back Ambra Grisea

Synonym. - Ambra grisea.

Common name. - Ambergris. Probably a nosode, or morbid product of the sperm-whale - found floating on the sea.

Preparation. - Triturations are mostly employed, though Hering says the alcoholic tincture is the best preparation. The substance readily dissolves in alcohol.

Ambra acts directly upon the nervous system, producing superficial functional disturbances; affecting especially the generative organs of the female, producing irritation of these parts, and giving rise to various forms of nervous and hysterical affections.


Mind.- Anguish in the evening. Despair.

Head.- Must lie down on account of vertigo and feeling of weakness in the stomach.  Tearing pain in left temple up to the vertex ; in right frontal eminence and behind the left ear.  Extremely painful tearing on top of head, and apparently in whole upper part of brain; with paleness of face and coldness of left hand.  Dullness and confusion in occiput.  Falling off of the hair (Graph., Hep. s., Natr. mur., Lach. Phos., Sep.).

Eyes. - Pain in the eyes as if they had been closed too firmly. Itching of the eyelids as if a stye would form.

Ears. - Boaring and whistling in the ears, in afternoon. Hearing decreases.

Nose.- Bleeding at the nose, worse in the morning (Agar., Bry.).  Dried blood collects in the nose.

Face.- Jaundiced color of the face (Chel., Crot. t., Podo.).

Mouth.- Foetid odor from the mouth (Arn., Hep. s., Iodi., Kreos., Nitr. ac, Merc).  Drawing pain in the teeth.

Throat.- Accumulation of grayish phlegm in the throat, which is difficult to hawk up; accompanied by rawness.  Sensation of rawness in region of velum palati.

Stomach. - Frequent empty or sour eructations (Carb. v., Nux v., Phos., Sulph.). Frequent eructations, with violent, convulsive cough.  Sensation every evening as of a spoiled stomach, and acrid risings up to the larynx.

Abdomen. - Sense of coldness in the abdomen (Aethus., Camph.).  Coldness of one side of the abdomen.  Aching in region of liver.  Pressure deep in hypogastrium after stool.

Stool.- Frequent ineffectual desire for stool (Nux v.); this makes her very anxious; at this time the presence of other persons becomes unbearable.  Constipation (Alum., Bry., Calc. c, Nux v., Op., Phos.).

Urinary Organs. - The urine is turbid, even while being emitted, depositing a brown sediment, the urine above being clear and yellow (Ars.).  Frequent micturition at night (Borax, Phos. ac).

Female Organs. - Violent itching of the pudendum (Canth., Kreos., Merc, Sulph.); has to rub the parts (Kreos.).  Soreness and itching, with swelling of the labia.  Stitches in the ovarian region, when drawing in the abdomen or pressing upon it.  Discharge of blood between the periods (Cact.), at every little accident, as after every hard stool, or after a walk. Menses too early and too profuse (Aloe, Amm. c, Calc. c., Nux v.).

Respiratory Organs.- Violent spasmodic cough, with frequent eructations and hoarseness.  Cough only at night, from irritation in throat (Hyos.).  Cough every evening, with pain under the left ribs, as if something were torn loose there.  o Whooping cough, paroxysmal, but without crowing inspiration. Very saltish expectoration (Carb. v., Lyc., Phos.. Sep.).  Sensation of pressure in the chest as from a lump or an obstruction (Phos.).  Rawness in the chest (Phos., Rumex). Wheezing in the chest. Tearing pain in the left side of the chest.

Upper Limbs. - Tearing pain in the left shoulder joint, with a sprained and paralyzed feeling. Drawing in the fingers and thumbs.

Lower Limbs. - Heaviness of the legs. Cramp in the legs, and in the calves, nearly every night (Sulph.). Tearing pains in the legs every morning.

Generalities. - Spasms and twitches in the muscular parts (Agar., Cic). Great weakness and lassitude (Ars., Cinch.).  Symptoms better while walking in the open air, but return while sitting.

Sleep.- Uneasy sleep, with vexatious, anxious dreams.

Conditions. - In old people and children. In those debilitated by overwork.  In nervous persons, who are anaemic, sleepless, etc. In thin, spare persons of very nervous temperament.

Compare.- Agar., Ars., Asaf., Camph., Chin, s., Coccul., Coff. c, Ign., Lyc, Mosch., Phos., Staph.,. Valer., Zinc.

Antidotes.- Camph., Coff. c, Nux v., Puls., Staph.

Ambra Antidotes.- Nux v., Staph.


THERAPEUTICS. Ambra has only been found useful in the treatment of diseases of a nervous or hysteriacal nature, such as asthma, spasmodic cough (with eructations), whooping cough, pruritus, oophoritis and nymphomania. It is also useful in constipa- tion, especially in nervous women, and particularly in the lying-in room, where the patient cannot have a stool or urinate when anyone else is in the room.

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