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Know Your Remedies: Aurum Metallicum (Aur.)

Common Name: Gold.

General Information

Aurum is indicated for those who have an exaggerated sense of duty combined with feelings of guilt and anxiety about perceived failings. This state can descend into severe depression with thoughts of suicide which may be triggered by grief or disappointment in love. Aurum also a remedy for types of cardiac and vascular complaints or symptoms. Heat may surge through the veins and to the head to create a florid, reddened appearance. Symptoms improve with slow walking or in the early evening but others, such as bone pain, worsen at night – from sunset to sunrise. Music can improve symptoms, especially mental-emotional ones.

Mental-emotional Problems

  • Sad and melancholic mood combined with an exaggerated sense of responsibility, duty, and honor.
  • Successful, industrious, conscientious, and hard-working.
  • Oversensitive to criticism. Easily humiliated.
  • Outbursts of anger, sometimes with trembling.
  • Anxiety of conscience.
  • Feelings of guilt and remorse about perceived failures.
  • Depression from a sense of failure or loss of property.
  • Suicidal thoughts from pain or despair – often about jumping from a height.
  • Feel alone or forsaken.

Head Problems

  • Surging of blood and heat with redness to the head.
  • Flushed and red face.
  • Severe sinusitis with boring pain at the root of the nose or inner right eye.

Eye Problems

  • Upper half of vision lost.

Chest Problems

  • Night-time palpitations which are worsened by anxiety or emotions.
  • Types of angina, rheumatic heart disease, endocarditis or pericarditis.

Sleep Problems

  • Moaning or crying out in sleep.
  • Chronic insomnia.

Where do I find it?

Aurum Metallicum (Aur.) is available from our online store as a single remedy.


While above self-limiting or acute complaints are suitable for home treatment also contact your healthcare provider during emergency situations or if symptoms worsen or fail to improve. Chronic or persistent complaints, which may or may not be mentioned above, require a different treatment and dosage protocol so are best managed by a qualified homeopath for good results.

Dosage Instructions (suitable for babies to adults)

For the home treatment of acute and self-limiting complaints take one pill or five drops of the remedy every 1 minute to 4 hours (1 minute for intense or emergency symptoms (plus seek emergency help), 4 hours for milder ones). Once an improvement is noticed, stop dosing and repeat the remedy only if symptoms return. If there is no improvement at all by three doses, choose a different remedy or seek professional guidance.

Note: Chronic symptoms or complaints require a course of professional treatment by a qualified homeopath to manage the changes in potencies and remedies that may be required.

More Information

Guidelines on which potency to use

From Past Masters

Homeopathy is a 200-year system of medicine. Early medical homeopaths recorded initial provings, remedy relationships, and their early experiences with each remedy in great detail.

These writings were then shared with others to advance homeopathic knowledge and practice.

Today, these same writings give a fascinating insight into the symptoms and clinical conditions for which each remedy was used.

The following extract, with minor editing, is one example.

Leaders In Homoeopathic Therapeutics by E. B. NASH M.D.

Aurum metallicum (Aur.)

Wants to commit suicide; thinks he is no good in the world.

Nodes and bone pains, caries and necrosis with great depression of mind.

Abuse of Mercury, in syphilis, in massive doses.

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“Looks on the dark side, weeps, prays, thinks she is not fit for this world, longs for death, strong inclination to commit suicide.”

Strange that this noble metal, for which mankind strives for its pecuniary value, should, when taken into the organism, cause the greatest unhappiness.

The Aurum patient is plunged into the deepest gloom and despair. Life is a burden, he desires death. Suicide dwells constantly in his mind.

In men, I have observed it oftenest in connection with liver troubles. In women, with womb troubles, especially when enlarged, indurated or prolapsed. In both these cases, the result, so far as local conditions are concerned, seems to be from repeated attacks of congestion to the parts, which ends in hypertrophy.

The liver is enlarged, the womb also, and prolapsus occurs from the very weight of the organs.

These congestions, so characteristic of the remedy, take place also in head, heart, chest and kidneys; but, whenever they come, the peculiar mind symptoms are always present to furnish the chief indication for Gold.

The Gold patient is also at times “peevish and vehement, the least contradiction excites his wrath.” He will exhibit these outbreaks occasionally, even when the more characteristic depression and gloom greatly preponderate.

Other remedies have a similar depression and tendency to suicide, like Naja and Nux vomica, but none in anything like the degree of Aurum. I once cured a young lady who tried to commit suicide by drowning. After she was cured she laughed at the occurrence, and said she could not help it. It seemed to her she was of no use in the world. She felt so.

Aurum has been found efficacious in curing some bone affections of syphilitic origin, especially if such cases had been the subjects of old school dosing with Mercury. There would be a great falling off of business for physicians if the old school could learn to cure their patients without poisoning them with their drugs.

The locality where Aurum has made its best record in these syphilitico-mercurial affections is in caries of the bones (caries of long bones, Fluoric acid, Angustura), of the nose and palate, also of the mastoid process.

In these nasal troubles it is sometimes of great use in the catarrh, or ozaena, before the trouble has progressed to actual caries.

The nostrils are agglutinated, ulcerated, and nose obstructed and filled with crusts, or there are excessively fetid discharges, and the patient is melancholy and disposed to suicide.

Aurum is one of the few remedies that has hemiopia or half-sight, and has cured it even in the 200th potency. Lycopodium and Lithium carbonicum also have half-sight, but Aurum sees only the lower, while the other two see only the left half of objects.

Aurum not only causes and cures indurations of the womb in the female, but indurations also of the testicles in the male, and in both cases the ever-present mental symptoms of Aurum or the syphilitico-mercurial history furnish the chief indications for its use.

In fatty heart, in ruddy, corpulent, old people it is one of our best remedies. In these cases there is much vascular disturbance. “Violent palpitation, with anxiety and congestion in the chest and visible beating of the carotids and temporal arteries”.

Belladonna may relieve the attack, but Aurum goes deeper and is more lasting in its effect.

Aurum is one of our best remedies for bone pains. Never forget it. It ranks with Kali iodideAsafśtida and the Mercuries in periostical affections.