Butyric Acid

(A volatile acid obtained chiefly from butter)

Worries over trifles; impulsive thoughts of suicide; constant state of fear and nervousness. Headache makes him apprehensive about trifles; worse going upstairs or rapid motion. Dull, hazy ache of head.

Poor appetite. Much gas in stomach and bowels. Cramps in pit of stomach, worse at night. Stomach feels heavy and overloaded. Cramp in abdomen below umbilicus. Bowels irregular. Stool accompanied by pain and straining.

Tired feeling and dull pain in small of back, worse walking. Pain in ankles and up back of leg. Pain low down in back and extremities.

Pronounced sleeplessness; dreams of serious nature while asleep.

Perspiration on slight exertion. Profuse, offensive sweat of feet. Crumbling away of finger-nails.

Worse, at night, fast walking, going upstairs.

Third attenuation.

Reference: “Pocket Manual of Homeopathic Materia Medica & Repertory” by William Boericke

Author’s Notes:

Butyric Acid is also used non-homeopathically and is said to have other uses like removal of insulin resistance, treatment of Crohn’s Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It should however, be used only under doctor’s advice. Self medication is not recommended.