Ferrum metallicum is commonly known as metallic iron. In homeopathy it is prescribed for the treatment of fatigue that is caused by anaemia and urinal incontinence in children and adults.
It helps to palliate the side effects that occur with hemosiderosis or the excessive accumulation of iron in the lung or liver. It can be prescribed when there is excessive or insufficient iron.
The type of person who is sensitive to Ferrum metallicum has a pale complexion with frequent facial flushing and pale mucous membranes.
He is incapable of making a continuous, intensive effort as he tires easily.
He is very sensitive to the cold and to loud noises. He can become irritable when he is contradicted.
When do we prescribe Ferrum metallicum?
We prescribe Ferrum metallicum following abundant or repeated blood loss.
Ferrum metallicum characteristics
Their defining feature is their tired, pale appearance – this is a consequence of their anaemia. They endure pulsating, hammering headaches.
They have a vasomotor instability that causes their complexion to fluctuate from pallor to a bluish tint.
Sometimes they are not hungry at all and at other times their appetite is voracious. They strongly dislike eggs and meat disgusts them.
They have a tendency to develop hypochromic anaemia because of their recurrent haemorrhages. This makes them feel constantly tired.
They are hypersensitive to noise and have hypersensitive skin, daytime drowsiness and vertigo with tinnitus.
The gall bladder sphincter can become loose and joint pain can sometimes arise in the shoulder.
Their symptoms are minimised with slow movement and heat, except for toothaches and headaches, which are improved by the cold.
Ferrum metallicum is indicated for:
Hypochromic anaemia, hemosiderosis, or iron deposits in the tissues. In this case, iron chelates are not particularly effective and we can combine the treatment with Ferrum metallicum.
Childhood daytime incontinence with anaemia – the child “drips” whilst playing and stops “dripping” when he is still.
Amenorrhea or loss of menstruation in the teenage girl.
Inflammation in the shoulder that feels better with slow movement.
Hip joint pain that happens at night.
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