[ Materia Medica of Calcarea Fluorica [Calc-f] proving keynotes, recorded symptom analysis Health benefits, uses, warnings, safety precaution, side effects, interaction, complementary and dosage]
CALCAREA FLUORICA [Calc-F] TISSUE REMEDIES OF SCHUSSLER is indicated for weakness of connective tissues, varicose veins, bone caries, periostitis, indurations of the connective tissue and glands, weakness of inguinal ligaments in uterus and adnexa. Calc-f found effective in capsular, ligamental and tendinous tissue, veins, lymph glands, bones.
Synonyms : Calcii Fluoridum. Calcium Fluoride. Calcarea Fluorata.
Common Name : Fluorspar. Fluoride of Lime.
Chemical Properties of CALCAREA FLUORICA [ Calc-F ]
Formula, Ca F2. Specific gravity of crystals, 3.4. It contains 58.21 parts of calcium. It occurs in nature in minerals fluorspar; it is beautifully crystalline, crystallizing in various colors and in cubical or octahedral form. It is practically insoluble in water, but is decomposed by sulphuric acid generating hydrofluoric acid.
Preparation : Selected pieces of crystal fluorspar are prepared by trituration, according to the methods of homoeopathic pharmacy.
Physiologic-chemical Data of Calcarea Fluorica [Calc-f]
Calcarea Fluorica [Calc-f] is found in the surface of the bones and in the enamel of the teeth. It is also a constituent of the elastic fibres and of epidermis. Elastic fibres are found in the skin, in the connective tissue, and in the vascular walls.
A disturbance of the equilibrium of the molecules of Calc. fluor. causes a continued dilatation, or chronically relaxed condition, of the implicated fibres. If the elastic fibres of any portion of the vessels of the connective tissue or of the lymphatic system have arrived at such a condition of relaxation, the absorption of a solid exudation in such a part cannot take place.
In consequence, induration of the parts sets in. When the elastic fibres of the blood vessels suffer a disturbance of the molecules of Calc. fluor., such pathological enlargements of blood vessels take place, which make their appearance as haemorrhoidal tumors, varicose and enlarged veins and vascular tumors, indurated glands, post-partum haemorrhage, uterine displacements and weakening of abdominal walls.
Loss of Calcarea Fluorica [Calc-f] in the system is thus seen to be followed by:-
A hard, knotty exudation on the surface of a bone.
A relaxation of the elastic fibres, hence dilatation of vessels, relaxation and displacements of the uterus, relaxation of the abdominal walls, hence “hanging belly,” haemorrhage of womb; all absence of after-pains.
Exudation of Keratin from the cells of the epidermis (Keratin is contained in the skin, hair and nails). The exudation dries really and forms an adhering crust. Frequently found in the palms of the hands, which, through labor, form fissures and cracks.
In regard to the resorption of induration, two possibilities are to be thought of:
The elastic fibres near the induration have lost their functional ability on account of the pressure exerted. Molecules of Calcarea fluor. administered restore their functional integrity and thus are enabled to throw off the exudation, which will then be absorbed by the lymphatic vessels.
By means of the volumetric force of Carbonic acid contained in the blood a part of the Fluorine is split off the fluoride of lime, this combines with nascent Hydrogen, forming Hydrochloric acid, which gradually dissolves the molecules of the morbid product, and these are taken up by the lymphatics. The part played by the Carbonic acid can be assumed by Sulphuric acid as well. The latter is formed during the oxidation of albuminoids.
In a similar manner, as explained under b, it is possible for Calcarea fluor. to bring about solution of a laryngeal croupous or diphtheritic exudation.
General Biochemical Action of CALCAREA FLUORICA [Calc-F]
Diseases having their seat in the substance forming the surface of bone, enamel of the teeth, and part of all elastic fibres, whether of the skin, the connective tissues, or the walls of the blood vessels, etc. Thus: all ailments which can be traced to relaxed conditions of any of the elastic fibres, including dilatation of the blood vessels, arterial and venous blood-tumors and piles, varicose and enlarged veins, indurated glands of stony hardness. Malnutrition of bones, especially of the teeth. Exostosis after injuries. Pendulous abdomen. Uterine displacements, etc. Indurations.
Great depression, groundless fears of financial ruin. Indecision. Disposition to set a higher value on money than natural to him.
Head and Scalp
Blood-tumors on the parietal bones of newborn infants, on a rough, bony base. Bruises of the bones of the scalp, with hard, rough, uneven lumps. Hard excrescences on the scalp. Cephal-haematoma. Ulcers of the scalp with callous, hard edges. Headache with faintish nausea in afternoon, better in the evening. In a proving by Dr. Sarah N. Smith the following symptom was quite constant: “A sort of creaking, straining and drawing, similar to the noise made by a cornstalk fiddle and greatly interfering with sleep.”
Flickering and sparks before the eyes, spots on the cornea, conjunctivitis, styes. Blurred vision after using eyes, eyeballs ache, better closing eyes and pressing lightly. Cataract. Enlarged meibomian glands. Cases of partial blindness. Dimness of vision from over straining the eyes. Tumors of the eyelids. Ulceration of cornea, if edges are hard.
Calcareous deposits on the tympani, tinnitus. Mastoid disease when periosteum is affected.
Cold in the head, ineffectual desire to sneeze, stuffy cold, dry, coryza, ozaena. Copious, offensive, thick, greenish, lumpy, yellow nasal discharge. Osseous growths. Affections of nasal bones; odor of dead bone disappears after use of the remedy. Adenoid growths in post-nasal space and pharynx. Hypertrophy of Luschka’s tonsil and accompanying hypertrophies of mucous membrane in posterior portions of nares, so often found in infancy and childhood.
Hard swelling on the cheek with pain or toothache, hard swelling on the jaw bone, cold sores rather small, hard herpetic sores on lips from cold, not diffused like Natr. mur. Caries of malar bone and fangs of teeth, oozing dark, offensive, bloody fluid, swelling of bone on outer surface.
Gumboil with hard swelling on the jaw, stony hard swelling on the jaw bone. Cold sores at corners of mouth. Great dryness of mouth. Ulceration of mouth and throat manifesting congenital hereditary syphilis.
Cracked appearance of the tongue with or without pain. Induration of the tongue, hardening after inflammation.
Delayed dentition. Enamel of the teeth rough and deficient. Unnatural looseness of the teeth with or without pain, teeth become loose in their sockets. Malnutrition of the teeth. Toothache with pain if any food touches the tooth. Toothache with a looseness of the teeth.
Diphtheria when the affection has gone to the windpipe. Relaxed throat with tickling in the larynx when caused by elongation of the uvula. Uvula relaxed, causing irritation, tickling and cough. Hawking of mucus in the morning. Burning in throat better by warm drinks. Great dryness of throat. Large indurated tonsils after Baryta.
Vomiting of undigested food. Hiccough from hawking of mucus, weakening and recurring during the day. Flatulence. Cutting pain in liver, better motion.
Abdomen and Stool
Confined bowels, inability to expel faeces. Fissure of the anus, and intensely sore crack near the lower end of the bowel. Bleeding haemorrhoids. Itching of anus as from pinworms. Internal or blind piles, frequently with pain in the back, generally far down on the sacrum, and constipation. Piles with pressure of blood to the head. Pain in right hypochondrium, worse lying on painful side. Much wind in lower bowels. Diarrhoea in gouty subjects.
Copious urine, frequent urging. Urine scanty and high colored, and emits a pungent odor.
Constant dribbling of seminal and prostatic fluid with dwindling of the testes. Indurated and nodular tests. Hydrocele. Displacements of the uterus. Dragging pain in the region of the uterus and thighs, down-bearing of the uterus. Varicose veins of vulva.
To tone up the contractile power of the uterus in cases of flooding. Excessive catamenia with bearing-down pain. Uterine fibroid. Hard nodules in mammae. Syphilis. Hunterian chancre, for the induration.
After-pains if due to weak, feeble contractions. Hard knots in the breast. Given during pregnancy, it favors easy confinement.
Tickling in larynx. Dryness and hoarseness.
Cough hacking from tickling in larynx, as from a foreign body. Hoarseness after reading aloud. The chief remedy in true croup. In asthma when specks or small lumps of yellowish mucus are brought up after much exertion; cough with expectoration of tiny lumps of yellow, tough mucus; with tickling sensation and irritation on lying down, from elongation of the uvula or deep at the back of the throat. Suppressed respiration, epiglottis feels closed or as if breathing through a thick substance.
Aneurism at an early stage may be reduced or kept in check by this remedy and Ferr. phos., provided that the iodide of potash had not been taken. Dilatation, enlargement of the blood vessels; being the chief remedy to restore the contractility of the elastic fibres. Dilatation of the heart with palpitation. Chief remedy for vascular tumors with dilated blood vessels. Varicose ulcerations of the veins; also the chief remedy for varicose or enlarged veins. Enlargement, hypertrophy of the heart.
Neck and Back
Indurated cervical glands of stony hardness. Small goitres. Backache simulating spinal irritation, with weak, dragging, down-bearing pain. Tired feeling and pain in the lower part of the back (sacrum), with a sensation of fullness or burning pain, and confined bowels. Chronic cases of lumbago; aggravation on beginning to move and amelioration by continued motion. Glenard’s disease.
Ganglia or encysted tumors at the back of the wrist. Felon (3x trit.). Gouty enlargements of the joints of the fingers, spina ventosa. Lumbago from strains. Inflammation of knee-joint, chronic synovitis. Cracking in the joints. Phalanges easily dislocated. Suppuration of bones. Osseous tumor on spine or scapula. Swelling of elbow-joint, crepitation, showing want of synovial fluid. Exostoses on fingers. Osseous growths and enlargements of bone with or without caries, particularly of traumatic origin. Spavin of horses. Chronic synovitis.
Weakness and fatigue all day, especially in the morning.
Vivid dreams, with sense of impending danger, of new scenes, places, etc.
Attacks of fever, lasting a week or more, with thirst; dry, brown tongue.
Lesions. Squamous types with a tendency to fissure formation, and the skin is hard and thickened. Vesiculo-pustular lesions may also be found with associated crusts. [Ralph Bernstein.] Chaps and cracks of the skin. Fissures or cracks in the palms of the hands or hard skin with formation of crusts. Fissure of anus. Suppuration with callous, hard edges. Whitlow, gathered finger. Occasional erysipelas. Indolent, fistulous ulcers, secreting thick, yellow pus. Varicose ulcers of long standing have been cured by the remedy. Carbuncles. Indurations. Fibroma. Ichthyosis. Keratosis. Xanthoma.
Eczema due to venous hyperaemia; worse in damp weather, better at night. Squamous eczema, with thickening and cracking of skin. Eczema of anus consequent to haemorrhoids.
Tissues condition of Calcarea Fluorica [Calc-f]
Solidified infiltrations; thus indurated glands of stony hardness. Osseous growths, especially in tarsal and carpal articulation. Knots and kernels and tumors in the female breast. Bruises on surface of bone, with hard, rough and uneven lumps, as on shin. Dropsy caused by heart disease. Anaemia. Ganglion, cystic tumors, from a strain of the elastic fibres. Elastic fibres relaxed. Swellings or indurated enlargements, having their seat in the fasciae and capsular ligaments of joints or in the tendons. Spina ventosa. Indolent ulcers. Ulceration of bone or enamel, bone injected. Whitlow or felons. Exudation from surface of bones, which quickly harden and assume a nodular or jagged form. Suppuration of bones. Caries and necrosis, with burning, boring pains and heat in parts; discharge of thin, acrid, ichorous mucus.
Worse in damp weather and during rest; better by cold fomentations, rubbing and heat.
Calc. fluor. has been proved by J.B. Bell., and the proving is reported in full in Allen’s Encyclopedia, vol. x., page 398. The most complete data are to be found in the Guiding Symptoms, vol. iii. The drug had been very little used, if at all, homoeopathically, until Schussler brought it into prominence.
The higher potencies of this drug give the best results, especially in affections of the bones. It can also be used externally in such diseases as fissure ani, bony growths, haemorrhoids, varicose veins and whitlow. It is applied by dissolving about twenty grains of the desired potency in half a glass of water and applying it on cotton, lint or other media. Schussler recommended the 12th decimal trituration, but the 3x and 6x have been found very efficient.
Calcarea fluorica should be studied in its symptoms of the mind and larynx in connection with its relative Calc. carb; in its sleep symptoms with Fluoric acid. In fibroid indurations compare Calc. iod., Kali iod., Mag. mur. It corresponds to many symptoms of Phosphor., Mercur., Ruta, Aurum, Silicea, etc. Often useful after Rhus in lumbago, having the same modalities; after Silicea in suppurations; after Bryonia and Calcarea in arthritis; after Sticta and Ferrum phos.
in synovitis; after Natrum mur. in cold sores. Compare: in swelling of skull of infants, Silicea; in suppuration of bones, Calc. phosph., Asafoet., Silicea; in spavin of horses, Phosph. acid and Silicea. In anaemia it is useful after Calcar. phosph., in arterio-sclerosis compare the iodides, especially of Baryta, Calc. and Plumbum, also Baryta mur.