Of doubtful origin, for years on the borderland as to its true classification, but probably a nosode or morbid product found in the belly of the sperm-whale, the Physeter Macrosephalous.
It is often found floating upon the sea or thrown upon the shore of the Baltic, or on the coast of Madagascar or Sumatra.
But, perhaps the best specimens are those which whalers cut out and are to be found in Boston and other whaling ports.
It has many characteristics of intestinal or biliary concretions and has been considered to be of hepatic origin, probably a fatty excretion from its gall bladder.
It was introduced by Hahnemann in 1827 ; proved by him and his friend, Count de Gersdorf, who personally obtained nearly one-half of the symptoms.
The so-called Oil of Amber (used by Dr. Holcombe in hiccough) is Oleum Succinum, and should not be confounded with Ambergris.
Characteristics.- (Ambra grisea)
For children, especially young girls who are excitable, nervous and weak ; nervous affections old people, nerves “worn out ;” premature senility ; general functional impairment. Ailments of both extremes of life.
Lean, thin, emaciated persons who take cold easily ; “dried up ; ” nervous ; thin, scrawny women (Secale) ; nervous bilious temperament.
Great sadness, sits for days weeping.
Great bashfulness, very characteristic ; embarrassed in company, in sick room.
The presence of others, even the nurse, is unbearable during stool ; frequent, ineffectual desire, which makes her anxious.
After business embarrassments, unable to sleep, must get up (Act., Sep.).
Retires weary, yet wakeful as soon as head touches pillow. Weakness ; lassitude ; numbness of single parts ; one-sided complaints.
Ranula with fetid breath (Thuja).
Sensation of coldness in abdomen (Cal.) ; of single parts.
Cannot urinate in presence of other persons (Nat. mur.).
Discharge of blood between periods, at very little accident, a long walk, after every hard stool, etc. ; nymphomania ;severe pruritus, especially in lying-in.
Leucorrhea ; thick, bluish-white mucus, especially or only at night (Caust., Mer., Nit. ac.).
Cough violent ; in spasmodic paroxysms, with eructations and hoarseness ; < talking or reading aloud (Dros., Phos., Tub.); evening without, morning with expectoration (Bry., Carb. v., Hep., Hyos., Phos., Puls., Sep.) ; whooping-cough, but without crowing inspiration ; < when many people are present.