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Kali bichromicum is a homeopathic remedy also known as potassium bichromate, kali bich, and bichromate of potash. Homeopaths may prescribe this remedy for problems with mucous membranes, digestive disorders, migraines, and rheumatic pain. The creation of this homeopathic remedy involves diluting the original potassium bichromate with lactose, distilled water, or alcohol until it is so diluted no molecules of the original substance remain in the finished product. No peer-reviewed studies support the effectiveness of kali bichromicum in curing illness.
Homeopathic physicians may prescribe this substance to those complaining of respiratory problems, especially sinus and nasal congestion, or fluid in the ear. It may also be prescribed to patients with rheumatic pain that comes and goes quickly and becomes worse in hot weather.
Digestive disorders, including nausea, vomiting yellowish mucous, peptic ulcers, and indigestion that comes on soon after finishing a meal are also said to respond well to this treatment. Migraine headaches that begin at night and feel better with pressure on the root of the nose may also be helped by this remedy.
Assessing an individual's mental state is an important factor in homeopathic diagnosis. Homeopathic doctors may use kali bichromicum for patients who demonstrate difficulty concentrating on tasks that require sustained focus such as studying. The patient may also appear sad or gloomy, mistrusting, irritable, and absentminded. Mental symptoms, in conjunction with the previously described physical symptoms, indicate to the homeopath that this substance may be a helpful treatment for the patient.
The strength of a homeopathic remedy is indicated by its potency. The more a remedy is diluted, the higher the potency number will be. The potency level most often prescribed for adults taking kali bichromicum is 6x-12x, with the usual adult dosage of three pellets four to six times per day. The pellets should be placed under the tongue for direct absorption into the bloodstream. Any homeopathic remedy should be taken 30 minutes before or after eating, brushing teeth, or drinking anything except water.
According to homeopathic doctors, these remedies are to be used only for self-limiting conditions. If symptoms do not improve within five to seven days, or if they worsen, the patient should seek medical attention. Medical advice should also be sought out if pain remains, swelling develops, or if the patient spikes a fever. Homeopathic remedies, including kali bichromicum, are generally free of side effects and are considered safe. Even so, those with chronic illnesses, and pregnant or nursing women, may want to seek professional medical advice before using this remedy.
There have been no double-blind studies published in peer-reviewed medical journals demonstrating the efficacy of kali bichromicum. The only evidence that it works is anecdotal. As such, many conventional medical doctors are very skeptical about this remedy.