Benzoicum Acidum e resina – Resin Benzoin

Benzoicum Acidum e resina – Resin Benzoin

The attenuations are prepared from Benzoic acid (C7H6O2, MW: 122.1), sublimat- ed from Siam benzoin.

The guiding symptoms and principal indications are: Urine smells like that of a horse. Uric-acid diathesis. Hypertrophy of the prostate gland. Inflammation of the urinary tract. Gout. Rheumatism. In pneumonia, a high degree of dyspnoea. Gan- glion of the wrist.

In the provings, a characteristic symptom was the progression from above down- wards, and from the right side to the left.

In rheumatism the pains frequently shift from place to place and occur mostly pe- riodically and when at rest.

As in Nux Vomica, the sleep is disturbed between 2:00 and 4:00 a.m., mainly on account of fear, restlessness and palpitations.

Red patches occur on the facial skin, with sensations of heat, itching and stinging. The stabbing, itching sensation may also occur in the ears, with possible swelling behind the ears and illusions of hearing sounds.

Inflammatory symptoms may occur throughout the alimentary canal: a slimy coat- ing on the tongue, on which ulcers form at the edges, stomatitis with difficulty in swallowing and a bitter taste, eructations, retching and vomiting, and problems of flatulent distension below the ribs on both sides. The stools are copious, loose and white in colour, with violent tenesmus and mixed with blood; there are stabbing pains in the rectum, rigors and a feeling of being seriously ill.

There may be renal colic with mucus in the bladder and a muco-purulent dis- charge, difficult urination, and tenesmus, in which case the very hot, dark-coloured, red or brown urine, with the typical smell of horse’s urine, will serve as a guiding symptom. In the male genitalia there may be balanitis.

Further characteristic symptoms are: general muscular pains, pains in the limbs, painful drawing along the nerves, and rheumatic complaints which occur particular- ly in the shoulders, in the joints of hands and fingers, hips, knees and toes.

The use of Benzoic Acid can bring about a very rapid remission in all these com- plaints, including the state of the urine.

The German Monograph-Preparation Commission for the Homoeopathic Field of Therapy has, under the Preparation Monograph for Acidum benzoicum e resina, published the following indication(s) in the German Bundesanzeiger (German Fed- eral Gazette) for acidum benzoicum: rheumatic, gout-related, and degenerative dis- orders of the joints; ganglia; disorders of the urinary tract.