Argentum nitricum is one of the most important homeopathic polychrest remedies. It is a mineral kingdom remedy, commonly known as Lunar caustic and Nitrate of silver.
This medicine is one of the monumental treasures of homeopathy and was first proved by Dr. Hahnemann.it is a great anti-sycotic remedy and is mainly indicated in those in whom intellectual features are predominate.
It is a highly irritant poison, that primarily affects the mucus membranes of the eyes, mouth, throat, upper air passage, etc, causing violent congestion and destructive inflammation, and ulceration.
Medicine is prepared by the trituration of the salt of silver nitrate with sugar of milk up to 3c potency.
Argentum nitricum is best suited to a hysterical, nervous person with a vivid imagination having a carbo-nitrogenous or hydrogenoid constitution.
This medicine is suitable for dried-up, old-looking, thin and scrawny patients. Patients seem older than their actual age, because of a lot of stress, not a proper lifestyle and so much anxiety.
Argentum nitricum is a polychrest medicine and has an action on almost every part of the body. It is highly indicated medicine to treat any acute or chronic diseases from unusual, or long-continued mental exertion.
The main sphere of action of Argentum nitricum is on Brain spinal cord nerves, circulation, mucus membrane, gastrointestinal tract, and urinary tract.
There is a lot of apprehension, anxiety, and mental confusion in the patients before they go to perform on stage, to appear in front of the public, before appearing in the examination, and when ready for church or opera. Because of this apprehension, they suddenly develop nervous diarrhea, the stool is watery with intolerable offensiveness and urging.
These patients are also having sedentary life and poor habit of taking unhealthy diets. There is a great desire for sugar, sweets, candy, chocolate, fatty and greasy food. Due to this unhealthy food, they develop gastrointestinal disorders and ultimately diarrhea. Therefore, Argentum is also indicated to treat both nervous diarrhea and diarrhea due to gastrointestinal disorders.
Argentum nitricum is also indicated to treat diarrhea in children. The children have a sickly, withered appearance with prematurely aged expressions on their faces. There is emaciation all over the body particularly on the legs with a history of gonorrhea in parents and emaciation progressing every year in children.
This article will cover from head to toe all the complaints body. And wherever the symptoms are matched, this medicine can be used-
Argentum nitricum is a very effective remedy for mental anxiety and is suitable for those patients who are very impulsive, always in hurry to fulfill engagements, and fear being late when there is plenty of time. They are very fast-paced people, very hurried. They are also very perfectionists; everything is planned according to them.
The main indication for this medicine is that patient always thinks time passes too slowly. They are a very time-bounded person. Every time they are looking at the clock or the calendar with anxiety as if a time is set. Therefore, this medicine is highly indicated to treat OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) like conditions, and psychiatric disorders.
It is often seen in Argentum patients that there is the sluggishness of memory although they are very intellectual people. There is a complete loss of consciousness with impaired memory, they cannot find the right word.
The main them for Argentum nitricum is a sensation of isolation, a situation of disaster and danger, they constantly think what if I don’t complete the task on time? Anxiety is well marked in this remedy; they think they are trapped and unable to get out after unsuccessful efforts.
Argentum nitricum is effective in treating hemicrania or migraine, a deep-seated, periodical headache that gets better by tight bandaging and by pressure. There is a congestive headache and the patient almost loses his sense. Sometimes the bones of the head feel as if they would separate the head and the head feels very large with heaviness on both sides.
Headache appears generally due to exhaustive mental labor, stress, and tension on the head and gets better by tight bandaging or by pressure around the head. The headache is so much intense that it ended up in bilious vomiting with other gastric issues.
Argentum is indicated to treat inflammatory eye conditions like conjunctiva, keratitis, purulent ophthalmia with great swelling of the caruncle, the discharge is very abundant and purulent.
With headache and nervous symptoms, there is frequently great photophobia with a general loss of muscular coordination of the eyes. The patient is unable to keep the eyes fixed steadily and everything is blurred.
There is burning in the eyes in the morning on waking with dryness and trouble opening them. There is sore pain in the upper and inner parts of the eye while reading. Argentum nitricum is also indicated to treat purulent ophthalmia in newborns and chronic ulceration of the margins of the eyelid with profuse discharge.
Argentum nitricum can be given in many ears related issues. It is indicated when the patient complains of deep stitching pain inside the ear while walking and great aching in the morning on waking.
Argentum nitricum is used to treat infection, tinnitus, and otorrhea or drainage of liquid from the ear. There is humming. Roaring, whizzing, and ringing in the ear in the morning on waking that seems to come from a distance.
It is also used to treat the hearing impairment in the patient and having deep boring, tearing, and sharp pain in the ear causes a disturbance during sleep.
Argentum nitricum is indicated in coryza with chilliness. Patients are inclined to take cold easily. There is frequent sneezing and stupefying headache, obliging the patients to lie down.
On blowing the nose in the morning there is blood mixed with mucus that comes out from the nose. There are bruised sore pain on compressing the wings. It is used to treat the loss of smell and hemorrhages from the nose.
Argentum is such an effective remedy for toothache due to sour things. There is sudden tearing pain in the morning when washing the mouth with cold water indicating the sensitiveness to cold water. Also, the patient may complain about a sour taste in the mouth.
Gums are tender and disposed to bleed or bleed readily. They are inflamed and standing off from teeth in the shape of white indentation, especially painful when touched.
It is used to treat the soreness of the papilla of the tongue. The papilla on the tongue may stand out erectile and become very sore and forming reddish, painful pimples.
Argentum nitricum patients have a sickly appearance. They appear older than their actual age due to their facial expressions. Argentum is effective in treating facial neuralgia as its sphere of action is also seen on nerves. The patient describes the pain as if wandering about the one side of the cheek like crawling.
There are purple-red spots on the margins of the lips and about the chin, with a whitish-grey crust covering the interior of the mouth. Lips are dry and viscid and become parched during the night. It is also used to treat the hard pimples on the vermilion border, that is paler than the lips and sore to touch.
Argentum nitricum is one of the main remedies for treating the loss of voice and hoarseness of voice in speakers and chronic laryngitis of singers. It is a highly indicated medicine for treating rawness, roughness, and soreness of the throat.
It is useful in treating acute and chronic sore throat, with much thick mucus and the feeling of a splinter lodged in the throat. Sometimes there is burning and dryness, generally with dark redness of all internal parts of the throat.
There is a catarrhal feeling in the throat and the larynx. It is also indicated in the catarrh of smokers, with the sensation of hair causing cough that gets better by smoking. This symptom is called Argentum nitricum.
Argentum is an effective remedy for treating many respiratory-related conditions like threatening paralysis with a sensation of a bar around the chest. It is also indicated in angina pectoris where there is intense pain in the chest and the patient can hardly breathe.
There is a stuffed sensation, fullness, and heaviness of the chest with anxiety and disposition to sigh. There is oppression in the chest as from a stone in the middle that gets aggravated on lying.
The patients of Argentum nitricum has a great fear of suffocation, they feel suffocated in closed space that affects their breathing. It is a very effective remedy to treat such conditions.
There is irritation and tickling in the respiratory passage that generates a short dry cough, sometimes causing vomiting and dry hacking.
Argentum is indicated when there is pain and fullness in the precordial region and pressure when walking, with the necessity to breathe deeper. There is a feeling as the heart is beating once or twice stronger when walking.
There is irregular action of heart, intermitting sometimes with discomfort in the chest that gets better by motion in the open air. Patients also complain of palpitation with faintish nausea and restless sensation in the heart like a sudden falling from above.
Argentum nitricum is one of the top listed remedies for treating gastric troubles. There is well-marked gastritis characterized by enormous distension or with free eructation of gas. There is eructation in the morning with most of the gastric derangements with sick feeling and pain in the stomach.
Clinically, it is also used to treat the ulceration of the stomach. The pain extends from the stomach, there is great distress from water and food often associated with enlargement of the liver and cutting pain in the region of the liver.
There is great craving for sweets and fatty foods. This medicine is often indicated in the disordered stomach in children from sweets, with distension, nausea and eructation, and violent cramps in the intestine.
In the abdomen there is great distension with much explosive flatus, that is not relieved by eructation and causes rumbling in the abdomen and also produces pain. Thus, it is indicated to treat the flatulent colic in the abdomen. With distension, the abdomen is sensitive to clothing and there is intolerance of tight clothing around the waist.
It is effective in treating duodenal ulcers with pain in small spots radiating to different directions, that get worse by slightest pressure and are accompanied by indescribable anxiety. The patient also complains of incessant vomiting of food until the stomach gets empty.
Argentum is a great remedy for nervous diarrhea and diarrhea due to gastric troubles. The patient often experiences diarrhea due to excitement, emotional cause, anticipation, and anxiety.
The stool is of green, fetid mucus, like chopped spinach in flakes and acrid that burns the anus. Patients also experience diarrhea after drinking water. As soon he drinks the water the stool expels from the anus with explosive flatus.
It is also used to treat various types of cystitis or inflammation of the urinary bladder due to infection. The patient complains of burning during urination with a feeling as if the urethra is swollen, and the last portion of urine passes off with difficulty. There is a sore feeling in the urethra even after micturition.
Argentum nitricum is also a very helpful remedy in treating urinary retention or difficulty in urine and completely emptying the bladder. Urine doesn’t pass so easily or freely. In emitting the urine it was long before it made its appearance, there is much urgency to do but only a little urine passed.
Argentum is indicated in impotency in males although, there is a lot of sexual desire that brings the patient into masturbation and sexual excess, at the initiation of intercourse the erection fails when coition is attempted.
It is also indicated to treat male sexual organ-related issues like enlargement of testicles, prostatitis, and chancre like ulcers on prepuce. Patients also complain of frequent nightly emissions accompanied by lascivious dreams.
Argentum nitricum is a very good remedy for solving female sexual-related issues and a highly indicated medicine for metrorrhagia in young widows and those who have born no child with nervous excitement at a change of life. The uterine and ovarian region is painful, with pain radiating to the sacrum and thighs.
Patients describe their complaints as there is a sensation of a splinter in or about the uterus when walking or riding. This is one of the keynote symptoms of Argentum nitricum and can be given in such a condition.
It is indicated when the patient complains about painful coition followed by bleeding in the vagina. The menses are irregular and scanty, appear too soon or too late and there is corroding leukorrhea with copious yellow.
As a general characteristic, this medicine has incoordination of the extremities. There is a great weakness of lower extremities, with trembling, and cannot walk with closed eyes. A patient walks and stands unsteadily, especially when he thinks himself unobserved.
There is paralytic drawing pain on the bones of the forearm accompanied by heat of the whole hand and uneasiness of the hand, obliging the patient to change the position all-time at night during sleep.
It is indicated in many neuralgic disorders like painless paralysis, trembling, and weakness of extremities with numbness. There is severe numbness of the forearm during the night with intolerance of any touch.
There is trembling of the whole body periodically, and also of the extremities. Convulsions preceded by great restlessness can eventuate into violent motion. Argentum nitricum is thus used to treat chorea with rapid uncoordinated jerking movements of the extremities.
There is violent pressure between the shoulders, penetrating deeply and also there is tensive clawing pain in the back which prevents the patient from sitting. When sitting the pain becomes so violent that he has to rise and be relieved by standing and walking.
In female patients it is often observed when menses are about to come, they experience an extremely painful drawing and heaviness in the sacrum and pelvis that does not permit the patient to sit for a long while. For such conditions, Argentums does wonders.
The skin of the Argentum nitricum patients has peculiar discoloration from blue-grey-, violet- or bronze-colored tinges on the skin. There are slight brown spots on the upper part of the chest and the back.
Argentum is effective in treating many skin problems like acne, large pimples on vermilion and near septum of the nose, itch-like eruptions on different parts of the body, and ulcers.
There are itching blotch-shaped pimples on the nape of the neck, back, and on the dorsum of hands, fingers, and also on the lower limbs. This medicine is very effective to get relief from such symptoms of the skin.
During fever, there is constant weakness and exhaustion with shuddering over the whole body, which passed into a febrile chill. There is a general chill followed after a short interval by general heat and returning quickly on uncovering.
Argentum nitricum can be given during the fever stage when the head is hot and the hands are cold. The chilliness is accompanied by a pale, almost yellowish countenance with nausea. Sweat accompanied with chilliness as soon as the patient got warm in bed and especially seen on the morning
Modalities are the factors that, increase or decrease the complaints in a patient.
They are categorized as aggravating factors and amelioration factors.
Aggravating factors make the condition of the illness worst, while the amelioration factor makes the condition of the disease better.
It can be time, any part of the day, season, position, or any applications, etc.
The complaints of Argentum nitricum get worse or aggravated in cold air, by eating cold food like ice creams, by eating sugars, and mostly by unusual mental exertion.
The patients have a great fear of closed places, heights, and crowds. They feel suffocated and their sufferings also get increased in such conditions.
Almost all the conditions of Argentum nitricum get better in the cool open air and by bathing with cold water. Their headache gets relieved by tight bandaging or by applying pressure.
This remedy completes the process of cure that is started by the first medicine given.
The remedy complementary to Argentum nitricum is Natrum mur.
These medicines have many similarities in action but are different in origin, which means the source from which the medicine is prepared is different.
Remedies that are similar to Argentum nitricum are- Argentum metallicum; Calc; Bry; Puls; Nitric acid; and Stannum.
Argentum nitricum antidotes Nitric acid and effects of tobacco.
These are medicines that follow the previous medicine in action thus aiding in cure.
Remedies that follows well are: – Bryo; Spige; Causticum; Spongia
Followed well by
These are the medicine given after the first medicine finished its action.
Lycopodium is followed well by Argentum nitricum.
The dosage and potency of the medicine depend on the individual case.
Lower potency is given when very few symptoms of the patient match with Argentum nitricum and help the doctor only to diagnose the disease condition.
This potency requires frequent repetition, 3-4 times a day, till the expected result is seen.
This is considered as higher potency; they are given when the majority of mental symptoms and physical symptoms of Argentum nitricum are matched with the disease individuals.
Higher potencies are advisable to be not repeated very often; they act for a long duration of days, so the second dose is repeated every 7-days or every 15-days once.
This is very high potency. One should give it only after careful case analysis, where all medicinal symptoms of Argentum nitricum and that given by the patient match perfectly.
One should not repeat 1 M potency. It is given 30 days once and waiting for symptoms to disappear or until any new symptoms appear.
The mother tincture of Argentum nitricum is indicated to give relief from neuralgic disorders. It improves the loss of muscle coordination of the body and helps to treat muscle spasms and convulsion.
It is also highly effective in treating inflammatory conditions of the throat, gastrointestinal tract, and urinary tract.
Take 10 drops of mother tincture of Argentum nitricum in half a cup of water three times a day till the improvement occurs.
This lower potency of Argentum nitricum works well to treat digestive disorders like nervous diarrhea, severe cases of flatulence, and pain in the stomach. Also beneficial to treat nervous exhaustion and anxiety disorders.
Take 2-3 drops of dilution directly on the tongue thrice a day for 3 months.
- Depression and anxiety
- Ophthalmia neonatorum
- Impaired hearing
- Toothache and gums problem
- Ulcerated tongue
- Oral ulcers
- Affection of throat
- Gastric ulcers
- Affection of flatulence
- Irregular menses
- Impotency in male
- Prostate enlargement
- Skin affections
- Locomotor ataxia
- Neuralgic pain
- Locomotor ataxia
Homeopathic medicines are prepared by potentization where the dynamic curative power of the medication is aroused, so homeopathic medicines produce negligible side effects.
If any side effects of Argentum nitricum are seen then it can be antidoted by Cina or by Natrum mur.