Author: Jan Scholten
In the literature on Manganum it is usually Manganum acetate that is being described, rather than the pure metal. Manganum has already been discussed in ‘Homeopathy and Minerals’, but we can now see it in a wider context. A.Vrijlandt has also contributed a great deal to the overall picture of this remedy.
Manganum is, just like Magnesium, derived from ‘Magnesia’, a part of the Greek province Thessalia. ‘Magnes’ or magnet has the same root and Manganum contains pyrosylit which has magnetic properties. It was discovered in 1774.
The electric charge it can take on varies from 1+ to 2+, 3+, 4+, 5+ or 7+. Kali-permanganate, KMnO4, is a reductor.
The colours of the compounds can vary enormously and are used in paints and to colour glass, pottery and porcelain. Tiles and stones get their brown colour from MnO2.
Manganum is the second most common substance in the earth’s crust after ferrum. It reacts with many other elements. It increases the strength of steel, makes it easier to weld (joining) and at the same time less breakable. It increases the pliability of steel too. An alloy of copper and Manganum is used to make ‘silent’ cogwheels.
Manganum makes bones more pliable and less brittle.