SeleniumSelen, Selenium Metallicum
Below are the strongest indications of Selenium in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.
PHARMACY - Sel. Selenium. The Element. Trituration. Historical dose: All potencies, 6x to 30c. Planets: Venus.
HISTORY - Selenium was discovered in 1818 by Berzelius and was named by him after the moon, because it is found associated with Tellurium (Tellus, the earth). It is also found associated with Sulphur. All three belong to the same group of elements. Selenium is found either in its natural state or, more often, as a metallic selenide.
“When precipitated it appears as a red powder, which melts when heated and on cooling forms a brittle mass, nearly black, but transmitting red light when in thin plates. When heated in air it takes fire, burns with a blue flame, giving a gaseous Oxide of Selenium, which has a most penetrating and characteristic odor of putrid horse-radish. Sel. undergoes a remarkable change in electrical resistance under the action of light: hence the use of Selenium cells” (Cent. Dict.).
Selenium is an element which occurs between sulphur and tellurium. It is found in the teeth and bones and belong to the VI-b group in the periodic table of elements, along with tellurium and polarium. The proving was conducted by Hering. In London Raeside repeated a complete proving on sixteen provers and six controls in 1959-60. The following potencies were used: 6c, 12, 30c. Colloidal Selenium has been used as an injection for inoperable cancer. Pain, sleeplessness, ulceration and discharge are markedly diminished.
HOMEOPATHIC -- Sel. has marked effects on the genito-urinary organs and often indicated in elderly men, especially for prostration and sexual atony. It has marked effects on the supra orbital nerves (left), Larynx and liver are also affected. Great debility, worse heat. Easy exhaustion, mental and physical in old age. Debility after exhausting diseases after fevers.
Irritability after sex. Sexual weakness. Lascivious, but impotent. Loss of sexual power with sexual thoughts. Prostate weakness with dribbling of urine. Escape of semen especially when straining at stool. Chronic gleet. Bedwetting. Chronic urethritis. Senility, early. Chronic diseases of the bone-marrow. Emaciation of single parts, face, hands, thighs etc.
Patient becomes easily debilitated by heat or hot weather, a little mental or physical exertion makes him sleepy. Pulsation in the whole body especially in abdomen, worse eating. Cramps, then stiffness. Biting, here and there. Aversion to draught of air, warm cold or damp. Hemicrania. Neuritis and neuralgia of the head. Diabetes insipidus. Myasthenia.
CLINICAL - Alcoholism. Bedwetting. Comedones. Constipation. Debility. Diabetes insipidus. Eczema, scalp. Hair, loss. Headache. Hoarseness. Impotence. Laryngitis, tubercular. Liver, disorders. Masturbation. Myasthenia. Prostatitis. Prostatorrhea. Psoriasis. Scabies. Skin, disorders. Spermatorrhea. Stammering. Sun, effects. Syphilis. Tea, effects.
Causations - Bad effects from excess of tobacco or tea. Ill effects of debauchery, sugar, salt, lemonade, loss of vital fluids, masturbation, sexual excess, over-study. Alcohol. Walking. Exertion.
Constitutions - Sel. is suited to blondes and persons of light complexion.
Modalities - Better after sunset inhaling cool air. Better taking cold air or cold water into mouth. Worse loss of sleep, night watching touch. Worse after sleep, singing, draft of air, even if warm. Worse after stools, wine, cinchona. Worse by touch and pressure. Worse by motion. Worse by rest. Worse by mental exertion. Worse after seminal losses. Worse from draft of air, even if warm. Worse in open air. Worse in hot weather. Worse by sun and with the sun’s increase. Worse every afternoon (headaches).
MIND - Lascivious thoughts with impotency. Mental labor fatigues. Total unfitness for any kind of work. Extreme sadness. Depression in the morning, aggravated in the evening. Despair, melancholy. Dread of society. Forgetful in business. Talkative, when excited, stammers, pronounces some words incorrectly. Stutters. Difficult comprehension. Difficulty in concentrating is easily irritated by noise, people and conversation.
Great forgetfulness when awake with distinct recollection during half sleep. Fails to understand what he hears or reads. Reveries of a religious and melancholy character. Lack of enthusiasm and of interest indifference. Everything vexes him and he is easily antagonized. Very forgetful in his work, but dreams in his sleep of what he has forgotten. Erotic thoughts with impotence. Becomes drunk easily.
Abdomen - Violent shootings in spleen when walking. Pulsation all over the body especially in abdomen after eating which hinders sleep. Left abdominal hyperesthesia, spreading towards the left kidney area. Sensation of abdominal distention on the left side, ameliorated by pressure, aggravated by going to stool or by coughing.
Back - The back becomes almost paralytic after a temporary illness. Paralytic pain in small of back better lying on abdomen. Pain through left side of neck and down back of left leg. Hard swelling on back. Sensation of paralysis in loins. Pain as from lameness in small of back in morning. Severe pain in the coccyx, aggravated when sitting, ameliorated by walking.
Bones - Osteoporosis during menopause. Inflammation of the bones and cartilages in the young adult, attacking the knee, then the elbow and the hip. Bones fragile.
Breasts - More or less acute pain, prickling or dull aching in the left or right breast.
Chest - Constrictive or stinging pain behind the sternum and in the upper left thoracic region. Pains in right side, around under last ribs, especially on inspiration, extending to region of kidneys.
Ears - Deafness from hardened wax. Ear stopped.
Eyes - Pains deep in orbits. Spasmodic twitching of left eyeball. Itching vesicles on eyebrows and margins of lids. Falling off of eyebrows. Heavy, painful, burning, blood-shot with red marks on the eyelids. Discharge of a thick, yellow secretion, especially in the morning. Blurred vision, with difficult accommodation. Styes. Blepharitis. Dacyrocystitis. Myopia. Accommodation disorders. Styes.
Face - Great emaciation of face and hands. Comedones. Greasy, shining skin of face. Twitching in muscles of face. Upper lip cracked.
Female - Throbbing in abdomen during pregnancy, worse eating. Menses copious and dark. Menses delayed about eight days. Menses early, scanty, painful. Menses painful on the first day. Awakened by pain of menses. Rare menses.
Food - Anorexia in morning with white-coated tongue. Hunger at night. Craves stimulants, brandy, tea etc. Aversion to salty food. Sweetish, disagreeable taste after smoking. Dislike to salt things. Desire for alcoholic drinks. Frequent desire for brandy. Thirstless. Worse from tea, sugar, salt, lemonade, wine.
Head - Headache after drinking lemonade, wine or tea. Pain over left eye, worse walking in sun, strong odors and tea. Headache from intellectual labor. Hair falls out from eyebrows, whiskers and genitals. Does not want hair touched. Pain in the scalp as if hair were pulled out. Nervous headaches. Headache every afternoon. Scalp feels tense. Headache of alcoholics, headache after debauchery.
Heart - Pulse very accelerated. Arterial pulsation, especially in the abdominal aorta, preventing him from sleeping. Pain in the heart region. Rhythmic anomalies. Syphilitic aortitis.
Kidneys - Frequent urination with urgent need to urinate. Involuntary dribbling, when walking. Dribbling of urine after urination and after stool. Urination predominantly at night. Nocturnal bedwetting. Urine dark red, thick, scanty, gritty with deposits. Red, itching irritation at the tip of the penis. Sensation in the tip of urethra, as if a biting drop were forcing its way out.
Limbs - Pains in all the limbs, as if caused by a chill. Emaciation of hands of legs. Miliaria in forearm. Tearing in hands at night with cracking in wrists. Itching at wrist in palms, itching vesicles on and between fingers. Dry, scaly eruption on palms with itching, having syphilitic base. Psoriasis of palms. Painful hang-nails. Scabies-like pimples on hand. Emaciation of hands. Tearing pain in hands, at night. Sudden left sciatic pain leaves soreness behind. Itching pimples on buttocks and thighs, near the scrotum. Cramps in calves and soles. Legs feel weak with fear of paralysis after typhus. The knees crack when they are bent. Flat ulcers on lower legs. Itching in feet, especially round ankles in evening. Blisters on toes.
Liver - Chronic liver affections. Pain in the liver, especially on taking an inspiration, extending to the kidney region with sensibility to external pressure. Enlarged with fine rash over liver region.
Lungs - Frequent efforts to breathe deeply like sighing. Respiration obstructed at night, when lying down, by pains. Hawking up of mucus and of small clots of blood. Hawks up clear mucus in the morning. Frequent necessity to clear the throat in singers. Takers deep breath. Tubercular laryngitis. Dry hacking cough worse in the morning. Expectoration of lumps of bloody mucus. Weak feeling in the chest. Cough in morning, which fatigues whole chest with expectoration of blood and small globules of mucus. Difficulty of breathing when walking in open air.
Male - Sexual weakness. Dribbling of semen during sleep. Prostatitis, prostatic adenoma. Dribbling of prostatic fluid. Irritability after sex. Loss of sexual power with lascivious fancies. Lascivious but impotent. Increases desire, decreases ability. On attempting sex, penis relaxes. Easy loss of semen during sex with feeble erection, but long continued voluptuous thrill during stools. Semen watery, odorless. Oozing of prostatic fluid during sleep, while sitting, walking and at stool. Hydrocele. Chronic gleet. Bedwetting, chronic urethritis. Papillomas on the penis.
Mouth - Extreme dryness of the mouth. Bleeding gums and ulcerations in the mouth. Bitter taste in the mouth. Pain under root of tongue. Pain in the left molars, which spreads to all the teeth. Burning at the tip of the tongue. Tongue loaded with a thick white coating in morning. Stammering speech, articulates with great difficulty. Sweetish taste.
Neck - Glands of neck large and hard. Cramp in neck. Rigidity of muscles of neck and nape, which hinders head being turned.
Nose -Coryza ending in diarrhea. Fluent coryza in evening. Yellow, thick, gelatinous mucus in nose. Full of thick glairy mucous. Inclination to bore fingers in the nose. Complete chronic obstruction of nose. Nasal itching with the need to scratch the inside of the nose. Sense of smell diminished at times. Smells a repulsive odor like garlic. Sinusitis. Atrophic rhinitis.
Rectum - Anal and rectal itching, especially towards evening. Constipation from rectal weakness with flatulence. Hard evacuations, followed by a discharge of mucus or of blood when passing the last portion of it. Stools large, hard, requiring a great effort, even a mechanical aid to expel them. Stools exceedingly difficult and threaten to tear anus from their immense size. Somewhat liquid feces with tenesmus. Filament like hair in feces.
Skin - Dry, scaly eruption in palms with itching. Itching about the ankles and folds of skin, between fingers. Frequent tingling in circumscribed parts of skin with great provocation to scratch. Oily. Miliary eruption. Vesicular eruption between fingers. (Rhus-t., Anac.) Seborrhea, comedones with an oily surface of the skin, alopecia. Acne. Red rash on region of liver. Prolonged oozing from parts which have been scratched. Flat ulcers. Loss of hair from the head, armpits, pubic region and eyebrows. Hair falls off head, whiskers and other parts.
Sleep - Insomnia, following alcoholism infectious diseases, heart diseases. Sleep prevented by pulsation in all vessels, worse abdomen. Sleepless until midnight, awakens early and always same hour. Disposition to sleep early in evening with imperfect sleep and frequent waking during night. Jerks in body when going to sleep. Waking early in morning and always at same hour. Erotic dreams, dreams of fire, murders, robbers. Dreams of quarrels and unnatural cruelty.
Stomach -Belching. Hiccough and belchings after smoking. After eating, pulsation all over, especially abdomen. Inclination to vomit. Feels very sick after sleep. Cramp in stomach. Pressure in stomach as if cramp would occur. Nausea, vertigo, thirsty for cold water, general weakness one hour after eating.
Teeth - Toothache which compels use of toothpick until the blood comes. Boring in molars. Teeth covered with mucus. Toothache from tea. The teeth become free of mucus, hard and smooth and crack when rubbed. Toothache with feeling of coldness, better taking cold water and cold air into mouth.
Temperature - Chilliness, followed by hot flushes. Sweating from the armpits and genital region. Burning heat, extending over the skin. Constant alternation of heat and cold. Perspiration from least exertion. Perspiration as soon as he sleeps, day or night. Tendency to profuse perspiration when walking or during an afternoon sleep. Perspiration on chest, genitals and under axilla, which leaves yellow or white spots on linen and stiffens it. External heat with burning in skin and only in single spots.
Throat - Chronic laryngitis. Voice hoarse and husky, as soon as he begins to sing, talk or read, affected by even cold. Voice rattles. Nodes on vocal cords. Throat dry, painful on waking, especially on the left side with extreme thirst. Incipient tubercular laryngitis. Cough in the morning, expectoration of a bloody mucus. Hoarseness of singers. Much clear, starchy mucus. (Stann.) Laryngeal cough. Hawking and raising transparent lumps of mucus every morning.
Vertigo - Vertigo on lifting head, rising from a seat, raising himself in bed, moving about with nausea, vomiting. Faintness, worse for an hour after breakfast and dinner.
COMMENTS - A leading feature of Sel. is the weakness it causes, a weakness involving all parts of the body, easy fatigue from any labor, night-watching, mental exertion and especially from hot weather. The hotter his body the weaker he is: strength rises as the sun sinks. This debility causes sluggishness: wants to sleep from sheer exhaustion and is worse after. Cannot bear any nervous drain, hence worse after sex or seminal emissions. Impotence. Debility after fevers. When the patient begins to walk after typhoid and feels great weakness in the spine and fears paralysis Sel. is indicated.
Irritability, headaches and other troubles following or worse by seminal emissions. The headaches are accompanied by profound melancholy and may be caused by indulgence in alcoholics or in tea, by hot weather, by over-study and they are worse by strong odors, as of musk, roses, etc. The headaches may be periodical and are frequently located above the left eye.
Many chronic liver disorders are met with Sel., the guiding symptoms in such cases being: Enlargement of liver with loss of appetite in the morning, sharp stitching pain worse on any movement or pressure, sensitiveness of liver and, especially, “find rash over liver region.” There is constipation from weakness with impacted feces: and dribbling of semen after stool and also after urination. Sufferings after seminal emissions mental confusion, headache, almost paralytic weakness of spine involuntary escape of prostatic fluid.
Clarke has cured with Sel. many cases of hoarseness, the special indications being hoarseness of singers, appearing as soon as they begin to sing or after long use of the voice with frequent necessity to clear the throat from accumulation of clear, starchy mucus. Scrofulous and incipient tubercular laryngitis have been cured with Sel. The parallelism with Sulphur is seen all through the pathogenesis of Sel. and perhaps more especially in the skin.
Sel. causes itching in folds of skin, as between fingers and about joints, especially the ankle-joint. The itching may occur in small spots and be accompanied by tingling (showing involvement of the nervous system). The scalp is affected with an eczematous eruption which oozes thin fluid after scratching. Hair falls off scalp and all parts of body. I have frequently relieved “psoriasis palmaris” with Sel., which sows that it has a relation to syphilis.
Among the peculiar symptoms of Sel. are: Very forgetful in business, but during sleep dreams of what he had forgotten. Coryza ending in diarrhea. Hungry at night, longing for spirituous liquors, an almost irresistible maniacal desire. Sensation as if a biting drop were forcing its way out of the urethra. Irresistible desire to lie down and sleep, strength leaves him suddenly, especially in hot weather. Very great aversion to a draft of air, either warm, cold or damp. Aversion to salted food. Pulsation in whole body, especially in abdomen after eating. Great emaciation of face, hands, legs, feet, affected parts and single parts.
COMPARE - (1) Agn., Calad., Sulph., Tell., Ph-ac. (2) Arg-n. - Nervous imbalance with weakness, trembling, vertigo, ataxia. (3) Alum. - Paretic weakness, especially of the rectum and bladder. (4) Stannum - Nervous exhaustion and extreme weakness of the respiratory organs. (5) Calad. - Depressive state as a result of excess of tobacco and sexual over-indulgence. (6) Rauw.
RELATIONS - Antidoted by: Ign., Puls., Mur-ac. Incompatible: Chin., Wine. Compatible after: Calad., Nat-c., Staph., Ph-ac. (in sexual weakness). Itch checked by Merc. or Sulph. often requires Sel.
SOURCES - Boericke. Clarke. Phatak.
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.