Argentum Nitricum

Argentum Nitricum signs and symptoms of the homeopathy medicine from the Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by J.H. Clarke. Find out for which conditions and symptoms Argentum Nitricum is used…

      Nitrate of Silver. Lunar Caustic. Ag. NO3. Trituration and solution.


*Acidity. *Addison’s disease. *Anaemia. Chancre. *Dyspepsia. Epilepsy. *Eructations. Erysipelas. *Eyes, *affections of. *Flatulence. *Gastric ulcer. Gonorrhoea. *Hands, *swelling of. Headache. *Heartburn. Impetigo. *Locomotor *ataxy. *Neuralgia. Ophthalmia neonatorum. *Paralysis. *Prostate, *enlargement of. Scarlatina. Small-pox. *Spinal *irritation. Syphilis. *Taste, *altered. *Throat, *affections of. *Tongue *ulcerated. Warts. Zona.


It was the use of *Argentum nitricum. in olden times in the treatment of epilepsy which led to the production of the lamentable cases of lead-coloured pigmentation of the skin called Argyria. homoeopathic experience has proved the applicability of the drug to many cases of epilepsy and the needlessness of employing a dosage that entails any risk whatever. The cases of epilepsy calling for this drug are those caused by fright, or occurring at the menstrual period. For days or hours before the attack the pupils are dilated, and after the attack the patient is very restless and has trembling of the hands.

Among the leading symptoms of *Arg-n. are: Great tremor. Nervous feeling, sensation as if being squeezed in a vice. Feeling of constriction in various parts as of a band of iron around chest or waist. A feeling as if the body or some part of the body were expanding. Migraine, with feeling as if head were enormously enlarged, better tightly bound. Defective coordination. Paralyses of motion and sensation, a peculiar numbness accompanied with hyperesthesia. Sensation of a splinter sticking in various parts. Burning sensations. Gowers has recorded a case in which the use of *Arg-n. for stomach trouble caused (like lead), drop-wrist, gout, and albuminuria. In allopathic practice the dyspepsia for which it is given is worse before food, when the stomach is empty. The opposite condition is the leading indication in homoeopathic practice. ***E. P. Brewer (*Hahn. *Monthly, July, 1883) has recorded a proving, (the prover, a young man, taking on three consecutive days one grain a day of *Arg-n. triturated with sugar of milk), in which a number of motor and sensory symptoms were elicited, reminding Dr. Brewer of locomotor ataxy, in which it has been used with success by old-school practitioners. This use also has led to many cases of argyria. Among the symptoms of this proving were: “Mental operations sluggish, continued thought required special effort, but exertion of mind did not aggravate the heaviness and fullness of head. Lower extremities (loins, sacrum, and particularly gastrocnemii) fatigued, as if they would suddenly fail him. Loss of ambition. Building air castles by day: monstrous dreams by night.” Another peculiar symptom was: chilly down the back beginning close to occiput extending to extreme tip of coccyx at noon every day, better by warmth, at 5 p-m. chills subsided, no sweat, but profound sleepiness, without sleep but enchanted with vivid imagination: burning heat followed. There was burning in one, spot in front of rectum, probably in prostate gland. Micturition more frequent, burning in urethra. The headache was better by *Actea r. In a proving by myself one of the most marked symptoms was a kind of numb sensitiveness of the skin of the arms _ a hyperesthetic-anesthetic state, increased sensitiveness to contact, but diminished power of distinguishing sensations. Other symptoms were sore throat with white patches, rheumatic pains in (left) wrist (which I have since confirmed), and finger joints, with external tenderness of bony prominences, pain on rising in right sacroiliac notch. Soreness of muscles of neck and back. Urticarious spots in various parts. In poisoning cases complete loss of consciousness, insensibility, and convulsions have occurred. Some of the notable digestive symptoms are: “Irresistible desire for sugar.” “Fluids go right through him.” Belching accompanies most gastric affections. Green stools are remarkable. “Green mucus like chopped spinach in flakes.” “Stool turning green after remaining on diaper.” “Stool expelled with much spluttering.” “Stool shreddy, red, green muco-lymph or epithelial substance.” There is a pain in the small of the back, better on standing or walking, but severe when rising from a seat. (*Sulph., *Causticum) *Arg-n. has irresistible desire for sugar, which at the same time worse. Kent relates a case illustrating this. A nursing infant had a grass-green diarrhoea which failed to yield to *Mercurius, *Arsenicum, and *Chamomilla At last Kent discovered that the mother ate a pound of candy a day. *Argentum nitricum was given and the candy stopped and the child soon got well. Intestinal catarrh with shreddy membranous discharges is often cured by Arg-n.

John Henry Clarke
John Henry Clarke MD (1853 – November 24, 1931 was a prominent English classical homeopath. Dr. Clarke was a busy practitioner. As a physician he not only had his own clinic in Piccadilly, London, but he also was a consultant at the London Homeopathic Hospital and researched into new remedies — nosodes. For many years, he was the editor of The Homeopathic World. He wrote many books, his best known were Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica and Repertory of Materia Medica