Argentum Nitricum [ Arg-n ]
Homeopathy Remedy Argentum Nitricum [ Arg-n ]
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Common Name : Argenti Nitras, Silver Nitrate, Lunar Caustic; This is a colorless, transparent salt occurring in tabular, Rhombic crystals. The salt and solutions of it turn black on exposure to light when organic matter is present;
Chemical Formula: AgNO3;
Stage: Acute, Chronic;
Side: Left, Lt. to Rt. ;
Miasm: Psoric, Sycotic, Tubercular, Syphilitic ;
Thermal State: Hot;
Thirst: Thirsty, Thirstless ;
Appetite: Increased, Easy satiety, Reduced;
Sensitivity: Low, High;
Moon Phases: First Quarter, Full Moon, Last Quarter, New Moon ;
Time Phases : Morning, Noon, Afternoon, Forenoon, Evening, Night ;
Element: Nitrogen(N, 7), Oxygen(O, 8), Silver(Ag, 47);
Argentum Nitricum [Arg-n] is used for Anticipation aggravates. Nervous. Hurried. Brain fag. Emotional Diarrhoea, Splinter-like pains. Craves sugar which <.
Physiological Action of Argentum Nitricum [Arg-n] :
This agent when applied locally is a caustic; but superficial in its action. It produces a dark discoloration, due to its union with the albumen and fibrin; upon the mucous membranes of the stomach it produces a condition of atony with great flatulence. When poisonous doses are taken it produces vomiting, purging, spasms of the abdominal muscles, convulsions, delirium, a lowering of the heart action, failure of the respirations, and death.
The kidneys, liver, and all glandular tissues show degeneration; especially those of a fatty character. The Cartilago of the body show destructive inflammatory changes. The haemoglobin is diminished, and as a result there is defective oxidation and anaemia. The temperature is lowered. In connection with the nervous symptoms already mentioned there is headache which appears to be deep in the substance of the brain; this is attended with mental depression, vertigo, restless sleep, spinal weakness, pain in the small of the back, and a debility of the extremities that approaches paresis.
THERAPEUTICS of Argentum Nitricum [Arg-n] :
This remedy is indicated in neurotic affections and in catarrhal conditions of the mucous membranes with a profuse mucky – purulent discharge; and in functional and organic nervous diseases. There is a great craving for sweets; there are splinter – like pains, and a sensation as though the parts were expanding. The patient presents a withered or dried-up appearance. There is a gradual increase and decrease of the pains.
In OPHTHALMIA NEONATORUM, gonorrheal ophthalmia, granulated eyelids, and in purulent CONJUNCTIVITIS, IT IS OF THE GREATEST SERVICE, AND SHOULD BE EMPLOYED BOTH LOCALLY AND INTERNALLY; ALSO IN coryza WITH ULCERATION OF THE NASAL SEPTUM; THE GUMS ARE TENDER AND BLEED EASILY; THE TIP OF THE TONGUE IS RED AND PAINFUL, AND THE PAPILLAE OF THE TONGUE ARE PROMINENT.
It is useful in acute or chronic catarrhal PHARYNGITIS; there may be a sensation of a splinter in the throat when swallowing, or of rawness, and soreness and scraping, which may be attended with a thick, tenacious mucus, which causes hawking in the endeavor to clear the throat. It has relieved the catarrhal trouble of smokers, and the CHRONIC LARYNGITIS of singers, especially when there is a muco – purulent discharge from the posterior walls of the pharynx. This catarrhal trouble may involve the bronchi, when there is dyspnoea, with burning and heaviness in the chest, and an expectoration of purulent material mixed with blood. It is usually the principal remedy in chronic catarrhal gastritis when there is distress and tenderness in the epigastrium, flatulence, and vomiting of large quantities of ropy mucus. In these cases twenty minims of a freshly prepared 1 per cent solution should be given in half a glass of hot water before meals.
In LARYNGEAL PHTHISIS it is indicated when the cartilage of the larynx have undergone changes. There is aphonia, and a cough which is dry and spasmodic, producing a sensation as of tearing in the larynx. The cough is increased by rest and by the recumbent posture.
In the GASTRALGIA and the hysterical TYMPANITIS of weak, delicate females, t is of service when the attacks are precipitated by some slight emotion. The pains appear and leave slowly, are gnawing in character, are relieved by firm pressure, and made worse from taking food. Frequently they suffer from flatulence. The stomach is greatly distended; there are eructations, the gas escaping with great violence.
In GASTRIC ULCER, it is of service in those who are anaemic and chlorotic; the pain is below the ensiform cartilage, and extends through to the spine.
In CHRONIC DIARRHOEA, it is indicated in neurotic subjects, who are distressed with frequent and forcible eructations. The stools vary in character, they contain an excess of mucus and are attended with but little or no tenesmus. It meets the indications in cases of PSEUDO – MEMBRANOUS ENTERITIS, when the discharge consists of a red or green shredded material; there is pain in the bowel and the patient in hypochondriacal and a neurotic.
While it has no positive action in controlling CIRRHOSIS of the LIVER, it will control the gastric catarrh and flatulency that attends many of these cases. It is one of the remedies that is of service in DIABETES INSIPIDUS when the emaciation and weakness is pronounced, micturition is frequent, and the urine is profuse and turbid, and the gastric indications of the remedy are present.
It often relieves the NEPHRALGIA that is dependent upon renal congestion, or the passage of renal calculi. There is a dull, aching pain in the lumbar region which extends to the region of the bladder. The urine is dark, contains uric acid blood, and renal epithelium; its passage causes a sensation of burning.
It should be studied in cases of LOCOMOTOR ATAXIA; there is the ataxia gait, which s aggravated from closing the eyes; he cannot walk in the dark without reeling; the legs feel as if made of wood. There is atrophy of the optic nerve, the pupils may be contracted, or uneven in size, while the pupillary reflex is lost. There is paralysis of the bladder, loss of sexual desire, or priapism. gastric crises, and shooting pains.
In PARAPLEGIA, it is indicated when there is spinal weakness with pains in the lumbar region, weakness of the limbs, vertigo and dim vision.
It should be remembered in DISSEMINATED SCLEROSIS of the brain and cord, myelitis AND IN epilepsy; THE GASTRIC SYMPTOMS ARE THE ONES UP TO WHICH ITS CHOICE SHOULD BE BASED. IT IS FREQUENTLY THE REMEDY TO FOLLOW GELSEMIUM IN post – diphtheritic paralysis. In FUNCTIONAL NERVOUS DISEASES, AS neurasthenia AND BRAIN FAG, IT IS OF SERVICE WHEN THERE IS MENTAL DEPRESSION, PROFOUND MELANCHOLIA WITH PHYSICAL WEAKNESS, WHICH IS FREQUENTLY TRACEABLE TO EXCESSIVE VENERY AND ALCOHOL.
A/F (Aliment From / Causation):
-Apprehension, fear or fright
-Mental strain and worry
-Onanism and venery
MODALITIES of Argentum Nitricum [Arg-n] :
[< – Aggravation]
< Apprehension, fear, fright or suspense
< In room, in shut places
< Mental strain and worry
< Lying on right side
< Looking down
< Warmth in any form
< Rising from sitting
< Before and during menses
< Cold food, ice creams
< Touching the parts
< Night or morning on rising
> Dark room
> Cold air
> Cold bath
> Bending double
> Warm drinks
> Open air
> Hard pressure
MIND of Argentum Nitricum [Arg-n] :
– Acute or chronic diseases from unusual or long continued mental exertion.
– Great APPREHENSION, especially when getting ready for church, opera, examination, etc. Any engagement and at that time diarrhoea sets in. Dreads ordeals. It is a good remedy for examination funk. Fear to be late.
– IMPULSIVE, wants to do things in a HURRY. Unexplainable, foolish impulses. Time passes slowly.
– Great fear of projecting buildings on street corners, which creates a sensation as if it would fall over him. Sight of height makes him dizzy.
– Suicidal tendency prevails when crossing, or on high places or bridge, or looking out through a window. The impulse comes on him to jump down from it.
– Predicts the time of death. Fixed idea that he is going to die at a certain hour.
– Obstinate against whatever was proposed; he had the queerest objection.
– Delusion he is despised.
– Anxiety about health; when alone, ameliorated in company.
GUIDING INDICATIONS of Argentum Nitricum [Arg-n] :
-Mucous membranes are inflamed and ulcerated, causing mucopurulent discharges and splinter-like pains. Violent pains like deeply sticking SPLINTER or sharp, shooting, like lightning, grinding or radiating, causing starting, extending down the back or legs.
-Chilly when uncovered yet feels smothered if wrapped up. Craves fresh air.
-Symptoms of INCOORDINATION, loss of control and want of balance everywhere mentally and physically. Trembling in affected parts.
-Desire for SUGAR, sweets, salt; but sugar <, it results in diarrhoea.
-Warm blooded, one of the hottest remedies.
-Headache-with coldness and trembling.
-Congestive, with fullness and heaviness, with sense of expansion.
-Habitual, gastric, ending in bilious vomiting.
– < from mental labour; >pressure or tight bandaging (Apis, Puls).
-Eyes-Acute granular conjunctivitis.
-Scarlet red like raw beef.
-Inner canthi swollen.
-Purulent ophthalmia > cold water application.
-R.S.-High notes cause cough.
-Chronic hoarseness of singers (Caust, Arg-m, Arum-t).
-G.I.T.-Belching accompanies most gastric ailments.
-Flatulence, painful swelling of pit of stomach.
-Abdominal colic with much flatulent distention.
-Bursting, loud explosive belching, discharged upward and downward.
-Diarrhoea-Green, mucus like chopped spinach, in flakes.
-After eating candy or sugar.
-Masses of mucolymph in shreddy strips or lumps with much noisy flatus (Aloe).
-Diarrhoea immediately after eating or drinking. Fluids go right though him.
-C.V.S.-Palpitation, pulse irregular, and intermittent.
– < lying on right side (Alumn).
-Urine passes unconsciously by day and night.
-Impotence, erection fails when coition is attempted (Cact, Calad, Sel).
-Coition painful in both sexes, followed by bleeding from vagina.
-Good remedy for epilepsy from fright. < during menses, < at night.
-Pupils are dilated for a day or two before the attack and followed by restlessness and trembling of hands.
KEYNOTES of Argentum Nitricum [Arg-n] :
1. Great apprehension before any engagement. Breaks into profuse sweat and diarrhoea sets in.
2. Splinter-like, violent, deeply sticking, shooting, like lightning, grinding or radiating pains.
3. Fear of projecting buildings, cannot look up, feels as if they would fall on him. Cannot look down from heights.
4. Craving for sweets which <.
CONFIRMATORY SYMPTOMS of Argentum Nitricum [Arg-n] :
1. Great apprehension and anxiety before any engagement, and diarrhoea sets in.
2. Very characteristic desire for sweets.
3. Splinter-like pains and free muco purulent discharge of the inflamed and ulcerated mucous membrane.
3. Fear of heights and projecting buildings.
4. Suicidal tendency. Also fear of death.
5. Flatulent dyspepsia. Diarrhoea – green, mucus like, chopped spinach, in flakes, turning green after remaining on diaper < sweets.
NUCLEUS OF REMEDY:
Suitable to students, brain workers.
Simple paraplegia from exhaustion – Dr. Hughes.
Dull chronic headache of students – Dr. Hughes.
REMEDY RELATIONSHIPS of Argentum Nitricum [Arg-n] :
Followed Well By : Lyc.
Follows Well : Bry, Caust, Spig, Spong, Verat.
Inimical : Coff.
Compare : ARSENICUM ALBUM, MERCURIUS, PULSATILLA, GELSEMIUM. Phos.
Similar : Arg-m, Aur, Cup-m, Kali-bi, Lach, Merc, Merc-c, Merc-i, Nat-m, Nit-ac.
Antidoted By : Ars, Nat-m.
It Antidotes : Am-caust.
Duration Of Action : 30 Days.