symptoms Inflammation and redness in affected joints (often in the big toe). Joint pain impedes walking if the leg or foot are affected. A mild fever may set in, and there may be unease and restlessness, with tense and jumpy muscles. Symptoms better For rest. Symptoms worse For cold; for strong heat; for touch.

See also Toothaches, page 232; Indigestion, page 234; Skin, page 240



KEY SYMPTOMS laziness • tendency to overheat • self-centeredness • philosophical state of mind • itching • burning pains

In the 9th century bce the Greek poet Homer used vapors of burning sulfur to purify his house. Long used in Chinese and Western medicine for skin problems and as an antiseptic, sulfur was also given to generations of children in the West as brimstone and treacle, a popular tonic to "cleanse" the blood and keep the bowels regular. Hahnemann proved the remedy and published it in his Materia Medica Pura (1821-34). It is used chiefly for skin and digestive complaints.

SULFUR The mineral is refined into flowers of sulfur which, when burned, produce sulfur dioxide, a powerful disinfectant.

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