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E-Class 19 – No. 6 Potassium Sulphate Part 2 – Third Stage of Inflammation
Potassium Sulphate, also known as No. 6, Kali Sulph is the first of our excretory minerals.
The Third stage of Inflammation is where the body is discharging toxins and dead cells from the body, and is well treated by Kali Sulph.
This week we look at
- Review – Three Stages of Inflammation
- How to recognise the third stage of inflammation
- Signs and symptoms of Kali Sulph, and of the third stage of inflammation
- Treatment protocols and suggestions
Your references for this week are The Clinical Science of Biochemic
Medicine Part 2
- Signs and Symptoms p42
- Indications p43
Key points of Potassium Sulphate
Where is it found?
Potassium Sulphate (Kali Sulph) helps to infuse the exterior layer of the mucous membranes and the outer layers of the skin (epidermis) and all cells with oxygen, stimulating metabolism.
Review – Three stages of Inflammation
Stage 1- The first stage of Inflammation
Heat, redness and swelling are the primary signs of the first stage of inflammation. The body is drawing on its resources to fight the infection. This stage is best served by No 3 Ferrum Phos. The body’s heat is an attempt to increase the temperature to kill off pathogens, (e.g. viruses or bacteria that cause disease). Reducing fever with paracetamol counteracts what the body is trying to do.
Stage 2 – The second stage of inflammation
The lymphatic system collects the dead pathogenic material ready for removal. We will talk more about this stage in No 4 Kali Chlor. In simple terms for clients, I equate this to putting rubbish or trash into the waste bins in your house.
Stage 3 – The third stage of inflammation
Removal of diseased material that has been destroyed. In simple terms for clients, this is when the rubbish or trash is filling the waste bins, and you need to take it outside to the garbage/wheelie bins for the garbage truck to carry away to the tip (a place outside of the body). This third stage is the excretory stage. We will talk about this in No 6, Kali Sulph. If there has been a lack of any of the minerals needed for stage one or stage two, then the following stage/s take longer to resolve.
How to recognise the Third Stage of Inflammation
The third stage of inflammation is easy to recognise. It is the stage where the discharges turn to yellows, greens, and all those other colours that make you want to cringe (particularly when you see them dripping out of a young child’s nose).
Read through the signs and symptoms on page 42. You see a common theme of yellow coloured discharges, greenish coloured discharges. Notice that these coloured discharges are not just from snotty noses. Your clients might report coloured discharges from phlegm, the conjunctiva of the eyes, as in conjunctivitis, an ear in the case of a burst eardrum, or even from the vagina, so any orifice.
So let’s go through some of these signs and symptoms and some treatment protocols and suggestions. I know there are a lot of medical phrases in the manual, but in this class many of those terms refer to the types and quality of discharges.
Coughs, Colds and more
Coughs accompanied by a heavy mucous rale: when there is a lot of phlegm, the clients breathing or cough can make an abnormal rattling sound when listened to with a stethoscope. These are the types of coughs that doctors of old might prescribe the child to be laid gently on the parent’s knees and the parent pat their back to try to help loosen the phlegm and get it off their chest. Depending on whether its viral or bacterial, these days, doctors may prescribe antibiotics.
Some of their signs may be
- Inflamed mucous membranes
- Recurring ear infections (recidivous otitis media)
- Head cold (coryza)
- Heavy head
- Eustachian tube infections, or infections of the ear generally, with discharge
- Headaches, worse in a warm rom or a stuffy atmosphere, and during the evening
- Need for cool air
- Yellow, tenacious (thick and sticky) nasal catarrh (discharge)
- Weariness, heaviness
- Chilliness, flushing
- Itching nose
Follow the treatment outlined previously when we spoke about Ferrum Phos and Kali Chlor, for Coughs and Colds
At the first signs of coughs, colds and inflammation take 1 x No.3 Ferrum Phos, and alternate it hourly or half hourly with No.4 Kali Chlor.
If the treatment doesn’t resolve fully, on the second or third day, alternate No.4 Kali Chlor and No.6 Kali Sulph each hour, and most coughs and colds will resolve shortly after.
You may consider prescribing 5x Kali Sulph in hot water after meals, particularly if the symptoms start to worsen in the evening.
Head Colds and Sinus
The prescription above can also be beneficial for people who tend to get sinusitis, or head colds. You will see lots of the symptoms listed above experienced by your clients, and helped by Kali Sulph.
Eyelids may become stuck together (agglutinated), and develop yellowish crusts. At this stage, include Kali Sulph in the treatment, as described above. Other remedies, may also be applicable, according to the circumstances and cause, and refer them to their doctor or ophthalmologist in order to determine the cause.
Joint and Muscular Aches and Pains
Do you know people whose joints or muscles ache after wet weather? They might even comment about their Rheumatism playing up, or something similar.
Some of their symptoms may be:
- pain on movement,
- inflammation, for example inflamed or swollen joints
- rheumatic pains or neuralgia (nerve pain).
- Wandering pains in the limbs
- Weariness, heaviness
Menstruation and other “women’s issues”
Menstruation may be scanty, or late. There may be a weighty feeling in the abdomen. It is also worth asking about discharges between periods. Whilst some clear discharge between periods is and can be normal, other colours are possible. We spoke about white discharges in No.4 Kali Chlor. If your client needs Kali Sulph, they may have greenish or yellow discharge.
If there is a greenish or yellow vaginal discharge, it is wise to refer them to their doctor to rule out deeper infections or any venereal diseases which may need specialist treatment of both your client and their partner.
As we said last week, skin symptoms with scaling skin are well treated by Kali Sulph. Your clients skin is often hot, dry and rough. There may be skin rashes. There may be skin diseases with thick yellow exudates (liquid), that then turns to yellowish crusts or may become dry scales. This to me is a classic description of psoriasis. Please note, that it is important to take the full case, and prescribe accordingly. As always, take into account how long the symptoms have been occurring, as many cases like this are since childhood, and similar symptoms are often seen in previous generations. So don’t expect miracle cures. Over time though, improvements may be made.
Dandruff and falling hair
Kali Sulph is another remedy to consider in cases of Dandruff or falling hair. Consider the cases of Dandruff which leave a shower of flakes on your clients clothing, (not just a powder). I have found it useful in cradle cap where the child’s scalp develops crusts and thick flakes which, when they fall off, leave a yellow sticky excretion. This can also happen in Psoriasis that affects the scalp. (In psoriasis the flaking isn’t limited to the scalp, but may also be on other areas of the body like hands, inside knees or elbows, and soles of the feet)
In this case, consider using a warm compress of 5-10 tablets of Kali Sulph dissolved in water. Lay a damp flannel (face washer) over the head for 10 mins. Or use a Biochemic Hair pack of Kali Sulph dissolved in water:
Biochemic Hair Pack (from Gunther Heepen, Schuessler Tissue Salts – 12 Minerals for your Health)
- “In the evening, dissolve 10 – 20 tablets of No. 6 Kali Sulph in a teacup filled with hot water. Let cool to body temperature, massage into the hair, and then wrap a towel around the head.
- Next morning, wash the hair as usual”
Have you also noticed that a high proportion of chronic Asthma cases have also had skin symptoms in their history? Whether eczema, psoriasis, or other skin symptoms.
Kali Sulph may help in these cases. As always, take the case, and prescribe appropriately. Kali Sulph may be part of the long term regime.
Whilst you may include Kali Sulph in their long term treatment plan, you may also consider the daily immune treatment described in Ferrum Phos and Kali Chlor:
1 tablet each of Ferrum Phos, and Kali Chlor each morning, for a year.
Improved by / Aggravated by
Kali Sulph is particularly relevant if your client’s symptoms are:
Improved by: cool fresh air, being outdoors, dry weather
Worse from: enclosed warm spaces, warmth generally, and toward evening – remember from late afternoon and into the evening, their symptoms get worse.
Exercise 1 – Indications
Go through the list of Indication on Page 43, and consider what else you might include in a treatment. Consider what we have learnt about the first, second and third stages of inflammation, and using these remedies to shortcut and treat these illnesses.
Send me an email with any that you are unsure of.
Exercise 2 – Who do you know?
Who do you know that this remedy could benefit, add possible people to your list, and next week we will show you the facial signs.
See you then.
Next week in Part 3 of No. 6 Kali Sulph we will look at how to recognised the facial signs for Kali Sulph.
See below for glossary.
No. 6 Kali Sulph
agglutinated – to cause substances, such as bacteria, to clump together
catalytic – relating to effecting catalysis being the speeding up of a chemical reaction by a catalyst
Catarrh – a build-up of mucus in an airway or cavity of the body. It usually affects the back of the nose, the throat or the sinuses (air-filled cavities in the bones of the face)
coryza – acute inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nasal cavities; cold in the head
demarcation – the process of setting limits or boundaries
desquamation – death of cells or tissues through injury or disease, especially in a localized area of the body
epithelium – membranous tissue composed of one or more layers of cells separated by very little intercellular substance and forming the covering of most internal and external surfaces of the body and its organs
jaundice – a condition in which a person’s skin and the whites of the eyes are discoloured yellow due to an increased level of bile pigments in the blood resulting from liver disease
necrosis – death of cells or tissues through injury or disease, especially in a localized area of the body
pharyngitis – inflammation of the mucous membrane of the pharynx; sore throat
rale – an abnormal rattling sound heard when examining unhealthy lungs with a stethoscope
recidivous otitis media – the relapse of inflammation of the middle ear, characterised by pain, dizziness and impaired hearing
rhinitis – inflammation of the nasal mucous membranes
sinusitis – inflammation of a sinus or the sinuses[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column]