Nitrate of Potassium-Saltpeter
(KALI NITRICUM – NITRUM)
Often indicated in asthma, also valuable in cardiac asthma; of great value in sudden dropsical swellings over the whole body. Gastro-intestinal inflammation, with much debility, and relapse in phthisis, call for this remedy. Suppurative nephritis.
Head.–Scalp very sensitive. Headache, with vertigo, as if falling to right side and backwards; worse, stooping. Ennui.
Eyes.–Vision becomes clouded. Turbid corpus vitreum (Arn; Ham; Solan n; Phos). Variegated-colored rings before eyes. Burning and lachrymation.
Nose.–Sneezing. Swollen feeling; worse, right nostril. Point red and itching. Polypus (Sang nit).
Mouth.–Tongue red, with burning pimples; burns at tip. Throat constricted and sore.
Stool.–Thin, watery, bloody. Membranous shreds, with tenesmus. Diarrhœa from eating veal.
Female.–Menses too early, profuse, black; preceded and with violent backache. Leucorrhœa. Burning pains in the ovarian region only during menses (Zinc after).
Respiratory.–Hoarseness. Dry, morning cough, with pain in chest and bloody expectoration. Bronchitis, with sharp, short, dry, hacking cough. Asthma, with excessive dyspnœa, nausea, dull stitches, and burning in chest. Dyspnœa so great that breath cannot be held long enough to drink, though thirsty. Chest feels constricted. Oppression worse in morning. Sour-smelling expectoration. Expectoration of clotted blood, after hawking mucus. Acute exacerbations in phthisis; congestion of lungs. Spasmodic croup; paroxysm of crowing. Laryngeal diphtheria.
Heart.–Pulse weak, small, thready. Violent stitch in præcordia, and beating of heart.
Extremities.–Stitches between shoulder-blades. Tearing and sticking in shoulders and joints. Hands and fingers seem swollen.
Modalities.–Worse, eating veal; towards morning and in afternoon. Better, drinking sips of water.
Relationship.–Antidotes: Opium; Nitr sp dulc.
Antidote to Opium and Morphine poisoning, 8-10 grains to glass of water.
Compare: Gun-powder (Nitre with sulphur and charcoal-2x trit. “Blood poisoning. ” Septic suppuration. Protractive against wound infection. Antidote to Ivy and Primula rash (Clarke) Herpes facialis; crops of boils. Carbuncles). Osteo-myelitis. Cannab sat (which contains a large amount of Kali nit). Lycop; Sanguin; Allium sat; Antimon iod.
Dose.–Third to thirtieth potency.