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Ferrum phos [Ferr-p]

      Tonsils red and inflamed, painful on swallowing. This remedy at first alone.

Kali mur [Kali-m]

      The second remedy, as soon as there is any swelling of the throat. Throat spotted white or gray. Chronic or acute tonsillitis with much swelling.

Kali phos [Kali-p]

      Tonsils large and sore, with white, solid deposit on them, like diphtheritic membrane.

Natrum phos [Nat-p]

      Catarrh of the tonsils with a golden-yellow tinged exudation, from an acid condition of the stomach. Chronic swelling of the tonsils.

Calcarea phos [Calc-p]

      Chronic swelling of the tonsils, causing pain on opening mouth, deafness and difficulty of swallowing; intercurrent. Husky voice. “In spongy hypertrophy of the tonsils in children, in the 2x trituration we have found a faithful and protracted use of the drug in many cases to produce a marked diminution in the size of the tonsils.” (H.C. French, M.D).

Calcarea sulph [Calc-s]

      Tonsillitis, last stage, when matter discharges or abscess forms.

Natrum mur [Nat-m]

      Uvulitis; here the mucous cells are the seat of the disease. Hence not Kali mur., but Natrum mur., is the remedy. Chronic enlargement of the tonsils has been cured by the remedy in the 30th potency.

Magnesia phos [Mag-p]

      Tonsillitis worse right side. Throat very red and puffy. Patient is chilly and tired, head aches and is flushed.

TONSILLITIS CASES [Tonsillitis Cases]

      I have used Natrum mur. repeatedly, and especially in obstinate cases of salivation, with excellent results. One case in particular was cured with remarkable rapidity by this remedy. A young lady, aet. 20, who suffered from severe inflammation of the tonsils, so that she could scarcely swallow milk or water, had received from me a preparation of mercury. The inflammation of the tonsils was reduced very quickly, but another evil set in – namely, violent salivation. The gums were loosened, bleeding easily and standing back from the teeth, and the teeth were blackened. I thought of curing this affection also with mercur., with which I had often before succeeded in such cases, but by continuing this remedy the evil was only increased. Now I ascertained from the patient that in the previous summer she had been ill at N., and the doctor had given her a good deal of calomel, which caused fearful and long-continued salivation. She was afraid the evil would again become very tedious, as it had been so bad at N. I now stopped the Mercury and ordered Natrum mur., a dose the size of a bean every two hours. The success surpassed my most sanguine expectations. In twenty-four hours the swelling of the glands had distinctly diminished, and in three days a complete cure was effected. (From Schussler).

Enlarged tonsils with partial deafness, by R.T. Cooper, M.D. J.D., aet. 5, a thin, delicate-looking boy, very tall for his age, for two years suffered from partial deafness, which has much increased since he came to Southampton, two months since. His mother is frightened, fearing he is becoming incurably deaf. At first he would, or rather could, not allow me, from the excessive pain it occasioned, to examine his throat (he was then suffering from an exacerbation); but it was evident, from the external swelling from an exacerbation); but it was evident, from the external swelling and the history, where the true cause of the dyscrasia lay. The tale his mother tells is that he was vaccinated when three years old, that after much constitutional disturbance, eruption subsided, leaving the tonsils in their present swollen condition. Symptoms are worse after coming in from open air and in damp weather. Calcarea phos. had an immediate beneficial effect, so that in three days throat could be examined. Both tonsils were swollen and red and formed an almost complete embankment between the mouth and throat. In three weeks hearing was quite restored, and swelling subsided. – Monthly Homoeopathic Review, September, 1867.

Dr. W. had a severe attack of tonsillitis, involving both tonsils, which were very much enlarged, causing difficult and painful deglutition. Temperature, 102; pulse, 130; patient exceedingly nervous. Gave Ferrum phos., 6x, and Kali phos. 6x, in alternation, every fifteen minutes. Saw the patient in six hours and all symptoms were much worse, then gave Kali mur. 6x instead of Kali phos., continued Ferrum. The next morning found that the patient had passed a hard night. Then gave Ferrum phos. 12x and Kali mur. 12x. In six hours found the patient very much improved, less pain, less swelling, temperature 100, pulse 100; continued the remedies, and in two days the patient was out, and suppuration did not take place. This was as truly a case of quinsy, which usually goes on to suppuration and runs a seven days’ course, in spite of all we can do, as any case I ever saw. The aggravation caused by the remedies given in the 6th potency and the improvement which took place after their administration in the 12x were interesting facts. The patient remarked that he could feel the effects of the last remedies all through the body, quieting and soothing the nervous irritability, immediately after every dose. (G.H. Martin, M.D.).

One evening a gentleman brought to my office his son, aged 8 or 10 years. As he stood before me, I noticed that he labored terribly in breathing, and that his chest was bowed out like a chicken’s. I looked into his throat, and found both tonsils inflamed and so much enlarged that there was scarcely space enough between them to insert a slip of writing paper. He was slightly feverish, and the tongue was coated white. I prepared some powders of Kali mur. 200 (B. & T.) and ordered them to be given dry every half hour for three hours, and then every hour through the night. The next morning, quite early, I called and to my astonishment found him sitting up in bed quite bright and breathing naturally. His chest had assumed a more normal form, and the tonsils were considerably diminished in size. The same remedy was continued through the next day, and the next morning the little fellow met me in the parlour, comparatively well. (E.H.H).

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.