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Picricum acidicum

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Picric acid

1. Description

Organic (phenol compound) acid
Latin Name:
Picricum acidicum
Picricum acidicum
Pic acid, Acidicum picrinicum, Ammonium carbazoate, Ammonium picrate, Ammonium picronitrate, Carbazotic acid, Explosive D, Hydroxy trinitrobenzene, Nitroxanthic acid, Obeline picrate, Pertite, Phenol trinitrate, Phenoltrinitrate, Picric acid, picronitric acid, Picrotol, Potassium picrate, Potassium trinitrophenolate, Picricum acidicum, Silver picrate, Sodium trinitrophenolate, TNF, Trinitrophenol, Trinitrophenol ammonium salt,

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2. Source & History

Picric acid was first mentioned by Johann Rudolf Glauber in 1742. However its explosive qualities were not discovered until 1830. At the beginning of the twentieth century it was used in surgery and as a dressing especially for burns.

3. Mentals & Generals

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Its action is through the spinal chord causing degeneration and paralysis.
Extreme muscular weakness accompanied by a compelling desire to lie down and a complete absence of anxiety, can neither think or study.
Tired washed out feeling. Played out feeling. Must give in. No resistance left.
Darting pain all in any part of the body.

4. Particulars

Frontal headache extending to occiput and neck
Boils in ear
Stomach heavy with diminished appetite
Stool watery, yellow
Urine albuminous
High level of passion & sex drive with strong violent erection.
Extremities weak, heavy, tired, numb, aching & burning.
Sleepless, wakes early

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All movement
Mental exertion
 5 AM

Rest, lying down
Open air, cool room

6. Keywords

Nervous muscular prostration, burning along spine, weakness of spine, wearyness, fatigue, tired heavy feeling all over body.
Followed by complete nervous mental prostratiuon & brain fag. Typical of students, teachers, overworked professionals or businessmen or blue collar workers.

7. Clinicals

Ear boils
CFS, Brain fag
Back pain, lumbago
Paralysis of legs, arms & wrist

8. Constitutional Prescribing

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The use of Pic-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
Muscular heavyness and Gastritis
Headaches and Writer's cramp

9. Relationships

Arg-n (back), Con (tiredness), Gel (writer's cramp), Kail-p (tiredness) , Lyc (burning back), Nux-v (tiredness), Phos (tiredness), Plat (write's cramp) , Sep (tiredness), Zn (tiredness),
Does not Follow Well

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11. Further Information

Click More above for Classical information 
by Sylvian Cazalet Homeopathe International Reversed Kent's Repertory
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By Dr. Robin Murphy
Lotus Health Institute


Picric acid formula
Picric acid formula
Picric acid explosion
The Picric acid
 explosion of 1917 at Halifax Nova Scotia
was the world's largest accidental explosion and resulted in
2000 deaths and
9000 injuries. 

Kingdom: Organic
Latin Name: Picricum acidicum
Common Name: Picric acid
Homeopahtic: Picricum acidicum acid 

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This Tabular MM is not presented as an exhaustive comprehensive list of all that is known about a remedy. Rather the opposite. It is intended to be used only as an aid memoire to highlight the foundation upon which by further study and experience a fuller knowledge of homoeopathics can be obtained. Consider the Tabular MM as a word picture showing a black and white sketch of the remedys main essential characteristics upon which colour, shade and tone has still be painted.


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