NICCOLUM METALLICUM: Materia Medica

Metallic Nickel (NICCOLUM) – Periodical nervous sick headaches, with asthenopia, weak digestion, constipation. Catarrh. Suits debilitated, nervous, literary patients, with frequent headaches, dyspepsia and constipation.

Head.–Cracking in cervical vertebrae when moving the head. Pain on top as from a nail. Pressure on vertex, in morning; worse till noon and in warm room. Stitches. Objects appear too large. Migraine; first on left side. Twitching of upper lip.

Nose.–Violent sneezing; stopped up. Nasal catarrh, with redness and swelling at tip of nose. Acute pain at root of nose, extending to vertex and through temples.

Throat.–Sore, right side with great tenderness; soreness to touch externally. Strangulated feeling.

Gastric.–Gone, empty feeling in epigastrium, without desire for food. Acute gastralgia with pains extending to shoulder. Thirst and intense hiccough. Sour, fetid secretions ooze from molar teeth. Diarrhoea and tenesmus after milk.

Female.–Menses late, scanty, with great debility and burning in eyes. Profuse leucorrhoea; worse, after urinating (Mag mur, Plat); also worse after menses.

Respiratory.–Hoarseness. Dry, hacking cough, with stitches in chest. Obliged to set up and hold head. Must put arms on thighs, when coughing.

Skin.–Itching all over, worse on neck, not relieved by scratching.

Modalities.–Worse, periodically, every two weeks; yearly, forenoon. Better, in evening.

Dose.–Third trituration.

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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