Origin : Found naturally in small quantities in minerals and ores, such as zinc, but prepared chemically for commercial use.
Background : This bluish white element was discovered by Frederick Stromeyer, a German chemist, in 1817. It is used in alloys, batteries, metal-plating, and magnets.
Preparation : Cadmium is mixed with lactose sugar and triturated.
Remedy Profile : People for whom Cadmium met. is best suited tend to be irritable, hypersensitive, and indifferent, and may avoid company. The classic symptom profile associated with this remedy is of great fatigue, with dull aches all over the body, influenza-like symptoms, a poor memory, and difficulty in concentrating. Since these are symptoms associated by homeopaths with the effects of aluminum on the body (see page 72), this remedy is often used as an antidote to aluminum exposure. There may be accompanying nausea or diarrhea with soft stools and a sensation as if there is a foreign body in the rectum. More serious gastrointestinal symptoms may be helped by this remedy, such as painful abdominal bloating, colitis, or hernias in the diaphragm. It may also be used for constipation and hemorrhoids that tend to be aggravated by passing stools. A feature of the remedy is that as the fatigue lessens, skin eruptions may appear on the skin, causing it to redden, burn, and itch, and perhaps develop pimples, blisters, or non-weeping eruptions.
Symptoms Better : For pressure on the affected area; for cold compresses; for the development of skin eruptions; for eating.
Symptoms Worse : In the morning; for movement; for mental exertion; on the left side of the body.