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Tellurium - General symptoms

The Metal Tellurium, Tellur, Tellurium Metallicum, Tell.

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HPUS indication of Tellurium: Ringworm

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



The next morning while dressing, a very violent attack of vertigo, which became much worse after walking out.

he could hardly stand.

was compelled to lie down and to remain at home several days.

the vertigo caused nausea.

after eating rice he was obliged to vomit.

at every motion while he was lying down, even when he turned his head, still more on sitting up, the vertigo returned.

at the same time the pulse was more frequent.

he had previously had similar attacks, also a severe one after Glonoin Glonoin.

on other occasions Aconite Aconite had always helped him.

this time it did not, nor did Glonoin Glonoin nor Belladonna Belladonna.

it gradually passed away after three or four days,.

A peculiar kind of vertigo every evening while getting asleep, about half an hour after going to bed, a sensation as if he were wafted and drawn forth very quickly in the direction of his legs.

he was always wakened by it.

it never returned later in the night.

on the contrary, one night when he had gone to bed earlier than usual, about 8.30 P.M., the sensation appeared in like manner, about half an hour after he had lain down, and when he was first getting asleep.

this vertigo kept coming for eight or nine days.

was interrupted at one time by two days of quiet sleep, returned, and then ceased altogether,.

About 10 A.M., a pain above the left eye.

it came suddenly and went as quickly.

it seemed to have been caused by a sudden rush of blood thither.

as it was passing off the pain was accompanied by a sensation not easy to describe, along the left side of the neck, as if the blood there had suddenly been retained in one of the large veins, or had streamed backwards.

next followed a feeling in the stomach like weakness or faintness, and a pain in the left chest (tenth day),.

About fifteen or twenty days after the first dose, the left ear began to itch, burn, and swell.

there were aching and throbbing pains in the external meatus, and in the course of three or four days, there was a copious watery discharge from the ear, smelling like fish-pickle.

this discharge was acrid and caused a vesicular eruption on the lower lappet of the ear and on the neck, wherever it touched the skin.

the inflammation of the ear generally was not vesicular.

the color was a bluish red, and the ear had the appearance of being infiltrated with water.

this eruption, which was very troublesome from its itching and burning, and from the copious, offensive, and acrid discharge, lasted for a long time.

if memory be not in error, nearly three months,.

Little stinging prickings in various parts of the skin of the whole body, continuing all the afternoon and evening, and forcing me instantly to rub the spot (first day).

came on again like flea-bites here and there, and lasted all day (second day).

this pricking continued very troublesome at times, principally when at rest, for several weeks, but gradually subsided. A little spot of herpes circinnatus made its appearance a few days since on the forehead, perpendiculary above the external canthus of the right eye, and about half an inch above the eyebrow.

I do not remember ever before to have had an eruption of the kind.

it was at first a little cluster of globular vesicles, on an inflamed base, which dried into thin scales and spread by the circumference.

it itches and pricks slightly (eleventh day). The herpetic spot is now circular, about half an inch in diameter, and consists of an elevated ring of vesicles, some larger than others, on an inflamed base, inclosing a depressed area of red skin, which desquamates, but contains no vesicles.

it continues to itch slightly, and to furnish successive crops of thin white scales (eighteenth day). The troublesome stinging became very annoying the whole of the evening of this day, when sitting still, wandering all over the body. A herpetic spot, similar to the one on the forehead, has made its appearance on the left side, midway between the ribs and the crest of the ilium, accompanied by very troublesome itching, which changes into smarting on being rubbed.

it forms about three-quarters of a circle, and is rather irregular.

there are indications of another spot just above it (nineteenth day). For the last week the stinging in the skin has been much less, but it is succeeded by a constant itching of the scalp, which requires continual scratching.

the itching is apparently due to an eruption of little fine vesicles upon a slightly-inflamed base, which, after remaining a few days, dry up and fall off in little white scales.

they are most plentiful on the occipital scalp, on the nape in the borders of the hair, and on the posterior surface of the auricles.

this itching has been constant and very annoying for a week, and bids fair to continue.

the spot on the forehead is breaking up, there being several gaps in the ring, which is now three-quarters of an inch in diameter.

just above it another spot has appeared, precisely similar, but smaller (forty-third day). The eruption has nearly disappeared from the head, and the itching has ceased almost entirely.

the spot on the forehead is no longer to be discerned, the skin being scarcely reddened where it existed.

the new one is slightly increasing, and forms about two-thirds of a circle, but it is not as vigorous as its predecessor.

the spots on the side have disappeared.

I still have occasional stingings in the skin, but rarely (forty-ninth day). The spot have all gone, and I have no further symptoms (fifty-sixth day),.

After two or three days an eruption makes its appearance, such as he had never had.

small red pimples, very bright red and very sharply defined, with minute vesicles upon them, first on the lower extremities, then also upon the upper, most on the left side.

they began first on the outside of the calves, and then on the inside of the forearms, above the wrist, and spread from that point, caused very severe itching, day and night, but worst at night after going to bed,.

After about five days, there appeared on the left hand small red points, shining through the skin, which sometimes itch.

the feet also itch, especially the left one, as though there were some heat-vesicles there.

after the lapse of several days, there appeared, first on the calves, and then extending up to the thighs, similar small red isolated points, which itch, like those on the hand.

the itching is especially in those spots where the skin perspires most.

the abdomen seems not to be affected.

but, after a few days, a number of similar pimples, itching like the others, appear in the epigastrium.

on rubbing the parts that itch, these points become more visible.

the itching is not unlike that caused by bed-bugs.

from the epigastrium the eruption extends towards the left nipple, and lingers here as well as at the epigastrium longer than on the before-mentioned localities, and it finally turns towards the left axilla.

at the same time also it itches in various parts of the back.

meanwhile a spot is remarked on the right side of the forehead which is sore when pressed upon, as if a blow had once been received there, which he does not remember to have been the case, neither is there any red or blue spot to be seen.

the itching now begins at the head, only at the posterior and superior parts, not towards the anterior part.

the itching at the head lasts about fourteen days,.

The sensation of dryness in the fauces, worse on the left side, comes again in the morning, but is milder.

while walking in the open air, and after doing so (11 A.M. to 12 M.) it ceases.

in its stead the right side becomes painful, worse on empty swallowing.

the pain at the same time extends into the right ear, which feels internally as if stopped.

the sensation of dryness is always perceptible morning and evening (sixth day),.

When lying on the left side, a throbbing sensation on the right side under the ribs, somewhat towards the epigastrium, as from wind balls, undulatory.

in the morning it is as if, when lying on the right side, wind had accumulated in the corresponding spot on the left side.

flatus does not pass off so freely in the morning as is customary, and the hitherto rather diarrhoeic stool intermits.

latterly the flatus became stinking,.

A cough which often came on by day or night in slight attacks, with a wheezing in the larynx without becoming loose, especially after smoking, drinking, and much walking, or after going upstairs, came on again, and always towards morning, and with much violence.

after a few days it became loose and then ceased.

after taking cold it came again, and then ceased permanently, so that even taking fresh colds did not bring it on again,.

During the second month of the proving, the spine, from the last cervical to about the fifth dorsal vertebra, became very sensitive, and the seat of a peculiar sense of irritation, which made the prover dread having the part touched or even approached.

this dread was disproportioned to the actual sensibility of the part when pressed or rudely touched, for this sensibility was not really very great.

from the vertebrae above mentioned, a peculiar irritation seemed to radiate upwards into the neck outwards into the shoulders, and forwards through the thorax to the sternum.

the distress caused by this sensation was aggravated by fatigue, but only partially relieved by repose.

it was great and very annoying, and lasted, as I remember, nearly two months,.

Pain in the sacrum, worse on stooping or when rising from a sitting or recumbent posture.

the pain passes down in the right thigh in the direction of the sciatic nerve.

it is therefore, almost impossible for him to press when at stool.

the pain in the sacrum and in the sacral ligaments was sometimes, when moving, like a stab with a knife,.

The pressing across the sacrum comes again immediately on stooping, and becomes almost intolerable when the stooping posture is persisted in.

the pains in the sacrum and leg cease by motion in the open air.

increased when pressing at stool.

also, when coughing and laughing, the pain then extends from the sacral plexus through the large foramen ischiaticum, along the great sciatic nerve down into the thigh.

worse on the right side (sixth day),.

Frequent spasmodic pains in bowels, as if from incarcerated flatulence, chiefly in the afternoon (from fifth to ninth day).

to-day, about 6 P.M., while eating, the spasmodic pain was excessive, with urging to stool.

copious stool followed.

after this no spasm, but only feeling of flatulence in bowels (ninth day).

pains returned between 3 and 4 P.M., followed by copious stools, after which the pains went off (thirteenth day),.

In the forenoon, in school, she had always a fulness and oppression in the epigastrium and was obliged to loosen her clothes.

ate much less. was obliged to lie down after eating, which, however, gave no relief.

the oppression became, indeed, rather worse.

the left thigh upon which she lay became numb and her feet cold.

at last she took Nux Vomica Nux vom., lay down again and then slept better (after four weeks),.

Urine acid, rather small in quantity (17.5 fluid ounces in twenty-four hours), deep red, sp. gr. 1030 (eighteenth day). The urine was analyzed several times during the proving, but no remarkable peculiarity was observed, except the great abundance of the coloring matter, hydrochloric acid developing a very striking change of color. The examination to-day gave.

urine acid. high-colored.

sp. gr., 1030. 22.5 fluid ounces in twenty-four hours.


Very tired in the knees and lower legs.

worse on the right side.

the whole evening, drawing in the right leg posteriorly from the right posterior superior spinous process down to the calf.

worse in the kneeholder.

the drawing in the right leg and the tiredness after lying down (11.30 P.M.) are so hard, that for awhile it prevents him from getting asleep, and compels him to frequently turn and twist.

the sleep is good, with amelioration of all the pains (fifth day),.

Walked to-day eight or nine miles, and felt the effects so sensibly that she stopped taking the Tellurium until the fatigue should have passed over (second day).

she felt the effects of the walk more particularly in the shape of a sticking pain through both temples, a pain from hip to hip, and in both acetabula, for a whole day (third day),.

Marked skin (herpes circinatus), spinal, eye and ear symptoms. Very sensitive back. Pains all over body. Offensive discharges. Slow development of symptoms ( Radium.) Sacral and sciatic pains.

Offensive; like putrid fish brine or garlic

Salty; taste; mucus from throat; pus, etc

Acrid discharges; excite itching, vesicles, etc


Numbness Sharp, quick pains, then soreness

Sense of retention

Vertigo; worse falling to sleep

Linear head pains

Thick tarsi

Inflamed, bluish, puffy ears Otitis

Fluent coryza, hoarseness and watery eyes

Twitching face; pains jerk angle [left] of mouth up

Rancid belching

Retching, ends in yawning

Stomach feels hollow

Sprained pain in chest muscles, over heart, worse raising arms

Very sensitive or sore spine Deep sciatic pain, worse coughing, sneezing, straining or lying

Itching, pricking, as from bugs

Circular eruptions


Burning in an old scar

Chills down spine, worse lying on back

Tellurium. An element; (generally considered non-metallic). Te. (A. W. 125). Trituration of the precipitated element.

Tellurium occurs in the native state and in combination with Aurum Metallicum gold, Argentum Metallicum silver, lead, and antimony.

It resembles Sulphur Sulphur and Selenium Selenium in its chemical reactions.

It was proved and introduced into homoeopathy by Hering in 1850.

The most notable feature of the proving was the irritation of the skin, including skin of eyelids and ears, of spinal column and of some nerves.

The most characteristic form of the skin irritation of Tell. is herpes circinatus, and it has probably cured more cases of ringworm, especially of the face and body, than any other remedy. (I cured with Tell. an Indian officer home on furlough whose body was covered over with a ringworm-like eruption.) The odour of the body and of the sweat is offensive and garlic-like.

The prover had to sit apart from the rest of the class during a whole session on account of this.

In parts where the skin forms openings, as the ear, the effect of Tell. is intensified.

The characteristic odour of the ear discharge is that of fish brine.

The discharge is so acrid it vesicates any part of the skin it touches.

Tell. is one of the most important remedies in otorrhoea.

Nash cured several cases of post-scarlatinal otorrhoea, using the 6th, higher attenuations having failed.

Eyelids are inflamed, and the vesicating property extends to the eye itself, setting up phlyctenular conjunctivitis.

Other parts of the skin affected by Tell. are the hair-roots, the breasts, the perinaeum, and the anus.

There is itching in the rectum after stool.

Tell. has caused expulsion of threadworms.

The offensiveness of Tell. appears in the breath and in the flatus; and it is a leading remedy in offensive foot-sweat.

In addition to the inflammation of the eyes caused by Tell., it has pains over the eyes.

Skin and nerves are closely allied, and Tell. is a remedy in many neuralgic conditions, notably sciatica.

The right side is most affected, and these are characteristic Conditions the pain is agg. coughing, sneezing, or straining at stool; agg. lying on painful side.

Many of the pains and symptoms of Tell. come and go suddenly.

The ears are suddenly stopped.

There are sudden rushes of blood to the head.

Tell. has great sensitiveness to touch.

Tellurium is shown in the neuralgic hyperaesthetic state of the spine.

It has also a vulnerary action as shown in a case of Kent's (quoted A. H., xxiii. 439).

A boy, 4, slid down banisters and struck his head on a tiled floor.

He became unconscious and a surgeon was summoned, who found him in that state and with a clear, watery discharge from the ear, which the surgeon pronounced to be cerebro-spinal fluid.

Tellurium condition lasted three days, and the case had been pronounced hopeless when Kent first saw the boy.

Kent noticed that the discharge was acrid, and reddened whatever part it came in contact with.

One dose of Tell. was given.

In two hours the child vomited, a sign of reaction, and in two weeks was well.

Shelton (H. R., vii. 103) relates three cases ($51$) Widow, 50, had pain and soreness upper part of back for a long time.

She shrank from the slightest touch on the part.

The sensitiveness was so acute that when touched the pain extended into the occiput and all over the upper region of the back.

Tell. 6 cured in eighteen days. (2) Miss X., 45, had a fall, striking a severe blow on the sacrum.

She suffered for some weeks from concussion, with one point of great soreness in the sacral region, just above the spot where the blow was received.

She was kept in bed for some weeks and improved generally, but the painful spot remained and sensitiveness appeared over the back, especially its upper third.

The patient grew worse, and gradually ptosis, and then right and then left hemiplegia set in.

Finally hyperaesthesia of the back became so distressing that it was a question of finding any support that did not intensity the pain.

She could not bear the slightest touch, complaining that it not only hurt her at the point of contact, but she felt it in the head and in remote parts of the body.

Tell. cleared up the case.

Skinner (H. W., xviii. 535) cured two sporting dogs of ringworm with Tell. 1m F. C. The irritating property of Tell. is shown again in the coryza, post-nasal catarrh, tickling in larynx, hoarseness, and cough.

There is a good deal of drowsiness with Tell.; yawning after retching; drowsy after eating.

I once gave Tell. to a child for an eruption, and cured it incidentally of constant yawning, with which it had been troubled.

The eruption improved at the same time.

Peculiar Sensations are Fear of being touched on sensitive places.

As if in air on going to sleep.

Brain as if beaten. As if lashes were turned in.

As if air whistled through left Eustachian tube.

As if strapped together in epigastric region.

As if fluid wanted to discharge in lobe of right lung.

There is periodicity about some of the symptoms.

One prover has a return of them every Tuesday for several weeks.

More symptoms appear on the left than on the right side.

The symptoms are agg. By touch; touch = bleeding from ear; spine sensitive to touch.

Pressure lump in axilla to be painful.

Rest agg. Lying amel. vertigo; on left side = throbbing over right ribs and vice versâ; on left side = pain in heart. amel.

Lying on back. Lying on affected side agg. sciatica.

While sitting up vertigo; face red.

Stooping, coughing, laughing, straining at stool agg.

Many symptoms are agg. in morning, on being wakened, and at night; eating = drowsiness.

Eating rice = vomiting.

Eating and drinking amel. sore throat.

Precipitated Metal. Hering. The Element

With Tellurium I have had the pleasure of curing several cases of otorrhoea of long standing, generally following scarlatina in childhood. I used the 6th in these cases. The high failed


Sixth potency and higher. Takes long time to develop its action, which is very prolonged.


Axilla, offensive sweat of; tumour of. Barber's itch. Cataract. Conjunctivitis. Coryza. Eczema. Entropion. Eyes, inflammation of. Foot-sweat, fetid. Gleet. Herpes. Hoarseness. Levitation. Pityriasis versicolor. Post-nasal catarrh. Ringworm. Sacrum, pain in. Sciatica. Spinal irritation. Worms. Yawning.







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