Homeopathic remedy Ambra drug symptoms and indications from Condensed Materia Medica by Constantine Hering, published in 1877….

      Ambergris. Introduced by Hahnemann.


      Memory impaired.

Comprehension slow, has to read everything three or four times, and then does not understand it.

Is not able to reflect upon anything properly; feels stupid.

Confusion of the head.

Difficult thinking in the morning. Old people.

Distorted images, grimaces, diabolical faces crowd upon his fancy.

She is excited, loquacious; talking fatigues her; was unable to sleep at night.

Melancholy; great sadness; despair; melancholy following excessive mental excitation.

Fears of becoming crazy.

Anguish and sweat all over, at night.


      Had to lie down on account of vertigo and feeling of weakness in the stomach.

Music causes the blood to rush to the head.

Inner Head

      Pressure in forehead, with fear of becoming crazy.

Tearing: in forehead; in left temple up to the vertex; in right frontal eminence and behind the left ear.

Extremely painful tearing on top of head and apparently in whole upper half of brain, with paleness of face and coldness of left hand.

Pressive-drawing ascending from nape of neck, and extending through head towards forehead, considerable oppression remaining in lower part of occiput.

Dulness in the occiput.

Tearing pains predominate in the head.

Outer Head

      Falling off of the hair.

On the right side of the head, there is a spot, where the hair when touched pains, as if sore.


      Dulness of vision, like looking through a mist.

Pressure and smarting in eyes as from dust; lachrymation.

Pressure on eyes, which are difficult to open, and pain in them as if they had been closed too firmly, particularly in the morning.

Itching on the eyelid as if a stye were forming.


      Roaring and whistling in the ears, in the afternoon.

Crackling in left ear (like the sound made when winding a watch).

Hearing decreases; with cold sensation of abdomen.

Violent tearing pain in and behind right auricle.

Tearing in the right ear.

Crawling; itching and tickling in the ears.

Music aggravates cough.

Listening to music brings on congestion to head.


      Nosebleed, particularly in the morning.

Dried blood collects in the nose.

Nose stuffed up, paining as if sore, internally.

Long continued dryness of nose, frequent irritation, as from sneezing.


      Flushes of heat in the face.

Tearing in upper part of face, particularly near right ala- nasi.

Pimples, and itching in the whiskers.

Painful swelling of cheek on upper jaw, with throbbing in gums.

Jaundiced color of face.

Lower Face

      Lips hot.

Lips numb and dry in the morning on waking.


      Drawing pain now in one and again in another tooth; increased by warmth, momentarily removed by cold; not aggravated by chewing and passes off after a meal; at the same time the inner portion of the gums was swollen.

Bleeding of the gums.

Tongue etc.

      Bitter taste in mouth in morning on awaking.

Sore taste after drinking milk. Folds pain as if sore under the tongue, like small growths.



      Fetor of the mouth, worse mornings.


Blisters in the mouth, pain as if burnt.

Smarting and cracked painful condition of the mouth.


      Tearing pain in palate, extending into left ear.

Dryness of the throat in the morning.

Sore feeling in the throat during empty deglutition, and from outward pressure, not when swallowing food, with tension of the glands of the throat as if swollen.

Sore throat after exposure to a draught of air; stitching from the throat into the right ear, and pains particularly from motion of the tongue.

Desires Aversions


Eating and Drinking

      Aggravation from warm drinks, especially from warm milk. Better after eating :.

Nausea and Vomiting

      Eructations either empty, sour or bitter.

Heartburn : with abortive eructations; when walking in the open air; from drinking milk.

Every evening, sensation as of spoiled stomach and acrid risings up to the larynx.

Nausea after breakfast.


      Pressure and burning under the scrobiculum; belching removes


Pressure in the stomach and hypochondria.

Tension and pressure, or stitches and pressure in the stomach.


      Pressing pain in a small spot in the upper right side of of the abdomen, though not felt to touch.

Tearing pain in the region of the spleen.


      Distended abdomen; accumulation of much flatus, which subsides without being passed.

Sensation of coldness in the abdomen.

Coldness of one side of the abdomen.

Colic, sometimes followed by diarrhoea.

Stool etc.

      First copious, soft, light brown stools, after few days, constipation.

Stool not hard, though large.

Frequent ineffectual desire for stool, this makes her very anxious, at this time the presence of other persons becomes unbearable.

Large flow of blood with the stool.

Itching in the anus; stitches.


      Frequent micturition at night.

Urine when emitted is clouded, yellowish-brown, and deposits a brownish sediment, after which urine looks clear and yellow.

Sour-smelling urine. Whooping cough.

Urinates three times as much as the drink taken, especially in morning; followed by a dull pain in region of kidneys.

Sensation as if a few drops passed through the urethra.

Male Sexual Organs

      Internal, strong, voluptuous sensation in the genital organs; nocturnal pollutions.

Itching pimple over the male genitals.

Female Sexual Organs

      Stitches in ovarian region, when drawing in the abdomen or pressing upon it.

Discharge of blood between periods, at every little accident, as after every hard stool or after a walk a little longer than usual.

During the menses, the left leg becomes quite blue from distended varices, with pressive pain in the leg.

Thick, mucous leucorrhoea, increased from day to day, or leucorrhoea, at night, of bluish-white mucus; preceding each discharge, a stitch in the vagina.

Lying down aggravates the uterine symptoms.

Severe itching on the pudenda, must rub the parts.

Soreness and itching, with swelling of the labia.


      Tickling in the throat exciting cough.

Hoarseness and roughness of the voice, with accumulation of thick, tough mucus, easily thrown of by coughing.

Itching, scraping and soreness in the larynx and trachea.

Reading aloud or talking aggravates the cough.


      Tightness of the chest, cannot take a deep breath or yawn fully.

Oppression felt in the chest and between the scapulae.

Feeling of pressure in chest, worse during exhalation.

Asthma of old people and of children.


      Paroxysms of cough coming from deep in the chest, excited by violent tickling in the throat, evening without morning with expectoration generally of greyish-white, seldom of yellow mucus, of salty or sour taste, and often in large quantities.

Violent spasmodic cough, with frequent eructations and hoarseness.

Lifting a heavy weight aggravates the cough.


      Sensation of pressure deep in right chest; also in left chest or in upper part of chest.

Sensation of rawness in the chest.

Itching in the chest and thyroid gland.

Heart Pulse

      Anxiety at the heart, causing oppression of breathing, with flushes of heat.

Palpitation when walking in open air, with paleness of face.

Violent palpitation with pressure in chest, as if a lump lain there, or as if chest was stuffed up.

Pulse accelerated with ebullitions.

Outer Chest

      Burning on the chest.

Neck Back

      Pressive drawing pain in nape of neck.

Tearing in the left, or in both shoulders.

Rheumatic pains in the right side of the back.

Painful tension in the lumbar muscles.

Upper Limbs

      Tearing in the left shoulder-joint.

Drawing, and as if sprained and lame in the shoulder.

Arms ” go to sleep ” during day when at rest, as well as during night; numbness of left arm; tingling in thumb.

Tearing pains in the shoulder, elbow, forearm and hand.

Weakness of the fingers at night.

Long-lasting icy-coldness of the hands.

Stinging in the hands and fingers, like from insects.

Drawing in the fingers and thumb.

Itching in the palms of hands.

Cramp in hands sometimes when taking hold of any thing.

Tips of the fingers are shrivelled.

Tearing, lancinating or itching, in tips of fingers and thumbs.

Lower Limbs

      Tearing pain, first in left, then in right hip joint.

Sensation of contraction in (right) thigh, the limb seems to be shortened.

Tearing in nates, hip, knee, leg, ankle and foot.

Heaviness of the legs.

Sensation as if “gone to sleep” in both legs; has no firm step.

Cramp in the legs and in the calves nearly every night.

Cold feet.

Gouty pain in ball of great toes.

Itching on inner border of sole of the right foot, not relieved by scratching.

Limbs in General

      Tearing or rheumatic pains, in parts of all the limbs.

Uncommon twitching in all the limbs and coldness of the body, at night.

Uneasiness like a crawling, with anxiety, only by day.

Weariness, with painful soreness of all the limbs.

Position etc.

      Lying down : Must lie down : In bed, early in morning, weakness. Exercise : Walking : walking in open air Motion of tongue. Desire to bend and stretch limbs. Lifting heavy weights,.


      Spasms and twitches in the muscular parts; after in nervous affections.

Arms and limbs ” go to sleep ” easily.

Great lassitude.

Hemiplegia, left side.

Weakness : of the whole body; of the knees, as if they would give way; of the feet, with loss of sensation; in the stomach, so that the she must lie down.


      Cannot sleep at night, yet knows not why.

Restless sleep, with anxious dreams.

Vexatious, anxious dreams and talking in sleep.


      Morning : Forenoon : Afternoon : Evening : Night : After midnight : Day :. Day and night : Every quarter hour :.

Temperature and Weather

      Warmth : Cold : Open air : Draught of air :. Worse during the spring.

Chill Fever Sweat

      Chill in the forenoon, with lassitude and sleepiness, relieved

by eating.

Chill of single parts of the body, with heat of the face.

Anxious flushes of heat returning every quarter hour, most violent towards evening.

Profuse sweat at night worse after midnight and most on the affected side.

Profuse sweat, particularly on the abdomen and thighs, during exercise.


      Cough in spasmodic paroxysms.


      Right L Left : Left to right BAck to front :.


      Tearing in muscles and joints, often on one side.

Softening of the brain.


Contact Injuries etc.

      Soreness of parts after rubbing.

Touch : Chewing :. Scratching : Pressure :,.


      Burning in the skin.

The tips of fingers become wrinkled.

Soreness of a wart on the finger.

Itch-eruption is reproduced by it (Ambra).

Numbness of the skin.

Burning herpes.

Stages and States

      In old age, Asthma. Colds.

The so called bilious or nervous-bilious temperament.


      Similar to Arsen. (cardiac asthma); Actea rac. (night cough); Castor; Asaf (Women who are nervous and fail to re-act); Coca (embarrassed, bashful) Coffea; Cinchon; Ignat.

Kali brom (increase of reflex action); Moschus (hysteric asthma); Nux vomica (both suit nervous, thin, bilious persons); Opium; Phosphor. (asthma; nervous excitability; “irritable weakness”; slender build, etc.); Phosph. ac.; Pulsat.; Sepia.; Staphis.; Sulphur; Acid Sulphuricum (cough and belching). Valer. (nervousness, hysteria; lack of reaction in nervous weakness); Laches. and Sepia (worse form overlifting); Laches., ver. alb. (cough with belching; coldness, etc.).

Antidotes to Ambra : Camphor, Coffea, Nux vomica, Pulsat, Staphis.

Ambra antidotes : Staphis. (especially the voluptuous itching of scrotum); Nux vomica

C. Hering
Hering got the degree of M. D. from the University of Wuezburg with highest honours. The theme of his thesis was "De'Medicina Futura" (The medicine of future). Hering left Germany for West Indies and finally arrived at Philadelphia in Jan, 1833. He established a homeopathic school at Allentown, Pennsylvania, commonly known as "Allentown Academy". Soon he became very popular as a physician. He is known as the 'Father of Homeopathy' in America.