Argentum nitricum

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


      This drug affects the MIND causing neurotic effects. By its action on Cerebro-Spinal nerves, it produces incoordination, loss of control, and loss of balance, mentally and physically. Mucous membranes are inflamed and ulcerated causing muco-purulent discharges and SPLINTER LIKE PAINS. It is a useful remedy for those persons who are dried, withered up and prematurely old, with trembling and weakness. Hysterical nervous persons. Emaciation is progressive. Ascending paralysis. Parts seem ENLARGED or bound up. VIOLENT PAINS; LIKE DEEPLY STICKING SPLINTER; or sharp, shooting like lightning, grinding or radiating; cause starting; extending down back or legs. Pains increase and decrease gradually, Ulceration, with much bloody yellow pus. It is a convulsive remedy; attacks of epilepsy; from fright. worse during menses, at night; pupils are always dilated for a day or two before the attack, and followed by restlessness and trembling of hands. Periodical trembling of the body. Loss of voluntary motion. Paraplegia. Sinking downward from head. Myelitis. Disseminated sclerosis of brain and cord. Sensation of a sudden pinch. Ill effects of; eating ices, onanism and venery. Tobacco. Symptoms appear on the left side. Conjoined mental and digestive symptoms. Unable to walk with closed eyes. Pains cause starting. Suitable to businessmen, students, brain workers. Examination funk. Desire to talk. Anaemia. Errors of perception. Perversion of senses.


      EMOTION; ANXIETY, apprehension, fear or fright, suspense. In room; in shut places. Mental strain and worry. Sugar. Lying on right side. Looking down. Drinking. Crowds. Warmth in any form. Cold food; ice creams. Before and during menses. Riding. Thinking intently.


      COOL AIR; open air. Cold bath. Hard pressure, Motion. Eructations. Bending double.


      Tormented by strange ideas and emotions. Nervous impulsive and hurried, yet timid and anxious. Fearsome, Dreads ordeals. Fear, of impending evil, of crowds, passing a certain point, of high buildings, of dark. Hesitates. falters; in speech; in gait, erections etc. Loss of ambition. Believes that he is despised by his family; that all his undertakings will fail. Despondent. Melancholy. Impulse to jump when crossing a bridge; or from a window. Brain fag. Loss of memory. Time passes slowly; time seems short, wants to do things in a hurry, must walk fast etc. Weeps, says he is lost beyond hope. Everything seems changed. Irrational; does strange things and comes to strange conclusions; does foolish things. Incoherence. Childish talk. Talks about his sufferings. Remains in bed, with trifle indisposition.


      Nervous headache; with coldness and trembling worse mental exertion, dancing, better tight bandaging. Head as if in a vise. Compressive or deep head pain. Loses his senses. Boring in left frontal eminence. Migraine. Head feels much enlarged. Vertigo; before epilepsy; worse night, with transient blindness, worse closing eyes. Itching, crawling sensation on the scalp. As if skull bones were separated. Headache ends in vomiting. Headaches of hysterical young women; of delicate literary persons.


      Balls feel big. Violent purulent ophthalmia; ophthalmia neonatorum. Blepharitis, thick crusts on eyelids. Pupils dilated. Carunculae swollen; photophobia. Ulceration of cornea. Chemosis. Acute granular conjunctivitis. Eye symptoms worse with abdominal symptoms. Opacity of cornea. Pterygium of pink colour.


      Buzzing in ears, with vertigo. Ringing, with deafness.


      Loss of smell. Violent itching. Coryza with chilliness, lachrymation and headache. Violent itching, rubs it.


      Sickly, sunken, grayish, of muddy colour. Old man’s look. Lips tremble while speaking. Lips blue.


      Tip of the tongue is red and painful. Papillae erect and prominent. Tongue furred with clean edges. Aphthae on edges of the tongue. Astringent, sour or bitter-sour taste. Teeth pain worse chewing, cold things; sour things. Food escapes from mouth during chewing. Cannot talk; spasms of muscles of tongue and throat. Stammers.


      Thick tenacious mucus in the throat, causes hawking. Uvula and fauces dark red. Sensation as if a splinter were lodged in the throat worse when swallowing, breathing or moving the neck better cool drinks. Food lodges in pharynx. Smoker’s catarrh, with sensation as of a hair in throat. Strangulated feeling.


      Craves sugar, which disagrees. Desire for cheese. Loss of appetite. Appetite good, but every kind of food disagrees. Astringent sour or bitter_sour vomiting. Alcoholic gastritis. Vomited substances tinge the bedding black. Gastralgia; pain occurring in small spot, radiates in all directions, worse slightest pressure. Painful swelling in the epigastrium. Ulceration of the stomach worse cold food. Eating better nausea but worse stomach pain. Sour things better nausea. Eructates ingesta. Wind presses upwards but the oesophagus seems spasmodically closed. Trembling and throbbing in the stomach.


      FLATULENCE; causing distension and bursting of abdomen. Loud, explosive belchings discharged upwards and downwards. Diarrhoea; emotional; noisy worse immediately after eating and drinking, after sweets. Fluids go right through him. Stools; shreddy, mucus, turning green, like chopped spinach. Itching of anus. Shivering through bowels; extending up the back; Diarrhoea, nervous, after sugar candy; of children, after weaning. Constipation; worse every complaint; alternates, with diarrhoea.

Urinary Organs

      Violent pain from kidney to bladder (Nephralgia) worse touch, motion, deep inspiration. Incontinence of urine day and night. Urging to urinate, urine passes less easily and freely. Cutting in urethra, with painful erection. Divided stream. Yellow bloody gonorrhoea; early stage. Urine; highly coloured, dark red; with albumin. Retention of urine.


      Impotence; erection, but it fails when coition is attempted. Coition painful_urethra as if put on stretch or sensitive at orifice. Chancre like ulcers, on the prepuce. Testes drawn up high.


      Coition painful, followed by bleeding. Prolapsus, with ulceration of os or cervix uteri. Metrorrhagia, with nervous erethism at the change of life; also of young widows and childless women. Ovaries painful, with pains radiating to sacrum and thighs. Menses; irregular, too soon, too late or last one day only. Pain in stomach and spasmodic contraction in chest before menses. Menses scanty, with dyspnoea. Infants die early after delivery. Leucorrhoea; profuse, with erosion of cervix.

Respiratory organs

      Chronic laryngitis of singers, raising voice causes cough, high notes cause cough. Rawness, soreness, high up in trachea worse coughing. Crowd, in a room takes away his breath. Desire to take deep breath which worse dyspnoea. Dyspnoea, nervous or flatulent, worse gastric pain. Cough; worse laughing, stooping, smoking, ascending stairs before menses. Chest feels as if a bar were around it. As if weight of stone in middle of the sternum. Craves fresh air. Loss of voice. Pain in the chest on putting boots. Asthma; worse in summer, in cold weather or taking cold.


      Palpitation; with nausea, worse lying on right side, riding in car; better pressing by hand. Unpleasant sensation of fullness about the heart better fresh open air. Pulse irregular intermittent. Anxiety, with palpitation and throbbing throughout the whole body.

Neck and Back

      Pain in the small of the back worse rising from sitting better standing or walking. Glands of the neck indurated. Throbbing in spine or weak spine.


      Trembling of hands, cannot write. Numbness of finger tips; ring and little fingers. Fingers half clenched, cannot be separated. Lassitude and weariness of forearm and legs, with trembling. Weakness, rigidity or twisting in calves. Paralysis, with mental and abdominal symptoms. Cannot walk with eyes closed. Walks and stands unsteadily worse when unobserved. As if a weight hanging to coccyx. Chorea like convulsions; legs drawn up, arms jerked outwards and upwards. Peripheral neuralgias. Oedema of legs. Legs feel as if made of wood or padded. Paraplegia, after debilitating causes.


      Horrible dreams of snakes and sexual gratification.


      Chilly when uncovered, yet smothers when covered. Chill with nausea.


      Brown, tense and hard. Ulcers; angry, deep, with hard edges. Warty granulations. Adherent crusts.


      Lyc; Pulsatilla


      Calc; Nat-m; Puls; Sepia

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'.