Potassium dichromate / Potassium bichromate
Kali bichromicum is often called potassium bichromate; it is a chemical compound that may be acquired from chromium iron ore or by processing potassium chromate with one of a number of strong acids. A highly corrosive substance, it is used primarily in textile dyeing, in the staining of wood, and as a component in electric batteries. It is also a very powerful poison. Homeopathic practitioners believe Kali bichromicum works best for conditions that are accompanied by the symptom of pain in a distinct spot, where the ache is easily located with a fingertip.
For homeopathic use this caustic chemical, also called Kali be, is diluted to nontoxic levels with large amounts of milk sugar, a pharmaceutical process called trituration.
Kali bich. is usually given for complaints affecting the mucous membranes, especially in the nose, throat, vagina, urethra, and stomach. It is an important remedy for conditions with excessive mucus, colds that turn into sinus congestion with pressure and fullness in the nose, and glue ear (fluid in the middle ear), with a sensation of fullness in the ear.
It is also used to treat joint problems with rheumatic pain that appears and disappears suddenly, moves around the affected part rapidly, and is aggravated by a sudden change to hot weather. Digestive disorders, such as nausea and vomiting of yellow mucus, also benefit from Kali bich.
Migraines, which start at night, or are better from firm pressure at the root of the nose but worse bending over, are eased by this remedy.
When ill, people who need Kali bich. are chilly and extremely sensitive to the cold. However, they feel worse in hot summer weather.
Prepared chemically by adding yellow potassium chromate in solution to a stronger acid.
Potassium bromide is a white crystalline salt that is used in photography. In orthodox medicine it was once used in large doses for severe epilepsy and other convulsive disorders. It was also given to men with excessive sexual desires and male prisoners were given potassium bromide to reduce their sexual urges.
Kali brom. is used to treat conditions that affect the nervous system, such as epilepsy, and skin complaints, particularly acne that leaves unsightly scars. People who need this remedy are prone to acne, especially in puberty and during menstruation. They are warm-blooded but sometimes feel numb.
A crystalline solid that is prepared chemically.
Potassium carbonate is a compound that was used by the Egyptians more than 3,000 years ago to make glass. It occurs naturally as a vegetable alkali and is found in all plant structures. Potassium carbonate is either obtained from the ashes of burned wood and plants or prepared industrially.
This remedy is used for disorders of the muscles and spine, such as backache, especially in the lumbar region; menopausal and menstrual problems; and complaints in the mucous membranes, especially in the chest, such as bronchitis and coughs. Pain tends to be stitch like. People who need this remedy are very chilly and have a characteristic puffiness under their upper eyelids. They sweat profusely and the cooling that results may cause them to get chilled easily and make them more susceptible to colds and flu.
Potassium carbonate, which is obtained from wood ashes.
Kali Carbonicum is by far the most commonly occurring Kali from a constitutional point of view. The only other one which is seen with some frequency is Kali Bichromium. These two have very similar personalities, being distinguishable mainly on grounds other than the mentals.
Kali is a closed type, and hence it is hard for the homeopath to get sufficient information about the personality to get a grip on it. The old materia medicas paint a very sketchy picture of the Kali personality, and as a result of this it is missed more often than not by homeopaths.
Most of Kali's mental characteristics can be understood as manifestations of the 'essence' of the type, which is rigidity. The first impression one gets of a Kali Carbonicum person is a certain formality, a stiffness that reveals a lack of relaxation of body and mind. Kali people have difficulty in really letting their hair down. This can be seen most clearly at parties and discotheques, where the spontaneous revelry of the other people can make a Kali feel even more inhibited and self-conscious. Even Kali's gait tends to be rather stiff.
Potassium iodide is the compound added to table salt and animal feeds to protect against iodine deficiency. The World Health Organization recommends that 1 part potassium iodide be added to every 100,000 parts salt; Potassium iodide was once used to treat syphilis.
This remedy is used to treat glandular complaints, such as swoIIen glands associated with flu, sore throats, and prostate problems. Pains are diffuse rather than localized. People who need this remedy tend to get hay fever and sinus congestion, especiaIIy in hot weather, and they have thick green mucus or acrid watery discharges from the nose.
Prepared chemically from iodine and potassium hydroxide.
Potassium chloride is a white crystalline solid or powder, and is the most abundant of the naturally occurring salts of potassium, found mainly in the mineral sylvine. It is a Schussler tissue salt, which is used for the secondary stage of inflammatory illnesses. A deficiency of this salt affects fibrin, which is an important component in blood clotting in the body.
Kali mur. is used to treat inflammation of the mucous membranes with a stringy discharge. It is very good for infections in the middle ear and the Eustachian tubes (which connect the middle ear cavity to the back of the nose), particularly where secretions are white, thick, sticky, and slimy; it is also used for temporary deafness from Eustachian tube mucus. This remedy is also given for glue ear (fluid inside the ear), mucus that drips down the back of the throat, and tonsillitis, when swallowing is only possible by twisting the neck and the tonsils have a white coating on them.
Sylvine, which is found in Germany, Canada, and the US.
Potassium phosphate / Phosphate of potash
Potassium phosphate is an essential nutrient. The body uses potassium, found in the brain and nerve cells, in many ways, for example, to help store energy in cells and to ensure healthy nerve function. In orthodox medicine potassium phosphate is given to patients who are fed intravenously. Kali phos. is a Schussler tissue salt and is a key homeopathic remedy for disorders of the nervous system and exhaustion.
Kali phos. is given for mental and physical exhaustion, with nervousness and oversensitivity caused by extreme stress or overexertion. It is often needed by students who have studied too hard and suffer a breakdown. Those in a state of exhaustion may flinch at the slightest sound and they become shy, preferring to be alone. They may even develop an aversion to their own family. Their weakness is frustrating and makes them irritable and angry.
Physical symptoms of exhaustion include: sensitivity to cold; a yellow coated tongue; a yellow or pus-filled discharge from the vagina, bladder, lungs, or with stools; extreme muscular weakness; and waking at 5 a.m. with hunger and a gnawing pain in the stomach.
People with exhaustion or chronic fatigue syndrome who need this remedy tend to sweat on the face or head from excitement or after meals, but otherwise do not perspire easily. When hungry, they develop a headache and an empty, nervous feeling in their stomach. They tend to dislike bread and eat sweet foods.
Prepared chemically by adding dilute phosphoric acid to a solution of potassium carbonate.