Therapeutics of Respiratory system Materia Medica by M.W.Van Denburg


Last modified on August 10th, 2018

Respiratory symptoms of homeopathic remedy Ferrum, described by Van Denburg in his book, Therapeutics of Respiratory system, cough & coryza, published in 1916.




Influenza, cough, and vomiting of food immediately after eating.

Nose filled with clotted blood, during coryza.


Thin, acrid, or bloody: or greenish, puruloid.

Fluid discharge drops into throat from posterior nares.

Scabs are blown from nose or coughed up very occasionally (chronic cases).


Face flushed on least excitement, or exertion: at other times pale.

Aphonia, can speak but little, then only in whisper: pain in larynx and trachea.



Spasmodic, dry, or very difficult cough: must sit up to raise sputa (Formica).

Hoarseness and scraping in larynx: general weakness from speaking.

Spasmodic, dry, soon after eating, with vomiting of all food taken.

Violent cough, from tickling in larynx; he sinks down exhausted: throat feels squeezed.

Spasmodic, dry cough, from tickling in larynx and trachea.

Worse at night; must sit up to raise sputa, of tenacious, transparent mucus.

Spasmodic, dry cough, with “rush of blood to chest”; bright red blood raised.

Constant tickling, provoking spasmodic cough, with copious, greenish, purulent, blood-streaked sputa, mucus, or frothy, tasting sweetish, putrid, or sour (chronic cough).

Spasmodic, dry cough in evening, till midnight; it becomes loose in morning; urine escapes in spurts.


Difficult breathing from pressure on chest as if someone pressed upon it with hand.

Dyspnea with rush of blood to chest; chest scarcely moves when breathing.

Breath fails at end of coughing spell.

Suffocative spells evening in bed; body and neck warm, limbs cold.


None, cough dry: Very difficult, must sit up to raise it: sputa is loosened with morning cough when moving about.


Copious, purulent, etc., but not at night.

Purulent, blood-streaked, slimy, frothy, and copious.


Sitting still and doing nothing.

Lying down, violent cough, especially in evening.

Talking: Morning and evening till midnight.

Drinking : tobacco smoke.


Doing something; reading, writing.

Sitting up: must sit up to raise sputa.

Walking slowly about : eating small amount.


Brandy-drinkers: tea-drinkers; after hemorrhages.

Loose, spasmodic cough, with expectoration of transparent, tenacious mucus, and vomiting of food : vomits solid food rather than drinks.

N.B.– Notwithstanding the vomiting after eating, which usually comes from violence of cough, the cough is at once better by eating a little; but is often worse from drinking.

About the author

M.W. Van Denburg

M. W. (Marvin W.) VAN DENBURG, A.M., M.D.
Author of "A homoeopathic materia medica on a new and original plan ... A sample fascicle containing the arsenic group."
"Therapeutics of the respiratory system, cough and coryza, acute and chronic : repertory with index, materia medica with index"

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