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Natrum Salicylicum: Homeopathic Medicine – Its Use, Indications And Dosage

The homeopathic remedy Natrum Salicylicum is derived from sodium salicylate which is inert in its crude state. When it undergoes potentization (a process of preparation of homeopathic medicines that arouses medicinal properties from its crude form), it becomes a very valuable homeopathic medicine — Natrum Salicylicum. Its use is primarily indicated to treat ear complaints, including Tinnitus and Meniere’s disease.

Drug Action

The action of this medicine is limited to certain organs only. This medicine’s sphere of action mainly centers around the ears. It also has a wonderful action on the joints. Besides these, it acts well on the limbs. Lastly, its action is noted in the eyes and the skin.

Clinical Indications

Tinnitus, Meniere’s disease, hearing difficulty, vertigo, joint pain, abscess, iritis, amblyopia, squint, urticaria, pemphigoid

Scope As A Homeopathic Remedy

1. Ear Complaints (Tinnitus, Hearing Difficulty, Meniere’s Disease, And Vertigo)

Natrum Salicylicum has a deep effect on the ears, especially, the inner ears. It is mainly indicated to help cases of tinnitus. Tinnitus refers to hearing noises in the ears in the absence of an external source (ringing, buzzing, whistling, etc). Those who need this medicine mainly experience tinnitus of low noise. Most of the time the patients tend to hear constant noise in the ears. It is often accompanied by difficulty in hearing. Next, it works very well in cases of vertigo that is linked to inner ear problems. Natrum Salicylicum is a wonderful medicine and manages cases of Meniere’s disease. It is an inner ear disorder characterized by symptoms including tinnitus, vertigo, fluctuating hearing loss, and a sensation of fullness in the ears. The medicine is used when tinnitus is intense and accompanied by deafness and vertigo spells. Vertigo in such cases worsens from the raising of the head. It also worsens when one rises after having lied down for a while, and upon subsequent sitting up. Those who need this medicine suffer from vertigo and seem to have the kind of sensation as though all the objects are moving to the right side. They feel that lying down helps in relieving vertigo.

Key Indicating Features

Tinnitus of a low tone

Tinnitus with constant noises in the ears

Tinnitus with difficulty in hearing

Vertigo linked with inner ear problems

Meniere’s disease with intense tinnitus, deafness, and vertigo spells

2. Joints And Limbs (Joint Pain, Itching On Hand, Swollen Feet, And Axillary Abscess)

The second action of Natrum Salicylicum is seen on the joints and limbs. It manages complaints of joint pains very well. Its use is suggested to relieve pain in the joints resulting from joint inflammation arising from gout (joint inflammation, swelling, pain, heat, tenderness from high uric acid levels) or some other reason. It also proves effective in managing itching on the back side of the right hand. It can help in relieving swelling on the feet and tenderness on the soles. Its use can also be done in cases of an axillary abscess (a pus-filled lump in the armpit).

Key Indicating Features

Pain in the joints from joint inflammation arising from gout or some other reason

Itching on the back side of the right hand

Swelling of the feet and tenderness on the soles

Abscess in the axilla (armpit)

 3. Eye Complaints (Iritis, Squint, And Amblyopia)

This medicine also acts well on the eyes. It proves to be an effective medicine in cases of iritis (inflammation of the iris – the pigmented structure in the eye that regulates the amount of light that can enter the retina) that occurs from an injury. This medicine is also well-indicated for treating cases of squint specifically the divergent squint in which one eye diverges to the corner (in the direction of the temple) while looking at an object. Next, its use is considered in managing cases of amblyopia. It is also known as lazy eye in which poor vision occurs in one of the eyes.

Key Indicating Features

Inflammation of the iris (iritis) from an injury

Divergent squint when one eye diverges outwards while looking at an object

4. Skin Concerns (Urticaria, Itching, And Pemphigoid)

Lastly, it acts on the skin though in a very limited manner. Firstly, it is well indicated to manage cases of urticaria.

Urticaria also known as hives and nettle rash refers to a skin condition in which there appear red, itchy bumps (wheals) on the skin due to an allergic reaction. For those who need this medicine, urticaria occurs in most body parts. But it is marked most prominently on the abdomen and the legs. The rash is red-coloured and appears in circumscribed patches. It can be accompanied by swelling in the arms. Next, it proves beneficial in cases of itching and tingling sensation on the skin. Another skin complaint where its effectiveness is markedly seen is pemphigoid (It is an autoimmune disorder that leads to skin rash and blisters, meaning thereby fluid-filled eruptions on the arms, legs, and abdomen). It is suitable when these eruptions appear mainly on the hands though other body parts may be affected as well. Besides these, it is indicated when there occur very red circumscribed patches on the skin, especially on the face, forehead, and legs. The redness disappears when pressure is applied.

Key Indicating Features

Urticaria on most body parts especially on the abdomen, and the legs

Itching, and tingling sensation on the skin

Pemphigoid (a skin condition with formation of blisters means fluid-filled eruptions on the skin) mainly on hands

Very red circumscribed patches on the skin especially on the face, forehead, and legs

Dosage

Use of this medicine is recommended in both low and high potencies. A general rule to be followed is that the lower potencies can be repeated frequently while higher potencies should be used in not so frequent manner.

Relationship With Other Remedies

In case of Meniere’s disease, it can be compared with some other medicines including China, Kali Iodatum, and Carboneum Sulph.

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