Benzoic acid is obtained from the resin benzoin, by distillation and our tincture represents in drug power the 1st.
Benzoic acid was first proved by and under the direction of Dr. Jeanes, of Philadelphia, the report being published by the American Institute of Homoeopathy in its first volume of transactions in 1846, although the original proving was made several years earlier.
Dr. Jeanes had the honor of having his book, The Homoeopathic Practice of Medicine, the first American Homoeopathic book to be translated into German. It was translated in 1847. Benzoic acid produces symptoms of uric-acid diathesis; pains in the joints and tendons; great change in the quality of the urine. If taken in and tendons; great change ion the quality of the urine. If taken in quantity, it will cause hippuric acid to appear in the urine; this we know is found in horse’s urine and is what gives it that strong, offensive odor.
It is this strong, offensive odor of the urine, smelling like horse’s urine (200), that is the most prominent symptom of the remedy, and it will be found in most all conditions where Benzoic acid is indicated. (We, of course, refer to urine as freshly voided, or at least before decomposition has set in).
The diarrhoea for which we prescribe Benzoic acid is more frequently found in infants and is very offensive the stools are copious, light-colored, looking like dirty soap-suds, and have the same strong smelling, pungent odor so characteristic of the urine.
With the strong repulsive smelling urine, which is dark or brown in color, Benzoic acid is of value in asthma (19), kidney colic and calculi (124), cystitis, nocturnal enuresis (198) and rheumatism and gout (84).
In rheumatism and gout we have swelling of the joints and gouty deposits (84) in fingers (161)m, wrists and great toe, which are very painful.
I have used Benzoic acid 1st.