Evaluation of drug pathogenesis is a continuous process in Homoeopathy.
The drug is tested on healthy human beings and the proving data is recorded.
However, the true genius of a drug is evolved when these very symptoms,
elaborated upon in the pathogenesis, form the basis of prescription and are
cured in diseased persons. Hering has mentioned five steps in the foreword of
his 'Guiding symptoms of Materia Medica' in order to obtain a characteristic
symptom. The fifth and final step of his strategy refers to the clinical verification
of the symptoms obtained by the homoeopathic drug proving. Such practical
application of the therapeutic action contributes to the true Materia Medica of
With regard to Kali muriaticum, the symptoms produced in proving under
the drug proving program of the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy
were confirmed and the clinical utility of the drug was established by clinical
verification. Based on its proving data, symptomatology of the drug available in
various textbooks of Materia Medica and its clinically verified symptoms, the
keynote and prescribing symptoms for this medicine have been identified. The
data is now presented to the profession, in the form of a monograph.
This is the 3rd edition of the monograph on Kali muriaticum. It was one
of the earliest drugs undertaken in the Drug Proving Program of the Council.
After proving, the clinical verification of Kali muriaticum was carried out at
many centers under the Council from 1980 to 1997. During this period, while
verifying the proving symptoms repeatedly in the sick, a set of new symptoms
also came out, which have been identified as clinical symptoms of Kali
muriaticum. It is hoped that these symptoms will be helpful to the practitioners
in understanding Kali muriaticum, in relation to various clinical conditions being
dealt by them in their day to day practice.
As is true for any research work, the final test would be of time, when
the medicine would be repeatedly used in the clinical practice by the physicians.
The Council would be thankful to the practitioners who would use this medicine
in their clinical practice, based on the proving and clinical verification symptoms
given here, and send in their feedback, so that the therapeutic utility of the
medicine can be further expanded and confirmed.
Potassium or Kali compounds are known to be present in the terrestrial
plants for centuries. The word 'Kali' is derived from Arabic word 'kaly' meaning
ash. Potassium, which is another name of Kali, has its origin in the word 'pot-
ash' which means the remnant of charred vegetable matter'. Potassium chloride,
also known as Sylvite, is one of the many potassium salts that exist in the
nature. It is the eighth abundant mineral in the earth crust. The element
Potassium was discovered and isolated in 1807 by Humphry Davy in London.
In human body, potassium is the most abundant cation. The mean content
of potassium in an adult is 0.2%. A man weighing 70 kg. would contain 140 g.
of potassium- in his body. It is the major intracellular cation in a human body.
A relative small change in the concentration of the extracellular potassium greatly
affects the extracellular - intracellular ratio of the element and thereby affects
the processes like neural transmission, muscle contraction and vascular tone.
A decrease in concentration of serum potassium can result in muscle
weakness, cardiac arrhythmias, hypercalciuria and glucose intolerance.
Potassium chloride (KCI) is particularly known to be useful in treating
hypokalaemta. An excessive use of KCI can cause gastrointestinal discomfort,
including nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea and bleeding from the digestive tract.
Its overdose can also cause hyperkalaemia, leading to paraesthesia, cardiac
conduction blocks, fibrillation, arrhythmias and sclerosis.
Schussler has contributed this drug to Homoeopathy. The use of Kali
mur in Homoeopathy is predominantly based on the observations made by
him. However, later on Schussler asserted that the treatment with tissue salts
is not Homoeopathy and developed 'tissue systems' as a separate system of
therapeutics. He explained that a 'tissue remedy' acted by meeting the
requirements of the body for that particular salt", But this view was contradicted
by Boericke W. and Dewey W. A, who opine, 'In a disturbance of molecules of
Natrum mur., there is not necessarily a deficiency in the amount of Natrum
mur in the body, rather a lack of continuity in the arrangement of the existing
molecules in the body. A salt, given as a remedy, does not supply a lack or
deficiency of that salt, as the quantity given is usually too infinitesimal for the
purpose, and were this the case, it might be given in quantity in food and drink
with the desired effect."
Only scarce literature is available in Homoeopathy on Kali muriaticum.
Source books like Hering's Guiding symptoms describe Kali mur and Kali chlorate
together. Also, no history of proving this drug is known till date, for which its
study was taken up by the Council for proving during 1970-72 and for reproving
during 1972-74. The study was based on double blind, placebo-controlled
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