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Zincum Metallicum
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Zincum Metallicum


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HPUS label indication: Varicose veins

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

The provings picture cerebral depression. The word "FAG" covers a large part of Zincum Metallicum action. Tissues are worn out faster than they are repaired. Poisoning from suppressed eruptions or discharges. The nervous symptoms of most importance. Defective vitality. Impending brain paralysis. Period of depression in disease. Spinal affections. Twitchings. Pain, as if between skin and flesh. Great relief from discharges. Chorea, from fright or suppressed eruption. Convulsions, with pale face and no heat. Marked anaemia with profound prostration. It causes a decrease in the number, and destruction of red blood corpuscles. Repercussed eruptive diseases. In chronic diseases with brain and spinal symptoms, trembling, convulsive twitching and fidgety feet are guiding symptoms.
BETTER, while eating, discharges, and appearance of eruptions.
WORSE, at menstrual period, from touch, between 5 to 7 P.M.; after dinner, from wine.
Compare: Agaric.; Ign.; Plumb.; Argent.; Puls.; Helleb.; Tuberc. Inimical: Nux; Cham. Compare in better by secretions; Lach.; STAN.; Mosch.
Compare: Zincum Aceticum (effects of night-watching and erysipelas; brain feels sore; RademacherS solution, five-drop doses three times a day in water, For those who are compelled to work, on an insufficient amount of sleep); Zincum Metallicum, Bromatum (dentition, chorea, hydrocephalus; Zinc. oxydatum ( Nausea and sour taste. Sudden vomiting in children. Vomiting of bile and diarrhoea. Flatulent abdomen. Watery stools with tenemus. Debility after grip. Fiery red face, Great drowsiness with dreamlike unrefreshing sleep. Similar to effect of night watching. Mental and physical exertion (Rademacher). ZINC. Sulph., not repeated frequently (high potency) will clear up opacities of the cornea (McFarland). Corneitis; granular lids; tongue paralyzed; cramps in arms and legs; trembling and convulsions. Hypochondriasis due to masturbation; nervous headaches); Zinc. cyanatum (as a remedy for meningitis and cerebrospinal meningitis, paralysis agitans, chores, and hysteria, it has received some attention); ZINC. Ars ( chorea, anaemia, Profound exhaustion on slight exertion. Depression and marked involvement of lower extremities); Zinc. carb ( post-gonorrhoeal throat affections, tonsils swollen, bluish superficial spots); ZINC. Phos ( herpes zoster 1x); Zinc. muriat ( disposition to pick the bedclothes; sense of smell and taste perverted; bluish-green tint of skin; cold and sweaty); Zinc. phos ( neuralgia of head and face; lightning-like pains in locomotor ataxia, brain-fag, nervousness, and vertigo; sexual excitement and sleeplessness); Ammon. Valerian (violent neuralgia, with great nervous agitation); Zinc. picricum (facial paralysis; brain-fag, headache in Bright’s disease; seminal emissions; loss of memory and energy). Oxide of zinc is used locally as an astringent and stimulant application to unhealthy ulcers, fissures, intertrigo, burns, etc.
Second to sixth potency.

    EXPECTORATION (click for more)

Bloody, spitting of blood (see chest haemorrhage); before period
Bloody, spitting of blood (see chest haemorrhage); during period
Bloody, spitting of blood (see chest haemorrhage); morning; during period

    MIND (click for more)

Averse to work, to talk

Fears arrest on account of a supposed crime


Child repeats everything said to it

Lethargic, stupid

Very sensitive to noise


Behaviour; shrieking; during sleep
Behaviour; shrieking; on waking

Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; excessively religious (see anxiety, despair, fear)
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; irritability; evening
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; mood; alternating mood
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; mood; changeable, variable mood
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; sensitive, oversensitive; to noise
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; sensitive, oversensitive; to noise; voices
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; unhappy; lamenting, regretting; moaning, groaning
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; unhappy; sadness, mental depression

Intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; dull, sluggish

Restlessness, nervousness

Talking, conversation; dislike of talking, desire to be silent, taciturn; evening
Talking, conversation; torments everyone by talking about complaints

Unconsciousness; when skin out breaks from disease are slow to appear

Weak memory

    HEAD (click for more)

Roaring in head

Forehead cool; base of brain hot

Occipital pain, with weight on vertex

Automatic motion of head and hands

Bores head into pillow

Brain-fag; headaches of overtaxed school children

Feels as if he would fall to left side

Brain; inflammation of brain; meningitis

Pain, headache; affected by certain foods and drinks (improved, brought on or aggravated); from wine
Pain, headache; air; open (see walking in open air)
Pain, headache; bursting; forehead
Pain, headache; from emotions; nervous
Pain, headache; sides; one side
Pain, headache; tearing, rending; sides of head

Headache from the smallest quantity of wine


Rolls head from side to side

Starting in fright.

    EYE (click for more)

Amaurosis, with severe headache

Blurring of one-half of vision; worse, stimulants


Rolling of eyes


Dryness; evening
Dryness; morning

Growth, tumour; tumours; tarsal tumours

Inflammation; during period

Pain; as from something in eye; like sand in eye; evening
Pain; as from something in eye; like sand in eye; night
Pain; burning, smarting, gnawing, biting
Pain; burning, smarting, gnawing, biting; afternoon
Pain; burning, smarting, gnawing, biting; evening
Pain; burning, smarting, gnawing, biting; morning
Pain; evening
Pain; night
Pain; pressing; morning
Pain; sore, bruised, tender
Pain; sore, bruised, tender; corner; inner
Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp; corner; inner

Tears; evening
Tears; night


Itching and soreness of lids and Inner angles

Pressure as if pressed into head

Pterygium; smarting, lachrymation, itching

Red and inflamed conjunctiva; Worse, inner canthus.

    VISION (click for more)


    EAR (click for more)

Discharge of fetid pus.

Tearing, stitches, and external swelling

    HEARING (click for more)

Too sensitive; to noises
Too sensitive; voices and talking

    NOSE (click for more)

Sore feeling high up; pressure upon root.

    FACE (click for more)

PALE lips, and corners of mouth cracked

Redness and itching eruptions on chin

Tearing in facial bones.

    MOUTH (click for more)

Blisters on tongue

Bloody taste

Difficult dentition; child weak; cold and restless feet.

Gnashing of teeth

Gums bleed

Teeth; looseness
Teeth; pain; lower teeth
Teeth; pain; molars
Teeth; pain; upper teeth

Teeth loose

    THROAT (click for more)

Dry; constant inclination to hawk up tenacious mucus

Pain in muscles of throat when swallowing.

Rawness and dryness in throat and larynx

External throat; uncovering throat

    ABDOMEN (click for more)

Pain after a light meal, with tympanitis

Cannot stand smallest quantity of wine

Griping after eating.

Bladder; paralysis
Bladder; paralysis; in hysterical people
Bladder; retention of urine (see urination delayed); in hysteria
Bladder; urination; delayed, difficult; can only pass urine while sitting

Pain; cramping, griping; after breakfast
Pain; cramping, griping; after dinner
Pain; cutting; after breakfast
Pain; cutting; after dinner
Pain; pressing; behind lower ribs; after eating

Stomach; nausea; after drinking; wine

Atonic dyspepsia, feeling as if stomach were collapsed.

Burning in stomach, heartburn from sweet things

Flatulent colic, with retraction of abdomen ( Plumb.) Enlarged, indurated sore liver

Gurgling and griping; distended

Pain in spot beneath naevi

ravenous hunger about 11 A.M ( Sulph.) Great greediness when eating; cannot eat fast enough

Reflex symptoms from floating kidney

Stomach; Hiccough, nausea, vomiting of bitter mucus

    RECTUM (click for more)

Cholera infantum, with tenesmus; green mucous discharges

Hard, small, constipated stool

Sudden cessation of diarrhoea, followed by cerebral symptoms.

    STOOL (click for more)



    URINE (click for more)

Can only void urine when sitting bent backwards

Hysterical retention

Involuntary urination when walking, coughing or sneezing.

Sediment; clay-coloured
Sediment; sand

    GENITALS (click for more)

Female; Ovarian pain, Especially left; canT keep still ( viburn.) Nymphomania of lying-in women

Dry cough before and during menses.

Drawing in testicles up to spermatic cord.

Emissions with hypochondriasis

Erections violent

Falling off of hair (pubic)

Female; pain; boring; ovaries
Female; pain; boring; ovaries; left
Female; pain; womb (see abdomen, pain); before period
Female; sexual intercourse; desire increased; forcing to masturbation

Male; ejaculation; too soon, premature
Male; pain; pressing; testes
Male; sexual passion; increased
Male; sexual passion; increased; easy excitement of passion
Male; sexual passion; increased; excessive
Male; sexual passion; violent
Male; Testicles swelled, drawn up

Menses flow more at night ( Bov.) Complaints all Better during menstrual flow ( Eupion; Lach.) All the female symptoms are associated with restlessness, depression, col

Menses too late, suppressed; lochia suppressed ( Puls.) Breasts painful

Nipples sore

    RESPIRATION (click for more)

Dyspnoea better as soon as expectoration appears.

Asthmatic bronchitis, with constriction of chest

Burning pressure beneath sternum

Child grasps genitals during cough

Constriction and cutting in chest

Debilitating, spasmodic cough; worse, eating sweet things


Difficult (dyspnea); before period

    COUGH (click for more)

Drinking; wine

Dry cough; after measles; before period
Dry cough; after measles; before period; morning
Dry cough; during measles
Dry cough; morning; before period

In women; before period; morning

    CHEST (click for more)

Breast; milk; absent

Lungs; tuberculosis

Pain; sore, bruised; before and during period

    BACK (click for more)

Tearing in shoulder-blades.

Dull aching about the last dorsal or first lumbar vertebrae; worse sitting

Cracking; lumbar (lower half of back); while walking

Pain; aching; neck; evening
Pain; aching; neck; while writing
Pain; aching; while sitting
Pain; burning; spine; while sitting
Pain; burning; while sitting
Pain; coccyx (bottom tip of spine)
Pain; spine
Pain; spine; irritation
Pain; while sitting

Weakness (tired feeling, in spine)
Weakness (tired feeling, in spine); neck; while writing
Weakness (tired feeling, in spine); while sitting

burning along spine

Cannot bear back Touched ( Sul.; Therid.; Cinch.) Tension and stinging between shoulders

nape of neck weary from writing or any exertion

Pain in small of back

Spinal irritation

    EXTREMITIES, LIMBS (click for more)

Steps with entire sole of foot on floor.


Soles of feet sensitive

Chilblains ( Agar.) Feet in continued motion; cannot keep still

Convulsions, With pale face

Hands and feet; chilblains; feet

Movements and positions; jerking; during sleep
Movements and positions; jerking; lower limbs
Movements and positions; jerking; lower limbs; during sleep

Numbness (see tingling); upper limbs
Numbness (see tingling); while lying down
Numbness (see tingling); wrist
Numbness (see tingling); wrist; in measles

Pain; boring; foot; heel; after drinking wine
Pain; burning; leg; shin
Pain; foot; heel; after drinking wine
Pain; pulling; hip
Pain; sore, bruised; toes; between toes
Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp; joints
Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp; joints; transversely
Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp; thigh; above the knee; transverse
Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp; thigh; transverse
Pain; tearing; joints
Pain; tearing; knee
Pain; tearing; shoulder
Pain; tearing; upper arm

Perspiration; foot
Perspiration; foot; suppressed
Perspiration; toes; between toes; causing rawness

Restlessness; lower limbs
Restlessness; lower limbs; feet
Restlessness; lower limbs; feet; evening; in bed
Restlessness; lower limbs; feet; while sitting
Restlessness; lower limbs; leg
Restlessness; lower limbs; leg; evening
Restlessness; night

Skin; chicken pox (see swelling); leg
Skin; chicken pox (see swelling); lower limbs
Skin; itching; knee; bend of knee
Skin; out-break on skin; hand; herpes
Skin; skin cracks at bends of joints; hands (see chapping)

Weakness; lower limbs

Lameness, Weakness, trembling and twitching of various muscles

large varicose veins on legs

transverse pains, especially in upper extremity

    SLEEP (click for more)

Cries out during sleep; body jerks; wakes frightened, startled

Loud screaming out at night in sleep without being aware of it

Nervous motion of feet when asleep

Somnambulism ( Kali-phos.)

    CHILL (click for more)


Stormy weather

    FEVER (click for more)

Cold extremities

Continued fever; dazed from fever

Frequent, febrile shiverings down back


Profuse sweat on feet.

    SKIN (click for more)

Varicose veins, especially of lower extremities ( Puls.) Formication of feet and legs as from bugs crawling over the skin, preventing sleep

Eczema, especially in the anaemic and neurotic

Itching of thighs and Hollow of knees

retrocession of eruptions.

Becomes sore when lying down; feeling

Out-breaks on skin; pimples
Out-breaks on skin; scarlet fever; receding
Out-breaks on skin; suppressed

    GENERALITIES (click for more)


Convulsions; children
Convulsions; when measles-like rash repelled or do not appear
Convulsions; when out-breaks on skin fail to break out

During sleep

Eating and food; after breakfast
Eating and food; after eating
Eating and food; eating


In women; symptoms before period
In women; symptoms during period

Jerking; muscles

Lethargic, tired


Pain; burning externally; bones
Pain; burning externally; internally
Pain; cutting; internally
Pain; gnawing, biting
Pain; pressing; internally
Pain; sudden, sharp; externally
Pain; tearing; externally
Pain; tearing; muscles
Pain; tearing; muscles; sticking in muscles

Paralysis; in chronic indigestion

Pulse; frequent, accelerated, elevated, exalted, fast, innumerable, rapid

Trembling; externally

Twitching; during sleep
Twitching; here and there
Twitching; of tendons
Twitching; twitching, involuntary movements (chorea); during period


Weariness (see weakness)

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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.