Remedy of the week – Mercurius

thermometerMercury is a metal that in its pure form is liquid at room temperature, it is also referred to as Quick Silver.
Mercury can be used to make thermometers, barometers and other scientific instruments. Mercury conducts electricity and is used in streetlights, fluorescent lamps and advertising signs.

Mercury easily forms alloys with other metals, such as gold, silver, zinc and cadmium. These alloys are called amalgams. Amalgams are used to help extract gold from its ores, create dental fillings and help extend the life of dry cell batteries. Mercury forms useful compounds with other elements. Mercuric chloride is a very poisonous salt and was once used to disinfect wounds. Mercurous chloride, also called calomel, is an antiseptic used to kill bacteria. Mercuric sulphide is used to make a red paint pigment called vermilion. Mercuric oxide is used to make mercury batteries.

Mercury is poisonous and can enter the body through the respiratory tract, the digestive tract or directly through the skin. It accumulates in the body, eventually causing severe illness or death.


In medicine Mercury has historically been used as a medicine to treat various diseases, such as syphilis and typhoid fever, or parasites. The use of mercury in medicine repeatedly led to controversies because of toxic effects. The Mercury containing substance Thimerosal has also been widely used as a preservative in vaccines, which today remains a controversial subject around the globe.

Exposure to Mercury is not so uncommon, even in todays age.

In Homeopathy, of course, the substance Mercury is ground with milk sugar and diluted and shaken in repeated cycles to become a remedy that carries only the energy and imprint of the mercury characteristics.

We apply it in those situations where people express health symptoms that resemble those that people exposed to more pure and physical doses of Mercury would display. And these are not pretty; they are signs of decay and disintegration with yellow discharges and foul smells.

So what are we looking for in these people if we want to consider Mercury for them?

The remedy Mercury has a strong affinity with blood, mucous membranes, glands, genitals, cellular tissues, joints, bones, teeth and skin. And also with the right side of the body where symptoms are often more pronounced.

People needing this remedy are WORSE at NIGHT, from night air, while lying on their right side, from getting hot, for changes, cloudy or cold damp weather, having wet feet, fright.

Like the Mercury in the thermometer, these people are very reactive and sensitive to temperature, changes in temperature and drafts. They take cold easily and generally feel much better in moderate temperatures.

There are a great variety of symptoms which may make us think of Mercury that may be characterized by swelling, redness, congestion, ulceration, rawness, discharges that are; thin, slimy, acrid, burning, foul or thick, green-yellow, bloody.

We see extremes at both ends; either weakness and trembling feeling like they are ready to sink down, with exhaustion and forgetfulness. Or someone who is restless and hurried and nervous.

There will be those who’s symptoms just make them appear dirty and foul smelling, with much sweating and salivation. I can think of dirty nosed/faced children with annual colds producing yellow snot and chesty problems, with a dry cough at night but yellow-green sputum, by day.
Or little ones who’s teething causes much drooling of saliva, pain and ear infections and may have foul smelling breath to go with it.

Once you know what you are looking for it is a remedy that is not too difficult to recognize, it is one we frequently use.

There may be headaches with a sensation as if there is a band around the head. A headache with ear and toothache or sore throats or teeth causing ear aches.

Bad breath, a dirty tongue that is large and flabby and indented, much saliva that flows easily and tastes bad  Painful, swollen, bleeding gums, mouth ulcers, metallic taste. Sore throat, tonsillitis or enlarged tonsils. Salty, lips, taste, expectoration, etc.

We may need Mercury in skin issues like ulceration as we may see on the legs of the elderly, proud flesh or raw meat looking areas or in crusty moist eruptions like we may see in eczema. People needing this remedy often sweat profusely, their perspiration may stain yellow and it does not bring them any relief.

The symptoms of this remedy may also be characterized by yellowness; of the  eyes, teeth, nasal discharge, or in liver issues and Jaundice.

Overall you could say that a Mercury patient may undoubtedly be somewhat off putting, either by their smell, their looks or their sweat. They can’t help it ……. so please don’t hold it against them, just grab some Mercury and let them come right.

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Esther Ritmeester DipHom, RCHom


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