Gunpowder


Synonyms: English: Black powder, Brown powder, Carbon-sulfur-kali-nitricum; French: Poudre a canon.

Description: Gunpowder is a black or brown explosive substance consisting of an intimate mechanical mixture of potassium nitrate (saltpeter; nitre), charcoal, and sulfur. The proportions (by weight) are approximately 70-80% potassium nitrate, and 10-15% each of charcoal and sulfur. Gunpowder was the first and only explosive used in gunnery and blasting, until it was eventually replaced by more powerful organic nitrogen compounds. It is now used primarily to detonate other explosives.

History and authority: Boericke: Materia Medica and Repertory

Potencies: 2x and higher to be triturated, 6x may be converted to liquid 8x.

Prescribed dose: 3x and higher.

Clinical Uses:

  • An excellent blood purifier in low potency. Helps healing after extraction of abscessed tooth
  • It is antipsoric, anti-syphilitic and anti-sycotic.
  • Abscesses
  • Acne
  • Bites
  • Blood-poisoning
  • Boils
  • Carbuncles
  • Cuts, poisoned
  • Ivy (Hedera) poisoning
  • Osteo-myelitis
  • Tonsillitis, septic
  • Vaccinosis
  • Wounds that refuse to heal
  • Worms

Synthesis Repertory Rubrics
Generals

  • GENERALS – ABSCESSES
  • GENERALS – CONVALESCENCE; ailments during – septic fever; after
  • GENERALS – FOOD POISONING
  • GENERALS – INFLAMMATION – operation; after
  • GENERALS – INFLAMMATION – Bones; of – Bone marrow; of
  • GENERALS – INFLAMMATION – Externally
  • GENERALS – INFLAMMATION – Lymphatic vessels
  • GENERALS – SEPTICEMIA, blood poisoning
  • GENERALS – SEPTICEMIA, blood poisoning – ailments from

Rectum

  • RECTUM – FISTULA

Relations:

  • Canon Upcher finds that occasional doses of Hepar highly increase its effects.
  • Calendula externally is also complementary.
  • Thuja, Silica, Baryta carb. (septic tonsils) agree very well.
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