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Magnesia-phos Synonyms. Magnesium Phosphoricum.
Common Name. Phosphate of
Properties. Formula, Mg HPO4,
7H2O. It is made by mixing phosphate of soda with sulphate of
magnesia. The crystals resulting are six - sided, needle - like.
They have a cooling, sweetish taste. They are sparingly soluble
in water; 322 parts dissolving one part after standing a long time.
Boiling decomposes it. It exists in the grains of cereals, and
can be detected in considerable quantity in
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Preparation. The salt is
triturated according to the rules of homeopathic
Physiological - Chemical
It is an earthy constituent of
muscles, nerves, bone, brain, (grey substance much more) spine,
sperma (especially rich in Magnes-phos. ), teeth and blood
corpuscles. A disturbance of its molecular motion causes cramps,
pains and paralysis. Schuessler says that the action of Magnes-phos.
is the reverse of that of iron. By functional disturbance of the
molecules of the latter the muscular fibres relax; through the
functional disturbances of the magnesium molecules they contract;
hence it is the remedy for cramps, convulsions and other nervous
General Action. Diseases having
their seat in the nerve fibre cells or in the terminal bulbs of the
nerves, in the muscles or in the muscular tissue itself, are cured
by this remedy. It corresponds to pains of all kinds with the
exception of burning pains; it is especially related to cramping
pains. Pains which are darting, spasmodic in character, boring,
lightning - like, accompanied by a constrictive feeling. They are
often changing in locality, and are relieved by warmth and pressure.
It is purely antispasmodic, and hence is curative in cramps, spasms
of the glottis, tetanus, epilepsy, spasmodic retention of the urine,
paralysis agitans, etc. It is best adapted to lean, thin,
emaciated persons of a highly nervous organization, and prefers
light complexion and the right side of the body. Cold in general
favors its action exceedingly, whereas heat and pressure interfere
with it. Hence the patient is relieved by these. Attacks are often
attended with great prostration and sometimes with profuse sweat.
The Magnes phos. patient is languid, tired, exhausted, unable to sit
up, whether he is suffering from acute or chronic
Guiding Symptoms and General
Mind Mental Symptoms. -
Illusions of the senses, forgetful, dullness and inability to think
clearly, indisposition to mental effort. Sobbing with lamenting.
Laments all the time about the pain, with hiccoughing. Talking to
herself constantly or sitting still in moody silence. Carries things
from place to place. Provings give indisposition for mental or
Head Head and Scalp. - Brain
troubles of children, with unconsciousness and convulsive symptoms.
Headache, pains shooting, darting, stabbing, shifting, intermittent,
spasmodic, paroxysmal and neuralgic, always relieved by the
application of warmth. Nervous headaches with sparks before the
eyes. Very acute pains in the head, more in young and strong
persons, constant while attending school or after mental labor, or
from any injurious stimulus. Pain on top and back of head extending
down the spine, most severe between the shoulders. Headache from
occiput, spreading over whole head with nausea and chilliness. Scalp
feels rough; much dandruff; pustules. The Iowa provings show pains
in the head; in all cases but one, they were left sided, worse quick
motion of the head by stooping and jarring. Some relief from
pressure but most frequently from walking in open air. Vertigo was
present in most cases. Three provers had sensations as if contents
of head were sloshing around or parts of brain changing
Eyes Eyes. -
Vision affected, sees colors before the eyes (chromatopsia), sparks,
eyes sensitive to light, photophobia, diplopia, pupils contracted,
dullness of vision from involvement of the optic nerve or retina.
Dark spots float before the eyes. Nystagmus, spasmodic squinting,
ptosis or drooping of the eyelids. Twitching of eyelids. Orbital and
supraorbital neuralgias, worse on the right side and relieved by
warmth applied externally, and exquisitely sensitive to touch.
Increased lachrymation with the pain. Itching of lids. "Retinitis
Pigmentosa" (R. S.C.). Eyes tire easily; can only read a few lines.
Lids heavy as if pressed by weight.
Ears Ears. - Weakness of the
auditory nerve - fibres causing deafness. Otalgia purely nervous in
character, better from heat. Neuralgic pain worse behind right ear,
made worse by going into cold air and washing face and neck in cold
water. "A remedy to be thought of in all forms of internal ear
Nose Nose. - Loss or perversion of
the sense of smell, even without catarrhal troubles. Alternate
stoppage and profuse gushing discharge. Smarting and rawness, worse
left side. Cold in head, alternately dry and loose.
Face Face. - Neuralgia, supra -
and infra - orbital. Prosopalgia, lightning - like pains,
intermittent, always better from warmth; worse on touch, pressure,
cold and on right side, at 2 P. M. and in bed. Neuralgic pains of
right side from infra - orbital foramen to incisor tooth, gradually
radiating over the entire right side of face, worse by touch,
opening the mouth, cold air and when body gets cold. From washing or
standing in cold water. From exposure to a strong north wind. Dr.
Berridge cured a case having "Shooting pain from right upper jaw to
forehead and ear" with this remedy.
Mouth Mouth. - Convulsive
twitchings of the angles of mouth. Sensation of painful contraction
at articulation of lower jaw, with backward jerking. Spasmodic
stammering. Trismus; lock - jaw. Mouth dry with sticky saliva,
cracks at the corners of the lips. Tongue. - Generally clean with
pain in stomach; coated white, with diarrhea; bright red, with
rawness in mouth, left side sore, smarting like canker - sore,
making eating painful as if scalded. Teeth. - Very sensitive to
touch or cold air. Cannot brush teeth with cold water. Toothache
worse after going to bed, changes place rapidly; worse from cold
things, cold washing; better by heat and hot liquids (if cold,
Ferr-phos., Bry., Coff. ). Severe pains in decayed or filled teeth.
Ulceration of teeth with swelling of glands of face, throat and neck
and swelling of tongue. Complaints of teething children. Spasms
without febrile symptoms.
Throat Throat. - Goiter. Soreness
and stiffness, especially right side; parts seem puffy, with
chilliness and aching all over; swallowing painful with pain in back
of head. Must swallow. Dropping from posterior nares, with sneezing
and rough throat. Spasms of the glottis. Spasmodic constriction of
the throat on attempting to swallow liquids, with choking sensation.
One prover hawked up a fibrinous cast of the pharynx.
Stomach Gastric Symptoms. -
Sensitive to acids and averse to coffee. Craves sugar. Hiccough with
retching day and night. Obstinate singultus, causing long lasting
soreness. Regurgitation of food. Burning, tasteless eructations,
better drinking hot water. Heartburn. Gastralgia, with learn tongue,
relieved by warmth and bending double. Pain worse from touch at
epigastrium and renewed by drinking cold water. Spasms or cramps in
the stomach, pain as if a band were tightly laced around the body.
Flatulent distention of stomach with constrictive pain. Flatulent
dyspepsia. Nausea and vomiting.
Abdomen Abdomen. - Enteralgia.
Flatulent colic forcing patient to bend double, relieved by rubbing,
warmth, pressure, accompanied with belching of gas which gives no
relief. Incarcerated flatulence; rumbling and belching. Flatulent
colic of children and the newborn. Abdominal pains cause great
restlessness radiate from navel, and are worse from stretching the
body out, often accompanied by a watery diarrhea. Cannot lie on back
stretched out, has to lie bent over. Bloated, full sensation in
abdomen; must loosen clothing, walk about and constantly pass
flatus. Provers showed colic like, cramping pains, coming on before
stool, persisting after stool with relief from pressure. Stool. -
diarrhea, watery, with vomiting and cramps in calves; with
chilliness and pain in stomach. Stools expelled with force.
Dysentery, with cramp - like pains, spasmodic retention of urine;
cutting, lightning - like pains in hemorrhoids, so severe as to
cause fainting; most severe in rectum and abdomen. Pains in rectum
with every stool. Pain with prolonged spasms of abdominal muscles.
Constipation of infants, with spasmodic pain at every attempt at
stool, indicated by sharp, shrill cry; much gas and rumbling and
flatulent colic. Constipation was the rule in the provers. Stools
dry, hard and dark brown, passed with difficulty.
Urinary organs Urinary and Sexual
organs. - Constant urging to urinate when standing or walking. Spasm
of the bladder; child passes large quantities of urine; spasmodic
urinary complaints; spasmodic retention; spasm of the neck of the
bladder; painful urging. Nocturnal enuresis from nervous irritation.
Vesical neuralgia after the use of catheter. Deficiency or excess of
phosphates. Gravel Sexual desire increased.
Female Female. - Menstrual colic;
pain precedes flow; intermittent, worse on right side, great relief
from heat. Ovarian neuralgia, worse on right side. Vaginismus.
Ovaritis. membranous dysmenorrhea. (Has cured a number of cases. )
Menses too early, with dark, fibrinous, stringy flow. Swelling of
external parts. Severe cramping pains over entire pelvis, sharp
pains in both ovaries and small of back, could feel womb contract
and force out blood. Prompt relief from application of heat. Flow
dark, clotted, intermittent. Pregnancy. - Spasmodic labor pains,
with cramps in the legs, crampy pains, excessive expulsive efforts.
Puerperal convulsions (intercurrent). Relaxes contracted uterus.
Respiratory Respiratory System. -
Asthma when flatulence is troublesome Spasmodic closure of the
windpipe, with sudden, shrill voice, constriction of the chest.
Persistent semi - chronic cough of a pseudo - catarrhal, nervous
character. True spasmodic cough, coming on in paroxysms without
expectoration; convulsive fits of nervous cough ending in a whoop;
whooping cough, spasmodic cough at night, with difficulty in lying
down. Darting pains in the chest, more on right side, which radiate
from pain in bowels. Oppression of chest, shortness of breath.
Constriction of chest and throat, with spasmodic, dry, tickling
cough. Respiratory muscles appear weak. Chest seems to collapse
during expiration. Chest pains worse from motion.
Heart Circulatory Organs. - Angina pectoris,
neuralgic spasms ( better given in hot water); nervous palpitation
of the heart when spasmodic. Heart action easily excited.
Palpitation relieved by lying on left side. Apex beat visible
Back Neck and Back.
- Sore pain in lower part of back, in neck and small of back. Acute,
boring, darting, neuralgic pains in any part of the back. Shifting
pain is; intercostal neuralgia. Dorsal spine very painful and
sensitive to touch.
Extremities Extremities. - Darting pains in
shoulders and arms, worse in right. Joints painful. Involuntary
shaking of the hands. Paralysis agitans. Tingling sensations.
Neuralgia in lower limbs, at night, mostly with spasmodic muscular
contractions; legs ache after getting in bed. Sensation in limbs
like a shock of electricity, followed by muscular soreness. Cramps
in calves. Sciatica with excruciating, spasmodic pains. Violent
pains in acute rheumatism of the joints (as intercurrent during
rheumatic fever). Deficiency in locomotive power. Feet very tender.
Pains aggravated by the slightest touch.
Nerves Nervous Symptoms. -
Nutrition and function remedy for the nerve tissues. Languid, tired,
exhausted, unable to sit up. Alcoholism. Nightly neuralgias, with
spasmodic muscular contractions. Spasms from idiopathic affections
of motor nervous tissues. Twitchings all over body during waking
hours. Lightning - like pains. Convulsions with stiffness of the
limbs or of the body, fingers clenched, thumbs drawn in. Singultus.
Chorea, involuntary movements and contortions of the limbs. Epilepsy
resulting from vicious habits, spasms, stiffness of limbs, clenched
fists and teeth. Paralysis agitans, trembling of hands, limbs, or
shaking of head. Paralysis of nerve fibres. Writer's cramp. Piano or
violin player's cramp. Tetanic spasms, lock - jaw (rub it into the
gums). Convulsive sobbing. The provings at the Iowa College show
that the drug profoundly affects the nerve centers causing a
lowering of nerve tonic.
Sleep Sleep. - Spasmodic yawning.
Insomnia from exhaustion or lack of brain nutrition. Drowsiness.
Sleep disturbed by troublesome dreams, by pain in occiput and back
Fever Febrile Symptoms. -
Intermittent fever with cramps in the calves. Chilliness after
dinner, in evening, about 7 P. M. Chills run up and down the back
with shivering; are followed by a suffocating sensation. Severe
chills about 9 A.M.. Bilious fever. Profuse sweat.
Skin Skin. - Burning and stinging
pain in bunions and corns. Barber's itch; herpetic eruptions with
white scales. Boils. Rash like insect bites; worse about knees,
ankles and elbows. Tissues. - Spasms and neuralgias. Nervous
asthma. Spasm of glottis. Chorea. Tetanus. Bad effects from
Aggravation All the pains of this
remedy are characteristically worse on the right side, from cold,
cold air, draught of air, cold washing and from touch.
Amelioration. They are always
relieved by warmth, heat, pressure, bending double, and friction. In
the Iowa proving the left side seemed to be more frequently involved
than the right. Open air relieved vertigo and head
Text Homeopathic Data. - Since its
introduction by Schuessler this magnificent remedy has been proved
by Drs. W. P. Wesselhoeft, J. A. Gann and other members of the I. H.
A., by which the main indications of Schuessler were verified and
others added, thus giving us a polychrest of the highest order. All
the provings have been arranged systematically by Dr. H. C. Allen,
and published in the medical Advance, December, 1889. The foregoing
symptomatology contains all that seemed to us reliable and worthy of
preservation. A resume of its symptoms is also given in Hering's
Guiding symptoms., vol. vii. In 1906 Magnesia phosphorica was proved
by eight students of the Homeopathic Department of Iowa State
University, and the more striking features of the proving have been
here incorporated. Administration. - Schuessler recommends the 6x
trituration, and adds that it acts best when given in hot water.
Many practitioners have verified this valuable hint, and found also
that in case of failure with this preparation, the lower potencies,
such as the first and second, would cure. In colic, Dr. J. C. Morgan
advises the 30x in water, and frequent doses. But in view of the
really surprising and apparently wholly trustworthy results obtained
by the provers with the high and highest potencies, we would
recommend these should the lower fail.
Relationship Relationship. -
Magnes-phos. has won its greatest laurels in the treatment of
nervous affections, neuralgias especially. Here, in a general way,
it finds another tissue remedy with which it shares the honors. This
is Kali phos., which is more truly the nutritive brain remedy, and
clinically correspond more to paretic affections, while magnes.
phos. does more to spasmodic affections. The general modality
differs, too, Kali phos. having amelioration by cold applications.
In studying the action of this drug, we find the most striking
resemblance in the colic and other neuralgic symptoms with
Colocynth; and it certainly is a suggestive and interesting fact
that Colocynth. contains 3 per cent. of Magnes-phos. The flatulent
colic reminds also of Dioscorea. Another near relative is Gelsem.
The provings of both show a close correspondence in the mixture of
spasmodic and paretic symptoms, hence their successful employment in
hysteria, hypochondriasis and spinal irritation. The chill up and
down the back is common to both. Naturally enough come into this
physiological group Ignat. and Nux mosch., which compare especially
in the flatulent symptoms of both and the spasmodic of Ignat. In
spasms Magnes-phos. is like Bellad., and follows it frequently,
should it fail and the patient present the dilated pupils, staring
eyes and starting at slightest noise. In strabismus, if caused by
worms, compare Natrum phos.; in watery secretions, diarrhea, etc.,
Natrum mur.; in epilepsy, Kali mur., Calc. Phos. and Silicea;
affections of the right side of the body, Bellad., Bryon., Chelid.,
Kali carb., Lycop., Podoph. The violent pains remind of Bellad.,
Stramon.; the shifting rapidly changing of Puls., Kali sulph.,
Lac-can.; the squeezing, constricting sensation of Cactus, Calc.,
Iod. and sulph. The menstrual and labor - pains resemble Viburn.,
also Pulsat., but, unlike this, are better by heat. Cimicif. has
much similarity here, but its pains are more steady, those of
magnes. phos. more spasmodic. Again, the pains of Magne-phos. seem
to be more in the deeper structures. - ovaries, fundus; those of
Cimicif. more in the ligamentous (A.P. Davis). In membranous
dysmenorrhea remember Borax and Acetic acid and Viburn-op. Among
plants containing Magnes. Phos. may be mentioned Lobelia, Symphytum,
Stramon. and Viburn., which probably explains the presence of
similar symptoms. In the nightly neuralgic pains relieved by heat
compare also Ars.; and its action on the nervous system generally
compare Zinc. Antidotes. - Bellad., Gelsem., Lachesis.
Kingdom: Mineral Latin Name:
Magnesia Common Name: Magnesite Homeopahtic:
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1. Tired, languid, worn-out subjects,
especially dark-complexioned, emaciated persons of highly nervous
. Neuralgic pains, darting, lightning-like in character,
> warm applications, pressure,
friction ; < touch, cold air, cold water, uncovering ; paroxysmal
pains of all kinds except burning.
. Complaints purely spasmodic in
character ; no fever ; etc. ; in teething children ; cramps, convulsions,
. Colic ; flatulent,
forcing patient to bend double (Colocynthis) > rubbing,
warmth, pressure ; belching gives no >. Menstrual colic with
char. symptoms, > when flow begins. (Give in hot