S I L I C E A
Pure Silica (Silicic Oxide)
is another of our invaluable constitutional remedies,
and also one which is of little or no use except as
developed by Hahnemann's
process of potentization. Like Calcarea it is
especially useful sweaty-headed children (Sanicula) with
defective assimilation. It is not in the fat, torpid,
obese patients, over nourished in one part and
insufficiently so in another, like Calcarea, that
Silicia is indicated, but in the oversensitive,
imperfectly nourished (generally), not from want of food
but from imperfect assimilation The Silicea child is not
larger than natural anywhere except in its
which is due to diseased mesentery. Its limbs are
shrunken, its eyes sunken and its face pinched and old
looking. It does not increase in size or strength,
learns late; in short, if not actually sick in bed,
everything seems to have to a standstill so far as
growth or development is concerned. Now if this state of
things continues the bowels become very constipated and
a peculiar constipation
little follow strains and strains, the stool partly
protruding and then slipping back( Sanicula &
Thuja) as though the general weakness of the patient
affected the expulsive power of the rectum or else the
bowels become very persistently loose, especially during
dentition or the hot weather of summer. The stools are
changeable but Pulsatilla does no good, almost every
kind and color of loose stool appearing. The child
takes nourishment enough, but, whether vomited or
retained, goes on emaciating and growing weaker and
weaker until it dies of inanition, unless Silicea checks
this process. Nash says that he has cured many cases had
have saved with this remedy and made them healthy
children. He has always used 30th and
upwards, hence cannot speak of the lower.
Kent says that the
of Silica is slow. In the proving, it takes a long time
to develop the symptoms. It is, therefore, suited to
complaints that develop slowly. At certain times of
the year and under certain circumstances, peculiar
symptoms will come out. They may stay with the prover
the balance of his life. Such are the long-acting,
deep-acting remedies, they are capable of going so
thoroughly into the vital order that hereditary
disturbances are routed out.
The SILICIA patient is CHILLY; his
symptoms are developed in cold, damp weather, though
often better in cold, dry weather; symptoms come out
after a bath. He has a lack of vital warmth, even when
taking exercise; must be wrapped up, especially the head
Unhealthy skin; every little injury
suppurates. Ill effects of vaccination(Thuja).
Promotes expulsion of foreign bodies from
the tissues, fish bones, needles bone splinters.
Nash sahs he have several times found a
Silicea child sufffering from epileptiform spasms which
were always worse at new moon. A few doses of Sil.200
set them allright.
Oversensitive, both mentally and
physically. Yielding mid, anxious mood,
faint-hearted. Lacks grit or mental stamina. A
speaker is under the impression that he would fail to
conduct himself properly as he used to do on previous
occasions. But his usual self command returns to him
and he does well, he does his work with promptness,
fullness, and accuracy. This is the early state of
course there comes a time when he cannot perform the
work with accuracy and still he may need Silicea.
Another case is illustrated in a young
man who has studied for years and is now nearing the end
of his course. He dreads the final examination but he
goes through them all right, then a fatigue comes upon
him and for years he is unable to enter his profession.
He has this dread of undertaking anything.
The patient is gloomy, feels if she would
die. Mental labor seems to be very difficult :reading
and writing are fatiguing. Brain fag. Fixed ideas;
thinks only of pins, searches and counts them(as in
insanity). Child is obstinate and headstrong; cries
when kindly spoken to. Weakness of memory. Disposition
to fly into a rage, obstinacy, and great irritability.
Tendency to misapply words in speaking.
Headache from fasting;; better,
wrapping up warmly; when lying on left side(Mag.mur;
Strontia) Pain begin at occiput, and spsreads over head
and settles over eyes._Profuse sweat , offensive and
extends to neck. Begins to sweat as soon as he falls
asleep. Children perspire all about the head;(lower
than Calcarea). head is wet from sweat, esp. at night.
Sweat is over the scalp neck and face, and is apt to be
offensive, but it may be sour-smelling. Scrofulous
rachitic children with large heads,
open fontanelles and sutures;(H.C.Allen)
Swelling of lachrymal duct.
Perforating or sloughing ulcers of cornea. Abscess
in cornea after traumatic injury After effects of
keratitis and ulcus(ulcer) cornae, clearing the
opacity. Boericke says use 30th potency for
Fetid discharge. Caries of mastoid.
Roaring in ears.
Itching at point of nose. Perforation of
septum. Sneezing in morning.
Pale and earthy complexion. White spots
on cheeks, from time to time. Cracks and rhagades in
skin of face .
is sickly, anemic, waxy, tired.'.
Pustular and vesicular eruption on face. Herpes on chin.
Schirrhous induration in face and upper lip. Swelling
of lips. Ulceration of commissures of lips.
Sensation of a hair on tongue. Gums
sensitive to cold air. Boils on gums. Abscess at root
of teeth Pyorrhoea (Merc. Cor.) Sensitive to cold
water.The teeth break down, lose their enamel surface;
the dentine is made up largely of the silicate of lime
and the surface of the tooth becomes rough, loses its
shiny appearance and caries sets in. This often takes in
the margin of the gum; ulcers form on the tip of the
fangs. Toothaches are >in a warm room and from hot
drinks. Abscesses around gums.
Periodical quinsy. Pricking as of a pin
in tonsil. Colds settles in throat. Parotid glands
swollen.(Bell, Rhus, Calc.) Hard, cold swelling of
Desires: Great appetite; For cold and
raw things only.
Aversions: to all food, esp. to cooked
and hot things. To boiled food. Loathing of animal food
which cannot be digested.
Although the patient has an aversion to
hot things and desires to eat cold things, yet in chest
complaints cold water, ice cream and cold things in
general, increase the cough to gagging, and then the
retching is dreadful, violent, retching, gagging
cough.. Child is averse to its mother's
milk with vomiting after sucking.
Colic, cold feeling in abdomen, better by
external heat. Hepatic abscess.
Feels paralyzed. Fistula in ano (ber,;
Lach.)Fissures and haemorrhoids, painful with spasm of
sphincter ; Stool comes down with difficulty; when
partly expelled, recedes again. Great straining;
recturm stings; closes upon stool. Faeces remain a long
time in rectum. Constipation always before and during
menses with irritable spnincter ani. Diarhhoea of
cadaverous odor- from overheated(Sulphur).
Prostatic fluid discharged when straining
at stool. Nocturnal enuresis in children with worms.
:Burning and soreness of genitals, with
eruptions in inner surface of thighs. Chronic
gonorrhoea with thick, fetid discharge. Elephantiasis of
scrotum. Sexual erethism; noctural emissions.
Entire absence of menses for months ,
amenorrhoea. Serous cysts in the vagina as large as a
pea or an orange, projecting from the vagina or
projecting upwards and flattened out in conformation
with it. Leucorrhoa profuse, acrid corroding milky,
preceded by cutting around the navel, causing biting
pain, especially after acrid food; during the urination
; in gushes with cancer of the uterus. Hard lumps in the
breasts. Threatened abscesses of the breasts. If the
remedy is given in time it will abort the entire trouble
.Women who area so weak they tend to abort, or no
conception takes place. It would seem if the organs were
tired out and unable to perform their functions.
Constipation always before and during
menses(diarrhoea before and during menses, Am.c, Bov.)
. The Silicia cough is dangerous one; the
remedy suits the early stage of phthisis, when the lung
is not extensively involved, it suits a cough of
catarrhal character when the symptoms agree. If there is
a small abscess in the lung with no tendency to heal, it
brings about repair. Asthmatic attacks from suppressed
gonorrhoea with liability to develop complaints from
over exertion and over heating as in most sycotics.
Chronic tendency for colds to settle in
the chest and bring on asthmatic symptoms. Chronic
bronchitis; inflammation of the lungs with suppuration.
Silicia especially suits the later stages of pneumonia
and the old, chronic complaints following pneumonia.
Colds fails to yield; sputum persistently muco purulent
and profuse.. Cough and sore throat, with expectoration
of little granules like shot, which broken smell very
Tuberculosis; thick, yellow, green foetid
sputa, more pronounced coldness than Calc.; and head
sweat, pains in the lungs sore lungs, stitches.
Weak spine; very susceptible to draughts
on back. Pains in coccyx. Spinal irritation after
injuries to spine; diseases of bones of spine. Pott's
Night walking; gets up while asleep.
Insomnia with great orgasm of blood and heat in head.
Frequent starts in sleep.
Affections of the finger nails,
especially if white spots o nails. In growing toe
nails. Icy cold and sweaty feet. The
parts lain on go to sleep. Offensive sweat on feet,
hands and axillae. Panaritium. Pain in k nee as if
tightly bound. Calves tense and contracted. Pain
beneath toes. Soles sore (Ruta0.
Soreness in feet from instep through to
the sole. Suppurates.
around nails) abscesses, boils, old old fistulous
ulcers. Delicate, pale, waxy. Cracks at end of
fingers. Painless swelling of glands. Rose-coloured
blotches. Scars suddenly become painful. Pus offensive
. Promotes expulsion of foreign bodies from tissues.
Every little injury suppurates. Long lasting
suppuration and fistulous tracts. Dry finger tips.
Eruptions itch only in daytime and evening. Crippled
nails. Keloid growths.
Chilliness; very sensitive to cold air.
Creeping shivering over the whole body. Cold
extremities, even in a warm room . Sweat at night; worse
towards morning. Suffering
parts feel cold.
is disturbed by the extremes of heat and cold, easily
affected in changes even of a few degrees; he has
complaints from being overheated he gets overheated
easily, sweats easily from a slight change in the
temperature and comes down with a cold.
Case: A physician waiting on an
obstetrical case, had a little difficulty in the last
stage and he became overheated; putting on his overcoat
and hat he went out on the porch to cool off and was
taken down with asthma, violent cough, copious
expectoration with gagging and vomiting which lasted him
for months . The acute remedies he had taken only
palliated, but a dose of Silicia cured him almost
as quickly as he was taken down; he could not tolerate a
warm room; the acute complaints of Silicia are
often worse in a warm room and from heat.
Cold; during menses; during new moon, in
morning , uncovering especially the head; lying down.
Warmth, especially from wrapping up the head; all the
symptoms except gastric which are >by cold food(Lyc.)
Silicia is the chronic of
Thuja; Sanic. Puls. Fluro. Ac. Merc. And Silicia
do not follow each other well.
Hepar Sulph. Calcarea
Sixth to thirtieth Potency. The 200th and
higher of unquestioned activity. In malignant
affections, the lowest potencies needed at times.
Summary of Indications:
Gastro intestinal disorders (digestive
disorders, anal fis
sures, fistula)-chronic infections --expulsion
of of foreign bodies
paronychia(nail bed infectins)-