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Hermes once separated two serpents
entwined in mortal combat to bring about peace. These serpents were
later included in the medical Caduceus as a sign of
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Stannum Brought to
Author Dr Peter
Darashah Stannum Materia Medica
Background 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)
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.
Introduction 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.
Mind. 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.
Generals 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.
Head. 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
Throat. 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
Stomach. 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.
Abdomen. 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.
Female 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.
Respiratory 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.
Extremities 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.
Sleep Sleeps with one leg drawn up, the
other stretched out.
Fever. Heat in evening; exhausting
night-sweats, especially towards morning. Hectic. Perspiration,
principally on forehead and nape of neck; debilitating; smelling musty, or
Modalities. Aggravation Using voice (i.e, laughing,
talking, singing), lying on right side, warm drinks.
Amelioration Coughing or expectorating,
Relationships. Complementary: 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,
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. Stan-i.3x
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,.
follows well after Caust,
well after Stan Cal, Phos, Sil, Sulph,
Dose. Third to thirtieth
Roll of tin sheet
Tin paint cans
Symbol for Jupiter and
tin used by Alchemists.
Jupiter the largest planet and its
Kingdom: Mineral Latin
Name: Stannun metallicum Common
Name: Tin Homeopahtic: Stannum