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About Acidum Oxalicum Homeopathy Dilution
Acidum Oxalicum is a homeopathic remedy prepared from oxalic acid. The preparation is done under homeopathic guidelines by a special process called potentization. The medicine has a special affinity for nerves and brain conditions. Urinary symptoms also feature prominently in its provings.
Oxalic acid crystallizes in colorless, transparent, oblique, quadrilateral prisms with two-sided summits. The crystals are inodorous, have a strongly acid taste, faintly effloresce in a dry atmosphere, redden litmus paper, and when pure are completely volatilized by heat, and without becoming blackened. They dissolve in from 8 to 11 parts of water at 15.5 C. (60 F.), in their own weight of water at 100 C. (212 F.), and in 4 parts of alcohol; the addition of a small quantity of nitric acid to the water causes them to dissolve more readily. Nearly all the oxalates are insoluble in water, excepting the alkaline. Oxalate of calcium is insoluble, and hence oxalic acid is useful as a test for calcium, and is usually employed in the form of oxalate of ammonium; if the liquor to be examined contains any free acid, this must first be neutralized, as the oxalate can only detect calcium in neutral or alkaline fluids. Oxalic acid reduced by hydrogen is converted into glycolic and acetic acids, and if the action be kept up sufficiently long the glycolic becomes wholly formed into acetic acid.
Oxalic acid may be detected in any solution, by being entirely volatilized by heat; by yielding a white precipitate with nitrate of silver, soluble in nitric acid; and by giving a white precipitate with lime water, which is insoluble in water, readily soluble in nitric acid, insoluble in acetic acid, and which, when dried and heated to low redness, is converted, without blackening, into carbonate of calcium. Solution of sulphate of calcium produces a bluish-white precipitate with oxalic acid..
Oxalic acid is sometimes contaminated with nitric acid, which gives a faint odor to it, and stains the cork of the bottle in which it is kept, yellow. If a very dilute solution of sulphate of indigo, containing the impure crystals, be boiled, the nitric acid present will decolorize the solution. On account of the resemblance between crystals of this acid and of magnesium sulphate, the latter has been used as an adulterant. This resemblance has also led to cases of poisoning, the person believing the acid to be Epsom salts. The acid may likewise be used for removing iron-rust and ink-stains from linen, and is employed in calico printing as a bleaching and discharge agent.
ACIDUM OXALICUM USES:
Clinically, the utility of Acidum Oxalicum is seen in conditions such as myelitis, meningitis, convulsions and paralysis, neuralgia, etc. Below are some symptoms covered under the scope of this remedy:
Acidum Oxalicum covers violent pains in spots. These pains are worse by motion and when thinking of them. Complaints are generally periodical.
Patient has violent burning pains in abdomen.
Coffee is intolerable and causes diarrhea.
Patient has difficulty breathing, hoarseness, sneezing, and dry cough on exertion. Breathing is spasmodic, in short paroxysms.
Urination is copious, frequent and causes burning.
Pain from spine to extremities with numbness and weakness.
Sensitive and sore skin with much sweating.
DOSAGE AND POTENCY:
Acidum Oxalicum is available in multiple potencies, commonly Acidum Oxalicum 30 and Acidum Oxalicum 200. The choice of potency, as well as dosage and repetition, depends upon the age, sensitivity, and disease of the patient, among other factors.
It is always prudent to take a medicine only after relevant consultation with a homeopathic practitioner. While homeopathic remedies do not have gross side effects, a physician’s advice helps to get the best results out of homeopathy.