Natrum nitricum

Natural History.
      Nitrate of Sodium. Cubic Nitre. Chili Saltpetre. Sodic Nitrate. NaNO3.


      Nat-n. has had a considerable proving, and among the peculiar symptoms were: Heat in left ear, coldness in right.
      Heat spreading left to right.
      Coldness streaming through upper part of body.
      Coldness of left foot.
      Pressing-inward pains: in temple and forehead, in malar bones.
      Flatulent troubles with weight in lower abdomen.
      Painful retraction of abdominal muscles.
      Painful constipation.
      Anemia and excessive exhaustion.
      The symptoms were worse by exertion, ascending stairs, sitting bent over, deep inspiration Na. n. was Rademacher’s Aconite. He used it in inflammations of all kinds., especially laryngotracheitis and croup, acute pneumonia, acute rheumatism and heart affections, purpura, hemorrhages, inflammations of the eye, exophthalmic goitre (Hansen).

      Compare: Kali-nit. Abdomen mostly contracted, constipation, Plumb.

      Great ill-humor (mental indolence).

      Head dull, as from too much study.
      Pressing inward pain left temple and forehead, with heat.

      Pain in r, ear, as if in drum, with sensation of binding up in ears.
      Otalgia: in evening, with warmth in ear, coldness of right concha, burning heat of left, which extends beyond the temple.

      Face pale, thin.
      Inward pressing in malar bones.

      Tongue whitish.
      Distressing burning dryness in mouth and throat.

      Some dull stitches back of throat on drawing air through nose (evening, in bed).

      Coppery taste on lips and tongue.
      Acid taste.
      Appetite diminished.
      Repugnance to coffee.

      Sour risings.
      Sufferings from flatulency, with pressive pains, especially in epigastrium and chest, worse by movement, and better by risings or expulsion of flatus.
      Flatulence with pressure in pit of stomach and under sternum.

      Distended abdomen, with a feeling of heaviness in it, followed by emission of a quantity of wind and eructations.
      Painful retraction of abdominal muscles towards spinal column.

Stool and Anus.
      Constipation: feces of a large size, the stool is discharged with difficulty, slow, and with the sensation after the stool as if the feces were still remaining.
      Stool always consisted of isolated fecal masses, evacuated with great exertion, during last days of proving constant desire to go to stool.
      Stool indolent, only after effort, leaving sensation as if more to follow.
      Stool retarded one day.

Urinary Organs.
      Frequent distressing desire, increased mucous secretion of passages.
      Profuse emission (in spite of summer heat and profuse perspiration).
      Urine very light color and high specific gravity.

      Pressive pains below outer part right pectoral muscle, as if between and on ribs, or deep breathing, while sitting bent over.

      Pulse become slower, smaller, softer.

      Aching, contusive pain in the joints, and in adductors of thighs.

Upper Limbs.
      Pressing-asunder pain in first joint of right index and middle fingers.

      The blood became color of cherry juice, white corpuscles increased, red diminished, watery constituents increased.
      Weakness, disinclined for exertion.
      Exhaustion, especially in knees, during a walk (after a slight venesection).
      Exhaustion worse every motion, especially going up stairs.

      Overpowering inclination to sleep, which, however, did not refresh.

      A fine cold sensation stream through body, especially upper part and arms, followed by increased warmth after a quarter of an hour in bed.
      General shivering chill at times.
      Feet cold (and feel cold) up to calves.
      Icy coldness of left foot extending half up leg (both in warm room and when walking).
      Whole left concha becomes burning hot, right remaining cold, heat soon extended over left temple, then changed to pressing-inward pain, later heat spread to right side of head, especially concha, thence over face with pressive pain in left frontal sinuses, in afternoon.