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Materia Medica by Allen



NITRIC ACID

(nit-ac)

NITRIC ACID H N O3

Especially suited to thin persons of rigid fibre, dark complexions, black hair and eyes—the brunette rather than the blonde—nervous temperament.

Persons suffering with chronic diseases who take cold easily; are easily disposed to diarrhoea; rarely to those who suffer with constipation.

Old people with great weakness and diarrhoea.

Excessive PHYSICAL irritability.

Pains: sticking, pricking as from splinters; suddenly appearing and disappearing; on change of temperature or weather; during sleep; gnawing here and there as from ulcers forming.

Sensation: of a band around head, around the bones (Carb. ac, Sulph.); OF A SPLINTER in affected parts, ulcers, piles, throat, ingrowing toe nail < on slightest contact.

Ailments: which depend on some virulent poison; from mercury, syphilis, scrofula; in broken-down cachectic constitutions.

After continued loss of sleep, long-lasting anxiety, over-exertion of mind and body from nursing the sick (Coc); anguish from the loss of his dearest friend; indifference; tired of life; sadness before menses.

Great anxiety about his disease; constantly thinking about his past troubles; morbid fear of cholera (Ars.); depressed and anxious in the evening.

Irritable, headstrong; hateful and vindictive; inveterate, ill-willed, unmoved by apologies.

Hardness of hearing > by riding in carriage or train (Graph.).

Very sensitive to rattle of wagons over paved streets; headache from pressure of hat (Cal. p., Carbo, Nat.).

Ozaena: green casts from the nose every morning.

Diarrhoea: great straining but little passes, as if faeces remained and cannot be expelled (Alum.); pain as if rectum or anus were torn or fissured (Nat. m.) ; violent cutting pains AFTER STOOL, lasting for hours (Rat., Sulph. — during and after, Mer.).

Fissures in rectum;, tearing, spasmodic pains during stools; lancinating, even after soft stools (Alumen, Nat, Rat).

Urine: SCANTY, DARK-BROWN, strong-smelling, "like horse's urine"; COLD WHEN IT PASSES; turbid, looks like remains of a cider barrel.

Ulcers: easily bleeding: in corners of mouth (Nat.; Graph.) SPLINTER-LIKE PAINS, especially on contact (Hep.); zig- zag, irregular edges; base looks like raw flesh; exuberant granulations; after mercury or syphilis or both, engrafted on a scrofulous base.

Discharges: thin, offensive, acrid; of a brown or dirty yellowish green color; rarely laudable pus.

Haemorrhage: from bowels in typhoid or typhus (Crot, Mur. ac); after miscarriage or post-partum; from overexertion of body; bright, profuse, or dark.

Cracking: in ears, on masticating; of the joints, on motion (Coc, Graph.).

Warts, condylomata: sycotic or syphilitic; large, jagged, pedunculated; bleeding readily on washing; moist, oozing; sticking pain (Staph., Thuja).

Affects especially the mucous outlets of the body where skin and mucous membrane join; mouth, nose, rectum, anus, urethra, vagina (Mur. ac).

 

Relations
Complementary: Ars. and Calad.

Inimical: to, Lachesis.

Resembles: Ars. in morbid fear of cholera.

Often difficult to distinguish from Mer.; but is adapted to black-haired people, while Mer. is more useful in light-haired persons.

Relieves ailments resulting from abuse of mercury, especially if there be erethism; bad effects of repeated doses of Digitalis.

Follows well: Calc, Hep., Mer., Nat. c, Puls, or Thuja; but is most effective after Kali c.

 

Aggravation
Evening and at night; after midnight; contact; change of temperature or weather; during sweat; on walking; while walking.

 

Amelioration
While riding in a carriage (reverse of Coc).