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Homeopathic Materia Medica by Farrington
(arg-m)Argentum metallicum produces spasms which simulate those of epilepsy. The attacks are followed by delirious rage. The patient jumps about and tries to strike those near him.
It produces spasmodic pain in various parts of the body; thus it gives rise to pain in the head, which gradually increases and, after reaching its acme, suddenly ceases. This pain is usually on the left side and is often associated with vertigo. The patient is extremely forgetful. The heart muscle sympathizes in these neuralgic pains. Thus there will be spasmodic twitching of the heart muscle, particularly when the patient is lying on his back.
Now the debility which naturally follows is very easily understood if you remember one quality of the Argentnm metallicum, and that is its action upon joints. It has a particular affinity for the cartilages of joints. Thus we find general debility, with bruised feeling in the small of the back from the weakness of the spine, general weariness forcing the patient to lie down to obtain rest. The knees are particularly weak. There will be, not a true articular rheumatism, but an arthralgia, with pains of the same character as those of the head. All these symptoms are common enough. We find them in nervous, hysterical women and in men after loss of fluids, particularly semen.
Argentum metallicum acts upon the mucous membrane of the throat and larynx. It produces a copious exudation of mucus in the larynx. This exudation is of pure mucus, not purulent or not serous, but looking just like boiled starch. It is associated with burning and rawness in the larynx, which rawness and burning are excited by talking and protracted use of the voice. The mucus is easily expectorated.
Argentum metallicum acts upon the left ovary, causing bruised pain in that organ, and sometimes a feeling as though the ovary was growing large. This is a purely subjective sensation. Associated with this bruised pain, there is often a prolapsed uterus.