An excellent compilation of symptoms of homeopathic medicine Silicea from the book Pearls of Homeopathy by M.E. Douglass, published in 1903….

Adapted to the nervous, irritable, sanguine temperament; persons of a scrofulous diathesis.

Constitutions which suffer from deficient nutrition, not become food is lacking in quality or quantity, but from imperfect assimilation; over-sensitive.

Scrofulous, rachitic children with large heads; open sutures, much sweating about the head, which must be kept warm by external covering; large bellies; weak ankles, slow in learning to walk.

Persons of light complexion; fine, dry skin; pale face; weakly, with lax muscles.

Diseases: caused by suppressed foot-sweat; exposing the back to any slight draft of air; from vaccination; chest complaints of stone-cutters, with total loss of strength.

Walk of vital heat even when taking active exercise.

Has a wonderful control over the suppurative process, whether it be the soft tissues, periosteum, or bone; it matures abscesses when desired, or reduces excessive suppuration. (Hepar affects chiefly the soft tissues.)

Children are obstinate, headstrong, cry when kindly spoken to.

Inflammation and suppuration of the lymphatic glandular system in any part of the body.

Vertigo, as if one would fall forward, from looking up.

Chronic, sick headaches, since some severe disease of youth; headache rising from the nape of the neck to the vertex, as if coming from the spine and locating in one eye, especially the right, relieved by pressure and wrapping up warmly.

Constipation, before and menses; difficult, hard, with great straining, as if rectum was paralyzed; stool that has already protruded recedes again.

Stools: cadaverous-smelling; putrid; sour; during exposure to cold air; after vaccination.

Menses: too early and too profuse; too early and scanty; too late and too profuse.

Milky, watery, or brown leucorrhoeal discharge instead of the menses.

Icy coldness of the whole body at the commencement of the flow.

During menses: momentary blindness; itching on the pudendum; icy coldness of the feet; always cold during the menses.

Painful, emaciating leucorrhoea.

Leucorrhoea instead of the menses.

Large head, with open fontanelles.

Profuse perspiration on the head.

Pale, earthy-colored face.

Water tastes badly.

Aversion to the mother’s milk, and vomiting whenever taking


Sour eructations after eating.

Vomits whenever she drinks.

Hard, hot, distended abdomen.

Suppuration of the mammae.

Chronic fistulous openings.

Injuries of the skin heal badly.

Small injuries suppurate.

Offensive foot-sweat making the feet sore.

Chill on every movement; very chilly all day.

Shaking chill at 6 P.M.

Icy-cold shivering frequently creeps over the body.

Affected parts feel cold.

Icy coldness of the feet and legs as far as the knees.

Coldness with ravenous hunger.

Violent heat in the head, and dark redness of the face.

Great heat all night, with catching respiration.

Sweat only on the head, or head and face.

Offensive sweat of feet; they become sore while walking.

Melford Eugene Douglass
M.E.Douglass, MD, was a Lecturer of Dermatology in the Southern Homeopathic Medical College of Baltimore. He was the author of - Skin Diseases: Their Description, Etiology, Diagnosis and Treatment; Repertory of Tongue Symptoms; Characteristics of the Homoeopathic Materia Medica.