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Destructive Dimension of Kali bichromicum

The primary miasm for Kali bichrom is Syphilis with Psora providing the base for Syphilis to flourish and Sycosis making inroads in the human systems weakened by the destructive force of Syphilis. These destructive forces when work in tandem are doubly dangerous and give rise to tubercular conditions.

The syphilis manifests itself at the physical plane through direct tissue destruction, while sycosis, although considered responsible for causing overgrowths, is equally destructive as it causes alteration in the basic structure of the tissues. Both these miasm also manifest typical destructive process, at the mental plane too in a Kali Bichrom patient. While syphilis causes condition akin to idiocy, the Sycosis imparts some negative shades to a Kali bichrom patient. From here onwards we will list these destructive manifestations of the two miasms, in the form of rubrics.

(A.) Mental Sphere: Syphilis leads to a state of imbecility, idiocy, and slowness. The

following rubrics of Kali bichrom show the extent to which this destructive process can go:

  • Absent-minded, unobserving

  • Concentration difficult, studying, reading, etc., while

  • Confusion of mind

    • Night, waking on

  • Dullness, sluggishness

  • Difficulty of thinking and comprehending

  • Sadness, despondency, gloominess

    • Evening

  • Slowness

Syphilis also destroys the desire to live. This is manifested as suicidal tendencies and a disregard for life and dwelling upon death. We find the following rubrics in Kali bichrom that show the diminished desire to lie:

  • Death, desires

    • Sensation of

  • Loathing, life, at

  • Dejection

  • Weary of life

Sycosis on the other hand destroys the sense of righteousness and makes a person suspicious, indifferent, mischievous, mean, selfish, criminal, and forgetful. We find the following rubrics in Kali bichrom which depict this form of negative degeneration:

  • Delusion

    • Crime, about to commit a

    • Crime, Committed a, he had

  • Fear/ Dread

    • Poisoned of being

  • Indifference, apathy

    • Business affairs, to

    • External things, to

  • Suspicious, mistrustful

  • Irritability

  • Forgetful

  • Memory, weakness of

    • Dates for

(B.) Physical sphere:

Like in the mental plane the destruction on the physical plane of a Kali bichrom patient is very much visible in all organs of body. It is to be noted that unlike the Psora, which is visible more on the surface the Syphilitic complaints affect the internal organs more and instead of affecting the skin they tend to establish themselves on the mucus membranes of the internal organs. The internal organs, especially those which are mesodermal in origin, are damaged structurally.

The special affinity of Kali bichrom are the mucus membranes of stomach, bowels, and air-passages; bones and fibrous tissues. Kidneys, heart, and liver are also affected. Mucous membranes everywhere are affected. Cattarrh of pharynx, larynx, bronchi and nose; and a tough, stringy, viscid secretion is produced, which condition is very strong guiding symptom for Kali bichrom. Other organic lesions commonly found in Kali bichrom patients are: Incipient parenchymatous nephritis; perforation of the septum; dilatation of stomach and heart, etc. Some other symptoms of Kali bichrom which depict the destructive forces at work in a Kali bichrom patient are listed below:

    1. Head: Semilateral headache in small spots, and from suppressed catarrh.

      ( The Syphilitic catarrh is suppressed resulting in headaches which are sycotic in nature). Headache over eyebrows, preceded by blurred vision. Aching and fullness in glabella. Frontal pain (sycotic) usually over one eye. Bones and scalp feel sore (syphilitic).

    2. Eyes: Discharge ropy and yellow (syphilitic/tubercular). Ulcers on cornea.
    3. Nose: Snuffles of children (syphilitic/sycotic). Septum ulcerated; round ulcer. Loss of smell (all senses like auditory, visual, sense of smell, etc are damaged. Even common sense is not spared-resulting in idiocy!).
    4. Stomach: Dilatation of stomach (muscle damage!). Gastritis. Round ulcers of stomach. Cannot digest meat (syphilitic)
    5. Abdomen: Chronic intestinal ulceration. Fatty infiltration of liver and increase in soft fibrous tissue.
    6. Urinary: Congestion of kidneys; nephritis, with scanty, albuminous urine and casts. Pyelitis. Haematochyluria.
    7. Skin: Ulcers with punched-out edges, with tendency to penetrate and tenacious exudation.

The above illustration clearly shows why Kali bichromicum is known for it’s destructive tendencies.

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