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┬áPhyseter 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.
It has many┬ácharacteristics┬áof 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┬áHahnemann┬áin┬á1827┬á;┬áproved by him and his friend, Count de Gersdorf, who personally obtained nearly one-half of the symptoms.
The so-called Oil of Amber┬á(used by Dr. Holcombe in hiccough)┬áis Oleum Succinum, and should not be confounded with Ambergris.
Characteristics.- (Ambra grisea)
For children, especially young girls who are excitable, nervous and weak┬á;┬ánervous affections old people, nerves “worn out┬á;” premature senility┬á;┬ágeneral functional impairment. Ailments of both extremes of life.
Lean, thin, emaciated persons who take cold easily┬á;┬á”dried up┬á;┬á” nervous┬á;┬áthin, scrawny women┬á(Secale)┬á;┬ánervous bilious temperament.
Great sadness, sits for days weeping.
Great bashfulness, very characteristic┬á;┬áembarrassed in company, in sick room.
The presence of others, even the nurse, is unbearable during stool┬á;┬áfrequent, ineffectual desire, which makes her anxious.
After business embarrassments, unable to sleep, must get up┬á(Act., Sep.).
Retires weary, yet wakeful as soon as head touches pillow. Weakness┬á;┬álassitude┬á;┬ánumbness of single parts┬á;┬áone-sided complaints.
Ranula with fetid breath┬á(Thuja).
Sensation of coldness in abdomen┬á(Cal.)┬á;┬áof single parts.
Cannot urinate in presence of other persons┬á(Nat. mur.).
Discharge of blood between periods, at very little accident, a long walk, after every hard stool, etc.┬á;┬ánymphomania┬á;severe pruritus, especially in lying-in.
Leucorrhea┬á;┬áthick, bluish-white mucus,┬áespecially or only at night┬á(Caust., Mer., Nit. ac.).
Cough violent┬á;┬áin spasmodic paroxysms, with eructations and hoarseness┬á;┬á<┬átalking or reading aloud┬á(Dros., Phos., Tub.);┬áevening without, morning with expectoration┬á(Bry., Carb. v., Hep., Hyos., Phos., Puls., Sep.)┬á;┬áwhooping-cough, but without crowing inspiration┬á;┬á<┬áwhen many people are present.