Acetic Acid

Acetic Acid homeopathy medicine – drug proving symptoms from Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica by TF Allen, published in 1874. It has contributions from R Hughes, C Hering, C Dunham, and A Lippe….


Pure Glacial Acetic Acid, C2H4O2. (Density 1.064 above 60 0 F.; below that degree crystalline).Preparation: Prepare the lower dilutions with distilled water.


Hydrophobia. Slight and transient delirium. Irritability of temper. Nervous and excitable mood. Very great anxiety. Confusion of ideas. Diminished intellectual power. Disinclination to exert the mind. She is hardly able to express herself. She is unconscious of all around her.


Giddiness. Heaviness in head, with sense of intoxication. Indications of vascular excitement in brain. Dull pains in forehead and vertex. Confused dull aching over frontal regions (nervous cephalalgia). Dull aching in right forehead, at a spot near the ossific center, externally, and afterwards slightly on the left side. Shooting pains through the temples. Distension of temporal bloodvessels, with increased heat of head.


Eyes sunken and surrounded by a dark circle. Great flow of tears.Pupils dilated.


Wildness of countenance. Face pale and waxen. Bright red flush on both cheeks and spots of perspiration on the forehead (from drinking vinegar). Bright flush and heat on both cheeks, especially on the left (from drinking vinegar).


Tongue pale and flabby. Epithelium of the mouth quite white (chemical action).


Diminished appetite. Adipsia. Intense thirst. (Eructations fetid, and hiccough). Nausea. Retching. Vomiting soon after eating.Frequent vomiting. Violent pain and sensation burning in the region of the chest and stomach. Severe burning pain in stomach and in abdomen. Heat in the stomach, with slight colicky uneasiness in small intestines, as of approaching diarrhoea. Heat in the stomach, with slight hot eructations. Gastrodynia. She complains of her stomach. Chronic derangements of the gastro intestinal canal. Sensation as if the contents of the stomach were in a state of ferment, with horrible tormenting agony. Pain, as of ulcerative gnawing at a spot in the stomach, following after depression and agony. He fancies there is an ulcer in his stomach, which seems sore in one spot, with gnawing; he does not suffer pain, but his agony is distressing, preventing his falling asleep, or remaining long in the same position; towards midnight he feels very sick, and vomits some thick, gruelly substance, which relieves him, and he then falls asleep; in the morning the ejected substance is seen to be yellow, thick matter, like yeast, without froth or bubbles, and in quantity about three tablespoonfuls unfortunately, it was not more minutely examined; the depressing, agonizing feeling still continues throughout the second day, and is removed by tobacco., (Scirrhus of the pylorus). Great pain at the scrobiculus cordis.


Abdomen distended. Tympanitis, with difficulty of breathing (from large doses); rumbling in abdomen. Severe burning pain in abdomen and stomach. Griping pain in bowels. Chronic derangements of gastro intestinal canal. Slight colicky uneasiness in small intestines, as of approaching liquid diarrhoea; with heat in stomach.

Stool and Anus.

Diarrhoea. Watery diarrhoea. Liquid diarrhoea. diarrhoea, with swelling of the feet and legs. Diarrhoea, with colic pains and tenderness of the abdomen to touch. Diarrhoea of phthisical subjects. Diarrhoeic stools. Bloody discharges from bowels.

Urinary Organs.

Urine increased. Urine increased in quantity and of a lighter color. The secretions smell of the drug. (Urine cloudy).

Respiratory Apparatus.

Irritation of windpipe and chest. (Hoarseness from irritable larynx). Croup; hissing respiration, with rattling in the throat; lining membrane of windpipe is found covered with fibrinous membrane, exactly as in true croup. (Foul breath). He can scarcely speak. Dry cough, attended with increased respiration, succeeded by a moist cough, with fever, increased difficulty of breathing, emaciation, night sweats, oedema of feet and legs, diarrhoea and death. Respiration feeble, difficult. Respiration hurried, laborious. (Bronchial hemorrhage).

Heart and Pulse.

Pulse full, 96. Pulse lower. Pulse very weak and small, contracted or diminished.


Violent pain and burning sensation in regions of chest and stomach. All the lobes of the lungs filled with tubercles somewhat like a bunch of grapes. Chronic inflammation of the lungs.

Upper Extremities.

Diminished muscular power of arms and hands. Paralytic sensation in wrists and hands. Coldness and prickling in hands. Skin of hands dry.

Lower Extremities.

Lassitude of the limbs. Impaired muscular power of legs. Swelling of the feet and legs, with Diarrhoea. OEdematous swelling of feet and legs. Diminished sensibility of feet. Coldness of the feet.


He jumps out of bed like a madman, and crawls on the ground, howling with pain (immediately). He rolls about in agony. He lies on the ground, writhing in excruciating agony. Strong convulsions. Convulsions and insensibility. Violent fatal convulsions, with pain in stomach. Spasms with great debility.Trembling from head to foot. Paralysis. Prostration of strength.

Fainting fits. Sense of oppression and heaviness. Leanness. Her body wastes. Atrophy. Hemorrhage. General anasarca. Diminished sensibility of the surface of the body. She appears as if intoxicated.


Skin pale and waxen. The cuticle peels off. Redness and burning sensation.


Temperature of skin below natural standard. Flushes of heat in the external parts, with increased perspiration. Slow fever, with night sweats. Hectic fever, with emaciation, cough, night sweats, diarrhoea, dyspnoea, and troublesome swelling of the feet and legs. Typhus fever, with violent delirium, diarrhoea, pain in the abdomen, rumbling in the gastric region; also typhus with stupor, tympanitic abdomen, and obstinate constipation. Cold perspiration. Profuse perspiration. He was bathed in perspiration. Profuse night sweats.

TF Allen
Dr. Timothy Field Allen, M.D. ( 1837 - 1902)

Born in 1837in Westminster, Vermont. . He was an orthodox doctor who converted to homeopathy
Dr. Allen compiled the Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica over the course of 10 years.
In 1881 Allen published A Critical Revision of the Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica.