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

      Zincum met. Franz. Element.


      Unconscious; signs of effusion into the brain; feet constantly moving; often from undeveloped eruptions.

Weak memory, with stinging pains in the head.

Repeats all questions before answering them.

Stares as if frightened on waking and rolls from side to side.

Sensitive to others talking.

Low-spirited at noon; lively in the evening or vice versa.

Thinks of death calmly; or hypochondriacal, with gastric symptoms; pressure in spine and fear of death.

Children cross toward evening; brain affected.


      Vertigo in occiput, with falling to left when walking; stupefaction and dulness of intellect, especially afternoon and evening.

Inner Head

      Pressure on root of nose, as if it would be pressed into head.

Sharp pressure on a small spot in forehead, evenings.

Hemicrania, worse after dinner; tearing and stinging.

Cramp-like, tearing pain in right and left temple.

Pressure on top of head, worse after dinner; frequent dizziness, then nausea and vomiting of bile; face pale; costive; cerebral depression.

Sore pain in head.

Internal headaches, mostly semilateral, or in sinciput or occiput; worse from wine, in warm room, and after eating.

Headache from drinking even small quantities of wine.

Outer Head

      Sensation of soreness of vertex, as from soreness or ulceration; worse in evening in bed and after eating; better after scratching.

Hair falls out on vertex causing complete baldness, with sensation of soreness of scalp.


      Sensitive to light; brain affected.

Amaurosis; during severe headache; passing away with the headache with contracted pupils.

Eyes dim, watery. Brain affections.

Sees luminous bodies. After operations.

Iritis (syphilitic), worse at night, with hot, scalding tears.

Conjunctivitis, pains worse at night; inflammation more in inner canthus.


Upper lids heavy, as if paralyzed.

Granular lids, after ophthalmia neonatorum.


      Cracking and detonation in ear.

Frequent acute stitches in right ear near tympanum.

Earache of children especially boys.

Otorrhoea of fetid pus.


      Dry; brain affected.

Coryza with hoarseness and burning in chest.

Nose feels sore internally.

Swelling of one side of nose with loss of smell.


      Pale, alternately with redness brain affections; earthy, with wandering expression; waxy, white or yellow in typhus.

Burning jerking stitching in infra-orbital nerve, with bluish eyelids worse from least touch and in evening.

Cold sweat on forehead.

Lower Face

      LIds and corners of mouth cracked, with yellowish ulceration.

Thick viscid humor (fluid) on the lips.


      Herpes (yellowish in mouth from sea bathing).

Drawing or smarting and stinging or roots of (upper) front teeth and in hard palate.

Gums painful while eating, ulcerated, white bleed easily.

Teeth feel long and loose, with swelling of submaxillary glands.

Grits the teeth.

Tongue etc.

      Taste; sweetish; metallic; like spoiled cheese; bloody; bitter in fauces.

Tongue: dry, don’t want to talk; coated at root and dry (brain diseases) swollen on left side; hindering talking; covered with vesicles.


      Increased flow of saliva, with crawling in inner surface of cheek.


      Herpetic-like eruption on tonsils soft palate and root of tongue; whitish somewhat elevated, ulcerated spots in mouth. Sequelae to gonorrhoea.

Pain in posterior part of hard palate and in velum palati, especially when yawning.

Dryness of throat evening; mucus collects from posterior nares; soreness in throat; tearing in posterior fauces, more between acts of empty deglutition or after eating.

Cramps like strangling pain externally in muscles, when swallowing.

Desires Aversions

      Aversion to: meat fish and sweat things: to cooked or warm things.

Thirst with heat in palms.

Insatiable hunger but no appetite for breakfast with hurried deglutition.

Eating and Drinking

      After eating:,,, sweets: after drinking wine:, While eating:.

Worse from; sugar (heart-burn) wine (nearly all symptoms); milk (sour eructations).

Nausea and Vomiting

      Sweetish rising into throat with sweet taste in mouth, or taste of blood.

Eructations, with pressure in middle of spine.

Heart-burn; swollen feet and varicose veins during pregnancy.

Subdued nausea, with universal, tremulous feeling.

Nausea in stomach with retching and vomiting of bitter mucus; renewed by least motion.

As soon as first spoonful reaches stomach up it comes.

Vomiting of blood or of sanguineous mucus, with effort.


      Spasms of stomach and hypochondria, and a constriction in oesophagus, with dyspnoea and increased heat of the body; worse during inspiration.

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.