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Materia Medica by Allen



SELENIUM

(sel)

SELENIUM THE ELEMENT

Adapted to light complexion; blondes; great emaciation of face, hands, legs and feet, or single parts.

Very forgetful in business, but during sleep dreams of what he had forgotten.

Headache: of drunkards; after debauchery; after lemonade, tea, wine; every afternoon.

Hair falls off, on head, eyebrows, whiskers, genitals.

Coryza ending in diarrhoea.

Hungry: at night (Cina, Psor.) ; LONGING FOR SPIRITUOUS LIQUORS, an almost irresistible maniacal desire.

Constipation: stool LARGE, hard, impacted SO THAT IT REQUIRES MECHANICAL AID (Aloe, Cal., Sanic, Sep., Sil.) ; after serious illness, epecially enteric fevers.

Urine: red, dark, scanty; coarse, red, sandy, sediment, involuntary dribbling while walking.

Impotence, with desire; lewd thoughts, but physically impotent (sudden impotence, Chlor.).

Erections slow, insufficient, too rapid emission with long-continued thrill; weak, ill-humored after coitus, often involuntary dribbling of semen and prostatic fluid which oozes while sitting, at stool, during sleep; gleet (Calad.).

Priapism GLANDS DRAWN UP (Berb. — drawn down. Canth.).

Aphonia: AFTER LONG USE OF VOICE; husky when beginning to sing; obliged to clear the throat frequently of a transparent starchy mucus (Arg. m., Stan.); tubercular laryngitis.

Weak, easily exhausted; from either mental or physical labor; after typhoid, typhus, debauchery.

Irresistible desire to lie down and sleep; strength suddenly leaves him; especially in hot weather.

Very great aversion to draft of air either warm, cold, or damp.

After typhoid great weakness of spine, fears paralysis.

Emaciation of affected parts.

 

Relations
Compare: Phos. in genito-urinary and respiratory symptoms; Arg. m. and Stan, in laryngitis of singers or speakers; Alum. hard stool, inactive rectum.

Follows well: after, Calad., Nat., Staph., Phos. ac, in sexual weakness.

Itch checked by mercurials or sulphur often requires Selenium.

 

Aggravation
DRAFT OF AIR; in the sun; from lemonade, TEA or WINE.

 

Amelioration
Taking cold water or cold air into the mouth.