by H. C. Allen

Alumina Adapted to persons who suffer from chronic diseases; “the Aconite of chronic diseases.”. Constitutions deficient in animal heat (Calcarea, Silicea). Spare, dry, thin subjects; dark complexion; mild, cheerful disposition; hypochondriacs; dry, tettery, itching eruption, worse in winter (Petroleum); intolerable itching of whole body when getting warm in bed (Sulphur); scratches until bleeds, then becomes painful. Time passes too slowly; an hour seems half a day (Cannabis indica).Alumina has Inability to walk, except with the eyes open, and in the daytime; tottering and falling when closing eyes (Argentum nitricum, Gelsemium). Abnormal appetite; craving for starch, chalk, charcoal, cloves, coffee or tea grounds, acids and indigestible things (Cicuta, Psorinum); potatoes disagree. Alumina has Chronic eructations for years; worse in evening. All irritating things – salt, wine, vinegar, pepper – immediately produce cough. Constipation: no desire for and no ability to pass stool until there is a large accumulation (Melilotus); great straining, must grasp the seat of closet tightly; stool hard, knotty, like laurel berries, covered with mucus; of soft, clayey, adhering to parts (Platina). Alumina has Inactivity of rectum, even soft stool requires great straining (Anacardium, Platina, Silicea, Ver.). Constipation: of nursing children, from artificial food; bottle-fed babies; of old people (Lycopodium, Opium); of pregnancy, from inactive rectum (Sepia). Diarrhoea when she urinates. Has to strain at stool in order to urinate. Alumina has Leucorrhoea: acrid and profuse, running down to the heels (Syphilinum); worse during the daytime; > by cold bathing. After menses: exhausted physically and mentally, scarcely able to speak (Carbo animalis, Cocculus). Talking fatigues; faint and tired, must sit down.

Alumina Relationship. – Complementary: to Bryonia. Follows: Bryonia, Lachesis, Sulphur. Alumina is the chronic of Bryonia. Similar: to Barayta carbonica, Conium, in ailments of old people.

Aggravation. – In cold air; during winter; while sitting; from eating potatoes; after eating soups; on alternate days; at new and full moon.

Amelioration. – Mild summer weather; form warm drinks; while eating (Psorinum); in wet weather (Causticum). Alumina is one of the chief antidotes for lead poisoning; painter’s colic; ailments from lead.