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Phosphorus - General symptoms - Hahnemann

Phosphurus, Phosphorous, Phosphor, Phosphur, Phosph, Phos.

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HPUS indication of Phosphorus: Hoarseness
Common symptoms: Hoarseness, Apprehension, Bruises, Burns, Fear.

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Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Phosphorus in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.



Phosphorus is chemically prepared from bone-acid (Acid Phos phosphoric acid) by distillation with Carbo Veg charcoal; it is remarkable for its easy spontaneous combustion. It is dynamized for homoeopathic use in the manner described at the end of the first part of this work, p. 147.

Phosphorus properly potentized in this manner is one of the most indispensable and chiefly antipsoric remedies.

How entirely medicinal substances, by potentizing through trituration and succussion (which were first used by Homoeopathy), are removed out of their chemical sphere, may be seen, among other things, by the remarkable fact, that a powder of sugar of milk containing one or two pellets moistened with this medicine, potentized to, say, the decillionth attenuation, though it may have been kept a year and a day, will yet retain its medicinal virtue undiminished, and shows the dynamic effect of phosphorus, and has not, therefore, been turned into phosphoric acrid, which has quite a different effect on the human health.

Nevertheless this medicine will rarely be found appropriate in cases of chronic (unvenereal) diseases, where lack of sexual impulse and weakness in the genital parts is manifest, or the female period is retarded, or generally, where there is too great weakness and lack of vital strength. If it should, nevertheless, be homoeopathically indicated, in order to keep up the strength as far as possible, the transfer of vital power from a healthy person (mesmerism) should be made use of.

, from time to time a kindly, strong, healthy person should hold for a few minutes the hands of the feeble patient in his hands, directing his mind upon him with compassionate heart and with an earnest desire of benefiting him.

or he may lay his hands on the most enfeebled, suffering part of his body, keeping away all noise which might distract the attention of the one who communicates the force and also of the patient.

no persons must be allowed to crowd up while this treatment is going on.


So to be named after , in thankful acknowledgement, as he was the first active promulgator of this new power.

Phosphorus medicine is best adapted to cases where there are long continued soft or thin stools.

In cases where the potentized phosphorus was homoeopathically indicated, it also removed the following ailments if they happened to be present at the same time.

Lack of cheerfulness, apprehensiveness when alone.

anxiety about the future.

irritability and anxiety.

timidity. liability to be startled.

irritability and peevishness.

. vertigo of various kinds.

stupefying headache. rush of blood to the head.

. shooting pains, externally on the side of the head.

itching on the head.

burning and erosion on the outer canthus.

inflammation of the eyes, with heat and pressure as from a grain of sand.

lachrymation in the wind.

lachrymating eyes, closed at night by suppuration.

the eyelids are difficult to open.

dimness of vision. short-sightedness.

day-blindness, when everything appeared covered with a grey covering.

obscuration of the eyes by candle-light.

cataract. glaucoma. black appearance before the eyes.

, with respect to human speech.

expulsion of blood from the nose.

epistaxis. bad smell from the nose.

lack of smell. dirty complexion.

redness and burning of the cheeks.

tearing in the upper and lower jaws, while lying down by night.

toothache as from festering, in the morning when chewing.

shooting toothache, every night till two o'clock.

soreness in the inside of the mouth.

mucus in the mouth. white tongue.

, by day and by night.

scratching and burning in the throat.

erosion and burning in the throat.

. slimy taste in the mouth.

cheesy taste in the mouth.

lack of taste. spasmodic eructations.

sour eructations. hungry morning nausea.

longing for something refreshing.

hunger after eating. ravenous hunger.

after partaking of acid things, always waterbrash.

nausea after eating. qualmishness in the abdomen after breakfast.

heat and apprehensiveness after eating.

burning in the hands after eating.

after eating, indolence and drowsiness.

stomachache. , with vomiting of all the ingesta.

a sort of constriction of the upper gastric orifice so that the food just eaten returns into the mouth.

painfulness of the scrobiculus cordis when touched.

digging in the scrobiculus cordis.

fullness in the stomach.

bloatedness after dinner.

pains in the abdomen, in the morning in bed.

want of tensive force in the abdomen.

straining in the sides of the abdomen.

. inguinal hernia. severe tenesmus.

stool too dry. chronic discharge of thin and soft stools.

. discharge of tape-worm.

itching of the anus.

emission of mucus from the anus, which is always open.

tension in the urethra.

erosion in the urethra when urinating.

scalding of the urine.

twitching like burning in the urethra, when not urinating.

too violent erections in the evening.

. feeble and too rapid emission of semen during coitus.

. menses too scanty and watery.

during the menses, fermentation.


. troublesome dryness of the nose.

constant flow of mucus from the nose.

roughness of the throat.

expectoration of mucus from the throat.

tickling in the throat.

exciting cough. tickling on the chest.

. chronic cough. cough excited by laughter.

cough leading to vomiting.

. nocturnal cough with stitches in the throat.

hard breathing. loud, panting breath.

pressure on the chest.

heaviness in the chest.

stitches in the left side of the chest, where there is also a stitch when it is touched.

chronic stitches in the side.

pain as of sore burning in the chest.

pain below the left side of the chest, when lying upon it.

while sitting. pain as of a fracture in the back.

. thick neck. pain of the arm on lifting it.

tearing shooting in the arms and the scapulae.

heat of the hands. trembling of the hands.

drawing pain in the knees.

twitching in the calves.

exostosis of the tibiae.

nocturnal coldness of the feet.

the soles of the feet are sore as from festering, when he walks.

jerks in the feet by day, and by night before going to sleep.

tearing in the limbs. numbness of the tips of the fingers and of the toes.

yellow spots on the abdomen and the chest.

brown spots on the body.

straining by lifting. pulsations all over the body.

drowsiness by day. drowsiness in the morning.

. sleep full of dreams.

frightful dreams. chilliness every evening in bed.

transient heat. morning sweat.

My fellow-observers are the Medical Counsellor, .; , .; the doctors and , . in their "," and three anonymous persons there ., . and . ibid.; , .; , ., and , .

A pathogenesis of Phosphorus appears in the first edition of this work, containing 963 symptoms from Hahnemann and 62 from authors. Soon after, Hartlaub and Trinks published another one in Vol. I. of their , without any information as to how it was obtained. To this belong the Hartlaub and the "three unknown persons" of the above list. "." being Bandis and "." of course, Nenning. The contributions from Stapf, Gross, Hering, SchréTerebinthina ter and Goullon are doubtless of the usual kind. Hahnemann's own symptoms are increased by 206, and the citations from authors have risen to 84.


Statements from authors.

General statement.

Effects of one grain in divided doses. This symptom not found.

, with muddled feeling or stupefaction in the head, as if she would lose consciousness, occasionally on entering from the open air into the warm room.

Vertigo, then nausea and a depressing pain in the middle of the brain, with stupefaction and a sensation as if he would fall down.

in the morning and after dinner.

then in the afternoon, nausea, heartburn, red face and a sensation as if something was lodged in the throat.

with sadness and weeping without a cause.

in the evening like gauze before the eyes and itching on the eyelid.;.

Violent sensation of numbness and dizziness, with pressive pain in the head, incapacity and indisposition to do work, especially mental work, with drowsiness.

after quietly lying down in a half sleep, it is almost quite removed, but soon begins again after rising and moving about, with a sensation as if there was no cohesion in the head, and with sore pain of single spots of the head when touched, for several days.;.

Stitches, at times burning, in the frontal region, on the crown, in the sides of the head, into the left and upper part of the head, and in the temples, at times with the sensation, as if she was pulled by the hair, or also as if the head would burst.

at times after dinner, or in the morning, mostly while sitting, sometimes transiently relieved by rubbing.;.

Not accessible.

(TO BOUTTAZ.). Not accessible.

She has to hold objects near to the eyes, if she wants to see anything distinctly.

at a distance everything appears as if in a smoke, or as if through a gauze.

but even when holding objects near, she cannot bear to look at them steadily for a long time.

she can see better when she dilates the pupils by shading the eyes with her hand.

Effects of gr. ½ to ij.

See Sympt. 1884.

Cannot be traced.

Lack of appetite and hunger.

eating is quite indifferent to him, and he would not eat, but that eating-time has come.

no flavor in his food and drink.

everything he partakes of has only too little taste, but no foreign flavor, and almost everything tastes alike.

spirituous liquors taste water, and he lacks the customary inclination to smoke.

Collection of observations from authors.

Effects of three grains.

(TO ROBBI). Statements and observations. (, 1818.)

From two grains.

Sour, bilious vomiting, toward evening, after previous violent vertigo with nausea.

first the hands, and then also the feet became icy cold and quite benumbed.

the forehead was covered with clammy sweat.

after repeated vomiting there ensued within two hours two ordinary evacuations.

nausea and sense of coldness only passed off after lying down (26th d.).;.

From repeated overdosing with Sympt. 786 and 925.

More properly, ; see note to Sympt. 763.

Statement about over-action.

Not accessible.

See Note to Sympt. 763.

During the menses, she feels very ill (especially in the evening), she has pains in the back, as if bruised and torn.

drawing in the whole body, palpitation with anxiety, pinching across the stomach, with contractive pain.

she felt tired and weary and as if she would fall over, and could not stay up for severe nausea, but had to lie down.

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See Sympt. 1249.

See Sympt. 1249

With Sympt. 763, 786 and 925.

For "quick" the original has "very quick."

In LOBSTEIN'S case no fullness is mentioned.

Not found.