Oleum jecoris aselli
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A traditional source of vitamin D, cod-liver oil has long been the nightmare of many children. Vitamin D is necessary, in small doses, for growth; it prevents rickets.
Besides the high nutritive value of the flesh, the liver oil has been a source of vitamins A and D for centuries. Cod-liver oil contains 15-20% saturated fatty acids and 80-90% unsaturated fatty acids. In the past, it was an important remedy against rachitis and other avitaminoses; nowadays it has been superseded by synthetic vitamins. Cod-liver oil also contains a relatively high content of iodine. "A traditional source of vitamin D, cod-liver oil has long been the nightmare of many children. Vitamin D is necessary, in small doses, for growth; it prevents rickets. However, in excessive doses, it hinders growth [in the Mediterranean region, which enjoys an exceptional amount of sunlight, people are relatively small …]."
Although cod-liver oil used to be particularly valued as a food supplement, cure of pathological symptoms occurs according to the law of similars and is not based on the suppletion of elements that are deficient. The picture is essentially psoric, running to tubercular, and must as such be corrected on a dynamic level. "The small doses cured as readily as the large, showing that it was the medicinal action of the constituents of the oil, rather than the nutrient, which effected the cures. …