Overview Kali-bi is a master
remedy for helping break down thick, ropy, sticky, tough, stubborn
mucus. It helps clear away sinus congestion, post nasal drip,
hawking, blocked nasal passages, stubborn gagging coughs, plus
related stomach distress and migraine-like headaches. If mucus
suppressants, spring pollen, or too much beer are in the picture,
thats more evidence that Kali-bi can help
Background As one would expect
from a remedy combination of potash (kali) and chromic acid there is
a general resemblance to other Homeopathic Kali remedies but there
is also a decided difference arising from the acid combination.
Chromic acid is a very irritating acid. It is highly corrosive and
caustic with rapid penetrating and destroying ability to animal
tissue resulting in the sloughing off of the dead tissue with the
production of deep fissures, craters, sores and ulcers. The
first symptom in the process of ulcer formation is a measles looking
rash. Indeed the remedy has been used to treat this complaint. The
rash then forms pustules which ripen and burst to form
Generals Kali-bi is well suited to those who are
very regular and rigid in their routine and habits (like strongly
adherent mucus). They tend to go into great detail about nearly
everything in their life and they are very organised by nature. They
ignore and do not complain of their mental symptoms and concentrate
only on their physical ailments. This simplistic view resonates
their lifestyle in which everything is viewed as black and white and
not in any other way. They call a spade a spade and the shade,
variety and complexity of life is not evident. Accompanied with this
attitude they have a strong sense of their own mortality a view
which shapes their actions and the way they do things.
Constitutionally they tend to obese
(though not exclusively) as a result of overindulgence particularly
of alcohol and drugs. As with such their self control or motivation
is low and they make little effort to accomplish anything either
physically or mentally. They are ill tempered, listless and stuck in
a rut. They are apt to wake at 2 am, rise in the morning unrefreshed
and remain drowsy and prostrated throughout the day. They are both
distrustful and contemptuous of others (misanthropic) as well as
fearful (anthropophobic). As a means of escape they rely on alcohol
and drugs and so perpetuate their life circle.
generally chilly, like to be well wrapped up although they may also
suffer from excessively warm weather.
Discharges may occur
from any mucus location of the body and are always yellow to
greenish, ropy, thick, sticky and can be pulled into strings or
alternatively to stringy discharges may sometimes be jelly like and
lumpy. This characteristic is true of coryza, it is true of
discharges in pharyngitis and laryngitis, it is true of vomited
matters in gastric catarrh, it is true of the bronchi of scrofulous
children, and it is also true of leucorrhoea and of the gleety
discharge from the urethra.
Another feature of the remedy is
the alteration of conditions. Catarrhal symptoms may occur in winter
and clear up in spring when rheumatic symptoms may appear. Diarrhoea
may appear in autumn at which time the rheumatic symptoms will
Physicals Head Usually these headaches occur
at the very same time each and every day. They occur in a very
specific area usually in the glabella area and centred over one eye
which then spreads across the entire head. The pain may be preceded
by blindness or blurred vision which returns to normal as the head
Ears are swollen with
tearing pains exuding thick, yellow, stringy, fetid discharge.
There may be ulcers on cornea, and
Face is a chamois leather
Nose extremely painful from
ulcerated septum with thich yellow greenish putrid stringy
discharge. Post nasal drip, inability to breathe through nose due
to obstruction from coryza,
Sinusitis: Kali-bi is a homeopathic remedy that can
help with any sort of catarrh issues, particularly when it becomes
slimy and hard to expel. The catarrh may accumulate and may even
become dry, hard and crusted after awhile. There is frequently a
post nasal drip with much hawking, sneezing and dryness accompanied
with an inability to breathe due to obstruction from coryza,
Inflammation can extend to the frontal sinuses with extreme pain
from the nasal septum and root from ulcerations which exude a thick
yellow greenish putrid stringy discharge.
Sore Throat, Coughs,
and Croup When the throat and even the tonsils
become swollen and there is a tickle in the throat that develops
into a hoarse, hacking, brassy sounding cough with profuse yellow,
sticky and glutinous expectoration is then time when Kali-bi can
come in very handy.
There may be true membranous
croup, extending to larynx and nares. The cough results in a sternum
extending to back and shoulders; worse when undressing. Chest
pains and a very dry mouth are also associated with this
Tract Kali-bi is particularly helpful when there
are sharp pains that feel like an ulcer may have developed in the
stomach accompanied with distention and gastritis. Following the
ommencement of eating. heartburn, nausea and a feeling of repletion
occur very rapidly.
A feeling of undigested food
is present in the abdomen. There is a soreness in the right
hypochondria from a fatty liver. Cutting pains may be present from
There is a desire for beer and
Stools are jelly-like, gelatinous; brown, worse in
the morning with dysentery; tenesmus, and a sensation of a plug in
anus. Periodic constipation, with pain across the loins.
The urethra burns after the urination of
a brown (bloody) ropy mucus albuminous urine. There is the sensation
of a drop which seems to remain behind and which cannot be
expelled. Kidney congestion and nephritis.
Extremities Rheumatism occurs in
spring or summer weather, when there are cool days or nights. The
smaller joints seem to suffer in particular. There are pains about
the fingers and wrists more than in any other part of the body.
Gastric and rheumatic symptoms alternate. There may also be a
soreness of the heels when walking. The tendo Achilles may be
swollen and painful.
Conditions: Any sort of facial acne that causes a
sort of yellowish discharge can be helped by this homeopathic
remedy. This may show itself as blisters, a rash, or just skin
ulcers that feel as though they will never go
Modalities Amelioration Heat/
beer, morning, undressing.
Relationships Croup Lachesis (Lach):- Farringtonm states
that one of the remedies following Kali-bi in croup is Lach It
suits particularly when the spasmodic cough becomes so violent as to
cause choking spells, and when the patient drops off to sleep and
awakens as if smothering. Kal-bi has modified the inflammation but
has not succeeded in preventing spasm of the throat. Then Lach comes
in and relieves the remaining symptoms. Should the croup symptoms
increase return to Kali-bi.
(Merc-cy) and Kaolin (Kaol):- These two remedies are also
very useful to assist Kali-bi in cases of membranous croup. The
former in cases of diptheric croup and the latter when there is
intense soreness which descends downwards into the trachea and
Headaches Gelsemium (Gel), Causticum (Caust), Natrum mur
(Nat-mur), Iris versicolor (Iris), Psoriunum (Psor), and Silica
(Sil) all display blinding headache in their symptomology.
Intestinal Lycopodium (Lyc), Sulphur
(Sul), Rumex (Rumex), Bryonia (Bry), and Natrum sulphate
(Nat-s) should all be consideredx when there is stomach
distention with diarrhoea and/or constipation related to
alcohol.consumption. Aresnicum album (Ars) when
there is vomiting gastritis.
Skin Pulsatilla (Puls) where there is a
measles type skin rash
Warning Kali bichromate
Chamois leather. Typical skin
colour of Kali-bi poisoning.
Mineral Latin Name: Kali bichromicum Comman Name:
Bichromate of potash Homeopahtic: Kali