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Mercurius Dulcis

(Calomel)

Has marked effect on catarrhal inflammation of ear, and useful in Eustachian catarrh, deafness. Diarrhea, with soreness of anus. Prostatitis. Remittent bilious attacks. Pallor, flabby bloatedness, and turgid flaccidity. Inflammation with plastic exudate. Especially indicated in systems disposed to remittent bilious fevers; in peritonitis and meningitis with plastic exudate. Dropsies due to combined renal and cardiac diseases, especially with jaundice (Hale). Cirrhosis of the liver, especially in the hypertrophic form. Use 1x (Jousset).

Ears
Otitis media; closure of Eustachian tube; ear troubles of scrofulous children; membrana tympani retracted, thickened and immovable.

Mouth
Offensive breath; salivation; sore gums. Ulcers. Tongue black. Constant flow of dark, putrid saliva; very offensive. Ulceration of throat, with dysphagia. Granular pharyngitis.

Stomach
Nausea and vomiting. Cyclic vomiting of infants (Cup ars; Iris).

Stool
Scanty, bloody mucus, with bile, and constant desire, without tenesmus. Dark-green, watery, with griping. Anus sore and burning. Dysentery; small stools of mucus and blood, covered with bile.

Skin
Flabby and ill nourished. Swollen glands. Phagedenic ulcers. Copper-colored eruptions.

Relationship
Compare: Kali mur.

Dose
Third to sixth trituration. For palliative (non-homeopathic) purposes, to secure evacuation of bowels, two or three-grain doses of first decimal trituration, repeated several times every hour.

(Reference: Homeopathic Materia Medica by William Boericke)

Mercurius Dulcis
(Subchloride of Mercury. Calomel. Mercurous chloride. HgCl. Trituration.)

Clinical.Catarrh. Condylomata. Conjunctivitis. Deafness. Diarrhœa. Eustachian tube, affections of. Gastro-malachia. Meningitis. Peritonitis, plastic. Prostatitis. Throat, sore.

Characteristics.Merc. dulc. is responsible for a large amount of the mercurialisation of the past and for some of the present. As a comparatively mild and slow-acting form of mercurial, it has none of the corrosive effects of the perchloride, but it has all the power of the metal in it nevertheless, and it has had its own share of disasters. For constipation and any affection which could be ascribed to the liver, blue pill was at one time about the only recognised remedy. Some homœopaths have adopted a modification of this by prescribing Merc. dulc. 1x in two- or three-grain doses as a direct purgative. But as Merc. dulc. has caused both constipation and diarrhœa, it is probable that the action is roughly homœopathic. The Schema is made up for the most part of toxicological and clinical symptoms; though a proving of potencies has been made. It is especially scrofulous children who are liable to remittent bilious attacks who are benefited by Merc. dulc. The keynote of Merc. dulc., in this as in other complaints is pallor: "pallid as a corpse," and with this a "flabby bloatedness" of appearance. Pale, scrofulous children who have swelling of cervical and other glands. Skin flabby and ill-nourished. Another leading feature of Merc. dulc. is inflammation with plastic exudation. I have seen Calomel in old-school practice rapidly resolve and cure a violent meningitis, with wild delirium, in a girl of five. In this case there was probably plastic exudation on the membranes. Plastic peritonitis. Gluing up of Eustachian tube with catarrh. Scrofulous inflammation in general and particularly of the eyes. Soreness round anus is a leading indication in many affections when it occurs as a concomitant.

Relations.Antidoted by: Hep. Compare: In stringy stools, Sul. ac. Catarrhal inflammation of middle ear, Kali m. Eustachian tube closed; deafness of old age, Kali m.

Symptoms

Mind.Agitated.Apprehensive.

Head.Heaviness across forehead.Falling off of hair.

Eyes.Gummy secretion on edges of lids; later, smarting and indistinct vision.Eyes: red; dry; photophobia.Symptoms < after exercise, and when heated from exercise.Scrofulous ophthalmia.Ciliary blepharitis.

Ears.Deafness, occasioned by a swelling, which compresses Eustachian tube.(Deafness of old age.).Scrofulous otitis.Itching in external meatus.Sudden fluttering in l. ear for a few moments.

Nose.Violent epistaxis.Dry, crusted nostrils.Sore r. nostril.

Face.Face flushed.Pallid as a corpse.Swelling of cheeks.Exfoliation of lower jaw and death.

Teeth.Violent burning in teeth; teeth become bare, shake, and fall out; gums swollen and bleeding when touched.

Mouth.Difficulty to open mouth.Ulcers in mouth, bleeding throughout night.Aphthæ on tongue.Salivation sometimes with hæmorrhage.Flow of horribly fetid, dark saliva, which attacks lips and cheeks; tongue and whole mouth have black appearance.

Throat.Excessive ulceration of throat.Difficulty of swallowing.

Stomach.No appetite.Urgent thirst.Vomiting.Weight and pain at epigastrium.

Abdomen.Violent pain in abdomen; griping; tenderness.Bloated, hot, painful abdomen (gastro-malachia).

Stool and Anus.Diarrhœa; with vomiting.Stools-watery, greenish; coppery green, like chopped eggs; grass-green; stringy; mucous, bloody, dysenteric; black with great epigastric oppression, sinking.Constant disposition to stool.Obstinate constipation.Rectum: burning; tenesmus.Soreness round anus.Condylomata round anus.

Urinary Organs.Urine increased (2nd d.); diminished (3rd, 4th, and 5th d.).

Male Sexual Organs.Acute inflammation of prostate, after suppressed gonorrhœa; burning, pressing pains; intense dysuria; urine scanty.Stinging and itching just back of corona glandis.

Female Sexual Organs.Broad, moist, burning condylomata around external genitals, perinæum and anus, of exceedingly offensive smell.

Chest.Great oppression in chest and in region of heart.

Limbs.Trembling of hands and feet.

Upper Limbs.Rheumatic stiffness and catching pain in muscles of legs and knee-joints.Cramps in calves at night.

Skin.Desquamation of skin, esp. of hands and feet.Phagedænic ulcers, with white bases, and painful and inflamed margins, in mouth, palate, face, genital and other parts.Copper-coloured eruption.

Fever.Feverish heat, profuse nocturnal sweat, tearing pains in limbs, prostration of strength, and trembling.Fever, sometimes hot, putrid.

(Reference: "A Dictionary Of Practical Materia Medica" By John Henry Clarke)