Fluoricum acidum is a remedy of the syphilitic miasm. Fluorine, along with other Halogens, belongs to Group VIIIA of the Periodic Table. The Halogens have the feeling of betrayal and hurt, and in the failed state react in a repulsive manner, by rejecting, throwing off. In the coped state however, they avoid breaking relationships.
Fluorine is the lightest, most active and reactive of the Halogens. It forms and breaks relationships very quickly. This can be seen in the symptomatology of Fluoricum acidum. Fluoricum acidum is flirtatious and has many acquaintances, but no deep relationships. The term “Buoyancy” has been used to describe Fluoricum acidum. Its pathological processes however are very deep and near syphilitic.
The theme of Fluor is that of an incompatible relationship and the need to break off. The theme of Acids is of a lot of effort and activity followed by weakness and exhaustion. In Fluoricum acidum we see a tremendous effort in the direction of breaking off the relationship. The situation of Fluoricum acidum is one where an incompatible marriage is causing the patient a great suffering. He needs to break away from this marriage. Hence he becomes irresponsible and immoral. Like in other Halogens there is tremendous activity: “Increased ability to exercise his muscles without fatigue, regardless of most excessive heat of summer or cold of winter”, “Impulse to walk fast, necessity to always be on the move” (Phatak’s Materia Medica). The Fluoricum acidum person can perform a lot of feats without rest, and all he needs is a short afternoon nap to gain back his energy. The specific direction of this increased energy in the person is indicated by the increased sexual desire. He stands in the street and ogles at women. Fluoricum acidum persons talk very openly about their sexuality. Even in old age, there is increased sexual desire and excessive enjoyment. The patient becomes irresponsible and indifferent towards his own family, but is pleasant and animated with strangers and will seem careless, cheerful and exuberant on the outside. All these features represent efforts that could help him break away from the incompatible marriage or relationship.
In the coped-up state however, the effort and the struggle are in the direction of not letting the relationship break. This is seen in the Fluoricum acidum dream: “Sudden death of his son, and also of the son of one of his friends; thinks that in both cases, he has been the one to blame, reproaches himself very much” (Allen’s Encyclopedia). This dream shows a sense of responsibility and guilt, and also of caring for their loved ones – the opposite pole of Fluoricum acidum.
o Very hot patients – sensation of heat escaping from the pores of the skin.
o Desires cold bathing.
o Craves highly pungent food.
o Cracks in the tongue in all directions.
o Deep-seated, destructive disease conditions, e.g. ulcers.
o Early senility with hair fall.
o Ridged nails.
o Delusion, marriage, must dissolve.
o Delusion, betrothal must be broken.
o Delusion, children out of the house, he must drive.
o Aversion, members of family, to.
o Indifference, loved ones, to, strangers, but animated, to.
o Indifference, relations, to.
o Indifference, business affairs, to.
o Indifference, important things, to.
o Lascivious, lustful.
o Anxiety, walking rapidly which makes him walk faster.
o Head: hair falling in spots.
o Tongue: cracked in all directions.
o Desires highly seasoned food.
o Cold and heat both aggravate.
o Responsibility, inability to realize.
o Short sleep ameliorates.
Phatak’s Materia Medica:
Inability to realize responsibility… Aversion to his own family, to those loved best. Becomes interested in and converses pleasantly with strangers.
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