It is fifth in line with Agaricus, Baryta , Calcaria, and Natrum having the symptoms of delayed mile stone that is slow / late /delayed healing of umbilical cord, closer of skull bones, teething problems, late learning to walk, delayed development of speech of babies, delayed appearance of secondary sexual character i.e. mostly related with syndrome like hypothyroidism as well as early senility , menopause etc (of hyperthyroidism). In broad sense other two medicines having these symptoms are obviously Sanicula and Insulinum.
THYROIDINUM is one of the most essential medicine required in our daily practice more particularly for treating the pediatric cases. The application being extended from the treatment of babies even when in uterus — to the days of parturition. But the use always want some close consideration, because it is not a well proved drug. It’s applications are only based on some clinical verification.
Below I am giving some indications, on the basis of which I prescribe this remedy almost regularly.
- We think about Agaricus M. when the patient come with weakness of mind, mental defect, committing mistake of learning and spelling, mischievous, showing rage, strength increased when (Bell), chilly , must stay near to stove (Tub Bov ). Awkwardness,jerking twitching while awaking (Ignatia , Ferrum P), convulsion when awake, convulsion with frothy discharge from mouth. Fearlessness is a symptom of Agar. , but in Kent’s repertory there is no such rubrics, probably it is related with destructiveness with (Carc., Stram. Proteus etc.)
- We do consider Baryta Car , when dwarfishness became more prominent in psycho-somatic level. Dull mentality is the key symptoms of Baryta Carb. Here late walking is not due to any weakness, but due to the process of late learning .Prone to glandular enlargements,chilly . Premature old due to prolonged mental exertion.
- Calcaria ,maximum time late learning to walk is due to bone weakness, flabby structure outside but without stamina, constipated, sweating profusely on head, fear of animal, craving of egg, fond of swimming Calc Phos is thin, Calc Sulph , Calc Iod are hot, where as Hepar Sulph is the chilly sensitive cruel.
- Natrum Mur mainly late learning to talk, has remarkable craving of extra salt, bitter , fear of sound/noise, lightning, obstinate painful constipation. Hot, wants to take bath repeatedly.
- Sanicula has the symptoms of sweating head, fear of sound, downward motion / whirl, strangury and yellow discharge turns to green.
- Insulinum shows best result when there is history of glycemia during gestation period or symptoms of Insulin Resistance State Hypo/Hyper thyroidism is present. Triglyceride increased in blood test, early grey hair.
- THYROIDINUM is another remedy of this group mentioned above where the application is necessitated in some particular conditions as stated below :
- Family history of Thyroid dysfunction, Insulin Resistance State, Different Uterine -Ovarian complaints, Diabetes, Hypertension, Mental problems etc.
- If maternal history is of hyper emesis gravidarum, pregnancy toxemia,( edema , albuminaturia – hypertension – eclampsia ) ; skin diseases , different uterine disorder as fibroid in ovaries ,premature labour, threatened abortion.
- All the psycho-somatic symptoms of hypo/hyper thyroidism like large eye, ectomorphic / endomorphic ,abnormal tall limbs ,fingers and toes (arachnodactyly), ectopia lentis features of features of Marfan’s syndrome, dwarfism, thickening velvety skin of neck (acanthrosis nigricans ), goiter / enlargement of thyroid gland (with or without changes of hormonal level), exophthalmic eyes either uni/bilateral , goiter, like constitution being present. Extreme chilly or hot body without fever,
- Rickety child, undescended testicle*(not curable by medicine but the symptom is considered for selection of the medicine during treatment of other constitutional problems).
- Chronic G I Tract disorder. Excessive vomiting with or without extreme prostration, deathly pallor, cold extremity.
- Dust allergy, tendency to catch cold , manifestation towards slightest weather changes, respiratory spasm, bronchial asthma
- Convulsion without fever, aggravated on touching cold ( Ferrum Phos)
- Different Skin problems. Urticarial itching ameliorated by external heat (Ars Alb)
- Extreme hot or chilly. Hungry, desires sweet and cold drinks,
- Cardio-vascular symptoms palpitation with tachycardia / bradicardia, arrhythmias as atrial fibrillation or ectopic beats , high systolic hypertension with low diastolic pressure ( increases pulse pressure) etc. H/o thyroid crisis physical , mental exhaustion, delusion/mania, dehydration, ketosis, cardiac failure / tachycardia, inability to control the temperature with hypertension.
- Female genital symptoms are also important as irregular delayed /early menstruation ( Nux V.); amenorrhea or scanty menstruation, inflammation of joints without fever during mens; mental changes during period, after delivery ;pruritus vulva , post partum hemorrhage. With anemia etc.
- This medicine also proved effective in some conditions as falling of hair from any particular or extensive zones ( as alopecia totalis or universalis ),conjunctivitis from least cold, itching of rectum, eczema, eruption on palm and sole, severe itching ( Psorin) Insomnia with constant uncontrollable anxiety (Ars . Alb., Carcin . , Nux V ) or extreme drowsiness, sleepiness ( Jels, Nux M. ).
- Symptoms appears after disappearance of skin diseases ->Asthma -> Diabetes ->Hypertension -> psychological changes etc.
- The extensive use may demand in different chromosomal disorders as –( a)Down syndrome , syndactyly , more particularly . (b) Different pituitary hormone related disorders as Achondroplasia, Cretinism, – hypopitutarism e. post partum hemorrhage ( Sheehan^s syndrome ) , post operative cases, Coma , Hypoglycemia, diabetes Insipidus etc.
Recommended Application Process…
In homeopathy every judicial application, always carry only a particular procedure,as , having some similarities of uncommon rare strong mental and physical symptoms between patient and medicine . Thyroidinum , merely is a clinically proved medicine and utility of its regular application in daily practice can be:
- Pregnancy history ,family history , vomiting diarrhea , skin diseases, cold allergy and either or mixed symptoms of both hypo and hyperthyroidism like symptoms appeared ( constitutional use).
- Where symptomatic medicine not acted properly, partially, or when symptomatic medicine relieved well, but patient not improved totally as demanded by physician ( complementary / cognate )
- Acts as a prophylaxis where family history of thyroid dysfunction being present , and / or when a few symptoms of thyroid complaints being appeared within a patient with poor clinical support ( presence of different thyroid related symptomology) ..
- During the treatment of constitutional problems of the baby on the breast, I always prescribed a single medicine to the mother and the babies at a same time, considering that the symptoms of the baby is nothing but the symptoms of mother or opposite or accounted the symptoms of both as an single unit ( example = mother had fear of sound and baby had yellow stool turn to green == Sani ) .
- In such condition the process of administration of medicine is —to—take the advised quantity of medicine ( either half spoon or one mark of bottle in 100 ml of water and after gentle starring , applied one spoon to patient and one spoon to the other ( mother / attainder). This process should be continued in relieving condition, that is until the progressive improvement being About the succession —-, we should not give more then eighty stroke to a phial.
Some Clinical Case Reports :
- A Case of Baby Diarrhea Of Diabetic Mother: Thyroidinum = Case no.- K/67/257, Baby girl of one year and seven months came on 18.12.95 , with complaints of DIARRHOEA , loose offensive undigested pale stool four to five times a day since five to six days and subsequent vomiting of undigested food matter, daily six to seven times for two days. During the pregnancy , the mother had hyperglycaemia, the baby was flabby. Thyroidinum 0/1 eight doses three hourly relieved the condition as reported on 18. 09. 95.
- A Case of Mastocytosis Cured by Thyroidinum : -B/72/30, A baby boy of seventeen days came on 06. 96 with diffuse skin eruption ( ? Mastocytosis / urticaria pigmentosa ) throughout the body. The baby had no other remarkable symptoms except mother’s h/o skin problems during the period of gestation and according to this history I prescribed Thyroidinum 0/1 eight doses twice daily. On 21 . 07. 96 the mother reported of improvements and 0/2 , 0/3 followed. On 28 . 11. 96 the mother again brought the baby with otalgia and reported cure of the previous problems.
- Cold with Otorrhoea: Thyroidinum := Case no. B/55/ 204, A male infant of sixth months, came on 05. 07. 1991, with the problems of nasal CORYZA, congestion of lungs, staining before urine and thick white offensive OTORRHOEA . During gestation his mother had pimpular rashes over the whole body, edema legs and pruritus vulva. THYROIDINUM 0/1 , 0/2 , eight doses of each potency applied three hourly,cured the problems. On 31. 07 the baby was again brought to me with complaints of Fever , Loose motion , yellow stool turned to green and staining before urine ( old symptoms ) and SANINULA 200 , two doses cured him off.
- A case of Green Diarrhea cured by Thyroidinum :Case no K/G/254, A male baby of ten months came on 07. 07. 2000, with occasional loose greenish stool, sneezing after eating, tendency of handling the penis (as observed by me). The boy was sweaty, used to lie on abdomen, fond of music, irritable obstinate, desire for cold food . His eye brows were thin, large head. The first conception of couple was miscarriage at three months, and the baby was second conception. In family H/o asthma, blood sugar was present. On examination his weight: 7kg, congested ches , open penis noted. I selected THYROIDINUM , on considering the symptoms of poor physical growth, persisting diarrhea, sneezing. F/H/O blood sugar and applied in 30 ©, sixteen doses once daily in successive method. On 11. 03 .01 the patient again came to me with 5 kg. of weight, and anorexia.
- Intolerance to Egg :Thyroidinum : Case B/M/18, A male baby, aged three years , came on 15. 11. 89 with Anorexia, loose stool three to six time daily, especially after eating; intolerance of egg, and vegetable which caused loose stool. Patient was hot, had profuse sweat, thirstless, weight 13 kg. Previously the baby boy used to come in my clinic with problems of diarrhea, cold RTI repeatedly, now/then I chose Thyroidinum according to the symptoms of excess of sweat plus intolerance to egg/ allergic, and hot constitution ( Ars: Chilly ) . On 16. 12. 89 parents reported about his cure.
- A Case of Allergic Dermatitis , HBP , Rheumatism, and Urticaria cured by Thyroidinum : Case B/63/242, A male 69 years of age , came on 17. 11. 94 with cold and allergic eruption on back, rheumatic joints that aggravating at moon phase. Other symptoms were B.P.-150/90, pulse 88 p/m., tongue – dry thick yellow coated at middle, edges are clean, with imprint of teeth ; thirst —little quantity at long intervals ; appetite + ; stool – clean ; polyurea; sweat on exertion specially at back ; lies on right on bending knees ; hot constitution; desire for salt , sweet, meat ; prefers loose clothing ; sun heat intolerance, ; active memory; past h/o skin diseases at winter ; left sided sciatica better to lie on opposite side. Thyroidinum 0/2 once daily prescribed . On 28. 11. 94 the patient came with erysipelas/herpes like skin eruption on back with normal B P ( 120/80 ) and Rhus Tox 6 , four doses prescribed for present complaints.
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- Homeopathic Medical Association Of India West Bengal Branch, for publishing my first English article that gave me immense pleasure and huge courage.
- Frederik Schroyens for considering the matter to be included in The Synthesis.
- Dr S P Dey, who taught me the use of the medicine practically and gave me tips to cure asthma and different allergic conditions.
- And my parents and patients who offered their belief and confidence.