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Argentum Metallicum: Homeopathic Medicine – Its Use, Indications And Dosage

The remedy Argentum Metallicum is derived from metal silver. When metal silver undergoes potentization as per homeopathic formula which is a process of arousing the latent medicinal properties from a crude substance, we obtain a highly valuable homeopathic medicine Argentum Metallicum. It is a suitable medicine mainly for managing hoarseness of voice, laryngitis and joint complaints.

 The ‘Argentum Metallicum’ Constitution

This medicine is mainly suitable for tall thin people who have pale skin and irritable nature.

Drug Action

This medicine acts very well on larynx, bone, cartilage, ligaments, and joints. Its action is also well noted on head, nose, lungs, male and female genitals.

Clinical Indications

Laryngitis, hoarseness, cough, joint disorders, cartilage disorders, hip joint disease, headache, exostosis, sneezing, cold, nasal polyps, nose bleeding, orchitis, emissions, gonorrhoea, ovaries disorder, ovarian cyst, uterine prolapse, cancer of uterus

Scope As A Homeopathic Remedy

1. Throat complaints (hoarseness, laryngitis, pharyngitis)

Argentum Metallicum acts wonderfully well on the throat, and larynx. Here it is the best-suited medicine to manage cases of hoarseness of voice and laryngitis (inflamed voice box). There is inability to speak a loud word. This is accompanied with rawness and soreness in larynx. Public speakers and professional singers who have hoarse voice highly benefit from the use of this medicine. There is also alteration in the voice timbre. In some cases, there is loss of voice as well. Its use is also well-indicated in cases of chronic pharyngitis. There is hawking of grey jelly-like mucus from throat.

Key Indicating Features

Hoarseness of voice and laryngitis

Hawking of grey jelly-like mucus from throat

2. Respiratory Issues (Cough)

This medicine can also treat cases of cough very well, particularly, for cough triggered by laughter and results in expectoration of grey gelatinous mucus. It is also a suitable medicine when a tickling inside the throat excites cough. In most cases, cough is accompanied by a raw feeling in throat. Stitching pain occurs in the chest while talking, or in some cases while reading aloud. Those who need it may have a sensation of soreness and rawness in the chest.

Key Indicating Features

Cough worsens after a bout of laughter

Cough with expectoration of grey gelatinous mucus

Tickling in throat excites cough

3. Head (Headache, Exostosis)

This medicine manages headache quite well. The pain is dull in nature, and mostly present in the left side of the head, and is accompanied by a feeling of emptiness. An accompanying factor may be congestion of the head followed by redness of cheeks. The scalp may be very tender to touch. Its use is also recommended for cases of exostosis (extra growth of bone) on skull.

Key Indicating Features

Dull left sided headache

Emptiness feeling in head

Exostosis on skull

 4. Nasal Complaints (Cold, Sneezing, Nasal Polyps, Nose Bleeding)

It gives excellent results in cases of chronic cold. The main indication to use it is continuous nasal discharge with sneezing ultimately leading to exhaustion. Nostrils may be blocked as well. It is also indicated for treating nasal polyps (non-cancerous, painless growths that develop on the lining of nasal passage or paranasal sinuses). It can be given in cases of nose bleeding with tickling in the nose.

Key Indicating Features

Cold with continuous nasal discharge & sneezing which leads to exhaustion

Nose bleeding with tickling in the nose

5. Limbs (Joint Pain, Writer’s Cramp, Numbness)

Argentum Metallicum acts well on the limbs, especially, the limb joints. It treats joint pain, especially, in the elbows and knees quite well. Burning, and lancinating pain is felt in the elbows and knees. At times, there may also occur pain in the knees while sitting. Other than this, it is useful to manage hip pain, especially, stitching pain which is mostly felt while walking.

Stiffness is felt in the hips in the morning. It can manage very well weakness in the legs, particularly, when the legs are shaky, and trembling is felt. Its use is also considered in writer’s cramps (muscle spasm or cramps in the hands and fingers while writing). Besides the above-mentioned problems, it can help manage ankle-swelling. This medicine can be used for pain in the feet as well. The pain is tearing in nature. While walking soreness in the soles is felt as if they are ulcerated. It can be administered in cases of numbness in the limbs also. The limbs feel stiff as well.

Key Indicating Features

Burning, and lancinating pain in the elbows, and knees

Bruised pain in the knees while sitting

Hip pain, especially, stitching in nature is felt while walking

Weakness of legs which feel shaky

6. Male Problems (Orchitis, Emissions, Gonorrhoea)

Among males, this medicine is mainly administered for managing pain in the testis. The pain may be present on right or left side of the testis. On the left side, mainly bruised pain is felt while on the right side, crushing pain is felt. It is a helpful medicine for orchitis cases. Orchitis refers to inflammation of testicles. It is also the best medicine to manage frequent seminal emissions at night. These occur without any sexual excitement and erections. Lastly, it is of much help in cases of gonorrhoea (a sexually transmitted infection caused by bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae). In such cases, results are good when there occurs yellowish green discharge from urethra.

Key Indicating Features

Bruised pain in left testis

Crushed pain in right testis

Frequent seminal emissions at night without any sexual excitement & erections

Gonorrhoea with yellowish green discharge from urethra

7. Female Problems (Ovarian Cyst, Leucorrhoea, Uterine Prolapse)

This medicine is helpful in treating ovarian cysts and tumours. The ovaries feel large, and pain is mostly felt in the left ovary. It is also beneficial in cases of vaginal discharge (leucorrhoea). It is helpful when vaginal discharges are foul-smelling and has bloody water. It can also be administered in managing cases of uterine prolapse. Here it is applicable when pain occurs in left ovary and lower back that extends to the front. As per homeopathic therapeutics, it can be used in the management of cancer of the uterus as well.

Key Indicating Features

Ovarian cysts and tumours

Vaginal discharge that is foul smelling and there is bloody water

Uterine prolapse with pain occurs in left ovary and lower back that extends to the front


Worsening factors: Complaints get worse upon touch, pressure, using voice, cold damp, lying on back, talking, from sitting and stooping

Relieving factors: Complaints get better upon movement, in the open air and after drinking coffee


Use of this medicine can be done from low to high potency. In low potencies it can be repeated often depending on the case presentation. Frequent repetition of this medicine is not recommended in higher potencies.

Relationship with Other Remedies

Antidoted by:  Merc Sol

It antidotes: Zincum Met, Palladium and Stannum Met

Followed well by: Calcarea carb, Pulsatilla and Sepia

It follows well Alumina and Platina


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