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Synonyms. - Hydrochloric Acid. Hydrogen Chloride. Com- mon name. - Muriatic Acid. Preparation. - A solution in distilled water (1-2) is called the lx dilution. The 2x dilution is made with distilled water, the 3x with dilute Alcohol and subsequent dilutions with Alcohol.

GENERAL ANALYSIS.

Acts upon the ganglionic nervous system, and through it upon the blood, the skin and the alimentary tract, especially the mouth and anus. Causes a morbid condition of the blood, increases its coagulability and renders it prone to disorganization. In the gastro-intestinal mucous membrane it produces inflammation, ulceration and causes grayish-white deposits. Its most essential feature is a low, adynamic condition, similar to that of low, putrid fevers.

CHARACTERISTIC SYMPTOMS.

Mind.- Unconsciousness {Am., Bell., Op.); moaning. Irritable, peevish, fretful; disposed to anger {Bry., Cham., Num v.).

Head.- Vertigo in the open air and unsteadiness while walking. Headache as if the brain were torn or bruised (Coff.). Heaviness in the occiput. Feeling of falling aslep and deadness. Tearing in right parietal bone.

Ears.- Hardness of hearing. Over-sensitive to noise (Acon., Bell., Lyc.).

Nose- Coryza, with itching, tickling and sneezing. Nose- bleed.

Face.- Pimples forming scabs on face, forehead and temples; whole face red; oevery summer. Margins of lips raw, and the skin dry and cracked. Burning in the lips (Acon., Ars.). Lower jaw hangs down.

Mouth.- Tongue thick, bluish and covered with grayish-white membrane; or containing deep ulcers; with black bases; vesicles (Lyc., Natr. mur.), with burning. Tongue heavy as lead, hinders speech (Lach.). oTongue dwindles. Mucous lining of the lips and mouth inflamed, red, raw, painful, dotted with whitish points; foetid breath; stomatitis (Hydras.).

Throat.- Mucous lining of throat and fauces deep, dark-red, swollen and burning; rawness and smarting; covered with grayish-white diphtheritic-like deposits (Merc. iod.; Nitr. ae. f Phyt.). Swelling of uvula; of tonsils. Much saliva that must be swallowed. Attempting to swallow produces violent spasms and choking.

Stomach. - Appetite lost. Sensation of emptiness in the stomach and oesophagus not relieved by eating.

Abdomen. - Fullness and distension of the abdomen (Cinch., Hep. s.). Cramp-like pains in the abdomen.

Stool and Anus.- Prolapsus ani while urinating. Haemorrhoids protruding (Calc. c, Lach., Puls.)-, like a bunch of grapes (Aloe), swollen, blue, with burning soreness. Smarting in rectum and anus with soft stool. Stool difficult, as from inactivity of the bowels (Alum.); thin, watery, involuntary while urinating (Hyos.); followed by smarting and burning in the anus.

Urinary Organs.- Frequent and profuse urination (Apis, Apoc, Arg. met.).

Male Organs.- Impotence (Agn., Cinch,, Camph.).

Female Organs.- Menses too early and too profuse (Calc, c). oUlcers in genitals, with putrid discharge, much sensitiveness and general weakness.

Respiratory Organs.- Deep respiration, sighing and groaning.

Pulse. - Pulse rapid and very feeble; and small.

Generalities.- Tearing pains in the limbs during rest, better from motion. Weakness of the thighs, causing a tottering gait. All joints feel as if bruised. Excessive prostration. D Great debility, as soon as he sits down his eyes close; the lower jaw hangs down; slides down in bed; typhus fever. Coldness of the extremities. Great sensitiveness to damp weather. Paralysis of tongue and sphincter ani.

Sleep. - Frequent waking at night; anxious dreams,

Skin.- Scabby or scurfy eruptions. Painful putrid ulcers (lower legs), with burning in their circumference. Ulcern oainful, deep, putrid; covered with scurf.

520 MURIATICUM ACIDUM.

Conditions. - Black hair and dark eyes.

Compare.- Amm. carb., Are., Arum tri., Bap t.,Calc, c.,Carbol. ac, Lyc., Mur. ac, Phos., Puls., Rhus tox., Sep., Sulph. It follows well after Rhus and Bry.

Antidotes. - Bry., Camph. To large doses: Carbonate of Soda, Lime or Magnesia; Sapo Medicinalis.

Muriaticum Acidum Antidotes.- Op.

THERAPEUTICS.

Muriatic acid is especially adapted to low adynamic conditions, typhoid states with involuntary discharges, sliding down in bed, sordes on teeth, etc., low, putrid fevers, typhus, malignant diphtheria, malignant scarlatina (compare Bapt., Rhus tox.). Low types of remittent fever. Great debility following low fevers, as soon as he sits down his eyes close; lower jaw hangs down; slides down in bed. A valuable remedy in apthous sore mouth of infants; also after long-continued debilitating diseases. Ulceration of the tongue and mouth, deep ulcers with black bases, bleeding easily, tendency to slough. Malignant ulcer of the tongue (epithelioma), has a bluish color, also surrounding parts. Ulcers in throat of similar character. Gangrenous angina. Useful in diphtheria, fauces dark-red, swollen, thin excoriating discharge from the nose, tough, foetid phlegm in throat, great prostration and typhoid symptoms before mentioned. Cirrhosis of the liver. Hernia. Haemorrhoids protruding, blue or dark-purple, especially in pregnant women or in feeble children who are suffering from gastric atony, muscular debility and threatened marasmus. Diarrhoea, thin, watery offensive, especially in debilitated and typhoid states. Dysentery, with typhoid symptoms. Involuntary stools while urinating (Hy os.). Scorbutic affections. Papular and vesicular eruptions. Carbuncles with low states of the system. Putrid offensive ulcers, with burning at their circumference, covered with scurf, especially on lower extremities.


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