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Tissue Salts by Schussler
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See also Arthritis.
If this remedy be taken steadily from the onset, it is often the only one required in rheumatic fever. Acute articular rheumatism, which is very painful, is an inflammatory febrile disease in its first stage. Acute rheumatism when any movement sets up the pain or tends to increase it. Articular rheumatism, especially of the shoulder; pains extend to upper part of chest, attacks one joint after another. The first remedy in all acute rheumatic troubles, muscular, acute or subacute. Worse on motion; better by warmth. Soreness in every part of the body, especially the joints, worse on motion. Lumbago, stiff back, etc. Stiff neck from cold. "Pains especially severe at night, preventing sleep. Marked stiffness on first moving after rest." (Arndt.) Aggravation by motion or idea of motion. Hands swollen and painful.
Second stage of rheumatic fever, when exudation takes place around the joints. This remedy removes swelling by restoring the non-functional cells of the excretory and absorbing structures to normal action. Rheumatic, gouty pains if movement makes them worse and if there be a white or gray-furred tongue. Swelling of the parts. Pains which are only felt during motion or increased by it, if Ferrum phos. does not remove them altogether. Chronic rheumatism with swelling, or when all movements cause pain. Gray or white-coated tongue, or white discharges.
Acute and chronic rheumatism with pains disappearing on moving about, severe in the morning after rest, and on first getting up from a sitting position. Very painful rheumatism, the parts feel stiff on first attempting to rise up ; improves slowly, but is increased by all exertion or fatigue. Stiffness, paralytic tendency. Laming pains, better on gentle exercise.
In a recent note to Dr. Goullon, Schussler calls attention to Natrum phos. as a remedy for inflammatory rheumatism, having successfully used it in several cases with rapid curative results. While Ferrum phos. corresponds to simple uncomplicated cases, there can be no doubt Natrum phos. corresponds more nearly to such cases as are characterized by yellow-coated tongue, acid symptoms, or where there is a scrofulous basis. Rheumatic pains in the joints, with profuse sour-smelling sweat. Acute gout, chronic gout, chronic articular rheumatism. Natrum phos. acts upon the uric acid of the cells and renders it harmless. "Great stiffness and cracking of joints. Aggravated towards evening." (J. W. Ward, M. D.)
Rheumatic fever when the articular pains are shifting, wandering or flitting. Rheumatic headaches. Pains in the joints, chronic or acute, that change about. Acute articular rheumatism of a shifting nature, settling in one part and then in another. Chronic rheumatism of the joints, pains worse in the evening and in warm air, better in cool air. Pains in the back, nape or limbs. "Kali sulph. I have repeatedly tested in wandering rheumatism, and have had very favorable results." (Dr. Schlegelman.) Rheumatic or neuralgic cases, patients complain of soreness from three A. M. until they get up.
Acute rheumatism of the joints, for the violent pains, as an intercurrent remedy. Excruciating, spasmodic pains during rheumatic fever. "The pains are aggravated by the slightest touch and are improved by warmth and hard pressure." (Puhlmann.)
After the second remedy (Kali mur.), if the symptoms correspond. Symptoms of tongue, etc. Chronic rheumatism of the joints; joints crack.
Rheumatic pains, pains and stiffness in nape and back, pain in joints, especially of toes and fingers and wrists, pain in hip joints aggravated when rising from a seat or moving in bed. (Perkins.)
Rheumatism, which is worse at night, aggravated by heat or cold, worse in bad weather (also Ferrunt phos.), worse from change of weather. Rheumatism of the joints with cold or numb feeling, creeping feeling in parts affected. Sensation of ants crawling on the affected parts. Numbness, lameness. Every cold brings on rheumatic pains in the joints. Pains in sutures. Stiffness of neck from exposure to dampness; aching and soreness in limbs. Pains in sacro-iliac synchondroses, worse with every change of weather.
Mrs. R., aged 22 years, had suffered for years with debility and indigestion. She was very much subject to colds and rheumatic pains which wandered and shifted around over the body. She was generally worse in the evening in a warm room, but better in the open cool air. She suffered much with neuralgia of the face, which was intermittent and shifting, but better in cool air.
Tongue generally coated a little yellow. She had a great many skin boils which usually came after a rheumatic spell. Kali sulph. was so very satisfactory that she keeps it in the house all the time for use if any of the old symptoms return. (O. A. Palmer, M. D.)
This is a great remedy, and all its indications should be mastered. The following case well illustrates its ability:
Mr. M., aged 78 years, had been sick for four or five years, and the most of his suffering was in his digestive organs. He had a poor appetite and a white coat on his tongue, most of the time. Eyes were large and protruding. Could not eat fatty or greasy food without increasing his trouble. He had flatulence and stomachache, with constipation and diarrhoea, alternating every three or four weeks.
He has suffered with chronic rheumatism for years, and many of his joints were more or less swollen, all the time, and worse when moved. He was badly troubled with indigestion, and vomited every few days, which gave him relief for awhile. In his prime he was a strong man, and now he is nothing but a grumbling wreck. After giving him general directions in regard to his foods, baths, etc., I gave him Kali mur. 3x, three tablets every two hours, which not only relieved his general catarrhal condition, but relieved him every way, so that within six weeks he could walk around and feel comfortable. He gave me to understand that it was the first medicine that had done him any good. (O. A. Palmer, M. D.)
Dr. Feichtman, of Also Lendra, in Hungary, reports fifteen cases of acute articular rheumatism quickly cured by Ferrum phos (Allg. Horn. Zeit).
Dr. Schlegelman reports the following cases: L., of Regensburg, a strong, healthy man, set. 26, had taken cold during a state of perspiration and contracted acute rheumatism of the joints (rheumatic fever). At first the right shoulder was attacked, the patient had violent pains and high fever. Bryon., which seemed decidedly indicated here, had no other effect except that the pain on the next morning had changed its seat, and had appeared in the left knee. In this way he continued for several days, under the use of various medicines. Either the one or the. other of several joints was affected. The most distressing pains continued day and night, and evidently the patient was greatly reduced. At last I decided to test Schussler's medicine. I gave Kali sulph. The result was very favorable. The wandering pains ceased changing their location, and the pain confined itself to the right shoulder again, but was far less violent than before. Under the continued use of this medicine, the fever and pains gradually disappeared. Sleep and appetite returned, and no other joints were implicated. Eight days after giving the first dose of Kali sulph. the patient was dismissed as convalescent. No relapse occurred. (From Schussler.)
Dr. Schlegelman writes, January, 1876: "I was attacked with rheumatism the latter part of November, traveling by rail, sitting close to the window of a draughty carriage. My whole right side was affected going, and, on returning, the pains were very severe; especially worse on every movement I made. Bryon. eased me temporarily. I only reached home at midnight, and had a very bad night. Bryon. was of little use now. I applied the electric current next morning repeatedly, but it was of no avail. I then took a pinch of the Ferrum phos., and, as if by magic, the pains disappeared and did not return." (From Schussler.)
In the year 1875, Dr. Schlegelman reported from Regensburg: "D. A., xt. 20, a delicate lady, who suffered in her childhood a good deal from scrofula, was attacked last winter by a severe pain in the back, in consequence of catching cold. The third to the fifth ribs were very sensitive to pressure. Violent trembling of the right foot, and at the same time of the right arm, set in the moment she attempted to move the arm or extend the hand, and thus made all work impossible. The patient was all the more depressed about this, as in her vocation she had a good deal of writing to do. I gave many remedies, Pulsat., Rhus tox., Bellad., Nux vom., Platina, etc., all without effect. I sent the young lady into the country; her condition remained the same. New remedies had no better results. At last I thought I had found her remedy in Zinc, met., as I had heard nothing from her for four weeks. How astonished I was to find my patient, whom I thought cured, entering my consulting room on the 30th of September, trembling worse than ever. On my inquiry why she had not called sooner, she told me somewhat timidly she had gone to Mariabrunn to see a herbalist, and used the cure during the time. The result, as I could plainly see, had not been successful. Consequently she placed herself under my treatment again. I told her I was willing to treat her, and opened Schussler's Therapy. I chose Magnesia phos., and had no reason to regret my choice, for after the first few doses (three times a day, ten grains) a decided improvement was noticed, of which I heard on the 11th of October, when I saw her again. At this date not even a trace of the trembling could be observed. She had written repeatedly after this, and even then had experienced no trembling whatever. The cure was complete, as up to date she had been doing all kinds of needlework and a great deal of writing, without any recurrence of the affection." (From Schussler.)
Dr. Brisken was called to a case on the eighth day after seizure. All the joints were swollen, and the patient had not been able to stay in bed a single night. In the morning he received Kali mur. with such good results that during the next night he was able to stay in bed, and in twelve days was completely cured. (From Schussler.)
A gentleman, set. 70, had acute rheumatism in the shoulder and elbow-joints. He had been cupped, which made it worse. His joints were wrapped in waldwolle (turpentine wool), with no effect He had not been in bed the last two nights, as on lying down the pains were worse. On the third day he came under Dr. Brisken's treatment. After giving him Ferrum phos., the fever ceased in a few days, after which Kali mur. was given. In a short time complete recovery resulted. (From Schussler.)
Dr. Brisken mentions three cases of rheumatic fever. One case was that of a bookbinder, middle-aged, whom Dr. Brisken had treated three years previously for this malady. On that occasion his recovery took from eight to ten weeks. The patient was again attacked in the joints of the hands and knees, when he received Fermm phos. every hour; and as the fever had abated, Kali mur. was given the same way. On the fifth day he was able to return to his work. (From Schussler.) Edward B., set. 12, had been complaining a few days, when pains began in all the principal joints, but mostly in wrists and elbows, attended with redness and swelling, with some fever; there was most pain on moving, and he had to sit quiet to be in any comfort. Gave him Ferrum phos.' dissolved in one glass and Kali mur." dissolved in another, to be taken alternately every two hours while fever lasted, then continue Kali mur. alone. These remedies soon relieved him, and he was out in a few days. A second attack the next year was cured by the same remedies in a short time. (C. T. M.)
Robert D., aet. 34. This patient lives on the bank of the lake and goes frequently into the water, and often gets wet while fishing and shooting. Has had pains about him for a year or two, at times. They are sometimes in one joint and then in another, seem to shift about, and are becoming very troublesome, hindering him from work, and he desires a remedy if possible. I gave him Kali sulph", several powders, one to be dissolved in water, a dose four times each day. This remedy, after a few weeks, completely cured his trouble, and he has not complained now since a year or more. (C. T. M.)
May, 1879. J. D., a man set. 69, had been complaining for several weeks of pains in the limbs, which settled in the right leg, from the hip down to the ankle, but were worse at the joints, being of a shifting nature—intermittent—sometimes shooting and darting like lightning, causing the patient to change his position frequently. Warmth gives him relief. He is unable to leave his bed; is almost in despair, thinking he is dying. Magnes. phos., a dose every three hours. The improvement on taking this remedy was marked and rapid, but whenever he stopped with the medicine he felt worse again. By continuing steadily with Magnes. phos. a complete cure was effected. (From Schussler.)
I was called to attend a girl, aet. 12; she had had, some time ago, an attack of rheumatic fever. I found the little patient, who had been taken ill the previous day, in bed. The joints of both knees were swollen, somewhat red, and very painful. The joints of the vertebrae at the nape of the neck were implicated, and every movement out of the constrained position of the neck and back was very painful. Her friends expected that salicylic acid would be applied, which they had already seen used, but I gave Ferrum phos. and Kali mur. alternately every three hours. Next day, to the astonishment of the friends, the fever and pains were less, and knees were quite free from pain. Now I ordered Kali mur. to be given alone for the swelling, and the next morjung on my return I found all the symptoms worse. I repeated the Ferrum phos. again, and there was a rapid improvement. But in the same degree as the pains were leaving and the swelling decreased, spasmodic pains in the abdomen set in. There was also an occasional vomiting of bilious matter. As soon as these latter symptoms came on, I ordered the little patient some Magnes. phos. dissolved in water, 'n frequent sips, which removed all these symptoms in twenty-four hours. Ferrum phos. and Kali mur. were continued in less frequent doses. Six days after my first visit the patient was able to leave the bed, and was quite welL (Dr. Schlegel.)
July 29th, 1879. From the reports of a Medical Congress at Dortmund, by Dr. Stens, Jr.: "I sjiould like to report on a case of rheumatism which was cured by Ferrum phos. in a very short time, after having tried several of the most reputed remedies which seemed indicated. A lady, aet. 42 (catamenia normal, though scanty), had been treated by me for the last few years. She suffered from digestive derangement, and sometimes from violent attacks of megrin. This lady awoke one morning with a violent pain in the right upper arm and region of right shoulder, being of a tearing nature. She had walked the previous evening through a damp meadow, getting her feet wet. The pains were worse if she moved her arm quickly, but easier on moving it very gently. She was, therefore, keeping it constantly in motion. The parts affected were painful on being touched. Several nights perspiration had been excessive, and afterward made its appearance every morning between two and three o'clock, when the pains were always worse. The patient also complained of a pain in the right hand and powerlessness, which prevented her from lifting anything heavy. She often felt rather exhausted, and had to lie down. I gave her no less than five remedies which seemed to suggest themselves, but without success. The lady's anaemic condition, and partly Dr. Schussler's recommendation, made me think of iron. I prescribed his own preparation of Ferrum phos., as much as would cover a sixpence, to be taken night and morning. The result was that, after taking the medicine for six days, the pains, with their accompanying symptoms, did not return, even though soon after this wet weather set in, when she had generally felt her pains to be much worse. (From Schussler.)
Miss A. W., aet. 10^, was taken with a chill on January 1st, 1884. The next day I found her with very high fever, pulse 120; severe pains in back and limbs; nausea and vomiting; joints, small and large, greatly inflamed; hands, feet and limbs cedematous. Could not bear to be touched c: moved. Great sensitiveness in every part of the body and limbs. Pains became very much worse at night, increasing to such an extent that her screams could be heard by the neighbors on each side of the house. Constant cry for cold water; vomiting of food and drink almost as soon as swallowed. Tongue coated yellow, with horrible bitter metallic taste. Great prostration. Hereditary, gouty-rheumatic and dropsical diathesis. Has had for some time back a ravenous appetite, especially for sweet things, which was freely indulged. Treatment. After wasting much of the first week with various remedies with no improvement, I determined to adhere to the system of Schussler. For the fever, vomiting of food and drink, and the inflammation, I gave Ferrum phos. 6x. Pains aggravated at night, Calcareo phos. 6x; for rheumatic gout, oedema, dropsy, yellow coated tongue with bitter taste, Natrum sulph. 3x, about ten grains in half a goblet of water, a teaspoonful every other hour in alternation with the first two, which were given dry and at the same time. From the commencement of this treatment, decided improvement began, and by the fourteenth day of her sickness she was able to sit up. Previous to her sickness she had become so stout that she could not stoop to button her shoes, and her cloak could scarcely be buttoned around her. Indeed, it was so uncomfortable buttoned that she would go with it open almost all the time. After her recovery she was able to stoop, and her cloak could be lapped several inches (E. H. Holbrook, M. D., in Eclectic Medical Journal).
Dr. Sulzer, of Berlin, reports a case of fever and violent pain in the right shoulder joint, high temperature, full and rapid pulse, thirst and loss of appetite. Shoulder red swollen and sensitive to pressure. The pressure of the pillow was unbearable. Ferrum phos. 6x cured (Allg. Horn. Zeit).
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