Calcarea is one of the greatest monuments of Hahnemann’s genius. His method of preparing insoluble substances brought to light in this instance a whole world of therapeutic power formerly unknown. Moreover, Calcarea is one of the polychrest remedies, and ranks with Sulphur and Lycopodium at the head of the antipsorics. It is absolutely essential to a correct appreciation of the homeopathic materia medica that these three medicines should be thoroughly known, as these are in a sense the standards around which the rest are grouped. All three have a very wide range and deep action.
Acts especially upon the ganglionic vegetative nervous system, affecting particularly the osseous system, producing imperfect ossification, difficult and slow dentition, rachitis, &c. Also affects the mucous, serous, fibrous, and cutaneous tissues, and lymphatics. It especially affects the reproductive organs of women.
Marcy and Hunt say : ” In constitutions in which we see defect in the reproductive system ; obstructions, deposits, intumescence in the lymphatic and glandular systems ; dyscrasial affections of the membranous structures, of all the white structures which have but little vitality or blood, and are nourished chiefly by lymph. Obstructions in cartilages, tendons, serous membranes, w^here development is arrested ; obstructions in the lymphatics.
In early infancy these structures predominate, and in them, Calc. carb. is specific where there is any arrest of the development of the organs ; imperfect formation of the blood, as in scrofulosis. The only cases of hemicrania curable by it, are those caused by disease in the reproductive system, or in whom scrofula was visible in early life.
Large head ; bloated abdomen ; narrow chest ; flabby, poorly developed muscles ; bones containing but little phosphate of lime.”
R. Hughes says: ”It is in the large class of diseases due to disorder of the secondary assimilation, that Calc. carb. finds its curative place; where the assimilation of the digested food to blood and tissue does not proceed as it should do, there are few agents more powerful than Calcarea for restoring healthy functions. The three great forms of assimilative derangement are scrofula, tuberculosis, and rachitis ; in all these it is a principal remedy. It is the constitutional tendency that it controls, rather than the local manifestations.”
It has a special and profound influence over the generative organs of women ; in fact, this is Calearea’s greatest sphere of usefulness.
Especially adapted to the constitutional diseases of scrofulous women and children, of leuco-phlegmatic temperaments, prone to affections of the mucous membranes.
” The assimilation of the digested food to tissue, does not proceed as it should do.” — Hughes.
” Children, with dry and flabby skin ; large, open fontanelles ; much perspiration in drops, — of the head, — which wets the pillow far around where the child is sleeping.” — G.
” Pale and fair children ; their muscles soft and flabby ; their hair dry, and looking like tow.”— G.
” She is very weakly in general ; walking produces great fatigue ; in going up stairs, is out of breath ; has to sit down.” — G.
” Very sensitive to the least cold air, which seems to go through and through her.” — G.
” Swelling over the pit of the stomach, like a saucer turned bottom up.” — G.
” Menses are too soon, too profuse, and last too long ; difficult to stop menstruating.” — G.
” Leucorrhoea like milk.” — G.
” Constant aching in the vagina.” — G.
” Her feet feel as if she had on cold, damp, stockings, continually ; they are cold in bed.” — G.
Vertigo, on running up stairs.
” Fear of going crazy, or that people will observe her, and suppose her to be crazy,” — H.
“Anxiousness, shuddering, and awe, as soon as the evening comes near.” — H.
” Despairing ; hopeless of everything, with fear of death ; tormenting all around him day and night.” — H.
” As often as the patient falls asleep, the same disagreeable feelings rouse him.”
” Head too large ; the fontanelles not closing.”— H.
” The head and upper part of the body sweat profusely.” — G.
” Headache, with an unusual accumulation of dandruff on the top.” — G.
” Excessive mischievousness.” — G.
” Cannot sleep after 3, A. M.” — G.
” Vertigo, on ascending a height.” — Lippe.
” Itching of the scalp ; children scratch when their sleep is disturbed, or they are awakened.” — H.
” Chronic headache, depending on brain fag ; the pain is dull; worse in the morning; the head is often cold.” — Hughes.
Much dandruff on the scalp.
” Excessive secretion of mucus in the eyes.” — Marcy and Hunt.
” Troubled about an absent son ; imagined he saw him at the bottom of the river ; could not rest, but constantly walked about.”
” Painful and difficult urination ; the urine being clear, and having a peculiar strong, pungent, fetid, odor.” — J. B. Bell.
” All objects look as if seen through a mist.”
” Long-lasting super-orbital neuralgia.”
^’Pupils inclined to dilate.” — Marcy and Hunt.
” The tongue is sore on the tip, sides, or dorsum, so that she can scarcely eat.” — G.
” Sour taste in the mouth, or of the food ; sour vomiting, especially with children during dentition ; also sour diarrhoea.” — H.
” Longing for eggs ; particularly with children, in sickness, or during convalescence.” — H.
” Vomiting of ingesta, which taste sour.” — Lippe.
” Cannot bear tight clothing around the hypochondria.” — G.
” Stools whitish and watery.” — Raue.
” Diarrhoea worse towards evening.”
” Diarrhoea, of sour smell ; putrid ; during dentition; generally painless.” — Lippe.
“Chronic diarrhoea; clay-like stools.” — Hughes.
” Much crawling and itching in the anus.” — G.
” White, chalk-like stools.”— G.
” Feeling of coldness in the abdomen and thighs.”— G.
“Involuntary emissions of urine on walking.”_G.
Urine has a brown bloody or white sediment.
” The history of the case shows that the menses have been too profuse, and return too often, and too soon.” — G.
” The least excitement causes the menses to return.” — G.
” Much moisture between the labia and thighs, with biting pain.” — G.
” Inflammation, redness, and swelling of the vulva, with purulent discharge.” — G.
” Finds it difficult to stand on account of a pressing down, as if the internal organs would press out.” — G.
” Albuminous leucorrhoea, from the cervical canal, with great lassitude, debility, sinking, and trembling at the stomach, and burning
pains in cervical canal.” — Marcy and Hunt.
” Breasts are distended ; milk scanty ; she is cold, and there seems to be a want of vitality to bring the milk forward.” — G.
” Cough, with rattling of mucus in the bronchi ; the cough is worse in the morning.” — G.
Glands of the neck swollen.
The skin is dry and flabby.
“Eruptions, white, hard, and elevated.” — G.
In fever, horrid visions when closing the eyes.
” Headache, ameliorated by closing the eyes.” — H.
Lifting the child up, produces pains.
” Difficult dentition with children.” — H.
” Children self-willed ; inclined to grow fat.” — H.
” Growing too fat and thick with young people.”_H.
” Hard hearing after abuse of Quinine.”— H.
” Feet constantly cold and damp, as though she had on damp stockings.” — G.
Offensive sweat on the feet, making the soles of the feet raw.
” Cramps in the toes and soles of the feet.” — G.
The pains are aggravated by the slightest touch, as from a current of air, cold or warm, noise, excitement, &c.