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Ferrum phos [Ferr-p]

      Inflammation of the lungs; it is the first and chief remedy. High fever, breathing short, oppressed and hurried. The patient is listless and apathetic, sometimes drowsy. It should be given in the first stage until free perspiration is established and health is restored. It is of no use after exudation has set in, nor in sthenic cases. It is especially useful in pneumonias of the aged. Pneumonia, congestive stage. Expectoration is clear blood. This is considered by Dr. J.C Guernsey a very dependable symptom. Secondary congestion following pneumonia. The well lung suddenly becomes congested. Spots of local congestion and hepatization appear particularly in the upper lobes. No special restlessness nor pain on motion. It stands midway between Aconite and Gelsemium. It is especially useful in children. Crepitant rales. Sputa rust-colored. “This remedy and Veratrum viride give me better success in the treatment of pneumonia than any remedies I have ever tried.” (G.W. Lawrence, M.D).

Kali mur [Kali-m]

      Fibrinous exudation into the lung substance. The tongue is generally white- coated. The mucus is white and viscid. In the second stage with catarrhal affections affecting the nose, throat and ears, as complications of pneumonia. Heart complications and dropsy indicate the remedy further, the dropsy yields, the cough becomes looser and the consolidation passes off.

Magnesia phos [Mag-p]

      Spasmodic cough coming in paroxysms without expectoration. Constriction of the chest. Cough worse at night, worse lying down.

Natrum mur [Nat-m]

      Inflammation of the lungs, if there be much loose, rattling phlegm, clear, serous and frothy in character and coughed up with difficulty, worse in the morning. Cough with beating headache, involuntary urination and lachrymation. Pneumonias of alcoholics. While the tongue is usually clean it may be dry and shiny.

Natrum phos [Nat-p]

      Bilious symptoms in pneumonia. Thick, ropy, green pus-like expectoration. Soreness of chest, better by pressure. Patient holds on to chest while coughing. Aggravation of all symptoms in damp weather.

Kali sulph [Kali-s]

      Inflammation of the lungs with wheezing, if yellow, loose rattling phlegm be coughed up, or watery mucus. Rattling cough, especially in children. Suffocative feeling, desire for cool air. The temperature rises from evening until midnight, and then falls. Coarse rales, rattling cough, but difficult expectoration.

Kali phos [Kali-p]

      Typhoid pneumonia, nerve prostration, sleeplessness. Weakness, shortness of breath, putrid mucous discharge, hoarseness. Cough from irritation in the trachea. Expectoration thick, yellow, salty, foetid. Spasmodic cough with expectoration of frothy, serous masses, which are profuse and threaten suffocation.

Silicea [Sil]

      Chronic, neglected pneumonia, passing over into suppuration; dyspnoea when lying on back. Deep-seated pain in lung. Cough loose, rattling. Sputa profuse, greasy, foetid, thick, yellow or green. May have hectic fever, profuse night sweats and debility.

Calcarea phos [Calc-p]

      Especially in pneumonia of children. Cough with yellow expectoration, worse in the morning. Stitches in the chest and soreness from cold.

Calcarea sulph [Calc-s]

      Third stage with purulent, sanious sputa. Severe cough in children with malaise.

PNEUMONIA CASES [Pneumonia cases]

      Case of pneumonia of left upper lobe, with well-marked crepitation and profuse expectoration of frothy, pink mucus, yellow, watery diarrhoea, green vomiting. Laches., Lycop. and Phosphor. did nothing. Ferrum phos., every two hours, produced immediate improvement, although we considered her moribund (she had tuberculosis); the diarrhoea and vomiting were unaffected. (W.C. Goodno, M.D. From Hg).

Dr. A.L. Fisher quickly relieved a child of lobular pneumonia, with high temperature, with Ferrum phos. Kali sulph., given on account of thick, yellowish expectoration, speedily cured the case. – Hom. Journal of Obstetrics.

Archibald Herbert, suffering from chronic bronchitis, had an attack of pneumonia. A iron moulder by trade, he was exposed to great heat; he had laid down on a form in a state of perspiration, took a severe chill, and inflammation in the right lung was the result. His case was a bad one, complicated by bronchial affection, fever high, cough distressing, a pain deep-seated in the right side, expectoration tenacious, rusty-colored. Ferrum phos., in alternation with Kali mur., a dose every half hour, was taken for twenty-four hours, then every hour. For his prostration and sleeplessness a few doses of Kali phos. were taken now and then. The improvement every way was very marked in two days. As the color of the sputa changed to yellow, he took Kali sulph. instead of Kali mur.; and as his condition was remedied, Natrum mur. and Calcarea phos. completed the cure in a little more than ten days. He returned to work, free from inflammation and bronchitis. (From Schussler).

A case presented itself with the following conditions: Extensive extravasation, with solidification, great pain, hard and exhaustive cough, with characteristic expectoration, little or no sleep. After being treated for about ten days with the ordinary remedies, Aconite, Bryon., Phosphor., etc., without improvement, and as the case was assuming graver proportions than I have had for years, I placed him upon Ferrum phos. and Kali mur. in alternation. In twenty-four hours a marked and amazing improvement resulted, which continued to the termination of the disease with rapid convalescence. The case was a grave one, for the reason that he had been laid up three months with a fractured arm, and was in a very reduced condition when the pneumonia appeared. (S. Powell Burdick, M.D).

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.