The proving of Nitric Acid is one of the larger ones, with 1423 recorded symptoms. The top groupings of symptoms are Lower Extremities, Stomach, Sleep and Dreams, Male and Female Genitalia and symptoms relating to respiration including cough, sneezing, and coryza. To be expected. Also to be expected are the areas where there are a relatively high number of symptoms in bold – meaning symptoms that stood out in the proving in terms of their frequency amongst provers.
Perhaps the most noticeable of these is the headache produced in the proving of Nitric Acid – approximately 64 symptoms, out of which 14 are in bold. This in comparison with symptoms relating to sleep and dreams, one of the highest categories in terms of symptoms with approximately 98 symptoms, out of which 10 are in bold. A comparison of approx. 22% to 10%.
Other areas where there is a relatively high percentage of bold symptoms in a smaller group are symptoms relating to the mouth, fauces, lips and tongue, to the nose and sense of smell, and to fevers and chills. This will come as no surprise to many who have prescribed this very useful remedy for symptoms relating to these areas.
The importance of asking why in case-taking is highlighted in the symptoms relating to riding in a carriage presented in this remedy. Also the importance and value of checking a remedy in proving before prescribing.
The following are the two symptoms relating to driving in a carriage:
1045. The nates are painful (at night), when driving in a carriage.
1196. Most of the ailments disappear on riding in a carriage.
In Boenninghausen’s Therapeutic Pocketbook, Nitric Acid appears in 3 points in aggravation after riding in a carriage (rubric no. 2286), and in 4 points in amelioration from riding in a carriage (rubric no. 2797). The high grading given to these two symptoms demonstrates Boenninghausen’s clinical familiarity with these effects.
Symptom 1196 is one of a group of symptoms relating to generalities, especially those referring to the Nit-Ac sensitivity to being out in the cold air, to walking in the open air and to tendency to catch cold. So here we have an amelioration relating to generalities, and a strongly phrased one.
There is a further carriage rubric: aggravation riding in carriage (rubric no. 2284), where Nit-Ac does not appear at all. However, from the proving we see that the aggravations from carriage-related issues are very specific – to be blunt and perhaps crude, for Nit-Ac riding in a carriage, especially given the poor suspension of the horse-drawn variety, was a pain in the backside. With after-effects. A look at Nit-Ac’s backside (said I was being blunt) in the previous symptom also clarifies that this person would do well to walk rather than ride in a jumpy jalopy:
1044. The nates are painful when touched, as if sore.
So when observing the mix of emotional symptoms the Nit-Ac patient may display, ranging the whole gamut from plain sadness and despair through peevishness to outright rage – bear in mind that he or she may simply be suffering from a pain in the nates…