Salicylicum acidum (Sal-ac)

Salicylic Acid

Generals: The symptoms point to its use in rheumatism, dyspepsia, and Meniere's disease. Prostration after influenza; also tinnitus aurium and deafness. Haematuria.

Head: Vertigo; tendency to fall to left side. Headache; confusion in head on rising suddenly. Incipient coryza. Piercing pain in temples.

Eyes: Retinal haemorrhage. Retinitis after influenza, also albuminuric.

Ears: Roaring and ringing in ears. Deafness, with vertigo.

Throat: Sore, red and swollen. Pharyngitis; swallowing difficult.

Stomach: Canker sores, with burning soreness and fetid breath. Flatulence; hot, sour belching. Putrid fermentation. Fermentative dyspepsia. Tongue purplish, leaden-colored; foul breath.

Stools: Putrid diarrhoea; gastro-intestinal derangements, especially in children; stools like green frog's spawn (Magn carb). Pruritus ani.

Extremities: Knees swollen and painful. Acute articular rheumatism; worse, touch and motion, profuse sweat. Pain shifts. Sciatica, burning pain; worse at night. Copious foot-sweat and ill affects where suppressed.

Skin: Itching vesicles and pustules; better by scratching. Sweat without sleep. Urticaria. Hot and burning skin. Purpura. Herpes zoster. Necrosis and softening of bones.


Compare: SalolumSalol (rheumatic pain in joints, with soreness and stiffness, headache over eyes; urine violet-smelling); Colchicum autumnaleColch, China officinalisChin, Lact acLact ac. Spiraea and Gaultheria contain salicyl acid.

Dose: Third decimal trituration. In acute articular rheumatism, 5 grains every 3 hours (Old school dose).