Intermittent fever in all its stages requires this remedy chiefly (3x trit.). Hydrogenoid constitution, worse in damp weather. Tertian form. The applicability of Natrum sulph. is shown by the following physiologico-chemi-cal considerations. In ague patients the quantity of water in the blood-corpuscles and in the blood serum is increased, and consequently the amount of oxygen taken up by the blood is diminished. Natrum sulph. promotes the removal of excess of water from the organism. When by its action the proportion of water in the corpuscles has been reduced to the normal condition, the corpuscles are again able to take up the full amount of oxygen and distribute it to the tissues. As the tissues are in this way brought back from their pathological to their normal physiological condition, they are enabled to remove from the organism the cause of the ague - be it marsh-gas (miasma), or bacteria (fungi). Dry mountain air, which is rich in oxygen, can cure ague spontaneously, because the organism takes up a large amount of oxygen and disposes of much water by evaporation.
Ague patients must abstain from milk diet, buttermilk, eggs, fat and fish. "Intermittent fever, bilious, bloody stools; greenish or bronze colored coating on back of tongue, a very constant symptom; conjunctiva yellow." (Duffield).
Intermittent fever with vomiting of acid, sour masses.
Intermittent fever with cramps in the calves. Chills run up and down the back at 7 p. m., also severe chill at 9 a. m. Great prostration. Ague with violent cramps and blueness of extremities.
Intermittent fever when the fur at the back of the tongue is of a grayish-white or white appearance. (In alternation with Natrum sulph).
Intermittent fever with debilitating, profuse perspiration. Quartan form.
Intermittent fever with vomiting of food.
Chronic intermittent fever of children, as an intercurrent remedy.
Chill about 10 or 11 o'clock A. M. Great thirst throughout all stages. Violent headache relieved by perspiration. Fever-blisters around lips. If hydros be present in first onset of the fever, even if not present later, after the abuse of quinine. In nursing children, hydroa on the lips and later the ulcers which succeed them, with forenoon attacks, are guiding. (H. C. Allen.) Masked intermittents appearing as neuralgia of head and face.
Intermittent fever with yellow, slimy coated tongue.
Mr. L., chills and fever for three months. Had quinine and other remedies. Parxymus every other day at 11 a. m., with severe pain in limbs and small or back; chill lasts nearly two hours, with no thirst during chill. Fever all the afternoon, with bursting headache and intense thirst for large quantities of cold water. Little or no perspiration, eats and sleeps well, and next day resumes his occupation. Natrum mur. 30 trit . every four hours, during the apyrexia. Next chill light and no return. (H. C. Allen).
Dr. Sherbino, of Dallas, Texas, reports two cases of ague cured with Magnesia phos. 13X. The indications were: Before chill, pain in the neck, stiffness, pain down the spine; during chill, cramps in lower limbs, ameliorated by some one taking hold of the foot or feet and drawing on them or extending them [which will relieve any crump in extremities. - Eds.]; thirst before and during chill, none during heat, or sweat relieves; cramps and vomiting at same time during chill. (S J. H).