ROLE OF IRON IN HOMOEOPATHY – BIRDS EYE VIEW ON THE FERRUM GROUP

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INTRODUCTION: Iron is the very important constituent of universe as well our body. Thus, in this article I am explaining about the role of iron in our body and how homoeopathy helps the human body with the help to iron. We say that iron if not used will be rusted and can be poisonus as well as becomes a junk on the earth same way if a homoeopathic physician cannot use ferrum group of remedies its property also become unknown and it also becomes a junk in the field of homoeopathy.

In our body there is around 3-4 gm (4.2gm) of iron and 75%. Ferrum is one of the prominent constituents of the animal body, being present in considerable quantity in the blood and hence iron has great of this amount found in the blood.The infant liver contains large amounts of iron, which is used up in the first 3 months.

DOCTRINE OF SIGNATURE:

  • Iron is the strongest and stable metal and so are the ferrum personalities they are solid, stable, firmly
  • Iron on heated becomes red hot and so are the ferrum personalities who can’t bear any contradiction. At high temperature, iron changes its physical form so are the ferrum they are having very changeable character.

THE IMPORTANT FERRUM GROUP REMEDIES PRESENT IN OUR HOMOEOPATHIC MATERIA MEDICA:

  • Ferrum cyanatum
  • Ferrum iodatum
  • Ferrum metallicum
  • Ferrum muriaticum
  • Ferrum phosphoricum
  • Ferrum sulphuricum
  • Ferrum aceticum
  • Ferrum arsenicosum
  • Ferrum bromatum
  • Ferrum citricum

 CONSTITUTION:

  • these are very Thin in nature
  • very much graceful,
  • usually feminine in character,
  • irritable circulation throughout the body,
  • transparent skin.

 MIASM:  tubercular

SEAT OF ACTION: Gastro intestinal system, Skin, Cardio vascular system, thyroid and Respiratory system.

MOST IMPORTANT FEATURES OF FERRUM:

  1. Suited to weak, anaemic persons with irregular distribution of blood and great pallor of lips and mucous membrane.
  2. Blood anaemia: Ferrum.ars, Ferrum.Iod, Ferrum.met, Ferrum.mur, Ferrum.Phos, Ferrum acet, Ferrum.pic
  3. Haemolytic anaemia: Ferrum.ars, Ferrum.iod, Ferrum.met, Ferrum.mur, Ferrum.Phos,  Ferrum.sulp
  4. Anaemia due to nutritional imbalance: Ferrum.met and Ferrum.Phos and General weakness: Ferrum.ars, Ferrum. Iod, Ferrum.met, Ferrum.mur, Ferrum.Phos
  1. Mentally suited to anxious people with great irritability and anger. And for Anxiety: Ferrum.ars, Ferrum.iod, Ferrum.Met, Ferrum.mur, Ferrum.Phos
  2. Specific action over the glandular system and hence suited to scrofulous constitution.  Fer.iod, Fer.met, Fer.mur , Fer.phos, Fer.sul
  3. Rheumatism of shoulder joint – particularly right shoulder joint

 

BIRDS EYE VIEW ON THE RHEUMATIC PAINS:

Rheumatic pain in shoulder: Ferrum.iod, Ferrum. Met,Ferrum.mur, Ferrum.Phos
Ferrum.met: Shooting tearing pain in the shoulder joint. Cracking in the shoulder joint.
Ferrum.phos: Acute rheumatism of right shoulder joint. Red swollen and very sensitive.            Rheumatism of wrist.
Ferrum.picr: Rheumatic arthritis. Pain right side of neck and down right arm.

Ferrum.iod: Rheumatic bruised, paralyzed feeling in right upper arm and shoulder.
Ferrum.mur: Paralytic tearing in shoulder joint, arm, clavicle and muscle making it impossible to lift arm. Acute inflammatory rheumatism of right shoulder joint. Pain deep in socket preventing motion.
Ferrum.sul: rheumatism and semi paralyzed condition of right arm and shoulder.

IMPORTANT PHYSICALS OF FERRUM GROUP:

Aversion to meat and aggravation from meat
Aversion to meat: Ferrum.ars, Ferrum.iod, Ferrum. Met, Ferrum.mur, Ferrum.Phos
Aggravation from meat: Ferrum. Ars, Ferrum.Iod, Ferrum.met,ferrum.phos

Aggravation from fat: Ferrum.ars, Ferrum. Met, Ferrum.mur
(Desire for meat: Ferrum.met, and Ferrum. mur)

General aggravation from rapid motion and amelioration from gentle motion
Ferrum.met, Ferrum.mur, Ferrum.phos

IMPORTANT MENTAL CHARACTERISTIC OF FERRUM GROUP:

  • Irritability
  • Can’t bear contradiction
  • Crave for sympathy
  • Ambitious
  • Changeable
  • Strict obstinate, very practical.

FERRUM METALLICUM

  • Synonyms: iron, ferrum reductum, iron bihydrogen
  • Chemical formula:Fe
  • Source:mineral
  • Preparation: odourless, greenish black, fine powder obtained by the reduction of ferric oxide by hydrogen gas ;at high temperature.
  • Property: It is insoluble in water and in alcohol but soluble in dilute mineral acids.
  • Prover: Dr hahnemann.
  • Constituition: anaemic persons who flush easily and easily fatigue.
  • Temperament: Sanguine
  • Diathesis: Haemorrhagic
  • Miasm: Psora
  • Thermal: Chilly
  • Anaemia with red flushing of the face.Haemorrhage from almost all organs-blood light with dark clots, coagulates easily and Canine hunger , alternates with loss of appetite.

Mentals

  • Weeps and laughs immoderately
  • Hysterical 

Physicals

  • Hysterical
  • Aversion: Meat, eggs, acids, hot and sour things, milk, tobacco, tea
  • Appetite: Canine hunger alternates with loss of appetite.
  • Thirst: unquenchable thirst or thirstlessness.
  • Sleep; sleepy but cant sleep
  • Dreams: falling in water, of being engaged In war.
  • Stomach: Intolerance for sour things, beer, eggs
  • Urinary: Involuntary urination, more daytime than night.

Cough only during the daytime<moving

  • >lying down, eating.
  • Palpitation: <least motion> slow walking.

FERRUM PHOS:

  • Synonyms: Ferric phosphate, ferrum phosphate, iron phosphate
  • Anaemic people with sudden and violent local congestion.
  • Initial stages of inflammation and fever.
  • Haemorrhages are meat water like-blood streaked.

Mentals

  • Fear of going into crowd

Physicals:

  • Desire: Sour things, stimulants
  • Aversion: Meat, milk.
  • Worse: 4-6am, motion, touch, cold air, noise, cold drinks, cake, coffee.
  • >cold application, lying down.
  • Feels as if pushed forward while walking, with danger of falling.
  • Can’t see while stooping, seems as if blood ran into the eyes.

 

FERRUM ACETICUM:

  • Clinical conditions: asthma, cough, haemoptysis, epistaxsis, tuberculosis, vericose veins
  • <sitting still,lying.

Ferrum arsenicosum

  • Arsenite of iron
  • Clinical conditions: anemia, liver enlargment, spleen enlargment.

Ferrum bromatum

  • Clinical conditions: Headache, leucohrroea, spermatorrhoea,uterus prolapsed.

 FERRUM CYANATUM:

  • Constipation and epilepsy are important key feature.

FERRUM SULPHURICUM

  • <warmth
  • >cold
  • Nattle rash,apthae, eczema
  • Indicated remedy for Helminthiasis.

FERRUM PICRICUM

  • Frequent urination at night.
  • Senile hypertrophy of the prostate
  • Epistaxis

FERRUM IODATUM

  • Hot patient
  • Patient >open air
  • Symptoms worse after eating.
  • Post-Nasal, bloody discharge
  • Constipation alternates with diarrhoea
  • Ca of right breast
  • Dreams as if he is 30 to 60 feet tall.

Acknowledgement

I acknowledge the able guidance of DR SHIVAPRASAD.K (PRICIPAL, HOD ORGANON OF MEDICINE), Father Muller Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital, Mangalore.

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Dr Shreya N Padiyar is pursuing MD Part 1 at Department of Organon of Medicine, Father Muller Homoeopathic Medical College, Mangalore.

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