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Oxalicum Acidicum

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Oxalicum acidicum

1. Description

Organic (dicarboxylic) acid
Latin Name:
Oxalicum acidicum
Oxalic acid
Oxalic acid, Ethanedioic acid, Oxaldihydrazide, Oxalhydrazide, Oxalic acid, Oxalic acid bishydrazide, Oxalic acid dihydrazone, Oxalic acid hydrazide, Oxalic acid dihydrazide, Oxalohydrazide, Oxaloyl dihydrazide, Oxalyl dihydrazide, Oxalyl hydrazide, Oxalylhydrazine, Sorrell acid

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2. Source & History

Oxalic Acid was discovered by Scheele in 1776. It is naturally present in many plants that we eat and is found in relatively high levels in dark-green leafy foods . It can make something taste tart, as it does in Wood Sorrel.
Oxalic acid is dicarboxylic with its two carboxyl groups (COOH) as a result of which it is one of the strongest organic acids being some 300 times that of acetic acid (vinegar). As a strong acid it has the characteristic of combining with metals in the body such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium etc to form oxalates which can irritate the gut and kidneys. The most common kind of kidney stone is made of calcium oxalate. There are several other undesirable side effects of oxalates.

It is also a strong reducing agent a characteristic which has led to its commercial exploitation in bleaches, rust proofing, wood restoring and insecticides.

3. Mentals & Generals

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Cheerful, excitable, exhilarated, happy, gay with powers of quick thought and action. This is all the more surprising when the salient general is one of excruciating pain beyond description. The keynote mental is that pains are all worse when thought about - a condition which will suddenly appear even if not present originally. Perhaps the bonhomie attitude is used as a mechanism to divert the mind away from the predominating symptom.

4. Particulars

No remedy produces more violent pains, cutting, shooting, stitching, tearing, burning with sores and bruises all over the body. It is the very antithesis of the paliative Op.
 Complaints come on from eating sour fruits, such as strawberries, cranberries, apples, rhubarb, tomatoes, grapes; also from eating sugar and starchy foods (ie high oxalate foods). The pain appears in distinct spots or circumscribed areas like small stiches lasting only a few minutes. Pain worse on left side.

Burning in throat, hoarseness, paralysis of vocals, aphonia, constriction of chest, left lung most painful with sharp pain extending to epigastrium. Breathes in short jerky spasms, dyspnoea.

Violent action upon the whole system. Trembling, convulsions, loss of sensation; numbness of the body and limbs; blueness of the lower limbs, fingers and lips; paralysis of the limbs. Stitching tearing pains behind the sternum going to shoulders and arms; worse on left side, with blueness of nails and lips; cold sweat, violent. Palpitation. Worse when thinking about it. 

Tearing, shooting, burning pain in the spermatic chords or urethra after urination. Worse from motion with marked tenderness which become painful when walking. Strong sexual desire and erections when in bed; seminal emissions and sexual weakness.

Paroxysmal gastric pains in abdomen at night but particularly around 3 am, burning, extremely tender, with inflammation, cramping, stitching pains in the liver and the umbilicus. Worse when thinking of it.
Morning diarrhoea, stool soft watery, painful, nausea, vomiting, fainting with pain.

From shoulder to finger tip sharp lancinating pains as if sprained with numbness. Hands almost helpless, cold as death, fingers and nails blue. Twitching of muscles of shoulder, arm and fingers, legs stiff, numb and weak; lower limbs cold, blue and paralyzed. Violent pains in limbs. Burning in feet and hands.

Torturous pain between shoulder extending down to loins and down thighs. Numbness and weakness of extremeties and back.

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Thinking about it
Left side
At night
After food high in oxalates.
After coitus.
Walking, climbing


6. Keywords

Violent pain in spots.
Inflammation of mouth, throat, loss of voice.
Spasmodic respiration.
Heart palpitation.
Lower back pain extending to extremeties.
Painful testicles.

7. Clinicals

Voice loss
Respiratory affectations
Back pain
Kidney stones
Coldness, numbness, paralysis, weakness
Testicle indurations

8. Constitutional Prescribing

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The use of Ox-ac is usually restricted to symptomatic situations. 
However as always it is the patient picture that is important especially the mental & general manifestations that are the key determinants for its Constitutional use.
High potency Constitutional prescription may be used as background together with a concurrent lower potency symptomatic remedy administered according to the Law of Similars in situations where two or more of the main symptoms occur together in the patient. For example
Gastritis with Paralysis left sided
Heart and Burning in urethra or glans after  urination
Respiratory pain and aphonia

9. Relationships

Arg-n (gastritis), Ars (gastritis), Colch (gastritis), Crot-t (faintness at stool), Dulc (faintness at stool), Kre (gastritis), Lact-m (heart), Pet (faintness at stool), Pic-ac (back), Puls (induration), Sars (faintness at stool), Sul (faintness at stool),
Does not Follow Well
Remedies that Follow Well

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11. Further Information

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by Sylvian Cazalet Homeopathe International Reversed Kent's Repertory 
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By Dr. Peter Darashah
H4H Homeopathy 4 Health


Wood sorrell
Wood Sorrell
(Tiny white flower on clover like plant)
Oxalic acid formula
Oxalic acid formula

Kingdom: Plant
Latin Name: Oxalicum acidicum
Common Name: Oxalic acid
Homeopahtic: Oxalicum acidicum 

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