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Zincum Metallicum - General symptoms

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HPUS indication of Zincum Metallicum: Varicose veins

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

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General

The stomach was considerably dilated as far down as the navel, its peristaltic movement being at times very appreciable through the abdominal wall.

the pylorus, hypertrophied, sunken, and movable, formed a tumor sensible to the touch, sometimes to the right, sometimes to the left of the umbilicus. At last under the right false ribs another hard tumor was found, slightly, indented, not well defined, but painful when pressed, and which gave rise to the idea that a new growth depended from the liver.

but repeated examinations showed that its size was very variable, that prolonged pressure of the fingers caused its gradual disappearance, and that is was most evident during the violent gastric crisis from which the patient suffered.

it was caused purely by the contractions of the hypertrophied muscle, on the right side, resting upon a solid surface formed by the increased mass of the liver,.

The urine, which was dark and somewhat turbid, deposited a large sediment, composed of urate of ammonia, with a few crystals of oxalate of lime and a few cells of renal epithelium.

at times a pellicle formed on its surface after standing (Carbonate of Zinc?). A specimen was examined.

color rather dark amber, somewhat turbid, but becomes clearer on boiling.

odor after standing from the previous evening (in a corked bottle) sickening and wheylike, causing a suspicion of the presence of sugar.

reaction acid, specific gravity 1023, no albumen.

sugar distinctly present, though in small quantity, by Moore's and Trommer's test.

deposit on standing two hours, about one fifth.

composition on microscopic examination, as above stated,.

Shaking chill, with pale sunken face, weak, rapid, and irregular pulse, often with nausea and vomiting.

at last the pulse became large and full, with general heat, red face, skin swollen, followed by very restless sleep, with distressing dreams and exhaustion, followed at last by copious sweat.

the whole attack usually lasted from eight to ten hours, generally began at the end of a day's work, continued through the night, and ceased in the morning, so that the man was able to return to work,.

Febrile paroxysms several times a day, recurring in the forenoon and afterwards.

chilliness and shivering, flushes of heat over the whole body, violent trembling of all the limbs, extreme sickness, even to faintness, qualmish taste, with loathing of the morsels of food in the mouth, feeling of emptiness in the stomach, violent throbbing through the whole body, with short, hot breath, with very dry mouth, hot, dry hands,.

Nausea, with retching and vomiting of bitter slimy liquid, and at last of food, with shocks of coughing, with a feeling of warmth, especially in the abdomen, perspiration, chilliness over the arms, shuddering of the body, empty eructations, hiccough, rumbling and griping in the abdomen.

nausea, relieved by sitting bent over.

on sitting erect, on vomiting and on pressure on the abdomen the nausea and vomiting immediately returned (after ten minutes, till after three hours and a half),.

While drinking, vomited so that the whole mouth became filled.

with it the cheeks were filled out and distended, without nausea.

he went to the door and vomited twice.

the ejecta, consisting of the contents of the stomach, were somewhat acrid, and caused burning on the face where they touched it.

the throat was raw for a long time afterwards,.

Vomitings almost continuous, returning regularly three or four times a day.

the matter vomited, the daily quantity of which varied from 600 to 2000 grams, gave an acid reaction and a smell of rancid oil. Besides the remains of the food the presence of products of fermentation was proved, such as butyric acid and lactic, the existence of a large number of sarcinae and cryptogams. The gas from the eructations burned in daylight with a pale flame, scarcely visible, indicating the presence of hydrogen,.

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.

Zincum metallicum. Zinc. An Element. Zincum Metallicum <">Zincum Metallicum Zn. A. W. 64.9. Trituration of the metal.

Alcoholism. Amblyopia. Asthma. Brain-fag. Brain, paralysis of. Breasts, affections of. Cataract. Chilblains. Chin, eruption on. Chlorosis. Cholera. Chorea. Constipation. Cracks. Dentition. Diarrhoea, nervous.

with stupor. Diphtheria. Dysentery. Dysuria. Earache. Eczema. Enuresis. Eruptions.

suppressed. Eyes, affections of.

granular lids. Fag. Foot-sweat.

suppressed. Gastralgia. Headache.

nervous. chlorotic. Heels, pains in. Hernia, inguinal. Hiccough. Hydrocephalus. Hyperpyrexia, nervous. Hypochondriasis. Hysteria. Inframammary pain. Joints, creaking in. Ups, affections of. Lochia.

suppressed. Neuralgia.

during pregnancy. of external genitals. Whooping-cough. Worms.

Zincum belongs to the Magnesium group of metals, comprising also Cadmium and Glucinum.

It has long been known in the Artemisia Vulgaris arts, especially in its combination with Cuprum Metallicum Cuprum in the manufacture of Brass. Zincum Metallicum <">Zincum Metallicum Zn. was proved by Hahnemann and his associates, and it appears among the remedies of his Chronic Diseases. Zincum Metallicum <">Zincum Metallicum Zn. poisons the brain and nerve, and it corresponds to nerve-poisoning of various kinds.

The word "fag" covers a large part of Zincum Metallicum <">Zincum Metallicum Zn. action; it may be nerve- or brain-fag; or it may be muscle-fag.

Fag means that tissues are worn out faster than they can be repaired.

Zincum Metallicum leaves them poisoned by waste products. Zincum Metallicum <">Zincum Metallicum Zn. meets the effects of brain-fag from over-study; from night-watching; fatigue.

But there is another kind of nerve-poisoning met by Zincum Metallicum <">Zincum Metallicum Zn. the poisoning of suppressed eruptions or discharges.

The common old-school use of Zinc ointment to suppress eruptions, and Zinc injections to suppress discharges, is based on fact Zincum Metallicum <">Zincum Metallicum Zn. does suppress them, and it transfers the morbid action to the nervous system, setting up a poisoning there.

and, conversely, in homoeopathic attenuations Zincum Metallicum <">Zincum Metallicum Zn. can reverse the process.

It can restore suppressed eruptions, can cure the consequences of suppressions, and can set free the reactive power in conditions of undeveloped disease.

Some of the keynotes of Zincum Metallicum <">Zincum Metallicum Zn. will be present to give the clue.

The most important of these is "Incessant and violent fidgety feeling in feet or lower limbs; must move them constantly; cannot keep them quiet." These movements may continue even during sleep.

Another is "Too weak to develop exanthemata or menstrual function, to expectorate, to urinate; to understand, to remember." Corresponding to these is "Relief to all suffering as soon as menses begin to flow," or as soon as other excretory functions are restored.

In asthma" the patient cannot expectorate, but as soon as he can he is relieved" (Nash).

General twitchings and general trembling are, according to Nash, equally characteristic of Zincum Metallicum <">Zincum Metallicum Zn. He records this case Miss X., 20, had been ill for a week with headache, loss of appetite, and especially prostration.

Over-study was the cause.

Under Gelsemium Sempervirens Gels., and later Bryonia Bry., she was improving, when she threw off the bedclothes whilst sleeping and perspiring, and took a chill.

The bowels became enormously distended; profuse haemorrhage occurred (finally controlled by Alumen Alumen), a low form of delirium came on, and prostration increased in spite of the cessation of haemorrhage.

Zincum Metallicum was the condition Staring eyes rolled upward, head retracted.

complete unconsciousness, lying on back and sliding down in bed.

twitching, "or rather intense, violent trembling all over so that she shook the bed," her hands had to be held constantly night and day by nurses.

pulse intermittent, uncountable.

all signs, in short, of impending paralysis of the brain." Two drops of Zincum Metallicum <">Zincum Metallicum Zn. 200 were mixed in two teaspoonfuls of water.

One teaspoonful was worked, a little at a time, between the set teeth; and the rest half an hour later.

About an hour after the latter dose the patient turned down her eyes and said "Milk." Through a bent tube she swallowed half a glass of milk, the first nourishment she had taken for twenty-four hours.

From that time she improved steadily, and received no more medicine for four days.

Afterwards she had a dose of Nux Vomica Nux.

Recovery was perfect. A. W. Holcombe (Hahn. Ad., xxxviii. 27) reports this case Man, 40, had gonorrhoea suppressed by local treatment three months previously.

A week before Holcombe saw him first he was unable to pass water, and had to resort to the catheter.

Since then could pass urine, but passed almost pure blood with it.

Could only urinate when sitting down with knees spread apart.

Great soreness of perinaeum; on sitting down had to sit sideways on chair. Zincum Metallicum <">Zincum Metallicum Zn. cm one dose.

Five days later perinaeal soreness gone, could urinate freely in any position, and had a profuse whitish discharge from the urethra.

Suppression of foot-sweat; of lochia; of milk, are all caused and cured by Zincum Metallicum <">Zincum Metallicum Zn. Weyner (H. R., x. 152) relates the poisoning of cows pasturing near a cadmium mine, near which Zinc-smelting was carried on.

These were some of the effects General emaciation, skin clinging tightly to the body; eyes pale bluish, drawn back into the orbits; horns and ears unequally warm, mouth hot and shiny and hanging down, at times dry; appetite undisturbed; rumination slower; dung grass-green, thin-flowing and fetid; at times cough.

As the disease progressed emaciation increased, the horns became rough, milk dried up, and diarrhoea increased till the animals could no longer rise, and died of total prostration. Zincum Metallicum <">Zincum Metallicum Zn. meets these suppression-effects paralysis and vertigo from brain softening following suppressed foot-sweat.

chorea from eruptions suppressed by gout.

puerperal convulsions from suppressed eruption.

nymphomania from suppressed lochia. Zincum Metallicum <">Zincum Metallicum Zn. has a strong action on the generative sphere, it excites both sexes and causes seminal losses and prostatorrhoea of the male, and nymphomania and masturbation in the female.

Zincum Metallicum may be associated with varicosis or pruritus of the external genitals.

A notable symptom of Zincum Metallicum <">Zincum Metallicum Zn., and one which may indicate it in children and in delirious cases, as well as in affections of the genitals themselves, is that the patient is continually pressing on the pubes or applying the hand to the genitals.

With the emission there is backache, which is temporarily amel. by the emission; and with the female sexual disorders there is also backache and spinal irritation.

Dull aching in spine, agg. when sitting.

Burning pains all along the spine.

The burning pains of Zincum Metallicum <">Zincum Metallicum Zn. appear in many parts.

Pricking, pressive, cramp-like pains, tension and constriction are also present.

Neuralgia in malar bones with pressive pains.

Pressure at root of nose as if it would be pressed in.

The constriction is especially felt in the chest, and is connected both with respiration and the heart. "Sudden, spasmodic, bursting sensation about heart.

it appears to be beating regularly, when it suddenly seems as if it would burst through the chest." Zincum Metallicum <">Zincum Metallicum Zn. affects the blood-vessels and corresponds to varicosis varices of the labia.

of the thighs, running into the labia.

of the legs, with fidgety feet.

Numbness, tingling, formication, and fainting spells are other nervous effects of Zincum Metallicum <">Zincum Metallicum Zn. It has an insatiable craving hunger and goneness, notably at 11 a.m.; thirst quite as great; and "hasty eating" and "hasty drinking" are among the keynote symptoms.

Another of the first importance is intolerance of wine wine aggravates all symptoms.

Zincum Metallicum is noteworthy in states of nervous exhaustion, which usually crave stimulants.

There is the aversion to wine.

Other characteristic aversions are Meat (especially veal); sweets; cooked or warm food.

Eating as well as wine-drinking agg. the pain.

There is a tearing headache, most in side of head, agg. from wine, agg. after dinner.

Pain may account for the anxious scream which accompanies the convulsions of Zincum Metallicum <">Zincum Metallicum Zn. The child springs up in bed, gnashing teeth, eyes rolled up.

A characteristic of brain affections of children is "crossness in the evening." On waking there is delirium as if frightened, knows no one. "Child repeats everything said to it" is another leading symptom. "Grits teeth" occurs in these conditions, and will often give Zincum Metallicum <">Zincum Metallicum Zn. a place in worm cases.

Among the symptoms indicating lack of power is "teeth fail to develop." The "fidgety feet" of Zincum Metallicum <">Zincum Metallicum Zn. are not the only automatic movements of the remedy, though the most characteristic.

There are automatic movements of mouth, arms, and hands, and general restlessness.

Among other features of Zincum Metallicum <">Zincum Metallicum Zn. is blueness of surface.

Related to this is the tendency to chilblains, which are swollen and painful, and easily made worse by rubbing.

There is sensitiveness to frost-bite; the tip of the nose is easily frost-bitten, and the nose remains red long after it has been frost-bitten.

The hands and feet are affected with inflammation, painful eruptions, cracks.

There is also a "frost-bitten feeling" in the toes.

All these point to a lowered state of vitality.

Peculiar Sensations are As if she had a large goƮtre which she could not see over.

As if hair bristled. Uneasy, as if he had committed a crime.

As if he would have apoplexy.

As if scalp were drawn together.

Pains as if between the skin and the flesh.

As if head were moving up and down, with a similar floating of images of his fancy.

As if he saw through a mist.

As if he would fall over to other side.

As if head were swaying back and forth.

Nauseating weakness as after smoking too strong tobacco.

As if eyes were drawn together by a cord.

Stupefying headache as from coal gas.

As if root of nose would be pressed into head.

As if head would be drawn backward.

As if air forced itself into frontal sinuses.

As if head would burst.

As if strained in occiput.

As if scalp wrinkled up and kept tightening.

As if insects were crawling from occiput to forehead.

Feeling in eyes as if she had wept much.

As if sand in eyes. As if upper lids paralysed.

As if teeth would be pulled out with neuralgia.

As if teeth long and loose.

As if a web drawn across throat.

As if a hard body were opposing pressure from pharynx into abdomen.

As if food remained sticking in pharynx after dinner.

As if stomach compressed or empty.

As of a heavy weight in hypochondria.

As if abdominal walls were retracted against spine.

As if flatus pressing against coccyx.

As from worms crawling in anus.

As if testicles tightly compressed and drawn up.

As if pudenda swollen.

Cough with stitches in chest and feeling as if chest would burst.

Chest as if hollow and cold; constricted; cut to pieces.

As if a foreign substance rising up throat.

Emptiness behind sternum.

As if a cap on heart. Pain in cervical muscles as if head had been in uncomfortable position.

As if cold water were poured down her back.

As if muscles of wrist too short.

As if kidney would be twisted off.

Wrist and foot as if sprained.

As if soles swollen. As if tendons of right sole too short.

As if ball of great toe frozen.

The headache and eye symptoms of Zincum Metallicum <">Zincum Metallicum Zn. are well marked, and "Headache with sympathetic amblyopia" may be regarded as a keynote Kafka (H. R., x. 153) relates the case of a "pale yet vigorous lady of forty" who for two years had had a headache recurring periodically every ten to fourteen days without warning. Simultaneously with the headache was a weakness of vision, she seemed looking through a fog, and could not distinguish even large objects. The pain, which lasted two or three days, now increasing, now diminishing, was a pressure on vertex and forehead from without inward. Face pale, appetite deficient, head muddled, mood cross and peevish. In forenoon the pain was bearable, in afternoon agg., and still agg. evening, when reflex nausea, and even vomiting, occurred. The amblyopia went pari passu with the severity of the pain, and disappeared as the pain left off. Pupils rather contracted, eyes otherwise normal. Zincum Metallicum <">Zincum Metallicum Zn. 3 was given morning and evening. The pains diminished immediately and were gone in twenty-four hours. The remedy was taken in the evening daily for a week. There was no relapse. F. W. Payne (N. A. J. H., xiv. 131, quoting A. M.) reports this case of cataract Right eye partially affected, and left practically useless for vision, with bruised, sore, smarting, burning, itching, and stinging sensation.

at intervals, suddenly, sensation as if pepper had been thrown into it, causing scalding lachrymation and spasm of the lids. These spells were agg. in evening. Burning dryness as if a stick under lid scratching eyeball. Flickering before left eye.

blue and green rings. green halo round gas-jet at times. Slight irritation of conjunctiva and tendency of lids to adhere. agg. By warmth, on warm days, by artificial light. Patient nervous, tremulous, impatient, agg. by mental emotion. Choreic jerkings of individual muscles. Zincum Metallicum <">Zincum Metallicum Zn. 200, given occasionally, steadily improved the case. In six months right eye was quite clear, and the left steadily gaining. Eleven years later vision was practically perfect, though some small streaks could still be found in the left lens. Gerstel (H. R., x. 97) calls attention to the action of Zincum Metallicum <">Zincum Metallicum Zn. in fevers with inflammation of the brain. In these cases the seat of inflammation was the meninges. He refers to a case of a child suffering from scarlatina who was in this condition Entirely motionless.

carphologia, subsultus tendinum, constant trembling of the hands.

The symptoms of Zincum Metallicum <">Zincum Metallicum Zn. are agg. By touch. Pressure agg.

(amel. conjunctivitis; toothache; left ovarian pain). Rubbing and scratching amel. Jarring, riding agg. Rest agg. Sitting agg. Lying agg.

(amel. vertigo). agg. By motion, active or passive "Child screams out whenever it is moved." Walking.

lifting. exertion agg. Looking up = vision of falling luminous objects, and dizziness. agg. Evening and night. 11 a.m. to 12 sinking agg. Rheumatism agg. from over-heating. Wails and moans during sweat. agg. By chill when heated. Warm room agg. Warm water amel. conjunctivitis. Open air agg.

(amel. headache and drowsiness). Very sensitive to draught. agg. By cold touch (i.e., when patient touches anything cold). Sea bathing = herpes in mouth. Approach of storm = chills. amel. While eating.

agg. after. Eating agg. Drinking agg. (as soon as liquid reaches stomach he vomits). agg. From Sugar.

wine. milk. Emissions amel. (temporarily). Sensitive to others talking and to noise.

Rub a piece of pure metallic zinc on a whetstone under distilled water, in a clean porcelain bowl.

the gray powder deposited on the bottom is dried on white blotting paper, and one grain of it is used to prepare the dynamized preparations of zinc, in the same manner as with other dry drugs, in the manner described at the conclusion of the first part of Chronic Diseases, but with a greater number of succussive strokes than is indicated there.

Indisposition to work and to walk.

weakness of memory. constant muddled sensation of the head.

gloominess. sore pain in the head.

humming in the head. pain of the hairy scalp, as if festering underneath.

baldness. dryness of the eyes.

amaurosis, with contracted pupils.

paralysis and closing of the eyelids.

buzzing in the ears. looseness of the teeth.

painfulness of the teeth when chewing.

sore pains in the teeth.

salty taste in the mouth, after eating bread, pressure in the stomach with nausea.

tensive pain in the sides of the abdomen.

inguinal hernia. constipation.

soft and liquid stool.

involuntary discharge of stool.

itching on the anus. tenesmus of the bladder, when he wishes to urinate.

involuntary urination, while walking.

the urine cannot be retained when coughing, sneezing and walking.

continuous erections by night.

seminal emission during coitus is too rapid.

the menses come too soon.

painful menses. during the menses, inflation of the abdomen.

leucorrhoea. Coryza. cough.

tensive in the sternum.

palpitation. palpitation with anxiety.

irregular, spasmodic movement of the heart.

shocks of the heart, arresting the breathing, intermission in the heart-beats, causing the breathing to be arrested.

pains in the sacrum. pains in the back.

drawing pain in the arm, of long standing.

sensation of dryness in the hands, in the morning.

the fingers go to sleep in the morning, while rising.

stiffness of the ankle-joint after sitting.

painful chilblains on the feet.

insensibility of the body.

sensation of coldness in the bones.

exostosis. in the morning, a feeling of not having slept enough, sleepiness.

desire to sleep after meals.

the sleep at night, full of ravings.

frightful dreams. talking and screaming in sleep.

tendency to perspire by day.

nocturnal perspiration.

Too violent an action is moderated, but only for a short time, by a solution of Camphora camphor; (sometimes by smelling of a preparation of Ignatia ignatia); but the greatest moderation is effected by smelling of a preparation of Sulphur sulphur.

To the observation as to the peculiar symptoms of zinc. given in no 2 of Vol. VI of the by the Doctors , .; , .; , .; , .; and , .; as well as by Councillor, Baron , ., I have added my own observations as well as those of a young learned man from Switzerland, ., and those of the Doctors , ., .; , ., and also the later observations of the above mentioned Councillor, Dr. Baron von Gersdorff, who has done so much to further the homoeopathic art of healing. The symptoms marked are from the well-known anonymous prover in the of Doctors and. Hahnemann's own contribution to the pathogenesis of Zinc consists mainly of the 753 symptoms to him in the first edition, which from the preface we may gather to have been observed on patients taking the 18th dilution. Those of Franz and his five associates above referred to were obtained mainly from provings with the 1st trituration. The sources of the rest (save Nenning's) are unknown.

Nausea, with choking and with vomiting of a bitter, slimy fluid, and lastly of the ingesta, with impulses of coughing, with a sensation of warmth, especially in the abdomen.

perspiration, chilliness running over the arms, shaking of the body, empty eructation, hiccups, rumbling and pinching in the abdomen.

stooping forward while sitting diminishes the nausea.

but on sitting up straight, on moving and on pressing upon the abdomen, nausea and vomiting at once return (aft. 10 min. till aft. 3 ½ h.).;.

, only discharged in pieces, with pressure and clawing in the anus.

Attack of fever, daily several times, returning in the forenoon and in the afternoon.

chilliness and shivering, flying heat all over the body, violent trembling of all the limbs, extreme sick feeling even to fainting.

qualmish taste, while the morsel swelled up in the mouth.

sensation of emptiness in the stomach, severe beating all through the body, short, hot breath.

very dry mouth, hot and dry hands.;.

Zinc. Franz. Element.

Zinc has a full and substantial proving, including symptoms of every part of the body. It is an antipsoric, suitable in broken down constitutions, feeble constitutions; enfeeblement characterizes the whole proving.

The Zinc patient is nervous and extremely sensitive, excitable, trembling, quivering, twitching of muscles, tearing pains along the course of the nerves, tingling, excited on the least provocation; oversensitiveness in one part and lack of feeling in another.

Zincum Metallicum extreme oversensitiveness is like Nux Vomica Nux.

which is inimical. The overworked and excitable persons belong to Nux Vomica Nux and Zinc. Nux Vomica Nux is sensitive to the higher potencies. Further, there is paralytic weakness, emaciation, prostration.

full of brain and spinal symptoms.

Slowness All the functions are slow; eruptions appear slowly.

The whole economy seems to be tired and feeble, so that when a girl approaches puberty and it is time for the menses to be established, but the flow does not appear, she goes into a decline.

she begins to manifest choreic symptoms, jerking and twitching, soreness in the back of the neck, burning of the whole spine, creeping and crawling of the extremities, hysterical manifestations of all sorts.

Sensitive to every little noise, to people talking in the room, to crumpling of paper.

"Talking or listening is distressing; much talking of other people, even of those of who he is fond, affects his nerves and makes him morose."

Tendency to be docile, but when aroused irascible. If the child comes down with scarlatina or measles, it goes into a stupor. The eruption does not come out. There is a tendency to convulsions, drawing in the extremities, suppression of urine, rolling of the head from one side to the other, and from stupor it goes into complete unconsciousness.

inability to throw eruptions to the surface.

Slowness again The stomach is slow in digesting; sour vomiting.

The intestines are sluggish. The rectum becomes impacted. Difficult expulsion of urine; paralysis of the bladder and tedious constipation associated with spinal symptoms; urine slow in starting; can pass it only when sitting and in some cases only when sitting leaning back against the seat with hard pressure.

Numbness of the soles of the feet, with cutting pain and soreness in the heel when stepping; fulgurating pains, stitching, stabbing, and tearing; tabes dorsalis.

Limbs paralyzed; paresis and finally paralysis of one or both sides jerking, trembling and prostration. Shocks and jerking during Sleep.

Trophic centers in a state of anaemia; emaciation throughout the body; the skin looks withered; the face pallid, wrinkled, unhealthy, sickly. Always chilly; sensitive to the cold. Full of neuralgic pains; tearing pains in all parts of the body when exposed to a draft; tension and drawing in various places.

Strange drawing about the eyes as if strabismus would come on; drawing in the muscles; neck drawn back; tension and drawing everywhere. When he comes to rest, the limbs want to draw up, hence, hysterical contractures; drawing the fingers all out of shape.

The mind is slow and the patient is weak and tired; weak memory; forgetful.

"Repeats all questions before answering them."

Nervous prostration; waits a moment, looking blank, then, the face lights up and he answers. if you look at the Zincum patient and do not address him, you would not realize that he was so weak, but put a question to him and he stares at you in perfect amazement, then says, "Oh," and answers.

Zinc is not suitable in those who are naturally feeble-minded, when the child is in a state bordering upon idiocy. Baryta Carb Baryta carb feeds such a mind. He rouses out of a semi-slumber and stares a moment without answering.

Stupor; aroused by every little noise, startles, twitches all over; but soon he goes beyond this, becoming less and less excitable, and finally passes into unconsciousness and cannot be aroused. You will find some deep-seated brain troubles that will try your patience.

Some cases go slowly and gradually into unconsciousness.

rolling of the head for day s; eyes lusterless.

body emaciated, involuntary discharges of faeces and urine in the bed.

tongue dry and parched, so shriveled that it looks like leather, lips also.

lice withered and each day looks older.

paralysis of one hand or one foot, or it seems that the whole muscular system is paralyzed.

Screaming out in pain although not so shrilly as in Apis Mel Apis A dose of Zinc will sometimes bring this patient back to life. In a few days after the remedy there will be a jerking and quivering in the parts that were motionless, or its action will be shown in a copious sweat, much vomiting.

sudden arousing that is alarming, for it looks like a threatened sinking, but this is the beginning of reaction.

Now, for days and nights while this little one is coming back to consciousness, the restoration of sensation in the parts is accompanied with the most tormenting formication, tingling, prickling, creeping, and crawling. The mother and the father and the neighbors will want something done for it, but if you antidote, the case will return to where it was before. This suffering is but the awakening to life.

It will go on in this way for a week or two and then will begin to show signs of falling back.

ameliorated by quiet.

The Helleborus Niger Helleborus case will exhibit but little fever; cold extremities, tossing of the head, dilated pupils, unconsciousness, can hardly be aroused; rolling head from. side to side, but when the reflexes are abolished, Zinc comes in.

After the relief from Gelsemium Sempervirens Gels., Belladonna Bell., or Bryonia Bry. give Zinc Rugged little fellows who hang on for weeks in this state, emaciating and unconscious.

You must take the mother aside and inform her what will happen if the child returns to consciousness. If you do not, you may be turned out of the house. A person advanced in years cannot stand such an ordeal, but it is astonishing how the little ones can endure the prolonged congestion and inflammation.

"Pterygium in right eye just encroaching on cornea; in left eye extending to the pupil from the inner canthus."

"Itching and stinging plain in inner angles of eyes with cloudiness of sight.

Much burning of the eyes and lids in the morning and in the evening with feeling of dryness and pressure in them."

Zinc has cured distressing thickening of the lids, ectropion and entropion.

granular thickening of the lids. In a severe case of entropion where the lashes were playing up and down the ball with lachrymation, great inflammation and redness, Zinc removed the whole trouble. Violent photophobia.

it seems as if the light would blind him. Zinc and Euphrasia Officinalis Euphr are closely related in eye troubles.

Strabismus after brain troubles. Ever since scarlet fever, he had strabismus. She has much trouble with the menses; dysmenorrhoea.

Menses But here is a striking symptom; no matter what the violent symptoms are pains in the ovaries, in the uterus, hysterical excitement; as soon as the menstrual flow appears there is relief.

Violent pains in the ovaries relieved by the flow. This is a great contrast to Cimicifuga Racemosa Cimicifuga, which has nervous excitement and hysteria during the flow, and the, more copious it is, the more violent are the pains.

The Lachesis Lach. and Zinc symptoms are worse before, and better with the flow, but in the former the pains all return when the flow slacks up again. Cimicifuga Racemosa Cimicifuga has at times an intermittent flow, then pain ceasing with each intermission, returning when the flow again appears.

The great nervousness of Zinc is manifested in the feet. You will notice a child or a woman keeping one foot going all the time, cannot keep it still. Many medicines have nervous feet and many have relief of symptoms by motion of the feet. But this is marked in Zinc A girl about twelve years of age had no congruity of symptoms and I could not find the remedy.

The mother said the child mortified her by keeping one foot constantly going in church. On asking why she did this, she replied that if she stopped she would lose her urine. Zinc cured the whole patient. In the text we find double-lined the two words,

"Fidgety feet."

Zinc. has some striking heart symptoms. Constriction of the whole chest in weakly subjects.

and limbs Aching in the dorsal, lumbar, and sacral regions.

better when walking and worse from rising from a seat. (In Rhus Tox Rhus, the aching is in the sacral region, and better when walking and coming on while sitting. Calc Carb Calc., Rhus Tox Rhus, Phosphorus Phos., Sulphur Sulph. and Sepia Sepiahave this in the highest degree. Zinc occupies a lower grade in the aggravation when rising from a seat, as do Petroleum Petr. and Ledum Palustre Ledum.).

Inability to develop or hold out the rash in eruptive diseases, can't expectorate or menstruate, is better if can.

Cannot take stimulants, as they aggravate in general.

Fidgety feet, must move them constantly.

Twitching of single muscles all over the body.

Violent trembling all over, so as to shake the bed; lost nerve control.

Weakness and weariness in nape of the neck; worse holding head long in one position; backache worse sitting.

Modalities worse from wine; better by restoration or development of eruptions, during menses, restored expectoration, seminal emission, discharges generally.

Defective vitality, brain and nerve power wanting; to comprehend, to memorize.

Child cries out during sleep; rolls the head from side to side; face alternately pale and red.


Zincum Metallicum metal seems to act principally upon the nervous system. I think it is Burt who says "What Iron is to the blood, Zinc is to the nerves." If we examine the provings and clinical records of Zinc, we find that it seems to have the power to arouse or strengthen the nervous system in its inability to supply force to carry on functions necessary to health or the elimination of disease products from the system. This is speculation. What are the facts? 1st. If scarlatina or other eruptive diseases do not properly develop the eruption, on account of too great weakness of the patient, as evidenced by general depression of pulse, temperature, etc. Zinc is very useful.

Other remedies have such or similar trouble, Cuprum Metallicum Cuprum, for instance; but in Cuprum Metallicum Cuprum the eruption has been suppressed by some outward cause. Zinc, it has never come to the surface, or it has been out, and has receded from lack of vitality or strength to hold it there. Sulphur Sulphur may be the remedy, but the cause is then more often apt to be traceable to psora.

Zincum Metallicum weakness shows in other ways, as, for instance, in asthma. The patient can't expectorate, but as soon as he can he is relieved; or again she cannot menstruate, and is relieved of her suffering while menstruating. (Lachesis Lachesis).

There is another peculiarity connected with this characteristic. The nervous weakness of the Zincum patient is that he can take no wine or stimulants. You would think that a little wine would at least temporarily relieve; on the contrary, it aggravates all the sufferings, even though taken in small quantities. Of course other remedies have this aggravation from wines or stimulants, like Glonoin Glonoine, Ledum Palustre Ledum, Fluoric acid, Antimonium Crudum Antimonium crudum, etc., but I think Zinc stands first.

The nervous debility of Zinc shows in other ways also. There is sometimes aching and weariness in the nape of the neck, as it had been held in one position too long, worse by writing or other long continued labor. The backaches are worse while sitting and better when moving about. This would call to mind Rhus Tox Rhus toxicodendron, but with Zincum you would not get the general aching relieved by continued motion, as in the case with Rhus Tox Rhus. Pulsatilla Pulsatilla has it also, but generally in connection with menstrual irregularities. The remedy most resembling Zinc in this particular is Cobalt. Both these remedies have this symptom in consequence of sexual excesses or weaknesses, but in Zinc an emission temporarily relieves the pain and in Cobalt it does not. The most characteristic of all the symptoms of Zinc in connection with its general nervous weakness, is "An incessant, violent fidgety feeling in the feet or lower limbs.." This is present in many, if not almost all, of the affections for which Zinc is par excellence the remedy.

There is also sometimes present "burning along the whole length of the spine." This burning is purely subjective, for there is no actual local increase of temperature. Another characteristic of Zincum Metallicum is, "twitching and jerking of various muscles." I spoke of this symptom when writing upon Ignatia Ignatia. I would place Zincum, Ignatia Ignatia and Agaricus Muscarius Agaricus in the van of all remedies for causing and curing these general twitchings.

Another symptom for which this is one of our best remedies is, general trembling. This is also from prostration.

The patient loses control over his motions, although he is not yet paralyzed. Paralysis may come later if this condition is not remedied.

Being left in a room alone, while sleeping and perspiring, she threw off her clothes, caught cold and relapsed. Of course the "last state of that patient was worse than the first." The bowels became enormously distended profuse haemorrhage occurred, which was finally controlled by Alumen Alumen, a low form of delirium came on, the prostration became extreme notwithstanding the haemorrhage was checked, until the following picture obtained -staring eyes rolled upward into the head, head retracted; complete unconsciousness, lying on back and sliding down in bed, twitching, or rather intense, violent trembling all over, so that she shook the bed. I had nurses hold her hands night and day, she shook and trembled so.

Dose

Second to sixth potency.

Characteristics

Zincum Metallicum Zn. 2 saved the patient.

Preparation

Where the dynamized preparation of zinc was homoeopathically suitable, it also removed, if given in proper doses, the following ailments, if present

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