Argentum metallicum: Materia Medica

Silver. Emaciation, a gradual drying up, desire for fresh air, dyspnoea, sensation of expansion and left-sided pains are characteristic. The chief action is centered on the articulations and their component elements, bones, cartilages, and ligament’s. Here the small blood vessels become closed up or withered and carious affections result. They come on insidiously, lingering, but progress. The larynx is also a special center for this drug.

Mental.–Hurried feeling; time passes slowly; melancholy.

Head.–Dull paroxysmal neuralgia over left side, gradually increasing and ceasing suddenly. Scalp very tender to touch. Vertigo, with intoxicated feeling, on looking at running water. Head feels empty, hollow. Eyelids red and thick. Exhausting coryza, with sneezing. Pain in facial bones. Pain between left eye and frontal eminence.

Throat.–Raw, hawking, gray, jelly-like mucus, and throat sore on coughing. Profuse and easy morning expectoration.

Respiratory.–Hoarseness Aphonia. Raw, sore feeling when coughing. Total loss of voice of professional singers. Larynx feels sore and raw. Easy expectoration, looking like boiled starch. Feeling of raw spot near supra sternal fossa. Worse from use of voice. Cough from laughing. Hectic fever at noon. On reading aloud, must hem and hawk. Great weakness of chest; worse left side. Alteration in timbre of voice. Pain in left lower ribs.

Back.–Severe backache; must walk bent, with oppression of chest.

Urine.–Diuresis. Urine profuse, turbid, sweet odor. Frequent urination. Polyuria.

Extremities.–Rheumatic affections of joints, especially elbow and knee. Legs weak and trembling, worse descending stairs. Involuntary contractions of fingers, partial paralysis of forearm; writer’s cramp. Swelling of ankles.

Male.–Crushed pain in testicles. Seminal emissions, without sexual excitement. Frequent micturation with burning.

Female.–Ovaries feel too large. Bearing-down pain. Prolapse of womb. Eroded spongy cervix. Leucorrhoea foul, excoriating. Palliative in scirrhus of uterus. Pain in left ovary. Climateric haemorrhage. Sore feeling; throughout abdomen; worse by jarring. Uterine disease with pain in joints and limbs.

Modalities.–Worse from touch, toward noon. Better in open air; cough at night when lying down (opposite Hyoscy).

Relationship.–Antidotes: Mercur; Puls.

Compare: Selen; Alum; Platina; Stannum; Ampelopsis (Chronic hoarseness in scrofulous patients).

Dose.–Sixth trituration and higher. Not too frequent repetition.

Written by William Boericke (1849 - 1929) and published first in his book "Materia Medica" (1901)

William Boericke was an Austrian-born American physician who became a influential exponent of homeopathy. He is also known as an academic writer, publisher, medical school professor and owner of several pharmacies.

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