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Symptoms usually start as an occipital headache in the
occipito-cervical region. and extend both forward through the vertex
to the forehead as well as downward through the cervical region to
the spine. Headache characteristics are dull throbbing, heavy
feeling, worse from study, or movement of eyes. Better from rest,
open air, binding head tightly. Headaches of overworked business
men; or when grief or depressing emotions have resulted in nervous
exhaustion. Brain fag of literary or business people; slightest
excitement mental exertion or overwork brings on
The next set of symptoms are characterized
by a feeling of tiredness on least exertion, all over the body; with
heaviness; excessive languor; no desire to talk or do anything;
indifference to everything; desires to lie down; difficult to move
limbs; great muscular debility; readily winded by walking up hill;
inclined to day sleepiness; poor appetite; general sense of
torpidity. There is great heaviness of the legs, can hardly lift
them from the ground, tired, aching feeling in the back.
awaking from a sleep the patient has a tired aching in the lumbar
region. The legs are heavy and at the same time, weak. Sometimes
there is numbness and crawling in the legs, with trembling and
pricking as if from needles.
This weariness progresses from a
slight feeling of fatigue on motion to complete paralysis
particularly of the lower extremities accompanied with slow
breathing and great muscular weakness.
Mental Exhaustion (Brain Fag/ Burnt
The physical weakness quickly
progresses into mental exhaustion and brain fag/ burnt out in which
there is a malaise and disinclination for mental activity and a
desires to sit still without taking any interest in surroundings.
This mental phthisis is generally accompanied with corresponding
weakness of mind, indifference, and want of will power, prostration
with a desire to lie down. Unable to concentrate and read for more
than a few minutes at a time. Confused and unable to take on
Accompanying the congestion of the head is nose-bleed. The
nose is full of mucus. The patient can breathe only when the mouth
The saliva is either frothy or stringy. The taste in
the mouth is like that of the acid itself, sour and bitter.
throat feels rough and scraped, better from eating and worse from
empty swallowing and worse after sleep. There is thick, white mucus
on the tonsils. On swallowing, the throat feels so sore that it
almost seems as if it would split. Sour eructations may accompany
the frontal headache.
Gastric symptoms may accompany the brain
fag of sour eructation with nausea, which is worse about five
o'clock in the morning and worse when attempting to rise. There is
also pressure and weight about the stomach. Not enough energy to
The irritating effect of the drug is further shown
by diarrhoea with stools which are thin, yellow and sometimes oily,
with a great deal of burning and smarting at the anus with
prostration and unsuccessful urging to stool.
are congested. The urine has an abnormally high specific gravity and
contains sugar. It is also albuminous.
Very strong erections
with pain in testicles and up chord. Emission profuse.
Pain in left ovary.
The conjunctivas are yellow,
just as you find in jaundice.
Papules appear on the face and
turn into small boils.
The feet are apt to be cold.
Heat, wet weather
Cold, open air
There is the
distinctive symptom of burning all along the spine and hot
sensations in the lower dorsal region with aching and dragging in
the lumbar region, which is worse from motion.
On awaking from a
sleep the patient has a tired aching in the lumbar region. The legs
are heavy and at the same time, weak with occasional numbness and
Everything in Picric acid is worse from study, its
great characteristic; this applies not only to the pains of the
spine, but also those of joints.
PHOSPHORUS like Pic-ac causes fatty changes in the blood,
kidneys, brain and spinal cord. Both remedies meet in sexual
excesses and priapism and both may be indicated in brain fag ; both
have congestive vertigo and crawling and tingling sensations here
and there over the body. However Phosphorus has sensitiveness to all
external impressions. (Pic-ac indifferent malaise). Phosphorus has
burning spots in the back better on rubbing. (Pic-ac only rest
PHOSPHORIC ACID suits cerebro-spinal exhaustion from
over-work. The least attempt to study causes heaviness, not only in
the head but in the limbs.
NUX VOMICA resembles Pic-ac in
the brain fag and in the gastric symptoms, in the sour eructations,
in the aggravation towards morning and in the inability to study.
OXALIC ACID resembles Pic-ac in the extreme picture
of spinal softening. There are weakness about the loins and hips, of
course, extending down the legs, and numbness in the back in both
remedies. However Pic-ac has more heaviness and Ox-ac more numbness.
In Ox-ac also the legs are apt to be bluish and coldwith pains
coming in small spots and greatly aggravated on thinking of them.
SULPHUR causes congestion of the lumbar spine so
intense that paraplegia results. There is retention of urine.
ARGENTUM NITRICUM has backache worse when first
rising which improves qwith movement.
ALUMINA is indicated in cases somewhat like those
calling for Pic-ac but is distinguished by the pains in the spine
which are as though a hot iron had been thrust into the part. The
patient staggers when walking in the dark. He also has painful
feeling about the soles of the feet.
SILICEA is quite similar to Pic-ac and is useful in
nervous exhaustion where the patient dreads any exertion either of
body or mind. However in Sil when he is warmed up to his work he can
get along pretty well. He also has numbness in the toes, fingers and
bac as well as the typical Sil constipation.
Of the remedies which cause violent erections are:
CANTHARIS, PHOSPHORUS, CAPSICUM, AGARICUS, PULSATILLA, PLATINUM,
OPIUM, AMBRA GRISEA, ZINCUM, PHYSOSTIGMA, PETROSELINUM and MYGALE.
Headache, Ear boils,
CFS, Brain fag, Back pain, lumbago, Paralysis of legs, arms &
Rheumatoid arthritis especially of the fingers,
Pic-ac is bright yellow in color and
in accordance with the doctrine of signatures it should be
considered as a potential remedy when any yellow symptom is evident
such as jaundice (ie skin, eyes, tongue yellow jaundice
Pic-ac is first choice for post jaundice therapy
especially when there is continued loss of appetite
Pic-ac has an intensely bitter taste and demands
consideration especially when combined with a yellowish
Pic-ac is first call for burns especially with
painless burns. Burns which are not painful are far more serious
because lack of pain is an indication that nerve tissue has been
Pic-ac is highly recommended for burn out and is
different to fag or fatigue. Burn out is associated in athletes with
overtraining or in the case of students with too much study or in
the case of businessmen with continued overwork. In other words Burn
out is associated with over performance following a sudden explosion
of work related activity.
Pic-ac is also good for impotence and erectile
dysfunction. Most texts mention the opposite situation of priapism
but it should also be considered along side of Viagra (sildenafil),
Cialis, and Levitra. The advantage of Pic-ac is that once it works
the results are permanent and constant dosing at the critical moment
becomes a thing of the past.