Pix Liquida

Last modified on January 21st, 2019

Pix Liquida signs and symptoms of the homeopathy medicine from the Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by J.H. Clarke. Find out for which conditions and symptoms Pix Liquida is used

      Liquid Tar. (A product of dry distillation of various coniferous woods.) Tincture.


Acne. Ardor urinae. Bronchitis. Desquamation. Diarrhoea. Eczema. Enuresis. Eruptions. Hands, eruptions on. Phthisis. Psoriasis. Vomiting, black.


In old-school practice Tar is known as a “stimulant expectorant” in chronic bronchitis and phthisis, a stimulant to the skin in psoriasis and scaly eczema. Buckley (quoted by Allen) has recorded severe constitutional effects following the local application of preparations of tar in skin affections. Among these are: High fever, black vomit, black stools, dark-coloured urine, acute eczema, acne. Homoeopaths (led by Jeanes) have brought out the special indications for the remedy, and chief among them is a pain at the third left costal cartilage, where it joins the rib. This is really a pain of the left bronchus (Hering), and when associated with offensive muco-purulent expectoration the indications for *Pix are complete. Cases of phthisis and chronic bronchitis with these characteristics have been cured by it. A case of chronic bronchitis in a merchant, 55, is recorded in *Hom. *News (xxiv. 414). The cough was worse nights, breath short, copious expectoration, some fever and night-sweats. Ill three years and growing worse. Raynaud’s prescription of Wood Tar, a teaspoonful four times a day, after meals and at bedtime, cleared up most of the symptoms. *Pix often cures the enuresis somni of children (***R.T.C.).


*Compare: Terebe., Pinus syl., Kre., Eupn., Petrol. In chest pains, Illic. (Illic. has pain at third *right costal cartilage, occasionally also left), Myrica, Therid. Desquamation, Chi. sul.


Fulness and pain in head.


Pain in stomach. Vomiting: constant, of blackish fluid (from application to skin).


Excessive pain in bowels and loins.

Stool and Anus

Dark-coloured stools (from application).

Urinary Organs

Ardor urinae. Dark-coloured urine (from application.

Respiratory Organs

Expectoration of purulent matter, offensive in odour and taste, and accompanied by pain referred to third left costal cartilage (really in left bronchus), pain may or may not go through to back. (Third stage of phthisis.) Pain at third left costal cartilage where it joins the rib, rales, muco-purulent expectoration. Suppuration of left lung with pain at third rib. Cough chronic, worse night, expectoration purulent, fever at night.


Great exhaustion.


Acute eczema. Acne. Eruptions, especially on backs of hands, itching intolerably at night and bleeding when scratched. Skin cracked, bleeding when scratched, with sleeplessness. Violent itching. desquamation.


Occasionally high fever (from application).

About the author

John Henry Clarke

John Henry Clarke

John Henry Clarke MD (1853 – November 24, 1931 was a prominent English classical homeopath. Dr. Clarke was a busy practitioner. As a physician he not only had his own clinic in Piccadilly, London, but he also was a consultant at the London Homeopathic Hospital and researched into new remedies — nosodes. For many years, he was the editor of The Homeopathic World. He wrote many books, his best known were Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica and Repertory of Materia Medica

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