CARBAZOTIC ACID-C6H2 (NO20 3OH.
(Picric- pikros-pikros, bitter.)
Picric acid was first proved by Dr. Parisel, of Paris, in 1958. In the american proving, conducted by Dr. L.,B, cough, in 1974, Dr. T., f. Allen records the effects of the 30th on both a man and a woman.
Most medical students have assisted in involuntary provings of this remedy, and I feel from your look of interest that many of you have helped others to acquire a limited knowledge if its physiological action, but as Dr. Jones remarks; “The intense excitement of the genital apparatus, as evidenced by violent and long-continued priapism and profuse seminal emissions, will not suggest the exuberance of lusty vigor to him who is aware that such evidences of quasi strength in that department of the economy are the economy are the best proof of weakness.”
In his summing up, he says: “In brief, a universal prostration, physical and physical, is the distinguishing feature, and speedy exhaustion from slight exertion the grand characteristic of this remedy. One single word portrays the generic action of Picric acid: Asthenia.”.
There is great prostration in Picric acid, both mental and physical (155), and any attempt to use the mind brings on profound exhaustion. It is of great value in occipital headache (100) and in brain-fag (93), with severe pain and congestion (103) at the base of the brain; the headaches may be relieved by cool application (92).
In the ears were have roaring (65), buzzing and hissing, especially when tired, and usually associated with the occipital headache.
In the male it is of value for seminal emissions followed by great exhaustion (167 ) and for impotency (158) with threatening paralysis of the legs, or with tendency to boils and carbuncles.
In the female, while the menses are not apt to be profuse, there is great prostration after (138), and perhaps pruritus.
It is a remedy frequently called for in the disposition to boils (22), either on the back of the neck or within the ears (54).
Think of Picric acid in writer’s cramp (209), the symptoms leading to its use being the heaviness found in all muscles on exertion.
Hale says: “I have found the Picrate of Ammonia to be much more efficient in all cases than the acid.”
I use Picric acid 10th.