Zincum Metallicum

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


      This remedy corresponds to the poisoning of NERVES and BRAIN. BRAIN AND NERVES ARE FAGGED; tissues are worn out faster than they can be repaired; causing depression and enervation. Cannot throw things off, cannot develop exanthemata or discharges. Period of depression in disease. Marked anaemia; increasing weakness; worse eating; with restlessness. Poisoning by suppressed discharges and eruptions. Isolated effects; formication. One part numb another sensitive, one part hot, other part cold. Pain in spots; between skin and flesh. Trembling; internal. Convulsive twitching or jerking worse at night, during sleep, spasms; from spinal injuries. Fidgety feet and other automatic motions of mouth, arms and hands. Feels numb, all over, on lying down. Neuralgia after shingles better touch. Transverse pain; shooting pains. Descending paralysis. Disabling bone pains. Chilblains; blueness of the surface. Bloody discharges. Ill effects of grief; anger; fright; night watching; operations excessive study. Chorea from fright or from suppressed eruptions, worse during sleep, the feet esp. affected. Ill effects of concussion of brain.


      EXHAUSTION; mental or physical. Noise. Touch. Wine. After being heated. Suppressed eruptions; menses; discharges. Sweet things. Milk. After eating.


      Motion. Hard pressure. Warm open air. FREE DISCHARGES; menses etc. Rubbing, scratching. Eating.


      Repeats all questions before answering them. Fears arrest on account of supposed crime. Fretful, peevish; cries if vexed or moved; during sleep (children). Easily, startled; excited or intoxicated. Forgetful. Screams with pain. Averse to conversation; to work. Sensitive to others talking and noise. Stares as if frightened on waking, and rolls head from side to side. Muddled. Brainfag. Weeps when angry. Lethargic. Thinks of death calmly.


      Violent vertigo with stupor. Headache of varying intensity. Pressive pain on vertex; at the root of the nose; extending to eyes; with weak vision worse warmth; better hard pressure; open air. Heavy aching pain in temples worse biting. Dragging down back from occiput; as of a blow on occiput then weak legs. Crashing in head, on falling to sleep. Rolls head; bores in pillows and grinds teeth. Occiput hot, forehead cold. Hair falls from vertex. Hair brittle, bristle, sensitive. Brain paralysis. Vertex bald with soreness of scalp. Headaches, of overtaxed school children; from drinking small quantity of wine. Headache with dim vision worse heat. Meningitis. Hydrocephalus after infantile cholera or diarrhoea.


      Itching and soreness of lids and inner angles. Conjunctivitis worse inner canthi. Feel drawn together. Lachrymation on eating. Pterygium. Rolling of eyes. Squint. Sees luminous bodies or intense burning after operation.


      Frequent acute stitches; in children (boys). Otorrhoea of foetid pus. Itching better boring into it.


      Swollen. Pressure upon the root. Dry, sore.


      Pale; alternating with redness. Bluish; miserable. Lips; sticky, dry, cracked.


      Grinds the teeth. Bleeding gums. Echo speech. Herpes in mouth from sea bathing. Bitter or bloody taste.


      Pain in muscles of throat externally while swallowing. Pain in fauces when yawning. Bitter taste in.


      Ravenous hunger about 11 a.m. Heartburn worse from sugar. Great hastiness when eating, or drinking. Cannot eat fast enough. Loss of appetite with clean tongue. As if a worm crawling up to the throat from the pit of stomach; causing coughing. Sweetish rising into throat with sweet taste. Globus hystericus rising from pit of stomach. Aversion to meat esp. veal; sweets; cooked or warm food. Wine worse. Liquids are vomited immediately after drinking.


      As of a lump in liver region or at Navel. Hypogastric flatulence. Liver enlarged, hard and sore. Reflex symptoms from floating kidneys. Piles drawn down better heat; worse walking. Stools; large, dry, difficult, followed by involuntary urination. Itching at anus during stools. Ulceration of piles. Cholera-like diarrhoea in infants. Nervous diarrhoea. Affections of brain from sudden stoppage of diarrhoea; constipation in new born. Hot, putrid flatus. Neuralgia; of spleen; intercostal. Jerking from groins to penis.


      Violent urging, but urinates only in odd positions; bending backwards, crossing limbs etc. Hysterical retention. Bleeding after urination. Pressive cutting about kidneys. Unable to retain the urine unless the feet are in constant motion. Floating kidney. Involuntary urination when walking, coughing or sneezing. Vicarious bleeding from suppressed menses.


      Easy sexual excitement; emission too rapid or difficult during embrace. Discharge of prostatic fluid without any cause. Grasps the genitals; with cough etc. Falling of pubic hair. Sadness after emission. Swelling of testicles with retraction. Neuralgia of testes worse walking.


      Sexual desire increased. Desire for masturbation; during menses. Nymphomania of lying-in women; from suppressed lochia. Profuse lumpy menses. Menses flow more at night. Itching of vulva during menses; causing masturbation. Varicose veins during pregnancy. Breasts painful, nipples sore. All complaints better during menstrual flow. Pain in ovary (left). Restlessness, sadness, coldness of the body, sensitiveness of the spine and fidgety feet, all these symptoms are found in women’s complaints. Mammae and genitals painful, with suppressed menses.


      Dyspnoea worse flatulence better expectoration. Debilitating spasmodic cough, worse eating sweet things. Constricted chest. Dry cough, before and during menses. Fumbles the genitals while coughing esp. children.


      As if a cap over the heart. Hard heart beat. Irregular spasmodic action of the heart; occasional one violent thump. Violent pulsations during heat.

Neck and Back

      Nape of neck feels weary and tired from writing or any mental exertion. Neck feels lame, then stupor. Burning along whole spine worse sitting. Aching in spine; small of the back worse turning in bed; sitting or in the act of sitting down, and stooping. Spine sensitive, cannot bear it touched. Cutting pain in inter-scapular region better eructations. Dull aching pain about last dorsal or first lumbar vertebrae. Weakness in lumbar region worse standing.


      Pains in limbs on becoming heated. Weakness and trembling of the hands; when writing; during menses. Eczema on hands. Transverse pain esp. in upper limbs. CANNOT KEEP FEET AND LEGS STILL; cramps, when cold. Toes; feel swollen; sore; tips ache. Soles sensitive. Bones of the feet feel broken. Stumbling, spastic gait; totters while walking esp. in the dark and with closed eyes. Painful varicoses; chronic. Lightning-like pain of locomotor ataxia; sweaty feet with sore toes. Formication of feet and legs as of insects crawling over the skin, prevents sleep, better rubbing and pressure. Hysterical contractions, drawing the fingers out of shape. Burning in tibia. Paralysis of feet. Ulcerative pain in heel worse walking. Pain in deltoid worse raising arm.


      Broken, unrefreshing. Loud screaming in sleep without being aware of it. Jerks and starts on falling to sleep. Somnambulism after suppressed emotions.


      Chilliness in the back; as if fever would appear. Hands and legs become cold. Profuse sweat at night. Sweaty feet.


      Itching of thighs and hollow of knees. Eczema; in the anaemic and neurotic; of hands. Varicose veins of legs and genital organs. Formication of feet and legs as from a bug crawling over the skin, preventing sleep.


      Hep; Ign; Kali-p; Lach; Pic-ac.


      Puls; Sep; Sulph.

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'.