(See also Appendicitis.)
Ferrum phos [Ferr-p]
Fever, inflammation, high temperature and pulse, also for the pain.
Kali mur [Kali-m]
Swelling and exudation, hardness, etc.
Kali sulph [Kali-s]
To aid the absorption of any secretions and to lessen tendency to inflammatory conditions in abdomen; colicky pains from the excessive secretions which are not carried off and keep filling up around the appendix. (F.D.B).
Formation of pus, abscess, etc.
Calcarea sulph [Calc-s]
Relieves the pain in right side of pelvis, tends to counteract and cure the ulceration if any in the intestines and prevents disintegration of those tissues, tones up the weakness, removes distention, etc. (F.D.B.) Abscess, yellow, sanious matter.
Natrum sulph [Nat-s]
Flatulent colic, beginning in the region of the right groin, a characteristic symptom. Tenderness and distention with tendency to perforation. Torpidity of bowels and general bilious condition sometimes superinduce or predispose to this trouble. (F.D. Bittinger, M.D). “Dull pain in right ileo-caecal region. Shifting flatus. Tenderness to pressure and coated tongue.” (J.W. Ward, M.D.) Vomiting, which is persistent.
TYPHLITIS CASES [Typhlitis Cases]
The following case, furnished by Dr. I.E. Nicholson, of Oakland, California, is so beautifully illustrative of the action of these remedies in typhlitis, that it is reprinted in full as furnished by the Doctor:
“I was called on the morning of April 14th, 1887, to attend to Mr. E.K., a young man, aet. 22, with hereditary tendency to phthisis pulmonalis, who resides in Connecticut, and was sojourning in our city for the benefit of his health, and found him suffering with agonizing pain in the right iliac region. He had been attacked suddenly at 2 o’ clock a.m. with this pain, and had vomited several times before I saw him. Upon examination I found a tumor in the right iliac fossa, so tender to touch that he could not bear even the weight of the bed clothing. His bowels had moved twice within a few hours. I learned that he had eaten of a mince pie at dinner the day before, and had passed a quantity of currant seeds in one of his movements. There could be no doubt as to the diagnosis – typhlitis – and that a currant seed was the casus mali. His temperature was 103 F., and pulse 120. For several inches around the tumor the belly was as hard as a rock, showing a great amount of infiltration. I at once gave him Ferrum phos. and Kali mur. (6x trit.) to be taken every half hour in alternation, day and night; poultices of flaxseed were kept constantly applied, as hot as could be borne, to alleviate the pain. At the end of thirty-six hours his temperature had fallen to 100 F., and pulse to 90. this treatment was continued without intermission, and the inflammatory symptoms steadily improved and the size of the tumor gradually lessened. At the end of a week the temperature and pulse became normal, the tumor had entirely disappeared, the belly was soft and a mere trace of the tenderness remained. He took no other medicines. The result in this case is, I think, phenomenal, since in this class of cases the prognosis is always unfavorable, and the credit of the case can be clearly given to the Iron and the Potash, the one removing the inflammation, the other causing the absorption of the infiltration, thus bringing about resolution and aborting perityphlitis and the consequent suppuration. Dr. Burdick, of Oakland, and Dr. Brigham, of San Francisco, were both called in consultation, and both agreed with me as to the disease, and both acquiesced in the treatment. We have no medicine which is the peer of Ferrum phos. as a fever remedy, whether idiopathic or symptomatic, and none better than Kali mur. to cause the absorption of infiltrations.”
Calcarea fluor. 3x rapidly absorbed an indurated and sensitive tumor, extending from the caecum to the lower border of the liver.