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Mineral Acids - Gout - Medicinal Treatment

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MINERAL ACIDS - GOUT - MEDICINAL TREATMENT.

The action of the mineral acids, in disordered conditions depend ent upon the arthritic diathesis, is quite as pronounced as that of the alkaline salts. They often give great relief to many nervous symp toms that arise under such circumstances, but their mode of action is the reverse of that which is characteristic of the alkalies. They tend to increase the acidity of the blood, and thus to drive the nitrog enous excreta into the tissues where the poisonous effects of the xanthin compounds are less conspicuous. In this way great tempo rary relief from nervous symptoms may be procured. But unless curative measures in the way of proper arrangement of the diet and habits of life are also employed, the period of relief will be followed by an increased severity of the original symptoms when the super saturated tissues again discharge their morbid contents into the cur rent of the circulation. The best results of the employment of min eral acids are apparent in the example above given of their utility in the treatment of hemicrania. Administered alone, they clear the blood of nitrogenous toxins, but do not sufficiently eliminate them from the body. This is accomplished by the concurrent exhibition

of sodium salicylate, which eliminates, and also exercises a directly anodyne influence upon the sensory apparatus. In catarrhal states of the gastro-enterio mucous membrane the mineral acids are equally beneficial. By their remedial influence upon the catarrhal inflamma tion, they diminish the over-acidity of the blood that depends upon the adjacent inflammation, and thus they favor the elimination of nitrogenous refuse through the increased capacity of the circulating fluids for the solution and transportation of such excreta to their place of final elimination in the kidneys. While this process is going on, the administration of ten- or fifteen-grain closes of sodium salicylate every four hours will often give the greatest relief in those cases of gastralgia and euteralgia that so frequently torment the arthritically predisposed subject. The action of acids upon the liver is also of the greatest importance in this connection. The elimina tive effect of nitro-hydrochloric acid is well known, and it is in this way that much of its beneficial action is produced.