Etymology[ edit ] The word ambergris comes from the Old French "ambre gris" or "grey amber ". Formation[ edit ] Ambergris is formed from a secretion of the bile duct in the intestines of the sperm whale, and can be found floating on the sea or washed up on coastlines. It is sometimes found in the abdomens of dead sperm whales. The sperm whale usually vomits these, but if one travels further down the gut, it will be covered in ambergris. It is speculated that an ambergris mass too large to be passed through the intestines is expelled via the mouth, leading to the reputation of ambergris as primarily coming from whale vomit.
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Memory impaired. Slow of comprehension, has to read a sentence over and over again, and then does not understand, thinking powers are quite impaired. Anxiety, especially in the evening. Despair, and disgust of life. Repugnance to laughter and conversation. Excitement, agitation, and precipitation, chiefly during intellectual labors.
Imagination occupied with grinning faces and wanton images. Absence of ideas. Embarrassed manner in society, bashful. Attacks of dizziness, especially on walking in the open air. Vertigo, which compels the patient to lie down, with a sensation of weakness in the stomach.
In the morning, headache as after a nocturnal debauch. Sensation of weakness in the head, with external shivering. Pressive pain in the head, every two days, with heat in the head, burning in the eyes, and paleness in the face. Pressing pain in the forehead and vertex, with heat in the head, with pale face on alternate days, with fear of losing his senses. Pressive squeezing, with perplexity, principally in the forehead and occiput. Congestion of blood in the head, especially on hearing music.
Acute sensation of drawing in the head, with ulcers on the scalp. Dartings in the head. Pain in the head, as if caused by a strain from lifting a weight. Pain in the scalp on its being touched, with falling off of the hair. The scalp feels sore in the morning when awaking: this is followed by a sensation of numbness, extending over the whole body.
Pressure on the eyes, with heaviness, and a sensation as if the eyes were too deep in the head, with a difficulty of opening them in the morning. Insufferable tickling round the eyes. Itching in the eyelid, as if a sty were being formed. Inflammatory redness of the sclerotica, with injection of the vessels. Confusion of sight, like a mist, and obscurity before the eyes. Acute sensation of drawing in the ears.
Tension in the ears. Crawling and tickling in the interior of the ears. Tinkling and buzzing before the ears. Increasing deafness, deaf in one ear, roaring and whistling in the ear. Spasms in the alae nasi. Nasal hemorrhage, principally in the morning.
Clots of dry blood in the nose. Frequent sneezing. Dryness and stoppage of the nose, with pain, as of excoriation. Dry coryza. Chronic suppression of the nasal mucus. Redness and heat, sometimes transient, of the face. Jaundiced face. Convulsive movements in the muscles of the face. Tickling and itching titillation in the face, with eruption of pimples, the same in the forehead, and in the region of the whiskers. Red spot on the cheeks, cramps in the lips.
Cramp of the lower lip. Hot lips. Drawing, shooting pains, chiefly in the teeth that are carious, and especially in the open air, increased by taking anything hot. Drawing toothache, sometimes on one side and then on the other. Bleeding of the gums. Painful swelling of the gums. In the morning, on waking, dryness and sensation of numbness in the mouth, in the tongue, and in the lips. Itching and smarting in the mouth. Vesicles in the mouth, with burning pain. Nodosities, with pain, like excoriation, below the tongue.
Tongue coated white, or greyish yellow. Offensive smell in the mouth in the morning. Sensation as of a plug in the throat, with difficulty of swallowing. Strangling in the pharynx on swallowing food. Gnawing and scratching in the throat. Accumulation of greyish mucus in the throat, with inclination to vomit, and vomiting when hawking. In the morning, hawking up of mucus. Asthma in lean and delicate old people.
Want of appetite. Sourness in the mouth after taking milk. After eating, pressure at the pit of the throat, as if a piece had stopped there. After eating, cough and gaping, and a feeling as if food did not go down into the stomach. Entire thirstlessness. Imperfect eructations. Frequent eructations, often sour, or with the taste of the food which may have been taken. Hiccough after having smoked tobacco.
Pyrosis principally in the evening, or on walking in the open air. Nausea and vomiting. Pressure and cramp-like pain in the stomach. Sensation of burning in the stomach and in the precordial region. Heartburn from drinking milk. Hepatic pains, most frequently pressive. Pressive pain in the epigastrium and in the abdomen. Heaviness in the belly.
Tension and inflation of the belly, principally after eating and drinking. Compression in the belly, sometimes in the morning. Cutting pains in the evening, after midnight, and in bed in the morning with diarrhoea. Pain, as from a wound in the abdominal muscles, on coughing and on turning the body. Pain in the spleen, as if something were torn off. Sensation of coldness in abdomen, sometimes on one side only.
In the evening sensation of drawing in the abdominal muscles. Incarcerated flatus. Flatulent colic in the night. Stool and Anus. Constipation and tardy stools. Fruitless desire to go to stool, with anxiety, and incapability of enduring the approach of any person. Irregular intermittent stools, often only every two days. Soft, loose, clear-brown stools.
After the stool, pressure in the abdomen. Flowing of blood with the stool.
Rajan Sankaran shares his remedy portrait of Ambra Grisea. Ambra grisea is an animal remedy. It belongs to the sycotic miasm. Like other animal remedies it has the quality of divided will.
Extreme nervous hypersensitiveness. External numbness of whole body in the morning and weakness. Nervous bilious temperament. Thin, scrawny women.
Ambra Grisea – A Forgotten Remedy
This article was originally published in Similia — December Volume 21, 2 Abstract Ambra grisea is a well known remedy for old people, but it is also has a less well known constitutional picture. In this case I initially prescribed two well known polychrests to which the patient responded well, but developed a proving symptom. Further work on the case led to a much better prescription, of the less well known remedy, Ambra grisea. This article is in two parts: part one is the initial consultation with follow ups, prescriptions and analysis. Part two discusses the subsequent analysis and consultations and looks at the remedy Ambra grisea. This is the case of a thirty four year old unmarried woman.
The Soul of Remedies: Ambra Grisea