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The element was discovered in niccolite. The Swedish name for this mineral is kopparnickel, derived from the German kupfernickel, a combination of arsenic and nickel. Originally it was a term of abuse used by the miners in the Erzgebirge (ore mountains), who searching for silver found this "inferior" metal. Nickel, as short from of Nicholas, was used more often as a nickname [the "nick" in this word is also from Nicholas!]. Thus kupfernickel can be translated as "old Nick's copper" (de Vries).
Thomas Witzke wrote me that the German miners term "Kupfernickel" for the mineral now called nickeline (NiAs) is apparently because the mineral looks like a copper ore (metallic copper-red) but yielded no copper.
carbonate of nickel /
(a) Trituration 1x,
Drug strength 1/10
Niccolum Metallicum 100 g
Saccharum Lactis 900 g
To make one thousand grammes of the Trituration.
subgroup VIII of the periodic table (together with irongroup and cobalt and compounds)
(row 4, column 1o)
by Nenning, Germany,Nenning's proving is found in Hartlaub and Trinks, Annalen de hom. Heikunst, Bd. 3, p. 353.
Description of the substance
Chemical symbol: Ni
At. wt. 58.70
Common name: English Nickel; German: Funfcentstucks, French: Nickel.
Description: A lustrous, white, malleablke, ferromagnetic metal, stable in air at ordinary temperature; burns in oxygen, turning to nickel oxide; slowly attacked by dilute hydrochloric acid and sulphuric acids, readily attacked by nitric acid. Contains not less than 99.5 per cent Ni.
Identification: (i) Dissolve 0.1 gm in 5 ml dilute hydrochloric acid, add a little ammonium chloride and ammonium hydroxide solution and pass hydrogen sulphide gas; black precipitate is produced.
Lead: Not more than 30 parts per million.
Cobalt: Not more than 500 parts per million.
Assay: Dissolve about 0.5 g accurately weighed in minimum quantity of conc. hydrochloric acid, dilute with water and add 15 ml of 5 per cent dimethyl glycerine (alcoholic), stir well, add strong ammonia solution drop by drop till complete precipitation takes place. Heat on water bath for 30 minutes, filter through Gooch crucibles No. 4, dry the precipitate to constant weight and weigh the precipitate; each g of precipitate is equivalent to 0.2032 of Ni.
(Gerhard Ruster, Germany):
two different ores of niccolum may be distinguished: sulfuric and oxidic.
the most important deposits on earth are in Sudbury, in the canadian province of Ontario.
It is unique because of the fact, that 1,7 milliards of years ago a big meteorite (diameter 3 to 5 km)
crashed into the earth.
the other famous, but ill-reputed deposit is located in Siberia, the miner´s district of Norilsk.
2ooo forced workers were sent there in 1935. During the Second World War nearly one million of prisoners were working there, the biggest punitive colony of "Archipel Gulag". who knows how many people might have frozen to death of died from lack of nourisment, diseases of exhaustion.
the surface of the earth contains approx. o,o2% niccolum; the biggest deposits are found in the core of the earth, consisting mainly of iron together with some percents of niccolum.