Author: Jan Scholten
Homeopathy and Minerals
Ferrum muriaticum is not very well known. The only characteristic symptom which has been mentioned about it is the pain in the right shoulder. In my opinion it is more likely that the pain is in the left shoulder, because of the affinity of the Chlorum element with the left side of the body.
Firm Self pity
Standing one’s ground Nurturing
Ferr-m greatly resembles Kalium muriaticum in its mental symptoms. In quite a few Ferrum cases I first gave Kalium muriaticum with partial success. But I had to keep repeating Kalium muriaticum because some of the complaints kept coming back, until I discovered that Ferr-m was the real simillimum.
Both remedies have the feeling that they have to be a good mother. And there is often a common childhood history of being the eldest child and having to help their mother. The aggravation at 3 am is also a common symptom, which is why we sometimes get confused between these two remedies.
But what are the essential differences? Ferr-m has the feeling of being forced or forcing themselves, whilst Kalium muriaticum lacks this compulsive element. In Kalium muriaticum the feeling is one of duty, steadily carrying on with their task. Because Ferr-m is more forced in their activities there is a greater chance of irritability. They are easily irritated by their children because they feel that they have to be brave and grown up.
A variation on this theme is the situation where they have a mother who is very ‘firm’. This mother is a person who knows what she wants and if the children don’t obey they can get a smack. Or they may have a mother who has her own career and who doesn’t have so much time for the children. But she doesn’t want to hear any complaints from them about that, she doesn’t allow any ‘fuss’.
This is a Ferr-m situation, both for the mother as well as for the children.
they feel that they have to remain strong in order to be able to take good care of the children.
they are bold and resolute. They feel they have to be because they must be able to take care of others. As a child they often had to help, being the eldest child.
They really like to have children and to look after them well. They may even make it their profession, for instance by becoming a school teacher.
They can’t tolerate opposition or criticism very well, they might even get extremely irritable.
They are also easily frightened.
Location: left sided.
Temperature: slightly cold.
Time: < 3 am.
Desires: tomatoes, fish.
Aversion: eggs, tomatoes.
Physical: > slow movement.
Anaemia, low and high blood pressure.
Red cheeks < wine. Dizziness < wine and getting up.
Pain in left shoulder.
DD: Ferrums, Muriaticums, Kali's, Puls, Carb-v, Rumex, Sang.