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Argentum Nitricum




 SourceSilver Nitrate

It is most commonly indicated in the following type of ailments:-

1.Anxiety    2. Ophthalmia Neonatorum    2. Gastro-entritis      3. Diarrhoea  


Source of Action:-Like Aurum Metallicum, it profoundly affects the mind and also like it (Aurum), it is one of the best remedies for hypochondriasis. It also affects the  brain and spinal system  by causing Paraplegia, Myelitis and disseminated scleriosis of brain and cord producing  symptoms of in coordination, loss of control and want of balance everywhere, mentally everywhere mentally and physically; trembling in affected parts. It

is an irritant of mucous membranes, producing violent inflammation of  throat, and a marked gastro-enteritis.  Destroys red blood corpuscles, producing anaemia. 

Typical  Subjects: Withered, dried up, flatulent, old-looking patients. Dr. Guernsy says: " we think of this remedy on seeing a withered and dried up person, made so by disease."This is especially so in children. "He looks like little withered old man."(Fluoric acid, young people look old.). Explosive belching, especially in neurotics.  This picture of senility emaciation and marasmus is progressive in infants; mot pronounced in the lower extremities.

Points & Features:- 1. Impulsive; time goes too slow; must walk fast.

1.       Apprehension, on getting ready for church, opera et; has an attack of  diarrhoea.

2.       Vertigo, with buzzing in the ears, and weakness and trembling.

3.       Canthi, as red as blood; swollen, standing out like a lump of red flesh.

4.       Irresistible desire for sugar; gastric ailments, with violent loud belching.

5.       Stool; green mucous, like chopped spinach(Aco.,Cham.) in flakes; turns green on remaining on diaper; expelled with much spluttering.

6.       Profuse, sometimes purulent discharges from mucous membranes, generally.

7.       Dried-up, withered patients, made so by disease.

8.       Craves fresh air.


Mind:-  There is a predominance of mental symptoms. First of all, disturbance in the memory, disturbance of reason; he becomes most irrational in his explanations of his actions and methods. He is irrational and does strange things and comes to strange conclusions, does foolish things. He has all sorts of imaginations, illusions, hallucinations. He is tormented in his mind by the inflowing of troublesome thoughts, and especially at night his thoughts torment him to the extent that he is extremely anxious, and this puts him in a hurry and in a fidget, and he goes out and walks and walks, and the faster he walks the faster he thinks he must walk, and he walks till fatigued. Strange notions, ideas and fears come into his mind. He has an impulse that his is going to have a fit or that he is going to have a sickness. A strange thought comes into his mind that if he goes past a certain corner of the street, he will create a sensation, "will fall down and have a fit, and to avoid that he will go around the block, he avoids going past that corner for fear he will do something strange. He is so reduced in his mental state that he admits into the mind all sorts of impulses. "The sight of high houses makes him dizzy and causes him to stagger. It seemed as if the houses on both sides of the street would approach and crush him." There is bridge or high place the thought the he might kill himself, or perhaps he might jump off, or what he should jump off, and sometimes the actual impulse comes to jump off the bridge into the water. When looking out of a window the thought comes to his mind what an awful thing it would be go jump out of the window, and sometimes the impulsive comes to actually jump out of the window.  There is fear of death, the over-anxious state, that death is near, and often at times like Aconite he predicts the moment he is going to die. Looking forward to times he is anxious . He excitable, angers easily and as a result of this pain comes. When he becomes angry he becomes vehement and pain the head comes on; cough, pain the chest and weakness follow this anger. The anxiety he has from these circumstances will bring on complaints.

He is impulsive, must walk very fast, always hurried.(Lilium tig.). "Apprehension when ready to go to church or opera;  or any unusual event, it is attended with anxiety, fear  and  diarrhoea. (Gel).  

Dr. Nash says "The hurried feeling of both Argentum Nitricum and Lilium tig have occurred mostly in uterine troubles, while the diarrhoea on excitement seems to depend upon a general nervous conditions.  Unless indications pointed strongly to one in preference to the other it might be well to try the vegetable first. The minerals are generally longer and deeper in their action, and would perhaps be preferable the more chronic the case.

He is Melancholic; apprehensive of serious disease. Time passes slowly ( Impulsive, wants to do things in a hurry.

Head:- Constitutional headaches from brain-fag, from exertion of the mind. In such mental exhaustion, headaches, nervous excitement and trembling and organic troubles of the heart and liver in business men, in student, in brain workers, inthose subject to long excitement, in actors who have kept up a long time the excitement of appearing well in public. [This state of mind progresses until there is a general state of weakness; with trembling, paralysis, numbness, disturbed function,s palpitation, throbbing all over the body. , with the mental statae. The nervous state continues until there is disorder of all the organs of the body and the stomach refuses to digest ]

Chornic Headache. Caused by excitement or mental overwork.  Occasionally after a journey. Often confined to left side. Pain comes on gradually, and suddenly eases off. Starts with feeling of tension, soreness and stiffness at back of neck. Feels as if head is drawn back.  Spreads over head and localises in left temple. Nausea. Feeling of soreness in brain.  Superficial tenderness of scalp, but headache better by pressure. Worse at noon time. Worse using eyes, for motion or exertion (talking, stooping).  Better in fresh air. May occasionally be due to eating sweets.

One peculiar symptom belonging to Argentum nitricum in headache is a feeling of expansion, feels as though head were enormously enlarged, and like Pulsatilla and Apis, feels better when tied up tight . This feeling of  expansion is also a general symptom, feels as though the whole body or part of it were expanding, some express it as a feeling of fullness (Aesculus hip). It is found under other remedies also, but very prominently under this.

Argentum nitricum has a great deal of vertigo which is often accompanied with buzzing in the ears, general debility and trembling. Cannot walk  with the eyes closed; the sight of high houses makes him dizzy. These symptoms call to remembrance Gelsemium,. Both the remedies have much vertigo; great tremulous weakness, accompanied with general debility, actual trembling and tremulous sensation, and both have been found useful in locomotor ataxia. Dr. Nash says,"I should, other things being equal, give preference to Gelsemium in recent cases, or in the beginning, and Artentu,m nitricum further along. But there are generally diagnostic indications which enable us to choose between them." 

Eyes: Inner canthi swollen and red. Spots before the vision. Blurred vision.  Photophobia in warm room. Purulent ophthalmia.  Great swelling of conjunctiva; discharge abundant and purulent . Eye strain from sewing; worse in warm room. Aching, tired feeling in eyes, better closing or pressing upon them. Useful in restoring power of the weakneded ciliary muscles. Acute granular conjunctivitis. They sometimes have some corneal ulceration, but if so, it is not so deep.  All the conditions are better if the eyes can be cool, so that if the patient goes out into the open air, as long as they are shaded from light, they feel much better. If the conditon persists the patient has thickening and oedema of the lids.

Face: Sinken old, pale and bluish. Old man's look; tight drawing of skin over bones.

Nose: Loss of smell. Itching. Ulcers in septum. Coryza with chilliness, lachrymation, and headache.

Mouth: Gums tender and bled easily.   Tongue has prominent papillae; tip is red and painul. Taste coppery, like ink. Canker sores.

Throat:-  There is a tendency to favor the growth of warts and in the throat there are little wart-like growths; polypoid growths in the throat and about the genitals and anus hence its great use in sycotic constitutions. "Feels as if he had a stick in the throat when swallowing." .  At once you will see its close relation to Hepar.  In inflammatory conditions of the throat with ulceration. In Argentum nitricum he wants to be in a cold room, wants cold air, and to swallow cold things. In Hepar he wants warm things to drink, a warm clothing, warm room , and cannot put even his hand out of bed or his throat will begin paining him.  Things, you see, just oposite, but they both have "sticks" in the throat.  In dry chronic catarrh Alumina and Natrum muriaticum have "sticks" in the throat; but the in red throat with tumefaction and pain these two remedies gives no relief, the former two are better. Nitric acid, hepar and Argentum nitricum are the most striking remedies for the fish-bone sensation. Many remedies have sticking in the throat, but these are the most prominent. We know how Argentum nitricum has been used for ulceration in the throat, and here it comes in as one of the mot useful remedies in congestion of the throat of long standing.  Catarrhs with loss of voice. Warty growths, condyulomata, etc. Loss of voice, tumefaction of the mucous membrane round about the vocal cords and paresis of the vocal cords.  Condylomata on the vocal cords.

Stomach:- Belching accompanies most gastric ailments.  Eructations releive. Flatulence passes upwards, in quantities. Frequent eructatiuons. However eructations do not always relieve.  It is more like china in its eructations. The eructations of Carbo veg. relieve for some time and he feels better.  Nausea, retching, vomiting of glairy mucus. Flatulence; painful swelling of pit. Painful spot over stomach that radkiates to all parts of the abdomen. Gnawing ulcerating pain; burning and constriction.  Ineffectual effort at eructation. Great craving for sweets. Gastritis of drunkards. Ulceration of stomach(Gastric ulcer), with radiating pain. Desire for cheese and salt. 

Abdomen: The abdomen distended with all this troublesome flatulence. Colic, with much flatulent distenion. Stitchy ulcerattie pain on left side of stomach, below short ribes.

Stool: Watery, noisy, flatulent; green, like chopped spinach (Chammomilla) (spluttering stool with much noisy flatus- Calc Phos.)with shreddy mucus and enormous distention of abdomen; very offensive. Diarrhoea  immediately after eating or drinking. Fluids go right through him; after sweets. Afte any emotion with flatulence. Itching of anus.

Urine:- "Urine passed unconsciously and uninterruptedly. Day and night." "Urging to urinate; the urine passes less easily and freely." Urethra inflamed with pain burning itching pain as from a splinter. Divided stream. Early stage of gonorrhoea; Profuse discharge and terrible cutting pains; bloody urine.

Male: Impotency. Erection fails when coition is attempted. Cancer-like ulcers. Desire wanting. Genitals shrivel. Coition painful.

Female: Ovaritis- painful affections of left ovary. Inflammation of all the pelvic organs. Great soreness all over the pelvis. Coition is painful or impossible. Metrorrhagia. Complaints of nervous women and at the  menstrual period. Menses  suppressed or scanty  Leucorrhea profuse, with erosion of cervix bleeding easily.

Respiratory:- Chronic hoarseness. Suffocative cough, as if from a hair in throat. High notes cause cough. Dyspnoea. Palpitation , pulse irregular and intermittent; worse lying on right side (Alumen). Angina pectoris, nightly aggravation. Dyspnoea < crowded room.

Back: Pain the lumbar region comes on while sitting, but is better when standing and walking. Pain in the back from flatulence. Sore pain in the spine. < night. Great weight in the lumbar region. It is very useful remedy in locomotor ataxia.

Extremities:- Cannot walk with eyes closed. Trembling, with general debility. Paralysis, with mental and abdominal symptoms.  Rigidity of calves. Debility in calves especialy.  Walks and stands unsteadily especially when unobserved. Numbness of arms. Post-diphtheritic paralysis (after Gelesemum).

Skin:- Erysepelas bed sores.  Brown, tense, and hard. Drawing in skin, as from a spider-web, or dried albuminous substance, withered and dried up. Irregular blotches.

Sleep:- Sleepless, from fancies before his imagination; horrible dreams of snakes, of departed friends and of sexual gratification. Wakens in excitement and with starting. Drowsy stupor.

Fever: Chills with nausa. Chilly when uncovered, yet feels smothered if wrapped up.

Modalities:-  Worse: warmth in any form; at night; from cold food; sweets; after eating; at menstrual period; from emotions, left side.

Better, from eructations, fresh air; cold; bathing with cold water;  craves wind blowing in the face. pressure;

Relationship: Antidote: nat. mur.

Summary of indications: Anxiety;  Ophthalmia neonatorum-gastroenteritis-diarrhoea-impotence.

(The 200th or 1000th potency in watery solution, the lotion, is used as a topical application in ophthalmia neonatorum. It relievs the ophthalmia when the silver nitrate instillation as used in allopathic eye drops(10% solution, 2 drops) has failed.)


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