Argentum Nitricum

Argentum Nitricum homeopathy medicine – drug proving symptoms from Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica by TF Allen, published in 1874. It has contributions from R Hughes, C Hering, C Dunham, and A Lippe….


Silver nitrate, A8. NO3 Preparation: Solution on the crystals in distilled water, for lower dilutions.


Imbecile appearance; he looks at people with a foolish expression of countenance, even while conversing with them on some serious subject; he behaves shyly and sillily, and talks in a childish manner.

On lying down for the purpose of relieving his head, visions and distorted faces hover before his imagination, although his eyes are closed, even in day-light (30th potency, second day).

Apathy, with great debility, and tremulous weakness (1st potency).

Hypochondriac and gloomy mood; drawing pain in the forehead; yellowish complexion; sweetish-bitter taste in the mouth; dry, viscid lips; feebleness and febrile sensation; debility and weariness of the lower limbs (in the forenoon, at 11 o’clock, for one hour), (30th potency, third day).

Hypochondriac taciturnity, accompanied with dulness of the head, and beating in the whole body (30th potency).

Anxiety, which makes him walk rapidly.

He feels very much affected bodily and mentally; he does not undertake anything lest he should not succeed (6th potency).

Irritated and anxious mood, in the morning after rising, accompanied with great nervousness, feeling or weakness and tremulousness (6th potency).

Dulness of sense absence of thought, inability to think; he is unable to find suitable words for his ideas; hence he falters in his speech (2d potency, second day).

Difficulty to collect his senses; he found it extremely difficult to conceive an idea, with heat and fullness in the head (2d potency, third day).

He feels dull, as if he would do nothing.

Stupid feeling in the head when writing (30th potency, first day).

Weakness of memory; he is unable to think connectedly, and falter in his speech (30th potency, second day).

Stupefaction, with suffering look (30th potency, second day) Total loss of consciousness.

Coma, difficult to describe.


Confusion of the head (2d potency, first day).

The whole day his head feels confused, especially the occiput, the left region of the vertex, and the forehead (2d potency, second day.

On waking in the morning from a sleep full of dreams, his head aches and feels confused (2d potency, first day).

The head feels confused, accompanied with whizzing in the ears, and hard hearing (30th potency, sixth day).

Confusion of the head, with feeling of stupidity, over night; in the morning, when waking, it is changed to fullness in the forehead, with stinging, digging in the same, increasing after rising (1st potency, fifth day).

Dull and confused state of the head, with beating in the whole body, and hypochondriac taciturnity, after dinner (30th potency, second day).

The head feels confused after drinking coffee.


Vertigo in the morning (30th potency, fourth day).

Vertigo with headache.

In the morning she was attacked with vertigo, as if she were turning in a circle, inducing her to squat down, lest she should fall; accompanied with headache (30th potency, second day).

Vertigo, more before the eyes (1st potency, first day).

Vertigo, with complete though transient blindness.

Vertigo, and buzzing in the ears, and general debility of the limbs and trembling.

Vertigo and staggering gait.

Attack of fleeting vertigo, as if intoxicated (1st potency, first day).

Giddiness, as if intoxicated, accompanied with lassitude and debility of the lower limbs (30th potency, first day).

Vertigo, with nausea and confusion of the sense (30th potency, second day).

Giddiness in the head, as if he would faint, the body feeling tired, but not disagreeably so (30th potency, first day).

Giddy, dulness of sense, and as if he had lost all sensations; accompanied with drowsiness (30th potency, first day).

Dizziness before falling asleep (1st potency, first day).

There is no region in the head which was not painfully affected by the drug.

Headache all the time (2d potency, second day).

Sensation in the head, as if the epileptic fit were approaching.

When waking in the morning, he has a terrible headache, obliging him to gnash his teeth (1st potency, third day).

Strong and agreeable odors appear to increase the headache remarkably (second day).

The headache is worse in the open air.

Headache and toothache (30th potency, third day).

The headache is relieved by the binding something tightly around the head.

(Aust. provings). Headache, with eructations and chilliness.

Generally the headache is accompanied by chilliness, and sometimes by a general increase of the temperature of the body.

(Aust. provings). The whole night his head feels heavy and dull, with heat in the head, inducing him to lay his head on cool places, in order to obtain relief (30th potency, second day).

Painful fullness in the brain (30th potency, first day).

Painful fullness and heaviness in the head, with inability to recollect, and glowing heat of the heat of the head and cheeks, in the afternoon (2d potency, third day).

He wakes with a headache in the morning; the head feels full, heavy, and continues the whole day (2d potency, second day).

Fullness and heaviness of the head (2d potency, second day).

Fullness and heat in the head, at night, with great excitement (30th potency, fourth day).

Fullness, pushing, and heat in the head, relieved by pressing upon the head (30th potency, third day).

Excessive congestion of blood to the head, with throbbing of the carotid arteries, obliging him to loosen his cravat, accompanied with heaviness, stupefying dulness of the head, great melancholy, (30th potency, second day).

Pain in the head; the head seems enlarged (30th potency, third day).

If the pains is felt all over the head, it appears to him enlarged; if the pain is felt only on one side of the head, the eye of the affected side appears enlarged (30th potency, second day).

Pain in the head, as if it would burst, occasioned by mental labor (2d potency, second day).

Slight digging-up moving about in the parenchyma of the brain, (6th potency, fourth day).

Drawing, in streaks or bands, over the surface of the brain, apparently in the membranes or the sinuses (6th potency, fourth day).

Headache dull, tormenting, especially in the forehead, with dejection and restlessness (1 grain).

Since waking, his forehead, feels painful and dull, which abates after dinner (1st trit., second day).

She wakes with a headache, pressure deep in the brain, accompanied with chilliness, the whole forenoon (30th potency, first day).

Pressing, digging headache, with chilliness, and great bruised feeling in the limbs.

Nocturnal pressing, stupefying pain about in the head, especially extending to the temples and forehead, with heaviness in the whole body, restless dreams and nausea (in a woman of thirty).

Pressing pains in the whole head, occasioned by mental exertion (30th potency, second day).

Sensation as if a cool current were blowing from the right frontal eminence into the right eye (30th potency, first day).

Pain in the forehead and vertex, as if grasped together (30th potency, first day).

Aching pain in the forehead, in the daytime, increasing considerably in the evening (30th potency, fourth day).

Aching pain, extending to the eyes, with sneezing (30th potency, third day).

Violent boring in the left forehead, when walking (after six and a half hours).

Boring in the left frontal eminence (immediately).

Drawing in the forehead.

Drawing over the whole forehead, lasting only a short time (after two and a half hours).

Constant drawing and digging in the left frontal eminence, afterwards accompanied with a drawing tearing, extending along the whole left arm (6th potency).

Almost all day, pressure and heaviness in the forehead.

Heaviness and pressure in forehead, lasting the whole day (after one hour).

Heaviness and pressure in the forehead, the whole day, worse on walking in the open air, ceasing toward evening; not increased by eating (after one hour).

All day, pressure and heaviness in forehead, by stooping.

Pressure in the forehead (30th potency, first day).

Pressing in the frontal bone, to the forehead (30th potency, first day).

Pressing in the frontal bone, to the left, especially on the frontal eminence, at times more violent; it is constant, and appears at times like band over the forehead; worse on walking.

Pressure in the upper right forehead; and outward from the right nipple (immediately).

Pressing and drawing over the forehead and below the left eyes.

Pressure in the right half of the forehead, especially in the eyebrows, in the morning, when waking (30th potency, third day).

Pushing in the right side of the forehead, as of a load (30th potency, second day).

Tearing in the left side of the forehead (immediately).

Wandering tearing in the skin of the upper forehead (after one and a half hours).

Sticking and afterwards digging pain in the frontal and vertex region, extending as far as the malar bone (2d potency).

Stitches and digging in the left frontal eminence, every day, at different periods, but more frequently in the afternoon (6th potency).

Undulating throbbing in the whole forehead (6th potency, third day).

Pulsations in the left side of the forehead (30th potency, first day).

At 12 o’clock, violent boring in the left temple (first day).

Pressure in right temple (second day).

Tearing, extending down the right temple as far as the face (30th potency, second day).

Cutting, as with knives, in the left temple (30th potency).

At 8 A.M., tearing on the top of the head, more violent diagonally over the vertex (third day).

Tearing on the right of the vertex (immediately).

Pain in the right side of the head, consisting in heaviness, fullness, and pressure, for several evening (2d potency).

8 A.M., boring on the upper right side of the head (third day).

1 P.M., violent boring, increasing by jerks and shocks, on the upper right side of the head, when walking; 10 P.M., the same in the left temple, on sitting; 12.30 P.M., in the right temple (second day).

Digging headache, in the right side (2d potency).

Digging and tumultuous raging in the right hemisphere of the brain, until he lost his senses; if the pain abates in the forehead, it increases in the side of the head and toward the occiput, where it extend down to the nape of the neck; the pain increases during motion, when vertigo accompanies it, to such an extent that he walks to the left, instead of walking straight (30th potency, second day).

Digging, cutting motion through the left hemisphere of the brain, extending from the frontal protuberance, recurring frequently, and increasing and decreasing rapidly (30th potency).

10.30 P.M., on sitting, suddenly, on the right parietal bone, a violent drawing, as if upward; immediately after, pressing on the left side of the forehead; then deep in the right wrist.

Drawing, with pressure and heaviness in the right side of the head, abating in rest, but increasing by the least motion (2d potency).

On waking in the night, tearing on one side of the head (first day).

Dragging, beating pain in the right side of the head, accompanied with a general uncomfortable feeling (30th potency, second day).

Troublesome stinging and digging pain, alternately anteriorly and posteriorly in the left half of the brain (30th potency, third day).

Violent boring in the right side of the occiput (first day).

Narrow traction extending from the occiput into the middle of the brain (6th potency, fourth day).

Tumorlike, itching elevations on the scalp and in the nape of the neck (2d potency, third day).

On the border of the nape of the neck and the scalp, irregularly shaped blotches make their appearance, itching violently, and feeling sore when scratched; after scratching them for some time, they become inflamed and moist (1st potency, sixth day).

Creeping in the scalp, as of vermin, towards morning (30th potency, third day).

Much itching of the scalp (2d potency, second day).

Much itching and biting near the nape of the neck (2d potency, fifth day).

Intolerable nightly itching of the boundary of the neck and scalp (1st potency, fifth day), Extremely troublesome itching, creeping and crawling of the scalp, as of vermin, with sensation as if the roots of the hairs were pulled upward; she had to scratch all the time (30th potency, fourth day).


Hollow eyedness (30th potency, fifth day).

Bleareyedness (2d potency, third day).

Wild rolling of the eyes, the pupils being dilated and insensible to light.

After violent itching the evening before, dryness and blearedness of the eyes, circumscribed congestion, bundles of red vessels spread here and there, ecchymoses into the conjunctiva bulbi, Ophthalmia, abating in the cool and open air, intolerable in the warm room.

Ophthalmia, with intense pains.

Burning and dryness of the eyes in the morning when waking; he had great trouble in opening them (2d potency).

Aching pain deep in the eye, early in the morning (30th potency, second day).

Pressure in the eyes, as if too full; heat and pain in the ball of the eye when moving or touching it; mucous flocks impeding the sight, and obliging him to wipe the eyes, in the daytime; a scarlet redness, which had appeared in the morning in the inner canthus of the right eye, extended considerably in the evening, looked very much heightened, and spread as far as the cornea; the conjunctiva, bulbi, and palpebrarum looked inflamed and infiltrated; the eye was affected with a stinging itching pain, as if occasioned by a grain of sand which had become lodged in the eye; gray spots and bodies in the shape of serpents moved before vision; he saw as through mist; even the light of the candle, which was not tinged white, was enveloped in mist; the aperture between the edges of the lids became narrower, and he had to wink frequently (with general debility and increased temperature of the skin, 2d potency).

Heaviness over the eyes, which open with difficulty; increased by stooping; decreased towards evening.

Tearing, extending from the forehead into the left eye and side of the face; lachrymation of the eye, which looks red and glistening (30th potency, third day).

Violent stitches in the inner angle of the right eye (after two hours).

Itching and biting of the left eye (2d potency, second day).

Neuralgic pain in left infraorbital region (lasted, with more or less severity, all winter).

Infraorbital neuralgia (left side), at first only now and then, but it became constant during the following winter.

Boring deep in the right lower orbital ridge (after one hour).

Drawing in the center of the lower right orbital ridge.

Tearing and pressing in the centre of the right lower orbital ridge, in several attacks, while sitting; unaffected by touch or pressure; with much thin saliva in mouth, and bitter taste like soapsuds (second day).

Boring above the left eye. (after two hours and a half).

Pressure in the left eyebrow (after two hours and a half).

The canthi are red as blood; the caruncula lachrymalis is swollen; it stands out of the corner of the eye like a lump of red flesh; clusters of intensely red vessels extend from the inner canthus to the cornea; the conjunctiva is puckered and interstitially distended; increased secretion of tear and gum (2d potency, second day).

Biting of the right outer canthus (2d Potency, second day).

Itching of the canthi (30th potency, fourth day).

Nightly agglutination of the right eye; in the morning the eye was closed with crusts of dry gum, which had to be soaked before they could be removed, and the eye could be opened; when opened; when opened it looked redder than the day before; pressure and heat in the eye were more intense; the aperture between the lids was swollen, accompanied with photophobia, dimness of sight (2d potency).

Moisture of the eyes and slight agglutination, in the morning (30th potency, fifth day).

The eyes are filled with mucus; reading is difficult (2d potency).

Mucus in the eyes, drying up in the lashes and forming scurfs (30th potency, third day).

In the morning when waking, the eyes are filled with mucus; at the same time the head feels slightly confused, especially in the forehead and root of the nose (30th potency, second day).

The conjunctiva of the eyes and lids is red as blood (2d potency, second day).

Around the cornea, towards the inner canthus, the conjunctiva exhibits a red congested swelling (2d potency, second day).

At 10 P.M., violent sticking in the right eyeball (third day).

6 A.M., on rising, much stitching in the left eyeball, more in its lower part (third day).

Frequent stitches in the inner angles of both eyeballs (first day).

Opacity of the cornea; a large portion of the cornea is covered with a white, opaque, apparently dense, but not very deeply penetrating spot.

Contraction of the pupil.

She is only able to read by holding the page which she is reading at a distance from her eyes (30th potency, third day).

Vanishing of sight; he is constantly obliged to wipe off the mucus which obstructs the axis of vision (2d potency, third day).

Weakness of sight, with moist eyes, impeding writing (30th potency, fourth day), In the evening at twilight, she felt as if she broke forth into loud complaints; she had to open her eyes widely to recognize the things around her, with dilatation of pupils; she had not yet recovered her full power of vision at candlelight, although there was an improvement (30th potency, first day).

The letters become blurred before the eyes; her sight vanishes when reading or writing (30th potency, fourth day).

Transient blindness.

Fiery bodies and flashed before her eyes, in the morning in the dark (30th potency, third day).


She thought a board had been placed before the left ear (30th potency, sixth day).

Tearing behind right ear (after one hour and a half).

Frequent stitches deep in the left ear (first day).

Twinging pain in the ears (30th potency, fourth day).

Tearing and twinging in the right ear (2d potency).

Painful stoppage of the ears, with headache (30th potency, fourth day).

Whizzing, feeling of obstruction, and hard hearing in the left ear (30th potency, fifth day).

Whizzing before the ears, with dulness of the head (30th potency sixth day).

Ringing in the ears and deafness (1st potency, fourth day).

Clear ringing in the ears, in the morning in bed (30th potency, third day).

Clear ringing in the ears, confusing the senses; she imagines it is at a distance (30th potency, first day).

Clear ringing before the ears, passing into momentary deafness, with dull roaring (1st potency, first day).


Readily bleeding pimple near the septum of the nose (2d potency).

Scurfs in the nose excessively painful when becoming detached, and occasioning bleeding (30th potency, sixth day).

Ulcers in the nose becoming covered with yellow crusts.

Coryza; sneezing after tingling in the nose and the posterior nares (30th potency, first day).

Much sneezing (several day).

Coryza, with constant chilliness, sickly look, lachrymation, sneezing, and such a violent stupefying headache that she had to lie down (30th potency, third day).

Disagreeable stoppage of the upper part of the nose, for three days.

Discharge from the nose resembling white pus, with clots of blood.

When sneezing he discharges a purulent mucus from the nose, mixed with little spots of blood (2d potency, fifth day).

Discharge from the nose like white pus mixed lumps with lumps. ( After the three days of S.T. the pus is said to have been like brain – substance. ) 8 A.M., several drops of blood from the right nostril, without previous blowing of the nose, touch, or motion (fourth day).

Blows blood from the right nostril (30th potency, fifth day).

He blows blood and puriform mucus from the nose.

The nose is obstructed.

Unpleasant stoppage in the upper part of the nose for three days.

At night, the nose is stopped, with much itching (2d potency, fifth day).

In the room the nose is obstructed; in the open air a thin mucus flows from it (30th potency, fourth day).

Pain and swelling of the right nasal wing (3d potency, sixth day).

Sore pain in the nose when compressing the wings.

The left nasal bones are painful, as if bruised (1st potency, first day).

Rigidity and clawing in the nasal cavity (1st potency, first day).

Twitching and creeping under the skin, close to the left side of the nose (1st potency, first day).

Smarting and itching in the nose (1st potency, fifth day).

Itching in the nose (2d potency, third day).

Violent itching in the nose, obliging him to rub it constantly until it is raw (2d potency, for several days).

Dulness of the sense of smell (30th potency, several days).

At night she has a smell of pus before the nose (30th potency fourth day).


Sickly appearance (1st potency).

Sunken, pale, bluish countenance, (2d potency).

Leaden-colored countenance, with nausea (30th potency, second day).

Appearance of old age; the skin in the face is more tightly drawn over the bones, hence the muscles are more distinctly delineated (2d potency, second day).

Convulsions of the facial muscles, the mouth being almost locked.

Pressure on the left side of the forehead, and drawing in the left cheek (first day).

Dull, drawing, tearing pains from the right temple to the upper jaw and to the teeth (30th potency).

In the left cheek, a wandering pain like a crawling (after six hours).

Drawing in the skin of both cheeks (immediately).

4 P.M., burning stitching on the left zygoma, then on the right (first day).

The lips and soft parts of the mouth have a bluish appearance (1st potency).

On the margins of the lips and about the chin are purple-red spots, and the interior of the mouth is covered with a whitish- gray crust (Beont)..

The lips are dry and viscid, without thirst (6th potency).

TF Allen
Dr. Timothy Field Allen, M.D. ( 1837 - 1902)

Born in 1837in Westminster, Vermont. . He was an orthodox doctor who converted to homeopathy
Dr. Allen compiled the Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica over the course of 10 years.
In 1881 Allen published A Critical Revision of the Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica.