Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Kali Iodatum in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.
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Cough with profuse, thick, green, salty expectoration, from deep down, as if from mid-sternum, with pain through to back; great weakness and night sweats
Stitches through the lungs; in middle of sternum; through sternum to back or deep in chest; worse walking
Irresistible desire for open air; walking in open air does not fatigue; periosteal rheumatism
Intolerable bone pain, especially at night; syphilitics
Syphilitic affections, especially after the abuse of Merc Viv Mercury
Glandular swellings; interstitial infiltration
Hepar sulphur. antidotes its over-use
Kali Iodatum is one of the drugs so greatly abused by the old school that I confess to not having prescribed it much; in the first place, from my prejudice against it, and, in the second, because it never had so thorough a proving as did Kali Carb Kali carb. by Hahnemann
There is one condition of the respiratory organs in which I have found it of great value. When after a hard cold a long-continued cough is the consequence, or it may be after an attack of pneumonia. The patient seems as if running into consumption. There is profuse expectoration from low down, deep in the chest, as if it came from mid sternum, with pain through to between the shoulders (Kali bichrom.) (Kali Carb Kali carb., lower right chest through to back), and there are exhausting night-sweats and great general weakness. I have repeatedly cured such cases where consumption seemed inevitable
In the beginning of my practice I used to dissolve two to four grains of the crude salt in a four-ounce vial of water and direct to take a teaspoonful of this preparation three times a day, until it is half used, and then fill up with water and continue taking the same way until cured; filling up the vial every time it was half used. But several years ago, having a marked case of this description and feeling sure of my remedy, I gave it in the 200th potency as an experiment. This case also made fully as speedy a recovery as the others treated with the crude drug, so since then I often prescribe it in the potencies. There are two other remedies that may dispute the place with Causticum Kali hyd. in such cases, viz., Sanguinaria Nitrica Sanguinaria and Stannum Iodatum Stannum. In all the expectoration is profuse and thick, but in Stannum Iodatum Stannum the matter tastes sweet, in Sanguinaria Nitrica Sanguinaria the breath and sputa are very foetid, even to the patient (also Sepia Sepia and Psorinum Psorinum), while in Causticum Kali hyd. it is salty to the taste (Sepia Sepia). With Causticum Kali hyd. and Stannum Iodatum Stannum the expectoration is often thick, green.
We claim, therefore, great superiority for our system of prescribing, which is based upon a system of close drug proving, which brings out the closest, finest shades of difference between remedies belonging to a class of remedies. There must be no substitution of one for the other, if we would do the finest prescribing possible
It requires but little comparison between the Materia Medicas of the two schools to show the wide difference in this respect
There is said to be a place for the use of Kali Iodatum in pneumonia. I have not had experience with it here, but on account of its reputation I give it, and may use it if occasion requires
I give you Farrington's words for it "Pneumonia, in which disease it is an excellent remedy when hepatization has commenced, when the disease localizes itself, and infiltration begins. In such cases, in the absence of other symptoms calling distinctively for Bryonia Bryonia, Phosphorus Phosphorus or Sulphur Sulphur, I would advise you to select Iodium Iodine or Iodide of Potassa. It is also called for when the hepatization is so extensive that we have cerebral congestion, or even an effusion into the brain as a result of this congestion." The symptoms are as follows in these cases
"First they begin with a very red face, the pupils are more or less dilated, and the patient is drowsy; in fact, showing a picture very much like that of Belladonna Belladonna. You will probably give that remedy, but it does no good. The patient becomes worse, breathes more heavy, and the pupils more inactive to the light, and you know then that you have serous effusion into the brain, which must be checked or the patient dies." So far good. But now even Farrington dulls -as great men sometimes do. He says, "why did not Belladonna Belladonna cure?" "He who prescribes by the symptoms alone in this case would fail, because he has not taken the totality of the case." What does Farrington mean? Does he mean that in his picture of Belladonna Belladonna he had the totality of the case without the hepatization, or does he mean that the hepatization was the totality without the other symptoms? Here are the two horns of his dilemma -which would he take? I contend that all the other symptoms of the case, without the hepatization, was not the totality of the case. The hepatization was one, and only one, of the totality of symptoms. Now he says -"Put your ear to the patient's chest, and you will find one or both lungs consolidated." Well, I should call that a very important objective symptom, and one that could not be left out of the totality of the case. Remember that both subjective and objective symptoms must enter into every case in order to make the totality complete.
So after all, in true Hahnemannian fashion, I claim that he who prescribes, being guided by all the symptoms, will not and cannot fail where a cure is at all possible. These are and must be our infallible guides, or Similia Similibus Curantur is not true. (see Kafka's case, Hom. Clinic, page 73, 1870)
Guiding Symptoms, Vol. VI, page 441, records this -"Distends all the tissues by interstitial infiltration; oedema, enlarged glands, tophis exostoses.
The very fact that Kali Iodatum Kali iodatum has been too generally and indiscriminately used is the reason why it is a great question as to whether humanity has been most blessed or cursed by it. We homoeopaths have much to do in combating the evils produced by the abuse of both these drugs, and Hepar sulphur, is one of the best antidotes. Most of the reported cures with Kali Iodatum Kali Iodatum Kali iod. are made with the low or crude preparations of the drug. I think it can be used lower than most drugs without injury, and yet I believe we do not know half its remedial power as developed by our process of potentization; ig Symptoms appear in the morning ; forenoon ; afternoon ; evening ; night ; before midnight ; after midnight.