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Monday, November 14, 2011

Muriaticum acidum 200c

Posted by Drdevendra Kumar MD Homeo
- VERMEULEN Frans,
Muriaticum acidum
Mur-ac.
God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.
[Jewish proverb]
Signs
Hydrochloric acid. Muriatic Acid.
SUBSTANCE Chlorine possesses a great affinity for hydrogen; if equal volumes of the two gases are mixed and exposed to sunlight, they combine, forming hydrochloric acid. So strong is the affinity that chlorine is also able to separate hydrogen from certain of its compounds. Chlorine can also remove the hydrogen from water, setting free the oxygen. Hydrogen chloride can be prepared by heating sodium chloride with concentrated sulphuric acid; hence the former name spirits of salt. Hydrochloric acid is a clear, colourless to slightly yellow liquid with a sharp, pungent and irritating odour. It is a strong highly corrosive acid, soluble in water and alcohol but insoluble in hydrocarbons. It fumes in moist air, but it neither burns nor supports combustion. Highly corrosive, it attacks most common metals, including iron, steel and lead, and it destroys many common clothing materials. Hydrochloric acid fumes settle rapidly toward the ground.
USES Hydrochloric acid is second only to sulphuric acid in its numerous and diverse uses in manufacturing industry and synthetic chemistry. It is involved at some stage in the production of a host of everyday articles, but its principal applications include metal pickling, gelatine, dyestuffs, casein, pharmaceuticals, synthetic rubber and metal chlorides manufacture. Other important applications of hydrochloric acid are: manufacture of phenols, fertilizers and plastics; food processing [corn syrup, sodium glutamate]; water treatment; cleaning materials for households and industries; alcohol denaturation; manufacture of amino acids.
TOXICOLOGY Its corrosiveness makes hydrochloric acid a fatal poison when inhaled or ingested. Inhalation of the vapour may cause coughing, difficult breathing, pulmonary oedema, circulatory system collapse, asphyxia due to glottic or laryngeal oedema, death. The liquid can cause severe burns to skin and eyes. Ingestion causes severe burning of mouth and stomach, nausea, vomiting, intense thirst, and diarrhoea. Corrosion of the stomach may lead to gastric perforation and peritonitis. Long-term occupational exposure has been reported to cause gastritis, chronic bronchitis, dermatitis, and photosensitization in workers. Prolonged exposure to low concentrations also causes dental discolouration and erosion.
GASTRIC JUICE Hydrochloric acid is found in the stomach lining, forming part of the stomach juices [0.2-0.5%] and important in the early stages of food digestion, particularly of proteins and fats. Excessive production of hydrochloric acid causes heartburn, and gastric and duodenal ulcers. Deficiency of hypochloric acid [hypochlorhydria] or complete lack [achlorhydria] can lead to malabsorption of minerals that are usually solubilized by hydrochloric acid [e.g. calcium and iron], as well as to chronic gastritis due to destruction of the parietal cells. The condition is associated with pernicious anaemia. Acute stress may lead to increased hydrochloric acid secretion, but chronic stress causes HCl production to decrease. Achlorhydria is a common symptom in depressive neuroses and frequently associated with mental fatigue, persistent worry and strain. Symptoms include lack of appetite, fulness after eating, gaseous eructations, and diarrhoea [more common than constipation]. More than half the people with gallstones show decreased HCl secretion compared with gallstone-free patients. Diabetics have lower secretion, as do people with eczema, psoriasis, seborrhoeic dermatitis, vitiligo, and tooth and periodontal disease. The drug cannabis actively suppresses HCl secretion. Various physical stimuli as well as emotional factors have far reaching effects on the gastrointestinal mechanism. Fatigue from any cause is likely to interfere with the digestive processes, particularly those of the stomach and small bowel. Magnesium carbonate and calcium carbonate [milk] neutralize too much gastric acid.
DEPENDENCY It is believed that conflicts centring on dependency needs are especially likely to be found in individuals who develop peptic ulcers. In support of this belief is the study of Weiner et al in the 1950s. "Relying on prior evidence of a high rate of gastric secretion in ulcer-prone individuals, as indicated in part by a high level of pepsinogen in the blood serum, Weiner and his colleagues tested a population of 2073 army draftees and chose for study those men found to be maximum and minimum risk for ulcer formation by virtue of constitutional predisposition. Membership in one or the other group did in fact predict the incidence of ulcer formation during the stress of basic training. Of perhaps even greater importance, however, is the fact that a battery of psychological tests also correctly predicted the group in which pepsinogen-level recruits would fall, and even correctly identified at an above-chance level which high-pepsinogen recruits would develop ulcers. These test results showed evidence of major unresolved dependency [in Freudian terms 'oral'] conflicts, with resultant frustration and suppressed hostility. ... The important point established by this study was that neither a high pepsinogen level nor dependency conflicts was alone responsible for the development of peptic ulcer. Taken together, however, they constituted a pathogenic predisposition that, on exposure to a special stressor [basic training], could be expected to challenge the equilibrium of a dependent individual, thus producing an abnormally high risk of ulcer formation. The dependency of the ulcer-prone individual is not always obvious at the behavioural level. In fact, such an individual may seem to be quite independent or autonomous."1
PROVINGS •• [1] Hahnemann - 8 provers; method: unknown. Contains additional symptoms from Nenning.
[1] Coleman, Butcher and Carson, Abnormal Psychology and Modern Life, 6th ed.
Affinity
BLOOD. MUSCLES [HEART; ANUS]. MUCOUS MEMBRANES [digestive tract; MOUTH]. TONGUE. Brain. * Left side. Right side.
Modalities
Worse: Touch. Wet weather. Walking. Cold drinks; bathing. Sitting. Human voice. Before midnight. Lying on right side [vertigo]. While perspiring. After sleep. During menses. While urinating.
Better: Motion. Warmth. Lying on left side.
Main symptoms
M Reserved, sad, silent, and unwilling to talk.
• "Sad and introverted, as if she had no life in her, during the menses." [Hahnemann]
M Nurturing others.[Sankaran]
Serious and industrious [but is quickly exhausted].
Excitement when working.
Never enough [discontented with himself].
M Death of the mother.
Based on the proving symptom "She dreams of the death of her mother," Grandgeorge relates two cases in which the death of the mother [expected or dreamed of] was associated with the occurrence of haemorrhoids.
• "Recently, a family brings me a baby for the regular check-up done at twenty-four months. He is fine and the routine examination is excellent. No prescription is necessary. On leaving, the father rises from his chair and asks if I have a remedy for a violent attack of haemorrhoids that has lasted for the last three weeks in spite of the allopathic treatment he has received. I observe his face, which shows an expression of fatigue and anxiety. 'How is your mother doing?' The man's face pales, he sits down again, and, very troubled, tells me that his mother is dying of rapidly-developing cancer, the first symptoms having appeared only three weeks ago!"1
M Situation of Mur-ac.
• "It could be an unfortunate situation [Discontented with his fate - Hahnemann] which is more than he is able to handle [Succeeds never] but in which he gives everything, in which he exhausts himself to survive [Industrious]. If something goes wrong he cannot let that pass easily [Anxious apprehension, cannot get over the slightest misfortune - Hahnemann]. He has to dwell on that to make sure that in the future it will not go wrong again [Anxious care about the future - Hering; Conscientious about trifles]. But in the meantime he has to keep on working and handle everything that comes his way [Deep reflection and quiet introversion, as if something unpleasant was impending but with inclination to work - Hahnemann]. The small misfortunes he has to brood about get more and more [Brooding; Thoughts persistent / intrude and crowd around each other] and it gets chaotic in his mind. With every new call from his surroundings he reacts irritated, it is already too much [Irritability; Morose]. He doesn't blame his surroundings, he knows it is his fate and he has to make the best of it even if it is beyond his capacity. He will exhaust himself, drive himself up and in the end get exhausted. He has to do the work of two persons and he is only alone and not trained for the job."2
G DEBILITY, DIARRHOEA and [continued] FEVER, acute or chronic.
[e.g. adynamic fevers, AIDS, terminal cases].
Remains clear-headed; almost NO anxiety.
G Great DEBILITY.
As soon as he sits down his eyes close.
Slides down in bed, lower jaw drops, etc.
Weakness during fever.
G Muscle exhaustion.
• "Cures muscular weakness following excessive use of opium and tobacco." [Allen]
G Thought and sight of MEAT unendurable.
G Copious PERSPIRATION on TURNING from left to right side in bed.
G BLUISH parts; tongue, piles, ulcers, etc.
G BURNING.
G Thin, acrid, foul discharges.
G VERTIGO.
< Lying on right side. > Turning on left side.
And Nausea.
And Liver disorders.
P Aphthous stomatitis with salivation.
And WEAKNESS and FEVER.
P Lips sore, cracked and scabby.
Herpes labialis.
P INVOLUNTARY stool on urinating or passing flatus.
Cannot urinate without having the bowels move at the same time.
P Very sore piles > heat.
Anus very sore during menses, < least touch. P Palpitation of the heart felt in the FACE. [1] Grandgeorge, The Spirit of Homoeopathic Medicines. [2] Dam and Lassauw, Muriatic acid; HL 1/94. Rubrics Mind Absentminded during menses [1]. Absorbed during menses [1/1]. Anger, after dreams [1/1], followed by weakness [1/1]. Answering, abruptly [1], in monosyllables [1]. Cheerful after dreams [1]. Conscientious about trifles [2]. Delusions, images ever changing past to present [1/1]. Discontented with himself [1]. Fear of losing self-control [1]. Silent grief [2]. Irritability from weakness [1/1]. Occupation > [1]. Quiet disposition during menses [1]. Sensitive to noise, shrill sounds [1], voices [1]. Never succeeds [1]. Thoughts intrude and crowd around each other while at work [1].
Head
Sensation of looseness of brain while carrying a weight [1/1]. Pain, from looking fixedly at anything [1], from noise of distant talking [1/1], > sneezing [1], from straining eyes [1], > wrapping up head [1].
Vision
Dim, during headache [1], during vertigo [1]. Hemiopia, vertical [2].
Hearing
Acute, preceded by cracking in ears [1], for voices and talking [2]. Impaired, for the human voice [1].
Mouth
Glued up sensation [1/1].
Teeth
Pain, after sweets [1], > external warmth [2].
Stomach
Loathing food after beer [1; Nux-v.].
Abdomen
Fulness, as if abdomen would burst during anxiety [1/1].
Rectum
Diarrhoea, after beer [2], after fruit [2], after opium [2], in warm weather [1].
Cough
Violent, from laughing [1/1], from talking [1/1], on yawning [1/1].
Chest
Pain, sore, sternum, < laughing [1/1], < talking [1/1], < yawning [1/1]; stitching, heart, > rubbing [1/1]. Palpitation felt in face [1/1].
Back
Pain, burning, coccyx, during menses [1], extending up the spine [1/1].
Dreams
Death of relatives, mother [1; Chin.]. Humiliation [1]. Native country [1].
Perspiration
On beginning to sleep [3].
Skin
Itching, < perspiration [1], of perspiring parts [1], on becoming warm [1]. Generals Lying hand on part > [1]. Sun, sunburn [2]. Weakness, after anger [1].
Food
Aversion: [3]: Meat. [2]: Meat, thought or sight of. [1]: Beer.
Desire: [2]: Alcohol. [1]: Brandy.
Worse: [2]: Fruit. [1]: Beer; broth; cold drinks; cold food; milk [= vomiting]; sour [= toothache]; sweets [= toothache].
Better: [2]: Hot food. [1]: Beer.

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