ARGENTUM NITRICUM


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


      Nitrate of Silver. J.O. MUELLER Ag NO..

Mind

      Loss of consciousness; faint feeling.

Loses his memory; frequently cannot find the right word, hence falters in speech; lies with closed eyes, shunning light and conversation.

Imbecility.

Time seems to pass very slowly.

Dullness of the head, mental confusion; dizziness, tendency to fall sideways.

Thinks about killing himself.

Impulsive, must walk fast; frequent attacks of anxiety.

Indifference to occupation, loses all inclination for work; believes that all his undertaking will fail.

Reserved; sad; taciturn, with dullness of the head and beating in the whole body.

Feeling as if a cloud hung over him, with great depression; usually with sighing respiration, worse in a close room.

Easily frightened; fears the disease may result seriously; weeping mood.

Easily angered; from it cough and stitches in the chest.

Thinking intently increases headache and causes dimness of vision.

Noticing beating of heart, increases it.

Apprehension when ready to go to church or opera, bringing on diarrhoea.

Sensorium

      Vertigo: when walking with eyes closed, with eyes closed, which alarms him; staggers when walking in the dark. has to seize hold of things; buzzing in ears; general debility of the limbs and trembling; vertigo and complete but transient blindness; epilepsy.

Drowsy,. dilated pupils; green stools. Hydrocephaloid.

Inner Head

      Congestion of blood to head and face.

Rush of blood, throbbing carotids, head seems too large; relieved by tight bandage.

Boring in left frontal eminence, worse at night in warm bed.

Pressing pains sometimes on vertex, sometimes left frontal bone, relieved by pressure or by tight bandaging; worse from any exhaustive mental labor; letters would then run together.

Violent pressure in the forehead commencing over the eyes, spreading upwards to coronal suture; in morning.

Hemicrania: pressive, screwing; throbbing pain in one frontal protuberance, temple or into the bones of the face. At its height, trembling of the whole body, intense nausea, which ends in watery,. bilious vomit; lies senseless, eyes closed, shuns light and conversation.

Digging pains in right hemisphere of the brain.

Digging, cutting motion through left hemisphere, from occiput to frontal protuberance, recurs frequently, increases and decreases rapidly.

Outer Head

      Almost constant boring, cutting in bones of forehead, vertex, temples and face.

Head feels much enlarged.

Itching, creeping, crawling, as from vermin; roots of hair feel as if pull upwards; she had to stretch all the time.

Herpetic eruption on the occiput.

Burning in the scalp, which feels as if drawn right; cold feeling in eyes.

Eyes

      Far-sighted.

Grey spots and serpent-like bodies moved before him.

Letters become blurred; run together.

Photophobia, eyes filled with mucus.

Photophobia and weak sight, preventing his writing.

Vanishing of sight, he must constantly wipe away mucus.

Paralysis of accommodation from errors of refraction, glasses failing.

Eyes red, shuns light, after straining them while sewing; worse in the warm room, better in the open air.

Conjunctiva towards inner canthus is red and swollen, like pterygium.

Canthi as red as blood, the caruncula swollen, standing out like a lump of red flesh; clusters of intensely red vessels, extend from inner canthus to the cornea.

Cornea opaque; ulceration of the cornea in new born infants; profuse purulent discharge from the lids.

Conjunctiva of ball and lids intensely congested; bright red granulations on lids; lids swollen, thick pus discharges.

OEdema of the lids and sensation of fulness, dryness and heat, especially on moving the ball, which is sensitive to touch; chemosis; non-excoriating lachrymation.

Lids crusty, swollen, thick; with pannus.

Ciliary blepharitis from being over a fire; better from cold

air and cold applications. Ectropion.

Ears

      Dull hearing; complete deafness in typhus.

Ringing in the ears; whizzing and feeling of obstruction, with hard hearing in left ear.

Stitches from right into left ear, with congestion to head.

Fulness and ringing in the ears. Meningitis.

Tearing in the ears.

Nose

      Sense of smell blunted.

Smell as of pus before the nose; small ulcers in the nares.

Discharge of whitish pus, with clots of blood.

Coryza, with stupefying headache over the eyes, has to lie down; sneezing, chilliness, lachrymation, sickly look.

Violent itching of the nose.

Face

      Face sunken, pale, bluish; leaden colored; old looking, ashen; yellow, dirty looking.

Circumscribed red cheeks.

Left side swollen, with great heat and burning; lips much swollen.

During attack of prosopalgia, sour taste.

Infraorbital neuralgia, left side.

Lower Face

      Hard, pale blotches on the vermilion border of the upper lip, sore to the touch.

Lips: trembled when he spoke; lips and finger nails blue.

Teeth Teeth; Sensitive to cold water; black; Gums tender, bleed easily; neither painful nor swollen.

Teeth

      Teeth; sensitive to cold water; black; Gums tender, bleed easily; neither painful nor swollen.

Tongue.

      etc.

Taste: sweetish-bitter; sour; metallic, astringent; inky; lost.

Cannot talk; spasms of the muscles of tongue and throat.

Tongue coated white.

Tip of the tongue red, painful (see ); papillae erect, prominent.

Tongue dry; hard as a chip, and black like the teeth.

Red streak down middle of tongue.

Mouth

      Fetor from the mouth; morning.

Ptyalism.

Inner mouth covered with a whitish-grey coat.

Throat

      Uvula and fauces dark red.

Thick tenacious mucus in the throat, obliging him to hawk, causing slight hoarseness.

Rawness, soreness; scraping in the throat.

Sensation as if a splinter were lodged in the throat, when swallowing, breathing or moving the neck.

Wart like excrescences feel like pointed bodies when swallowing.

Swallowing difficult.

Burning and dryness in fauces and pharynx.

Paroxysms of cramp in the oesophagus.

Desires Aversions

      Irresistible desires for sugar.

Loss of appetite; much thirst, or no thirst.

Desires for strong cheese.

Eating and Drinking

      Eating: or a swallow of wine, relieves the head; coffee aggravates.

Sour things lessen nausea.

Warm fluids relieve, cold aggravate the pain in stomach after drinking, dyspnoea.

Nausea after each meal, mostly after dinner, or after supper.

fluids go “right through him.”.

Nausea and Vomiting

      Belching after every meal; stomach as if it would burst with wind; belching difficult, finally air rushes out with great violence.

Tasteless, or sour eructations.

Deathly nausea with headache, not abating after vomiting.

The Vomited substances tinge the bedding black. Yellow fever.

Awakens at midnight, with oppression at stomach as from a heavy lump inducing vomiting; in the morning throws up a glairy mucus which can be drawn into strings; during the afternoon desire to vomit, tremulous weakness.

Stomach

      Small spot between the xiphoid and navel, sensitive to the slightest pressure; pain radiate in all directions; increases and decreases gradually; Gastrodynia.

Regularly towards midnight, attacks of pain preceded by vomiting of slimy and bilious fluid.

Constant drawing and gnawing, increasing daily to violent attacks, ending in vomiting of clear, saltish water.

After ice cream, gastralgia, pain radiating in all directions, worse after food.

Stitches in the stomach, and short breathing.

Trembling; weakness at pit of stomach.

Fulness of the stomach; painful swelling at the pit, with great anxiety. Flatulent dyspepsia.

Stinging, ulcerative pain in the left side of stomach, worse from touch and deep inspiration.

Gastric catarrh after a long “spree,” tip of tongue red. See.

Ulceration of stomach, worse from cold food; mucous stools.

Hypochondria

      Region of the liver sensitive to pressure; periodical attacks of pain about liver and navel, with nausea, retching and vomiting of tough phlegm.

Tension as from a bend around the hypochondria.

Spasms of the diaphragm.

Abdomen

      Fullness and heaviness of the abdomen, with anxiety, impending respiration; after supper.

Rumbling, gurgling; wind cannot pass.

Tension of abdomen, cannot bear to be touched. See. Constriction in the bowels, as if tightly tied with a band.

Stitches hard through the abdomen like electric shocks, especially when suddenly changing from rest to motion.

Bearing down in the hypogastrium.

Hemorrhoidal colic mornings, during cold, misty weather.

Stool etc.

      Stools; of green, fetid mucus, with noisy flatus at night; green, brown, bloody, fetid mucus worse after midnight; watery, greenish bloody, with tenesmus; green, watery with sour yellow thin, fetid, after weaning; before stool fermentation.

Green stool; sopor, large pupils Croupous inflammation of the rectum thin unshapely strips pass in masses, with burning, constriction and sore pain in left side of abdomen.

masses of epithelium connected by muco-lymph looking red or green and shreddy, with severe bearing down in hypogastrium; advanced dysentery, with suspected ulceration.

Looseness after exalted imagination; chronic diarrhoea after mental shock.

Stool and urine passed involuntarily.

Diarrhoea as soon as he drinks.

Child is very fond of sugar, but diarrhoea results from eating

it.

Constipation aggravates every complaint; alternates with diarrhoea; stool very dry. Epilepsy.

Taenia or thread worms; the latter, especially with much itching at the anus.

Urine

      Acute pain about the kidneys, extending down the ureters to bladder; worse from the slightest touch or motion even deep inspiration.

Ulcerative pain in middle of urethra as from a splinter.

Urine dark red, no albumen; deposits red crystals of uric aid.

Urine passed unconsciously and uninterruptedly.

Incontinence of urine at night; also by day.

Urging to urinate; urine passes less easily and freely.

Urine burns while passing urethra feels as if swollen with feeling as if the last drops remained behind; profuse purulent urethral discharge.

Stream of urine spreads asunder.

Bleeding of urethra; painful erections.

Male Sexual Organs

      Impotence; erection, but they fail when coition is attempted.

Want of desire organs shriveled.

Coition painful; urethra as if put on the stretch or sensitive at this orifice.

Ulcers on the prepuce small, covered with pus; later spreading, bowl-shaped with a tallow-like coating.

Contusive pain, with enlargement and hardness of right testicle.

Female Sexual Organs

      Bleeding ulcers, the hemorrhages of short duration.

Dreams of sexual gratification.

Coition painful, followed by bleeding from the vagina.

Prolapsus with ulceration of os or cervix uteri.

Menses: too early profuse, long-lasting; with head-ache, cutting in small of back and groin: at night tormenting pressure in praecordia; internal trembling in epigastrium; irregular, too soon or too late, too copious or too scanty, but always with thick, coagulated blood.

Metrorrhagia, with nervous erethism at change of life; also young widows and those who have borne no children; returns in attack; region of ovaries painful, with pains radiating to sacrum and thighs.

Leucorrhoea copious yellow corroding.

Pregnancy

      Disposed to abortion.

During pregnancy stomach as if it would burst with wind; head feels expanded.

Nipples sore from nursing.

Puerperal convulsions; spasms preceded by a sensation of general expansion mostly of face and head.

Sometimes just after an attack she lies quiet, but before another she become very restless.

Suckling infants die early; marasmus.

Larynx

      Internal soreness of the larynx and pit of the throat; worse in the morning.

Hoarse voice.

Phlegm in the larynx causing rattling whistling breathing until removed in small lumps by cough.

Rawness soreness high up in trachea, when coughing Chronic laryngitis of singers raising voice cause cough.

Breathing

      Many people in room seem to take away his breath.

Motion going to stairs or bodily exertion causes asthmatic attacks face congested palpitation.

Short breathed with deep sighs much oppression; violent attacks of dry, spasmodic asthma, forcing him to rise and walk about.

Inclined to take a deep breath, but the effort causes asthma.

Upper abdominal walls are drawn in during inspiration: expand during expiration; the effort to breathe deeply takes away the breath at once. Paralysis of diaphragm.

Spasms of the respiratory muscles in cholera; great constriction and stitches in the epigastrium: cannot talk; drinking suffocates; even a handkerchief before the nose impedes breathing; agony, thinks of killing himself.

Cough

      Cough evenings; tobacco smoke becomes intolerable.

Irritating cough, tormenting evening and night.

Suffocative cough at noon.

Paroxysms of cough are brought on by; phlegm in larynx; irritation under the sternum; by a fit of passion; laughing; stooping; smoking; ascending stairs.

Expectoration purulent, mixed with light blood.

Catarrh at first dry, later loose, with rattling cough, profuse seat, sickly look, yellow eyes, restless sleep : expectoration yellow.

Belching or straining to vomit, during the attack of cough.

Inner Chest

      Stitching pain in region of fifth rib, left side, with frequent blood spitting.

Bursting pain after going up stairs; has to press with both hands.

Aching, tensive pain in the chest in various places of the size of a half dollar.

Heart, Pulse

      Palpitation of the heart : with nausea; with asthma; violent, from the slightest mental emotion or sudden muscular exertion.

Heart’s action irregular, intermittent, with an unpleasant sensation of fulness; exertion causes strong beating, worse when noticing it.

Constant anxious feeling in region of heart; burning feeling.

Pains about the heart, can hardly breathe; choking.

Outer Chest

      Violent pain in the muscles of the chest.

Neck Back

      Indurated glands on the neck, with suspicion of former syphilis.

Acute pains in the dorsal region after a fall.

Pain in the small of the back, relieved when standing or walking; but severe when rising from a seat.

Pain in back and lower ribs during pregnancy.

Weakness in sacro-iliac symphysis as if bones were loose.

Sense of weight in lower part of sacrum and os coccygis, better standing; worse sitting and with stool.

Upper Limbs

      Paralytic drawing pain in right arm.

Heaviness of the left arm.

Pimple on hand near wrist, feels as if a splinter was in it.

Spasmodic contraction of the abductors of the fingers, can hardly separate them; fingers half clenched.

Hands tremble, cannot write.

Nails blue.

Numbness of finger tips; left ring and little fingers insensible.

Lower Limbs

      Lassitude of lower limbs with dizziness as from intoxication.

Debility and weakness of lower limbs the whole afternoon : with sick feeling and dread of work.

Numbness of the lower extremities, with coldness.

Limbs, especially his knees, start up at night, awakening him.

Calves weary, as after a long journey.

Pains in calves torment him all night.

OEdema of the feet.

Limbs in General

      Lassitude, weariness of forearms, legs.

Trembling. Paralysis.

Rheumatic tendency in right arm and thigh. Asthma. During day, tormented with formication of arms and legs.

Chorea like convulsive motion of limbs; legs drawn up; arms jerked outward and upward.

Position etc.

      Motion : Moving neck :. Walking : Walks fast : Going up stairs : Exertion : Lying : Sitting : Stooping : Rising : Standing : Changing from rest to motion :.

Nerves

      Epilepsy from fright, during menstruation; at night; pupils always dilated for a day or two before; also vertiginous epilepsy, loss of vision.

Hysteria, with complete but transient blindness.

Convulsions preceded by great restlessness.

Chorea, with tearing in legs.

Locomotor ataxia, lightning-like plains; vertigo gastric symptoms (q.v.) Creeping, jerking in various parts, more in paralyzed parts.

Periodical trembling of the body.

Voluntary motion impossible; left side indescribably weak.

Paraplegia from debilitating causes.

Traumatic paraplegia, also when from compression as in Pott’s disease.

So weak, must lie down; then becomes apathetic, with yawning; cold shuddering.

Walks and stands unsteadily, after hard mental labor; especially when he thinks himself unobserved,.

Sleep

      Yawning and chilliness; soporous condition.

Is prevented from falling asleep by fancies and images hovering before his imagination.

After long, wearisome, fatiguing night-watching.

Much excited at night; murmured constantly; nothing but shaking would arouse him; scarcely are his eyes open before he again closes them.

Sees departed friends, the dead, ghosts at night; dreams of putrid water, of serpents, which fill him with horror.

In the morning, dreams he is hungry; this awakens him, and he finds he has a violent spasm of the stomach, with hunger, nausea, flatulence.

Time

      Day : Morning : Noon : Afternoon : Evening : Night : Midnight : After midnight :.

Temperature and Weather

      Coming in room from open air : Warmth : Working over the fire : Open air : cold : Cold, damp weather :.

Chill Fever Sweat

      Chilliness, with nausea; chilly with many complaints.

Chilly, with cold hands and feet.

Constant chilliness up back and over shoulders; worse after meals; worse coming into room from the open air.

Skin dry, but not very hot.

Temperature sunken.

Intermittent fever, with pulmonary hemorrhage; generally no thirst.

Profuse sweat; it stands out on the face in beads; stitches in the side, cough during the attack.

Morning sweat.

Sweat and chilliness, soon as he gets warm in bed.

Attacks

      Increasing quickly and decreasing quickly, or gradually increasing and decreasing.

Pains in skill sometimes remit, and are followed by more violent hemicrania.

Asthmatic attacks at night with rapid pulse.

Moral and nervous disturbances come on in quite regular paroxysms.

Sides

      Right: Left: Behind upwards: Right to left: Above downwards: Outward and upward:. Pains radiate:.

Sensations

      Sensation of expansion head face, etc.

Want of feeling; numbness in external parts.

Dreadful soreness in the flesh and limbs.

Like a splinter in various parts.

Tissues

      Emaciation, most marked in legs; withered look.

OEdema of legs; ascites; affection of the liver.

Muscles rigid.

Sallowness rather than pallor: Shortness of breath: gastric ulcer; chlorosis.

Bone affection; especially caries of little bones.

Defective oxidation destruction of red corpuscles, lessened temperature.

Septic form of scarlet fever.

Contact Injuries etc.

      Touch: Pressure: bandage: Must wipe the eyes: Scratching: AFter a fall:.

Skin

      Skin from a blue-grey violent or bronze color to real black, skin brown tense, hard.

Itching smarting, mostly of thighs and axillae, when warm at night.

bluish-black eruption. Scarlet fever.

Erysipelatous bed-sores, left shoulder, sacrum or both hips centre covered with dry, bloody incrustations; black hard on sacrum. Typhus.

pustulous ecthyma.

Water-shaped excrescences on the skin.

Stages and States

      Melancholy; congestion to head and chest; nosebleed. Change of life; itching skin flushes.

Relationship

      Antidotes to Arg -nitr: Natr – mur., (chemical and dynamic),, Arsen. and milk.

Arg nitr, antidotes Amm caust.

Boys’ complaints, after tobacco.

According to Boenninghausen, as antidotes to Arg -nitr and also Nitr – ac, are prominent, pulsat, Calcar, Sepia, and next these three. Lycop., Mercur., Silicea, Rhus – tox, Phosphor, and Sulphur.

Coffea cruda, increase nervous headache.

After Arg-nitr had failed in flatulent indigestion, Lycop cured.

It has been given with success; after Bryon, and spigel, in dyspepsia; after Spongia, was given for a goiter, and myopia followed: after Veratr, and wind passing upwards in great inducing faintness.

Similar to; Aurum; Cuprum; kali bichro; Laches; Mercury; Mercurius corr.; Mercurius iod; Natr. mur.; Nitr. ac.

The main difference between the metal and the Nitrite, is, that the latter acts more on mucous membranes the skin, and especially on the bones and periosteum and must be beneficial to herpetic patients, and the former acts especially on the cartilages.

Complaints from pressure of clothes also in Calcar, Bryon, Caustic, Lycop, Sarsap, and Stannum.

Argentum oxidum may be substituted when in chlorosis there are menorrhagia and tendency to diarrhoea. In is also applicable for metrorrhagia with uterine fibroid.

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.