Origin : The name is the
Anglo-Saxon word for the metal and the symbol comes from the
Latin aurum, gold.
Description: A soft metal
with a characteristic colour and since it is chemically
unreactive, one of the few elements to occur in a natural
state. It will dissolve in aqua regia (royal water), a mixture
of nitric and hydrochloric acids. It can be beaten into very
thin sheets (gold leaf) to be used as architectural ornament.
Another use is in jewellery and some is also employed in the
electronics industry and to colour glass or make it reflect
heat . About 1500 tonnes of gold are mined each year, chiefly
in South Africa and Russia, and most of this is stored as
bullion. There is a lot of gold in the sea, but with only 1
gramme in 1,000,000 tonnes of seawater, schemes to reclaim
gold from the oceans have always failed.
THE AURUM GROUP This group
has been neglected by homeopaths because of insufficient
knowledge about it. We are starting with Aurum metallicum
which expresses the basic characteristics of the group and
then we shall describe the salts of the group starting with
the ones that have been most often used.
AURUM METALLICUM Here we find the occurrence of visions in excess. Having a
vision (in life) and working for it is a prerequisite of
success. When a person possesses the tendency to pursue
visions for the betterment of society and does this without
the motive of personal gain, he approaches the state of the
gold of the alchemist's stone.
APOLLO, GOD OF CREATION IS RELATED
WITH AURUM METALLICUM
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The psychological state
of Aurum is quite different from that state, as this one is a
state of excessive envisioning propelled by selfish motives.
The person wishes to always be the best and spares no effort
to achieve this goal. He works the whole day in order to
realize his ambition to reach the top. Aurum is a very
hard-working person. He works in a tireless and methodical
manner. He possesses an inner strength which pushes towards
the materialization of the vision. He takes it as a great
failure if he comes second. Aurum cannot stand defeat, either.
When defeated he gets sick, as he always wants to be the
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In this painting you see an
Aurum person admiring himself in the lake.
Aurum is serious, talks sparingly, is very responsible and
gets easily offended. He cannot stand being doubted. He does
not gives anyone the right to do something like that. He is
consistent and hurried as well. He wants his job to be done
well and fast. Therefore, he could be misidentified for
Argentum. Here some clarification is needed: when we talk
about consistency we must keep in mind that a lot of other
concepts can be connected with it; someone may be consistent
because he does not wish to lose public acclaim, another so
that the vision may be fulfilled, another because he may be in
fear of punishment, another because he wishes to appear
perfect, another because he fears abuse, another because he
wants to avoid being abandoned. etc.
Therefore, when we search for and examine concepts while
getting the medical record, we have to find out whether a
concept held by the person is primary or secondary in the
sense of it being derived from another concept. In Aurum,
consistency derives from his vision (goal). In Argentum,
consistency is due to the reign of reason; the person is
consistent simply because this is the right thing and this is
how we should be. This is why we consider that Argentum
expresses the concept of consistency in a more direct way. In
Zincum, consistency is due to fear of punishment and when that
consistency is due to punishment then it becomes false. Thus
the Greek name "pseudosilver" is a perfect fit to this
psychological characteristic of the homeopathic remedy we make
from this metal.
Coming back to Aurum we see that the person has an inner
strength perceived by others. So, he easily becomes the leader
in a group or family. Everybody leans on him. He offers others
the steadfastness of a rock and is a refuge for them, a haven.
He constantly offers himself to others, works for others but
all these efforts are not selfless. He offers to all and
everyone but at the same time needs to have others by his
side. The result is that he may easily feel neglected,
abandoned, he may feel that he has lost their love, and can
get very angry because of these feelings.
very sensitive in spite of the inner strengths that he
possesses and shows to others. He can be easily hurt and
disappointed, can easily feel humiliated, neglected,
underestimated or may get angry easily. He may be violent when
angry. On such occasions his behavior does not remind others
of the character they have been used to dealing with. However,
the anger does not usually manifest itself. Then, the person
develops hypochondriac symptoms. He exhibits the picture of
someone with an imaginary serious disease. For example, he may
think that he has a heart problem, or "is often subject to
The hypochondriac symptoms are an unconscious punishment of
others for their "indifference". Yet, this strategy is
accompanied by pain and other ailments which give him some
kind of morbid self satisfaction that someone(himself), at
least, is interested. A hypochondriac symptomatology may
present itself after a failure of the individual to be the
best, a failure that brings disappointment and low
self-esteem. However, no matter what the deeper cause is,
hypochondriasis is a defense which protects from intense
melancholia and/or suicide.
It is worth the while to study the main action of this
remedy as it used to be described in the Materia Medica of our
time until recently. Here we are talking about melancholia.
The term requires some clarification. The adjective melas
means black, dark, gloomy, terrible, dark-souled, vague,
inauspicious. The noun holos" means bite, wrath, anger,
indignation, rage. Black color symbolizes mourning, it is the
color of death and destruction. Therefore, according to the
above the term "melancholia" describes the psychological state
of destructive wrath.
Now, lets go back to Aurum. When melancholic the patient
loses every interest in life. Everything seems to him futile
meaningless, sad. He wants to end his life. He feels that he
is to blame for everything, that he has made mistakes, that he
has neglected his duties, that his friends have lost their
trust in him. He feels deep despair and wishes to give an end
to his life. This may be done either by falling from a high
place or driving in the opposite direction or crashing the car
against a wall, or by using a gun, getting drowned or hanging.
The suicidal wish is often fulfilled. When this happens no one
in the family realizes anything. Aurum is the person who works
late and after work goes and does away with himself. Aurum as
a remedy can also be prescribed in cases of minor depression
without suicidal ideation.
In such cases it is possible that after ingesting the
remedy, the individual should tell you that he has observed
having suicidal ideation which was not insistent and did not
last long, while he did not have such ideas before. This is
not due to a proving of the remedy but it is due to the
realization of repressed suicidal tendencies. When this
happens, it means that the patient is doing well, as after an
increase of awareness the general condition is improved. Such
cases need adept treatment and readiness on the part of the
therapist. On other occasions depression is covert and the
person becomes desperate, feels tired out and fed up with life
as a result of his physical ailments. Alternatively the remedy
may be indicated in bipolar disorder where we have an
alternation between depressive and manic symptoms.
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Mineral Latin Name: Aurum metallicum Common Name:
Gold Homeopahtic: Aurum-met to Homeopathics
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1. Sanguine, ruddy persons with dark
hair and eyes ; old people ; scrofulous or mercurio-syphilitic
. Profound melancholia
with desire for death and suicidal tendencies ; often connected with
liver troubles in men ; with uterine troubles in women.
Aurum admiring his reflection
3. Specially adapted to pining boys,
low-spirited, lifeless. lacking vim ; testes
. Hypersensitiveness ; to
contradiction, to pain ; of the special senses.
. Ailments resulting from strong
mental emotions. 6. Intense, deep seated boring pains <
. Caries of bones,
especially nasal, palatine and mastoid, with deep ulceration and
horribly offensive discharges.
. Interstitial changes in various
organs, especially heart, liver and kidneys.
. Hemiopia ; sees only lower half of objects.
. Modalities ; < cold, damp
weather ; sunset to
sunrise ; warmth of bed ; at