Common Names: Nitroglycerine.
Nitrogylcerine is a highly volatile and reactive explosive. It was first discovered in 1847 but was quickly shelved following numerous deaths from its use. In the 1860s, once a way to stabilise it was discovered, it was reintroduced as dynamite.
In 1879, nitroglycerine was first used by conventional (allopathic) doctors as a way to treat angina pectoris – chest pain from ischaemic heart disease. What was clear back then but little-known today is that it was only taken up conventionally because homeopathic doctors had been successfully using it successfully for chest pain for 30 years and patients were voting with their feet.
History records that nitroglycerine was first proven (tested) for treatment by homeopaths in 1848, just one year after its discovery. This proving produced symptoms similar to those it subsequently treated. It was used by them for types of angina pectoris, congestive headaches, menopausal flushing, convulsions, surging of blood to head and heart, pulsations throughout the body, and sensitivity to heat.
Today, both branches of medicine – conventional and homeopathic – still turn to nitroglycerine’s homeopathic effects. Conventional medicine uses it in material doses of tablets, sprays, ointments or patches under the generic name of glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) and numerous brand names such as Anginine, Isordil, and Nitromin. Homeopaths use it in the safer potentised form of Glonoinum for numerous symptoms apart from its heart-related effects.
- Confusion in familiar places. “Lost in well-known places.”
- Fear of stroke (cerebrovascular accident).
- Hot flushes. Menopausal flushes (flashes).
- Waves of intense, bursting, pulsating headache. Holds the head to stop the pounding sensation.
- Headache pulsating between the temples.
- Headache with flushed face, reddened eyes, and pulsating carotids.
- Congestive, pulsating headache from sunstroke.
Heart and Circulation
- Violent and visible pulsation of the heart with throbbing carotids and a hot, flushed face.
- Pulsating carotids.
- Pulsations throughout the body. Pulsating pain.
- Types of angina.
Where do I find it?
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 acute and self-limiting complaints, take one pill or five drops of the remedy every 5 minutes to 4 hours (as often as every 5 minutes for intense symptoms or once every 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. Chronic symptoms or complaints require a course of professional treatment to manage the changes in potencies and remedies that will be required.
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