Suppression of emotions due to oversensitiveness to criticism, also due to unhappy home life; combined with suppression of gonorrhoea with strong drugs used locally; combined with disappointment in the one thing he wanted to do for a living. It went on into delusions of persecution and a general nervous break which changed him prematurely into an old man and made it seem as if a hospital for the insane lay just ahead.

Read before I.H.A., Bureau of Materia Medica, June 7, 1985

This is a fourth attempt to set forth a method of studying the materia medica by building up the general characteristics from a grouping of particular symptoms. The other drugs used were Kali c., Nat.c. and Nat.m.; this time it is Zinc. To my mind there is an additional reason for doing it this way.

After telling laymen what provings are and showing them lists of symptoms as they appear in the materia medica, with some idea of generals and particulars, they are confused when we give them descriptions of drugs in the lecture form, even though the characteristics stand out much better that way. Therefore, it seems logical to build up for them are individualizing symptoms, for each drug considered, by showing them groups of particular symptoms which go to make up the generals.

Take, then, the general features of Zinc as found in several lectures on the drug and list under each the separate symptoms which justify the generalization, thus:.


Brain-fag from overstudy, from night watching. (Clarke, Hahnemann).

Aversion to labor. (Clarke, Hahnemann)

Weakness of memory; great forgetfulness. Lippe, Clarke, Hering)

Mental operations very difficult. (Hering, Allen)

Repeats all questions before answering them. (Hering)

Loss of thought and a soporous condition of mind. (Hering, Allen)

Great dullness of head: heavy and confused; obtusion, (Hering, Allen, Hahnemann)

Great cerebral, nervous depression; stupefaction. (Hering, Allen)

After a little emotion, trembles for long time. (Symtomen Codex)

Weak, sick feeling in eyes, constant weariness. (Hering, Symtomen Codex)

Face vacant, earthy as after long illness, pinched. (Hering, Allen)

Weakness of organs of speech; talks with difficulty. (Hering)

Prolonged desire for stool which is satisfied only after great effort. (Hering)

Emission of urine very slow.(Hering)

Faintness, unconsciousness, prostration. (Hering, Allen, (Symtomen Codex Hahnemann)

Weariness, sudden exhaustion, heaviness. (Hering, Allen, Hahnemann)

Faintness when staying up a little too long. (Symtomen Codex, Hahnemann)

Coma from cerebral exhaustion; exhausting sleep. (Hering)

Weakness and trembling of hands and feet. (Lippe)

Tremulous weakness in lower extremities, hollows knees. ( Allen, Lippe, Hahnemann)

His body feels heavy and his limbs weary. (Symtomen Codex, Hahnemann)

Extreme malaise unto fainting. (Symtomen Codex)


Sensitive to others talking and to noise. (Hering, Lippe, Hahnemann)

Sensitiveness to open air and to cold. (Hering, Allen, Hahnemann)

Sensitive to light; brain affected. (Hering, Clarke)

Dread of the light of the sun. (Hering, Hahnemann)

Intolerable pain in left eye. (Hering, Symtomen Codex)

Child screams out whenever it is moved. (Clarke)

Least noise makes her frantic. (Hering)

Intolerance of wine. (Clarke, Hering, Allen, Symtomen Codex Hahnemann)

Extreme sensitiveness of vertex to touch. (Allen)

Sensation of soreness of the teeth. (Lippe).

Talking or listening is distressing; makes him morose. (Hering, Allen)

Irritable, peevish, terrified, fretful. (Hering, Allen)

Easily angered and very much affected thereby. (Hering, Allen)

Alternately fretful, irritable, quarrelsome, despondent, depressed. (Hering, Allen)

Frequently able to laugh excessively over a trifle, just as easily vexed. (Hering, Allen)

On awaking, fear, cries out, starts, jumps. (Hering)

Tendency to fits of passion. (Clarke)

Easily carried away by anger. (Symtomen Codex)

Inclines to internal anger and chagrin. (Hahnemann)

Sobbing on account of vexation without obvious reason. (Allen)

Extreme sensibility of cartilages of ear and nose. (Hering)

Sensitiveness and painful soreness of upper molars. (Symtomen Codex, Hahnemann)

He would like to have someone upon whom he could wreak his anger. (Hahnemann)

Trembling: quivering.

Violent trembling all over so that she shook the bed. (Clarke)

Long continued trembling after every slight emotional excitement. (Hering, Allen, Symtomen Codex Hahnemann)

Loud screaming with trembling, continuous moaning. (Hering)

Trembling of feet with difficulty in raising them. (Hering, Allen, Symtomen Codex)

Tremor of hands when writing. (Hering, Allen, Symtomen Codex Hahnemann)

Sensation of general trembling without trembling. (Hering).


General twitching and general trembling. (Clarke)

Twitching and jerking of various muscles. (Allen, Symtomen Codex Hahnemann)

Violent muscular twitchings left face. (Clarke)

Twitching of children. Chorea. (Clarke)

Twitching left eyeball, lower lid. (Hahnemann, Hering)

Twitching in back or any portion of body. (Hering).


Numbness of lower limbs, formication. (Clarke Hering)

Numbness of fingers when rising in morning. (Clarke)

Falling-asleep sensation in shoulder joint. (Hering)

Falling asleep of right leg as far as knee. (Hering)


Tingling in the limbs. (Clarke)

Tingling at anus as from ascarides. (Hering)

Tingling and resounding in head when speaking aloud. (Allen)


Burning and biting in eyes and lids, with photophobia, (Hering, Allen, Clarke.)

Burning, smarting inner surface lower lip; right corner mouth. (Clarke Allen)

Burning like heartburn in the throat. (Clarke, Hering)

Burning with pressure when reading, eyelids. (Symtomen Codex)

Burning in stomach. ( Clarke, Hering, Allen, Hahnemann)

Burning in stomach when fasting. (Hering)

Burning in anus, with itching, during stool. (Clarke, Hering, Allen, Hahnemann)

Burning in urethra after urinating. (Clarke, Hahnemann)

Burning along the whole spine. (Clarke, Hering, Allen)

Burning in chest. (Hering, Allen, Hahnemann, Clarke)

Burning in scapulae. (Clarke, Hahnemann)

Burning in left forearm. ( Clarke, Hering, Hahnemann)

Burning in flexor surface of finger. (Symtomen Codex, Hahnemann)

Burning-painful rhagades between two fingers. (Symtomen Codex)

Burning stitches in bones of feet. (Clarke, Hering, Allen, Hahnemann)


Fine, burning stitches in middle vertex. (Allen)

Tearing, pressing stitches in bones of face. (Clarke)

Sudden pressing stitch from right zygoma to upper margin of orbit. (Clarke)

Stitches in right eye and tearing stitches in ears. (Hering)

Stitches in left row of teeth and in jaw. (Allen, Hahnemann)

Cough with stitches in head. (Clarke)

Sudden violent stitches in left abdomen (Allen, Hering Symtomen Codex, Hahnemann)

Stitches in cervical muscles. (Hering, Allen, Symtomen Codex)

Dull stitches beneath right shoulder. (Hering, Symtomen Codex)

Tearing stitches in fingers. (Hering, Allen)

Dull stitches form internal ulcer, right side navel. (Hering)

A stitch above right food when running. (Hering, Allen)

Sharp stitching upper part right scapula. (Symtomen Codex)

Stitching, pinching in umbilical region. (Symtomen Codex, Hahnemann).


Itching and sensation of excoriation on scalp; pimples. (Clarke, Allen)

Frequent sore itching in small spot on right side scalp. (Allen, Hahnemann)

Itching, smarting eyes. (Clarke Hering, Symtomen Codex, Hahnemann)

Itching in ears. (Clarke, Hering, Allen, Hahnemann)

Itching left nostril followed by frequent sneezing. (Allen, Symtomen Codex, Hering)

Itching margin left upper eyelid. (Symtomen Codex, Hahnemann)

Itching moist eruption both temples. (Allen)

Itching in bends of joints. (Hering, Hahnemann)

Violent itching in all joints in succession. (Hering)

Itching of thighs and hollows of knees in evening. (Hering, Allen, Symtomen Codex)

Pruritus vulvae. (Clarke, Hering)

Leucorrhoea with much itching. (Clarke)

Itching in anus. (Hering)

Itching in urethra. (Hahnemann)

Itching all over with burning or redness. (Symtomen Codex)

Itching about the nipples. (Allen)

Itching herpes on the back. (Lippe)


Pressure at root of nose as if would be pressed into the head.

(Clarke, Hering, Allen, Symtomen Codex, Lippe)

Compressive boring or expansive pressure in head. (Clarke)

Pressive cephalalgia with confusion (Clarke)

Pressing headache with dullness. (Hering)

Painful pressure at right inner canthus. (Allen)

Pressure in forehead with dullness. (Allen, Hahnemann, Symtomen Codex)

Pressure constricting pain in bone beneath and in front of right ear. (Hering, Symtomen Codex)

Pressure above right eye, sudden, painful. (Hering)

Swelling of nose, externally and internally. (Clarke, Hering)

Swelling of palate, submaxillary glands. (Hering)

Swelling of gums. (Symtomen Codex)

Tongue swollen, left side, hindering, talking. (Clarke, Allen, Symtomen Codex)

Sharp pressure, small spot middle forehead in evening. (Hering, Lippe, Hahnemann)

Pain as if stomach was compressed. (Clarke, Hering, Hahnemann)

Hypochondria: pinching griping pressure, small spot. (Hering)

Violent pressure and tension in abdomen. (Clarke, Hering, Allen, Symtomen Codex)

Pressive aching in pubic region. (Clarke, Hering, Symtomen Codex, Hahnemann)

Tensive pain in sternum. (Clarke, Lippe)

Violent pressing pain in right mamma. (Allen, Hering)

Pressive tension and weakness in lumbar and sacral regions. (Clarke)

Tensive pressure, small spot on the back. (Allen, Symtomen Codex, Hahnemann)

Pressure in chest extending into throat. (Hahnemann)

Tensive rheumatic pain in spine. (Hering, Allen)

Tension in anterior cervical muscles. (Hering, Allen)

Tension and tearing in both shoulder joints. (Hering)

Pressure and heaviness on both shoulders. (Allen)

Rheumatic tension head of left humerus. (Allen)

Tensive pain in bend of knees. (Clarke, Hahnemann)

Tension in borders of right foot. (Symtomen Codex)

Tension in right sole as if tendons too short. (Hahnemann).


Drawing in occiput and forehead; gnawing. (Clarke, Hahnemann)

Sensation of contraction and cramp in oesophagus. (Clarke)

Constriction felt especially in the chest. (Clarke, Lippe, Allen)

Sudden, spasmodic bursting sensation about heart. (Clarke)

Spasms in stomach and constriction oesophagus. (Clarke, Hering)

Spasmodic pain in umbilical region. (Clarke)

Sharp pinching pressure left temple. (Hering)

Kind of pinching jerking within the ear. (Hering)

Pinching in root of nose. (Hering)

Pinching and twinging in chest. (Hering, Allen)

Convulsive tightness in chest. (Hering, Allen)

Spasmodic tension at right hand. (Hering, Allen)

Drawing sore pain in muscles of thigh. (Hering)

Cramplike drawing in middle of abdomen (Allen)

Drawing in all the limbs. (Allen)

Drawing pain in testicles. (Allen)

Drawing down both calves. (Allen)

Drawing in small of back and spine. (Symtomen Codex)

Cramplike, strangulating pain in throat. (Hahnemann)

Drawing in both calves from above downward. (Hahnemann)

Drawing pain in lower arm apparently in bone. (Hahnemann).


Too weak to develop exanthemata, menstrual function, to expectorate, to urinate. (Clarke)

Relief to all suffering as soon as menses being to flow, (Clarke)

Orchitis from suppressed otorrhoea. (Clarke)

Suppressed menstruation with painfulness of breasts and genitals. (Clarke)

A running sore was dried up; at next menstrual period had a convulsion. (Hering)

Puerperal convulsions with suppression of eruption. (Clarke).

(Although much is said of use of this remedy for the results of suppression and also for relief from discharges, there are only a few hints of this in the provings. This is to be expected because it takes clinical experience to bring out such characteristics. Surely Zinc, will unlock many a desperate case when suppression has done its worst.).


Small spots affected in a great many cases.

Worse after dinner and in the evening.

Worse from rest and inactivity; better from motion.

Great restlessness of legs and feet; cannot keep them still.

Better from rubbing (a valuable guide).

Aggravation from the least bit of wine.

Here we have something of a dependable, workable picture of one of the most useful remedies in the materia medica for affections of the central nervous system, the results of suppression of discharges and eruptions, the bad effects of emotional suppression and baffling of mental ambitions, the results of suppression by strong drugging.

In conclusion, I might report four cases:

1. A case of epidemic influenza which received strong suppressive drugs until it went into pneumonia and on to suppuration in the lungs accompanied by unconsciousness and weak heart action. The guiding gleam here was the cry, “Rub my feet; rub them quick. Rub them again,” when he came out of the coma for a brief few seconds.

2. Influenza apparently recovered, then suddenly relapsed with very high fever, pale, sickly face, half stupor with twitchings of muscles of face, shoulders, arms and legs.

3. Suppression of emotions due to oversensitiveness to criticism, also due to unhappy home life; combined with suppression of gonorrhoea with strong drugs used locally; combined with disappointment in the one thing he wanted to do for a living. It went on into delusions of persecution and a general nervous break which changed him prematurely into an old man and made it seem as if a hospital for the insane lay just ahead. Ten months of treatment with a few doses of Zinc., given at long intervals, has changed all that so the patient can see that his persistent thoughts are foolish and imaginary. The general health has improved one hundred per cent.

4. Inveterate asthma from babyhood in a child now twelve years. Convulsions, vicious catarrh, great nervousness and irritability preceded and the asthma was very severe. constant motion of the feet during the paroxysm pointed to Zinc. and results to date are fairly good. This case is not yet cured.



Clarkes Dictionary of the Materia Medica.

Hering Guiding Symptoms to the Materia Medica.

Allens Encyclopaedia of the Materia Medica.

Jahrs Symptomen Codex

Lippes Materia medica.

Hahnemanns Chronic Diseases.


DR. GRIMMER: I hate to be up on my feet all the time, but I dont like to see a paper like this go by without comment and discussion. I should like to ask Dr. Green whether the sycotic discharge was reproduced with the remedy in that case of insanity or near insanity. This surely has brought out the great possibilities that are found in the symptomatology and pathogenesis of Zinc, and she also shows how sometimes one very strong, guiding symptom which the old men called keynotes, such as the marked restlessness especially of the extremities, which led here to the enfoldment of this case in the child. These are valuable to us and we would like to hear others relate similar experiences that would help some of the younger men.

Julia M. Green