatively comfortable. Hom, Journal of Obstetrics, November.

Dysmenorrhoea that has lasted for some time in which at each menstrual period a membrane was discharged, varying in size from one to two inches long. The pains came on after the flow began, in the abdomen low down, and were relieved by lying curled, up in bed with a hot water bag on the abdomen. The pains would last for a day dull, aching and next day, or day after a membrane would be passed. I gave her after one of her menstrual periods Magnes. phos. cm., one dose dry. The next menstruation was easier somewhat, but not much. Magnes. phos. in water for two days, night and morning, and the next menstrual period was painless, though she passed the membrane as before. After that the menses were perfectly painless. (Dr. Campbell, in Proceedings of Hahnemannian Association, 1889.)

I had a patient with very severe shooting neuralgic pains during the menstrual period. The pains were in the stomach and lasted the first day or two. Commenced in the back and came directly around and centered in the pit of the stomach. They were relieved by heat and pressure. Magnes. phos. 10cm., one dose, and she had no more pain. (J.T. Kent, M.D.)

A most instructive case of membranous dysmenorrhoea cured with Magnes. phos. 4x was recently reported in the “Homoeopathic World.” It was a case of several years’ standing and the cure was complete.

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.