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Stannum is homoeopathic potentised tin. This metal is associated with Jupiter the planet of faith trust and lust for life. Beautiful orange colored Jupiter is the biggest planet of the solar system. In astrology Jupiter is connected with growth, getting bigger, abundance, welfare and wellbeing, natural healing, recovery, regeneration, positivity, aims and ideals, beliefs, teaching and disseminating philosophy (spreading faith and beliefs around the world) as well as travel (broadening ones mind and those of others)

Jupitarian body-parts are 1) the liver, our chemical laboratory, 2) the tongue, as distinguisher through taste of what our body does or does not need and 3) the enzymes as guardians of our biological processes. These three all support physical regeneration. Interestingly eating from tin plates and drinking from tin vessels has proven to stimulate the assimilation of food. And the tin cans in which food is preserved are tinned inside with tin to ensure preservation and good taste.

In homoeopathy Stan is used for cases of severe exhaustion and grave weakness. This is mostly a remedy for chronic cases of serious disease, in which people have lost their physical reserves. There is no bodily strength left for recovery. Emotionally they 'have lost it', are very sad, and have given up all hope for recovery. They feel like crying but often don't do it because crying leads to further exhaustion. 

An important symptom is that these people are almost too weak to speak! Speaking is an importanmt method of spreading beliefs, a Jupitarian area of life. Often this aversion to speech is related to a feeling of great weakness in the chest area. Every morning the chest is filled with mucus and any exertion leads to exhausting coughs with a tendency to throw up yellowish-green sputum of a sweetish taste. Stannum suits short-breathed people who just fall into a chair from weakness and exhaustion. Additionally it can also help persons with a general feeling of physical weakness, together with the idea of not being able to ever recover.

The chief action of Stan is centered upon the nervous system and respiratory organs. Debility is very marked when Stan is the remedy, especially the debility of chronic bronchial and pulmonary conditions, characterised by profuse muco-purulent discharges of a tuberculin nature. Talking causes a very weak feeling in the throat and chest. Pains that come and go gradually, call unmistakably for Stannum especially when accompanied with paralytic weakness; spasms and paralysis.

Anxious. Discouraged. Dread of seeing people.
Sad, despondent, feels like crying all the time, but crying aggravates.
Extreme exhaustion of mind and body with sinking, empty, all-gone sensation in stomach
This low-spiritedness originates with the lung complaints and as Farrington states is rather different from the usual mental state of consumptives, who are generally hopeful almost to the last hour of life. Stan is particularly indicated for low-spirited patients hence it is rarely indicated in true tuberculosis.

The Stan patient is also nervous, faint and weak; so nervous, irritable, and weak that they become anxious and have palpitations from so little exertion as giving routine instructions to employees. This nervousness is particularly induced when the patient goes down stairs more so than when ascending. They feel as if they could not walk down stairs or as if they have not sufficient strength. Their exhaustion may also be demonstrated by flopping down exhausted into a chair rather than sitting down in a controlled manner. Farrington emphasises that is not an imaginary symptom but that it will be clearly evident in afflicted subjects.

As may be expected a patient so thoroughly a weakened nervous system suffers from neuralgia. The general guiding characteristic for these pains is that they increase and decrease slowly a peculiarity which is particularly evident in the case of supra orbital (eye) and prosopalgic pains.

Aching pain in temples and forehead which feels pressed inward. Drawing pains in malar (cheek) bones and orbits (eyes) Pain resounds acutely in head from motion, jarring or walking gradually increasing and then decreasing as if constricted by a band.. Obstinate acute coryza and influenza with cough

Much adhesive mucus, difficult to detach; efforts to detach cause nausea. Throat dry and stings.
When singing or using the voice, aching and weakness in deltoid and arms.

Dyspepsia, nausea and vomiting in the morning from the smell of food. There is a weak, gone, empty feeling in the stomach, as in Sep and also bitter taste in the mouth.
The gastric pains (which are better from pressure but sore to touch) compel them to walk about for relief an activity which further weakens and fatigues them.

Cramp-like colic around navel again with a feeling of emptiness. Colic relieved by hard pressure, lying on abdomen or on shoulder.

Worms may also infect Stan patients a symptom which is further indicated by a pale and sunken face with dark rings around the eyes. Stan can be successfully employed to eradicate worm even when the parasitic irritation progresses to the stage of convulsions.

There is a bearing-down sensation which feels like a prolapse (with aggravation during stool) and in many cases there is actual prolapse. The menses which is early and profuse (with vaginal pains extending upward and back to spine) combines with leucorrhoea (either yellow or clear) and results in great debility and weakness that is accompanied with a weak sinking feeling in the stomach. The patient is so weak that while dressing in the morning they have to sit down several times to rest.

Hoarse (deep, husky, hollow) with profuse mucus with the consistency of egg white and the following characteristics sweetish, salty; sour, putrid, musty; yellow, green expectoration (muco purulent) expelled in the morning only by forcible cough. The mucus collects very rapidly in the chest and its expectoration brings with great relief to the patient. The oppression, the weakness, and the tightness of the chest are all relieved when this sputum is raised. Dyspnoea, too, is decidedly better after expectoration.

There is a violent, dry influensa like cough from noon to midnight with scanty expectoration. The cough is excited by laughing, singing, talking; worse lying on right side and comes in paroxysms of three coughs at a time. Chest feels sore and weak and the subject can hardly talk. Respiration is short and oppressive with left sided stitches when lying on that side.

Stan also has an important role in cases of neglected cold and catarrhal phthisis of the lungs. (catarrh = inflammation with copious mucus and phthisis = wasting away). in which there is a hectic fever (fever in which there is profound sweating) with a characteristic chill around 10 am. Farrington records that he has often tried Nat-mur in such situations without success. 

Paralytic weakness; drops things. Ankles swollen. Limbs suddenly give out when attempting to sit down. Dizziness and weakness when descending. Spasmodic twitching of muscles of forearm and hand. Fingers jerk when holding pen. Neuritis. Typewriters' paralysis.

Sleeps with one leg drawn up, the other stretched out.

Heat in evening; exhausting night-sweats, especially towards morning. Hectic. Perspiration, principally on forehead and nape of neck; debilitating; smelling musty, or offensive.

Using voice (i.e, laughing, talking, singing), lying on right side, warm drinks.

Coughing or expectorating, hard pressure.

  • Relationships.
    Puls, Nat-mur, Sep
    Puls has mild, tearful, yielding disposition and likes consolation. Women have scanty, delayed menses but Stan has the opposite.
    Nat-mur. is melancholy, sad, weeping and is aggravated and may even becom enraged by consolation.
    The Sep patient has sadness concerning their own health while at the same time exhibits great indifference to their own family. They are easily offended and are inclined to intensely emotional.


  • For mental symptoms wqith goneness or weakness,
    Calc-c, Cocc, Sul, Verat
  • For mental symptoms that originate from fatigue or from mental emotions,
    Cocc, Coll, Ig, Nat-mur, Phos,
  • For chronic chest diseases characterised by a dry throat and persistent cough which is excited by a tickle in the throat at the root of the tongue The cough is loud and hollow and ends with expectoration of purulent nature. Trachial and bronchial irritation of smokers.
  • For chronic bronchitis, cough of phthisis, emphysema, gastric catarrhal complications and thick, yellow difficult sputum. Old persons with weakened power of expectoration include:
    Bacil, Bals, Caust; Calc-c; Coc-c, Helon, Myrt-ch, Phos, Seneg, Sil, Tub,.

Stan follows well after

Follows well after Stan
Cal, Phos, Sil, Sulph, Tub.

Third to thirtieth potency.


Roll og tin sheet
Roll of tin sheet

Tin paint cans
Tin paint cans

Tin can telephone
Tin can telephone

Tin accessories
Tin accessories

Alchemical sign for tin.
Symbol for Jupiter and tin used by Alchemists.

Jupiter and its red spot
Jupiter the largest planet and its red spot

Kingdom: Mineral
Latin Name: Stannun 
Common Name: Tin
Homeopahtic: Stannum 

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