Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Kali Iodatum in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.
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tinnitus. Emaciation. Erythema nodosum. Eyes, affections of.
cysts on lids of. Fibroma. Glandular swellings. Gonorrhoea. Gout. Gumma. Hćmorrhages. Hay fever. Housemaid's knee. Influenzinum Influenza. Intra-menstrual hćmorrhage. Joints, affections of. Laryngitis. Liver, diseases of. Locomotor ataxy. Lumbago. Lungs, hepatisation of.
Kali Iodatum Kali iod. is one of the few medicines on whose definite action reliance can be placed in ordinary practice.
That its action is specific is generally admitted; and specific is the same thing as homoeopathic.
I rarely find occasion to use it in lower attenuations than the 30th.
Experience seems to show that it is those patients who are charged with the disease or with Merc Viv mercury, or both together, who can support the massive doses of Kali Iodatum K. iod. which are sometimes given.
But the salt is often given as a diagnostic, and then, if care is not taken, there is great danger to the patient.
I have seen patients irretrievably reduced in strength by Kali Iodatum K. iod. given on the supposition that they were syphilitic.
I have recorded in my Diseases of the Heart (p. 165) the case of a gentleman, 74, who had a psoriasis-like skin affection for which he consulted a homoeopath.
Massive doses of Kali Iodatum K. iod. were given, and the skin disease disappeared in a fortnight.
But the patient was practically killed.
He cried like a child without knowing why.
He lost over a stone in weight.
He could eat very little, and everything Caused distress and a full sensation.
Palpitation came on at all times, and kept him awake at night.
The pulse was a mere flicker in the attacks, and was irregular, intermittent, or very frequent in the intervals between.
It was in this state that he came to me, but the powers of reaction were destroyed, and nothing that I gave made any impression.
He left London, and died very shortly afterwards.
Here is another case of Kali Iodatum K. iod. poisoning, when unbalanced by antidotal drugs or disease.
It is related by Jonathan Hutchinson.
There was no skin eruption at that time, but shortly one did appear, and was thought to confirm the diagnosis.
The dose was increased to 10 grains at the end of the week, ten days later to 15 grains, and still later to 20 grains.
Kali Iodatum was kept up from July 23rd to October 9th. Merc Viv Mercury was then substituted, but this made no change, and the patient, who was getting worse the whole time, died of exhaustion in a fortnight.
The swellings attained the greatest size on face, legs, and upper chest.
A coloured plate illustrating the case was published, showing the tumours to be dark purplish red in colour.
Though it has not been extensively proved, the recorded and attested effects of over-dosing are numerous enough.
P. Jousset (L'Art Médical, October, 1899, 241) has referred to Rilliet's experiments with the drug on the healthy.
He experimented on twenty-eight persons, mixing their table-salt with one ten-thousandth part of Kali Iodatum K. iod., so that in two years each would have taken 40 centigrammes.
Here is one of the cases A man, 45, of very strong constitution, never had any illness.
At the end of seven months he began to waste; had palpitation; became sad and melancholy; had fixed ideas, weakness, indefinable malaise in the lower abdomen with constipation.
The iodised salt was accidentally suspended during January and February, and he completely recovered.
Returning home in the month of August, he commenced the salt again, and the same symptoms returned with much more intensity than before notable and progressive wasting with voracious appetite.
fixed look. yellow complexion.
above all the moral disturbances were very pronounced agitated even to tears.
irritability. disgust and discouragement agitated sleep.
It took two months for him to recover this time.
The record says that the man's health was again "completely restored"; but this is not quite correct.
After the first poisoning, although complete health was apparently regained, there was left an extreme susceptibility to the drug's action, so that a much shorter period of poisoning was required to reproduce the symptoms in a greatly aggravated degree.
And two years after this, although health was apparently perfectly restored, a visit of twenty-one days to the seaside nearly cost the man his life.
The same symptoms reappeared.
He was reduced to a skeleton, the appetite being all the time exaggerated.
In walking he was almost bent double, trembling and out of breath at the slightest movement.
Pulse weak and very frequent.
Finally he was compelled to keep his bed, and had great difficulty in reaching his home in Geneva.
There he promptly got better.
But in spite of the apparent recovery a very profound change in the organism had occurred; and from this experience "agg. at the seaside" must be numbered among the conditions of Kali Iodatum K. iod.
Two others, both women of sixty, had the same symptoms as this man, one at the end of two months, the other at the end of four.
On the rest of the twenty-eight experimented upon no symptoms were observed.
Joussett quotes from the same authority experiences with the same salt in the treatment of goître.
A man of fifty had a round, indolent, non-fluctuating goître on the right side of the neck, the size of an orange, of very slow growth.
He took every morning, fasting, a spoonful of water containing one gramme (15 1/2 grains) of Kali Iodatum K. iod.
From the first day of the treatment he felt an indefinable anguish.
The sixteenth day there was increased malaise and considerable wasting, and the patient threw his potion into the lake.
Two days later his doctor found all the grave symptoms of the poisoning; but the goître was three parts gone.
The patient was sent to the country and was ill all the summer, but completely recovered in the winter, the goître having returned to its original size.
Kali Iodatum experience was repeated on three other patients; but a goîtrous dog was more fortunate.
Two centigrammes (gr. 1/6) was sufficient to produce all the symptoms in him, and his goître disappeared and did not return when he recovered from the poisoning.
In this connection may be mentioned the power of the salt over tumours of other kinds.
Enlarged lymphatic glands, syphilitic nodes, condylomata, and tumours of the breast and uterus have been removed by it.
Kali Iodatum has occurred under the action of the crude salt for the most part; and the general explanation is that the solvent action of the drug is most powerfully excited on the more lowly organised new tissues.
But this would not apply to all cases.
We have seen in Hutchinson's case that Kali Iodatum K. iod. can produce tumours as well as remove them; but Jules Gaudy has put on record another experience (Journ. Belge d'Homoeop., vi. 57).
Several cases of abdominal tumour were successfully treated by him with Kali Iodatum K. iod. in 3x, 10 and 15 centesimal triturations.
Two of these had been unsuccessfully treated with the crude salt before coming under his care.
Kali Iodatum they could not tolerate on account of loss of appetite and irritation of the mucous membrane of mouth and throat.
One of these patients had a large tumour on the level of the great curvature of the stomach extending on both sides, plunging into the abdominal cavity and extending into the pelvis; it was adherent and difficult to define.
She had a jaundiced, dirty-looking skin, and loss of appetite, and mostly vomited her food.
Health rapidly improved, and in three months there was hardly any tumour to be discovered.
The remains of it evidently depended from the epiploon.
The second case was very similar in nature to this.
Cooper reports this case "Womb packed with fibroids, pain in right inguinal region on exertion, spirits depressed, tinnitus like buzzing of flies, constant tired, sleepy feeling down the limbs, hot burning feet, though sometimes intense shivering all over, pains in the breasts, which are tender, unable to go long without food, constant distension as from flatus, sinking at scrobiculus cordis at 11 a.m., sleep dreamy.
all these symptoms moved away under Kali Iodatum K. iod. 30, leaving the patient in absolute comfort." Cooper adds this note "There is much resemblance between the actions of Kali Iodatum K. iod. and of Sulphur Sul. in their 30th dilutions.
After bronchitis, pneumonia, erysipelas, and other inflammatory affections, Kali Iodatum K. iod., in 30th and also in cruder forms, acts like magic, apparently from the removal of the effete products left in the tissues.".
glands atrophy, tissues, especially connective tissues and ligaments, inflame and ulcerate.
The periosteum and bones are attacked and nodes appear.
But Kali Iodatum K. iod. is perhaps more anti-scrofulous than anti-syphilitic.
It also causes infiltration, oedema and dropsy of various kinds.
The blood is acted upon, hćmorrhage occurs, and purpura hćmorrhagica.
A grand indication for Kali Iodatum K. iod., as pointed out by Cooper, is a "diffused sensitiveness" over parts affected.
Kali Iodatum appears in the provings "The scalp is painful on scratching, as if ulcerated (after eleven days)." This is from Hartlaub and Trinks. "Swelling of the whole thyroid gland, increasing very rapidly, with some sensitiveness to touch and pressure." It has removed sensitive syphilitic nodes.
I have often verified this indication.
In all neuralgic or inflammatory conditions where there is heightened and diffused sensitiveness of the affected part, Kali Iodatum K. iod. must be considered.
I cured with Kali Iodatum K. iod. 30, in a middle-aged man, neuralgia occurring daily over the left eye; in addition to this he complained that his head was very sore.
He had also Sore gums and a cough, and was amel. lying down.
Farrington mentions "Headache of the external head, hard lumps like nodes on the scalp which pain excessively." This may be either syphilitic, mercurial, or rheumatic.
Cooper cured with Kali Iodatum K. iod. 30 a case of rheumatic gout in a lady; every joint affected; unable to sleep for weeks on account of the pain.
The keynote indication was "After fatigue, hepatic region becomes tender." He commends it in affections of the spleen with diffused sensitiveness of spleen region and dropsy. Kali Iodatum K. iod. also corresponds to serous effusion on the brain secondary to hepatisation of the lungs.
The action of Kali Iodatum K. iod. in the respiratory sphere is very important.
The coryza of Kali Iodatum K. iod. is well known, and constitutes for the old school the only generally recognised indication of "Iodism," as it is called, with supreme disregard of the Kali element.
The discharge is acrid, watery; the eyes smart and are puffed, there is lachrymation. (This action on the eyes may develop into iritis, keratitis, and chemosis.) The coryza recurs repeatedly from every little cold, and makes the nose red and swollen.
The discharge may become thick, green, offensive; ozćna and perforation of the bones may occur.
The voice becomes nasal, hoarse, or is lost. "Awakened especially 5 a.m., with dry throat, oppression, loss of voice, glands swollen," as in croup and oedema glottidis. Kali Iodatum K. iod. corresponds to many cases of phthisis, laryngeal and pulmonary.
A characteristic is Stitches through the lungs; in middle of sternum; through sternum to back or deep in chest while walking. "Deep, hollow, hoarse cough with pain through breast." The characteristic expectoration is greenish, copious, and looks like soapsuds.
Hering speaks of Kali Iodatum K. iod. as having been curative in pneumonia and Bright's disease.
Lutz (quoted H. W., xxviii. 175) remarks on the frequency (from atmospheric causes) of bronchial asthma among both whites and natives in the Sandwich Islands, the symptoms being those of a suffocating capillary bronchitis with defective expiration, Kali Iodatum K. iod. (crude) giving speedy relief. "The initial, pronounced, and unmistakable symptoms of Kali Iodatum K. iod. are coryza, sneezing and bronchitis.
and from these spread out an expanse of symptoms such as might be expected from so usual a starting-point of disease" (Cooper). Kali Iodatum K. iod. has been commended as a protective against foot-and-mouth disease in cattle (B. M. J., June 26, 1895).
The heart is profoundly affected, as we have seen above. "Fluttering on awaking; must get up, fearing otherwise he will smother." It is a favourite remedy for aneurism among old-school practitioners, but there is no need to imitate their massive doses; its action is evidently specific.
Walking greatly agg. all heart symptoms.
It is suited to many cases of rheumatic heart, as well as other rheumatic conditions.
The digestive tract is no less disordered than other mucous membranes.
There is a terrible pain at the root of the tongue which is characteristic.
There is loss of appetite and indigestion with flatulence and bloating almost as intense as that in Lycopodium Lycopod.
Cold much agg. all these symptoms.
The rectum and genito-urinary tract have many symptoms.
Kali Iodatum agg. after coitus relates Kali Iodatum K. iod. to the other Kalis─Causticum Caust., K. bich., and Kali Carb K. carb. Eruptions of many kinds appear, scrofulous and syphilitic in appearance.
There is a papular and pustular eruption, especially on scalp and down back, the pustules leaving scars when they heal.
Among the peculiar sensations of Kali Iodatum K. iod. are As though head was enlarged; as if it were screwed in; as if a large quantity of water were forced into brain; as if it would be forced asunder; as if a leaflet were at root of nose.
As if a worm was crawling at root of nose.
Back as if in a vice. As of a tumour in ovaries.
In chest as if cut to pieces.
In coccyx as if bruised.
Cooper has cured with it many cases of noises in the ears, giving a single dose of 30 or higher and allowing it to work.
The chief time Condition of Kali Iodatum K. iod. is in the main the same as those of the other great anti-syphilitics.
Syphilinum (Luesinum) Syph., Aurum Metallicum Aur., Merc Viv Merc., and of the disease itself, agg. at night, from sunset to sunrise. This applies to its rheumatic and other affections. The sciatica of Kali Iodatum K. iod. is agg. at night, agg. lying on painful side, amel. in open air. The chest symptoms, like those of Kali Carb K. ca., may be agg. in early morning 2 to 5 a.m. Headache agg. 5 a.m. (also headache agg. after a night's rest). Loose stools also occur at that time (K. bi.). Like Merc Viv Merc., Kali Iodatum K. iod. has great sensitiveness to atmospheric changes Every little exposure every damp day will set up the symptoms. At the same time there is the amel. in open air of Iodium Iod., &c. "Irresistible desire for the open air.
walking in open air does not fatigue." The chill of intermittent fever is not amel. by warmth.
but warmth amel. many symptoms of teeth and scalp. In general, however, there is aversion to heat. Heat agg. headache. Motion agg., especially walking.
after the first movement, in the lower limbs it is more bearable. Sitting hurts, and flexing limbs amel. some of the pains. agg. From touch is a very marked feature of Kali Iodatum K. iod.
this is part of the "diffused sensitiveness" noted by Cooper. All symptoms agg. by drinking cold milk. "Kali Iodatum K. iod. is a remedy that has a great number of keynotes. It seems to meet all temperaments, and while suitable for pale, delicate subjects, is also required for those who flush easily and are manifestly plethoric. A diffused arterial vasculosis is met by it, but it is also called for in venous states. Kali Iodatum's characteristic tinnitus aurium is certainly the sharp, shrill, hissing and piercing noises, but it also relieves the throbbing, pulsative noises, especially when the heart is hypertrophied and inclined to fatty degeneration. Diversity of lesion, diversity of aggravation, and prolixity of symptoms without any one feature being in prominence, calls for it a moderate amount of catarrh of one or more of the orifices of the body, with tendency to flatulent distensions, depression, used up feelings, inability to think, are characteristic. But perhaps the most satisfactory action of Kali Iodatum K. iod., in the 30th, is in rickets (and rickety conditions) along with its many attendant symptoms. When children cannot bear to be touched, cannot ride in jolting conveyances, have big heads and emaciated limbs, big teeth and small jaws, and when they incline to frequency of urination and of defćcation, Kali Iodatum K. iod. 30 will work wonders. In child-life Kali Iodatum K. iod. acts at once if indicated and completely clears away the symptoms in adult-life it may often have to be reverted to during the treatment of very obstinate forms of disease. While this is true in a broad sense, it is also true that there is no known prescription that gives a better chance of removal of that very obstinate symptom tinnitus aurium than a single dose of Kali Iodatum K. iod. 30 allowed to act. This must not be taken as justification for careless selection of the remedy in cases marked by contra-indicating features" (Cooper).
Sticking deep in middle of chest.
in r. side. in r. costal region behind breast.
in middle of sternum in afternoon, with pressure.
in l. in evening. in r. lowest ribs at 8 p.m., with sore pain.
in middle when walking.
in upper part of l. when sitting bent over, amel. becoming erect.
in middle amel. moving about.
in middle of sternum extending to shoulders.
Potassium Iodide. Kalihydriodicum. KI. Solution. Trituration.