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drowsy, unconscious of all surroundings but can be aroused to full
consciousness. Chronic effects of grief; hair turns gray;
hopeless, haggard look. Grows too fast and too tall; young
persons with growing pains in bones. Great physical and mental
weakness from ovarian or sexual excesses. Very profuse, watery,
or milky urine. Headache of school girls from eye strain, or
overuse of eyes, occipital. Chest, weak from talking or
coughing; cough, purulent, offensive expectoration, and pains in
chest. Salty expectoration in proving.
Mentals The leading characteristic
of this remedy lies in its effects upon the sensorium. "He lies in a
stupor or in a stupid sleep, unconscious of all that is going on
around him, but when aroused is fully conscious." This is Phosphoric
acid in its intensest degree, as found in typhoid fever, in which it
is one of our best remedies.
But it is not alone here that
the sensorial depression appears. It may he found in a lesser
degree, in the results of depressing emotions, like grief at the
loss of a friend, lover, property or position, and the effect seems
to be even deeper rooted than in those cases which call for Ignatia.
(See also Lachesis.) The subject seems stupefied with grief. There
is not, the nervous twitching of Ignatia, but a settled despair,
general weakness or prostration. I have succeeded in curing
such a case when Ignatia failed. In such a case the patient
sometimes complains of a pain like a crushing weight on the vertex,
or, again, of pain in the occiput or nape of the neck, and with both
they appear physically weak, or exhausted, want to lie down, don't
want company, or to be noticed or spoken to.
We often find this sensorial depression
in connection with the effects of onanism or excessive coition. The
patient is disturbed by the culpability of his indulgence, grieves
over it, is inclined to sink into despair. This is true of both
Depression is much worse if the patient
is growing too fast, or is overtaxed mentally or physically. With
Calcarea carb. they grow too fat, with Phosphoric acid too fast and
tall. We have in Phosphoric acid a remedy for the headache of
students, especially of those who are growing, too fast. It is a sin
to keep such young people bowing down to hard study, and while it is
true that youth is the time to get an education it is also true that
it is the time when too great a strain in that direction may utterly
wreck and forever incapacitate a mind which might, with more time
and care, have been a blessing to the world. Now Phosphoric acid,
properly exhibited, may be of incalculable benefit in such cases. It
will sometimes be a choice between Phosphoric acid and Natrum
muriaticum or Calcarea phos., the other symptoms must decide.
"Mental enfeeblement" is the thought
that will come into the mind when considering what the Phosphoric
acid patient says, does and looks. The mind seems tired.
When questioned he answers slowly or does not speak, but only looks
at the questioner. He is too tired to talk or even think. He
says: "Don't talk to me; let me alone."
This state is found in both acute and
chronic diseases. He is so tired in mind, perfectly exhausted.
In chronic diseases when brought on from long study;
prolonged worry in business men; in feeble school girls, when become
relaxed from very little effort. In acute diseases he, especially in
typhoid fever, is averse to speaking or answering questions. He
merely looks. He cannot think what he wishes to say, cannot
frame his answers to questions Finally he rouses up and
says: "Don't talk to me, I am so tired."
Another cause is sexual excesses in
young men, or in those guilty of secret vice. Weakness; lack of
reaction; state of stupor, with impotency; mental
prostration, as if the spine had given out. In every case
we find the mental symptoms are the first to develop. The remedy
runs from the mental to the physical, from the brain to the
This is so striking that it is
contrasted with Muriaticum acid. in the latter remedy the muscular
prostration comes first, and the mind seems clear until long after
the muscles are prostrated. In Phosphoric acid the muscles seem
strong after the mind has given out. The patient seems vigorous
He says he is all right physically,
can work, can exercise even violently; but the mind is tired, there
is mental apathy, he can not add up a column of figures, can not
read the newspaper and carry the trend of thought, can not connect
circumstances. He forgets the names of those in his family; a
business man forgets the names of his clerks; he is in confusion.
Yet he can exercise, can go out and walk; the weakness in the
muscles will come later.
has also great physical weakness; so tired in the back; so tired in
the muscles; so tired all over; a paralytic weakness. Later there is
sexual impotence; aversion to coition; loss of sexual desire; no
erections; penis becomes relaxed in the midst of an embrace and he
cannot finish the act, (Nux v.)
from business cares; prolonged grief; young women suffering from
unrequited affection, or from the loss of a loved one. Some suffer
more intensely than others; some seem more philosophical. "Ailments
from care, grief, sorrow, chagrin, homesickness or disappointed
love; particularly with drowsiness; night sweats towards morning;
headaches; in school girls from slight exertion of the mind and use
of the eyes. The headache pain often begins in the back of
the head and spreads to the top of the load; feels as if a crushing
weight were on the top of the head; worse from motion, talking and
light. "Pressure as from a weight in head from above downward."
These headaches are associated with mental weakness,
brain-fag; tiredness and exhaustion. Vertigo with ringing
in the ears and glassy eyes. Periosteal pains; bones ache as if
scraped ameliorated by motion; when lying the pain shifts to side
Alopecea Falling-out of the hair is a striking feature;
falling of the hair from the genitals, whiskers, eyebrows, head. It
is closely related to Natrum, mur. and Selenium in falling out of
the hair. Selenium has falling out of the hair from the head,
eyebrows and lashes, beard and genitals, from all over the
Diarrhoea: The stomach refuses to do its
work. The food remains in the stomach and sours. Sour vomiting. Old
dyspeptics with brain-fag. Complaints from acid drinks, cold drinks
and rich foods. Singing sensation in the abdomen after a normal
Abdomen much bloated, tympanitic; great soreness of
the bowels as if in a typhoid state.
watery, painless, with rumbling; meteorism; but not so much weakness
as would be expected. "White diarrhea, chronic or acute,
without pain or any marked debility or exhaustion . It is
uncommon for the stool to be yellow when watery. It is yellow when
it is mushy; when watery it is light colored, sometimes milky. When
yellow it is like corn meal mush, pappy; as in the typhoid state,
thin like thin mush.
"Diarrhoea; not prostrating; after
catching cold during heat of summer; water; chronic; violent,
bilious or mucous of twenty months standing; has the appearance of
an old man; from acids in young persons who grow too rapidly; after
eating, undigested; greenish white; painless." When we have a
diarrhea from adds we sometimes find symptoms running to Phosphoric
acid. In the diarrhea from sour wine, such as claret, from acids,
vinegar, lemons, be sure to study Antimonium crudum. This is a very
striking feature of that remedy. Useful in cholera.
thin, watery stool. From the quantity it would seem that the patient
would be exhausted. Child with copious, watery, stool in summer; so
copious that the napkin seems of no use; the stool runs all over the
mother's dress and on the floor forming great puddles; the stool is
almost odorless, thin and watery, and the little one smiles as if
nothing were the matter. The mother wonders where it all comes from,
and yet the child seems well.
In Phosphoric acid there is
often an amelioration of complaints by their ending in a diarrhea.
Phosphoric acid diarrhoea often ameliorates many of the symptoms and
the patient feels better. Chronic diarrhoea, copious, thin and
watery, whitish gray, and the patient feels comfortable, free and,
happy. If the diarrhea slacks up the patient is worse and on come
symptoms of tuberculosis, weakness, prostration, brain-fag.
Some patients say they are never comfortable unless they
have diarrhea. Podophyllum is the very opposite. Take the same
child; the stool is very copious and runs all over the floor, the
mother wonders where it all comes from, but the stool is offensive,
a horrible stench, and the patient looks as if dying; mouth and nose
drawn, countenance hippocratic; almost unconscious. The Podo
diarrhoea kike Phos-ac is painless but ther is greater
prostration in Podo In Phosphoric acid the stool is whitish
gray, like dirty white paint; in Podophyllum it is
Gratiola has a similar state of prostration to Podo,
but the fluid is green water; when seen it looks like light shining
through a green glass, sometimes thicker, like
Gonads Male: Sexual weakness, prolonged
exhaustion, impotency; masturbators; nightly pollutions with great
exhaustion, Prostatorrhoea; immediately after every erection
discharge of prostatic fluid. Even when passing a soft stool the
prostatic fluid is discharged.
produces a troublesome leucorrhoea; yellow, mostly after menses,
with itching; profuse, yellow; thin, acid mucus; with
chlorosis." Women who has been nursing her child a long,
time, or nursing twins, and who gives much milk. She becomes tired
and weakly. Loss of fluids, blood; prolonged nursing, and weakness
from such causes.
Urine In most of
the complaints of Phosphoric acid a marked feature is milky urine.
Sometimes it is milky when passed; milky flakes in the urine. At
times the male urethra seems to clog up and examination will show
these little milk-like-flakes. The urine becomes milky on standing,
like flour, chalk or phosphate deposits stirred up in it.
Fever Its use in low fevers must be
noted. The complaints come on slowly, slow decline, slowly
increasing prostration. Such appearances as are found in advanced
typhoid. It has the prostration, tympanitic abdomen, dry, brown
tongue, sordes on the teeth, gradually approaching unconsciousness;
little thirst increasing to intense thirst with craving for much
water during perspiration; wants to be let alone; looks at the
questioner with glassy eyes as if slowly comprehending the question;
pupils contracted or dilated; eyes sunken; hippocratic countenance;
continued fever; bleeding from the nose, lungs, bowels; hemorrhage
from any mucous membrane; sunken about the eyes; discolored lips,
covered with sordes, becoming very black; prostration gradually
Prolonged fever ending in
feeble heart, with palpitation and the. mental symptoms. Palpitating
during sexual excitement. Tendency to abscesses after a prolonged
Weakness From the
beginning the mental state been most marked but then comes the
muscular weakness, which increases until the jaw drops and it seems
that the patient must die of exhaustion. Such states of weakness may
come on from hemorrhages (China was the routine remedy among the
older homoeopaths). It checks the hemorrhage and causes a rally,
prevents the dropsy. There is a state like anemia; pale lips and
tongue; face, hands and feet waxy.
The patient pines and emaciates, grows
weaker and weaker, withered in the face; night sweats; cold sweat
down the back; cold sweats on the arms and hands more than on the
feet; cold extremities; feeble circulation, feeble heart; catches
cold on the slightest provocation and it settles in the chest; dry,
hacking cough; catarrhal conditions of the chest; tuberculosis;
pallor with gradually increasing weakness and emaciation.
Pains and aches all over the body,
ameliorated from motion and 'worse from cold. The pains seem
deep-seated, often along the nerves, but especially along the long
bones, as if the bones were scraped; as if a rough instrument were
dragged over the bones. The pains are commonly worse at night.
Severe bone pains.
The tendency of the Phosphoric acid
patient at the end of the brain fag and weakness is to run into
chest troubles. If a diarrhoea comes on then the chest trouble is
averted. Most awful results will ensue from the use of astringents,
or any remedy that does not correspond to the patient, that will
stop that diarrhoea. He goes into tuberculosis, difficult
respiration; coughs and suffers in the chest, and the trouble
culminates in structural changes in the lungs. The indications
for Phosphoric acid are seldom found in the tissue changes, but they
will be found in the early states of the patient, the nervous
conditions, the milky urine and the diarrhea, which have existed a
long time. Chest complaints are acute; typhoid pneumonia; low forms
of fever ending in chest troubles; not unlike Phosphorus.
Vertigo During this weakness there is
vertigo. Vertigo while lying in bed seems like floating while lying
in bed. Limbs seem to be lifted up while the head does not seem to
move as if the limbs were floating.
Joints Limbs and joints become affected. Pain in the hip
joint. Pains in the long bones between the joints, better by motion.
Old gouty constitution. Tissues become weak. Red spots appear
wherever the flesh is thin over the bones, and these spots become
inflamed and form open ulcers.
After fever, abscesses in the
muscles, and state of molecular weakness about the ankles; over the
tibia where the flesh is thin. Phosphoric acid has a special
relation to the periosteum. Periostitis. Pains in the tibia at
night. Bone feels as if scraped. Cold hands and hot feet. Ulcers on
the legs with watery, offensive discharge.
Skin Boils, abscesses, pustules and
other moist eruptions. Suppurating eruptions; tissues become weak.
Nervous state; marked indifference; weak and trembling;
fainting; great nervous exhaustion; hysterical affections. Creeping,
tingling and crawling all over the body, especially where there is
hair, as if in the roots of the hair; formication; especially in
those debilitated from sexual excesses. "Formication over whole
body." Sore spots in the spine; lame back. Backache.
"Itching between the fingers or in the bend of joints or on
hands." Herpes; eczema, erysipelas. Large purple spots form on
the skin, an extravasation of blood front the capillary veins;
ecchymoses. Ulcers on the skin; carbuncles; warts; chilblains;
wens; corns with stinging and burning, and parts become black;
feeble circulation in the skin. Skin withered, old and gray, and the
patient emaciates. Modalities: Most of the complaints
are ameliorated from keeping warm, from absolute quiet, from being
alone at peace. There is aggravation of the complaints from
exertion, mental or physical, from being talked to. Morning
headaches. He must lie down with the headaches. Headache aggravated
from being talked to. He is sensitive to cold weather. He is
sensitive to a warm room. < bad news, depressing emotions;
masturbation or sexual excess, draft; wind; snowy air; > after
Prolonged pneumonia with the mental symptoms, lack of
reaction, infiltration at the end of pneumonia. Haemoptysis.
Dr Peter's Note "It is in Diabetes" says Richard Hughes, "that Phos-ac
has won its greatest laurels. In true glycosuria cure has repeatedly
resulted from the administration of this acid. It is actually
similar to the essential symptom of the disease. Dr Pavy found
that saccharine urine to result from its injection into the general
venous system or introduction into the intestinal canal.
Griesinger also gave it to diabetics at the extent of 1 oz per
day found the sugar increased thereby. But the frequent origin of
diabetes in thre nervous centres commends it still more forcibly. It
will therefore be in diabetes of nervous origin that we should
expect to get best results".