Argentum Nitricum

by H. C. Allen

Argentum nitricum is for Acute or chronic diseases from unusual or long-continued mental exertion.

Always think of Argentum nitricum on seeing withered, dried-up, old-looking patients (thin, scrawny, Secale ).

Emaciation, progressing every year; most marked in lower extremities ( Ammonium muriaticum ); marasmus.

Argentum nitricum has Apprehension when ready for church or opera, diarrhoea sets in ( Gelsemium ).

Time passes slowly ( Cannabis indica ); impulsive, wants to do things in a hurry; must walk fast; is always hurried; anxious, irritable, nervous ( Aurum Lilium ).

Argentum nitricum Headache: congestive, with fullness and heaviness; with sense of expansion; habitual gastric, of literary men; from dancing; hemicrania, pressive, screwing in frontal eminence or temple; ending in bilious vomiting; < from any exhaustive mental labor; > by pressure or tight bandaging ( Apis, Pulsatilla ).

Acute granular conjunctivitis; scarlet-red, like raw beef; discharge profuse, muco-purulent.

Ophthalmia neonatorum: profuse, purulent discharge; cornea opaque, ulceration; lids sore, thick, swollen; agglutinated in morning ( Apis, Mercurius solubilis, Rhus ).

Eye strain from sewing, < in warm room > in open air ( Nat. m., Ruta ); diseases due to defective accommodation.

Argentum nitricum Craves sugar; child is fond of it, but diarrhoea results from eating (craves salt or smoked meat, Calcarea phosphorica ).

Belching accompanies most gastric ailments.

Flatulent dyspepsia: belching after every meal; stomach, as it it would burst with wind; belching difficult, finally air rushes out with great violence.

Argentum nitricum Diarrhoea: green mucus, like chopped spinach in flakes; turning green after remaining on diaper; after drinking; after eating candy or sugar; masses of muco-lymph in shreddy strips or lumps ( Asarum europaeum ); with much noisy flatus ( Aloe. ).

Diarrhoea as soon as he drinks ( Arsenicum, Croton tiglium, [Trombidium]).

Urine passes unconsciously day and night ( Causticum ).

Impotence: erection fails when coition is attempted ( Agnus, Caladium, Selenium ).

Coition: painful in both sexes; followed by bleeding from vagina ( Acid nitricum ).

Metrorrhagia: in young widows; in sterility; with nervous erethism at change of life ( Lachesis ).

Argentum nitricum has Great longing for fresh air ( Amyl., Pulsatilla, Sulphur ).

Chronic laryngitis of singers; the high notes cause cough ( Alumina, Argentum m., Arum. ).

Argentum nitricum has Great weakness of lower extremities, with trembling; cannot walk with the eyes closed ( Alumina ).

Walks and stands unsteadily, especially when he thinks himself unobserved.

Convulsions preceded by great restlessness.

Sensation of a splinter in throat when swallowing ([Dolichos], Hepar, Acid nitricum, Silicea ); in or about uterus when walking or riding.

Chilly when uncovered, yet feels smothered if wrapped up; craves fresh air.

Relation. – Natrum mur, for the bad effects of cauterizing with nitrate of silver.

Coffea increases nervous headache.

Boys’ complaints after using tobacco ( Arsenicum, Verbascum ).

Similar: to, Natrum mur., Acid nitricum, Lachesis, Aurum, Cuprum

After Verbascum; Lycopodium follows well in flatulent dyspepsia.

Aggravation. – Cold food; cold air; eating sugar; ice cream; unusual mental exertion.

Amelioration. – Open air; craves the wind blowing in his face; bathing with cold water.

The 200 or 1000th potency of Argentum nitricum in watery solution as a topical application in ophthalmia neonatorum has relieved when the crude Silver nitrate failed.