Brimstone; Flowers of Sulphur (The
It is known as Hahnemann's
king of anti-psorics (remedies). Kent says that
Sulphur is such a full remedy that it is somewhat
difficult to tell where to begin. It seems to contain a
likeness of all the sicknesses of man, and a beginner on
reading over the proving of Sulphur might naturally
think that he would need no other remedy, as the image
of all sickness seems to be contained in it. Yet you
will find it will not cure all the sicknesses of man,
and it is not well to use it indiscriminately any more
than you would any other remedy. It seems that the less
a physician knows of the Materia medica the oftener he
gives Sulphur, and yet it is very frequently given, even
by good prescribers, so that the line between physicians
ignorance and knowledge cannot be drawn from the
frequency with which Sulphur is prescribed by them.
The type of Sulphur patient is very
vividly described by Kent. The Sulphur patient
is lean, lank, hungry, dyspeptic fellow with stoop
shoulders, yet many times it must be given to fat,
rotuned, well fed people. The angular, lean stoop
shouldered patient, however is the typical one, and
especially when he has become so from long periods of
indigestion, bad assimilation and feeble nutrition. The
Sulphur state is sometimes brought about by being long
housed up and adapting the diet to the stomach. Persons
who lead sedentary lives, confined to their rooms in
study, in meditation, in philosophical inquiry and who
take no exercise, soon find out that they must eat only
the simplest foods, foods not sufficient to nourish the
body, and end up by going into a philosophical mania.
There is another class of patients in
whom we see a Sulphur appearance in the face; dirty,
shrivelled, red-faced people. The skin seems to be
easily affected by the atmosphere. He becomes red in
the face from riding in the air, both in very cold and
in damp weather. He has a delicate, thin skin, blushing
on the slightest occasion, always red and dirty
looking, no matter how much he washes it. If it
be a child, the mother wash the face often, but it
always looks as if it had been perfunctorily washed.
Hering called the Sulphur patient
The Sulphur Scholar, the inventor, words
day and night in threadbare clothes and battered hat; he
has long, uncut hair and a dirty face; his study is
uncleanly, it is untidy; books and leaves of books are
piled up indiscriminately; there is no order. It seems
that Sulpher produces this state disorder. A state of
untidiness, a state of uncleanliness, a state of
care how things go,"
and a state of selfishness. He becomes a false
philosopher, and the more he goes on in this state
the more he is disappointed because the world does not
consider him the greatest man on earth. Old inventors
work and work, and fail . The complaints that aarise in
this kind of case, even the acute complaints, will run
to Sulphur. You take such a patient and you will notice
that he has on a shirt that he has sworn many weeks; if
he has not a wife to attend to him, he would wear his
shirt until it fell of from him.
H.C.Allen in his Keynotes describes
that Sulphur is adapted to pearsons of
Scrfulous diathesis, subject to venous congestion
especially of portal system. Persons of nervous
temperament, quick motioned, quick tempered, plethoric,
skin excessively sensitive to atmospheric
changes(Hep.Kali.C Psor.). For lean,stoop-shouldered
persons who walk and sit stooping; walk stooping like
old men. Standing is the worst position for Sulphur
Patients.; every standing position is
uncomfortable. Dirty, filthy people, prone to
skin affections(Psor.) . Aversion to being washed;
always < after a bath. Too lazy to rouse himself;
too unhappy to live. Children: cannot bear to be
washed or bathed(in cold water,Ant.C);
emaciated, big-bellied; restless, hot, kick off
the clothes (Hep. Sanic.) ; have worms , but the best
selected remedy fails. When carefully selected remedies
fail to produce a favorable effect, especially in acute
disease, it frequently serves to rouse the reactive
powers of the system; clears up the case ( in chronic
Boerricke describes that Sulphur is often
used in the beginning the treatement of chronic cases
and in finishing acute ones. Scrofulous, psoric, chronic
diseases that result from suppressed
eruptions(Caust.,Psor.) Complaints that are
continually relapsing(patient seems to get almost
when the disease returns again and
again. Congestion to single parts; eyes, nose, chest,
abdomen, ovaries, arms, legs or any organ of the body
marking the onset of tumors or malignant growths,
especially at climacteric.
Burning everywhere general and local, especially feet;
has to stick them out of bed to cool them. Dr. Nash says
that these burning sensations are found in both acute
and chronic diseases. He says that Arsenic Album leads
this burning sensation in all acute diseases while
Sulphur leads in chronic affections amongst the other
medicines who have burning sensations under them. Dr.
Hawkes(of Chicago) has in like manner has illustrated
the unfailing way in which a certain group of
symptoms-vertex headaches, with heat there, burning in
the soles of the feet in bed, hot flushes, and
, empty feeling"
about an hour before midday meal-characterises a patient
in whose ailments Sulphur will be beneficial.
Very forgetful. Difficult thinking.
Delusion; thinks rags beautiful things-that he is
immensely wealthy. Busy all the time. Childish
peevishness in grown people. Very selfish. No
regards for others..Boericke says that Sulphur subjects
are always irritable, depressed, thin and weak, even
with good appetite.
The head funishes many symptoms. The Sulphur patient is
subject to periodical sick headaches; congestive
headaches , a sensation of great congestion with
stupefaction, attended with nausea and vomitting. Sick
headaches once a week or every two weeks, the
characteristic seven day aggravation.
Most headaches coming on Sunday in
working men are cured by Sulphur. You can figure this
out. Sunday is the only day he does not work and he
sleeps late in the morning and gets up with a headache
that involves the whole head, with dullness and
congestion. Being busy and active prevents the headache
during the week. Others have periodical headaches every
seven to ten days, with nausea and vomiting of bile.
The next important symptom is Constant heat on top of
head. (Cup.Sulph,Graph.) Tinea capitis, dry form.
Scalp dry, falling of hair; worse washing .Itching;
scratching, causes burning.
It has many symptoms, such as in olden
times would be called scrofulous but which we recognize
as psoric. There is a tendency for every cold to settle
in the eyes. Discharge of mucus and pus from the eyes.
Ulceration and thickening of the eyelids, lids rolled
outwards or inwards, loss of eyelashes; red and
disturbed condition. Now, if we would say
of the eyes in a Sulphur patient,"it
could cover all kinds of eye troubles. Sulphur has
extensive eye symptoms. Eye symptoms with eruptions on
the face and scalp, with itching of the skin, especially
when warm in bed. Catarrhal eye symptoms that are made
worse from washing. When not only the eyes are
aggravated by bathing, but the patient himself is
aggravated from bathing and he dreads to bathe, and he
has itching which is made <from the warmth of the bed,
and is subject to chronic sick headaches and has heat on
top of the head, with such concomitants his eye
symptoms, no matter what, will be cured by Sulphur.
Sulphur has cured cataract and iritis, inflammatory
conditions and opacities, and all sorts of
before the eyes"
dark specks; dark points and spots, black flies seem to
float not far from the eyes; gas or lamp light seems to
be surrounded with a halo,"
heat in the eyes, painful smarting."
Every cold settles in the eyes i.e. the eye symptoms,
when present, are increased and, when he has no eye
symptoms, these are brought on from every
The ears are subject to catarrh. Bad effects from the
suppression of an otorrhoea. Whizzing in ears.
Deafness, preceded by exceedingly sensitive hearing,
The catarrhal affections of the nose are extremely
troublesome in Sulphur.
before the nose as of an old catarrh,".
Herpes across the nose. Nose stufffed indoors.
Alae red and scabby. Chronic dry catarrh, dry scabs and
dry, bright red, burning.
Bitter taste in morning. Gums swollen; throbbing pain.There
is general unhealthy condition of the mouth and tongue.
Foul taste and foul tongue. Ulceration of mouth.
Sulphur is a wonderful medicine for chronic sore throat
when the symptoms agree. The old Sulphur patient
suffers from a general catarrhal state, as has been
said, and the throat symptoms are of that sort. Burning
redness and dryness of the throat.
The stomach is sensitive to touch with the all-gone
hungry feeling before mealtimes(especially 11 a.m.) ,
must have something to eat .Great heaviness in the
stomach after eating but little, after eating meat, or
after eating foods that require a healthy stomach to
digest. Then he becomes a victim of pain. He will
describe the pain in his stomach as burning pains and
great soreness. Pain in the stomach after eating. Weak
digestion. Sour taste in the mouth from the welling up
of acids from the stomach.
The liver is very troublesome organ.
There is enlargement and induration, with much much
painfulness pressure and distress. The patient becomes
jaundiced with sensation of engorgement or fulness of
liver, dull aching in the liver. He is subject to gall
stones, tearing pains in the region of the gall duct,
coming periodically attended with much increase of his
sallowness. The Sulphur liver patient is the victim of
chronic sallowness, which increases and decreases. When
this patient takes
it settles in the liver; every"cold",
every bath he takes, every change of weather, aggravates
his liver symptoms, and when these are worse he has
less of other troubles. It localizes itself in attacks
of bilious vomiting, in attacks of
he calls them. Great desire for sweets(Arg.Nit.) Milk
The sulphur patient suffers from great distention of the
abdomen; rolling in the abdomen; soreness in the
abdomen. He is also a flatulent patient. There is much
belching, much distension, much rumbling and passing of
flatus. Colic after drinking.
Itching and burning of anus; piles dependent upon
abdomen plethora. Frequent unsuccessful desire; hard
knotty, insufficient. Child afraid on account of pain.
Redness around the anus, with itching.
Morning diarrhoea, painless, drives out of bed, with
prolapsus rect. Haemorrhoids burning and tender. oozing
.and smart with the liquid stool.
Enuresis especially in scrofulous, untidy children.
Burning in urethra during micturition, lasts long
after. Must hurry, sudden call to urinate.
Great quantities of colorless urine. Sulphur has cured
patient with sugar in urine in the early stage of
On the genitals there are many
eruptions. Itching of the genitals, worse from warmth
of the bed; much sweat about the genitals, coldness of
the genitals. In the male, impotency; the sexual desire
is fairly strong, but he is unable to secure suitable
erections;,premature ejaculation. Discharge of prostatic
fluid when at stool.
Under female sexual organs we have sterility. We have
irregularity in the menstrual flow, menstrual flow
suppressed from the slightest disturbance. Menses too
late, short, scanty, and difficult; thick, black, acrid
making parts sore. Leucorrhoea burning excoriating.
Vagina burns. Women are full of hot flashes,
Difficult respiration; wants windows open.
This remedy is full of difficult breathing, shortness of
breath from very little exertion, copious sweat, so
exhausted; asthmatic breathing and much rattling in the
chest. Dyspnoea in middle of night>by sitting
up. Every time he gets
it settles in the chest or in the nose.
Drawing pains between shoulders. Stiffness of nape.
Sensations as if vertebrae glided over each other.
The extremities are covered with eruptions. Eruptions
upon the back of the hands and between the fingers, and
sometimes upon the palm; vesicular and scaly eruptions
which itch; pustules, boils and little abscesses .
Burning of soles and hands at night. Hot sweaty hands.
Sweat in armpits, smelling
like garlic. Stoop shouldered.Cannot walk erect.
Catnaps; slightest noise awakens. Cannot sleep between
2 and 5 a.m.
Frequent flashes of heat. Violent ebullitions of heat
throughout entire body. Dry skin and great thirst.
Night sweat, on nape and occiput. Perspiration of single
parts. Remittent type fevers.
No remedy has more general, positive and persistent
action upon the skin than Sulphur. With or without
eruption, itching and burning, are the characteristic
sensations attending the skin symptoms. Skin is dry
scale, unhealthy; every little injury suppurates.
Freckles. Pruritis especially from warmth in evening,
often recurs in spring-time, in damp weather.
Worse at rest, when standing, warmth
in bed, washing, bathing, in morning, 11 a.m.,
night, from alcoholic stimulants, periodically. Better,
dry warm weather, lying on right side, from drawing up
: Complementary: Aloe; Psorin; Acon; (Sulphur often
follows in acute diseases);Merc. And Calcarea are
frequently useful after Sulphur, not before. Lyc; Sep;
SUMMARY OF INDICATIONS:-
Sulphur is the great anti-psoric
remedy. Sulphur is
King of Psora."-
Sulphur is the chronic of
Sarsaparill and Sepia follow in that order in chronic