Dr. Margery Blackie, MD,F.F.HOM, who had been
the HomeopathicPhysician to H.M. The Queen since 1968
-1981, writes her experiences about Aluminium Oxide: She
writes, in her book CLASSICAL HOMEOPATHY, Repertory
Edition, "As a student she once visited a laboratory in
Harley Street, and the demonstrators showed all sorts of
experiments which were carried out for Aluminium
poisioning. One of the experiments was when they cooked
an egg for four minutes in an aluminium saucepan and
traced aluminium inside the egg. She was impressed with
that result. She thought if in four minutes
aluminium is inside the shell of the egg, what effect
does it have on a patient? Many years ago there was a
doctor at the London Homeopathic Hospital who was very
keen on aluminium poisoning, and who put all the young
doctors off by attributing every possible disease to
aluminium. He managed to get the Navy to ban cooking in
aluminium at one time and the consequence was that the
gastric and duodenal ulcers in the Navy went down fifty
per cent. It is not known that everybody is sensitive to
aluminium, but there is a proportion of people who are.
The chief action of this drug is on the mucous
membranes & skin causing
dryness and also causing tendency to paretic
The main three guiding symptoms for which this drug is
employed in Homeopathy are as follows:-
1. CONSTIPATION:- Inactivity of the rectum;
even the soft stool requires great straining.
2. DERMATITIS: Itching of the skin(without
eruption)[(Mez.Dolichos,Ars.]-with thickening of
skin(dry)Itching until it bleeds < warmth. The striking
feature of this r
the chronic dryness of the skin with fissures..
Sweat is rare and scanty.
In women, who are hungry for starch, chalk, rags,
charcoal, cloves and other ridiculous unnatural things;
pototoes disagree; profuse leucorrhoea.
Constitution: The Alumina constitution
corresponds to a constitution that may be called PSORIC-
old, broken-down, feeble constitutions, scrofulous
constitution, such as are inclined to tubercles and
Mental Symptoms: Mentally Aluminium
patients vary a lot. They may be contented, very much
on the spot, competent, with intellectual powers alert,
or else there is the type who is timid, not bright in
the mornings and on the top of their form later in the
day. So the best time for Aluminium patients is usually
later in the day. On the other hand they may be very
everything the wrong way and weep a lot. This second
type gets easily confused-they take things in slowly and
answer questions slowly. You feel tht they are mentally
rather slow and apt to be bored. Aluminium children are
also peevish, whiny and rather obstinate.
"Like Argentum Nitricum, they are hasty,
hurried. Times passes slowly." Suicidal tendency when
seeing knife or blood.
They are many headaches with nausea and vomiting. The
headaches come whenever he takes cold. This probably is
due to the catarrhal state. Throbbing headache with
constipation. This medicine is full of vertigo; he
quivers, reels and "objects go round" almost
constantly. It corresponds to the vertigo of tired-out
people, old broken down ptients, men worn out from old
age. Vertigo also that comes on when closing the eye, as
is found in spinal affections,in sclerosis of posterior
lateral columns. Alumina has produced affections
analogous to locomotor ataxia.There is inability to walk
except with eyes open. It produces numbness of the
soles of the feet, the fulgurating pains, the vertigo
when closing the eyes, and produces staggering and
disturbances of co-ordintion. Dr. Kent says that " it is
true tht in an early stage of locomotor ataxia, Alumina
will check the disease process by bring into order the
internal state of economy".
The patient is usually pale, although the colour can
vary. There is a greyish tint. Feels as if albuminous
substance had dried on it. Rush of blood to face after
Eyes: Objects look yellow. Lids dry, burn
smart, thickened, aggravated in morning, Ptosis,
Stabismus. There is much disturbance of vision belong to
the catarrhal condition of the eyes. Dimness of the
visionas if looking through a fog, sometimes described
as through a veil. A misty dimness of vision. There is
also disturbances of the muscles of the eyes.
Nose:-Due to the dryness of the mucous
membranes, the nose is dry, stuffed up, especially on
one side, commonly the left. Nose feels full of sticks,
dry membrane or crusts, old atrophic catarrh, crusts in
the posterior nares. Large green, offensive crusts all
through the nose.
Mouth: Dry mouth. The tongue cleaves to the roof
of the mouth.Tensive pain in articulation of jaw when
opening mouth or chewing.
Throat:- Clergyman's sorethroat in thin
subjects. Tickling sensation in the throat which
may occur due to from elongated uvula- causing cough.
Constant inclination to clear the throat. The throat is
Dry, sore. There is a sensation of
constriction in the throat and oesophagus. It hurts to
swallow. Food cannnot pass, oesophagus
contracted.Swallows with great difficulty. The bolus
goes down with an effort and he feels it all the way
down. There is soreness and clumsiness, paresis and
difficulty of swallowing due to dryness of the mucous
membranes or paresis of Oesophagus. This paralytic
weakness reminds the patient that he must put on a
little force in order to swallow and this swallowing is
felt while the substance goes down as if the oesophgus
Stomach: Abnormal cravings- Especially
anaemic patients are often hungry for starch, chalk,
rags, charcoal, cloves and other ridiculous and
unnatural things. Alumina is great remedy in such case.
The Natrum Mur patient couldn't eat bread,
or had an aversion to it. The Alumina patient
can't eat potatoes, they disagree.
Pulsatilla can't eat fat food, pastries, etc. No
desire to eat. Can swallow but small morsels
at a time- due to constriction of oesophagus.
Abdomen:- Colic, like painter's colic.
Pressing in both loins towards sexual organs. Left-sided
Stools: Hard, dry, knotty; no desire.
Like Bryonia, there is no desire for stool
and the constipation seems to depend upon the dryiness
of mucous membranes. Again it is adapted to dry, spare
subjects. There are other points of resemblance between
these two remedies and they complement each other. They
are both excellent in infantile constipation, which is
often a very obstinate affection to treat. Anacardium,
Sepia, Silicea and Veratrum album are nearest of kin
in this lack of expulsive power in the rectum. Rectum is
sore, dry, even a softstool is passed with
difficulty- with great straining.
Constipation of infants (Collins.Psor.Paraf.,)
and old people from inactive recturm, and in women of
very sedentary habits. Evacuation preceded by painful
urging long before stool, and then straining at stool.
Urine: "Frequent Micturition" especially
in old people. "Urine voided while straining at stool,
or cannot pas urine without such straining." These are
the high grade symptoms, it is a peculiar symptom, and
may be called a particular of first grade. He must
strain at stool in order to empty the contents of the
bladder. "Urine smarting, corroding." "Feeling of
weakness in the bladder
and genitals". "Swelling and discharge of light yellow
pus from urethra." "Burning with dischrage of urine."
Male:- The symptoms of the male sexual
organs are characterized by weakness , impotency and
nightly emissions; suitable when the sexual organs are
worn out from abuse or over use. Involuntary emission
when straining at stool. Prostatic discharge. Paralytic
weakness or paraesis of the sexual organs , a state that
is in keeping with the whle remedy.
Female: Menses too early, short, scanty,
pale, followed by great exhaustion (Carbo
an.; Coccul.). .After menses, it takes the woman nearly
until the next period to get straightened. Up. All the
muscles are weak; there seems to be no tonicity about
her. It is highly suitable to women drawing near the end
of the menses, about forty years of age; the menses
period prostrates, the flow is scanty, yet prostrating,
the sufferings are terrible and the patient is miserable
at the menstrual. After menses , exhasted in body
and mind, is a strong feature of Alumina.
Leucorrhoea is acrid profuse, transparent, ropy
with burning;running down to the heals(Syph.) worse
during daytime, and after menses.
The other most striking features of Alumina are
the cough and chest troubles. There is expectoration in
some of the coughs, but the cough is usually a constant,
dry, hacking cough, one of those throublesome lingering
coughs that has existed for years. It competes with
Argenticum Mett. In its character of the dry,
hacking cough, especially associated with weakness but
Arg. Met, has the cough in the daytime, which is
not so in Alumina. The Alumina cough is in the
morning. Here is a symptom that about covers the
Alumina Cough: "Cough soon after waking in the
morning.:. Every morning, a long attack of dry
cough. The cough is hard, a continued dry hacking, and
she coughs until she loses her breath and vomits, and
loses the urine. This symptoms commonly occurs in the
woman, "Dry, hacking cough with frequent sneezing."
Cough with tickling in larynx; as from enlarged uvula or
with a sensation as of loose skin hanging in throat.
wheezing, rattling respiration. Chest feels constricted.
Talking aggravates soreness of chest.
Back:- The most striking symptoms are ,
Burning and stitching pains in the back/spine. He
expresses it as follows: "Pain the back, as if a
hot iron was thrust through lower vertebrae.".
In myelitis this medicine does wonderful work when there
is considerable amount of spasmodic condition of the
back, as well, showing that the membranes are involved.
Extremeties: Pain in the arms and
fingers, as if hot iron penetrated. Arms feel
paralyzed. Legs feel asleep, especially when sitting
with legs crossed. Staggers on walking .
Heels feel numb. Soles tender; on stepping, feel soft
and swollen. Pain in shoulder and upper arm. Gnawing
beneath finger nails. Brittle nails. Inabilty to walk,
except when eyes are open or in daytime. Spinal
degenerations and paralysis of lower limbs, paralysis of
one side of the body.
Sleepy in morning( unrefreshed sleep- Nux Vom.).
Restless sleep, anxious and confused dreams.
Skin: The skin is chapped and dry tettery. Intolerable
itching when getting warm in bed. Must scratch until it
bleeds; then becomes painful. Brittle skin on fingers.
There is a great lack of animal heat, coldness, and yet
the patient wants to be in the open air; must be well
clothed and kept warm, but wants to be in the open air.
The patient takes cold continually from every change and
draft. Sometimes the patient will go to bed as cold as
frog.and when warm in bed is so disturbed by itching and
the warmth of the bed that there is no comfort. These
are two extremes coming together. The circulation is so
feeble over the extremities and backs of the hands that
cold weather the hands are constantly cold and covered
with cracks and fissures that bleed. A patient comes to
you covered with crusts and he says; " When I get
warm at night I have to scratch, and I scratch until the
skin bleeds.". now in Alumina it is very
important to find out whether these crusts were
produced by the scratching or whether the eruption came
out as an itching eruption, for in Alumina in the
beginning there is no eruption, but he scratches until
the skin is off and then come the cursts. You must here
prescribe not for the eruption but for the itching of
the skin without eruption. Now in Mez., Ars.
Dolichos and Alumina the skin itches and he
scratches until it bleeds, and then he gets relief .Of
course after this there is an apparent eruption because
crusts form. As soon as the healing begins the itching
begins the itching begins, and he is only relieved when
the skin is raw. With the bleeding and moisture of the
skin ,there is relief of the itching. The skin
thickens and indurates due to dryness
of the skin and then ulcerates.
: At new moon and full moon, periodically, in afternoon,
from potatoes. Worse in morning on awaking, warm room.
Better : Mild summer weather. Damp weather.
From warm drinks. From open air; cold
washing, in evening and on alternate days.
Complementary: Bryonia. Alumina is the chronic
Bryonia alba. The antidote each other as well.
Antidotes: Ipecac, Chamom. , Camphora, Bryonia.
SUMMARY OF INDICATIONS:
CONSTIPATION(OBSTINATE) - LEUCORRHOEA.
Some illustrated cases of Alumina
(Taken from Dr. Margery Blackie's "CLASSICAL
The first Aluminium case I ever say was a man well over
seventy with a letter from his doctor to say that for
some inexplicable reason he wished to try Homeopathy!
He sent his X-Rays and a report from a specialist which
stated that he had an inoperable carcinoma of the gall
bladder. The patient was very thin, drawn and lined and
had the peculiar greyish tint that I have always since
associated with Aluminium. I took a lot of rather poor
symptoms, nothing very definite. He complained of
constant abdominal pain and a gripping sensation when he
tried, as if food stuck somewhere. He said he felt
awful in the morning but that he might pick up a little
later in the day. He though he was probably hopeless,
and if I would only keep him from too awful a death he
would be grateful.
I asked if he had his food cooked in aluminium and he
said that he did, but was sure that his wife would
change if I thought it advisable. I talked to her and
suggested she should change. So conscientious was she
that she would not even have an aluminium spoon to stir
anything. He had an aluminium beaker in which he put his
teeth at night, and this was changed to something else.
gave him Sac. Lac. For a fortnight and at the end of
that time he was a little better, which made me feel
there might possibly be something in it, and then gave
him a 200c of Aluminium. I did not see him for two
months and then he had put on half a stone. He was
eating moderately well, but carefully, and hardly any
discomfort. He lived from another twelve years and
finally died from an influenzal bronchitis. He has
always stuck in my mind as the colour of aluminium and
one of the true cases of aluminium poisoning.
The next case was a man of thirty-three. He worked for
the BBC and was getting on well. He said he had
constant indigestion and that he was fortunate because
his work was always an evening stint and that this was
the best time of the day for him. He felt much better in
the evenings, although he would have fits of
apprehension and worry that everything would go wrong.
When he had had a bad day he would go to work
thinking,'I shall never get through tonight,'but he
did. He said the indigestion was such that when eating
he got quite painful constriction of his oesophgus and
had difficulty in swallowing, as if there was an
obstruction. Otherwise he had vague indigestion.
Then he suddenly broke off his history and said, ' You
know, I have a little boy of seven and he has a lot of
the same symptoms. At the weekend my wife was away and
I saw much more him than usual. In two of the meals he
clutched his stomach and said wh a pain he had in the
middle of his food. He was really very unwell for about
half an hour and then when it had gone off he was all
right again.' He said the child had told him his
stomach ache was much worse if he took potatoes. This
was interesting because it was the first time I had ever
met that symptom. He also used to eat strange things
like Calcarea Carb. child. He was very constipated and
so was the father. The boy had no desire for his bowels
to act and often passed a lot of small ball-like faeces
only. He seldom had a really good action. The patient
said he had the greatest difficulty over his bowels too,
and seemed unable to strain or expel the stool even when
it was quite soft. He also had frequent headache, more
like a pressure in the forehead, as a rule sometimes
very severe on the top of the head. I thinkt this is
where your Aluminium headache is if you have one. It is
more often on the vertex. His whole head often irritated
him if he had a headache, and he would sit pressing his
hand on top of his head to ease it off a bit.
I had great difficulty with his wife because when she
came back on Monday she had a new lot of aluminium
saucepans and was very unwilling to get rid of them.
Finally her sister lent her three stainless steel ones
and I made her buy a different kettle. I saw the wife
some months later and was rather pleased when she said,
'My family's health is entirely different. They are all
so much better, I can't believe it. you don't think it
would really be the aluminium, do you?' I said I
was sure it was and that I though they were all
sensitive to aluminium, It is likely to happen in one
family rather than in individuals. They have not used
aluminium for the last twenty years not even to stir
anything, and have been quite well.
The third case was a man who had not been at all well,
with great many abdominal symptoms. He had had four
biopsies of his liver and all sorts of other tests. He
had had X-rays which had not shown anything definite,
although various specialists thought he had a carcinoma
of the stomach and his doctor had been very serious
about it. He was a nervous person and his wife had
managed to ask the doctor not to tell him what he
thought, but only tell her. The doctor had told her
that he gave the patient another year and that he
though he had probably got a stomach cancer.
At this point I was called in. the lived in a flat on
the ground floor in one of London's squares, and when I
went into the room and saw him in the half light he
looked absolutely greyish. He told me he had a very
great deal of trouble and that he did not think I would
be able to do anything about it.
I went to see his general practitioner, who was a very
nice man, who told me what had been done. He said,'You
can feel how tender and how thickened he is overf his
upper abdomen' and I said, 'I quite agree with you , he
is very thick there but I doubt whether it is
malignant. You have not foundanything in all your X
Rays and biopsies and therefore I am hoping that it is
not acually malignant. I agree with you that it will be
if we leave it, but I don't think it is at present. I
think he is aluminium sensitive.'
The first thing I did was to take him off aluminium
utensils and I left him without any other medicines
except Sac lac for a month. I then gave a 30c, 200c and
1M of Aluminium, night morning and night, and Sac lac to
follow. Four years later I examined him again and he
told me he could not be better. He still had a slight
thickening in the epigastrium, but less than it was, and
said he could eat anything.