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Homeopathic Materia Medica by Farrington


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There are quite a number of the salts of lime which have been more or less proven. The first one on the list is Calcarea ostrearum, or the lime of oysters. This preparation, which was given to us by Hahnemann, was proven as Carbonate of Lime or CALCAREA CARBONICA. It was obtained from the middle stratum of the oyster-shell, where Hahnemann supposed he could secure a perfectly pure specimen of the carbonate of lime. Chemically speaking, this is not a pure carbonate of lime, for it must contain some of the animal matter belonging to the oyster. Moreover, it always contains a trace of Calcarea phos. You will thus see the reason why Dr. Hering proposed to call it Calcarea ostrearum instead of Calcarea carbonica. CALCAREA CAUSTICA is the ordinary caustic lime. CALCAREA FLUORICA was proven by Dr. Bell of Maine. Of it we have a few symptoms. It is one of Schussler's twelve tissue remedies. This combination of fluoric acid with lime gives us a very powerful drug in the treatment of diseases of the osseous system. I have already related to you a case in which Calcarea fluorica acted well in necrosis of the jaw. We shall also find it a useful drug in bone tumors. CALCAREA PHOSPHORICA is also a valuable drug.

It should be your duty and your pleasure to know the distinctions between these various salts of lime, and especially between Calcarea ostrearum and Calcarea phosphorica. They are not indicated in precisely the same cases. When one is indicated, the other cannot be. They are not difficult to distinguish, so I think we will be able to make the necessary distinctions.

One chapter in the history of Calcarea phosphorica is of some little interest. Some years ago a preparation for the cure of a certain disease was put on the market in Europe. It soon gained quite a reputation. After awhile, cures effected by it became less and less frequent. Finally, a wealthy man who failed to be cured by the preparation, sued the company for deceiving him. Analysis of the preparation became necessary. The main ingredient was found to be phosphate of lime. In the beginning the manufacturers used the phosphate of lime from bones; but later they found a cheaper way of making it in the laboratory, and without using bones at all. The company claimed that phosphate of lime is phosphate of lime, no matter how made or where found. That there is a difference between the phosphate of lime as obtained from the chemist's laboratory, and from the bones of animals, is shown by the difference in therapeutical efficacy of the two preparations, as illustrated in the above case and many others.

CALCAREA SULPHURICA, or the Sulphate of Lime, is another one of Schussler's remedies. It was proven by one of the students of the New York College. Schussler claims that Calcarea sulphurica acts energetically in curing suppuration and in removing the tumefaction of boils. The proving, while not positive, rather favors this idea.

All the salts of lime act prominently in the direction mentioned on the board. They all affect the nutrition of the body, hence they are of great use in infancy and childhood, when growth must be accomplished. They favor the development of bones and other tissues. You will find that some of them, the OSTREARUM and PHOSPHORICA, cause anaemia when pushed to the extreme. They all affect the glands and they all act on the bones.