by H. C. Allen
Iodine. (The Element)
Iodum Persons of scrofulous diathesis, with dark or black hair and eyes; a low cachectic condition, with profound debility and great emaciation ( Abrotanum ).
Great weakness and loss of breath on going upstairs ( Calcarea ); during menses ( Alum, Carbo animalis, Cocculus indicus ).
Ravenous hunger; eats freely and well, yet loses flesh all the time ( Abrotanum, Natrum mur., Sanicula, Tuberculinum ).
Empty eructations from morning to nigh, as if every particle of food was turned into air ( Kali carb. ).
Iodum Suffers from hunger, must eat every few hours; anxious and worried if he does not eat ( Cina, Sulphur ); feels > while eating or after eating, when stomach is full.
Itching: low down in the lungs, behind the sternum, causing cough; extends through bronchi to nasal cavity ( Cocculus indicus c., Conium, Phosphorus ).
Hypertrophy and induration of glandular tissue – thyroid, mammae, ovaries, testes, uterus, prostate or other glands – breasts may dwindle and become flabby.
Hard goitre, in dark haired persons (light haired, Bromium ); feels > after eating.
Palpitation, worse from least exertion (compare, Digitalis – from least mental exertion, Calcarea ars. ).
Sensation as if the heart was squeezed together; as if grasped with an iron hand ( Cactus grandiflorus, Sulphur ).
Leucorrhoea: acrid, corrosive, staining and corroding the linen; most abundant at time of menses.
Cancerous degeneration of the cervix; cutting pains in abdomen and haemorrhage at every stool.
Constipation, with ineffectual urging > by drinking cold milk.
Iodum Croup: membranous, hoarse, dry cough, worse in warm, wet weather; with wheezing and sawing respiration ( Spongia ).
Iodum Child grasps at larynx ( Cepa ); face pale and cold, especially in fleshy children.
Relations. – Complementary: to, Lycopodium.
Compare: Acid aceticum, Bromium, Conium, Kali bichromicum, Spongia in membranous croup and croupy affections; especially in overgrown boys with scrofulous diathesis.
Follows well: after, Hepar, Mercurius; is followed by Kali bichromicum in croup. Acts best in goitre when given after full moon, or when moon is waning – Lippe.
Should not be given during lying-in period, except in high potencies- Hering.
Aggravation. – Warmth; wrapping up the head (reverse of, Hepar, Psorinum ).