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Ferrum phos [Ferr-p]

      Inflammation of the skin when there exists either fever, heat, pain, throbbing or redness; pimples, heat and congestion of the skin.

Kali mur [Kali-m]

      ACNE. Pimples on the face with thick white contents, caused by a disturbed action of the follicular glands. They remain indolent, and they are apparently connected with gastric or genital derangement. Often will prevent suppuration.

ECZEMA. Crusta lactea, scurfy eruptions on the head and face of little children. Dandruff. This is the principal remedy in alternation with Ferrum phos., arising from vaccination with impure lymph. Eczema resulting from deranged uterine functions, characteristic tongue, dry, flourlike scales on the skin. Albuminoid discharge from the skin with white tongue. Vesicular eczema, albuminoid secretions or contents. It will often act magically in very obstinate forms of chronic eczema.

ERUPTIONS. Acne, pustules, pimples, etc., connected with stomach derangements, white tongue accompanied with deranged menstrual periods, sero-fibrinous secretions.

ERYTHEMA. After Ferrum phos. if swelling be present and vesicles or bullae form.

HERPES ZONA. Shingles, vesicles encircling half of the body like a belt. White tongue.

LUPUS. Useful in stubborn cases with gastro-intestinal symptoms.

WARTS. On the hands, also externally.

SYCOSIS. Primary remedy. Early stage pustules, later dry flour-like scales persistent with glandular involvement.

BUNIONS. Chilblains and lupus, principal remedy.

Kali phos [Kali-p]

      ECZEMA. If nervous irritation and oversensitiveness accompany it. Greasy scabs with offensive smell; secretions of the skin, irritating, causing soreness of the parts, itching, with a crawling sensation, gentle friction agreeable, excess causes sore, chafed skin, bloody, watery secretions, excessive, offensive perspirations. Itching of scalp; back of head sore as if hair was pulled. Alopecia areata. Carbuncles.

CHILBLAINS. On toes, hands and ears, tingling and itching pain. Recent, not suppurating. Neurotic subjects.

MALIGNANT PUSTULE. Blisters and blebs all over the body, watery contents, skin withered and wrinkled. Neurotic symptoms and pain exaggerated.

Kali sulph [Kali-s]

      Dryness of the skin from suppressed skin diseases. Dread of hot drinks.

ECZEMA. Discharge of yellow, effete matter, eczema suddenly suppressed with other symptoms of this drug.

ERUPTIONS. Suddenly receding through a chill or from other causes. Diseased condition of the nails, interrupted growth, skin scales freely on a sticky base. Sores on the skin, with yellow, watery secretion on limited portion, with peeling off of skin.

PSORIASIS. Several cases of this affection are reported as having been cured with this remedy. Great desquamation of the epidermis is a keynote indication.

DANDRUFF. Yellowish or white scales on the scalp (also as a wash), falling off of hair, lower lip dry and scaly.

“The internal use of Kali sulph., a dose every four hours, has invariably cured every case of tinea capitis. I rely upon this remedy exclusively, using no wash or greasy ointments whatever.” (A.P. Davis.) Effects of ivy poisoning. Burning, itching papular eruptions. Nettlerash.

Magnesia phos. – Barber’s itch; herpetic eruptions with white scales. Dandruff, pustules and pimples on scalp. Rash like insect bites, worse about knees, ankle and elbows.

Natrum mur [Nat-m]

      ERUPTIONS. With clear, watery contents, small vesicles or blisters with colorless, watery contents, forming into thin scabs or crusts which fall off and readily form again. Pustular eruptions on forehead. Skin of hands, especially about nails, dry and cracked.

ECZEMA. White scales, eruptions with watery contents from eating too much salt.

INTERTRIGO. Soreness of the skin in children with watery symptoms, white scales on the scalp. Intertrigo between thighs and scrotum with acrid discharge and excoriation.

PEMPHIGUS. Fluid from blisters and blebs like water.

RUPIA. Blisters, not pustular eruptions.

SYCOSIS. If watery symptoms correspond.

DANDRUFF. White scales on scalp. Falling of hair from lack of nutrition.

WARTS. In palms of hands or scales, large and sensitive.

URTICARIA. About the joints especially.

HERPES ZOSTER. Second remedy, herpetic eruptions occurring through the course of any disease.

Effects of bites of insects (externally), warts in the palms of the hands. Urticaria and miliary eruptions.

Natrum phos [Nat-p]

      Soreness, chafing of the skin in children. Swelling of the sebaceous glands; eruptions from vaccination. Goitre.

ECZEMA. With symptoms of acidity, secretions creamy, honey-colored, golden- yellow scabs. Crusta lactea about ears of little children.

LUPUS both internally and externally.

ERYTHEMA. Rose-rash (with Ferrum phos.), sore patches on the skin, yellow, creamy discharge, hives, itching all over the body, like insect bites.

Natrum sulph [Nat-s]

      Chafing of the skin in children with bilious symptoms. Chilblains.

ECZEMA. Vesicles, eruptions containing yellowish, watery secretions. Yellow scales.

PEMPHIGUS. Watery vesicles or blebs all over the body. Debilitated subjects.

WHEALS. Containing a yellow watery secretion. OEdema of the skin.

WARTS. It abstracts water from the base of the warts and causes a shrinking of the same. Warts caused by long exposure to dampness.

Silicea [Sil]

      Itching exanthema, small pustules filled with lymph, dying quickly. Small wounds suppurate profusely. Phagedenic ulcers, carbuncles. Suppurative process in the skin. Acne, burns by day. Pemphigus, zona, rhagades, rose-colored blotches. Erysipelas with suppuration. Boils come in crops. Malignant pustules. Diseases of the finger nails, brittleness, etc.

Calcarea phos [Calc-p]

      Chafed skin, excoriation, itching of the skin.

ECZEMA. Eruption of the skin, with yellow-white scabs and vesicles (albuminous, white of egg contents), anaemia, bloodlessness of the skin. A cachectic eczema worse from changes of weather.

FRECKLES. Lessened by this remedy.

HERPES. Itchings acute or chronic, intercurrently.

LUPUS. If partial manifestations of scrofulosis.

PRURIGO. Pruritus, troublesome itching of the skin, often in old people (4x tr.), alternately with Kali phos.

ACNE. In young people during puberty who suffer from headaches after mental application.

PERSPIRATION. Too frequent or excessive, especially if about the head, vesicular blisters with albuminous contents, tubercles on the skin.

Calcarea sulph [Calc-s]

      Scald-head of children, if there be purulent discharges or yellow purulent crusts, festers, etc. Pimples, if matter forms on their heads, pustules, nodules, suppurating purulent scabs, suppuration of the skin, sores discharging pus or sanious matter. Herpetic eruptions, all over itching of soles.

CHILBLAINS. Discharging pus.

Calcarea fluor [Calc-f]

      Chaps, cracks of the skin, also use externally with vaseline, fissures in the palms of the hands, fissures on the anus, horny skin, suppurations with callous, hard edges. Carbuncles. Brittleness of finger nails. Teeth are also likely to be brittle.

ECZEMA. Due to venous hyperaemia, worse in damp weather, better at night. Squamous eczema with thickening and cracking of the skin. Eczema of anus consequent to haemorrhoids.

PSORIASIS of extremities, which is uncommonly hyperaemic, deep reddish in tint.

SKIN DISEASES – CASES [Skin diseases -cases]

      Eczema in a child, on cheeks, chin and behind ears, skin swollen and inflamed and underneath it indurations. Pustules developed early, cured in one week by Kali mur. 6x, every four hours. (D.B. Whittier, M.D.).

Dr. H. Goullon reports in the Pop. Zeit. Fur Hom., April, 1885, a case of sycosis cured by Calcarea sulph.6; the case presented the yellow purulent conditions calling for this remedy.

Dr. S. writes: Mrs. S., aet. 24, of Regensburg, who had been suffering for several years from lichen, had used various well known medicines, which had done her no good. I tried various remedies, and at last cured her. A few months ago she came again, and the lichen was worse than ever. My former remedy had no effect and with several others, Arsen., etc., it was no better. I gave her Calcarea sulph., night and morning, in quantities as large as a bean, and in a fortnight the cure was complete. (From Schussler).

Case illustrative of the beneficial action of Calcarea sulph. in pemphigus foliaceus. – Allg. Hom. Zeit., 1882, p. 42.

Julia C., aet. 3, eruptions all over the face and on the hands, which are kept covered to prevent scratching; has been afflicted eight months and been under the best allopathic treatment without benefit. Gave her at first Kali mur. 6, in solution. This remedy was continued for some time, but without much benefit, if any. Gave her then Calcarea phos.6, in solution. this remedy produced a change for the better in a week, and it being continued cured the case in two months. The heat of the following summer seemed to produce a relapse, when the same remedy again cured it, and she remains well. (C.T.M).

Case of skin disease lasting for years, consisting of a recurring eruption of fine red pimples, and, when very severe, the pimples run together, the surface presenting a red swollen appearance, a strong alkaline fluid oozes out copiously; after this exudation the inflammation subsides, and the cuticle comes off in fine scales. Eruption itches and stings intensely, and although formerly relieved by cold water the irritation has become relieved lately by heat. He has also used Acetic acid, except on the face, which allayed the itching and redness. He has taken in the last year Fowler’s solution of Arsenic, but without relief. The attacks are worse in the fall and spring, and the eruption is mostly on the face, arms and chest. Constipation is present. After using Kali sulph. a few days, commenced having boils and had a great many, after which the skin was better than it had been for years, bowels also better.

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.