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Iodine is especially useful in scrofulous affections, where rapid emaciation, notwithstanding a ravenous hunger, is characteristic, the patient being hungry all the time, and eating immoderately, yet continually, and sometimes very rapidly, losing flesh. Marasmus. Wasting disease in scrofulous subjects. Atrophy of glands. Enlargement and induration of glands ; usually painless. According to Farrington, “there is a characteristic of Iodine which is universal, and that characteristic is torpidity and sluggishness. The very indolence of the disease is suggestive of Iodine.” This is especially true of the glandular enlargements. Most prominently useful in goitre given internally; its external application will often dissipate the goitre, but may be followed by serious pulmonary complications. Enlargement of the parotids; mammae; testicles, etc. Hydrocele. Enlargement of lymphatic glands.

Tabes mesenterica. Often indicated in chronic enlargement and induration of the tonsils. Also in ulceration of the throat with swollen glands, either from syphilis or Mercury. Iritis, especially of syphilitic origin. Chronic catarrh of the middle ear, also of the Eustachian tube, with deafness, roaring in ears, etc. Acute coryza, especially scrofulous subjects, with sneezing, hot mucous discharge, headache at root of nose and over nose, fever, etc. Inflammation of the spleen with salivation. Acute and chronic inflammation of the liver, cirrhosis; jaundice,hard, painful swelling. Acute and chronic disease of the pancreas, with salivation ; fatty diarrhoea ; watery, foaming stools ;or constipation. Diabetes with characteristic hunger and emaciation, yellow skin, etc. Has been found useful in some female diseases in scrofulous subjects, especially when associated with atrophy of the mammary glands. (See Clinical Symptoms already given.) Many cases of ovarian cysts reported cured by Iodine.
Cancer of the uterus with profuse haemorrhages, and other characteristic Iodine conditions. Iodine is often a valuable remedy in scrofulous ulcers, especially with swollen glands; the ulcers have spongy edges, and discharge a bloody, ichorous or even purulent matter. Iodine is an extremely valuable remedy in croupous inflammation of the larynx and trachea, either acute or chronic. Great hoarseness and hard croupy cough, difficult inspiration, etc.

Allen says {Hand Booh of Materia Meclica, p. 570): “A large number of cases of membranous croup have been cured by the lower dilutions ; our experience is that it is indicated in cases in the early stage, with more or less fever, with dry skin and a very dry cough great difficulty in respiration; it follows closely after Acon.; if Acon, has been given and the patient is not improving, or if Acon, has relieved only the restlessness and extreme anxiety, but not the cough, the patient is still dry and hot and the cough is still croupy, then give lod. It is, however, rarely useful after febrile excitement has disappeared, or if the patient perspires freely (this stage, together with the attacks of suffocative cough, indicate Brom. instead of lod.).” (See Respiratory Symptoms.) Whooping cough. A valuable remedy in pneumonia when, after Acon., exudation has occurred, the anxiety and stitching pain being relieved, but a high fever remaining. Especially when the apex of the lung is involved, and when occurring in scrofulous subjects. Laryngeal and pulmonary phthisis, with characteristic symptoms. Sometimes indicated in cardiac disease, with
great praecordial anxiety, palpitation, sharp pain, and general Iodine conditions; valvular insufficiency with dilitation ; pericarditis, especially when complicating pneumonia, with Iodine indications. Hypertrophy of the heart. Iodine has been found useful in certain forms of articu-
lar rheumatism, especially when occurring in scrofulous subjects, or resulting from syphilis or Mercury. The symptoms are usually worse at night, and the patient presents the general Iodine conditions already mentioned. Rheumatism of the heart.

Synovitis, subacute, with fistulous openings with bloody ichorous discharges. Scrofulous affections of joints. Gonorrhoeal rheumatism. Mollites ossium.


Sadness ; melancholy mood. Excessive nervous excitability.

Vertigo ; throbbing in the head and all over the body; tremor at the heart, fainting; worse immediately after rising from a seat or bed (Bry.), or by sitting or lying down after slight exercise. Confusion in head, with aversion to earnest work. Headache, as from a band
around the head. Pain in a small spot above root of nose. Pain above the eye& towards evening-, worse from noise and talk. Sharp pain in upper part of left side of forehead. Pain in occiput before 11 A.M.; better from rest, worse from motion of body,
changing at 4 p.m. to confusion of head.

Dirty yellowish color of the sclerotica. Protrusion of the balls. Inflamed eyes from taking cold. Pain as from excoriation in the eyes. Edematous swelling of the lids.

Difficult hearing.

Dry coryza, worse evenings, becoming fluent in the open air. Fluent coryza with much sneezing; sudden, violent with lachrymation, pain in eyes; then violent cough and nausea, difficult almost wheezing respiration, feeling as if larynx were constricted externally Blowing of much
yellow mucus from the nose.

Face pale, yellowish,or greenish. Sallow, distressed countenance. Bluish lips, with swelling of the superficial veins. Swelling of the submaxillary glands.

Bleeding of the gums. Softening of the gums. Teeth covered with much mucus in the morning ; yellow and easily blunted by vegetable acids. Apthae in the mouth. Offensive odor from the mouth. Salivation. Also after Mercury. Tongue loaded with thick coating.

Constriction in the throat, impeding deglutition. Ulcers in throat, with swelling of glands of neck. Inflammation and ulceration of the oesophagus.

Ravenous hunger ; cannot be satisfied. Appetite diminished; lost. Nausea; vomiting renewed by eating. Thirst. Heartburn after indigestible food.

Pain between pit of stomach and umbilicus. Inflammation of the liver, with pain, hardness and swelling. Pressure in right hypochondrium ; with pain on touch. Left hypochondrium hard and painful to pressure. Swelling and distension of the abdomen. Incarcerated flatulence. Swelling of the inguinal glands.

Burning in anus in evening. Diarrhoea, alternating with constipation. Stools watery; foaming, whitish mucus; soft, frequent.

Copious and frequent micturition. Involuntary.

Swelling and induration of the testicles.

Induration and swelling of uterus and ovaries. A wedge-like pain from right ovary to uterus. The mammae dwindle a.way and become flabby; atrophy. Uterine haemorrhage renewed after every stool. Leucorrhea acrid, corroding the limbs; worse at time of menses.

Hoarseness. Pain in the larynx with desire to cough ; frequent pain and stitches in larynx and sublingual glands. Smarting in region of trachea, with frequent lancinations. Croupy cough. Tightness of respiration, difficult, especially inspiration. Membranous croup, with wheezing and sawing respiration; dry barking cough; child grasps throat with the hand. Edema glottidis (may be used by inhalation). Dry cough, with stitches and burning in chest. Cough, with expectoration of large quantities of mucus, frequently blood-streaked. Sensation of weakness in chest (Stan.). Constriction of the chest. Sharp, quick piercing pains. “Tendency to bronchial and pulmonary congestion and haemorrhages. “Hepatization ; worse upper part of right lung ; sometimes rapid ; tightness across chest.

Violent palpitation ; worse from the least exertion. Constant, heavy oppressive pain in region of heart, with sharp, quick, piercing, movable pains. Great praecordial anxiety, obliging him to constantly change his position. Pulse rapid, small, weak, with tumultuous, irregular, at times intermittent action of heart.

“Goitre, with marked hardness. Swelling and induration of the cervical glands.

“Subsultus tendinum of both hands and feet. Trembling of the limbs. Tearing pain in left elbow edematous swelling of feet. Acrid, corrosive foot sweat.

Reference: “A text-book of Materia Medica and Therapeutics : Characteristic, Analytical, and Comparative” A. C. Cowperthwaite

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