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ARGENTUM NITRICUM SYNOPSIS [Argentum Nitricum Synopsis]

National Journal Of Homoeopathy By Vishpala Parthasarathy

Volume: 1992 May / Jun Vol 1 No 3
Author: Tarkas P I
Subject: Materia Medica
Remedy: Arg-n
I. Identifying Feature
1. Anticipatory anxiety before any important engagement, examination, etc.
2. Craving for sweets and salt.
3. Agg. from warmth, heat, summer.
4. Fear of being alone.
5. Fear in a crowd.
6. Fear of high building (impulse to jump).
7. Fear of narrow places, closed room.
8. Splinter-like pains.
9. Impulsive; fear of losing self-control.
10. Pains shooting, lightning-like, radiating increases and decreases gradually.
Expression: Lean, dried up, stoop shouldered; old looking.
II. Causation (AF): Anticipation; emotional excitement; fright; mortification;
prolonged mental exertion.
III. Modalities: Agg from closed places; sugar; lying on right side; warmth in
any form. Before and during menses.
Amel, cool, fresh air, cold bath, hard pressure. Eructations amel., Chilly when
uncovered, yet smothers when wrapped.
IV. Food: Appetite good, but every kind of food disagrees.: Desires; sweets;
sugar (which agg); salt; strong cheese.
V. Mind: Anxiety of anticipation, even to diarrhoea. (Gels, Med) Dreads ordeals.
Fear of heights; of narrow places, of lifts, cinema halls. Fear will be trapped. Fear
of failure in exams. Delusion he cannot succeed. Fear of being in gait, in erections.
Fear that he does everything wrong, and he cannot succeed. Hurry, time passes
too slowly. Delusion he is despised deserted and forsaken. Ideas strange,
tormented by; and by strange emotions; does strange things. Undertakes nothing,
less he fails, brain fag; loss of ambition. Anxiety is set; hurry for the appointed
time to arrive. Obstinate against whatever was proposed. Indifference to business
VI. Male: Impotence; erection fails when coition is attempted. Sexual desire
wanting; organs shrivelled.

Female: Coition painful in both sexes; followed by bleeding from vagina (Nit
acid). Leucorrhoea profuse with erosion of cervix. Infant dies early after delivery.
Metrorrhagia after coition; during menopause; in young widows.
VII. Child: Ophthalmia neonatorum. Diarrhoea, green mucous; stool turns
green after remaining on diaper, or after candy or sugar.
VIII. Peculiar, Uncommon, Grand Characteristics:
1. Pain as from splinter in throat when swallowing. (Bell, Hep. Nit ac., Sil).
2. Laryngitis (voice lost) in singers and speakers. High notes cause cough.
3. Palpitation after excitement; from exertion; amel by pressure with the hand.
Agg lying on right side.
4. Ophthalmia, violet, with thick yellow, profuse bland discharge.
5. Ataxia, agg by closing eyes.
6. Dreams horrible, of snakes and sexual gratification.
7. Eructations loud, explosive, accompany most gastric complaint.
8. Urine passes unconsciously day and night. (Caust).
9. Flatulence presses up and causes dyspnoea.
10. Epilepsy caused by fright, or occurring at menstrual period. Pupils dilate
days before attack.
11. Headache (congestion) with throbbing carotids, obliging one to loosen
12. Chronic gastritis of alcoholics.
13. Left sided; symptoms (weakness of).
14. Great weakness of lower extremities with trembling. Cannot walk with eyes
15. Pain in small spots (stomach), radiates in all directions.
When death is inevitable
I have seen Ars, Carbo v, Lyc, Lach, act kindly, and quite the last horrors, but
Tarentula cubensis goes beyond these. I have lately administered it in the 30th
cent. potency.
When death is inevitable, the first named remedies seem to be mostly
indicated, but no longer act, and the friends say, "Doctor, cant you do something to
relieve that horrible suffering?" the pain, the rattling in the chest, with no power to
throw the mucus out; the patient has but a few hours to suffer, but can be made as
quiet as with the terrible morphine, in a very few minutes, by the Tarentula 30th. I
believe that no physician would use a narcotic if only he knew a better way. I thank
the Great Master for wonderful means of allaying the pangs of the flesh, without

resort to departing from the law, even in the last moments.

-Kent Minor Writings pg 98
Argentum Nitricum-II
Ears Congestive tinnitus; with vertigo; Menieres disease.
Nose Epistaxis, with palpitation.
Mouth- Salivation, mercurial, after sugar; or dryness with (or without) thirst.
Unable to speak from spasm of muscles of tongue and throat; stammering.
Throat- Catarrhal pharyngitis; of smokers or drunkards; fishbone or splinter
sensations; ulcerated, scrofulous, syphilitic or mercurial. Constricted choked feeling
when preparing for something or when going to sleep or walking. Thyrotoxicosis;
(along with adrenal cortex malfunction) cause of metabolic disorder; goitre.
Stomach- Craving for and troubles (including myocardial) after sweets.
Appetite on the diminishing side, but stimulated after bath or in pleasant company.
Gastric troubles of brain workers or businessmen starting with syphilis it traverses
into sycosis and psora as well.
Worse after: Sugar or candy (acidity, eructations, fetid flatus, diarrhoea, LBP
etc.). Starches, (rice, new bread, tubers). Proteins (milk, esp from cold), legumes,
cabbage. Fats; fatted vegetable proteins (oil-seeds, nuts etc); fatted starches
(pastry). Cold chilled foods and drinks (shocks in head, flatulence, fever etc.). Tea
(flatulence, tremors, insomnia). Coffea, apples, sour foods.
Starches are a major problem in the syphilitic, less in psoric and sycotic and
none in psoric and sycotic. Proteins are a major problem in psoric less in sycotic &
syphilitic & none in sycotic & syphilitic. Fats are a major problem for sycotic class in
psoric and syphilitic and none in syphilis and psoric. Fatted lip-proteins (also
vegetables) do not suit the psorosycotic, and fatted starches the syco-syphilitic.
The psorosyphilitics are hostile to starches and or proteins.
Flatulence (or atonic) dyspepsias, with anxiety, pulsation, palpitations,
oppression and troubles skin to pent-up gases; flatulent twinges above diaphragm.
Gastralgia; pains accompanied by intense spasms of chest muscles, seizing
shoulder or scapula and running down (1) arm, flatulence, a nervous feeling or a
sensation as if squeezed in a vice. Hyperacidity; after emotions. Ulcerated; after
emotions (eg. during wartime); with palpitation. Flabbiness; dilatation. Softening
Pit of stomach is a special butt: esp. of emotions; various sensations like
anxiety, distress, oppression, sinking, pulsations, trembling, vibrations (or a
working) are felt there.
Abdomen. Liver region tender; a band-like tension around hypochondria, (or in
waist); pains, periodical; degenerative congestion; enlarged, cirrhosis, from
malarial cachexia; pigmentary degeneration; fatty, with transitory paralysis, coma
or convulsions; liver diseases of brain workers.
Flatulent distension, tympanitis etc., hysterical (like Poth., Tarax.); reaching up
into chest even brain, long after eating (a colon dyspepsia).

Rectum Gastro-enteritis, even pseudo-membranous enteritis or

mucomembranous colitis, in the neurotic, when perturbed mentally. Diarrhoea or
urging from (various) shocks (affecting the vagus) chronic (rather nervous)
diarrhoeas after abuse of sugar, of children after weaning; worse after midnight.
Cholera infantum. Cholera (or cholerine) with suppression., urine, spasms of
diaphragm or respiratory muscles, easy suffocation, anguish, dehydration.
Advanced dysentery with (suspected) ulceration, sans tenesmus. Constipation; of
sedentary brain workers; flat tape-like stools, with croupous aphthous proctitis.
Urinary Renal congestion, calculus, inflammation (with gastro- intestinal
irritation); chronic renal failure. Bladder paretic; retained, dribbling or involuntary
urination. Sphincter paralysis. Enlargement of prostate. Urethritis (simple or
specific) with burning or splinter like-pain; stricture. Urine copious in nervous
troubles or diarrhoea; scanty in daytime or in gastric troubles. Diabetes insipidus
or melitus (in initial stages). Adrenal malfunction.
Male Gonorrhoea and G. orchitis; contusive pains. Syphilis; small chancre like
ulcers on prepuce; secondary syphilis; gastric crises. Coition painful; urine and
semen cause burning; impotence.
Female Inflammation of all pelvic organs, with soreness there. Ovaralgia from
excitement. Leucorrhoea; from erosion of cervix. Menses irregular, dysmenorrhoea
gastralgia at beginning, spasm of chest muscles, nightly tormenting pressure and
anguish in precordia, internal trembling (vibration) in epigastrium and urging to
stool which amel (in short a solar plexus disturbance). Worse at the MP and free at
all other times (opp. Lach). Amentia; from depression. Metrorrhagia; periodical; in
young widows; barren women; after coition, with nervous erethism, at climacteric
(menopausal psychoses). Ulceration of vagina, os and cervix. Prolapsus in scrawny
dried-up, feeble women. Mastodynia (and sore nipples) from nursing. Suckling
infants die early from marasmus. Tendency to ulceration (proud flesh) of
Respiratory Laryngeal troubles alternate with uterine. Catarrh or chronic
laryngitis; of singers (raising tone causes cough; of smokers (with amel, from
smoking).Phthisical degeneration of cartilages of larynx. Aphonia from nervous
excitement or depression, clogging by a growth, during indigestion.
Dyspnoea in a warm close crowded room better walking about and open air;
either nervous, of acidity or flatulence; with gastric or cardiac pains; spasms (even
paralysis) of diaphragm or respiratory muscles. Respiration often catching gasping,
deep sighing, hurried-panting. Asthma: pure nervous (i.e. spasmodic); or also
catarrhal (bronchial).
Various coughs, generally loose but also dry, in single turns; agg. any exertion,
emotions, on awaking, smoking; of tobacco heart; with soreness in (1) chest.
Pleurisy: subacute (l), getting thinner (phthisical subjects); adhesions,
fibrositis, attacks of pressing pain for years after it (Ran-b agg eating, exertion
after it). Congestion of chest; at climacteric. Pneumonia.
Perichondritis. Chronic pleurodynia or intercostal neuralgia (l); pain almost
about heart, causing uneasiness in chest and forcing him to walk; from exertion
with arms; mainly tensive, splinter like or sore. Cramps and spasms of chest
muscles. with cold face and hands, amel eructations or sweat.
A heavy oppressed feeling; oppression with fullness, anxiety and sighing; chest

feels stuffed, stony or solid; gastro-pectoral dyspepsia; flatulent twinges. Orgasm;

from blocking of gas after an unpleasant emotion; a glow or burning feeling.
Quivering, vibration, fluttering, tremulousness, or strumming (thrills) in chest or
precordia (like Crot, Lyc). Threatened paralysis of lungs; with gastric involvement.
Heart fullness, heaviness with anxiety and disposition to sigh; paroxysmal
anxiety in precordia (also faintness) and a feeling of heart disease; restless
sensation in heart, anxiety at heart, when thinking of it, after dinner or sudden
effort (Dig Carl); vibration, strumming, quivering, fluttering or trembling (from
nervousness or flatulence); orgasms, nightly, from emotions, after long walking
(opp Carl) accompanied by a glow.
Beats: irregular; intermittent; strong beats from exertion, when noticing it,
lying on r. side, amel moving about (Gel), when resting feels his heart stops
beating. Palpitations: paroxysmal; with faintish nausea (qualmishness); from
sudden emotions or shock or effort; riding in a wagon; after bath; wine; from
incarcerated flatulence.
Sub-pseudo angina pectoris (a gastro-cardiac picture): hearts action disturbed
by stomach disorder (Ang. Carl); gastric pain through precordia to shoulder,
scapula or l arm with tingling in palm; also pain in l. sterno-mastoid, on ulnar side
of hand and l little finger, with cold and numb l toes (when walking); flatulent
twinges. Pseudo-angina pectoris: Cardiac neurosis of the neurotics, tobacco addicts
or sugar friends. At night tormenting pressure, anguish in precordia; during
menses. Hysterical irritable heart with flatulence etc. (Path). Neurosis plus pains.
Angina pectoris; Ischemia, from sudden emotions, or atherosclerosis. Intense
precordial or retrosternal pains, with suffocation, after meals or nightly. Contra
Leeser "Palpitation and unrest in cardiac region are functional, with no special
alteration of cardiac action" etc. Yet also suggested in threatened coronary
thrombosis or after it to prevent recurrence or for post-infarct anginas. For
myocardial degeneration, malarial, or from abuse of sugar.
Organic heart (and liver) troubles of brain workers, businessmen, gluttons,
sugar friends, tobacconists, victims of shocks and reverses.
Blood vessels: Full feeling in. Perceptible pulsations, < lying on l side; of l
temporal artery, abdominal aorta. Arteriosclerosis and atheroma (i.e.
atherosclerosis). H.B.P. with gastric overtones, from sugar abuse, L B P Veins
varicose; dilated. Sometimes "brain and spinal cord degeneration is more than (or
precedes) actual vascular or cardiac degeneration".
Back Heaviness or fatigue. Pain after a fall; from flatulence; between scapulae
after eating. Myelitis. Stiff and sore. Spinal irritation with sensory and motor
paretic symptoms. Lumbago, amel standing or walking. Lumbo abdominal
neuralgia, during pregnancy, from flatulence. Heaviness in sacrum as before
Heaviness,weariness, soreness, jerk during sleep. Sciatica. Calves; weary, stiff,
tension in, twisting in, tormenting tearing pains all night. Unsteady tottering
staggering gait, except when observed. Crawling in legs as in incipient fever.
Sleepless from uncontrolled ideas, or else a yawning soporous condition.

Dreams of snakes etc. During sleep: catching respiration, jerking limbs, numbness
of arms, incarceration of flatulence.
Dried up, withered, wrinkles. Turns blue-grey, violet, bronze (as in Addisons
disease), to quite black; darkened and indented under constant pressure; brown,
tense hard. Irregular blotches. Drawing, tension, as from a cobweb or dried
albumen (esp. of face), Inelastic, hide-bound.
Neuro-skins. Emotional eczema. Pustulous ecthyma. Bluish black eruptions.
Scabies, Impetigo, herpes zoster, Erysipelas. Urticaria. Wart-shaped excrescences
(secondary syphilis). Bed- sores (erysipelatous). Rash.
Hard margins; excessive or warty granulations; splinter like or digging pains, <
motion; angry, deep; corrosive bloody discharge.
Thermic states Chilliness with many complaints; with nausea; when uncovered,
yet smothers if wrapped up. A feverish coldness, subnormal temperature, from
feeble circulation. Heat mild short. Neurotic sweats.
Relapsing fevers; feverish sick feeling in afternoon, head hot, hands cold,
nausea. Yellow fever with black vomiting, meningeal symptoms. Typhoid
meningitis, with trembling, fullness and ringing in ears. Septic fever; after
scarlatina (bluish black eruption).
Typhus: nervousness, oppression of chest, stupor with muttering delirium,
(complete) deafness, tongue black, fetid breath, voluntary motion impossible,
general (but esp arm) trembling, erysipelatous bed sores at l shoulder etc. utter
insensibility of body but sensibility to lowered temperature stays, involuntary stool
and urine, haemorrhage, temperature subnormal, no sordes.
Relations:Close-ups: Chel. (in liver); Ran b. (in chest)
Nearest analogues: Puls, Lyc. Lach, Con, Caust, Calc.
Symbiotics: Ars, Calc, Glon, Kali-i, Merc. Lach, Nat-m, Nit-ac, Puls, Lyc.
Precede well: Ars, Bry, Caus, Gel, Glo, Spig, Spon, Nux-v, Ver&nbspa.
Follow well: Bar-m. Cal-c. Kali-c, Lyc, Merc, Nat-m, Pul, Sep, Sel.
Counterparts: Calc, Chel, Ign, Lach, Lyc.
Acutes: Ant-c, Bry, Cact. Cham, Colch, Gel, Glon, Chel, Naja, Nux-v, Pul, Ranb, Rhus.t Sep, Lach, Merc, Arn, Coloc.
Similars: also - Lach, Lol-t, Nit-ac Onos, Psor Tarax.