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ArgentiteArgentite

ARGENTITE, ACANTHITE, SILVER SULPHIDE

 

Silver nitrate is extracted from argentite for its anti-bacterial and caustic properties. In orthodox medicine, it is applied to warts but is now considered too toxic for its previous wider uses. It remains key homeopathic remedy for many conditions, including dizziness and headaches.

 

Argentite is the most important source of silver and can be so easily formed into a shape that it was originally used to make coins. Coins minted in Jachymov, Czechoslovakia, where it occurs naturally, were called "Joachimsthalergulden", which is the origin of the word dollar.

 

PARTS USED

Silver, to make silver nitrate.

 

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Silver.

 

ACTIONS

Caustic; antibacterial.

 

MEDICINAL USE

Silver nitrate is applied externally to warts and to disinfect the skin in orthodox medicine. It is also one of the key homeopathic remedies (Argentum nitrate), taken for dizziness, conjunctivitis, itching scalp, colic, wind and diarrhoea, and for headaches, particularly when they are associated with fear or nervousness.

 

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Lotion, stick, homeopathic remedies.

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