SELENIUM

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Symptoms of the homeopathic medicine SELENIUM from A Text Book of Materia Medica and Therapeutics by A.C. Cowperthwaite. Find all the symptoms of SELENIUM

      An element. Preparation – Triturations.

GENERAL ANALYSIS

Acts chiefly upon the larynx, and upon the male sexual organs, producing inflammation of the former, and weakness tending to complete impotence; in the latter, the general tendency of the drug being to produce exhaustion and debility.

CHARACTERISTIC SYMPTOMS

Mind. Great dullness, with complete insensibility and indifference to his surroundings (Carb. v., Cinchona, Phosphorus). Forgetful, especially in business; but when lying half asleep, everything recurs to him. Difficult comprehension, mental labor fatigues; unfit for any kind of work.

Head Vertigo, as if intoxicated (Agaricus, Nux v., Stramonium). Hair falls off when combing; also of eyebrows, whiskers and genitals.

Nose. Itching in nose and on borders of wings. Inclination to bore fingers into nose (Cina). Yellow, thick, jelly-like mucus in nose.

Face Greasy, shining skin of face. Comedones (Sulphur). Great emaciation (Natr. mur.) of face and hands.

Mouth. Teeth covered with mucus. Stammering speech; articulates with great difficulty (Can. ind., Causticum, Stramonium).

Throat Hawking of lumps of transparent mucus every morning (Argent.)

Abdomen. Pains in right side, around under last ribs, especially on inspiration, extending to region of kidneys, which were sensitive to external pressure.

Stool Threads, like hairs, in stools. Constipation, hard stools, with blood at end.

Urinary Organs Urine dark, scanty; red in evening. Involuntary urination when walking; dribbles after stool or urination when walking. Biting in the top of urethra.

Male Sexual Organs. Erections slow, insufficient; semen emitted too rapidly, and with long-continued thrill; weak and ill-humored after an embrace; weakness in loins. Semen thin, without normal odor. Lewd thoughts, but physical impotence. Prostatic juice oozes while sitting, during sleep, when walking, and at stool (Agn., Silicea).

Respiratory Organs. Voice hoarse when beginning to sing, or from long talking (Argentum met., Arum., Phosphorus); has to clear the throat, hawks transparent lumps of mucus every morning, sometimes bloody. Cough in morning, straining the chest, with expectoration of lumps of mucus and blood.

Neck and Back. Neck still on turning the head. Pain, as from lameness, in small of back, in morning.

Limbs. Tearing in hands at night, with cracking in wrists. Emaciation of hands and legs. Itching of palms, also of ankles, in evening. Ulceration on legs; blisters on toes. Cramps in calves and soles (Calcarea c., Sulphur). Legs feel weak, with fear of paralysis, after typhus.

Generalities. Irresistible desire to lie down and sleep; strength suddenly leaves him. Throbbing in vessels of whole body (Gloninum, Sepia), especially felt in abdomen. Every draft of air, even warm, causes pain in limbs, head, etc. Great emaciation, especially of face, thighs and hands.

Fever. Chill, alternating with heat. External heat, burning in skin, and only in single spots. Profuse sweat on chest, armpits and genitals, from least exertion; as soon as he sleeps; stains yellow or white, and stiffens the linen.

Aggravation Pains and most other symptoms worse after sleep; from draft of air; on hot days.

Compare Argentum met., Causticum, Phosphorus, Stannum

Antidote. Ignatia, Pulsatilla Incompatible: Cinchona, Wine.

THERAPEUTICS.

A Text book of Materia Medica and therapeutics by A.W. Cowperthwaite.

SELENIUM [Sel]

      An element. Preparation – Triturations.

GENERAL ANALYSIS

Acts chiefly upon the larynx, and upon the male sexual organs, producing inflammation of the former, and weakness tending to complete impotence; in the latter, the general tendency of the drug being to produce exhaustion and debility.

CHARACTERISTIC SYMPTOMS

Mind. Great dullness, with complete insensibility and indifference to his surroundings (Carb. v., Cinchona, Phosphorus). Forgetful, especially in business; but when lying half asleep, everything recurs to him. Difficult comprehension, mental labor fatigues; unfit for any kind of work.

Head Vertigo, as if intoxicated (Agaricus, Nux v., Stramonium). Hair falls off when combing; also of eyebrows, whiskers and genitals.

Nose. Itching in nose and on borders of wings. Inclination to bore fingers into nose (Cina). Yellow, thick, jelly-like mucus in nose.

Face Greasy, shining skin of face. Comedones (Sulphur). Great emaciation (Natr. mur.) of face and hands.

Mouth. Teeth covered with mucus. Stammering speech; articulates with great difficulty (Can. ind., Causticum, Stramonium).

Throat Hawking of lumps of transparent mucus every morning (Argent.)

Abdomen. Pains in right side, around under last ribs, especially on inspiration, extending to region of kidneys, which were sensitive to external pressure.

Stool Threads, like hairs, in stools. Constipation, hard stools, with blood at end.

Urinary Organs Urine dark, scanty; red in evening. Involuntary urination when walking; dribbles after stool or urination when walking. Biting in the top of urethra.

Male Sexual Organs. Erections slow, insufficient; semen emitted too rapidly, and with long-continued thrill; weak and ill-humored after an embrace; weakness in loins. Semen thin, without normal odor. Lewd thoughts, but physical impotence. Prostatic juice oozes while sitting, during sleep, when walking, and at stool (Agn., Silicea).

Respiratory Organs. Voice hoarse when beginning to sing, or from long talking (Argentum met., Arum., Phosphorus); has to clear the throat, hawks transparent lumps of mucus every morning, sometimes bloody. Cough in morning, straining the chest, with expectoration of lumps of mucus and blood.

Neck and Back. Neck still on turning the head. Pain, as from lameness, in small of back, in morning.

Limbs. Tearing in hands at night, with cracking in wrists. Emaciation of hands and legs. Itching of palms, also of ankles, in evening. Ulceration on legs; blisters on toes. Cramps in calves and soles (Calcarea c., Sulphur). Legs feel weak, with fear of paralysis, after typhus.

Generalities. Irresistible desire to lie down and sleep; strength suddenly leaves him. Throbbing in vessels of whole body (Gloninum, Sepia), especially felt in abdomen. Every draft of air, even warm, causes pain in limbs, head, etc. Great emaciation, especially of face, thighs and hands.

Fever. Chill, alternating with heat. External heat, burning in skin, and only in single spots. Profuse sweat on chest, armpits and genitals, from least exertion; as soon as he sleeps; stains yellow or white, and stiffens the linen.

Aggravation Pains and most other symptoms worse after sleep; from draft of air; on hot days.

Compare Argentum met., Causticum, Phosphorus, Stannum

Antidote. Ignatia, Pulsatilla Incompatible: Cinchona, Wine.

THERAPEUTICS.

Selenium is an excellent remedy in general debility, especially of old people, or after typhoid fever or other exhaustive diseases; early exhausted both mentally and physically; after coition or seminal emissions; bad effects from sexual excesses. Impotence. Nervous headache over left eye, worse form heat of the sun, strong odors, tea or acids (lemonade); periodical every afternoon; hysterical with profuse flow of urine, and melancholy. Headache of drunkards, enlargement of liver, stitching pains, sensitiveness, worse on motion and pressure, rash over hepatic region. Constipation from atony of the bowels. Follicular laryngitis. Paralysis of vocal cords. Hoarseness, especially of singers and public speakers, must hawk and clear the throat of mucus. Incipient tubercular laryngitis.

Selenium is an excellent remedy in general debility, especially of old people, or after typhoid fever or other exhaustive diseases; early exhausted both mentally and physically; after coition or seminal emissions; bad effects from sexual excesses. Impotence. Nervous headache over left eye, worse form heat of the sun, strong odors, tea or acids (lemonade); periodical every afternoon; hysterical with profuse flow of urine, and melancholy. Headache of drunkards, enlargement of liver, stitching pains, sensitiveness, worse on motion and pressure, rash over hepatic region. Constipation from atony of the bowels. Follicular laryngitis. Paralysis of vocal cords. Hoarseness, especially of singers and public speakers, must hawk and clear the throat of mucus. Incipient tubercular laryngitis.

About the author

A.C. Cowperthwaite

A.C. Cowperthwaite

A.C. (Allen Corson) Cowperthwaite 1848-1926.
ALLEN CORSON COWPERTHWAITE was born at Cape May, New Jersey, May 3, 1848, son of Joseph C. and Deborah (Godfrey) Cowperthwaite. He attended medical lectures at the University of Iowa in 1867-1868, and was graduated from the Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia in 1869. He practiced his profession first in Illinois, and then in Nebraska. In 1877 he became Dean and Professor of Materia Medica in the recently organized Homeopathic Department of the State University of Iowa, holding the position till 1892. In 1884 he accepted the chair of Materia Medica, Pharmacology, and Clinical Medicine in the Homeopathic Medical College of the University of Michigan. He removed to Chicago in 1892, and became Professor of Materia Medica and Therapeutics in the Chicago Homeopathic Medical College. From 1901 he also served as president of that College. He is the author of various works, notably "Insanity in its Medico-Legal Relations" (1876), "A Textbook of Materia Medica and Therapeutics" (1880), of "Gynecology" (1888), and of "The Practice of Medicine " (1901).

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