Author: Jan Scholten
Homeopathy and the Elements
1.1.3 Muriaticum acidum
Muriatic acid has long been known as a useful remedy, but the mental picture had not been deeply explored until recently. Using the themes of the Acidums and the Muriaticums it has now been possible to build up quite a good picture. I did not mention this remedy in my previous book because I hadn’t seen a Muriatic acid case yet. Now I have and it is good to see this picture confirmed by Kees Dam and Yvonne Lassauw (Links 1994) and Corry Hiwat.
Muriatic acid is an other word for hydrochloric acid, an extremely strong acid. It is produced in the stomach to help break down proteins.
Unity Symbiosis Broken relationship
Total Mother Child
Active Lively Self-pity
Apathy Sorry Clinging
Real care and nurturing.
Exhausted from caring.
Desire to be one with mother.
Demanding total attention.
Symbiosis with mother.
Dependent on mother.
An exhausted mother.
Isolated and complaining.
Picture of Muriatic acid
Essence: Real care and nurturing.
Real care and nurturing
They like to take care of people. They tend to sacrifice themselves completely in this task and they are always ready to help others. It is as if nothing short of total devotion is good enough. They tend to carry the burden of the whole world on their shoulders. The feeling behind this that they may be left on their own if they don’t provide this service. They feel that only total devotion and nurturing will prevent their relationship coming to an end.
Exhausted from caring
Because they get so totally absorbed in taking care of things they eventually get exhausted. There is no limit to the amount of time and energy they will give to the nurturing of others, so they never have a moment to themselves. Then they want to do ten things at once and they become chaotic and hurried. Until they are totally exhausted and then they’ll become very irritable. Anything, any remark or request may be the last straw and eventually they will just droop in a chair or fall asleep in the middle of doing something.
An exhausted mother
This is a typical situation of a mother or father who will use all their energy to be a good parent. They want to be a really perfect parent and partner. This striving for perfection can make them exhausted. Especially if there are some added difficulties such as the care of a handicapped child or a sick relative. They will overtax themselves, but their idealism won’t let them do things by halves.
The situation of a premature child can cause this state, but also a miscarriage or abortion (noticed by Anton Kramer) can be the cause. They’ll feel their child is not allowed to die.
Demanding total attention
The other side of this can be a tendency to demand total care from other people. As a child these people can be very open and talkative. With their continuous chatter they demand the attention of everyone around them. They can also be quite mean, expecting help from others as soon as they are ill for instance. They’ll stop taking care of themselves, expecting others to jump in and do everything for them.
Desire to be one with mother
They like to have their mother all to themselves. They can’t bear being separated from her. They’ll cry and cling to her whenever she wants to go out. They literally hang on to her, because they feel totally dependent on her. Whenever something goes wrong, or they get criticised or scared the first thing they’ll do is run to her for protection.
Their desire to be one with her may show itself in wanting to copy or offer help with everything she does. So they’ll help with the washing up, they’ll help with making the beds, or they’ll play mothers and fathers with their dolls all day.
When things go wrong they indulge in self-pity. They start to become absorbed in their own mistakes and the mistakes of others. They can’t shake the thoughts of what went wrong. Their perfectionism makes it impossible for them to get over the slightest problem. When the tiniest thing goes wrong they’ll feel that nothing will ever go right again. The idealised picture of the whole has been broken and the magic has gone. They want to withdraw and sort things out alone.
Fears: alone, water, danger, failure, disease or death of mother and family, accidents, future, dark.
Dreams: water, sea, waves, drowning, children, mother, disease and death of mother, father, friends and relations, getting lost, home, hurried and exhausted from taking care of home and children.
Mood: sensitive, emotional, complaining, clinging, restless, hurried, impatient, apathetic.
Aggression: irritable and aggressive.
Mentally: lack of concentration, exhausted.
Profession: homoeopath, therapist, nurse.
Type: Blond, thin.
Weather: feels the cold; < sun, < sea.
Perspiration: < stools.
Time`: < 9 and 11 pm.; complaints come and go suddenly.
Desire: salt, fish, sour, starch.
Aversion: sour, sauerkraut, citrus fruit, meat.
Food: < fruit, sour.
Menses: < before, during or after menses, < after pregnancy; swollen and painful breasts before menses.
Sleep: difficulty falling asleep.
Physical: < light; > lying down, < exertion, walking up stairs, < pressure and touch.
Dryness of mucus membranes.
Burning, biting pains.
Tiredness and weakness (3), which can be so strong that they’ll slide down in bed, < lying down, > getting up.
Vertigo < lying on right side.
Migraines with nausea and vomiting, < light, < noise.
Aphthae and copious saliva. Thrush in mouth, blisters on tongue.
Headache with vomiting << lying down, < light, < noise.
Stomach problems < pregnancy.
Constipation with dry, hard stools.
Diarrhoea with pain in abdomen < during meals. Stools sour, acrid, watery, odourless and spurting out with much gas. Fermenting stools. Nappy rash.
Bleeding haemorrhoids with fissures in anus. Crohns disease with fistula.
(observed by Kramer).
Complaints following abortion.
Ulcers, fistula and naevi.
Accidents and sprains. Pain in hollow of knee.
Skin eruptions, on chest and arms, red spots, << sun.
DD: Hydrogen, Acidums, Silicon series, Stage 1 and 17, Carlsbad, Cocculus, Lacticums, Muriaticums, Sepia.