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Ambra Grisea - General symptoms

Ambergis, A Morbid Secretion Of The Whale, Ambra, Ambr.

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HPUS indication of Ambra Grisea: Nervousness

Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Ambra Grisea in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.

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Of doubtful origin, for years on the borderland as to its true classification, but probably a nosode or morbid product found in the belly of the sperm-whale, the Physeter Macrosephalous It is often found floating upon the sea or thrown upon the shore of the Baltic, or on the coast of Madagascar or Sumatra But, perhaps the best specimens are those which whalers cut out and are to be found in Boston and other whaling ports It has many characteristics of intestinal or biliary concretions and has been considered to be of hepatic origin, probably a fatty excretion from its gall-bladder It was introduced by Hahnemann in 1827.

proved by him and his friend, Count de Gersdorf, who personally obtained nearly one-half of the symptoms.

The so-called Oil of Amber (used by Dr Holcombe in hiccough) is Oleum Succinum Acidum Succinum, and should not be confounded with Ambergris

Cough violent. in spasmodic paroxysms, with eructations and hoarseness.

worse talking or reading aloud (Drosera Rotundifolia Dros, Phosphorus Phos, Tuberculinum Tub).

evening without, morning with expectoration (Bryonia Bry, Carb v, Hep, Hyoscyamus Niger Hyos, Phosphorus Phos, Pulsatilla Puls, Sep).

whooping cough, but without crowing inspiration.

worse when many people are present.

Warm drinks, warm room.

in the evening. lying, especially on the painless side (Arnica Arn, Bryonia Bry, Calc Carb Calc, Pulsatilla Puls, Rhus Tox Rhus).

reading or talking aloud.

music. the presence of many people.

after waking (Lachesis Lach, Sep).

Constipation Frequent ineffectual urging as in Nux Vomica Nux vomica, but attended by much anxiety at stool and a sense of marked coldness in the abdomen, the patients being put to a great distress by the presence of others in the room (near presence of others unbearable while urinating, Nat Mur Nat m).

after stool, aching deep in hypogastrium.

itching and smarting in anus relieved by rubbing.

It also produces twitchings in muscular parts, spasms, restlessness, infirmity, anxiety, oppression, nervous weakness with irritability and impatience, twitching and jerkings in the extremities, with coldness of the body and great debility, a state so often found in females and excitable, weakly children, combined with sleeplessness.

many dreams, frightened awaking, restless sleep at night, general restlessness, irritability, anxiety and despair.

B W, aet 58, stout, florid, right side paralysed for five years, walks with difficulty, dragging right foot.

vertigo, with feeling of great weight on vertex for five years.

worse after sleeping. sleepless after 1 A M; loss of memory.

loss of sense of smell.

numbness of right side.

cold sweat on extremities, right foot colder than left.

nausea in abdomen. has had much grief, Ignatia Ign, Conium Mac Con, Ver b; little relief.

(Evening), Sort of anguish.

pressure on top of head, etc.

stitches towards occiput.

twitchings of face, etc.

pain in hollow tooth. sense as of spoiled stomach, etc.

twitchings in abdominal muscles.

cutting colic. cough, etc.

drawing in shoulder, etc.

coldness of hands. trembling in the thumb.

stiffness of finger-joints.

soreness of bends of knees.


He falls asleep late. afterwards, he has anxious dreams, as if he were abused and too weak to defend himself.

on waking, he feels a great weakness in the upper part of the body, accompanied by a pinching pressure under the pit of the stomach, nausea.

these symptoms appear when lying down and falling asleep again, and are then accompanied by pressure in the left side of the abdomen.

the symptoms, however, disappear when one is wide awake, sits up, and moves about.

they terminate with the emission of flatulence, fermentation in the abdomen, and eructation,.

Suitable to excitable, nervous children and thin, nervous patients. Extreme Nervous hypertensiveness. External numbness of whole body in the morning and weakness. Nervous bilious temperament. Thin, scrawny women. Adapted to hysterical subjects, or those suffering from spinal irritation, with convulsive cough, eructation, etc. Also for patients Weakened by age or overwork, who are anaemic and sleepless. Great remedy for the aged, with impairment of all functions, weakness, coldness and Numbness, usually of single parts, fingers, arms, etc. One-sided complaints call for it. Music aggravates symptoms. Ebullitions and pulsations after walking in open air. One-sided complaints.

Dry, nervous, meager habit

Early senility

Weakness of upper part of body with trembling of lower parts

Worn out, yet overimpressionnable; slight things worse the breathing, the heart, start the menses, etc

Symptoms suddenly change place; asleep, numb feeling (in spots), twitching, itching, trembling, ebullitions, etc

General pulsation

Dreamy, flitting ideas or fixed disagreeable fancies

Slow grasp

Does not understand what she reads


Vertigo; senile

Nosebleed, during menses

Coldness in abdomen

Confusion, in occiput; also sprained feeling in


Coldness of body with twitching

Asthma dry; senile; worse coition

Flatulence Can't have others present when urinating (Nat Mur Nat-m---- ) or during stool; worse during pregnancy

Itching labiae

Spasmodic cough, then eructations

Bluish, white expectoration

As a lump in chest [left]


Sweat on abdomen and thighs

Ambergris. Most probably a morbid product found in the Sperm Whale or floating in the sea. (Not to be confounded with Amber-Succinum Acidum Succinum.) Trituration and tincture.

Ambra produces faintness (Moschus), nervousness, jerks, and twitches. Reflex action is increased. The patient has an embarrassed air.

the bashful state is very characteristic in certain connections. Embarrassed in company. Cough worse when many people are present. As if in a dream. Forgetful. There is defective reaction in nervous patients. Sensation of icy coldness in abdomen. The pelvic organs are painfully influenced. There is voluptuous itching on the scrotum and some rawness below the thighs in the male. In the female there is discharge of blood between the periods at every little accident, as straining at stool or extra work. Severe itching on pudenda. During urination, itching, tickling, burning of vulva and urethra. Nymphomania, with discharge of bluish white mucus. In childbed, obstinate constipation and tenesmus with bashfulness.

cannot make the attempt to stool if any one is present, even the nurse. There is a tickling, spasmodic cough. Cough excited by speaking. Night cough. Cough followed by copious belching. Itching in chest. The limbs go to sleep easily. Finger nails are brittle. Sweat on slightest exertion. Sleepless from worry.

retires tired, wakeful as soon as touches pillows. agg. Warmth.

amel. cold. agg. from overlifting. Suited to excitable, nervous children. Nervous persons. Lean persons. Old persons. Nervous bilious temperament. "Dried-up" nervous persons. "Thin, scrawny women.".

Ambergris. Introduced by Hahnemann.

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Premature old age On looking over Ambra Grisea as a whole it will appear to you that you have been studying the characteristics of one prematurely old.

You will often see symptoms coming on in one at fifty years of age that should appear at eighty, and after studying Ambra Grisea you will see that the same aspect is presented, a premature old age.

We recognize trembling and a peculiar kind of feebleness that cannot be described by any expression but senility; it is not the confusion of mind belonging to sickness, but the peculiar state we recognize in old people, in declining life; trembling and tottering and a dreamy state of mind with forgetfulness.

He goes on from one subject to another, asking a question, and, without waiting for it to be answered, asking another.

And so he jumps about from one topic to another. It can hardly be said to be confusion, it is a dreamy state of mind, a state of senility.

Ambra Grisea is useful when such a state is found in young persons, when the mind is not insane and yet it is weak. Especially is it indicated in those persons who manifest a momentary, fleeting inquisitiveness, jumping from one subject to another.

Often a patient asks me one question after another, never waiting to have the first one answered, a flitting, flighty talker, who does not seem to realize that I have not answered his questions; that patient, I say to myself, needs Ambra grisea.

That state of mind belongs to modern society women in such great frequency that you will be astonished to note it on all hands.

A modern society belle that could not darn the heel of her stocking to save her soul will in a few years get into just that state, and even Ambra will not cure her.

But there is a kind of nervous sickness manifested by these symptoms that Ambra grisea will cure. Alternation of depression of spirits with vehemence of temper is an other feature. That naturally belongs to old age.

A period of greatest excitability is often followed by depression, a state of indifference to all things, to joy, to grief, to people etc., treating with indifference things that would naturally break the heart of a well-balanced person.

He does not even wonder why he is not excited over these wonderful things, so decided is the state of indifference. Many of the complaints are worse in the morning.

He gets up with confusion and dullness of mind and is in a dreamy state and towards evening he takes on symptoms of insanity.

So dizzy that they cannot go out on the street; so dizzy upon getting up in the morning that they must wait a while until they can get a-round on their feet. It is the dizziness belonging to senility and to premature old age.

He has to make an unusual effort a few times to bring his thoughts back to the place before he can concentrate the mind to meditate upon some idea.

But while concentration of the mind is difficult, he is compelled to sit and dwell upon the most disagreeable things that force themselves upon him and he cannot get rid of them.

It is somewhat analogous to Nat Mur Natrum mur., but the peculiar feature of the Nat Mur Natr. mur. is that she delights to dwell upon past unpleasant occurrences and lies awake at night thinking about them.

Ambra grisea is forced to dwell upon such things. Images, false faces, hideous imaginations, fancies and visions annoy him and keep him awake.

In the semi-dreamy state he is kept holding up before his mind these grimaces. Such a state of mind may come on from business embarrassments with vertigo, congestion to the head and brain fag.

One thing running through Ambra Grisea is that the presence of other persons aggravates the symptoms; also the marked aggravation from conversation.

A woman, when attended by a nurse, is unable to have a stool without sending the nurse into another room. In spite of much straining she can do nothing unless alone.

It is said in Nat Mur Natr. mur. that the patient cannot urinate in the presence of other persons.

The urine will not start when anyone is around. That is a port of general feature of Ambra Grisea. Confusion of mind and embarrassment in the presence of other persons. Embarrassment in company. As soon as he goes into company there is flushing, trembling, nervous excitement and the thoughts vanish.

With these symptoms the patient imagines that he is going out of his mind, and finally he settles down into a state of melancholy, sadness and despair, and does not want to live. He loathes his life and wants to die.

"Great sadness."

"Melancholy, sits for days weeping."

Such is the mental state of this prematurely old patient with broken down constitution. It is a picture of a wreck and the question will arise when you find a patient that looks and acts in this way whether you have received him in time to cure him.

You readily see you have before you one who is going down hill and going into insanity of one form or another. A physician sees the forerunner of a great breakdown when he sees an Ambra grisea patient with the nervous mental state, the quivering, trembling and excitement in one who was once a strong, vigorous man.

Some great business or domestic shock has come upon this patient. It is not the aspect you see when phthisis is coming on; you do not we the cachectic condition, but it is a prostration of the nervous system, a mental prostration.

Then it is you get the Ambra grisea aspect.

Modalities Many of the complaints come on in the morning and many come on after eating.

"Vertigo with feeling of weight on vertex; worse after sleep," but especially in the morning.

It is not mentioned in the text, but it is also worse after eating.

"Had to lie down on account of vertigo and feeling of weakness in stomach."

Running through the nervous symptoms we have music is intolerable; music makes him tremble, aggravates his mental symptoms and gives him pain in the back as from a hammer.

A number of physical symptoms are brought out by listening to music. The tones seem as if they were a material substance taking hold of him.

Complaints are often one-sided; perspiration on one side of the body or perspiration on the affected side.

"On right side of head, a spot where hair when touched pains as if sore."

The same sensation is in the skip, oversensitive to touch.

"Scalp feels sore in the morning when awaking; this is followed by a sensation of numbness."

The word numbness you will find running through the complaints.

You will find a peculiar kind of numbness, such as belongs to old people. Diminished sensibility of the parts; feeble circulation.

"Dullness of vision as if from looking through a mist."

There is dimness of vision coming on without any condition in the eye that would justify it. It is a nervous dimness of vision, a senile paralysis coming on.

"Itching on eyelid as if a sty was forming."

Itching is felt all over the body; itching in all the little openings.

Among the symptoms that, are not in the text and that are decided symptoms belonging to Ambra Grisea are,

"Pressing headache starting from both temples, drawing and tearing in the head, to and fro. Shooting through the head, lancinating, cutting pains, worse on exertion, better from quiet and lying. Headache when blowing nose.

Pressing pain in the left frontal eminence and in the eye. Burning in the right eye and in the eye-lids. Tearing in short streaks in and upon the right eye, pressure on the left eye-brow, shooting, aggravated after eating; lachrymation."

These are in the original provings, but not in the text; they have been left out. This is the case all through the Guiding Symptoms; important symptoms were left out because it was necessary to cut down the work.

"Hearing decreases."

Dullness of hearing without any organic affection of the ear. So perverted is his ability to hear that music aggravates his symptoms, that is through the nerves of hearing.

"Listening to music brings on congestion to head."

Music aggravates his cough. Think of one commencing to cough simply because he hears music! What a strange thing that is! Calc Carb Calcarea has such sensitiveness that the stroke of the piano is painful in parts, especially in the larynx.

Bleeding Ambra Grisea is full of bleeding.

Copious bleeding from the nose in the morning. There we get the morning aggravation again. We get the idea of the feeble circulation because of the easy oozings from mucous membranes.

"Copious nose bleed early in bed."

"Dried blood gathered' in nose."

"Long continued dryness of the nose, frequent irritation as from sneezing."

In the nose an old, dry catarrh with atrophic condition of the mucous membrane. The nose inside becomes shiny and withered.

Biting pain in the throat between the acts of swallowing. Rawness in the throat. The throat complaints are worse in the morning. Complaints are worse after eating and worse from warm drinks, especially from warm milk.

"After eating, cough and gagging."

There is a peculiar combination of symptoms about the throat. Dryness and accumulation of mucus in the throat which he tries to expel, and, when making an effort to cough out the mucus he gags and sometimes vomits.

Pressure deep in the region of the liver; worse in the morning; worse after eating; worse after stool. Distension of the abdomen with great flatulence, especially after eating.

Some symptoms are worse after drinking. Sometimes these complaints come on in the middle of the night, rousing him up with rumbling and cutting in the bowels.

The abdomen is cold; it feels as if the whole inside of the abdomen were cold. At other times the coldness seems to be on one side of the abdomen.

Inveterate constipation in old persons, and especially when it is impossible to have anyone near at the time, of stool.

"Frequent ineffectual desire for stool; this makes her very anxious; at this time presence of other persons becomes unbearable."

After the normal stool there is pressure in the abdomen or a sense of emptiness and weakness in the abdomen which is better after passing flatus or eructation.

"Sour smelling urine." The urine is copious.

"During urination burning, smarting, itching and titillation in the urethra and vulva."

"Sore rawness between the thighs."

"Voluptuous itching on scrotum."

"Violent morning erections without desire," with numbness of the genitals.

The symptoms are most erratic, as much so, as in Ignatia Ignatia and Nat Mur Natr. mur. Taken as a whole they can be reconciled, but taken a few at a time they seem wonderfully inconsistent. You must get the whole remedy in order to comprehend it.

"Discharge of blood between periods at every little accident."

Discharge of blood from the vagina from pressing at hard stool; even from a walk that is a little too long or from too great exertion.

"During menses left leg becomes quite blue from distended varices, with pressive pain in leg."

"Lying down aggravates uterine symptoms," quite an unexpected thing.

Menses too early and too profuse.

"soreness and itching with swelling of labia."

Asthma Another marked feature of Ambra Grisea that you might expect with all this nervous excitement and prostration is dyspnoea with cardiac symptoms, difficult breathing, a sort of asthma. It comes on from any little exertion.

Asthma on attempting coition,

"Itching, scraping and soreness in larynx and trachea."

"Titillation in throat, larynx and trachea."

Everywhere there is itching, and the itching is very often a form of crawling.

"Asthma of old people and children," in feeble, tremulous, weakly ones.

"Whistling chest during breathing."

"Spasmodic cough."

Violent spasmodic cough with frequent eructations and hoarseness,"

A good deal of this cough is of nervous origin. It is a cough with excitement, with nervousness, with trembling, which would make one of considerable experience wonder if that patient did not have brain and spinal cord trouble.

Nervous cough, such as occurs often, in spinal irritation. Cough from constriction of the larynx followed by copious flow of white mucus.

Ambra Grisea is a paroxysmal cough, much like whooping cough. Asthmatic dyspnoea from any little exertion, from music, from excitement. Cough with congestion of blood to the head. Cough from thinking and from anxiety.

It is not very long after these symptoms show themselves before this patient will emaciate and wither. until the skin looks like dried beef. With all he is a tremulous and shaky patient.

He complains a great deal of tearing pressure deep in the left side of the chest. Sensation of rawness in the chest and itching in the chest. Titillation and itching, moving about here and there if he tries to touch the place and scratch it.

You will not be surprised to know that this patient suffers from palpitation of the heart upon slight exertion, from excitement, from music, from any effort to put the mind on anything, with trembling and quivering.

And this palpitation he notices even to the extremities; he throbs all over. His extremities pulsate. He is conscious of his arteries everywhere and the palpitation of his heart causes oppression of breathing.

The limbs easily become numb; pressed upon in the slightest manner they go to sleep; go to sleep on being crossed. Coldness, trembling and stiffness of the extremities. The finger nails become brittle and are shriveled.

The arms go to sleep when lying down.

"Sore and raw between the thighs and in hollow of knees."

Heaviness of lower limbs, Paralytic weakness; the patient is growing old; senility is coming on.

Ambra Grisea has cured the premature trembling that comes on in middle-aged persons.

It has cured the "going to sleep" and numbness and feeble circulation with loss of muscular power. It is very suitable in children who are excitable and nervous and weak.

"In lean persons." "Old persons and children."

Ambra grisea. Convulsive cough, with frequent eructations of gas.

Discharge of blood between the periods; after a hard stool. or walk.

"Very nervous women, cannot void stool or urinate when others are in the room.

Discharge of blood between periods; any little exertion or straining at stool causes it. Nervous cough followed by eructations of wind. It is particularly adapted to nervous affections of old people and spare subjects nervously "worn out.".

Compare MOSCHUS.

Castoreum CASTOREUM.


Valeriana VALERIAN.

AMBRA GRISEA. Here are five so-called hysterical remedies. They have many nervous symptoms that are similar, and I will only give a few characteristic symptoms of each and leave their study to those who love to study. These five remedies should be studied together.


Anus, irritation of. Asthma. Bashfulness. Brain, softening of. Cardiac asthma. Convulsions. Cough. Deafness. Emaciation. Epistaxis. Face, pimples on. Hysteria. Jaundice. Menstrual irregularity. Music, intolerance of. Nervousness. Nymphomania. Pruritus vulvae. Puerperal convulsions. Ranula. Reaction defective. Spleen, pain in. Tympanites.


NERVES Pneumogastric

Solar plexus



Female organs

One side

Chest, left


For children, especially young girls who are excitable, nervous and weak; nervous affections, old people, nerves "worn out"; premature senility; general functional impairment

Ailments of both extremes of life

Lean, thin, emaciated persons who take cold easily; "dried up"; nervous, thin, scrawny women (Secale Cornutum Secale); nervous bilious temperament

Great sadness, sits for days weeping

Great bashfulness, very characteristic; embarrassed in company, in sick room

The presence of others, even the nurse, is unbearable during stool; frequent, ineffectual desire, which makes her anxious

After business embarrassments, unable to sleep, must get up (Act, Sep)

Retires weary, yet wakeful as soon as head touches pillow

Weakness; lassitude; numbness of single parts; one-sided complaints

Ranula with fetid breath (Thuja Thuja)

Sensation of coldness in abdomen (Caladium Seguinum Cal); of single parts

Cannot urinate in presence of other persons (Nat Mur Nat mur)

Discharge of blood between periods, at very little accident - a long walk, after every hard stool, etc; nymphomania; severe pruritus, especially in lying-in

Leucorrhoea; thick, bluish-white mucus, especially or only at night (Causticum Caust, Mer, Nitric Acid Nit ac)