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Niccolum Metallicum

Holistic veterinarian Tim Couzens, author of Horses and Homeopathy, shares his portrait of the Niccolum Metallicum horse.


CLASSIFICATION: Mineral: Metal: Element No 28

SCHOLTEN: Column 10, Row Ferrum series

SANKARAN: Column 10, 4th row, the successful protector

PREPARATION: Trituration

AFFINITY: Cervical spinal region, pancreas, respiratory system



FIRST IMPRESSION: Dignified, refined, haughty, calm and controlled

Psychological type

Niccol has a “cool” gentleman-like, refined, superior, noble demeaner and is well respected on the yard; the other horses look towards the Niccol horse for guidance and protection. They have a sense of authority, confidence and knowledge and will even protect themselves and others in the herd with violence from time to time.

This is the angry, vindictive side of the remedy which helps to protect their status in the stable hierarchy. They are and feel responsible; they love the power. There is a sense of duty, they feel proud, haughty, and they like to do well, to perform well and to be appreciated for what they do. There is a sense of duty and will protect the rider. If the rider fall off the Niccol horse, it will wait by his side until all is well and things are safe.

 Main health issues


Key pointers (main indications in bold)

  • Respectable, noble, refined, meticulous, neat and tidy
  • Love of power, vanity, entitled
  • Empathetic, nurturing
  • Disciplined
  • Dry cough, hacking worse in the early morning
  • Violent sneezing, nose blocked, nasal catarrh
  • COPD, difficulty breathing, laboured breathing
  • Cracking noises from the joints
  • Cracking noises from bones of the neck, neck muscles tense, tight
  • Head pains
  • Significant discharge from the corners of the eyes
  • Hives in bands across the skin, itching and rubbing
  • Allergic contact type dermatitis, “itchy all over”, neck area and hind quarters especially


Worse/aggravated by: Same time each week, month, year

Better/ameliorated by: Evening

Remedy interactions

  • Works well with: –
  • Incompatible with: –

Consider also:

Platina: Haughty, refined, smart looking, likes to lead, to be in charge

Palladium: Haughty, successful, love to perform and be appreciated

Ferrum metallicum: Intolerant of contradiction, protective role

Cuprum metallicum: Needs to maintain control

Arsenicum album: Neat, tidy, refined, COPD

Osmium: Able to manage a responsible position

Iridium: Responsible but fears making a mistake, not quite the herd leader yet

About the author

Tim Couzens

Tim Couzens BVetMed, VetMFHom, MRCVS - Tim qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1980 and spent his first year as a qualified vet working in Ealing. Moving to the New Forest in 1982 he spent the next 3 years in mixed practice before moving to Sussex. Until 1990 he worked in small animal and equine practices during which time, he had the opportunity to attend some of the original homeopathic courses for vets held in at the RLHH in Great Ormond Street. Tim gained his membership of the Faculty of Homeopathy in 1991, his IVAS certificate of Veterinary Acupuncture in 1999 and is self-taught in veterinary herbal medicine. He opened the HVMC in 1995 as a dedicated holistic clinic. He is co-author of several books and sole author of Homeopathy for Horses published by Kenilworth and Horses and Homeopathy published by Saltire. He has three grown up children and a niece who is a small animal veterinary surgeon.

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