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The most striking feature of this remedy is its power of absorption which is achieved by the oxidation of food molecules (protein, carbohydrate and fat) into waste products and energy. Muscle, fat, tissue and glands shrink away under its absorbing influence resulting in body emaciation. Thus a cachectic or marasmic (wasted) body condition results under the absorbing (shrinking) activity of Iod. There is also a converse situation in which Iod can produce the reverse conditions (ie tissue enlargement rather than shrinkage). Such is the case in tissue hyperplasia (abnormal growth) as in goiter or enlarged prostrate.

When two opposing responses are obtained from the same remedy the effect is known as biphasic. Now biphasic responses in nature comply with Arndt and Swartz Law in which is stated that small amounts stimulate activity whilst large amounts depress activity. Thus in accordance with this Law a small amount (high potencies) of Iod will stimulate its absorbing activity to produce body emaciation whilst large amounts (low potencies) of Iod will reduce its absorbing activity to produce obesity.

This is what happens in practice too. For example in the case of tissue hyperplasia (abnormal enlargement) such as goiter the absorbing action of Iod needs to be stimulated to resorb the excess growth. Thus Dr Tyler recommends Iod CM (ie small amounts) for four successive nights in such cases. Conversely in the case of tissue atrophy (shrinkage) where Iod is overactive and its activity needs to be reduced Clrake quotes a case in which he cured a young woman who was all but "wasted away" by prescribing Iod 3X (ie large amounts).

As a result of this biphasic effect the following symptomology reveals many opposing responses. Thus when studying Iod never be put off by the fact that your patient shows the reverse of the described symptomogoy. It may simply be a biphasic effect. Deepen your study to truly determine the cause.

Mentals & Generals
Though mentally exhausted is compelled to keep busy and continue the work. The patient is weak in mind, forgetful cannot remember a little thing. Forgets what he was about to say or to do. Forgetfulness is extensive.

Aversion to company of friends or strangers or of being approached
Difficulty in concentrating, forgetful, cannot remember small matters, forgets what is about to say or do.
Mind confused

Contrasting Characteristics
As is the case with Iod many mental symptoms exhibit contrasting characteristics.

  • Mental exhaustion dejection and indisposition contrasting with a desire to keep busily occupied.
  • Many fears and anxieties of events, happenings, imaginings, insanity, misfortune etc contrasting with indifference, indolence and apathy.
  • Mental dullness, sluggishness, prostration and slowness contrasting with exhilaration, ecstasy, and excitement.
  • Fixed and immoveable mind set contrasting with impulsiveness
  • Irritability, irascibility and anger which can amount to a desire to kill contrasting with mildness, timidity and bashfulness
  • Given to weeping, sadness and depression contrasting with mirth, hilarity and liveliness
  • A desire to sit down (an act which generally ameliorates symptoms) contrasting with an impulse to run and rush around.

Non Contrasting Characteristics
And other mental symptoms exhibit non contrasting characteristics.

1. An aversion to people 

  • to being approached by others
  • to approaching others themselves
  • to both friends and strangers
  • inability to be looked at
  • requires to be alone
  • aversion to conversation

    2. Lack of Confidence
  • considers themselves without courage (cowardly)
  • considers themselves deficient in ideas.
  • considers themselves irresolute (cant make up their mind).

    3. Forgetfullness
  • constantly thinks they have forgotten something
  • leaves shopping behind
  • forget what they are about to say or do, or matters of small consequence as a result of poor concentration.

    4. Restlessness
  • continuously restless night and day 
  • of a nervous anxious nature
  • when sitting down
  • when in bed
  • when in a room

      1. Emaciated

      (scrofulous, cachectic, marasmic, wasted) constitution

      2. Great weakness
      (debility) particularly noticeable on going up stairs.
      Slight exercise results in perspiration and respiration difficulties.
      3. Excessive Hunger
      but fails to gain weight.

      5. Atrophy of the breast

      6. Enlargement of other glands
      particularly the thyroid and mesenteric (intestine). 

      7. Uterine Haemorrhages.  

      8. Chronic Leucorrhoea
      which is abundant and so corrosive as to burn holes in bedclothes.
      9. Croup
      barking cough with difficult inspiration and dry, wheezing and sawing respiration. 

      4. Ameliorated from or while eating.
      This relief is not only of the sensation of hunger but extends to the particular symptoms in general. The patient only feels better on eating. It makes no difference as to what the symptom is. If the characteristic of improvement from easting is present Iod is the remedy.

      10. Aggravation from warmth


      1. Emaciation
      Inability to put on weight.

      2. Chronic fatigue
      Great torpidity, feeling of weakness, weariness, lassitude, sluggishness, chronic fatigue, loss of vitality

      3. Goitre
      Enlargement of the thyroid gland.

      4. Glandular enlargement
      Enlargement and indurations of other glands including parotid, testicles, ovaries, lymphatics, tonsils, throat.

      5. Mammary atrophy
      Dwindling away of breast tissue

      6. Croup/Cough
      Barking dry cough with difficult respiration (also Spong since it contains iodine).
      Specific in situations where there is fever. If there is no fever Brom is preferable.

      7. Gastro Intestinal disorders
      a) Flatulence
      Occurs from morning to night as a result of their compulsive eating habit.

      b)  Morning diarrhoea
      Nervous origins of pale and frothy appearance.

      c) Constipation
      Clay like in appearance and worse for drinking milk.


    • Iodine crystals
      Iodine crystals

      Iodine sublimation
      When warmed Iodine sublimates into a beautiful violet vapour.

      (The plate is white)

      Iodine medicine bottle
      Iodine medicine bottle

      Kingdom: Mineral
      Latin Name: Iodum
       Comman Name:  Iodine
      : Iodium

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