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NATRUM MURIATICUM

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(Chloride of Sodium) The prolonged taking of excessive salt causes profound nutritive changes to take place in the system, and there arise not only the symptoms of salt retention as evidenced by dropsies and oedemas, but also an alteration in the blood causing a condition of anaemia and leucocytosis. There seems also to be a retention in the tissues of effete materials giving rise to symptoms loosely described as gouty or rheumatic gout. The provings are full of such symptoms. (Dr. Stonham.) A great remedy for certain forms of intermittent fever, anaemia, chlorosis, many disturbances of the alimentary tract and skin. Great debility; most weakness felt in the morning in bed. COLDNESS. Emaciation most notable in neck. Great liability to take cold. DRY MUCOUS MEMBRANES. Constrictive sensation throughout the body. GREAT WEAKNESS AND WEARINESS. Oversensitive to all sorts of influences. Hyperthyroidism. Goitre. Addison's disease. Diabetes.

Mind
Psychic causes of disease; ill effects of grief, fright, anger, etc. Depressed, particularly in chronic diseases. CONSOLATION AGGRAVATES. Irritable; gets into a passion about trifles. Awkward, hasty. Wants to be alone to cry. Tears with laugnter,

Head
Throbs. BLINDING headache. Aches as if a thousand little hammers were knocking on the brain, in the morning on awakening, AFTER MENSTRUATION, from SUNRISE to SUNSET. Feels too large; cold. Anaemic headache of school-girls; nervous, discouraged, broken down. Chronic headache, semi-lateral, congestive, from sunrise to sunset, with pale face, nausea, vomiting; periodical; from eyestrain; menstrual, Before attack, numbness and tingling in lips, tongue and nose, relieved by sleep. Frontal sinus inflammation.

Eyes
Feel bruised, WITH HEADACHE IN SCHOOL CHILDREN. Eyelids heavy. MUSCLES WEAK AND STIFF. Letters run together. Sees sparks. Fiery, zigzag appearance around all objects. Burning in eyes. Give out on reading or writing. Stricture of lachrymal duct with suppuration. Escape of muco-pus when pressing upon sac. Lachrymation, burning and acrid. Lids swollen. Eyes appear wet with tears. TEARS STREAM DOWN FACE ON COUGHING. (EUPH.) ASTHENOPIA due to insufficiency of INTERNAL RECTI MUSCLES. (GELS, and CUP. ACET., when due to EXTERNAL muscles.) PAIN IN EYES WHEN LOOKING DOWN. Cataract INCIPIENT. (SECALE.)

Ears
Noises; roaring and ringing.

Nose
VIOLENT, FLUENT CORYZA, lasting from one to three days, then changing into stoppage of nose, making breathing difficult. Discharge thin and watery, LIKE RAW WHITE OF EGG. Viloent sneezing coryza. INFALLIBLE FOR STOPPING A COLD COMMENCING WITH SNEEZING. Use thirtieth potency. LOSS OF SMELL AND TASTE. Internal soreness of nose. Dryness.

Face
Oily, shiny, as if greased. Earthy complexion. FEVER-BLISTERS.

Mouth
Frothy coating on tongue, with bubbles on side. Sense of dryness. Scorbutic gums. NUMBNESS, TINGLING OF TONGUE, lips, and nose. Vesicles and burning on tongue, as if there was a hair on it. Eruptions around mouth and VESICLES LIKE PEARLS ON LIPS. Lips and corners of mouth dry, ulcerated, and cracked. Deep crack in middle of lower lip. TONGUE MAPPED. (ARS.; RHUS; TARAX.) Loss of taste. Large vesicle on lower lip, which is swollen and burns. Immoderate thirst.

Stomach
Hungry, yet loose flesh. (IOD.) Heartburn, with palpitation. Unquenchable thirst. SWEATS WHILE EATING. Craving for salt. Aversion to bread, to anything slimy, like oysters; fats. Throbbing in pit. Sticking sensation in cardiac orifice.

Abdomen
Cutting pain in abdomen. Distended. Pain in abdominal ring on coughing.

Rectum
Burning pains and stitching after stool. Anus contracted, TORN, BLEEDING. Constipation; stool dry, crumbling. (AM. M.; MAG. M.) Painless and copious diarrhoea, preceded by pinching pain in abdomen. Urine. Pain just AFTER urinating. (SARS.) Increased, involuntary when walking, coughing, etc. Has to wait a long time for it to pass IF OTHERS ARE PRESENT. (HEP.; MUR. AC.)

Male
Emission, even after coitus. Impotence with retarded emission.

Female
Menses irregular; usually profuse. Vagina dry. Leucorrhoea aurid, watery. Bearing-down pains; worse in morning. (SEP.) Prolapsus uteri, with cutting in urethra. Ineffectual labor-pains. Suppressed menses. (Follow with KALI CARB.) Hot during menses.

Respiratory
Cough from a tickling in the pit of stomach, accompanied by stitches in liver and spurting of urine. (CAUST.; SQUILLA.) Stitches all over chest. Cough, with bursting pain in head. Shortness of breath, especially on going upstairs. (CALC.) Whooping-cough with FLOW OF TEARS WITH COUGH.

Heart
Tachycardia. Sensation of coldness of heart. Heart and chest feel constricted. Fluttering, palpitating; intermittent pulse. Heart's pulsations shake body. INTERMITS ON LYING DOWN.

Extremities
Pain in back, WITH DESIRE FOR SOME FIRM SUPPORT. (RHUS; SEP.) Every movement accelerates the circulation. PALMS HOT AND PERSPIRING. Arms and legs, but especially knees, feel weak. HANGNAILS. Dryness and cracking about finger-nails. NUMBNESS AND TINGLING in fingers and lower extremities. Ankles weak and turn easily. Painful contraction of hamstrings. (CAUST.) Cracking in joints on motion. COLDNESS OF LEGS with congestion to head, chest, and stomach.

Sleep
Sleepy in forenoon. Nervous jerking during sleep. Dreams of robbers. Sleepless from grief.

Skin
Greasy, oily, especially on hairy parts. Dry eruptions, especially on margin of hairy scalp and bends of joints. Fever blisters. Urticaria; itch and burn. Crusty eruptions in BENDS OF LIMBS, MARGIN OF SCALP, behind ears. (CAUST.) Warts on palms of hands. Eczema; raw, red, and inflamed; worse, eating salt, at seashore. Affects hair follicles. Alopecia. Hives, itching after exertion. GREASY skin.

Fever
Chill between 9 and 11 a. m. Heat; violent thirst, increases with fever. Fever-blisters. COLDNESS OF THE BODY, and CONTINUED CHILLINESS very marked. Hydraemia in chronic malarial states with weakness, constipation, loss of appetite, etc. Sweats on every exertion.

Modalities
WORSE, noise, music, warm room, lying down; about 10 a. m., at seashore, mental exertion, consolation, HEAT, talking. BETTER, open air, cold bathing, going without regular meals, lying on right side; pressure against back, tight clothing.

Relationship
Complementary to APIS; SEPIA; IGN. Compare: AQUA MARINA-Isotonic plasma. Marine plasma is a sea water taken some miles from shore and some depth below surface, filtered and diluted with twice as much pure fresh water. It acts primarily on the blood, as in intoxications, scrofulous conditions, enteritis. It disintoxicates in cancer (administered subcutaneously in the treatment of diseases of skin, kidneys and intestines, GASTRO-ENTERITIS, AND TUBERCULOSIS). SCROFULOUS AFFECTION OF CHILDREN. Lymphadenitis. Lupus, eczema, varicose ulcers. A great "blood purifier and vitalizer." Potentized sea-water in weakness, lack of reaction; symptoms worse seaside. Goitre.) SAL MARINUM sea salt, (indicated in chronic enlargements of glands, especially cervical. Suppurating glands. It appears likely to become a most useful remedy as an auxiliary, if not as a principal, in the treatment of diseases in patients of a strumous diathesis. Also useful in constipation.) NATRUM SELENICUM (laryngeal phthisis with expectoration of small lumps of bloody mucus and slight hoarseness.) NATRUM SILICUM (haemophilia; scrofulous bone affections; given intravenously every 3 days for SENILE PRURITUS); (DOLICHOS. FAGOPYR.) IGNAT.; SEP.; THUJA; GRAPH.; ALUM. Antidotes: ARS.; PHOS.; SPIR. NIT. DULC.

Dose
Twelfth to thirtieth and higher. The very highest potencies often yield most brilliant results. And in infrequent dosage.