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Argentum Nitricum

Nitrate Of Silver, Arg. Nit, Argent. Nit, Argentum Nit, Argent Nit

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HPUS label indication: Impulsiveness

Below are the strongest indications of Argentum Nitricum in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.

In this drug the neurotic effects are very marked, many brain and spinal symptoms presenting themselves which give certain indications for its homeopathic employment. Symptoms of incoordination, loss of control and want of balance everywhere, mentally and physically; Trembling in affected parts. Is an irritant of mucous membranes, producing violent inflammation of the throat, and a marked gastro-enteritis. Very characteristic is the great Desire for sweets, the splinter-like pains, and free muco-purulent discharge in the inflamed and ulcerated mucous membranes. Sensation as if a part were expanding and other errors of perception are characteristic. Withered up and dried constitutions present a favorable field for its action, especially when associated with unusual or long continued mental exertion. Head symptoms often determine the choice of this remedy. Pains increase and decrease gradually. Flatulent state and prematurely aged look. Explosive belching, especially in neurotics. Upper abdominal affections brought on by undue mental exertion. Paraplegia Myelitis and disseminated sclerosis of brain and cord. Intolerance of heat. Sensation of a sudden pinch (Dudgeon). Destroys red blood corpuscles, producing anemia.
BETTER, from eructation; fresh air; COLD; pressure.
WORSE, warmth in any form; at night; from cold food; SWEETS; after eating; at menstrual period; from emotions, Left side.
Antidote: Nat-mur.
Compare: Ars.; Merc.; Phos.; Pulsat.; Argent. Cyanatum (angina pectoris; asthma, spasm of oesophagus); Argent- Jodat ( Throat disorders, hoarseness, gland affected.) Protargol (gonorrhoea after acute stage 2 percent. solution; syphilitic mucous patches, chancres and chancroids, 10 percent solution applied twice a day; ophthalmia neonatorum, 2 drops of 10 percent. solution).; Argent. Phosph ( An excellent diuretic in dropsy.); Argent. Oxyd. Chlorosis with menorrhagia and diarrhoea.).

    EXPECTORATION (click for more)


Thick; and sticky

    MIND (click for more)

Fears and anxieties and hidden irrational motives for actions.

Impulsive; wants to do things in a hurry ( Lilium) Peculiar mental impulses

Melancholic, apprehensive of serious disease

Time passes slowly ( Cann

Errors of perception

Faintish and tremulous

Fearful and nervous; impulse to jump out of window

ind.) Memory weak

Delusions, imaginations, hallucinations, illusions
Delusions, imaginations, hallucinations, illusions; about self; circumstances; deserted, forsaken
Delusions, imaginations, hallucinations, illusions; about self; circumstances; is despised

Desires, wants; company

Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; impulsive
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; indifference, apathy, etc.; when in society
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; sensitive, oversensitive


Hurry; for the appointed time to arrive
Hurry; while walking

Insecure, uncertain, scared; anxiety
Insecure, uncertain, scared; anxiety; anticipating an engagement
Insecure, uncertain, scared; anxiety; while walking; and so walks faster
Insecure, uncertain, scared; fear
Insecure, uncertain, scared; fear; of being alone (see company)
Insecure, uncertain, scared; fear; when ready to go to church or opera
Insecure, uncertain, scared; frightened easily

Intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; dull, sluggish
Intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; dull, sluggish; children

Memory; weakness of memory

Mental exertion

Restlessness, nervousness
Restlessness, nervousness; before convulsions

Talking, conversation; contrary (see obstinate, irritable)
Talking, conversation; obstinate
Talking, conversation; obstinate; far-fetched objection against whatever was proposed

Thinks his understanding will and must fail

    HEAD (click for more)

Boring pain; Better on tight bandaging and pressure

Brain-fag, with general debility and trembling

Emotional disturbances cause appearance of hemi-cranial attacks

Itching of scalp

Headache with coldness and trembling

Vertigo, with buzzing in ears and with nervous affections

Aching in frontal eminence, with Enlarged feeling in corresponding eye

Expanded sensation (see swollen); enlarged sensation
Expanded sensation (see swollen); enlarged sensation; during pregnancy

Pain, headache; boring, digging, screwing; forehead; above eyebrows; left
Pain, headache; from emotions; nervous
Pain, headache; pressure; constricting head
Pain, headache; sides; one side

Skin and scalp; like insects crawling on skin

Headache from mental exertion, from dancing

Hemicrania; bones of head feel as if separated.

Sense of Expansion

    EYE (click for more)

Chronic ulceration of margin of lids; sore, thick, swollen

Great swelling of conjunctiva; Discharge abundant and purulent

Spots before the vision

Purulent ophthalmia

Aching, tired feeling in eyes, better closing or pressing upon them

Acute granular conjunctivitis

Blurred vision

Cornea opaque

Eye-strain from sewing; worse in warm room

Conjunctiva (external lining of eye); swelling

Discharges of mucus or pus; from out-breaks on skin

Discoloration; redness
Discoloration; redness; corner
Discoloration; redness; lids
Discoloration; redness; open air
Discoloration; redness; while reading
Discoloration; redness; while sewing

Inflammation; cold
Inflammation; from being over fire. cold air and cold applications relieve
Inflammation; infants
Inflammation; wounds; conjunctiva (external lining of eye)
Inflammation; wounds; conjunctiva (external lining of eye); granular
Inflammation; wounds; corner
Inflammation; wounds; lids

Intolerance of light (photophobia)
Intolerance of light (photophobia); after straining the eyes
Intolerance of light (photophobia); warm room

Lids; excoriated (as if grazed, chaffed)
Lids; eyes closed; in melancholy
Lids; lids turned outward
Lids; stuck together
Lids; stuck together; morning
Lids; thickening of lids

Pain; open air
Pain; warm room

Pupils; dilated
Pupils; dilated; before epilepsy

Swellings; lids
Swellings; painful boil, shedding skin and tissues (carbuncles)

Inner canthi Swollen and red

Paretic condition of ciliary muscle

Photophobia in warm room

Ulcer in cornea.

Unable to keep eyes fixed steadily

Useful in restoring power to the weakened ciliary muscles

    VISION (click for more)

Colours and shapes in front of eyes; colours; grey; snake-like shapes

Exertion of vision

Long-sighted (near objects blurred)


    EAR (click for more)

Noises in ear; buzzing

    NOSE (click for more)

Coryza, will chilliness, lachrymation, and headache.


Loss of smell

Ulcers in septum

    FACE (click for more)

Expression; old looking

Lips; discoloration; bluish

Skin; discoloration; dirty looking
Skin; discoloration; lead-coloured
Skin; discoloration; sallow
Skin; discoloration; yellow

Old man’s look; tight drawing of skin over bones.

Sunken, old, pale, and bluish

    MOUTH (click for more)

Canker sores.

Gums tender and bleed easily

Discoloration; tongue; red; tip

Pain; tongue; tip

Taste; sour

Tongue; taste buds; erect

Pain in sound teeth

Taste coppery, like ink

Tongue has prominent papillae; tip is red and painful

    THROAT (click for more)

Sensation of a splinter in throat on swallowing

Strangulated feeling.

Dark redness of throat catarrh of smokers, with tickling as of hair in throat

Much Thick mucus in throat and mouth causes hawking

Raw, rough and sore

Choking, constricting; when clearing the throat (see retching)

Discoloration; redness
Discoloration; redness; dark red
Discoloration; redness; uvula (lobe at back of mouth)

Hawks often

Inflammation; larynx
Inflammation; larynx; in singers

Irritation; larynx

Larynx (voice box); scraping, clearing

Mucus; clinging
Mucus; larynx
Mucus; thick

Pain; as from a splinter
Pain; rawness
Pain; rawness; larynx
Pain; sore

Voice; hoarseness
Voice; hoarseness; from talking
Voice; lost
Voice; lost; singers

    ABDOMEN (click for more)

Colic, With much flatulent distention

Desire for cheese and salt.

Gastritis of drunkards

Painful spot over stomach that radiates to all parts of the abdomen

Stitchy ulcerative pain on left side of stomach, below short ribs.

Great craving for sweats

Bladder; urging to urinate (unhealthy desire)
Bladder; urination; feeble stream (slow)
Bladder; urination; frequent
Bladder; urination; involuntary, incontinence
Bladder; urination; involuntary, incontinence; night, bed wetting
Bladder; urination; painful or difficult urination
Bladder; urination; unconscious; no feeling in urethra (urinary part of genitals)

Bloated; trapped wind


Flatulence; after eating
Flatulence; obstructed

Pain; before stool
Pain; night; midnight
Pain; pressing; before stool
Pain; sore, bruised, tenderness, etc.; behind lower ribs; during diarrhoea

Sense of weakness

Sensitive to clothing

Stomach; burping, belching
Stomach; burping, belching
Stomach; burping, belching; after eating
Stomach; burping, belching; difficult
Stomach; burping, belching; empty
Stomach; burping, belching; large quantities of wind
Stomach; burping, belching; loud
Stomach; desires, cravings; salt things
Stomach; desires, cravings; sweets
Stomach; desires, cravings; sweets; sugar
Stomach; disordered
Stomach; distended (swollen from inner pressure)
Stomach; nausea
Stomach; pain
Stomach; pain; after eating
Stomach; pain; on breathing in deeply
Stomach; retching; during diarrhoea
Stomach; retching; when hawking mucus from throat at back of mouth
Stomach; thirst
Stomach; thirst; extreme
Stomach; vomiting
Stomach; vomiting; during diarrhoea
Stomach; vomiting; mucus
Stomach; vomiting; mucus; during diarrhoea

Enormous distention

Flatulence; Painful swelling of pit

Gnawing ulcerating pain; burning and constriction

Ineffectual effort at eructation

Nausea, retching, vomiting of glairy mucus

Stomach; Belching accompanies most gastric ailments

Trembling and throbbing in stomach

Ulceration of stomach, With radiating pain

Ulcerative pain in left side under ribs

    RECTUM (click for more)

Diarrhoea; after certain foods or drinks; from drinking water
Diarrhoea; after certain foods or drinks; sugar
Diarrhoea; from emotions; excitement
Diarrhoea; from emotions; excitement; as before theatre
Diarrhoea; night

Flatulence; after sugar
Flatulence; loud
Flatulence; loud; after sugar

    STOOL (click for more)

Fluids go right through him; after sweets

After any emotion with flatulence

Diarrhoea immediately after eating or drinking

Itching of anus.


Green; like spinach in flatulence

Mucous, slimy
Mucous, slimy; green

Odour; offensive

Watery; night

Watery, noisy, flatulent; Green, like chopped spinach, with shreddy mucus and enormous distention of abdomen; very offensive

    URINE (click for more)

Divided stream

Early stage of gonorrhoea; profuse discharge and terrible cutting pains; bloody urine.

Emission of a few drops after having finished

Urethra inflamed, with pain, burning, itching; pain as from a splinter

Urine passes unconsciously, day and night

Urine scanty and dark



    GENITALS (click for more)

Female; Gastralgia at beginning of menses

Bleeding easily

Cancer-like drugs

Coition painful.

Desire waning

Erection falls when coition is attempted

Genitals shrivel

Female; metrorrhagia (non-menstrual bleeding); after sexual intercourse
Female; pain; vagina; during sexual intercourse
Female; prolapse; womb

Male; erections; painful (see urethra)
Male; pain

Urethra (urinary part of genitals); discharge; strong and sharp (acrid)
Urethra (urinary part of genitals); inflammation
Urethra (urinary part of genitals); numbness; sensation absent, when urinating
Urethra (urinary part of genitals); pain; burning; during urination
Urethra (urinary part of genitals); painful during erection

Intense spasm of chest muscles

Leucorrhoea profuse, with erosion of cervix

Male; Impotence

Nervous erethism at change of life

Orgasms at night

Uterine hemorrhage, two weeks after menses; painful affections of left ovary.

    RESPIRATION (click for more)

Chronic hoarseness

High notes cause cough

Angina pectoris, nightly worse

Chest feels as if a bar were around it


Many people in a room seem to take away his breath.

Palpitation, pulse irregular and intermittent; worse lying on Right side; (Alumen.) Painful spots in chest

Asthma attack


Suffocative cough, as if from a hair in throat

    CHEST (click for more)

Heart; angina pectoris
Heart; palpitations
Heart; palpitations; after excitement
Heart; palpitations; from exertion
Heart; palpitations; night
Heart; palpitations; tumultuous, violent, intense

Pain; feels like a splinter
Pain; heart

    BACK (click for more)

acid.) Paraplegia; posterior spinal sclerosis.

Heaviness, weight; sacrum (base of spine); like a weight

Much pain

Spine sensitive with nocturnal pains, (Oxal

    EXTREMITIES, LIMBS (click for more)

Debility in calves especially

Cannot walk with eyes closed

Cramps; calf

Heaviness; forearm
Heaviness; lower limbs; afternoon
Heaviness; upper limbs

Movements and positions; trembling
Movements and positions; trembling; lower limbs

Numbness (see tingling)
Numbness (see tingling); foot

Paralysis; lower limbs

Weakness; lower limbs

Numbness of arms

Paralysis, with mental and abdominal symptoms

Post-diphtheritic paralysis (after Gel.).

Rigidity of Calves

Trembling, with general debility

Walks and stands unsteadily, especially when unobserved

    SLEEP (click for more)

Drowsy stupor.



Sleeplessness, insomnia

Sleepless, from fancies before his imagination; horrible dreams of snakes, and of sexual gratification

    FEVER (click for more)

Chills with nausea

Chilly when uncovered, yet feels smothered if wrapped up.

    SKIN (click for more)

Brown, tense, and hard

Drawing in skin, as from a spider-web, or dried albuminous substance, withered and dried up

Irregular blotches.

    GENERALITIES (click for more)

Blood vessels; excited, rapid blood flow

Convulsions; epileptic
Convulsions; epileptic
Convulsions; without consciousness

Eating and food; sweets

General physical anxiety

In women; symptoms during period

Inflammation; hair follicles

Night; before midnight

Open air

Pain; boring
Pain; pressing; internally
Pain; sensation of splinters

Sensitive; intolerance of clothing

Symptoms not symmetrical; left

Trembling; externally
Trembling; periodical

Walking; in open air

Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); periodical
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); trembling
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Entries on a white background are from Boericke's Materia Medica. Entries on a green background are from a reversed Kent's repertory, with some alterations to modernise the language. Uses are based on traditional homeopathic practice and have not been reviewed by the FDA.