Argentum metallicum

Dr. S.R. Phatak describes the clinically confirmed symptoms of the homeopathic remedy Argentum Metallicum in his Concise Materia Medica, published in 1977….


      Silver affects NERVES causing convulsive and spasmodic effects. It acts upon joints and their component elements, bones, condyles, cartilages and ligaments. Secretions of mucous membranes are THICK, grey or tenacious; or like boiled starch. It THICKENS the tissue esp, cartilages, tarsi, LARYNX is also prominently affected. Symptoms appear insidiously; slowly, lingering but progressing, deeply penetrating. Pains gradually increase, become violent then suddenly cease, worse by touch. Pains are accompanied by polyuria. Painless twitching or electric-like shocks. Loss of control over MIND and body. Cramps in muscles; limbs feel powerless. In epilepsy, the attacks are followed by delirious rage, jumping about and striking those near. Arthralgia. Bones; painful, tender. It is adapted to tall thin irritable people. Exostosis of skull. Ill effects of onanism and sunstroke. Sore rawness. Lies down on account of tiredness and weakness. Emaciation. Caries.


      Using voice. Speaking, singing. Mental strain. Noon. Cold damp. 3 to 6 p.m. Touch, pressure. Riding in carriage. Lying on back. Sitting. Stooping. Entering warm room. Sun.


      Motion. Coffee. Wrapping up.


      Loss of mental power. Forgetful Hasty; deceitful. Talkative, or disinclined to talk in society; changes subjects. Restless anxiety which drives him from place to place. Time passes slowly. Bars out all sympathy for friends. Takes on all sorts of whims, often does strange and unaccountable things. Anxiety about his health.


      Vertigo; whirling; worse looking at running water, or entering warm room. Crawling and emptiness in head. Scalp very tender to touch.


      Itching in eyelids and canthi. Abundant purulent discharge. Lachrymal stricture. Eyelids and tarsi become thick.


      Itching of ear lobes. Itching; has to scratch until it bleeds.


      Violent fluent coryza, with frequent sneezing, causing exhaustion. Nose bleed, with tickling; worse blowing nose.


      Pale, sallow, with weakness. Red. Sudden heat, with palpitation.


      Feels raw and sore, during expiration or when swallowing or coughing. Viscid, grey-jelly like mucus easily hawked up; in the morning. Tension in throat worse yawning. Hawks. Fauces numb.


      Burning in stomach, ascending to the chest. Anxiety and pressure in the pit of stomach. Appetite increased or repugnance to all food. Hiccough on smoking. Nausea in dreams.


      Loud croaking, with hunger in abdomen. Painful soreness of abdomen worse riding in a carriage. Vomiting during stool.

Urinary Organs

      Copious and frequent urination. Diabetes; if there is swelling of the ankles. Urine, like whey, of sweet odour. Chronic urethritis.


      Crushed pain in (right) testicle. Clothing increases pain when walking. Seminal emissions without sexual excitement, and erection. Yellowish green discharge.


      Pain in left ovary. Ovaries feel too large. Prolapsus uteri, with pain in left ovary and small of the back, extending in front and downwards. Eroded spongy cervix. Scirrhus of uterus. Climacteric haemorrhage. Leucorrhoea; foul, bloody water, excoriating. Ovarian cysts, tumours. Palpitation during pregnancy.

Respiratory organs

      Hoarseness and aphonia worse using voice. Total loss of voice in professional singers. Larynx feel sore and raw. Cough worse laughing. Easy expectoration of grey, gelatinous or starchy mucus. Feeling of raw spot near suprasternal fossa. Great weakness in the chest (left), stitches in chest impeding breathing, while reading aloud or talking. Boil near the last rib, Neuralgic pains along the entire border of left lower rib.


      Stops, then trembles, then throbs, better inspiration. Palpitation with cardiac unrest, better by lying on left side. Palpitation during pregnancy; better deep inhalations. Pulse intermittent and very irregular, during palpitation.

Neck and Back

      Severe backache must walk bent. Icy cold feeling near sacrum.


      Upper limbs feel powerless. Legs weak and trembling worse descending stairs. Calves feel as if too short on going down stairs. Swelling of ankles (Diabetes). Contraction of the fingers, with partial paralysis of the forearm. Writer’s cramps. Limbs feel numb or stiff. Burning in corns.


      Electric shocks on dropping to sleep. Nausea in dreams.


      Hectic fever at noon. Sweat only on abdomen and chest.


      Nervous itching, crawling, tickling on various parts.


      Calc; Puls; Sel; Sep; Stann; Zincum met.

S.R. Phatak
A pioneer of Homoeopathy in Maharashtra, Dr Shankar Raghunath Phatak was born on 6th September, 1896. He did his MBBS from Grant Medical College, in 1924. Started his practice but somehow not satisfied with Allopathic Treatment.

He was convinced about Homoeopathy while going through Sir William Osler's writings on 'History of Medicine' so switched over to an entirely Homoeopathic Practice in 1932. He also started working on Homoeopathic literature along with his Practice.

He has contributed immensely to homoeopathic literature. He was an ardent follower of Dr Boger. His Repertory is based on Boger's ''A Synoptic key to Materia Medica'.