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Nitricum Acidum - General symptoms - Hahnemann

Nitric Acid, Nit-ac, Nit ac, Acidum nitricum, Acid Nit, Nit-ac.

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HPUS indication of Nitricum Acidum: Dry cough

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Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Nitric Acid in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.




About 130 of the following symptoms belong to the two fellow-observers mentioned. The remainder, save thirty from authors, are Hahnemann's own, obtained as we have already seen. Besides these are a few from Hartmann, Foissac, Hering, Stapf and "Th. Mo.", etc., probably observed on patients.

Half an ounce of perfectly pure nitre (dry nitre in large crystals is dissolved in 6 parts of hot water, and crystallized again from the solution during the application of intense cold) is pulverized and put into a retort lined with clay, by means of a crooked beaked glass funnel, then through the same funnel a half an ounce of Acid Phos phosphoric acid of an oily consistence is added (prepared according to the direction in the fifth part of , melted and allowed to deliquesce in the open air).

after these have been shaken up a little, the pure nitric acid is distilled over a lamp into a receiver loosely attached to it.

this acid will not smoke and has a specific weight of about 1, 200.

One drop of this acid is shaken up five times with 100 drops of distilled water, and one drop of this is shaken up by five succussions, with 100 drops of diluted alcohol whereby the nitric acid is potentized to the ten thousandth dilution (/10000). One drop of this attenuation is then attenuated with 100 drops of good alcohol and then potentized by five succussions successively to the VI, VIII and X potencies, for there is no danger of any intimate combination (as in sweet spirits of nitre) of the alcohol with an acid so much diluted.

The homoeopathic physician will only use the potencies VI, VIII and X for antipsoric purposes, giving two or three of the smallest pellets, moistened with these potencies, for a dose -for the more debilitated patients we only use the decillionth attenuation.

It will be found that this medicine acts more beneficially with patients of a tense fibre (brunettes) than with those of a lax fibre (blondes). It is also more appropriate to chronic patients who are inclined to soft stools, while it is seldom applicable to patients inclined to constipation.

Nitric acid is most beneficial where the following symptoms predominate or are present among others

peevishness and obstinacy.

aversion to work. vertigo, when walking and sitting.

vertigo, compelling the person to lie down.

headache from nausea. tearing in the forehead, the crown and the occiput.

beating headache. rush of blood to the head.

itching on the hairy scalp.

falling out of the hair.

paralysis of the upper eyelid.

. suppuration of the eyes.

difficulty in contracting the pupils.

flying . stitches in the ear.

encysted tumor on the left lobule.

discharge from the ear.

obstruction of the ear.

stoppage of the ear.

crepitation in the ear.

scurfs in the right nostril.

epistaxis. offensive smell on drawing in air through the nose.

fetor from the nose. pimples in the face.

. cracked lips. swelling in the re of the lips.

looseness of the teeth.

bleeding of the gums. burning in the throat.

, also after eating. sweetish taste in the mouth.

thirst, during suppuration of the lungs.

loathing of meat. milk is not digested.

sick at stomach from eating fat.

during and after meals, perspiration.

after eating, sensation of fullness in the stomach.

after dinner, lassitude.

sour eructation. inclination to vomit.

waterbrash after drinking quickly.

stitches in the scrobiculus cordis.

tensive pressure under the left ribs.

frequent pinching in the abdomen.

colic. shooting in the abdomen, when touching it.

ulcerative pain in the hypogastrium.

swelling of the inguinal glands.

inguinal hernia in children.

, in the morning and evening.

rumbling in the abdomen.

growling in the abdomen.

liability to take cold in the abdomen.

. urging to stool. irregular and difficult evacuation of the faeces.

. dry stool. itching of the anus.

. painful urination..

soreness of the glans.

. the testicle hangs down.

lack of the sexual instinct and of its functions.

lack of erections. too many pollutions.


Abortive sneezing. dryness of the nose.

coryza. stuffed coryza.

hoarseness. roughness on the chest.

laryngeal phthisis. cough by day.

cough in the evening, when lying down.

vomiting cough. shortness of breath.

. panting while at work.

knotty induration of the mammae.

dwindling of the mammae.

pain in the sacrum. pain in the back.

. swelling of the glands of the neck.

shooting in the shoulder.

pressive pain on the shoulder-joint.

roughness of the skin on the hands.

herpes between the fingers.

the fingers go to sleep.

white spots on the finger-nails.

itching on the thighs.

every evening, . pain of the thighs, when rising from a seat.

weakness of the knees.

, after sitting. twisting in the calves.

shooting in the heel, when treading.

fetid sweat of the feet.

, and consequent pinching and cutting in the abdomen.

pains in old cicatrices and wounds, with the changes of weather (weather prophets in the limbs).

black pores. the limbs freeze, inflame and itch even in moderate cold.

itching nettle-rash in the open air, even in the face.

itching herpes. painful corns and chilblains.

debility. lassitude in the morning.

tremulous lassitude. chronic lassitude and heaviness of the feet.

difficult awaking in the morning.

frequent awaking. restlessness at night.

starting up from sleep.

sleep full of dreams. anxious dreams.

lascivious dreams. pains during sleep.

. afternoon fever, chill and heat.

dryness of the skin.

fetid night-sweat.

The symptoms marked (.) were observed by ; those marked (.) are by


, when stooping.

Proving on self. Symptoms have been compared with original in , 1796, I, 375 -Pain was felt also in the back of the head, and the gums were red and swollen.

No such symptom found in Scott. In Blair's case (original is , etc., ., 1797) the symptom seems compounded of an ulcer in the throat which appeared in a man who was taking the acid for syphilitic disease there, and of ulcerations and vesications on the lips and inside of the mouth from the local action of the drug.

To KELLIE -"Translated from Duncan's , 1797, II," 254. Observations on patients. -To DUERR, also observations on patients.

Not found.


Sickly and aching, frequently, as if swooning and anxious, as if there would be eructations (especially on moving), alternating with ravenous hunger and pain as from emptiness in the stomach, as if she ought to eat, with collection of water in the mouth, like waterbrash.

daily, in repeated attacks of five to ten minutes' duration.

Not found.

Soon after ingestion.

Ascribed to acid being too little diluted.

Not accessible.

Not found.

Not found.

Soon after ingestion.

Not accessible.

Ascribed to acid being too little diluted.