Ferrum phos [Ferr-p]
Typhoid or gastric fever when commencing; initiatory stage for chilliness. The patient has a full, flushed face and the lips and mucous membranes are red. The pulse is more rapid, but stronger and less irregular than under Kali phosphoricum.
Kali mur [Kali-m]
Typhoid or gastric fevers, for gray or white-coated tongue and looseness of the bowels, with light-yellow, ochre-colored stools or flocculent evacuations, and for abdominal tenderness and swelling.
Kali phos [Kali-p]
Typhoid or malignant symptoms, when affecting the brain, causing stupor during the course of the disease, or with symptoms of putrid blood. Debility, weak action of the heart, sleeplessness, offensive breath, putrid odor of stools, stupor. Sordes on the teeth. An excellent remedy in extreme vitiation of the blood, when the system seems full of typhoid poison and the disease is not located in any single organ. Offensiveness of discharges is a very marked symptoms for Kali phos. There is restlessness, a mild delirium, a thin whitish- yellow coating of the tongue, face pale, pinched, anxious expression. Sharp cutting pains in different parts of the body during the first few days. The characteristic indications are the weak, rapid irregular pulse with a comparatively low temperature.
Halbert recommends Kali phos. in cases where the patient has been a mental rather than a physical worker, where neurasthenic conditions are associated with the fever, and when in the later stages there is lack of recuperative power.
Kali sulph [Kali-s]
Typhoid or gastric fever, with a rise of temperature at night and a fall in the morning.
Natrum mur [Nat-m]
Typhoid or malignant conditions during the course of any fever, such as twitchings with great drowsiness, watery vomiting, sopor, parched tongue, etc.
Calcarea phos [Calc-p]
After typhoid or gastric fevers as the disease declines.
TYPHOID CASES [Typhoid Cases]
Typhoid fever in young gentleman with a very active brain; a prominent symptoms was that he became very hysterical, would cry like a child and sob whenever he became nervous. Ignatia, Hyoscyamus, Stramonium and Coffea, all failed to relieve. Kali phos. cured this symptom, and he received no other remedy throughout the fever. After the patient got up, the remedy seemed to act as a tonic. (Monroe).
The following from the pen of Dr. A.P. Davis, of Dallas, Texas, appeared in the Southern Journal of Homoeopathy, and is of interest, since it illustrates the value of these remedies in this disease:
“The most rational course to pursue is to supply deficiencies, and to assist nature remove excesses. There is depression, perceptible in all cases of typhoid fever; and as this depression is the result of molecular change, the molecules of several elements must receive our special attention. Whether this molecular change can be brought bout by the use of Baptis., Rhus tox., Bryon., phos. ac., China, Cimicif., Ferrum phos., Natrum mur. or Natrum phos., or what not, is the question that demands special attention. Some have claimed success by the use of Baptis. tinct., others by Rhus tox. as their sheet anchor, giving incidental treatment as they thought symptoms called for, and some success has followed this method of procedure. It is a conceded fact that the inflammation in the glands of Brunner and Peyer keep up the fever, and the remedy that cures these glands cuts short the disease, and the remedies that I have found to do this most certainly are Ferrum phos. and Kali mur., given in alternation every hour during fever, where there is a white or grayish coating on the tongue. The Ferrum is the best fever remedy, and the Kali mur. the best eliminator in such conditions. If the tongue should become brown, give Kali phos., and especially in those cases where the patient is delirious or nervous, and in the more malignant form of the disease. If the tongue assumes a yellow, shiny coating, then resort to Magnesia phos., and especially when there are pain in the bowels and a sensation of pressure in the stomach. If the tongue has a golden-yellow coating, creamy, moist, give Natrum sulph. These remedies are especially indicated in this condition of the tongue. Last of all, when the patient begins to convalesce, finish up the treatment with Calcarea phos., as a connective tissue remedies have been used by me they have proved abundantly sufficient, and will cure, if given as indicated. They supply the inorganic elements that are disturbed or lacking in all diseased states, and if a strict observance is had in their selection, the physician will certainly cure any disease that can be cured at all. I usually give them the 4x to 6x potency, and while many may consider me dogmatic in the use of these remedies, I can see no reason as yet to change off into the intricate mazes of supposed pathogenetic provings of polypharmacy. While I still use many polychrests, I lend a decided preference to the proper use of the Tissue Remedies where indicated.
Miss Nettie W., aet. 23. Was called in consultation, found the patient apparently in last stage of the disease, with the symptoms usual in such cases. As other remedies had been tried and she seemed sinking, I advised Kali phos., 6. in solution. Under the use of this remedy she rallied, and it was continued some days, with the result that she ultimately recovered.
Another similar case was given the same remedy when others seemed of no avail, with the same good result of producing a change for the better within a few hours, followed by recover. (C.T.M).