Dr Satheesh Kumar P K
Homoeopathic Medicines made out of Calcium compounds and their preparation, properties and clinical indications
According to Mendeleef, Calcarea comes under group 2A
Alkaline earth group —
General characters of alkaline earth group medicines:
- Mental character – Sluggish, Indolent, Anxious
- Aggravation from cold (Chilly patient)
- Predominantly tubercular
- Involvement of nervous system and endocrine system
Calcarea Group of Medicines
- Calcarea acetica
- Calcarea ars
- Calcarea brom
- Calcarea carb
- Calcarea caust
- Calcarea chlor
- Calcarea citrica
- Calcarea calcinata
- Calcarea flour
- Calcarea formicum
- Calcarea glycerophos
- Calcarea glutamica
- Calcarea gluconica
- Calcarea hypophos
- Calcarea hydrxidum
- Calcarea hyposulfurosa
- Calcarea hydroiodica
- Calcarea iodata
- Calcarea lactica
- Calcarea lact. natronata
- Calcarea lact. phos
- Calcarea met
- Calcarea mur
- Calcarea nitrica
- Calcarea oxalica
- Calcarea oxydata
- Calcarea phos
- Calcarea picrica
- Calcarea pantothenica
- Calcarea pyrophos
- Calcarea permanganica
- Calcarea renalis
- Calcarea sulph
- Calcarea silicata
- Calcarea silica flour
- Calcarea stib sulph
- Calcarea sul. Hahn
- Calcarea versalis
- Calcarea sulphurica – Plaster of paris
- Calcrea silica fluorica — lapis alba
- Calcarea renalis — Urate of limime renal calculi
- Calcarea sulphurata Hahnemanni– Hepar sulph
Calcium is a major mineral element of the body. It constitutes 1.5 to 2 % of the body weight of the adult human. The adult body contains 850 to 1400 gm of calcium. About 99% of the calcium in the body is found in the bones.
The amount in the blood is usually about 10 mg/ 100 ml. There is a dynamic equilibrium between the calcium in the blood and that in the skeleton. This equilibrium is maintained by parathyroid gland and chole- calciferol.
Calcium needed by the body for:
- The formation and maintenance of bone and teeth,
- Coagulation of blood,
- Regulation of neuromuscular irritability and
- Muscular contractility.
All the salt of lime affects 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, glands and other tissues.
No clear-cut disease due to calcium deficiency has ever been described even under condition of very low intake. It has been established that if the intake of chole calciferol is adequate, the problems of rickets and osteomalacia does not arise even with low calcium intake. On the other hand no deleterious effects have been observed in man as a result of prolonged intake of large amounts of dietary calcium, neither have any benefits been demonstrated.
Milk and milk products are main source of calcium. Fish, vegetable, fruits, cereals (ragi rich in calcium) and drinking water are other sources. (Green leafy vegetables are the cheapest natural source of calcium but the bio availability of calcium is poor. Presence of oxalic acid, which forms an insoluble substance with calcium, namely calcium oxalate, which make the complete absorption of impossible. Availability of calcium from a good source like milk is adversely affected by the simultaneous consumption of green leafy vegetable)
Recommended in take of calcium (adult) – 400 –500 mg / day.
Non-Homoeopathic uses of Calcarea group of Medicine
- Calc iodata– used as a dusting powder and in lotion, in ointment as antiseptic and deodorant.
- Calc sulph – Dried gypsum or plaster of paris used for making plaster splinter and other fixed dressing.
- Calc phos – Used as an antacid.
- Calc hypophos –Has been used for ricket and impaired nutrition.
- Calc chloride – Used to correct increase capillary permeability as in urticaria and dermatitis herpetiformis, also in alkalosis and acidify the urine.
- Calc carb – Antacid – in the management of peptic ulcer and other condition of gastric hyperacidity.
- (Calc acetica – the first of the lime preparation proved by Hahnemann. Identical with those of Calc carb, both being prepared from oyster shells)
Common features of calcarea group of medicines
Suited to lymphatic, scrofulous and tuberculous person
Fat person with lax fiber
Fat children who are slow in movement, of irregular growth with enlarged and hard lymphatic glands
- Calc ars: suited to lymphatic, scrofulous and tuberculous person. Fat women approaching climaxis. Fat person (mentally depressed and anxious)
- Calc brom: Suited to children who are of lax fiber, lymphatic, nervous and irritable. Fair haired and fat children.
- Calc carb: Leucophlegmatic constitution. Large head and large features with pale skin and chalky look and in infants – open frontenelles. Scrofulous constitution- enlarged and hard lymphatic glands. Tendency to obesity in youth.
- Calc flour: Scrofulous- indurated glands of stony hardness
- (Calc phos—is an exception to the common fatty, flabby constitution of calcarea which is scrofulous emaciated children who are slow in learning to walk, with sunken flabby abdomen)
Mentally they are sad, depressed and melancholic with great anxiety.
- Calc ars: Mentally depressed and anxious
- Calc brom: Nervous and irritable
- Calc carb: Melancholic sad. Disposition to weep even about trifles
- Calc flour: Depressed, anxious and indecisive
- (Anxiety of calcarea usually about the future or about the health)
- Indolent sluggish behavior. (Always desire to lie down)
All most all calcarea group medicines have a general weakness, aggravation from motion or aversion to motion, amelioration from lying down and ailments from either mental or physical exertion. All these features contributing to indolent, sluggish nature of the calcarea.
- Aggravation from mental and physical exertion – Calc carb, Calc ars, Calc caust, Calc fl, Calc iod, Calc pho, Calc sil.
- Aggravation from physical exertion – Calc carb, Calc ars, Calc fl, Calc iod, Calc pho, Calc sil, Calc sulph.
- Lying down amelioration — Calc carb, Calc iod, Calc pho, Calc sul.
- Aggravation from motion — Calc carb, Calc ars, Calc pho, Calc sul and Calc sil.
- Aversion to motion — Calc carb, Calc sul.
4. Thermal reaction – Most of them are chilly patient.
|Medicines||Cold aggravation||Cold amelioration||Lack of heat|
5. All most all medicines have tendency to take cold easily
Calc carb, Calc iod, Calc pho and Calc sul.
6. Side affinity—predominantly right sided.
- Calc carb
- Calc iod Right sided
- Calc pho
- Calc ars
- Calc acet Right sided pain
- Calc caust – pain right eye, right cheekbone, right articulation of jaw.
7. Miasm—psora and syphilitic are predominant.
- Posra — Calc carb, Calc acet, Calc flour, Calc pho and Calc sul
- Syphilitic—Calc flour, Calc iod
- Sycotic – Calc carb.
8. Almost all calcarea have stitching type of pain both internally and externally.
- Pain stitching — Calc carb, Calc flour, Calc iod, and Calc sil.
- Externally– Calc carb, Calc flour, Calc pho.
- Internally– Calc carb, Calc phos, Calc iod, and Calc sil.
Calc carb, Calc caust, Calc iod, Calc pho, Calc sul and Calc sil.
Calc carb, Calc ars, Calc acet, Calc fl, Calc sulp, Calc pho, Calc sil and Hepar sulp.
Dead of the
Calc carb, Calc ars, Calc fl, Calc iod, Calc sil.
Calc carb, Calc iod, Calc sil
Calc carb, Calc pho, Calc sil and Hepar sulp.
Calc carb, Calc ars, Calc iod, Calc pho, Calc sil
Calc carb, Cal acet, Calc phos
10. Desires and aversion
Calc carb, Calc ars, Calc iod, Calc sul
Calc carb: Desires for beer, brandy, whisky and wine
Ailments from alcoholic drinks
Calc ars: Complaints of drunkards after abstaining. Craving for alcohol
Calc carb, Calc ars, Calc sul
Cold food aggravates her complaints:
Calc carb, Calc flour, Calc phos, Calc sil
Calc carb, Calc flour, Calc sul
Calc carb, Calc flour, Calc mur, Calc sul and Calc phos
Calc carb, Calc flour, Calc sulp, Calc sil
Calc carb, Calc sulp, Calc sil
Calc carb, Calc sulp, Calc sil
Calc group has a general aggravation from milk and aversion to milk
11. General aggravation at night and evening
Aggravation at night Aggravation evening
- Calc carb Calc carb
- Calc iod Calc iod
- Calc phos Calc pho
- Calc sil Calc sul
- Calc ars Calc sil
- Hepar sul Calc ars
- Calc sul
12. Aggravation on ascending
Calc carb, Calc ars, Calc pho, Calc sil and Hepar sulp
13.Aggravation after bathing
Calc carb, Calc sulph, Calc sil and Hepar sulp
14.Almost all calcarea medicines are anaemic
Calc carb, Calc ars, Calc lac, Calc iod, Calc pho, Calc sil, Calc met and Hepar sulp.
15. Many of them are anticonvulsant
- Convulsion: Calc carb, Calc iod, Calc phos, Calc sil and Calc ars
- In children: Calc carb and Calc phos
- During dentition: Calc phos
- Convulsion with out consciousness: Calc carb, Calc ars, Calc phos and Calc sul
- Epileptic convulsion: Calc carb, Calc sulp, Calc phos, Calc sil and Calc ars
- Epileptiform convulsion: Calc carb, Calc sulp, Calc phos, Calc iod
- Convulsion after suppressed eruption
- Convulsion after exertion
- Convulsion from fear (fright from)
- Convulsion with hydrocephalus Calc carb.
- Hysterical convulsion
- Puerperal convulsion
- Titanic convulsion
- Trebling externally (twitching)
- Calc carb, Calc caust, Calc flour, Calc iod, Calc pho, Calc sil, Calc mur and Calc sulp.
16. Dropsy – both external and internal
- External: Calc carb, Calc ars, Calc pho, Calc sil, Calc sulp and Hepar sulph.
- Internal: Calc carb, Calc ars, Calc sil, Calc sulp and Hepar sulph.
- Cardiac and renal dropsy: Calc phos
- Hepatic dropsy: Calc carb
17.Almost all calcarea have emaciation and marasmus
(Constitutionally they are fat and flabby)
- Emaciation: Calc carb, Calc ars, Calc flour, Calc hp, Calc iod, Calc pho, Calc sil, Calc mur and Calc ox.
- Ravenous appetite with emaciation: Calc carb and Calc flour.
- Emaciation of the affected parts: Calc carb
- Marasmus of the children: Calc carb, Calc phos, Calc sil.
18. Haemorrhagic tendency
Calc carb, Calc flour, Calc iod, Calc sil, Calc sul and Calc ln (Calc lactica natro nata.)
19. Tumors cystic
Calc carb, Calc flour, Calc phos, Calc sul and Hepar sulph.
20. Perspiration cold and profuse
Profuse: Calc carb, Calc ars, Calc iod, Calc sul and Calc sil.
Cold: Calc carb, Calc iod, Calc phos, Calc sul Calc sil and Hepar sulph.
Calcarea group has restless and disturbed sleep. Frequent waking from sleep. Sleep disturbed by fright, anxiety, dreams or thoughts.
22. Menses too frequent, copious and protracted
23. Ravenous hunger with weak digestion
Calc carb, Calc iod, Calc phos, Calc sul and Calc sil.
Dr Satheesh Kumar P K BHMS,MD(Hom)
Medical Officer, Dept. of Homoeopathy, Govt. of Kerala