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Introduction 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
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
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
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,
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.
Contrasting Characteristics And other
mental symptoms exhibit non contrasting characteristics.
1. An aversion to
to being approached
to approaching others
to both friends and
inability to be looked
requires to be
2. Lack of
without courage (cowardly)
deficient in ideas.
irresolute (cant make up their mind).
constantly thinks they
have forgotten something
forget what they are
about to say or do, or matters of small consequence as a result of
weakness (debility) particularly noticeable on
going up stairs. Slight exercise results in perspiration and
3. Excessive Hunger but fails to
5. Atrophy of the breast
6. Enlargement of
other glands particularly the thyroid and
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
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
Aggravation from warmth
Modalities Aggravation Warmth Night Amelioration Eating Coolness
Emaciation Inability to put on weight.
fatigue Great torpidity, feeling of weakness,
weariness, lassitude, sluggishness, chronic fatigue, loss of
Goitre Enlargement of the thyroid
enlargement Enlargement and indurations of other
glands including parotid, testicles, ovaries, lymphatics, tonsils,
atrophy Dwindling away of breast
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
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.
When warmed Iodine sublimates into a beautiful
violet vapour. (The plate is
Mineral Latin Name: Iodum Comman Name:
Iodine Homeopahtic: Iodium
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