Dr Medha V
Abstract– This article is about the Halogen group remedy, Bromium. Apart from the clinical aspect here I present a bird’s eye information about the areas which are not much known to the Homoeopathic practitioners, like identification, preparation and storage of the drug.
Bromine is the only liquid non-metallic element at room temperature. It is a member of the halogen group and the third-lightest halogen.
The name comes from the Greek word ‘bromos’, which means ‘nasty smell ’ referring its sharp and disagreeable smell. It was Isolated independently by two chemists,Carl Jacob Lowig (in 1825) and Antoine Jerome Balard (in 1826),
Description –A dark reddish-brown, heavy, mobile, corrosive liquid which gives off intensely irritating brown fumes.Soluble in water;freely soluble in most organic solvents.
The vapors of bromine give an orange yellow color to filter paper moistened with solution of starch.Bromine is soluble in few drops of carbon disulphide or chloroform forming a reddish solution.Addition of a saturated solution of phenol to an aqueous solution of bromine yields a white precipitate.
History and authority-proved by Hering in 1838
- Mother solution-
Drug strength- 1/100
Bromium in saturated aqueous solution (drug strength 1/332)330ml
Purified water 670 ml
To make one thousand milliliter of mother solution
3x and higher upto 5x with purified water ,6x and higher with dispensing alcohol.
Storage– Bromium and all its preparations below 4x should be kept in glass stoppered bottles well closed, in a cool place.Handle with great care as it causes severe burns and blisters when brought into contact with the skin. Solutions and potencies upto 5x should be stored in a dry cool place protected from light and preferably should be prepared fresh for use.
Drug Picture of Bromium
Work has come to an end- They have difficulty coming to terms with the fact that they might never work again, they have to let go of their jobs due to various reasons like illness or old age.
Letting go of work-mostly their problem starts when they have reached the age of retirement. They want to do something and when they can’t find anything their hands and fingers get restless, they bite their nails, pick at the skin around the nails.
Letting go of duty ;guilty-They feel guilty that they are not doing their work or being ‘naughty’ or ‘wrong’. Giving rise to compulsive fumbling movements with their hands.
Letting go of control :instincts ,sex, adultery –They are intense and passionate in everything they undertake. May be very sexual, or very emotional or aggressive or selfish. They know how strongly they are being led by their instincts and they fear that they will harm other people because of it this in turn make them guilty.
Escaping from failure-They think they are being prosecuted ,either by people or by ghosts.so they escape, far away from their place where everyone knows they have done wrong.
Letting go of control : psychotic-In extreme case they go psychotic . They feel terribly guilty, sit silently, starring into space. They have delusion that god wants to punish them.
Fear- of failure, criticism, opposition, anticipation, alone, stroke, dark, ghosts, water
Dreams-paralysis, unsuccessful efforts, paralysis, anger, death, heights, fights, dead people, funeral, travel
Delution- someone looking over their shoulder, fasting, going insane, travelling, ghosts, things jumping up and down on the floor in front of them.
Irritability-quarrelsome, angry, shouting
Mental-confused, forgetful, imbecile
Mood-sensitive ,gloomy, indifferent
Its principle action is its tendency to cause induration and enlargement of glands of the body. Marked effect seen in larynx and trachea .Scrofulous children with enlarged glands. Tendency to spasmodic attacks. Left sided mumps. Profuse sweats and great weakness.
Warm blooded person; complaints after being overheated
Blondes with light blue eyes, fair fine hair, red cheeks and pink delicate skin.
Aphonia and hoarseness from being overheated.
Person who are allergic to dust-hay fever from dust, handling old books from shelf
Agg- dust, overheating
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- Group study in Homoeopathic Materia Medica by Dr J.D. Patil, M.D
- Homoeopathy and the Elements by Jan Scholten
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Dr Medha V MD Part I
Department of Homoeopathic Pharmacy
Father Muller Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital