Silicea is adapted to the nervous, irritable, sanguine temperament; persons of a psoric diathesis.
Persons of light complexion; find, dry, skin; pale face; weakly, with lax muscles.
Constitutions which suffer from deficient nutrition, not because food is lacking in quality or in quantity, but from imperfect assimilation ( Bar. c. , Calc. ); oversensitive, physically and mentally.
Scrofulous, rachitic children with large heads; open fontanelles and sutures; much sweating about the head (lower than Cal. ) which must be kept warm by external covering ( Sanic. ); distended abdomen; weak ankles; slow in learning to walk.
Great weariness and debility; wants to lie down.
Nervous debility; exhaustion with erythism; from hard work and close confinement; may be overcome by force of will.
Restless, fidgety, starts at least noise.
Anxious, yielding, fainthearted.
Mental labor very difficult; reading and writing fatigue, cannot bear to think.
Ailments: caused by suppressed foot-sweat ( Cup. , Graph. , Psor. ); exposing the head or back to any slight draught of air; bad effects of vaccination, especially abscesses and convulsions ( Thuja ); chest complaints of stonecutters with total loss of strength.
Want of vital heat, always chilly, even when taking active exercise ( Led. , Sep. ).
Inflammation, swelling and suppuration of glands, cervical, axillary, parotid, mammary, inguinal, sebaceous; malignant, gangrenous.
Silicea has a wonderful control over the suppurative process – soft tissue, periosteum or bone – maturing abscesses when desired or reducing excessive suppuration (affecting chiefly the soft tissues, Calend. , Hep. ).
Children are obstinate, headstrong, cry when spoken kindly to ( Iod. ).
Vertigo: spinal, ascending form back of neck to head; as if one would fall forward, from looking up ( Puls. , – looking down, Kal. , Spig. ).
Chronic sick headaches, since some severe disease of youth ( Psor. ); ascending from nape of neck to the vertex, as if coming from the spine and locating in one eye, especially the right (left, Spig. ); < draught of air or uncovering the head; > pressure and wrapping up warmly ( Mag. m. , Stron. ); > profuse urination.
Constipation: always before and during menses (diarrhoea before and during menses, Am. c. , Bov. ); difficult, as from inactivity of rectum; with great straining, as if rectum was paralyzed; when partly expelled, recedes again ( Thuja ).
Faeces remain a long time in the rectum.
Fistulo in ano alternates with chest symptoms ( Berb. , Cal. p. ).
Discharge of blood from vagina every time the child takes the breast (compare Crot. t. ).
Nipple is drawn in like a funnel ( Sars. ).
Night walking; gets up while asleep, walks about and lies down again ( Kali br. ).
Unhealthy skin; every little injury suppurates ( Graph. , Hep. , Merc. , Petr. ).
Crippled nails on fingers and toes ( Ant. c. ).
Takes cold from exposure of feet ( Con. , Cup. ).
Sweat of hands, toes, feet and axillae; offensive.
Intolerable, sour, carrion-like odor of the feet, without perspiration, every evening.
Fistula lachrymalis; ingrowing toe-nails ( Mag. p. a., Mar. v. ); panaritium; blood boils; carbuncles; ulcers of all kinds; fistulae, painful, offensive, high spongy edges, proud flesh in them; fissura ani; great pain after stool.
Desire to be magnetized, which > ( Phos. ).
Promotes expulsion of foreign bodies from the tissues; fish bones, needles, bone splinters.
Relations. – Complementary: Thuja , Sanicula.
Compare: Hep. , Pic. ac. , Kali p. , Hyper. , Ruta. , Sanic. , [Gettysburg.]
Follows well: after, Calc. , Graph. , Hep. , Nit ac. , Phos.
Is followed well: by, Hep. , Fluor. ac. , Lyc. , Sep.
Aggravation. – Cold; during menses; during new moon; uncovering, especially the head; lying down.
Amelioration. – Warmth, especially from wrapping up the head; all the symptoms except gastric, which are > by cold food ( Lyc. ).
Silicea is the chronic of Pulsatilla.