– Jan Scholten

Argentum nitricum is a good example of a remedy that has been over prescribed. This was a result of the fact that we didn’t know many other Nitricums, so it was often given when another Nitricum would have been more appropriate. The Argentum part of the picture was not very well known until recently. The fact that Argentum nitricum was so well known was mainly due to its use in allopathic medicine against a.o. eye infections in babies, hence it was high on the list of early provings.

The result was that the Argentum picture became very big and almost got too many symptoms, many of them non-specific, as we will see later on in the Expressions.

Before I wrote this chapter I looked at six old Argentum nitricum cases, most of them taken about 5-6 years ago. There were several things that I noticed. First of all in every single case the prescription had been based on the main symptom of severe fright: fear with palpitations, fear of heights, fear of narrow spaces, fear of shops, streets etc. Secondly it struck me that I had not bothered to dig out a deeper theme in any of these cases, they were what you might call very superficial cases. At least this is how I view them now, and with hind sight I realise I could have asked many more questions. So I have chosen the best out of these six, a case that provides at least a little background information.


Argentum Nitricum

Preserving art Assertive

Preserving ideas Enthusiasm

Mecenas Tension Congestion

Conservative Relaxation

Arrogant Enjoying

Condescending Sociable

Group analysis

Holding on to ideas in order to be assertive.

Preserving art from an idealistic point of view.

An idealistic mecenas.

Enjoying art.

Holding on to success causes tension.

Cannot relax because of creative tensions.

Fear of not having enough space to show himself.

Being arrogant in order to enjoy life.

Conservative ideas lead to tension.

Failure through tension.

Picture of Argentum nitricum

Essence: holding on to ideas in order to be assertive.

Holding on to ideas in order to be assertive

These people feel they have to prove themselves, they have to preserve their creative talents otherwise they wont be able to assert themselves any longer. They like to be in the foreground, to take over the lead, especially at parties and other festivities. The love being the centre of attention at a social gathering.

Preserving art from a sense of idealism

Their involvement with art and philosophy is often based on idealistic motives. Without the arts a person cannot develop himself into a fully cultured human being, so they need to preserve all forms of art to make the world a better place to live in. This is often their motive to become a mecenas, to stimulate the development of art and science.

Enjoying art

They love to go to the theatre, to the opera, to art exhibitions etc. and it is something they enjoy sharing with their family and friends and with the artists themselves, whom they often invite out for dinner to talk about their work.

Holding on to success leads to tension

The need to hold onto success once they have made it as an artist is often the cause of much tension. They are not sure whether they will be able to handle the pressure. It worries them that they might not be able to relax anymore because of all this tension around their creative talents.

Fear of not having enough space to show their creations

Eventually they develop a fear of failure and they no longer dare to show their work. It is a fear that they can’t deliver the goods anymore. The pressure makes them feel suffocated and they are afraid they will never be able to escape. They begin to look for a way out before every single performance, they feel terribly nervous before every speech etc.

Failure through tension

Their fear of being assertive can also be the cause of failure. The tension rises to such a degree that they no longer want to undertake anything. Their conservative outlook only adds to this problem. They daren’t change their designs, their performance, their style. But their is no progress without change so they are often confronted by explosive situations when change has become inevitable. This is the reason of their fear of confrontation and their fear of narrow spaces. Their conservative attitude places them in an isolated position and they can’t hold on to the status quo. Their work comes to a standstill and they live in perpetual fear.


Fears: vague, unknown, heights, narrow spaces (3), locked up, performances, speeches, exams, falling, failure, arriving late, work, business, high buildings, streets, shops, restaurants, trains, planes, travelling, tunnels, caves, crowds, eating, heart disease, disease, epilepsy, AIDS, deterioration of the brain, cancer, death; enjoying, life, strangers, future, anticipation, accidents, animals, insects, spiders, snakes, dark, evil, murder; easily frightened (

Dr.Devendra Kumar MD(Homeo)
International Homeopathic Consultant at Ushahomeopathy
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