A look at Iodum by Allen

A Primer of Materia Medica
for practitioners of Homœopathy
by Timothy Field Allen
Presented by Médi-T.


General effects :
Acute catarrh of all mucous membranes, especially of the eyes and nose.
Enlargement of lymphatic glands, followed by atrophy, especially of testicles and mammæ, and general emaciation.
Polyuria, nephritis and albuminuria.

Generalities :
Trembling of the limbs.
Muscular twitchings.
Œdematous swellings.
Weakness so great that one can hardly speak.
Great excitement of the whole nervous system.
Violent pains ; worse at night.

Clinical :
Chronic cases, not febrile, generally characterized by great appetite and rapid emaciation.
Acute cases, with high fever.
Localized inflammations very frequently require Iod., which seems to be adapted to febrile conditions accompanying parenchymatous inflammations of the various organs and tissues.
These patients are usually very thirsty, but not of necessity restless ; certainly not anxious like Aconite.

Mind :
General despondency.
Irritability, with sadness.

Head :
A feeling of rush of blood, with throbbing.
Pain as if a tight band were about the head.
Headache ; < warmth, noise and talking.

Eyes :
Inflammation, especially from taking cold ; swelling of the lids.
Obscured vision.

Clinical :
Valuable for intra ocular inflammations, especially of the iris and choroid.

Ears :
Deafness (due to adhesions in the middle ear, or associated with chronic catarrh. Sensitiveness to noise).

Nose :
Sneezing, with acute, fluent coryza, which sometimes becomes stopped towards evening ; sudden, violent lachrymation, pain in the eyes, and a feeling as if the larynx were constricted.

Clinical :
In acute influenzas, with hot watery discharge, pain at the root of the nose and over frontal sinuses, with general fever.

Face :
Pale, sometimes yellowish or greenish, with blue lips (in chronic cases).
Twitching of the facial muscles.
Swollen submaxillary glands.

Mouth :
Teeth yellow and covered with mucus in the morning.
Gums loosened from the teeth and bleeding easily.
Ulcers in the mouth, of a foul odor.
Tongue thickly coated.

Throat :
Inflamed, with burning pain.
Constriction, with general swallowing.

Clinical :
Catarrh of the Eustachian tube, with deafness, sometimes with hoarse cough.
Ulceration, with swollen glands.
Enlargement of the thyroid gland.
(External application of Iodum to be absolutely forbidden as extremely hazardous.)

Stomach :
Ravenous hunger.
Great thirst.
Nausea, even vomiting, < after eating.
Vomiting of bile, with violent pains in the stomach.
Pressure in the stomach always after eating.
Burning ; gnawing.
A peculiar internal trembling seems to spread over the region of the stomach.

Abdomen :
Pains in the region of the liver, renewed after eating ; sore to pressure.
Pain in the region of the liver, with jaundice, emaciation, etc.
Inflammation of the liver, with fever, dry tongue, restlessness etc.
Region of the spleen very painful.

Clinical :
Enlarged spleen, with salivation.
Disease of the pancreas.
Enlarged mesenteric glands, with enormous appetite, emaciation.
Enlarged liver, with jaundice, etc.

Stool :
Diarrhœa ; whitish, frothy ; sometimes with undigested fat.
Diarrhœa alternating with constipation.

Urinary organs :
Frequent, copious micturition.
Urine yellowish-green ; or with iridescent film.

Sexual organs :
Swelling and induration of the testicles.
Uterine hæmorrhage.
Menstruation usually very irregular, early or late.

Clinical :
Excoriating leucorrhœa, with atrophy of the mammary glands, goitre, etc.
Ovaritis, with leucorrhœa.
Chronic metritis.
A wedge-like pain from the right ovary to uterus.

Respiratory organs :
Pain in the larynx, with hoarseness, rawness and intolerable crawling, provoking a dry cough.
Cough croupy, with difficult respiration.

Clinical :
Extremely valuable in croup, with dry cough and fever, particularly indicated after Aconite ; has relieved the restless anxiety but not the fever.
Iod. controls the fever and softens the cough, and is frequently to be followed by Bromine.
In pneumonia the hepatization, dry cough and fever, without the anxiety of Acon. or the sticking pains of Bryonia, especially if the lesion be at the apex of the lungs.
Atrophy of the breasts.

Heart :
Palpitation ; < any effort.
Symptoms of inflammation of the heart or of hypertrophy.

Extremities :
Trembling and weariness in the extremities and debility.
Tearing pains in the joints.
Pains in the bones at night ; < when lying on that side.

Clinical :
Inflammation of the joints ; rheumatic, especially when complicated with inflammation of the heart.
White swelling of the knee joints.

Fever :
Heat predominates ; sometimes followed by profuse sweat at night, especially of the feet.

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