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Homeopathic remedies are prescribed on the basis that in a tiny dilution like cures like, so while the very dilute homeopathic remedy may help, the raw product is often best avoided.
Below are the strongest indications (i.e. symptoms) of Lithium metallicum in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.
A young lady of twenty years took Lithium Carbonicum Lithium carb. 30th evening and morning, on account of violent pains in the region of the heart, before and during menstruation.
menstruation ceased too soon and suddenly, and at the same time the pains in the heart ceased also Violent headache in the vertex and temples, on awaking in the morning (second day).
headache still continues (third day).
less (fourth and fifth days).
very severe again in the left eye, in the temple, and in a small spot in the occiput (sixth day).
very severe in the temple and vertex, and inasmuch as she thought vomiting might relieve her, she drank some warm water, but to no purpose.
it is like a heavy weight upon the vertex and pressing in the temple.
the whole head seems to large, and as if it were seized.
the most violent pain is in small spots, and this in particular increased the nausea.
could hardly keep the eyes open.
they pained as if sore from morning till noon.
when looking at anything the head became worse.
she cannot remain lying down.
it pains everywhere. when sitting somewhat better.
relieved by going out (seventh day),.
Pain in the left temple extending into the orbit, accompanied by gnawing in the stomach, began about an hour before dinner.
the pain in the orbit passed away while eating, but came back about fifteen minutes after the meal, and at the same time was felt in the right temple.
a fulness remained in the temples the whole afternoon (third day),.
On the second day of the menses, while reading, she was obliged to get up and go out of doors for a short time.
when she came back she noticed an uncertainty of vision, and an entire vanishing of the right half of whatever she looked at.
or if two short words occurred in succession, that on the right hand was invisible.
she tried each eye alone.
it was the same with both.
during the uncertainty of vision, pain over the eyes and tension, as if bound in the temples.
this ceased while she was eating, but soon after it came as an unpleasant sensation in the temples, and remained, as a pressure, until in the night, and seemed to go away during sleep (after the proving),.
When lying down, has a violent cough, without expectoration, which compels him to sit up.
the irritation which provokes the cough is in a small spot posteriorly and low in the throat.
it consists of quick shocks, which do not seem to come out of the chest, not from low down, but they seem to be produced in the throat, only in short paroxysms, but very violent and exhausting.
ceases gradually (after four days),.
For several days past, a striking decrease of appetite.
neither desire for breakfast in the morning, not during the day any desire to eat anything.
on beginning to eat the appetite is immediately satisfied.
no desire for wine, beer, coffee or sugar.
for several days, when eating and drinking, all further desire ceases, yet without any aversion (fourth day),.
Tenesmus of the bladder, and micturition in the street (between nine hours and a half and ten hours and a half after taking).
before and for a short time after it, Lithium-pains in the region of the neck of the bladder and other parts of the urinary organs.
the same pain in the region of the neck of the bladder on the right side,.
Sudden violent tenesmus of the bladder.
the dark yellowish urine is in much smaller quantity than usually follows such tenesmus, with him.
seven ounces, instead of nine, ten, or eleven ounces (after two hours).
(the next morning, the urine was turbid, without deposit or cloud, such as had always accompanied this phenomenon before).
five minutes later, sensitiveness and pain in the middle of the urethra, a kind of pressure.
yet without any tenesmus,.
Twitching pain in all the fingers, especially in the second and third fingers of the left hand, as if in or upon the bones, internally from the hand towards the extremities, throbbing, twitching.
very sensitive during repose, but ceasing on pressure, on being grasped, and on motion.
first on the right side, then on the left (after five hours),.
For several weeks, on the borders of the nails, soreness, redness, and pain, only prevented from extending by constantly loosening the fold of skin from the root of the nail.
it is more at the external angle, first of the left thumb, then of the right fourth finger, then of several fingers of the left hand, then of the middle finger of the right hand.
the skin adheres more firmly to the growing nail.
which had also been observed before and since (after four days),.
Paralytic stiffness in all the limbs and whole body (before three hours),
Lax feeling of the whole body, especially in the knee-joints and in the sacral region (second day),
Pain and heaviness over the brows, and restlessness in the stomach, unaltered by the evening meal and by walking out towards evening, lasting until she fell asleep (second day),
Slight pains here and there, sometimes becoming more violent, most perceptible in a small spot in the right temple (for several days together), (after three hours),
It seems to her as if the symptoms occurred earlier when the remedy is taken after breakfast,
The pains on the left side were more violent, and lasted longer than the pains of the day before, on the right side (second day),
Before the menses, the symptoms were most violent on the left side; after the menses on the right,
A young man, R., who has been for several years tormented with a peculiar irritability of the bladder, a frequent burdensome tenesmus, which rendered all business, society, or travelling irksome to him, took for experiment Lithium Carbonicum Lithium carb. 30, from 20 to 100 globules.
the first day, the first dose was taken after a regular stool, after breakfast.
an hour afterwards, a second stool, which was quite uncommon.
in the evening, the second dose.
at night lustful dreams.
on awaking, micturition, and after it a violent erection and lustful feeling, such as he had never before had, for an hour.
then he slept again. this night he waked two or three times again with erection, tenesmus vesicae, and lascivious titillation in the urethra.
and, on account of the erection, he could not pass water.
when, however, he succeeded in doing so, the erection ceased entirely.
therewith, pain in the bladder, and scanty urine, about three wine-glassfuls.
The second day in the morning, he took nothing.
urinated more frequently and more copiously, and had after it the lustful titillation in the urethra.
his customary bladder symptoms, however, did not appear.
at noon he took the third dose.
at 2 P.M. a disposition to weep over this lonesome condition, so that he sobbed, the nose being full of water.
the whole afternoon, very frequent urination.
in the evening, 9 o'clock, the fourth dose.
this night, again, lustful dreams.
on awaking tenesmus vesicae and erection, which ceased after urinating.
The third day, in the morning, the fifth dose; urination; noon, the sixth dose; afternoon, better; evening, the seventh dose.
The first three days, he had expectoration of mucus from the choanae and fauces, in thick masses, especially morning and forenoon; at noon, the whole abdomen felt as if swollen, distended with wind; from 3 P.M. till 10 in the evening frequent discharge of very offensive flatus.
The third day, in the morning, the urine was scanty, dark, and very acrid; pain on passing it, as when lye passes over an irritable surface; the evacuation of it is thereby rendered difficult.
The fourth day the same; and the whole day pain in the bladder; in the evening, sweat on the backs of the hands, while the palms are dry; itching on the sole of the left foot, on the inner margin, compelling to vigorous scratching; the offensive flatus still continues.
The fifth day, on going out after breakfast, a constriction of the chest, then by hawking, an expectoration of mucus in great quantity, appearing to come from the middle of the sternum.
the whole day, a restlessness, in the renal region.
afternoon, again a pressure in the middle of the chest, pain in the bladder, frequent urination, yet all these less than formerly, and all ceasing gradually.
this increased the quantity of urine and the sudden tenesmus vesicae.
he took Rhus Tox Rhus., whereupon the quantity diminished, but the irritation continued.
he therefore again took Lithium Carbonicum Lithium carb. 30, 100 globules, whereupon it ceased.
The following day he took, in the evening, the second trituration in water.
The next morning and whole forenoon the nose was obstructed, above in the nose and forehead; the bladder less irritable until 3 P.M.; the acidity of the stomach ceased.
The next day he alternated globules of the 30th and solution of the 2d trituration, and continued them for several days, without noticing anything, except a very copious sweat.
he took on this account Lithium Muriaticum Lithium mur.
he had to go on a journey, and while on the road was seized with cholera, and subsequently with a cough, which indeed he did not connect with these circumstances, but which had already previously befallen him after many remedies taken at random.
The same has had for several years a sore nose.
the nose felt very much swollen, and was really somewhat so, with a moderate redness, inwardly sore, and sometimes forming thin crusts or scabs.
everything was worse on the right side.
the nose dry and as if inflamed.
at the same time his former bladder symptoms.
frequent urinating, especially at night.
after Lithium Carbonicum Lithium carb. , the nose became immediately moist, and every sign of inflammation, redness, and swelling entirely disappeared the frequent urination ceased, he slept undisturbed at night.
the painful tenesmus of the bladder had been also relieved by Argentum nitr., which, however, does not act upon the nose.
if he had both troubles together, he must take Lithium.
As an entirely new symptom, he perceived, after taking Lithium, fine twitching stitches through the pubis, passing from behind forwards and across, as fine as the smallest line, passing suddenly and like lightning hither and thither, and repeated every time after taking it anew.
it leaves an enduring pain after it.
after repeated doses he feels, over and over as if beaten, stiff and sore in all bones, joints, and muscles.
he took for this in alternation Bryonia Bryonia, which did not hinder the good action of the Lithium upon the other symptoms, until the general symptoms vanished,.≡ show all authors ...
(Night), Pain in foot.
(Slow driving), Pain in temple, etc.
(Lying down), Headache; cough.
(Reading), Pain in eyes.
(Rest), Pain in fingers.
(Standing), Pain in sacrum.
(Walking), Stitch in perineal region; pain through hollow of foot.
(Going out), Headache.≡ show all authors ...
Pain in the left parietal bone (after three hours and a half),
Headache on the right side superiorly, later on the left side (after two hours),
Once, a transient pain in the left temple (third day),
Parietals.≡ more ...
Brow and orbit
Pain inwardly above the globe of the eye; above the external canthus (after six minutes),
Lids.≡ more ...
Pain in the right malar N/A bone, a sticking-burning sensation, going from below upwards (after six minutes),≡ more ...
Must blow the nose a great deal; more mucus hangs behind (in the nares), in the evening (first day),
Coryza (dropping), (after half an hour),≡ more ...
Gums and teeth
Toothache in a left lower molar tooth, late in the evening (first day),≡ more ...
Sore throat posteriorly, on the right side, as if sore when swallowing, for an hour (after eight hours and a half),≡ more ...
Pressing pain in the middle of the chest outwards towards both sides, in the region of the fourth rib, with pressure in both temples, from without inwards, immediately,
Sometimes, a sudden jerk or shock in the heart (second day),≡ more ...
Intense itching, compelling to scratch until the part becomes raw, on the whole inner side of the right thigh, and also on small spots in the adjacent parts, late in the evening (first day),
Itching of the left middle finger, near the nail and around on the left side of the finger, in the evening (first day),≡ more ...
A pain, or rather a feeling of soreness, on the right side, near the spine, below the loins, in a spot not larger than the end of the finger; sensitive to the touch, in the morning on rising; continuing all day until bedtime (fourth day),
Pressure as with a dull point here and there internally, as if near the bone; in the evening, most on the left side (first day),≡ more ...
Gnawing sensation in the stomach, before mealtimes, especially before dinner (second day); it began an hour before dinner, accompanied by pain in the left temple, which extended into the orbit; the appetite was good, and the gnawing sensation passed away while she was eating (third day),
Hypogastrium and Iliac Regions.
Moderate pain in the left abdominal ring, like a pressing from within outward, with confusion of the head in both temples; a dull pressure from without inwards (soon), (second day),≡ more ...
Very offensive diarrhoea (second night),
No stool (first day),
A violently painful, dull stitch in front of the anus in the perineal region, from within outwards and from above downwards, when walking (after eight hours and a half),≡ more ...
A dark reddish-brown urinary deposit, after the diarrhoeic stools, in the morning (fourth day),
Sensation as if the bladder were affected (after twenty minutes),
Menses occurred three or four days later, and were diminished (after five days),
Male.≡ more ...
Burning stitch in the ball of the left thumb (after three hours),
Pain internally on the left knee, a sticking-burning sensation, going from below upwards (after fifteen minutes),
Toes.≡ more ...