Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by J.H. Clarke

Silica Marina [Sil-mar]

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Silica Marina [Sil-mar] signs and symptoms of the homeopathy medicine from the Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by J.H. Clarke. Find out for which conditions and symptoms Silica Marina [Sil-mar] is used

      Silica maritima. Sea sand. Trituration. (My preparation was taken from the beach, just as it was left by the tide, on a part of the coast many miles distant from a river estuary or a drained town.).


      Constipation. Glands, enlargement of, suppuration of. Gonorrhoea. Tartar.


      Having seen a statement that *Silicea *mar. had a pronounced action on inflamed glands, I had a specimen triturated and run up to the 30th attenuation. I had not long to wait for an opportunity of testing it. A tall, fair young man of 24, a violinist, presented himself with a mass of scrofulous glands on the right side of the neck softening at one point. I gave him *Silicea *mar. 3, gr. v., three or four times a day, and warned him not to poultice. The mass of glands soon began to diminish. The abscess matured and discharged itself through a minute opening, and eventually healed without leaving a perceptible scar. The rest of the glands in the meantime disappeared. *Silicea *mar. 3, gr. v., three times a day, rapidly cured a case of gonorrhoea in a patient who had many previous attacks, as well as stricture which had been treated with cauterizations and strong *Argentum *nit. It was this history which partly led me to give the remedy on account of the *Nat. *mur. element contained in it. The discharge was creamy, and there was tenderness in the middle of the urethra. For three days after commencing the *Silicea *mar. there was a sharp aggravation, the discharge became very profuse, was worse at night and accompanied by painful erections. In a general way I use this preparation where *Nat. *mur. symptoms are present in a *Silicea case. Burnett told me an interesting experience of his. He was consulted about a boy who persisted, in spite of punishment, in eating sand when playing on the beach. Burnett advised the parents to let the boy eat as much as he liked. He kept it up for a fortnight, at the end of which time he was vastly improved in health, and he neither wanted nor ate any more sand from that day. *** W. B. Clarke, of Indianapolis (A. H., xxvi. 237) tells of the use of *Silicea *mar. as a remedy for constipation. He has used it in patients of all ages with excellent results, giving it crude. He prefers the rather coarse sand taken from a river sand- bar. This is thoroughly washed and baked in an oven. He thinks a finer variety may be better for younger patients. The sand is taken plain, or enclosed in capsules, or made into pills. In either case it is washed down with water, and water is to be drunk freely during the treatment. ***W. B. Clarke mentions this case as the hardest he had encountered: A man, 60, had suffered for thirty years with severe constipation, often sitting at stool for an hour and nearly fainting. He took a teaspoonful after dinner daily for a week, without particular effect. Then he took it three times a day for a week. After this he was able to return to the one dose a day, and soon required it but once a week. “The peculiarity of this treatment is the ease with which evacuation is accomplished after the first impression is made, the discharges being soft, mushy, and yellow, and the regular habit then seems established, for the treatment can then be discontinued.” If there is any return of the trouble, a dose or two more will be sufficient to put it right. This experience is of great value and interest as Silicea in the potencies (as well as *Nat. *m.) is a great constipation remedy. ***W. B. Clarke has never observed any ill effects of the treatment. In the case of a child, age 4, to whom Cooper gave *Silicea *mar. 6x (my preparation) “a thick mass of tartar which had accumulated behind the front teeth came away in flakes.”.

About the author

John Henry Clarke

John Henry Clarke

John Henry Clarke MD (1853 – November 24, 1931 was a prominent English classical homeopath. Dr. Clarke was a busy practitioner. As a physician he not only had his own clinic in Piccadilly, London, but he also was a consultant at the London Homeopathic Hospital and researched into new remedies — nosodes. For many years, he was the editor of The Homeopathic World. He wrote many books, his best known were Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica and Repertory of Materia Medica

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