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Plumbum Metallicum

Lead, Plumbum, Plumb

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HPUS label indication: Paleness

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

The great drug for general sclerotic conditions. Lead paralysis is chiefly of extensors, forearm or upper limb, from center to periphery with partial anesthesia or excessive hyperesthesia, preceded by pain. Localized neuralgic pains, neuritis. The blood, alimentary and nervous systems are the special seats of action of Plumbum Metallicum. Haematosis is interfered with, rapid reduction in number of red corpuscles; hence pallor, icterus, anaemia. Constrictive sensation in internal organs.
Delirium, coma and convulsions. Hypertension and arteriosclerosis. Progressive muscular atrophy. Infantile paralysis. Locomotor ataxia. Excessive and rapid emaciation. Bulbar paralysis. Important in peripheral affections. The points of attack for Plumbum Metallicum are the neuraxons and the anterior horns. Symptoms of multiple sclerosis, posterior spinal sclerosis. Contractions and boring pain. All the symptoms of acute Nephritis with amaurosis and cerebral symptoms. GOUT ( Chronic).
BETTER, rubbing, hard pressure, physical exertion ( Alumen.)
WORSE, at night, motion.
Compare: Plumb. Acet ( painful cramps in paralyzed limbs; severe pain and muscular cramps in gastric ulcer; locally, as an application (non-homeopathic) in moist eczema, and to dry up secretions from mucous surfaces. Care must be used, as sufficient lead can be absorbed to produce lead poison, one to two drams of the Liquor plumbi subacetatis to the ounce of water; also in pruritus pudendi, equal parts of the Liquor plumbi and glycerin). plumb. jodat ( Has been used empirically in various forms of paralysis, sclerotic degenerations, especially of spinal cord, atrophies, arteriosclerosis, pellagra. Indurations of mammary glands, especially when a tendency to become inflamed appears; sore and painful. Indurations of great hardness and associated with a very dry skin. Lancinating pains of Tabes.) Compare: Alumina; Plat.; Opium; Podoph.; Merc.; Thal. Plectranthus (paralysis, spastic, spinal form); Plumb. chromicum (convulsions, with terrible pains; pupils greatly dilated; retracted abdomen); PLUMB. Phosph ( loss of sexual power; Locomotor ataxia).
Antidotes: Plat.; Alum.; Petrol.
Third to thirtieth potency.

    MIND (click for more)

Quiet melancholy
Mental depression
fear of being assassinated
Hallucinations and delusions
Intellectual apathy

Memory impaired ( Anac.; Baryta.) Paretic dementia.

Delirium; wild

Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; sensitive, oversensitive

Insecure, uncertain, scared; timidity

Intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; dull, sluggish

Memory; weakness of memory
Memory; weakness of memory; for words

Restlessness, nervousness

Slow perception; loss of memory; amnesic aphasia

    HEAD (click for more)

Tinnitus ( chin.; nat-salic.; carbon

Delirium alternating with colic

Hair very dry

Pain as if a ball rose from throat to brain

    EYE (click for more)

Glaucoma, especially if secondary to spinal lesion

Intraocular, suppurative inflammation

Optic nerve inflamed

Optic neuritis, central scotoma

Pupils contracted

Sudden loss of sight after fainting.


    NOSE (click for more)

Smell; lost sense of smell

    FACE (click for more)

Yellow, corpse-like; cheeks sunken

Pale and cachetic

Distortion; mouth

Skin; discoloration; pale
Skin; discoloration; sallow
Skin; discoloration; yellow

Skin of face greasy, shiny

Tremor of nasolabial muscles.

    MOUTH (click for more)

Tongue tremulous, red on margin

Cannot put it out, seems paralyzed.

Gums swollen, pale; Distinct blue lines along margins of gums

Discoloration; gums; blue line on margin
Discoloration; gums; pale
Discoloration; gums; purple
Discoloration; gums; purple; thin border nearest teeth
Discoloration; tongue; brown

Gums; painful tubercles (nodules, knob-like lumps)

Odour (halitosis, bad breath); offensive
Odour (halitosis, bad breath); putrid

Paralysis; tongue

Swelling; gums

Teeth; decay, hollow

    THROAT (click for more)

Choking, constricting

    ABDOMEN (click for more)

Excessive colic, Radiating to all parts of body

Constant vomiting

Obstructed flatus, with intense colic

Pain causes desire to stretch

Abdomen retracted


Bladder; retention of urine (see urination delayed); colic
Bladder; urge to urinate, but producing nothing
Bladder; urination; dribbling (by drops)

Pain; extending to other parts; to all parts of body
Pain; navel; region of navel
Pain; radiating; to all parts of body
Pain; sudden, sharp (sticking, etc.); navel
Pain; violent
Pain; with vomiting, blood and mucus in stool (intussusception)

Paralysis of intestines

Retraction; navel

Stomach; pain; extending to other parts; groins
Stomach; pain; extending to other parts; limbs

abdominal wall feels drawn by a string to spine

Colic alternates with delirium and pain in atrophied limbs.

Intussusception; strangulated hernia

Solids cannot be swallowed.

Stomach; Contraction in oesophagus and stomach; pressure and tightness

    RECTUM (click for more)

Frequent, ineffectual tenesmus

Urinary Organs.

Obstructed evacuation from impaction of faeces ( Plat.) Neuralgia of rectum

Anus drawn up with constriction.

Chronic interstitial nephritis, with great pain in abdomen

Albuminous; low specific gravity

Constipation; Stools hard, lumpy, black, with urging and spasm of anus

Emission drop by drop.

Constipation; during pregnancy
Constipation; inactivity of rectum

Constriction, contraction, closure, etc.
Constriction, contraction, closure, etc.; during stool
Constriction, contraction, closure, etc.; painful
Constriction, contraction, closure, etc.; spasmodic

Paralysis (see inactivity)

Tenesmus of bladder

Urine scanty

    STOOL (click for more)




Knotty, nodular, lumpy

Like balls
Like balls; black
Like balls; like sheep dung


    URINE (click for more)

Albuminous (white, thick)

Colour; dark


Sugar in urine

Urine lighter than usual (in weight)

    GENITALS (click for more)

Female; Vaginismus, with emaciation and constipation

Testicles drawn up, feel constricted.

Vulva and vagina hypersensitive

Induration of mammary glands

an.; Sil.) Tendency to abortion

Disposition to yawn and stretch.

Female; miscarriage; tendency to miscarry
Female; pain; vagina; prolonged contraction or spasm of vagina (vaginismus)

Male; Loss of sexual power

Menorrhagia with sensation of string pulling from abdomen to back

Stitches and burning pains in breasts ( Apis; Con.; Carb

    CHEST (click for more)

Heart; Cardiac weakness

Pulse soft and small, dicrotic

Wiry pulse, cramp-like constriction of peripheral arteries.

    BACK (click for more)

Lightning-like pains; temporarily better by pressure

Paralysis of lower extremities.

Spinal cord sclerosed

    EXTREMITIES, LIMBS (click for more)

Cramps in calves

Cannot raise or lift anything with the hand

Extension is difficult

Contraction of muscles and tendons; from paralysis of extensors

Cramps; calf

Emaciated, extremely thin
Emaciated, extremely thin; diseased limb
Emaciated, extremely thin; forearm
Emaciated, extremely thin; hand
Emaciated, extremely thin; paralysed limb
Emaciated, extremely thin; upper limbs
Emaciated, extremely thin; wrist

Heaviness; upper limbs

Movements and positions; flexed; finger (see extremities; hands and feet; clenching)
Movements and positions; jerking
Movements and positions; movement of leg; difficult
Movements and positions; shaking; hand
Movements and positions; shaking; upper limbs
Movements and positions; trembling
Movements and positions; trembling; hand
Movements and positions; trembling; hand; on holding objects
Movements and positions; trembling; hand; on holding objects; on holding them out
Movements and positions; trembling; hand; paralytic
Movements and positions; trembling; hand; when carrying something to mouth
Movements and positions; trembling; hand; while writing
Movements and positions; trembling; upper limbs

Numbness (see tingling); lower limbs

Pain; comes on suddenly
Pain; evening
Pain; joints
Pain; lower limbs
Pain; lower limbs; comes on suddenly
Pain; night
Pain; shooting (see stitching, sudden, sharp); lower limbs
Pain; shooting (see stitching, sudden, sharp); lower limbs; extending downwards
Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp; hip
Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp; hip; extending to other parts; downward
Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp; hip; extending to other parts; knee
Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp; lower limbs
Pain; tearing; comes on suddenly
Pain; tearing; lower limbs
Pain; tearing; thigh
Pain; tearing; thigh; comes on suddenly
Pain; tearing; thigh; extending downward
Pain; tearing; thigh; front
Pain; tearing; upper arm
Pain; tearing; upper limbs
Pain; thigh

Paralysis; fingers; extensors
Paralysis; forearm; extensor muscles
Paralysis; hand; right
Paralysis; in extensors (muscles to straighten limb)
Paralysis; lower limbs
Paralysis; lower limbs; painless
Paralysis; painless
Paralysis; upper limbs
Paralysis; wrist
Paralysis; wrist; extensors

Weakness; knee
Weakness; leg
Weakness; lower limbs
Weakness; tottering

Feet swollen

Hands and feet cold

Loss of patellar reflex

Pain in Right big toe at night, very sensitive to touch.

Pain in atrophied limbs alternates with colic


Paralysis from over exertion of the extensor muscles in piano players ( Curare.) Pains in muscles of thighs; Come in paroxysms

Paralysis of single muscles

Stinging and tearing in limbs, also twitching and tingling, numbness, pain or tremor


    SLEEP (click for more)

Sleeplessness, insomnia

    CHILL (click for more)

Chilliness (see also whole body; temperature)

In the open air

    SKIN (click for more)

Dilated veins of forearms and legs.



Discoloration; blackish
Discoloration; yellow, jaundice, etc.

Dry; inability to perspire (see inactivity)
Dry; inability to perspire (see inactivity); when exercising

Gangrene; cold

Itching; crawling


Yellow, dark-brown liver spots

    GENERALITIES (click for more)


Constriction; externally
Constriction; internally

Convulsions; epileptic
Convulsions; epileptic
Convulsions; rapid muscle spasm
Convulsions; without consciousness

Eating and food; symptoms while fasting

Emaciated (extremely thin)


Faintness, fainting

Inflammation; internally

Jerking; as in convulsions


Numbness; externally
Numbness; internally; of suffering parts

Pain; sudden, sharp; internally
Pain; twinging

Paralysis; painless



Weakness (see lethargic, weariness)
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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.

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.