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Strontium homeopathy medicine – drug proving symptoms from Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica by TF Allen, published in 1874. It has contributions from R Hughes, C Hering, C Dunham, and A Lippe


Strontium carbonate.

Preparation: Triturations.


Very violent and quarrelsome for a long time. Apprehensive and anxious, as from a bad conscience (thirteenth and fourteenth days). She is very ill-humored and quarrelsome. Fretful, thoughtful, and not inclined to talk (fifth day). Very fretful; is inclined to beat everything that comes in his way. Great forgetfulness (first day).


Vertigo. Vertigo and nausea, in the morning. Vertigo, at noon, with pressive headache in the left side. Excessive vertigo, at noon. Vertigo, in the afternoon, with sticking headache in the forehead. Vertigo with weariness, in the evening. Vertigo, with a pressing sensation from within outward in the temples.

Dizziness in the head, as from drinking wine (after one hour).

General Head. The head covering causes dulness of the head (first day). Heaviness of the head, with discomfort of the whole body (first day). Tensive pain in the head as if the whole skin on the vertex were drawn up (first day). Headache at first tensive, the pressive drawing extending about the head, in the evening (after twenty-five days). Headache as if the whole head were made tense, from within outward, when lying in bed, especially when lying with the head low, several evenings in succession (after twenty-six days). Tensive pain in the head extending from the vertex into the upper jaw, in the evening (after twenty-eight days). Spasmodic drawing from the head through the eyeball, frequently recurring (after four hours). A sudden painful jerking from time to time, here and there, in the head (eighth and ninth days). Sticking and tearing, ulcerative pain and heaviness in the whole head, in the morning after rising (tenth day). Transient stitches in the head. Forehead.

Heaviness of the forehead, with frequent fine stitches, wherewith the whole head feels shattered (second day). Violent pressive pain in the forehead, as if everything would press out. Pressive headache, commencing in the forehead and extending over the whole head, in the afternoon. Two painful tearings in the middle of the forehead (fourth day). Violent sticking headache in the left frontal eminence, which extended into the side of the head (third day). Burning in the forehead (first day). Pressive pain in the sinciput, especially in the frontal region and in the orbits (after a quarter of an hour). Temples. Pressing feeling in both temples and towards the forehead (after twenty minutes). Dull drawing pain in the right temple (after half an hour). A violent dull stitch in the right temple, which extended to all sides (ninth day). Sticking pain in the right temple, in the afternoon. Sticking pain in the left temple, towards evening.

Tingling in the temples, in the evening (sixth day). Vertex and Parietals. Thrusts like stitches in the vertex and occiput (after six days). Sticking and tearing in the upper part of the right side of the head. Occiput. Dull pain in the occiput.- Pressive pain in the occiput, in the evening (first day).

Violent compressing pain in the middle of the occiput (after eight hours). Violent boring pain in a small spot in the right side of the occiput, at night (first day). Violent tearing in the right side of the occiput (fifteenth day).



Burning in the eyes aggravated by moving them; followed by sticking in them, during which the whites were injected with red vessels (after nine days). Violent burning in the eyes, with profuse lachrymation and redness of the white of the eye on exerting the eyes (after five days). Biting in the right eye, relieved by rubbing, followed by pressure as from sand in the eye, wherewith he saw blue and red rings (fourth day). Itching of the left eye. Orbit. A sudden pressure from above the left eye, with a feeling as if everything internal moved somewhat (sixth day). A sudden pressure as with the ball of the finger above the right eye (sixth day). Very frequent painless jerking or twitching above the left eye (eighth day). Lid. Visible twitching of the left upper lid (ninth day). Violent jerking in the left upper lid as if it were forcibly shaken (third day).

Violent burning in the outer canthi, in the morning. Painful itching sensation in both inner canthi (after ten hours). Ball.

Pressive pain on the upper surface of the left eyeball (after half an hour). Vision. Great weakness of the eyes, for several days. Flickering before the eyes. On looking away from her work and to one side, long green spots appeared before the eyes in the dark, and also appeared to go before her when walking in the dark; frequently repeated (third day).


Tearing in front of the right ear as if in the bone (fifth day).

Sticking in front of the left ear, extending into it (second day). A painful boring and tearing in the right ear (third day).

Roaring and tearing in the right ear in frequent paroxysms (after twelve days).


Frequent sneezing (second day). Nosebleed (fifteenth day).

Frequent blowing of bloody crusts from the nose (after fourteen days). Twitching in the left side of the nose. Transient griping at the tip of and on several parts of the face (first day).


Twitching in the left malar bone, extending into the frontal eminence (third day). Violent boring pain in the right cheek- bone (after half an hour). Frequent tearing in both cheeks (sixth day). Frequent tearing in a small spot on the right cheek (sixth day). Transient tearing in the left zygoma three times in succession (ninth day). Sensation in a small spot on the right cheek, as if a cold substance had fallen upon it, with tickling.

Violent transient tearing in the right upper jaw, several days in succession, at 5 P.M. Sharp intermittent stitches in the right cheek (sixth day). Lip. Violent jerking in the upper lip. Very transient prickling pains in the left half of the upper lip and in both cheeks (after nine hours). Feeling as if there were a blister on the right side of the upper lip. China Violent stitch in the left side of the chin, extending into the articulation of the jaw, where it seemed as if it would be pressed inward, without, however, hindering its motion. Tearing in the right lower jaw (fifth day).


Teeth. The front teeth feel on edge (first day). Violent clawing in the teeth, so that he scarcely knew what to do; preceded by accumulation of much water in the mouth. A screwing- together sensation in the teeth (second day). Jerking pain in the lower back tooth. Transient jerking in the roots, now of the right, now of the left teeth, in the evening. Painful jerking in the right eyetooth. Tearing in the roots of the incisors.

Tearing in a sound back tooth. Tearing and sticking in the stump of a tooth, in the evening. Sticking toothache. Fine crawling and drawing in the front teeth (after half an hour).

Gum. The gum of the right eyetooth and right cheek were swollen up as far as under the eye and painful to touch. Burning in the whole gum and a feeling as though it were swollen. A transient stitch in the upper gum (ninth day). Tongue. The tongue is coated with mucus, with a feeling of dryness upon it (fourth day). The tip of the tongue is painful as if eroded (after twenty-six days). General Mouth. Bad odor from the mouth (second day). Mouth slimy, in the morning on waking (after four days). A painful pimple internally on the left cheek. Dryness of the mouth, in the morning on waking. Feeling of dryness in the mouth with the usual secretion of the saliva (after one hour). Feeling of numbness in the mouth, in the morning on waking (seventh day). Taste. Bitter taste in the mouth, in the morning, with dryness on the palate (after twenty days). Dry earthy taste in the mouth with a thickly-coated tongue (tenth day).


Rawness of the throat, which provokes hacking cough. Rawness and dryness in the throat, in the morning. Sudden rawness in the throat, which provokes hawking, and is relieved thereby, in the evening (fourth day). Pain in the left side of the throat on swallowing (seventh day). Fauces inflamed and painful on swallowing (after twenty-four days). Some itching in the pharynx on swallowing.


Appetite and Thirst. After dinner, hunger again, which, however, soon disappears without eating anything (first day). Loss of appetite. No appetite; as soon as he ate a few mouthfuls of meat it disgusted him; black bread tasted the best, for three weeks together (after four days). Loss of appetite; nothing had a natural taste except milk and black bread (first day). Much thirst (first days). Very great desire for beer, for eight days in succession (after six days). Eructation and Hiccough. Empty eructations. Violent long-continued hiccough, which caused pain in her chest (fourth day). Nausea. Nausea, with a sensation of burning heat in the face (after a quarter of an hour). Constant nausea, with diminished appetite. Stomach insipid and nauseated, with weakness and ill-humor. Qualmishness with retching (after two hours). She is qualmish in the pit of the stomach (after half an hour). Stomach. The Stomach feels oppressed, with, on inspiration, a sensation in it like a slowly spreading stitch, in the afternoon. Pressure in the pit of the stomach. Pressure in the stomach, worse on walking, relieved by eructations; it disappears on eating but returns after a few hours, with a feeling of fulness in the whole abdomen. Constriction in the stomach, followed by uprisings of clear water. Burrowing in the stomach and upper abdomen (soon). Twinging feeling in the stomach (after half an hour). Cutting feeling in the epigastric region, in the afternoon. Stitches in the stomach, now in the right, now in the left side (fourth day).


Hypochondria. Pressive bruised pain in both hypochondria (after three-quarters of an hour). Umbilicus and Sides. Pain about the umbilicus, with rumbling in the umbilical region (after ten hours). Cramplike pain in the umbilical region with some nausea (soon). Unable to stoop on account of a distressing tense sensation above the navel. Griping about the navel with flatulent distension, almost all day (eighth day). Painfulness of the left flank when touched and on certain movements of the trunk (after eight days). Extremely painful burning cutting in the right side of the abdomen, in the morning (ninth day).

Cutting in the right side of the abdomen (after twenty-four hours). Violent stitches in both flanks, worse on inspiration.

Many sharp stitches in the last right ribs, in the afternoon on stooping. Sticking pain in the right flanks on blowing the nose.

General Abdomen. Great flatulent distension and tension in the abdomen with emission of flatus, in the afternoon (second day).

The abdomen seems full and distended as after flatulent food.

Emission of flatus, several evenings. Emissions of intolerably offensive flatus, in the evening (first day). Rumbling in the abdomen, soon followed by a semifluid stool, towards morning.

Violent rumbling in the abdomen with emission of offensive flatus (fourth day). Great gurgling in the abdomen (after eight days).

Griping movements in the abdomen after breakfast (first day).

Griping in the abdomen with a semiliquid stool, during the menses. Slight griping in the upper abdomen after eating, for several days. Pinching pain transversely across the upper abdomen. Pinching in the abdomen at night, whereupon she awoke; this was twice repeated towards morning, followed by diarrhoea and succeeded by tenesmus and burning in the anus (after three days). Acute drawing extending from the abdomen through the hypogastric region and groin thence to the rectum, followed by inclination to stool. Cutting colic with chilliness, after supper (after twenty-eight hours). Cutting pain in the whole abdomen, in the evening (seventh day). Cutting pain in the upper abdomen, after which, flatulence distended both sides of the abdomen like lumps, in the afternoon (first day). Wandering cutting in the abdomen, with desire for stool, followed by diarrhoea four times the last time with tenesmus with burning in the rectum (tenth day). Hypogastrium and Iliac Region. Incarceration of flatus in the lower abdomen, followed by a very soft stool (second day).

Tension in the lower abdomen. Tensive pain in the lower abdomen and a bruised sensation in the small of the back, as if the menses would come on, in the evening. Violent cutting in the lower abdomen, with semiliquid stool; the pain disappeared only on rubbing and warming the abdomen, in the afternoon (second day). A pressing-out pressure in the right inguinal region, as if a hernia would appear, immediately after dinner. Violent tension, burning, and throbbing in the right groin (seventh day).

A painful tearing in the left groin on rising from a seat.

Rectum and Anus.

Long continued constrictive movements in the rectum after a normal stool. Hemorrhoidal pain within the anus. Burning in the anus for a long time after the usual stool. Violent urging to stool, followed after great effort by the evacuation of only a hard scanty stool, with much flatulence (second day). Tenesmus in the anus after the diarrhoea-like stool (fourth day).


Diarrhoea. Diarrhoea twice (first day). Purging five times, with burning in the rectum (thirty-third day). Purging preceded by pain in the abdomen (third day). Diarrhoea of yellow water four times, and afterwards another white evacuation like meal- broth with rumbling in the abdomen (fifteenth day). The stool is passed in lumps like sheep-dung, and only with great effort, so that she thought she would faint, and with most frightful pain, followed by burning in the anus (seventh day). Hard stool with burning in the anus, several days. Constipation. Some constipation (third day). The stool omits (first day). Stool delayed a few hours, without being hard (second and third days).

Urinary Organs.

Desire to urinate, in the morning (first day). Increased evacuation of urine. She was obliged to rise at night to urinate, she usually was. Obliged to urinate at night, less than usual. Diminished evacuation of urine (third day). Urine scanty and pale. Urine pale and of an ammoniacal odor (first day). The urine is dark yellow and more copious than usual (first day).- Urine of normal appearance, has a strong odor of iodine.

Sexual Organs.

Male. A very transient pressive pain in the right spermatic cord while urinating. Female. Leucorrhoea, while walking (fifth and eleventh days). The menses that were already flowing became more profuse, but soon again ceased. Menses seven days too early, of short duration, and with forcing pains in the abdomen. Menses two days late, first like meat-water, on the third and fourth days large clots of blood were passed; with colic. Menses six days too late.

Respiratory Organs.

Voice. Hoarse voice (fifth day). Cough. Constant cough, though worse at night, for several days (after thirteen days). Short cough, now and then, with pressive pain in the chest after walking. Dry hacking cough, in the evening. Frequent hacking cough, as if caused by irritation in the trachea (third day).

Respiration. Dyspnoea, while walking, with uneasiness and burning in the face during the headache (fourth day).


Constriction in the chest (third day). Pressive pain in the chest, especially on motion (second day). Spasmodic drawing and clawing in the chest. Stitches in the chest on coughing and on inspiration (after five days). Front and Sides. Painfulness of the sternum to touch (sixth day). Slight burning on the left side of the sternum extending upward. Sore pain on the forepart of the chest (third day). Pressure upon the sternum. Pressive pain beneath the sternum, at night, which disappeared in the morning on rising (after six days). Slight sticking in the ensiform cartilage, on walking in the open air (ninth day). Dull stitches deep internally beneath the ensiform cartilage, taking away the breath (ninth day). Lightning stitches extending from both sides of the sternum in a vertical direction through the chest. Drawing pain in the right pectoral muscles (fifth day).

A sore pain externally on the second and third false ribs, as from a blow, aggravated by touch (after half an hour).

Heart and Pulse

Dull intermitting pressure in the precordial region. Violent beating of the arteries and of the heart.

Neck and Back.

Neck. Tearing tension in the nape of the neck as if the tendons were drawn up, extremely painful and frequently recurring (ninth day). Burning in the right side of the neck, on motion and on touch (fourth day). Pain as if beaten, in the back and small of the back, in the forenoon; stooping and motion were difficult; the pain was also aggravated by touch or by taking the back out of the sun into the shade, which immediately caused a disagreeable drawing feeling; the pain extended from the small of the back over the hips; as this pain disappeared there occurred a pressive headache now in the sinciput, now in the occiput, constantly recurring for fourteen days (after ten days). Fine drawing pain in the back from the pelvis, in the evening before going to bed. Slight drawing pain along the spine, in the afternoon, which changes to a seated dull tearing in the joints of the lower extremities, aggravated by walking. Sticking pain in the back, towards noon. Dorsal and Lumbar. Tensive drawing in the dorsal and lumbar muscles, while sitting (after nine hours). Acute pressive pain, at night, in the region of the first lumbar vertebrae (after five days). Drawing pain in the left lumbar region, towards evening. Pain in the small of the back as if beaten, together with pressure in the lower abdomen, while sitting (fifth day). Pain in the small of the back, especially during rest, for several days. Some pain in the small of the back during a hard evacuation from the bowels (third day). Painful gnawing in the small of the back, which walking (third day). Fine drawing pain in the small of the back, in the evening with gradually changes to a burning pain in the joints of the left lower extremity. Drawing pain in the small of the back towards evening. Drawing pains in the pelvis extending upward and into the lumbar region, towards morning. Tearing pain in the small of the back, in the morning. Slight sticking pain in the small of the back, toward evening. Drawing in the pelvis, towards evening, which extends to the joints of the lower extremities and becomes a sticking.


Trembling in all the limbs. A trembling sensation changing to a dull pain in all the limbs, in the morning. Heaviness in all the limbs, in the forenoon. Dull tearing pain in all the joints of the right limbs, in the evening. Violent tearing pains in all the joints of the left upper and lower extremities, which changed to weakness of the parts, in the morning.

Superior Extremities.

The veins of the arms an hands are injected and tense, with great prostration and ill-humor (ninth day). Weakness of the right arm as if all power had left it, disappearing on motion (ninth day).

Violent tearing pains in the joints of the right upper extremities, in the evening on going to bed, becoming more violent in bed. Slight tearing in the joints of the left arm, in the evening while sitting, with great weariness. Shoulder. A painful paralytic sensation in the left shoulder and elbow-joint, at night (after seven days). Constant burning pain in the right shoulder-joint. Pressure in a small streak on the left shoulder. Extremely painful tearing in both shoulders, in the evening (seventh day). Tearing from the right shoulder-joint to the middle of the forearm, at night in bed (seventh day). Tearing pains in the joints of the right shoulder and elbow. Some tearing in the left shoulder and then same in the left thigh.

Sticking pain in the right axilla, towards evening. A dull stitch in the right shoulder-joint. Intermittent sticking pain in the right shoulder, in the afternoon. Elbow. Dull drawing in the elbow-joints. Tearing in the right elbow. Tearing from the elbow to the middle of the forearm, always when touched with the finger, even when it is brought near it. Tearing pain in the left elbow, wrist, and finger joints, towards evening. Forearm.

Paralytic pain in the right forearm, in the evening (sixth day).

Intolerable pain in the middle of the right forearm like a tearing, tension and pinching; disappearing on motion (after fifteen days). Gnawing as if in a marrow of the right ulna, in the evening. Tensive tearing in the forearm as if in the marrow of the bones. Violent tearing in the middle of the right forearm, in the evening. Pulsating stitches in the inner surface of the left forearm. Wrist. Tearing in the right wrist and elbow joints, on going to bed, aggravated in bed. Burning pain in the left wrist, in the evening. Hand. The hand and whole forearm became quite insensible as if paralyzed, but warm, becoming again sensitive on motion (seventh day). Tearing extending from the inner surface of the right hand to the middle of the forearm, in the evening. Fingers. Great trembling or rather shaking of the fingers of the right hand on pouring a liquid over them. Numbness of the right thumb. Pinching pain in the right middle finger, extending into the hand. A painful sensation like a burning and tension between the left thumb and index finger, even in the evening (eighth day). Acute drawing in different phalanges and in the bones of the wrists (first and second days). Tearing jerking in the finger joints. Tearing in the tendons of all the fingers, extending up into the forearm, on letting the arm hang down (second day). Intermittent tearing gnawing in the right little finger. Tearing and throbbing on the left side of the thumb (second day).

Inferior Extremities.

Paralytic pain in both lower extremities, in the evening (sixth day). Slight jerking in the right lower extremity. Jerking in the lower extremities and starting up of the whole body on falling asleep (fifth day). Very acute drawing in the right lower extremities during rest, disappearing during motion, in the evening (first day). Painful drawing and paralyzed sensation in the whole leg, when walking in the open air, which disappears in warmth and rest. Slight tearing pain in the lower extremities, extending from below upward, and disappearing in the lumber region. Slight tearing pain, in the morning, starting from the knee-joint, extending through the pelvis, and disappearing in the lumbar region. Itching pain in the left lower extremity (after twenty-six days). Hip. Drawing pain in the right hip, starting from the ankle and knee-joints, in the morning. Tearing pain in both hip and knee-joints, in the morning. Violent tearing from the right hip into the knee, disappearing when walking (fourth day). Thigh. Weakness first in the right thigh, then in both thighs, still worse in the evening in bed (second day).

Paralytic pain in thighs, still worse in the evening in bed (second day). Paralytic pain in the thighs, in the evening while sitting. Painful gnawing in the left thigh as if in the marrow of the bone. Frequent jerking sticking in the right thigh as if in the bone (sixth day). Jerking tearing in the right thigh, in the evening while sitting (sixth day). Extremely painful tearing in the left thigh, as if in the bone. A violent stitch on the crest of the right ilium, while sitting. Knee. An indescribable pain on the inside of the right knee. Dull pain in the knee and ankle-joints, aggravated by walking a standing. Drawing pain in the right knee and ankle-joints, towards evening. A pulsative clawing from the knee to the toes, in the evening on lying down, which prevented falling asleep till midnight; at last itching of the toes with cessation of the pain (third day). Dull tearing pains in both knees and ankles, aggravated by walking. Tearing in the right patella. Violent tearing pains in the left knee and ankle-joints, after midnight. Burning about the knee and in the exostosis on the tibia (formerly caused by the abuse of Mercury), at 9 P.M., on lying down in bed. This was afterwards associated with headache, as if the occiput were pressed outward, and finally a clawing in the teeth of the left upper jaw; all this lasted till about 11 o’clock, when he fell asleep (second day).

Leg. Great swelling of the left leg and foot, in the evening (eighth day). Sudden weariness of the leg, worse during rest.

While sitting the calves suddenly become weak and weary as after a long walk. Griping and clawing in both legs, in the morning, followed by burning itching in the toes (after ten days). In the evening on going to bed, sensation of a pressive pain like a weight in the joints of the legs. Drawing pain in the muscles of the right leg, on lying down in the evening and continuing through the night. Ankle. Tearing in the right outer malleolus (seventh day). Constant sticking pain in the ankle and knee- joints, in the evening. Foot and Toes. The (habitual) oedematous swelling of the left foot almost entirely disappeared (third day). Violent pain in the foot, all night, with general dry heat; the next morning he began to perspire and perspired the whole forenoon, whereupon the feet immediately felt freer (sixth day). Numbness and crawling in the right heel with tearing in the toes. Extremely painful tearing in the left heel, in the evening while sitting. Sticking pain in the left heel, in the evening after lying down. Painful constrictive tearing in the sole of the right foot and in the ankle. Violent tearing in the middle joint of the second toe, and when this disappeared violent itching in the root of the nail.


Emaciation; all the clothes become too loose. Weak, tremulous sensation in the body (after two hours). Feeling of weakness, with paralysis and jerking in all the limbs, in the evening. The whole body is weak and prostrated, especially the lower extremities, in the morning. Great weakness, in the morning.

Intolerable weariness, in the evening. Great weakness and prostration of the whole body, even in the morning in bed, lasting nearly all day (ninth day). Great weakness, in the evening, with much yawning impaired use of the extremities of the right side, slight sparks before the eyes and pressive pain in the left side of the head. Bruised sensation in the whole upper part of the body. An attack; in the evening tension over the whole head, lasting five minutes, followed by tensive pressure over the whole chest; thence the same pain extended into the small of the back, thence up between the shoulders, again into the small of the back, and thence at last into the left (diseased foot), where it remained all night; if he lay upon the back at night, the back and small of the back were painful as if sore (after nine days). A single sudden jerk through the upper part of the body on falling asleep, in the afternoon and at night, which made her wide awake. It acts especially upon the right half of the body. (* Still there are many symptoms which show the opposite.-H. and T. *) Many of the pains of Strontium appear like phantoms, so that she can scarcely tell the place where they are. The pains of Strontium appear to be especially seated in the long bones and in the marrow. She feels better in the open air.

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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