Its action is that of an oxygen carrier and a catalyzer, hence its use in wasting diseases. Increases amount of hemoglobin, also combines its oxygen with toxines and destroys their virulence. Also increases and stimulates phagocytes. A remedy in degenerative conditions of the liver and arteries. Anorexia and symptoms of gastro intestinal irritation; albumen, casts and blood in urine. Tremors; vertigo; hysteria and melancholia; neuro-retinitis and blindness. Anemia, emaciation. Cough dry, irritating and paroxysmal, sometimes with hemorrhages. Irritation of nose, eyes and throat. Tuberculosis, chronic rheumatism, diabetes. Acts as a tonic to digestive function and in early tuberculosis. Arterio-sclerosis, sensation as if heart was compressed, as if blood had no room in the aorta. Anxious pressure on whole chest. Fatty heart. Degenerative states, has brain softening. Atheroma of arteries of brain and liver. Compare: Ars; Phos. Ammon vanad (fatty degeneration of liver).
6-12 potency. The best form is Vanadiate of Soda, 2 mg daily, by mouth.
Compare: Rhus; Calc; Sepia.
(Vanadium. The Metal. V. (A. W. 5l.2). Trituration. (Burnett used the “soluble ammonium salt.”)
Clinical.─Addison’s disease. Atheroma. Fatty degeneration. Innutrition.
Characteristics.─Burnett (Fifty Reasons) tells how he came to use Van. through reading the result of some experiments on animals in which the Salts of Vanadium produced "true cell destruction, the pigment escaping, the liver being hit hardest." Burnett had at the time a case of "fatty liver, atheroma of the arteries, much pain corresponding to the course of the basilar artery, large, deeply pigmented patches on forehead, profound adynamia." Van. restored the patient, who was seventy, and at eighty he was "hale and hearty." Marc Jousset (L’Art Med., lxxxix. 217) tells of experiments with salts of Van., chiefly the meta-vanadate of sodium, by Lyonnet and others. Animals poisoned by intravenous injections rapidly develop Cheyne-Stokes respiration; with little or no action on circulation or blood. These observers gave Vanadates to two hundred patients (suffering from tuberculosis, chlorosis, chronic rheumatism, neurasthenia, &c.), and produced in nearly all cases increased appetite, strength, and weight. The amount of urea was also increased. They regard Van. as "an energetic excitant of nutrition," and probably an oxydant stimulating organic combustion. The dose was 2-5 mgr. in twenty-four hours, and only on three separate days in the week.
Relations.─Compare: Fatty degeneration, Phos., Ars. Addison’s disease, Adren. Tuberculosis, Tub., Bac.