Below are the strongest indications of Ferrum Magneticum in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.
Small warts on hands.
PHARMACY - Ferr-ma. Loadstone. Ferrum magneticum. Sesquioxide of Iron. A black oxide of iron. Historical dose: All potencies, third potency.
HISTORY - Caspari is the authority for Ferr. magnet. Teste, who puts, Ferr-ma. in the Arnica group along with Ledum, Croton, Rhus-t. and Spig., has had some experience with it. Sycotic constitution.
HOMEOPATHIC -- Ferr-ma. produces paralytic weaknesses like the other Iron preparations of which this is the most peculiar: After perspiring during a moderate walk, weakness and lassitude, which seem to proceed from the abdomen. As with Ferrum, there is worse during a meal, flatulency, grumblings, movements in abdomen with urgent diarrhea after a meal.
The abdominal sufferings are felt more on the left side. Very abundant and frequent emission of fetid wind. Many rectal and urinary symptoms are recorded. The appearance of warts may indicate that Ferr-ma. is related to the sycotic constitution. Marked symptoms in intestinal tract. Pain in nape of neck. Paralytic weakness. Small warts on hands.
Pains and itchings, some of which reappear at intervals of four weeks. Prickings, lancinations, tingling and itching in different parts. Paralytic weakness, difficulty of movement and relaxation of muscles. Excessive lassitude. Trembling in the legs and arms. Fatigue on taking the slightest exercise.
CLINICAL - Amaurosis. Diarrhea. Flatus. Ganglions. Paralysis. Rheumatism. Vision, disorders. Warts. Whitlow.
MIND - Indecision and long reflection before undertaking anything. Indolence, slowness of movement. Air of importance and self-sufficiency. Irascibility.
Abdomen - Movements and grumbling in abdomen. Loose evacuations with much flatulency, especially left side with pullings in legs. Abundant and frequent emission of fetid flatus.
Chest - Tearing and lancination in the left side of the chest, when breathing. Sensation of emptiness in the chest.
Ears - Pullings in the ears and the pharynx during deglutition. Itching, wringing and cold lancinations in the auditory duct. Tingling in the ears.
Eyes - Darkness before the right eye, which causes it to wink. Pressive pain on the eyelid, which impedes the sight. Swelling of the lower lid, which makes the eye appear smaller. Pricking itching in the canthi. Painful sensibility of the lachrymal sac with profuse lachrymation.
Face - Face dejected with general heat, followed by redness of the face. Heat of the face. Itching and tingling in the face and on the lips. Eruptions on the forehead in the eyebrows, at the root of the nose, on the cheeks, the lips and the chin.
Head - Pulsative headache, by fits. Circumscribed headache in the morning, generally on right side. Headache on stooping, on moving the arms and on going up stairs. Itching in the scalp. Eruption of small painful on the scalp. Falling off of the hair.
Kidneys - Urine red and copious, which becomes the color of clay after having stood some time.
Limbs - Cramp-like or paralytic pullings or jerking pullings in the forearms and in the hands. Pain, as from dislocation in the wrist. Paralytic pulling in the right arm. Small warts on the back of the hands and on the wrist. Whitlow. Dryness and tension in the hands. Acute lancination in the knee. Ganglion of the foot. Tingling and pricking in the heels. Starting in the soles of the feet. The little toe is painful.
Lungs - Frequent hawking of mucus. Dry cough after dinner, proceeding from an irritation in the trachea, as if one had swallowed dust.
Male - Itching and lancination in the scrotum and in the extremity of the glans. Increase of sexual desire with and without erection or absence of all sexual desire, yet without importance.
Mouth - Accumulation of water and saliva in the mouth. Itching sensation in the posterior part of the palate.
Neck - In the morning, pain in the nape of the neck, as if from having lain in an inconvenient position.
Nose - Sneezing with stoppage of one nostril and catarrh.
Rectum - Urgent want to evacuate with expulsion of flatus only. On expelling the flatus there escapes a small liquid evacuation. Itching and shooting in the anus. Tingling and itching in the rectum.
Skin - Itching and tingling in different parts, especially in the evening, mitigated by scratching, but appearing in other parts. Red spots, sometimes of a bright red or bluish red, some disappear on being pressed. Small warts (on the hands).
Sleep - Violent and noisy yawnings with accumulation of water in the mouth. Drowsiness with prompt sleep on lying down or even when seated. Absurd dreams at night. Dreams immediately after lying down, waking with a start, coldness which causes trembling. Inclination to remain in bed in the morning. After rising, weakness in the knees.
Stomach - Flatulence during a meal, afterwards fatigue and burning pain in epigastrium, especially on breathing. Nausea. Abortive risings.
Teeth - Bleeding of the gums, when slightly pressed upon. Painful sensibility of the teeth during mastication.
Temperature - Shivering and cold in the side opposite to that on which the patient has lain. Heat, as if a catarrh were developing itself with lassitude and down-cast eyes. Internal heat with perspiration and slow pulse after washing the body. The pulse is slow and small. Perspiration on the slightest exercise. Sweat in the morning on the body and on the occiput. Sweat of an acid smell, as in measles.
Throat - Bitter and rancid taste in the pharynx, on hawking. Sensation as if mucus were adhering to the uvula. Lancinations in the throat. Pressure in the esophagus, as if too much had been swallowed at one time.
COMMENTS - Ferr-ma. relieved (after Spig.) and old man suffering from chronic rheumatism of the nape of the neck with irritable disposition.
Also a case of compound capsular cataract in a gouty patient. A third patient had rheumatism of both thighs, coming on after violent exercise. This patient was treated in two attacks. In the first attack he received Arn. first and then Ferr-ma. In the second, Ferr-ma. was given at once and the effect was speedy and marked.
The fourth patient has a very unpleasant experience with the medicine. He suffered from a mercurial neurosis and was very sensitive to medicines. One of the symptoms which led to its being given was a painful contraction of the posterior cervical muscles, against which no remedy Teste had tried had produced any effect.
Ferr-ma., four globules in a tumbler of water, two tablespoonfuls every day, was the prescription. The first tablespoonful, which was taken in the morning, seemed to produce a sensible improvement. A quarter of an hour after the second dose, which was taken at 4 p.m. the sight became dim, a halo of fire, red and violet, was seen first in front of the right and afterwards in front of the left eye.
Soon after, this halo, which formed a circular zigzag-shaped line, became narrower and narrower. Finally produced such a complete blindness, that the patient assured Teste he was unable to distinguish night from daylight. This lasted one hour and did not pass off entirely until after a meal.
Much more distressing phenomena followed towards 8 p.m. the pain in the nape, which first was seated on the left side, passed to the right invading the whole extent of the trapezoid muscle, where it became literally frightful. “For two days and nights the patient, who was a brave and strong man and whom I had seen bear the most painful surgical operations without uttering a sound, suffered to such an extent that he uttered heart-rending cries.”
Camph., Puls. and Bry failed to relieve, the first rather aggravated. Rhus-t. effected some relief. But it did not prevent the recurrence, for eight days in succession of the visual phenomena, though with less intensity then the first time, at irregular intervals, generally 6 or 7 a. m. and sometimes even at night in perfect darkness.
COMPARE - (1) Ferr., Elect., Galv., Magn. arct., Magn. aust.
SOURCES - Boericke. Clarke.
Homeopathic remedies are prescribed on the basis that in a tiny dilution like cures like, so while the very dilute homeopathic remedy may help, the raw product is often best avoided.
Entries on a white background are from Boericke's Materia Medica. Entries on a green background are from a reversed Kent's repertory, with some alterations to modernise the language. Uses are based on traditional homeopathic practice and have not been reviewed by the FDA.