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PHOSPHORICUM ACIDUM

(ph-ac)

(Phosphoric Acid) The common acid "debility" is very marked in this remedy, producing a nervous exhaustion. MENTAL DEBILITY first; later physical. A congenial soil for the action of Phos. acid is found in young people who grow rapidly, and who are overtaxed, mentally or physically. Whenever the system has been exposed to the ravages of acute disease, excesses, grief, loss of vital fluids, we obtain conditions calling for it. Pyrosis, flatulence, diarrhoea, diabetes, rhachitis and periosteal inflammation. Neurosis in stump, after amputation. Haemorrhages in typhoid. Useful in relieving pain of cancer.

Mind
Listless. Impaired memory. (ANAC.) APATHETIC, INDIFFERENT. Cannot collect his thoughts or find the right word. Difficult comprehension. Effects of grief and mental shock. Delirium, with great stupefaction. Settled despair.

Head
Heavy; CONFUSED. Pain as if temples were crushed together. Worse, SHAKING or NOISE. CRUSHING HEADACHE. PRESSURE ON TOP. Hair gray early in life; falls out. Dull headache after coition; from eye-strain. (NAT. M.) VERTIGO TOWARD EVENING, WHEN STANDING OR WALKING. Hair thins out, turns gray early.

Eyes
BLUE RINGS AROUND. Lids inflamed and cold. Pupils dilated. Glassy appearance. Averse to sunlight; sees colors as if a rainbow. Feel too large. Ambylopia in masturbators. Optic nerves seem torpid. PAIN AS IF EYEBALLS WERE FROCIBLY PRESSED TOGETHER AND INTO HEAD.

Ears
Roaring, with difficult hearing. Intolerant of noise.

Nose
Bleeding. Bores fingers into nose. ITCHING.

Mouth
Lips dry, cracked. Bleeding gums; retract from teeth. Tongue swollen, dry, with viscid, frothy mucus. Teeth feel cold. At night, bites tongue involuntarily.

Face
Pale, earthy; feeling of tension as from dried albumen. Sensation of coldness of one side of face.

Stomach
Craves juicy things. Sour risings. Nausea. SYMPTOMS FOLLOWING SOUR FOOD AND DRINK. Pressure as from a weight, with sleepiness after eating. (FEL. TAURI.) THIRST FOR COLD MILK.

Abdomen
Distention and fermentation in bowels. Enlarged spleen. (CEANOTH.) ACHING IN UMBILICAL REGION. Loud rumbling.

Stool
Diarrhoea, WHITE, watery, involuntary, PAINLESS, with much flatus; not specially exhausting. Diarrhoea in weakly, delicate rachitic children. Urine. Frequent, profuse, watery, MILKY. DIABETES. Micturition, preceded by anxiety and followed by burning. FREQUENT URINATION AT NIGHT. Phosphaturia.

Male
Emissions at night and at stool. Seminal vesiculitis. (OXAL. ACID.) Sexual power deficient; testicles tender and swollen. Parts relax during embrace. (NUX.) Prostatorrhoea, even when passing a soft stool. Eczema of scrotum. Oedema of prepuce, and swollen glans-penis. Herpes preputialis. Sycotic excrescences. (THUJA.)

Female
Menses too early and profuse, with pain in liver. Itching; yellow leucorrhoea after menses. Milk scanty; health deteriorated from nursing.

Respiratory
Chest troubles develop after brain-fag. Hoarseness. Dry cough from tickling in chest. Salty expectoration. Difficult respiration. WEAK FEELING IN CHEST FROM TALKING. (STANN.) PRESSURE BEHIND THE STERNUM, rendering breathing difficult.

Heart
Palpitation in children who grow too fast; after grief, self-abuse. Pulse irregular, intermittent.

Back
Boring pain between scapulae. Pain in back and limbs, as if beaten.

Extremities
Weak. Tearing pains in joints, bones, and periosteum. Cramps in upper arms and wrists. GREAT DEBILITY. Pains at night, AS IF BONES WERE SCRAPED. Stumbles easily and makes missteps. Itching, between fingers or in folds of joints.

Skin
Pimples, acne, blood-boils. Ulcers, with very offensive pus. Burning red rash. Formication in various parts. FALLING OUT OF THE HAIR. (NAT. MUR.; SELEN.) Tendency to abscess after fevers.

Sleep
SOMNOLENCY. Lascivious dreams with emissions.

Fever
Chilliness. PROFUSE SWEAT during night and morning. Low types of fever, with dull comprehension and stupor.

Modalities
BETTER, from keeping warm. WORSE, exertion, from being talked to; loss of vital fluids; sexual excesses. Everything impeding circulation causes aggravation of symptoms.

Relationship
Compare: OENOTHERA BIENNIS-Evening primrose-(Effortless diarrhoea with nervous exhaustion. Incipient hydrocephaloid. Whooping-cough and spasmodic asthma). NECTRANDA AMARE. (Watery diarrhoea, dry tongue, colic, bluish ring around sunken eyes, restless sleep.) CHINA; NUX; PIC. AC.; LACTIC AC; PHOS. Antidotes: COFFEA.

Dose
First potency.