Nitric Acid – Three Rubrics key to the theme of the remedy

Nitricum Acidum 

Nitricum acidum is the remedy of Nitric acid which is known as an extremely corrosive chemical agent, which can be expressed in the mental and emotional symptoms. Especially in direct correlation to their inner feelings, outward expression towards relationships with other and the internal destruction of such a picture if left to manifest further.



‘Hatred of persons who had offended him and is unmoved by apologies’


The Nitric Acid patient can be described as a depressed and anxious person with a negative outlook and attitude towards life and health in general. They can have a reputation of being unpleasant, however, to those they consider as ‘supporters’ in their life cause they can be king and sympathetic; however, within these relationships they can express periods of being irritable. They can possess a ‘malice’ trait in their personality especially towards those people who they feel wronged by which can lead to an embedded anger, obstinate and vindictive attitude towards them. Here the rubric ‘hatred of persons who had offended him’ is evident. They can portray as selfish personalities and feel that others are motivated by the same inner self interest as themselves, thus enhancing their anxieties about those around them and the nihilistic and pessimism towards life as a key mental and emotional state. This ‘selfish’ state can be as a result of the inner uneasiness and despair they can experience. Being ‘unmoved by apologies’, the patient can hold grudges towards those they perceived as being done wrong by and have been known to become involved in long term disagreements and ‘battles’ when, even the third party has appeared to have apologised. This can be due to the tendency to dwell on the past, particularly on those events that have caused some negativity with regard to disagreeable memories and has an element of revengefulness in their personality trait. A key element of such personality traits is the need to blame someone else for their problems, again possibly due to the inner fear they have regarding their predicament and present life story which can manifest in the difficulty with regard to establishing and indeed maintaining emotional relationships with others.   



‘Delusion is engrossed in a lawsuit’


The above delusion is somewhat interesting with regard to being associated to the mental and emotional state of the Nit ac patient. As stated above, the Nit Ac patient can bear grudges and hold such disagreements for prolonged periods of time. The delusion ‘is engrossed in a lawsuit’ is described by Sankaran as the situation of the Nit Ac patient, as their mindset, linked to the rubric above is convinced that someone has harmed them and the hard-court battle needs to be fought. The belief that they cannot afford to make any mistake, requiring perfection becomes evident and the lawsuit must simply be won in order to protect them. Discussed above, the Nit ac patient can be kind and sympathetic to those they perceive as their ‘supporters’ and similarly to a court battle, the team behind them can only enhance their chances of winning the cause. The hardness they can exhibit can reflect such environments of winning the case by any means and they can become cruel. Sankaran, describes this as being your best friend if he perceives you as being on his side or indeed a worst enemy at times of disagreement. A key delusion here to take into consideration under this rubric could be related to that of danger and a delusional fear of criminals. By creating such a protective and structured emotional environment within themselves, the safety against such a delusion is enhanced inside of them.



‘Beside oneself by being in a little pain’


Gibson describes the Nit ac patient as being hypersensitive withKenthighlighting their extreme sensitivity and nervousness as marked features within the remedy picture. Known to have particular anxieties about their health, Morrison describes them as making their physician’s life miserable. This can also be exacerbated by the blaming other people, and can present at the follow up consultation as having no improvement or the remedy given has made them a lot worse and blame the Homeopath for example with such passionate anger about their health. The hypersensitivity can be exacerbated by any amount of pain that when considered to be minor by the general population are severe to the nit ac patient. Described as splinter, stitching and sharp pains, that can feed the delusion of about to die and anxiety of health the sensitivity experienced can be magnified, thus the beside oneself rubric being evident. Kent describes such experience of pain well in his description of ‘pains as if flesh were torn from the bones and a sensation as though a splinter felt in inflamed parts, in ulcers and in nerves.’ Being extremely sensitive to the cold, the pain sensation is increased in intensity and the patient has been known to always appear chilly. The pains experienced may also negatively impact on the individual’s nihilistic outlook on life. Nihilism is an extreme form of scepticism that denies  all existence and the possibility of finding a cure to their pains may be one of the existences they will dismiss as a result of the mental symptoms they are presenting with. The inner selfishness can exacerbate the pain experience with an externalisation of a perception that their pain is worse than anyone else and indeed they cannot be cured as the practitioner only makes it worse in their eyes.

They can have a marked hypochondria symptom and that combined with a morbid fear of death/ ill health makes any ailment such as pain magnified in its impact on the individual, thus being beside oneself in what is considered as a little pain.




Agrawal, 2005. Materia Medica of the Human Kind

Kent, 1989. Materia Medica of Homoeopathic Remedies

Gibson, 2000. Studies of Homoeopathic Remedies

Morrison, 1993. Desktop Guide to Keynotes and Confirmatory Symptoms

Sankaran, 1997. The Soul of Remedies

Vermeulen. 1993. Synoptic Materia Medica

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