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Materia Medica by Allen



PLUMBUM

(plb)

LEAD THE METAL

Adapted to diseases from spinal origin (Phos., Pic. ac, Zinc).

EXCESSIVE AND RAPID EMACIATION; general or partial paralysis; extreme, with anaemia and great weakness.

Muscular atrophy from sclerosis of spinal system.

Lassitude; faints on going into a room full of company.

Slow of perception; intellectual torpor, gradually increasing apathy (in fevers, Phos. ac).

Weakness or loss of memory; unable to find the proper word (Anac, Lac c).

Delirium alternating with colic.

Assumes strangest attitudes and positions in bed.

Complexion: PALE, ASH-COLORED, YELLOW, CORPSE-LIKE, CHEEKS SUNKEN; expressive-of great anxiety and suffering.

Skin of face, greasy, shiny (Nat. m., Sanic).

DISTINCT BLUE LINE ALONG MARGIN OF GUMS; gums swollen, pale, show a lead-colored line.

Excessive pain in abdomen, RADIATING TO ALL PARTS OF BODY.

Sensation in abdomen at night, which causes patient to stretch violently for hours; must stretch in every direction (Amyl. n.).

Violent colic, sensation as if abdominal wall was drawn as if by a string to the spine. Intussusception, with colic and faecal vomiting; strangulated hernia, femoral, inguinal or urqbilical.

Constipation: STOOLS HARD, LUMPY, BLACK LIKE SHEEP-DUNG (Chel., Op.) ; with urging and terrible pain from SPASM OF ANUS; obstructed evacuation from indurated fasces, dryness of the excretions, paralysis or muscular atony; during pregnancy; from impaction of faeces; when Platina fails.

Bnght's disease: colic pain; abdomen retracted; rapid emaciation; excessive debility; contracted kidney.

Feels a lack of room for foetus in uterus; inability of uterus to expand; threatening abortion.

Spasms: clonic; tonic; from cerebral sclerosis or tumor; epilepsy or epileptiform convulsions.

Yellow skins: dark brown "liver spots" in climacteric years; jaundice, the eyes, skin and urine yellow.

 

Relations
Compare: Alum., Plat., Op. in colic; Pod. in retraction of navel; Nux in strangulated hernia; Pod. the vegetable analogue.

The bad effects of Plumbum are antidoted by Alum., Petr., Plat., Sulph. ac, Zinc.

 

Aggravation
At night (pains in limbs).

 

Amelioration
Rubbing; hard pressure.