by H. C. Allen

Phosphorus. (The Element.)

Phosphorus Adapted to tall slender persons of sanguine temperament, fair skin, delicate eyelashes, find blond, or red hair, quick perceptions, and very sensitive nature.

Phosphorus suited for Young people, who grow too rapidly, are inclined to stoop (to walk stooped, Sulphur ); who are chlorotic or anaemic; old people, with morning diarrhoea.

Nervous, weak; desires to be magnetized ( Silicea ).

Oversensitiveness of all the senses to external impressions, light, noise, odors, touch.

Restless, fidgety; moves continually, cannot sit or stand still a moment (restless, fidgety feet, Zincum met. ).

Burning: in spots along the spine; between the scapulae (as of a piece of ice, [Lachn.]); or intense heat running up the back; of palms of hands ( Lachesis ); in chest and lungs; of every organ or tissue of the body ( Arsenicum, Sulphur ); generally in diseases of nervous system.

Haemorrhagic diathesis; small wounds bleed profusely ( Kreosotum, Lachesis ); from every mucous outlet.

Great weakness and prostration; with nervous debility and trembling; of whole body; weakness and weariness from loss of vital fluids ( Cinchona, Phosphorus ac. ).

Pain: acute, especially in the chest, < from pressure, even slight, in intercostal spaces, and lying on left side; excited by slightest chill; open air intolerable.

A weak, empty, all-gone sensation in head, chest, stomach and entire abdomen.

Apathetic; unwilling to talk; answers slowly; moves sluggishly ( Phosphorus ac. ).

Weary of life, full of gloomy forebodings.

Dandruff, falls out in clouds ( Lycopodium ); hair falls out in bunches, baldness of single spots.

Eyes: hollow, surrounded by blue rings; lids, puffy, swollen, oedematous (upper lids, Kali carb.; lower, Apis ).

Phosphorus Longs for: cold food and drink; juicy, refreshing things; ice cream > gastric pains.

As soon as water becomes warm in stomach it is thrown up.

Regurgitation of ingesta in mouthfuls ( Alumina ).

Nausea from placing hands in warm water; sneezing and coryza from putting hands in water ( Lac d. ).

PhosphorusConstipation: faeces slender, long, dry, tough, and hard ( Stap. ); voided with great straining and difficulty ( Causticum ).

Diarrhoea: as soon as anything enters the rectum; profuse, pouring away as from a hydrant; watery, with sago-like particles; sensation, as if the anus remained open ( Apis ), involuntary; during cholera time (which precedes cholera, Phosphorus ac. ); morning, of old people.

Phosphorus Haemorrhage: frequent and profuse, pouring out freely and then ceasing for a time; metrorrhagia, in cancer; haemoptysis, vicarious, from nose, stomach, anus, urethra, in amenorrhoea.

Heaviness of chest, as if weight were lying on it.

During pregnancy; unable to drink water; sight of it causes vomiting; must close her eyes while bathing ( Lyssinum ).

Cannot talk, the larynx is so painful; is dry, raw, rough, sore.

Phosphorus Cough: going from warm to cold air (rev. of Bryonia ); < from laughing, talking, reading, drinking, eating, lying on the left side ( Drosera, Stannum ).

Perspiration has the odor of sulphur.

Necrosis of the (left) lower jaw.

Phosphorus Relations. – Complementary: Arsenic, with which it is isomorphic; Cepa, its vegetable analogue.

Incompatible: with Causticum, must not be used before or after.

Phosphorus removes the bad effects of Iodine and excessive use of table salt.

Follows well: after, Calcarea or Cinchona

Hahnemann says: “Acts most beneficial when patient suffers form chronic loose stool or diarrhoea.”

Aggravation. – Evening, before midnight ( Pulsatilla, Rhus ); lying on left or painful side; during a thunderstorm; weather changes, either hot or cold.

Cold air relieves the head and face symptoms but aggravates those of chest, throat and neck.

Amelioration. – In the dark; lying on right side; from being rubbed or mesmerized; from cold food, cold water, until it gets warm.