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Alumina. (Argilla.)

Pure Clay. Aluminium Oxide. Al2.O3.

Used by the Old School, but only according to very poor indications.

Hahnemann had proved the pure earth when Hartlaub edited a collection of 975 symptoms, obtained from four provers, in his Mat. Med., in 1829. The year after, Hahnemann published his own observations in Stapf's Archiv., viz., 215 symptoms, from a much better preparation. Hartlaub simply purified his preparation by washing it, which never can suffice, but Hahnemann subjected his to red heat. A careful comparison of symptoms will show that there is a difference. In 1835, in the second edition of his Chronic Diseases, Hahnemann gives it place among the antipsorics, adding a few symptoms from Dr. Bute, and condensing Hartlaub's collection to about 900 symptoms.

Boenninghausen published very remarkable cures with the pure metal, in the A. H. Z., being guided by the symptoms of the oxide.

The symptoms of a remarkable cure of spinal disease with Alum. metallicum, by Rehfuss, translated by Dunham, and distinguished by the abbreviation met., are here included.

MIND. [1]

Consciousness not clear.
Consciousness of his personal identity confused. ~ Paralysis.
Great weakness or loss of memory.
Inability to recollect things or follow up a train of thought. ~ Cephalalgia.
Confusion and obscuration of intellect; met. ~ Spinal disease.
Makes mistakes in speaking, using words not intended.
Time passes too slowly; intolerable ennui; an hour seems half a day.
Difficulty of thinking.
Mania to kill himself with a sharp weapon.
Seeing blood on a knife, she has horrid ideas of killing herself, though she abhors the idea.
Crying, against his will.
No desire to do anything, especially anything serious. ~ Cephalalgia.
Depressed and lachrymose. ~ Melancholia.
Sad thoughts in morning, joyless and comfortless on awaking.
Low-spirited, trifling things appeared insurmountable. ~ Liver complaint.
Apprehensive of losing his reason.
Uneasy evenings, as from impending evil.
Fears he is not to recover.
Dread of death, with thoughts of suicide.
Great anxiety, is fearful and peevish.
Anguish, oppressive and vague fearfullness, or uneasiness, as if he had committed a crime. ~ Cephalalgia.
Anxiety as if threatened with an epileptic fit; depressed with grief.
Variable mood, at one time confident, at another timid.
Disposition quiet and resigned; met. ~ Spinal disease.
Peevish and whining, with hot earlobes.
Easily startled.
Sufferings following anger.
Mental symptoms worse in morning on awaking.


Quickly passing vertigo in morning.
Vertigo: everything turns in a circle; with nausea; agg. before breakfast; on opening eyes; on stooping; amel. after breakfast, and from wiping eyes; nausea, faintness, pain in nape of neck; as if drunken; with seeing white stars; when closing eyes.
Stupefaction, with dread of falling forward.
Heaviness of head, with pale, languid face.
Dullness and numbness of head.
Inability to walk, except with eyes open, and in daytime. ~ Locomotor ataxia.
Cloudiness and drunken feeling, alternating with pain in kidneys.
Easily made drunk, even by weakest spirituous drink.
When his eyes were closed, his whole body tottered; if not firmly held, he fell to ground; met. ~ Spinal disease.


Headache attended with nausea, pressure in forehead and congestion to eyes and nose, with nosebleed.
Pressure in forehead from without inward, or rather outward, or over eyes; in evening, sometimes with a chill, or nocturnal heat or sweat.
Throbbing, frontal pain, agg. going up-stairs, or stepping.
Burning, pressive pain, with heat in forehead, while standing or sitting, amel. in open air.
Headache sometimes in left side, agg. by walking in open air.
Lacerating pain in head.
Severe stitches in brain, with nausea and dullness of mind.
Sensation in head as if its contents were in a vise, with a weight on top.
Headache: from chronic catarrhs of head; with constipation; amel. by lying quiet in bed, or resting head upon a cushion.
Heaviness of head, with pale, languid face; vertex painful to touch.
Pulsations in vertex with congestion to eyes and nose.
Stupefying tightness in right temple, amel. by pressing upon it.
Heat in head.
Headache in region of both parietal bones. ~ Spinal disease.
Pulsative headache in vertex, over right temple, early on waking.
Pain in vertex, agg. on moving head or stooping, amel. by pressure; shooting in vertex on coughing.
Tightness, with drawing and beating in right side of occiput.
Pain in head and nape of neck, it increases on going to bed, and only leaves off in morning on rising.
Semilateral affections of head, old rheumatic affections, always appearing on same side.
Increased pulsation of temporal arteries. ~ Spinal disease.


Itching of scalp, with dry, white scales.
Humid scurf, agg. about temples, bleeding when scratched; agg. in evening, or at new and full moon.
Scalp feels numb.
Pressure on forehead, as from a tight hat.
Headache, as if hair was pulled; with nausea.
Falling off and excessive dryness of hair; scalp sore when hair is touched; creeping and titillation of scalp.
Pain in head and nape of neck agg. on going to bed; leaves on rising in morning.
Itching on forehead.
Exanthema on forehead, feels as if glue had dried on it.


Vision dim and eyes dry in evening. ~ Chronic catarrh.
Seeing fiery spots; met. ~ Spinal disease.
White stars before eyes, with vertigo.
Dim-sightedness, like looking through a fog, or as if feathers were before eyes; must rub eyes.
Objects appear yellow. ~ Liver complaint.
Burning and pressure in eyes.
Red eyes with lachrymation.
Eyes inflamed, itching at inner canthus; agglutination at night, and lachrymation by day; yellow halo around candle; burning and dryness, smarting, but with very little ulceration.
Sensation of coldness in eyes when walking in open air.
Spasmodic closure of lids at night, and burning in eyes in morning and evening. ~ Ophthalmia.
Inclination to stare.
Strabismus of either eye; especially from loss of power of internal rectus.
Pressure in eyes, which are sensitive to light.
Stitches in eyes.
In evening pressure in canthus as from a grain of sand.
Eyelids thickened, dry, burning.
Chronic granular lids.
Eyelids stick together with matter; lachrymation.
Upper lids seem to hang down as if paralyzed, especially left. ~ Old, dry granular lids.
Burning and dryness in lids every evening, with pain in internal canthus of left eye, with much dry mucus in morning on waking.
Burning, dryness; burning on waking, especially on looking up, with dread of light.
Eyes generally better from being bathed.
Itching in canthi with burning.
Eyelashes fall out.
Tottering and falling when closing eyes; met. ~ Spinal disease.


Buzzing as if outside ear.
Humming; roaring; whistling; sound as of large bells.
Redness and heat of one ear; evenings.
Hot earlobes with peevishness and whining.
Sensation as if something lay before ear; on blowing nose it is felt, swallowing removes it.
Stitches in ears, evening or night.
Purulent otorrhea.
Crepitation in ears on swallowing or chewing.


Sense of smell weak.
Nosebleed with pressure in forehead and congestion to eyes.
Disposition to colds in head.
Nose stopped up, more left side, with glairy mucus.
Fluent coryza, with frequent sneezing, free from one nostril, the other obstructed; lachrymation.
Chronic nasal catarrh, with scurfy sore nostrils, and discharge of thick yellow mucus.
Catarrhs of long standing with old people.
Discharge of dry, hard, yellow-green mucus from nose; nose swollen, red and sore to touch, worse in evening.
Nose dry; met. ~ Spinal disease.
Violent pain in root of nose. ~ Ozaena.
Copious, yellow, sour-smelling mucus, with sore nostrils.
Septum narium swollen, red and painful to touch; more painful evenings.
Redness of nose.
Nose ulcerated.
Swelling and hardness of left alae nasi.
Point of nose cracked.
After blowing nose, glittering before eyes.


Sallow skin.
Pale languid face with heaviness of head.
Tearing and lancinating in malar bone.
Tension of skin of face, as though white of egg had dried on it.
Itching of various parts of face; of forehead, with rough skin.
Blood-boils on face and nose.
Tetter on temples and forearm. ~ Leucorrhea.
Gloomy, pale, or alternately red and pale.
Heat and redness; met. ~ Spinal disease.
Coppery cheeks.
Bloated places, like bulbous excrescences; nodular swellings.


Tension and drawing in jaws and cheeks, with increase of saliva.
Tensive pain in articulation of jaw, when chewing or opening mouth.
Upper lip covered with little blisters.
Lower jaw seems shortened.
Lips dry, chapped.
Involuntary spasmodic twitching of lower jaw, with hemorrhage of bowels; dark, offensive stools.


Teeth feel long and sore.
Toothache; teeth feel loose and elongated, agg. from chewing, in open air, evening.
Drawing toothache, extending to other parts, as down larynx, neck or shoulders. ~ During pregnancy.
Teeth covered with sordes.
Swelling of gums; they easily bleed and ulcerate.
Saltish blood seems to come from teeth.


Taste flat; met. ~ Spinal disease.
Tongue coated with a thin slimy fur; met. ~ Spinal disease.
Taste: acrid, sweetish or fatty; almost lost; like blood.
Tingling, itching on tongue, must scratch it. ~ During pregnancy.
Bites his tongue while asleep.


Musty, bad odor from mouth.
Small ulcers in mouth.
Saliva increased, although mouth may feel dry.
Sensation of soreness in mouth when eating.
Increased saliva and mucus.
Dryness in mouth.


Inflammatory redness in back of throat.
Transient stitches in throat.
Dryness of throat, as if parched.
Rawness and roughness in throat, inducing hawking or coughing in evening, with secretion of mucus.
Pressure in throat as from a plug, with soreness and dryness.
Sensation of swelling in sides of throat.
Sense of constriction from pharynx down to stomach, as if food could not pass.
Great dryness of throat especially on awaking, voice husky; constant hawking, and sensation of a lump in throat. ~ Chronic catarrh.
Feeling of a splinter in throat, stinging on swallowing.
Copious, thick, tenacious mucus in throat, evening and morning on awaking; can be expectorated only in lumps, with great effort.
Thick mucus, dropping from posterior nares.
Ulcers in fauces, spongy; secreting a yellowish-brown, badly smelling pus; with boring pains from fauces to right temple and head.
Painful soreness in throat and upper part of esophagus, agg. swallowing empty.
Throat feels relaxed.
Feels food whole length of esophagus.
Swallowing painful, amel. after warm drinks; swallowing saliva or liquids often amel.; swallows solids with difficulty.
On waking in morning, pharynx feels narrower than usual, as if contracted and lame.
Violent pressive pain, as if a portion of esophagus was contracted or compressed, in middle of chest, especially during deglutition, but also when not swallowing, with oppression of chest, alternately with palpitation of heart, especially after a meal.
Swallowing causes crepitation in ears.
Pains in throat; agg. evening and night.


No desire to eat.
Has no appetite, food has no taste.
Irregular appetite.
Longing for fruit and vegetables; potatoes disagree.
Aversion to meat; to beer; meat has no taste.
Thirst all day.
Appetite for starch, chalk; clean white rags; charcoal, cloves, acids, coffee or tea-grounds, dry rice, and other indigestible things. ~ Chlorosis.


Before eating: canine hunger; seems to quiver all over.
Better while eating.
Worse from eating potatoes. ~ Colic. ~ Indigestion.
Worse from tobacco smoke.
All irritating things, like salt, wine, vinegar, pepper, etc., immediately start cough.
Throat sore after using onions in food.
Easily drunken from weakest spirituous drinks.
Mucus in throat, tasting sweet, after dinner.
Worse from cold, amel. from warm diet.
Worse after eating soups.
After eating: languor in evening; must lie down at noon; phlegm in chest.
Eating removes faintness at stomach.
After breakfast: vertigo; nausea better.
After dinner: sweet tasting mucus.
Aggravation or appearance of all symptoms immediately after dinner or in evening.
Worse from warm drink: chill.
Better from warm drink: throat.


Hiccough, Belching, Nausea and Vomiting
Chronic inclination to belch, in old people.
Eructations: sour; bitter, after potatoes; agg. evenings.
Heartburn after supper; sourish risings, with profuse flow of water from mouth.
Nausea: with vertigo; stitches in brain; chilliness; pale face, desire to lie down, faintness; amel. after breakfast.
Frequent nausea; faint nausea.
Vomits mucus and water.
Vomiting of food, mucus or bile; met. ~ Spinal disease.


Distension of stomach.
Constriction and twisting in stomach, extending up esophagus to throat.
Stitches in pit of stomach, extending upward to chest.
Drawing or oppressive pain, going upward to chest and throat; after potatoes.


Pains in epigastrium and hypochondria when stooping.
Contractions in both hypochonders.
Spasmodic pains in hypochondria and stomach with dyspnea almost to suffocation.
Liver pains, as if bruised, when stooping; stitches when rising again.
Tearing from liver to hip.
Shooting pain in region of spleen.
Stitches in both hypochondria; agg. from motion.
Shooting in left hypochondrium going upward and forward to cardiac region, agg. on deep inspiration.


Seems to hang down heavily, like a load, when walking, afternoons.
Reaching too high strains abdominal muscles.
Pains agg. sitting bent.
Pressing in both groins, towards sexual organs, evenings.
Stitching, pressing pain in region of abdominal ring, like from hernia, with tension as far as side of abdomen.
Flatulent colic, bellyache.
Colic in morning.
Painters' colic.
Soreness and twitching of right inguinal glands.


Inactivity of rectum; even soft stool requires great straining.
No desire for, and no ability to pass stool, until there is a large accumulation.
After each dysenteric stool, involuntary urination.
Severe hemorrhage from bowels with flow of urine. ~ Typhoid.
Pressing to stool aggravates her symptoms.
Tenesmus in rectum and bladder at same time. ~ Proctitis.
Stools too scanty.
Stools: hard and knotty or covered with mucus; like sheep's dung, with cutting in anus, followed by blood; like pipe stems.
Constipation from great dryness of mucous follicles of rectum, with long-lasting pain in rectum.
Diarrhea, urging in rectum, bloody, scanty stools.
Clots of blood pass from anus.
Dropping of blood during an evacuation.
Hemorrhoids, agg. in evening, amel. after night's rest.
Itching and burning at anus.
Perineum: pressure when blowing nose; sweats and is tender to touch.
Soft and thin stool, passing with difficulty.
Chronic diarrhea; agg. on alternate days; from walking; amel. from a short sleep or warm applications.
Diarrhea whenever she urinates.
Chronic diarrhea. ~ Chlorosis.
Blind piles protrude, become moist, with lancinating pain; are hard and itch.
During stool: rectum as if constricted and dried up; throbbing in small of back; excoriated feeling in rectum; chills all over; discharge of prostatic juice.
Varices become moist, sting and burn.
Itching with burning excoriation and great sensitiveness. ~ Hemorrhoids.
Fistula ani.
Sensation of weakness of sphincter ani.
Pulsating in anus.
Torpidity of rectum; rectum seems paralyzed.
Itching of anus.


Renal pains as from riding over a rough road; alternating with cloudiness as if drunk; dancing makes worse.
Frequent micturition. ~ Prolapsus uteri.
Tenesmus vesicae. ~ Dysentery.
Urine voided while straining at stool; or cannot pass urine without such straining.
Frequent urination at night.
Frequent emissions of very small quantities of lightcolored urine with great straining, severe smarting and burning, with a feeling as though a few drops remained in urethra which could not be expelled.
Urine: scanty, with red sediment, in arthritic affections; copious and pale, in nervous diseases; with thick, white sediment; more frequent, copious and dark.
Urine red without sediment; met. ~ Spinal disease.
Feeling of weakness in bladder and genitals, in evening, with fear that he will wet the bed.
Pouting of meatus urinarius, with swelling and discharge of light yellow pus from urethra.
During urination: burning, with discharge of urine and desire to evacuate bowels.
Urine smarting, corroding. ~ Prolapsus uteri.


Excessive sexual desire.
Frequent and painful erections, agg. at night.
Involuntary emissions, followed by all his old symptoms.
Sexual desire lessened. ~ Impotence.
Feeling of weakness in bladder and genitals; he fears he will wet the bed.
Discharge of prostatic fluid during difficult stool.
Light yellow pus from urethra, causing itching of glans penis.
Sensation of weakness in penis.
Left testicle hard and very painful.
Tickling on genitals and thighs.
Sweat on perineum, with sensitiveness to touch.
Pressure in perineum at beginning of an erection or during coitus.


Sexual desire decreased.
Weakness of sexual parts.
Prolapsus uteri.
Bland, painless ulcers upon os. ~ Prolapsus uteri.
Severe painful swelling in either or both ovaries, very sensitive to touch. ~ Metritis.
During an evacuation before menses, she has pinching, writhing and pressing like labor-pains.
Menses: too early, short, scanty, and of pale blood; too early; preceded by headache; delay, finally appear, being pale and scanty.
Menses scanty, pale and painful. ~ Prolapsus uteri.
Before menses: many dreams, on awaking face hot, headache and palpitation; abundant mucous discharge.
During menses: corroding urine and diarrhea; bloatedness.
After menses: exhausted in body and mind. ~ Leucorrhea.
Leucorrhea: of transparent mucus, attended with tremor and sensation as if everything would fall out of abdomen; acrid, corrosive; profuse, relieved by cold washing; during day; with tetter on temples; corroding, profuse, running down to heels, often only in daytime, relieved by cold washes.
Painful throbbing in left side of vagina, like the tick of a watch.
Stitches in left side of vulva, extending up to chest.
Free light yellow excoriating discharge from vagina.
Itching and burning pimples on labia.
Inflammation and swelling of vagina.
Stitches, throbbing and itching in vagina. ~ Prolapsus uteri.


Gastric and abdominal symptoms during pregnancy: heartburn; constipation from inactive rectum ; groaning at night, crying out “it is not I,” begging them to stop; tongue tingles; mucous leucorrhea, which runs down limbs.
Itching in mamma.
Constipation of sucklings.


Voice: has a nasal twang; husky; rough.
Hoarseness, evening and night, especially towards morning; disappearing while walking in open air.
Sudden, complete aphonia.
Hoarse afternoons and evenings, with roughness and dryness.
Voice hoarse, rough, hollow, almost aphonic; met. ~ Spinal disease.
Much talking, particularly in lively company, makes her hoarse.
Talking or singing makes him cough.
Talking increases soreness of chest.
Rawness in larynx on awaking.
Tickling in larynx, with irritation to cough.
Sensation of tightly adhering phlegm in larynx, not removed by hawking or cough; wheezing on inspiration.
Thyroid cartilage painful to touch.
Throat dry and voice husky on waking.


Rattling, asthmatic breathing; agg. coughing.
Oppression agg. when sitting stooped; amel. straightening up, or walking in open air.
Talking or singing makes him cough.
Breathing arrested by copious, thick, tenacious, saltish mucus.
Oppressive pain in chest, tight feeling.
Dyspnea, with spasmodic pains in stomach and hypochondria.
Short-breathed when lying on back; goes off by turning on side.
Worse getting tired from exerting voice.
Worse from deep inspiration; shooting from left hypochondria to heart.
Wheezing inspiration, with tough mucus in larynx.

COUGH. [27]

Dry, hacking cough, with frequent sneezing.
Cough: from sensation as of loose skin hanging in throat; from tickling in larynx; from elongated uvula; from talking or singing; short; causes pains in right temple and top of head, sometimes also difficult breathing; soon after waking in morning; every morning a long attack of dry cough, ending in difficult raising of a little white mucus; with tearing pain and involuntary emission of urine, in old or withered looking people; sudden, violent irrepressible cough in evening while sitting; sometimes yields a piece of mucus mixed with blood; causes shooting in vertex.
All irritating things excite cough.
Painless evening cough.
Dry cough at night, with dryness of throat.
Continued dry hacking cough, with vomiting and arrest of breathing.
Sputum difficult and of a putrid taste.


Chronic bronchitis with inclination to sing.
Constriction of chest, with apprehension.
Oppression of chest, with constriction in esophagus.
Violent, oppressive pain in chest, agg. at night.
Chest feels constricted, agg. from sitting bent or stooping, amel. on straightening up, or on walking.
Congestion of blood to chest and head, with redness of face and one ear, caused by suppressed hemorrhoidal flux.
Shooting stitches in chest right to left in afternoon, agg. on going down-stairs.
Talking increases soreness of chest; lifting aggravates or produces soreness in left chest.
Riding in a carriage gives pain in chest.
When stooping, a stitch from left side of abdomen to middle of chest.
Stitches extending from left side of vulva to chest.
Chest feels as if too large.
Chilliness in chest.


In cardiac region: shocks; shooting from left hypochonder.
Awakens with palpitation.
Palpitation of heart. ~ Prolapsus uteri. ~ Dysphagia.
Palpitation irregular, large and small beats intermixed.
Pulse either unchanged, or full and accelerated.
Pulse hard, 90 to 100; met. ~ Spinal disease.


Itching in nape of neck and of throat.
Shooting in right side of neck, posterior portion.
Pain in back and small of back, as if beaten.
Pain in back, as if a hot iron was thrust through lower vertebrae.
At intervals, sudden sharp pains like a stab in lower part of back, which made her feel for the moment as if she could not straighten spine.
Cervical muscles drew head back during sleep; met. ~ Spinal disease.
Violent stitch in middle of back.
Gnawing pain in back.
Throbbing in small of back during stool.
Pain in small of back during rest.
Pain in sacrum. ~ Uterine troubles.


Skin of hands peels off.
Red rhagades on hands, worse in winter and from washing.
Panaritium, with brittle nails, lancinating pains and tendency to ulceration of finger-tips.
Brittle nails and brittle skin on tips of fingers.
Nails brittle, or thick; spots on nails.
Pain in arms when letting them hang down, or on stretching in bed.
Sudden jerk or concussion in shoulder.
Pain, as from a sprain, in shoulder joint, especially on raising arm.
Sense of tightness in arm, as from cold.
Burning on arms and fingers, and in elbow, as from a glowing iron.
Arms feel heavy, as if paralyzed; they go to sleep.
Arms feel shorter.
Tetter on forearm. ~ Leucorrhea.
Veins of hands distended.
Gnawing beneath finger nails, with crawling along arm, as far as clavicle.
Stitches in wrist while working.


Tearing in thighs and legs, when sitting and lying, especially at night.
Long continued tension in thighs and legs, almost like a cramp, extending downward.
Legs feel numb and stiff, especially at night.
Nates go to sleep when sitting.
Great heaviness in lower limbs, can scarcely drag them; when walking he staggers, and must sit down; evenings.
Burning and smarting itching on thighs, amel. from scratching.
Frequent cramps in calves.
Tearing in knees and patellae, or from knee to toes.
Trembling of knees.
Numbness of heel when stepping.
Soles of feet too sore to step on.
Pain in sole of foot, on stepping, as though it were too soft and swollen. ~ Tabes dorsalis.
Itching and redness of toes, agg. after scratching.
Stitches in corns and toes.
Great weariness of legs when sitting.
Heaviness in feet with great lassitude of legs.
Cold feet, followed by burning under toes.
Smarting stitches in corns.
Pain as from fatigue, in articulation of foot when sitting.


Arms and legs feel heavy.
Frequent stretching of limbs when sitting.
Trembling of limbs.
Jerking and twitching of limbs.
Pains in limbs as if bones were squeezed narrower, with pressure in joints.
Drawing in extremities.


Resting head relieves headache.
Raising head: increases vertigo, nausea and vomiting; met. ~ Spinal disease.
During rest: pain in small of back.
Aversion to motion.
Complaints from carrying on back; or bodily exertion.
Pain in chest from lifting or carrying things.
Stitches in hypochondria, worse from motion.
Moderate exercise (in open air) relieves.
Walking about or moving feet relieves uneasiness.
Headache, amel. lying, agg. walking in open air.
When attempting to walk, great weakness and uncertainty in lower limbs, has to be led; met. ~ Spinal disease.
When walking: abdomen hangs heavily; discharge of dark blood from rectum; fluor albus more profuse.
Talking or a short walk fatigues very much; causes numbness of limbs, flushes of heat.
Lying down: amel. headache; agg. lassitude, yet there is desire to lie down.
Going down-stairs: stitches in chest.
Worse from dancing: renal pains.
Worse ascending: frontal headache.
Stepping: agg. frontal headache; numbness of heel; pain in sole of foot.
Straining, lifting, etc., cause soreness in chest and abdomen.
Reaching high: strains abdominal muscles.
Sitting: weariness of legs; pain in foot joint; stretching limbs.
Sitting bent: pain in abdomen agg.; oppressed respiration; constriction in chest.
Stooping: vertigo; pain in vertex; constriction of chest; pain in scrobiculum, liver, hypochondria and abdomen; stitch from abdomen to chest.
Short-breathed lying on back, not on side.
Better lying on left side; agg. lying on right.
Worse from standing and sitting: pain and heat in forehead.

NERVES. [36]

Want of bodily irritability.
Great exhaustion of strength, especially after walking in open air; accompanied by yawning, stretching, drowsiness and inclination to lie down; lying, however, increases lassitude.
Much fatigued by talking.
Faint and tired, must sit down.
Involuntary movements of single parts.
Spasms, with attacks of laughing and weeping.
Paralysis from spinal disease; cannot walk with eyes closed.
Rheumatic and traumatic paralysis, in gouty patients.
One-sided paralysis, especially of extensors.
Hysteria. ~ Prolapsus uteri.
Excited condition of mind and body; acute smell, red face, tingling tongue, constriction in internal parts, involuntary jerks, all alternating with dullness of sight, loss of smell, pale face, lassitude and drowsiness.
Tremor. ~ Leucorrhea and prolapsus.
Tremulousness, when he touches anything, he feels electrified.
Suddenly jerks head backward; involuntary motions; laughing and crying.
Slow tottering gait, as after severe illness.

SLEEP. [37]

Drowsiness by day.
Lies awake from crowding of ideas or fancies, or from heaviness in arms.
Sleepiness, with inclination to lie down.
Unrefreshing night sleep; a mere slumbering, with feeling in morning as if he had not slept enough. ~ Cephalalgia.
Restless sleep; turns frequently; feels too warm; lies uncovered in unrefreshing slumber, with many dreams and frequent awaking; starts in affright; muttering or crying.
Restless sleep, always awaking with palpitation of heart.
Dreams, anxious; of boat foundering; ghosts; thieves; confused.
During sleep: lies on side; bites his tongue.
Frequent urination in night.
During sleep cervical muscles drew head backward; met. ~ Spinal disease.
Worse on awaking: mind; weak and faint, until he eats; wakes unrefreshed; heat in face; huskiness; dryness in throat, tenacious mucus; rawness in larynx; palpitation.

TIME. [38]

Time passes too slowly.
Remission from evening until morning.
Worse evening and night: throat complaints.
Towards morning: hoarseness.
Before breakfast: vertigo, faint nausea, relieved after eating.
Morning: mental depression; transient vertigo; pain in head and neck amel.; burning in eyes; dry mucus in eyes; cough and sputa; pressure on chest; colic.
Worse morning and evening: burning of eyes; mucus in throat.
Worse all day: mucous leucorrhea; drowsiness.
Worse alternate days: constipation; chronic diarrhea; prolapsus uteri; chlorosis.
Worse afternoon: hoarseness.
Worse evening: apprehension; tetter on scalp; dim sight, dryness, pressure and burning in eyes; spasmodic closure of eyelids; one ear red and hot; tearing and stitches in ear; ozaena; toothache; pains in throat; eructations; hemorrhoids; weakness in bladder; hoarseness; languor; heaviness in lower limbs; heat.
On going to bed: pains in head and neck.
From 4 P. M. till going to bed she feels well. ~ Melancholy.
At night: headache agg.; spasmodic closure of lids; pains in throat agg.; frequent urination; pain in chest agg.
New and full moon: tetter on scalp; heat.


Unpleasant want of animal heat.
Warm food and drinks relieve throat.
She feels better in open air. ~ Prolapsus uteri.
Takes cold easily sitting in room, gets hoarse; this lessens when walking in open air.
Generally amel. in warmth; agg. in cold air, outdoors.
Better walking, outdoors, in mild weather; inclination to be in open air.
Cannot bear the cold, nor a warm room.
Warmth of bed: body itches.
Open air: pain in forehead, dullness of sight, cold feeling in eyes; toothache agg.; hoarseness; oppressed breathing amel.; chilliness with headache.
Worse in dry weather; thin fecal stools.
Winter: rhagades; eruptions.
Cold washing: leucorrhea amel.; rhagades.
Better in wet weather or moistening the diseased part.

FEVER. [40]

Chill: with great thirst; with nausea.
Internal chill and shivering, with desire for warmth of stove, with stretching and bending of limbs, agg. after warm drink; often with heat of face.
Chill during day, heat at night.
Frequent repetition of chills in evening.
Heat at night, with anxiety and sweat.
Heat in evening, commencing in and spreading from face, sometimes of only right side.
Chill appeared after eating soup at dinner. ~ Intermittent.
Slight chill in evening; met. ~ Spinal disease.
Sweat at night, towards morning most profuse in face, frequently only on right side of face; less when walking out of doors.
Entire inability to sweat.


At intervals sudden, sharp pains, like a stab.
Worse at new and full moon. ~ Skin symptoms.
Worse in winter. ~ Skin symptoms.
Worse on alternate days. ~ Chronic diarrhea. ~ Chlorosis. ~ Prolapsus uteri.


Complaints chiefly in external parts (burning, etc.).
Semilateral affections of head.
Paralysis left sided, painless.
Pains go upward.
Jerks go from head over body.
Upper left, lower right side, most affected.
Drawing toothache, extending to other parts, as down to larynx, neck, shoulder, etc.
Left: headache; upper lid hangs down; pain in internal canthus; side of nose stopped up; throbbing from hypochondria to heart; throbbing in vagina; stitches in vulva.
Right: heat and sweat of face; inguinal glands sore and swollen; shooting in side of neck.
Right to left: stitches in lungs.


Cloudiness and drunken feeling; as if contents of head were in a vise; pressure on forehead as from a tight hat; as if hair was pulled; pressure as from a grain of sand in canthus; as if something lay before ear; as if white of egg had dried on face; teeth feel long and sore; as from a plug or lump in throat; as if food could not pass to stomach; as of a splinter in throat; pharynx feels narrower on waking, as if contracted and lame; abdomen seems to hang down heavily; rectum as if paralyzed; renal pains as from riding over a rough road; as if a few drops remained in urethra; as if everything would fall out of abdomen: like tick of a watch in left side of vagina; as of tightly adhering phlegm in larynx; as of loose skin hanging in throat; as if beaten in small of back; as if a hot iron was thrust through lower vertebrae; like a stab in lower part of back; sudden jerk or concussion in shoulder; arms feel shorter; as from fatigue in articulation of foot; as if bones were squeezed narrower; feels electrified when touching anything.
Pain: in vertex; in head and nape of neck; in root of nose; in throat; in epigastrium and hypochondria; in left testicle; in back; in small of back; in sacrum; in arms; in sole of foot.
Burning: in forehead; in eyes; of lids; at anus; in varices; in urethra; pimples on labia; on arms and fingers; on elbow; on thighs; under toes.
Tearing: in malar bone; from liver to hip; in thighs and legs; in knees and patellae; from knees to toes.
Lancinating: in malar bone; in hemorrhoids; in finger tips.
Lacerating: in head.
Gnawing pain: in back; beneath finger nails.
Cutting: in anus.
Stitches: in brain; in eyes; in ears; in throat; in pit of stomach; in liver; in both hypochondria; in region of abdominal ring; in left side of vulva; in vagina; in middle of back.
Shooting stitches: in chest, right to left; from left hypochonder to cardiac region; in wrist; in corns and toes.
Smarting stitches: in corns.
Shooting: in vertex; in region of spleen; from left hypochondrium to cardiac region.
Stinging: on swallowing; in varices.
Drawing: in right side of occiput; in jaws and cheeks; toothache, extending to other parts; from stomach to chest and throat; in extremities.
Painful throbbing: in left side of vagina.
Spasmodic pains: in hypochondria and stomach.
Pressive pain: in forehead; as if a portion of esophagus was contracted in middle of chest.
Tensive pain: in articulation of jaw.
Bruised pains: of liver.
Soreness: of scalp; in mouth; in throat, or right inguinal glands; in chest; of soles of feet.
Smarting: in urethra.
Rawness: in throat; in larynx.
Excoriated feeling: in rectum.
Urging: in rectum.
Pressure: in forehead; over eyes; in eyes; in throat; in both groins; in perineum; in joints.
Constriction: from pharynx to stomach; in stomach; in esophagus; of rectum; of chest.
Contractions: in both hypochonders.
Cramps: in calves.
Tightness: in right side of occiput; in chest; in arm.
Tension: of skin of face; in jaws; in region of abdominal ring; in thighs and legs.
Stupefying tightness: in right temple.
Beating: in right side of occiput.
Throbbing: in small of back.
Pulsations: in vertex; over right temple; in temporal arteries increased; in anus; in vagina.
Roughness: in throat.
Sprained feeling: in shoulder joint.
Swollen feeling: in sides of throat; in sole of foot.
Weakness: of sphincter ani; in bladder and genitals; in penis; of female sexual parts; of legs.
Heaviness: of head; in abdomen; of arms; in lower limbs; in arms and legs.
Oppressive pain: in chest; in feet.
Weight: on top of head.
Paralyzed feeling: of arms.
Numbness: of head; of scalp; in legs; of heel.
Tingling: in tongue.
Itching: of scalp; at inner canthus; of canthi; of various parts of face; on tongue; at anus; of piles; of glans penis; of pimples on labia; in vagina; in mamma; in nape of neck; of thighs; on thighs; of throat; of toes; of whole body.
Crawling: along arm as far as clavicle.
Creeping titillation: of scalp.
Tickling: on genitals and thighs; in larynx.
Heat: in head.
Coldness: in eyes; of feet.
Stiffness: in legs.
Dryness: of hair; in eyes; of lids; in mouth; of throat; in throat.


Veins distended.
Mucous membranes very dry or secreting scantily.


Injuries. Touch and pressure relieve pain in right temple.
Sensitive to touch: vertex; scalp; perineum; ovaries.
Better from scratching, but bleeding follows.
Pressing teeth together aggravates.
Better from wiping eyes.
Riding in carriage gives her pain in chest.

SKIN. [46]

Skin yellow. ~ Liver complaint.
Intolerable itching of whole body, especially when getting warm in bed; scratches until skin bleeds, which is then painful.
Eruptions humid, scabby, sore, gnawing.
Ulcerated surface secretes a yellow-brownish, badly smelling pus.
Blood-boils. Rhagades. Bulbous excrescences.
Dry, tettery, itching eruption.
Tetter itching in evening.
Formication in skin.


Suitable to persons of a scrofulous habit who suffer from chronic diseases.
Constitutions with diminished animal heat.
Infancy: constipation, especially when artificial food is used.
Cholera infantum, stools green; acidity of primae viae.
Puberty: chlorosis, with longing for indigestible substances.
Dark complexion, excitable.
Mild disposition: mild, tearful, anxious. ~ Constipation and catarrh.
Spare habit; dry, thin subjects.
Boy, aet. 12, cerebro-spinal disease. After Bellad., Phos. and Nux vom. had been given with very little improvement, Alum. met. [30] cured.
Old people, hypochondriacal, or suffering from chronic diseases, especially catarrhs.
Vertigo in old people, with atheromata or earthy deposits on the cerebral or cardiac arteries.
Chronic catarrh of head.
Cough with involuntary emission of urine in old withered looking people.


Similar to: Bar. carb. (hypochondriasis of aged; constipation); Bryon. (peevish, irritable; gastric and abdominal symptoms; constipation; throbbing headache; dry cough with vomiting; stitches in chest; dryness of mucous surfaces; fever, etc.); Calc. ostr.; Chamom. (useful as an intermediate remedy); Conium (old people; loss of power of internal recti of eyes); Ferrum (chlorosis; relaxed abdomen; disgust for meat, etc.); Ferr. jod. (profuse, transparent leucorrhea); Graphit. (chlorosis; skin rough, chapped, itching; nails; blepharitis, etc.); Ipec.; Laches. (sad on waking; climaxis); Pulsat. (tearful, peevish; head, etc., better in open air; ozaena; taste lost; averse to meat; chlorosis; scanty menses; complaints at puberty; lack of animal heat; soles of feet sore, agg. walking; toes red, itching, etc.); Plumbum (colic; constipation, etc.); Ruta (loss of power of internal recti of eyes); Sepia (irritable, tearful; ozaena; scanty menses; puberty; prolapsus uteri; inactive rectum; weakness in urinary organs, etc.); Silic.; Sulphur; Zincum (inner canthus; granular lids).
Compare with the following in clergyman's sore throat: Arg. nitr., Kali bich., Lycop., etc.
Alumin. follows: Bryon., Laches., Sulphur; and is followed by: Bryon.
Alumin. and Bryon. are complementary.
Antidotes to Alumin.: Bryon., Camphor, Chamom., Ipec.
Alumin. antidotes: lead-poisoning, as in painter's colic; ailments from lead.


Source: The Guiding Symptoms of Our Materia Medica Vol. 01, 1879
Description: Clinical materia medica of Alumina
Remedies: Alumina
Author: Hering, C.
Year: 1879
Editing: errors only; interlinks; formatting
Attribution: Legatum Homeopathicum
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