SILICA – Homeopathic Medicine

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SILICA homeopathic drug picture symptoms from A Primer of Materia Medica by T.F. Allen, of the homeopathy remedy SILICA

General Action

      Irritability and sensitiveness of the spine, with numerous reflex pains; irritability and spasmodic closure of the sphincters; hyperaesthesia of painful parts.

Generalities

      Emaciation, trembling. Shooting pains, (<)night. Lameness, weariness, paralytic sensation in the limbs. Nervous weakness and restlessness after sitting a long time. Pains in various parts of the body, as if ulcerating, especially in the side on which he lies. Bruised pain, as if he had been lying in an uncomfortable position at night. Weakness, with desire to lie all the time; takes cold easily, and is very sensitive to open air. General aggravation at night and from cold, amelioration from warm wrappings.

Clinical. In general hyperaesthesia and exaggerated reflexes. Pain, as from suppuration has led to its use in deep-seated abscess, in which it is characterized by the relief from warm application, and the general “nervous” symptoms of the patient. The intolerance of alcoholic stimulants is very marked. It has been found very useful in diseases of the bones.

Mind

      Very sensitive and annoyed by noise or any excitement which causes anxiety. Easily startled. Peevish.

Head

      Bursting pain, extending into the eyes, (<) touch. Shattering in brain, (<) a hard step. Throbbing or bursting headache, with rush of blood. Headache at night from the nape of the neck to the vertex. Heaviness, or shooting pain in the occiput.,(>)wrapping the head up warmly. Scalp is very sensitive to the touch, even the hat causes pain. Pains extend from the spine and occiput through the head, becoming seated over the eye, (>)binding the head tightly.

Eyes

      Lachrymation in the open air. Agglutination. Biting in the canthi. Inflammation and swelling in the region of the lachrymal sac. Vision dim and flickering, especially after headache. Letters confused when reading and writing.

Clinical Ulceration of the cornea; suppurative inflammation, internally. Inflammation of the lachrymal sac; acute, suppurative, even lachrymal fistula, with occlusion of the lachrymal canal.

Ears

      External ears swollen, with discharge of thin matter from the canal and deafness. Very sensitive to noise.

Nose

      Obstinate dryness in the nose. Gnawing pain or ulceration in the upper part of the nose, with great sensitiveness to touch. Discharge from the nose, acrid, often bloody.

Face

      Skin cracked, especially on the margins of the lips. Ulcers in the corners of the lips, with itching, painful. Eruption on the chin.

Mouth

      Tearing pain in the teeth at night. Gums very sensitive to cold air. Boils on the gums. Sensation of a hair on the fore part of the tongue, with crawling, extending into the throat.

Throat

      Sticking pains on swallowing or on touch, with a sensation of swelling. Hawking of much mucus from the throat, often offensive.

Stomach

      Loss of appetite, with much thirst or at times with ravenous hunger. Aversion to cooked, warm food; craves only cold things. Aversion to meat, milk. Pain, burning, heaviness in the pit of the stomach, especially after eating. Eructations; sour or tasting of the food. Uprisings of water, with shivering. Pit of the stomach, especially after eating. Eructations; sour or tasting of the food. Uprisings of water, with shivering. Pit of the stomach painful to pressure.

Abdomen

      Distended, hard, hot. Cutting pains; (>) warm applications.

Rectum and Stool

      Constipation, with constant, ineffectual urging; stinging and cutting pains in the rectum and anus; discharge of mucus, with chilliness. Expulsion of stool prevented by spasmodic contraction of sphincter ani. Violent constriction of the anus during stool, with burning, stinging pains, followed by soreness and oozing of moisture. (Symptoms of fissure of anus, with great irritability; (>) hot applications.) Soft, pasty stools, of the odor of Asafetida.

Sexual Organs

      Sexual erethism, with persistent sexual thoughts, often nocturnal emissions. Itching and moisture on the genitals, especially on the scrotum. Menstruation early, but scanty; rarely profuse. Sexual irritability; desire increased in women. During menses, burning, soreness and itching of the pudenda. Leucorrhoea; acrid, excoriating.

Respiratory Organs

      Cough at night after lying down and also in the morning after waking, caused by irritation in the throat. Dry cough, with soreness in the chest. Cough, with purulent expectoration or with thick, yellow, lumpy expectoration. Bruised pain in the chest on coughing; cannot breathe deeply without pain. Stitches extend from the chest into the back. Induration in the right mammary gland about the nipple, with drawing and burning pain; extreme sensitiveness.

Neck and Back

      Stiffness of the nape of the neck. Swelling of the glands. Various pains in the spine, with weakness and paralyzed feeling in the limbs. Stitches or tearing pains in the spine. Pain in the coccyx on rising, as after a long carriage ride. Bruised pain at night in the lumbar region and hips, also (<) stooping and rising from a seat.

Clinical. It has been found valuable in diseases of the bones, with curvature, abscesses, night sweats, spinal irritability; pressure on the spine causes pain in the head and remote parts of the body.

Extremities

      Weakness, numerous pains, generally (<) night,(>) warmth. Nails become discolored and powdery, like asbestos. Splinter-like pains in the fingers, as if in the bones, (>) warm wrapping; sensation as if a felon would form. Pain in the hips. Pain in and below the knee, as if tightly bound; the calves feel tense and too short. The feet exhale a carrion-like odor, even without perspiration. The soles of the feet become sore, can scarcely step on them, at times, with sharp pains.

Skin

      An unhealthy condition; wounds heal with difficulty and suppurate. Painful spots, as if suppuration were taking place subcutaneously.

Clinical. Proud flesh forms in ulcers. Abscesses, with fistulous openings, offensive discharges, and general nervous sensitiveness Swelling of glands, threatening to suppurate.

Sleep

      Sleeplessness at night, with great orgasm of blood, uneasiness and heat in the head; frequent starting up and jerking in sleep. Numerous anxious and frightful dreams; waking in fright.

Fever

      General lack of heat, chilliness all day, especially in the afternoon and evening; very sensitive to the cold air; creeping shivering over the whole body. Cold legs and feet, even in a warm room and in bed, preventing sleep. Heat in the afternoon and at night, with thirst. Heat of the head. Burning heat of the feet. Sweat at night, (<) towards morning; at times, only on the head; on the feet, offensive, the toes become sore when walking.

About the author

TF Allen

TF Allen

Dr. Timothy Field Allen, M.D. ( 1837 - 1902)
Born in 1837in Westminster, Vermont. . He was an orthodox doctor who converted to homeopathy
Dr. Allen compiled the Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica over the course of 10 years.
In 1881 Allen published A Critical Revision of the Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica.

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