BENZOICUM ACIDUM: Materia Medica

Benzoic Acid – The most marked characteristic pertains to the odor and color of the urine. It has a marked action on metabolism. It produces and cures symptoms of a uric acid diathesis, with urine highly colored and very offensive, and gouty symptoms.
Renal insufficiency. Child wants to be nursed in the arms, will not be laid down. Pains suddenly change their locality. Anti-sycotic. Gouty and asthmatic.

Mind.–Prone to dwell on unpleasant things in the past. Omits words in writing. Depression.

Head.–Vertigo inclination to fall sideways. Throbbing in temporal arteries, causes puffing around ears. Noises when swallowing. Ulceration of tongue. Swelling behind ears (Caps). Cold sweat on forehead. Pricking, puckered constriction of mouth, bluish and bleeding gums. Wens.

Nose.–Itching of septum. Pain in nasal bones.

Face.–Copper-colored spots. Red, with little blisters. Circumscribed redness of cheeks.

Stomach.–Sweat while eating; pressure in stomach, sensation of a lump.

Abdomen.–Cutting about navel. Stitching in liver region.

Rectum.–Stitches and constricted feeling. Puckering constriction of rectum. Itching and watery elevations around anus.

Stool.–Frothy, offensive, liquid, light-colored, like soapsuds, bowel movements, mostly windy.

Urine.–Repulsive odor; changeable color; brown, acid. Enuresis; dribbling, offensive urine of old men. Excess of uric acid. Vesical catarrh from suppressed gonorrhoea. Cystitis.

Respiratory.–Hoarse in morning. Asthmatic cough; worse at night; lying on right side. Chest very tender. Pain in region of heart. Expectoration, green mucus.

Back.–Pressure on spinal column. Coldness in sacrum. Dull pain in region of kidneys; worse, wine.

Extremities.–Joints crack on motion. Tearing with stitches. Pain in tendo Achillis. Rheumatic gout; nodes very painful. Gouty deposits. Ganglion; swelling of the wrist. Pain and swelling in knees. Bunion of great toe. Tearing pain in great toe.

Fever.–Cold hands, feet, back, knees. Chilliness; cold sweat. Internal heat on awakening.

Skin.–Red spots. Itching in spots.

Modalities.–Worse, in open air; by uncovering.

Relationship.–Useful after Colchic fails in gout; after Copavia in gonorrhoea.

Compare: Nitric acid; Ammon benz; Sabina; Tropoeolum.

Garden Nasturtium–(fetid urine).

Antidote: Copaiva.

Incompatible: Wine.

Dose.–Third to sixth potency.

Written by William Boericke (1849 - 1929) and published first in his book "Materia Medica" (1901)

William Boericke was an Austrian-born American physician who became a influential exponent of homeopathy. He is also known as an academic writer, publisher, medical school professor and owner of several pharmacies.

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