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Mercurius Iodatus Ruber.

Biniodide of Mercury. Hg I2.

Introduced and proved by the American Provers' Union in 1856, monograph revised by Hering. Provings were made with 1st to 30th.


- Diphtheritic conjunctivitis, Von Tagen (Arg. nit. externally), Raue's Rec., 1874, p. 75; Nasal polypus, Spranger, B. J. H., vol. 24, p. 324; Ulceration of tonsils, Brown, Org., vol. 3, p. 88; Tubercular sore throat, Newton, Raue's Rec., 1870, p. 145; Diphtheria, Ockford, Times Retros., vol. 3, p. 79; Black, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 5, p. 243; Bubo, Cleveland, Raue's Rec., 1871, p. 141; Gerson, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 5, p. 546; Haemorrhoids, Eggert, Raue's Rec., 1871, p. 121; Sarcocele, Hendrichs, Allg. Hom. Ztg., vol. 109, p. 126; Syphilitic sarcocele, Cricca, Raue's Rec., 1871, p. 143; Aphonia, McGeorge, Raue's Rec., 1873, p. 87; Laryngitis, Macfarlan, Raue's Rec., 1870, p. 156; Goitre, Diller, N. A. J. H., vol. 7, p. 245; Swelling of bronchial glands, Meyhoffer, Raue's Rec., 1871, p. 91; Pain of syphilitic ulceration, Preston, Org., vol. 3, p. 106; Indurated chancre, Reil, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 5, p. 569; Syphilis, Trinks, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 2, p. 156; Reil, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 5, p. 569; Secondary syphilis, Gerson, Rck. Kl. Erf., vol. 5, p. 220; Complications during scarlatina, Liberali, Hom. Clin., vol. 3, p. 128.

MIND. [1]

Low spirited; disposed to cry.
Ill humor and bad taste in morning on awaking.
Delirium: with increased fever; with ulcers in fauces and tonsils.


Vertigo: during grippe; things seem to reel around her.


Sensation as if bound by a tight cord, in frontal region.
Beating, throbbing from right of sinciput to occiput.
Vertex very hot, with slight pulsation at 11 P. M.
Pressive pain in left brain from 6 to 8 P. M.
Pressure over eyes.
Pain in head with heat.
Dullness of head, and slight pressing pain in left side, like during a coryza; amel. walking in open air.
Headache with grippe.
Every day some headache.
Headache agg. afternoon and evening; dull, stolid.
Syphilitic tumors in brain.


Pains in bones of head, chiefly occipital.
Small pustules on head.


Psorophthalmia; trachoma; pannus.
Eyes inflamed, burn, water; catarrh; bright light irritates.
Eye got sore in a single night, on following day much swollen, lids could not be turned out without much pain, being very sensitive to touch; a stream of hot, acrid tears, mixed with yellowish flakes of fibrinous material gushed out; marked chemosis of a pale yellowish color, presenting a succulent appearance; marked infiltration throughout entire conjunctival surface, presenting a firm fibrinous nature; over both palpebral surfaces a thick, opaque membrane had formed, which could be detached in small patches and shreds; much extravasation of blood over entire ocular conjunctiva; cornea invaded by ulceration at three distinct points, larger and deeper of these being at centre, threatened to penetrate into anterior chamber. (Arg. nit. was used externally). ~ Diphtheritic conjunctivitis.
Old cases of granular lids and pannus.


Hearing dull; amel. evenings; ears close for a few moments at a time; coryza.
Earache in right ear.
Earwax increased.
Itching in both ears, all night.
Swelling of parotid and neighboring glands.


Coryza: with headache; dull hearing amel. getting warm by walking; right side of nose hot, swollen; much sneezing; with hoarseness.
Whitish yellow or bloody discharge; affection of posterior nares, with raw sensation; nasal bones diseased; turbinated bones swollen.
Hawks mucus from posterior nares.
Swelling; hot and inflamed state of right side of nose, with coryza.
In left nostril a yellowish white tumor, spongy, moist, extending into orbit behind eye, displacing it one half its diameter to left external angular process of orbit, and protruding about one third of an inch further than normal. ~ Nasal polypus.
Crusty eruption on wings of nose.


Aching in left cheek and eye.
Scabs on face, right side.


Lips slimy and sticky on waking.
Lips stick together; headache.
Pain in jaws and temples.
Swelling of parotid and neighboring glands.
Eczema rubrum on chin.


Gums swollen; toothache; glands swollen; boil in mouth; sleepless; alternately melancholic and cheerful, in periodic spells.


Taste: slimy on waking; bitter, metallic.
Tongue: dry, wants to wet mouth; scalded feeling, small blister on point; furred, with grippe; aphthae.


Profuse flow of saliva and aching pains in teeth of lower jaw.
Soreness of middle of inside of left cheek.
Mucous membrane of mouth inflamed, with burning.
Mucous patches on lips and inner surface of cheeks; round spots, but slightly demarcated, bare of epithelium and covered with a creamy exudation; discharge varies in character; spots very sensitive, but do not bleed. ~ Secondary syphilis.
Small nodules on mucous membranes of mouth, pharynx and nose, which become round ulcers, with hard edges and lardaceous base; slight pain; soon disappear from original place and appear in another part; when appearing on tongue, lip or wing of nose a distinct deep induration can be felt surrounding them.


Much phlegm in throat and nose.
Disposition to hawk; sensation of a lump in throat; hawked up a hard, greenish lump.
Hawks much; spits a tough, white phlegm.
Sticking in throat.
On waking throat sore; feels scalded, agg. during empty swallowing.
Loose cough, back of throat and nose inflamed, glands of throat ulcerated; enlarged tonsils, breathes with mouth open and snores at night; expectoration yellowish greenish, viscid or purulent.
Pharynx more irritable than larynx, with affection of posterior nares; great sensitiveness to cold air. ~ Sore throat.
Follicular catarrh of pharynx; engorged tonsils.
Painful swelling of tonsils and submaxillary glands.
Left tonsil swollen; fauces dark red; diphtheritic patches; submaxillary glands painfully engorged.
Slight superficial ulcers in throat in patches.
Difficult deglutition, with ulcers in throat.
Tonsils suppurating.
Worse from empty swallowing. ~ Diphtheria.
Velum long, seemingly causing cough; left tonsil inflamed.
Pains in throat, tonsils swollen and covered with a slimy, speckled coating; back part of throat red; slight pain on swallowing; prostration; two days later tonsils, uvula and back part of pharynx covered with a coating looking like dried starch.
After scarlatina ulcers on fauces and tonsils.
Fauces and tonsils covered with fetid ulcers.
Glandular swellings; exudation limited, transparent and easily detached; cases attending epidemic scarlet fever. ~ Diphtheria.
Throat sore, agg. on left side; swallowing painful, both of solids and fluids; fauces deep red; tongue coated yellowish, thick; gums and tongue more or less swollen and sensitive. ~ Diphtheria.
Right side; agg. from empty swallowing; throat sensitive to touch; absence of coating on base of tongue. ~ Diphtheria.
Tubercular sore throat.


Desire to drink small quantities.
Inclination to have food more salted.


Heartburn after dinner.


Loud and bitter belching.
Nausea: sore throat; sinking at stomach and epigastrium, with general sick feeling; while passing diarrheic stool.


Pain on pressure at epigastrium.


Aching and full feeling in right hypochondrium.
Sudden cutting pain in region of liver.
Heavy, painful feeling in region of liver, pancreas and spleen.
Transient drawing pain, followed by lame sensation in left hypochondrium; left waist feels sore on bending.
Enlarged malarial spleens and livers.


Distended abdomen about navel, with pain on`pressure.
Colic, followed by stool.
Uneasy, sore feeling all over bowels.
Subacute gonorrheal inflammation of inguinal glands; swelling pear-shaped, not very hard nor painful, pain only present upon strong pressure.


Stool copious, yellow brown, somewhat watery, and coated with mucus and slightly bloody, preceded by griping and colicky pains; urging and slight tenesmus remained afterwards.
Inveterate piles.


Bright's disease.
Ulcers in bladder.
Increased flow of urine.
Frequent desire to urinate, she cannot hold her urine for a moment.
Urine: increased flow; thick and dark when passing; red.


Sexual desire, particularly on going to sleep; nocturnal emissions.
Sensitiveness of right testicle and cord.
Left side of scrotum for many years slightly enlarged, accompanied by varicocele; sudden, rapid increase of size, finally presenting a hard, painless tumor 19 cm. long and 9 cm. in circumference; no hydrocele; no inflammatory symptoms. ~ Sarcocele.
Sharp shooting stitches in end of penis through glans.
Threatened gangrene of glans in paraphimosis.
Hard, red swelling of front of prepuce, appearing as thick and hard as lead pencil, with hard chancre in centre, entirely painless.
Discharge free and mucoid; patches of induration along urethra. ~ Gonorrhea.
Bubo discharging for a year.


Leucorrhea of yellowish color.
Stony hardness of fibroid tumor.


Complete loss of voice. ~ Diphtheria.
Hoarse and husky shortly after getting a little wet in an evening shower.
Patches of inflammation of a livid purplish hue, discharge thin and offensive. ~ Laryngitis.
Dark red inflammation and swelling of parts, with much hawking, coughing and purulent expectoration, agg. in morning. ~ Phthisis laryngis.
Swelling of bronchial glands; subacute processes arising from influences of cold or atmospheric changes.
Goitre (Iodine was used externally).

COUGH. [27]

Cough: from elongated uvula; with sore throat; with a little loose, whitish, slimy sputum.
Grippe, with fever, headache, giddiness, furred tongue; sweat in bed.
Profuse yellow sputum.


Awoke from a transient feeling of soreness in whole breast.
Constriction across chest.
Catching pain under right breast oppressing breathing.


Sharp cutting pain in chest.
Sticking pain in heart.


Sticking in muscles of ribs, left side, after walking out during thawing weather.


Swollen glands on neck, with toothache, scarlatina, etc.
Spine sore and painful.


Rheumatic pains in shoulder joint.
Axillary glands suppurate.
Dull, aching, strained sensation in middle of os humeri as if about to break.
Rheumatic pains, soreness, stiffness in left arm agg. by motion.
Palm of left hand cracked, horny, several oozing rhagades.


Aching pains from hips to ankles, as though she had walked many miles, felt more in bones.
Weakness of knee joints.
Pains from calves up to sacrum.
Insupportable pain and aching in legs towards evening, amel. on moving.
Pain of syphilitic ulceration in front of leg.
Rheumatic affection of feet after washing floor; violent tearing on soles and in foot joint; feet swollen, sore to touch, particularly around ankles; walking very difficult, sometimes impossible.


Rheumatic pains now here, now there, mostly muscular; alternately in arms and hands, legs and feet; violent pain like otalgia in left ear.


Swallowing: empty, sore throat agg.; pain in throat.
Bending: left waist feels sore.
Motion: rheumatic pains in left arm agg.
Walking: very difficult, sometimes impossible, soreness of ankles.

NERVES. [36]

Epileptic spasms increase two days and are gone the fourth.
Weary, with rheumatic pain in forearm; bruised feeling.

SLEEP. [37]

Toothache on going to sleep.
Insomnia, with ulcerated throat.
Restless from 12 P. M. till morning, with constriction in diaphragm.
Dreams: frightful; of swimming; gunning; traveling; lascivious.
On awaking: ill humor; dull head; slimy taste; throat sore; pain in chest.

TIME. [38]

Morning: on awaking; ill humor and bad taste; coughing and purulent expectoration agg.
After dinner: heartburn.
Afternoon: headache agg.
Evening: cheerful; headache agg.; towards, insupportable pain in leg.
At bedtime: chilly.
At 11 P. M.: vertex very hot, with slight pulsation.
All night: itching in both ears.
At night: snoring; sweats.


Open air: dullness of head amel.
Getting warm: by walking; dull hearing amel.
After walking in thawing weather: sticking in muscles of ribs, left side.
Getting wet: hoarse and husky.
After washing floor: rheumatic affection of feet.
Cold or atmospheric variations: swelling of glands, subacute processes.
Cold air: great sensitiveness of pharynx.

FEVER. [40]

Chilly at bedtime.
Intense shivering, followed by feverishness.
Chilly, followed by flush over face.
Fever, with grippe.
Flush of head and feeling of being tickled.
Sweats at night in bed; grippe.
Copious night sweats; hot sweat.


Alternately: melancholic and cheerful; rheumatic pains in arms and hands, legs and feet.
For a few moments at a time: ears close.
From 6 to 8 P. M.: pressive pain in left brain.
From 12 P. M. till morning: restless.
Every day: some headache.
In one night: eyes get sore, next day much swollen.
Increasing two days, gone on fourth: epileptic spasms.
For a year: bubo discharging.
Of two years' duration: ulcers on legs.
For many years: left side of scrotum enlarged.


Right: beating, throbbing from sinciput to occiput; earache; side of nose hot, swollen, inflamed; scabs on side of face; side of throat agg. from swallowing; aching and full feeling in hypochondrium; sensitiveness of testicles; catching pain under breast.
Left: pressing pain on side of head; pressive pain in brain; tumor in nostril, aching in cheek and eye; soreness of middle of cheek; tonsil swollen and inflamed; sore throat agg.; drawing pain and lame sensation in hypochondrium; waist feels sore; side of scrotum enlarged; sticking in muscles of ribs; rheumatic pain, soreness, stiffness; palm of hand cracked, horny; pain like otalgia in ear.


As if bound by a tight cord in frontal region; as of a lump in throat; as if os humeri was about to break; as if she had walked many miles; aching in bones of leg; as if being tickled; mouth as if scalded.
Pain: in head; in bones of head; in right ear; in jaws and temples; in nodules on mucous membrane of mouth; in throat; at epigastrium; about navel; in spine; from calves up to sacrum; of syphilitic ulceration in front of leg; in chest.
Insupportable pain: in legs.
Violent pain: in left ear.
Sharp, shooting stitches: in end of penis through glans.
Violent tearing: in soles and foot joints.
Cutting: in chest; in region of liver.
Beating, throbbing: from right of sinciput to occiput.
Sticking: in throat; in heart; in muscles of ribs; left side.
Catching pain: under breast.
Rheumatic pain: in shoulder joint; in left arm; now here, now there; in forearm.
Transient drawing: in left hypochondrium.
Pressive pain: in left brain.
Aching: in left cheek and eye; in teeth of lower jaw; in right hypochondrium; from hip to ankles; in legs.
Slight pressing pain: on left side of head.
Heavy, painful feeling: in region of liver, pancreas and spleen.
Dull, aching, strained sensation: in middle of os humeri.
Burning: of mouth.
Soreness: of middle of left cheek; of throat; of waist; all over bowels; in whole breast; of spine; of left arm.
Raw sensation: of posterior nares.
Bruised feeling: in forearm.
Sensitiveness: of right testicle and cord.
Pressure: over eyes.
Full feeling: at epigastrium.
Dullness: of head.
Slight pulsation: in vertex.
Constriction: across chest; in diaphragm.
Stiffness: of left arm.
Lame feeling: in left hypochondrium.
Sinking: at stomach.
Itching: in both ears.


Indurated chancres; Hunterian chancre.
Chancre and bubo, particularly indolent.
Old cases of syphilis, particularly in persons of lax fibre, scrofulous, and in those who have taken much mercury.


Touch: eyelids very sensitive; throat sensitive; pustules sore.
Pressure: pain at epigastrium; pain about navel; pain of inguinal glands.

SKIN. [46]

Small fissures and cracks.
Hard papules here and there.
Pustules, inflamed base, sore to touch, itching slightly; scab over, but pus oozes.
Syphilitic ulcers.
Freckles, liver spots.
Old scrofulous or syphilitic ulcers, spreading.
Syphilitic eruption over whole body, with moist, offensive smelling ulcers on legs, of two years' duration.
Lupus; condylomata.
During course of malignant scarlatina swelling of parotid and neighboring glands; fauces and tonsils covered with large fetid ulcers, and fever increased, with delirium, insomnia and difficult deglutition.


Girl, aet. 16, thin, weak; diphtheria.
A servant girl, after washing floor; rheumatic affection.
Man, aet. 29; suffering a year; bubo.
Irish laborer, aet. 40; living in damp, ill ventilated house, of irregular habits, occasionally indulges in a drunk; diphtheritic conjunctivitis.
Man. aet, 70; sarcocele.


Antidoted by: Hepar.
Compatible: after Bellad., in scarlatina.
Compare: Badiaga, Carbo an. and Nitr. ac., in syphilitic eruptions; Merc. praec. rub., which is preferable for leaden heaviness in occiput with otorrhea.


Source: The Guiding Symptoms of Our Materia Medica Vol. 07, 1888
Description: Clinical materia medica of Mercurius iodatus ruber
Remedies: Mercurius iodatus ruber
Author: Hering, C.; Raue, C.G.; Knerr, C.B.; Mohr, C.
Year: 1888
Editing: errors only; interlinks; formatting
Attribution: Legatum Homeopathicum
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