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CALCAREA PHOSPHORICA

(calc-p)

Synonyms
Calcii Phosphas Precipitata. Calcis Phosphas. Precipitated Phosphate of Calcium. Calcium Phosphate.

Common Name
Phosphate of Lime.

Chemical Properties
Formula Ca3 (P04)2.
Dr. Hering prepared this by dropping dilute phosphoric acid into lime-water as long as a white precipitate was formed. This was washed with distilled water and dried on a water-bath. Insoluble in water or alcohol, soluble in dilute nitric acid and other acids, and, to a certain extent, in carbonic acid water.

Preparation
The Phosphate of Lime is prepared by trituration, as directed in our Pharmacopoeias.

Physiologico-chemical Data
Calc. phos. is absolutely essential to the proper growth and nutrition of the body. This salt is found in the blood-plasma and corpuscles, saliva, gastric juice, bones, connective tissue, teeth, milk, etc. It gives solidity to the bones. Calc. phos. has a special chemical affinity for albumen, which forms the organic basis for this salt in the tissue-cells, and is required wherever albumen or albuminous substances are found in the secretions. It also supplies new blood-cells, becoming the first remedy in anaemia and chlorosis. It is of the greatest importance to the soft and growing tissues, promoting cell growth, supplying the first basis for the new tissues, hence is necessary to initiate growth. It is the nutritive salt for the periosteum and through it for bones. Important for the life of the blood, without it there is no coagulation.

General Biochemical Action
Calc. phos. is curative in disease depending upon a disturbed action of the lime-molecules in the body, such as occurs in the tardy formation of callus around the ends of fractured bones, in the unnatural growth and defective nutrition of bone and other textures found in rickets and similar diseased conditions; thus the sphere of action of this remedy includes all bone diseases depending on a diseased quality of the blood of a dyscrasic taint, involving also the dermoid tissues with the osseous. When from any cause an insufficient amount of Phosphate of Lime is assimilated for the uses of the animal economy, the vegetative system suffers primarily, causing defective nutrition, imperfect cell-growth and consequent decay and destruction of tissue, especially the osseous and glandular systems. It is of use during dentition, in convulsions and spasms occurring in weak, scrofulous subjects, stimulating nutrition, etc. Another important feature is its restorative power after acute diseases, either directly or preparing the way for other remedies, by stimulating the system to their action, thus becoming an important intercurrent remedy. Schussler, recognizing the origin of the red blood-globules in the white or embryonic ones, and crediting this drug with nutritive stimulation of the white globules, claims it promotes the formation of red globules indirectly by promoting that of the white globules. Practically, this drug proves itself a real tonic in many cases; in chronic wasting diseases and hectic, when the phosphate is found in excess in the urine, thus corresponding to faulty secondary assimilation and to faulty workings of the excretory organs. In anaemia of young, rapidly growing people; in women weakened by rapid child-bearing; prolonged suckling or excessive menstruation or leucorrhoea; in accompanying diseases with exhaustive discharges, as in chronic bronchitis, tubercular diarrhoea and night-sweats, abscesses and scrofulous sores, through its great power on the secretions, it acts curatively.
In old age, where the regenerative function decreases in the nervous tissue, Calc. phos. is well indicated, and we find it useful in senile cutaneous and vaginal itching, as well as during convalescence from severe acute diseases. In tuberculosis pulmonum, with its emaciation, night-sweats, haemoptysis and other marked physical symptoms, Calc. phos. in low potencies holds out great promise to ameliorate the severity of the case; equally great is its benefit in pollutions of young married men (and sexual excitement of women) and onanists. In the osseous expansions of rachitic children, Traeger uses cider internally and externally, and gives at the same time Calc. phos. or Calc. fluor. This is also his favorite treatment in chlorosis (cider-whey, and three times a day about 10 grains of the second trituration of Calc. phos.), and he prefers it by far to the usual iron treatment. In chorea during puberty the salts of lime quiet our patients far better than the remedies usually recommended.
Pains where bones form sutures or symphyses and numb, crawling pains with chilliness, due to anaemic symptoms, worse from wet, tendency to perspiration and glandular enlargement. Sensations mostly in small spots. Phosphatic diathesis. General lack of vital heat and aggravation from wet.
If the molecular motion of Calc. phos. is disturbed within the epithelial cells of serous membranes, a sero-albuminous exudation within the sacs takes place. In this way develop hydrops genu, hygroma patellae, etc. Minute doses of Calc. phos. will absorb these exudations.
If the cells of the epidermis have lost Calc. phos. albumen will be thrown upon the surface and by drying, form a crust, a desquamation of which can be brought about therapeutically by administering Calc. phos. Similar albuminous secretions take place on mucous surfaces, if their epithelium is diseased through loss of Calc. phos.
Spasms and pains caused by anaemia are cured by this remedy. These pains are accompanied by formication, sensation of coldness and numbness.
Often serviceable where the symptoms seem to call for Lime or Phosphorus, combining as it does the alterative and nourishing properties of lime and the nutritive and stimulating properties of phosphorus. (Dr. T. M. Strong.)


Guiding Symptoms and Characteristic Indications.

Mental Symptoms
Impaired memory, mental anxiety with all troubles. Unable to sustained mental effort. Feeble minded children. Children are peevish and fretful, stupid, slow of comprehension. After grief, vexation, disappointment.

Head and Scalp
Vertigo in old age; headache ameliorated by sudden sneezing, leaving a sense of soreness in the nostrils; a cold feeling in the head; the head feels cold to the touch. Headaches before and during the second dentition; worse near the region of the sutures, after mental exertion and from dampness and change of weather. Headache with flatulence. Rheumatic headaches, tearing in bones of the skull. Crawling, as if ice water were on upper part of occiput. Headache of school-girls who are maturing and are nervous, restless, with diarrhoea, caused by jellies and sour things. Sensation of ice lying on upper part of occiput. Fontanelles remain open too long, skull is soft and thin. Chronic hydrocephalus; very large head, bones separated. Craniotabes. Scalp sore, tense, creeping, numbness; itching of scalp in the evening. Scrofulous ulcers on the top of the head. Hydrocephaloid conditions, acute or chronic; also to prevent these conditions. Bald spots on head.

Eyes
Spasmodic affections of the eyelids if Magnes. phos. fails. Amaurosis and cataract. Inflammation of the eyes and excessive dryness during dentition. Photophobia. Cannot use eyes by gaslight. Ulcers on cornea. Opacities following inflammation of the eyes. Scrofulous keratitis. Ophthalmia in scrofulous persons. Congenital amblyopia in children of a rachitic constitution and scrofulous diathesis.

Ears
Outer ears feel cold. All bones around the ear ache and hurt. Earache with rheumatic complaints, associated with swollen glands in scrofulous children. Chronic catarrh of the ear with throat difficulty at the same time.
Dermatitis of the auditory canal, with serous exudate, almost odorless, whitish epidemic scales and sebaceous matter, moist, soft and pultaceous, lying in the canal; meatus, red, swollen, irritable, itching, hot; ear sensitive to cold and patient has mucous and glandular troubles generally. Stuffed feeling in the ears, with considerable deafness but rarely any tinnitus, inflation easy, causing bubbling rales and immediate improvement in hearing'. Aching, tearing pains about the ears, with ulceration around the auricles. Difficult hearing, singing and noises in the ears. For tubal and tympanic catarrhs in children and strumous youths.
When a patient is suffering from a wasting disease, gradually losing flesh, with a thin, offensive discharge from abundant granulations in the drum cavity, I have never known the phosphate of lime fail to produce beneficial changes. Calcarea hypophos. is preferred as being particularly adapted to the treatment of suppurative inflammation of the middle ear in phthisical subjects. (Rounds.)

Nose
Point of nose icy-cold. Swollen, ulcerated nose in scrofulous children. Cold in head, with albuminous discharge from the nose, fluent in cold room, stopped in warm air and outdoors. Sneezing and sore nostrils. Chronic colds in anaemic and scrofulous patients. Large pedunculated nasal polypi. Ozaena, with Calc. fluor. Nose-bleed in afternoon. Pressure at root of nose with frontal headache or supra-orbital pains on one or both sides, particularly if involvement of the ethmoid or frontal sinus is feared. Mucous membrane pale and relaxed or fungous. Flabby and ulcerated. Mild mucous discharge mixed with crusts and occasionally with blood.

Face
Face full of pimples, especially with girls. Complexion sallow, dirty, greasy-looking. Cold sweat on face. Faceache; pain in the superior maxillary bone, aggravated at night. Swelling of parotid and submaxillary glands, with earache. Lupus. Freckles.

Mouth
Disgusting taste in the mouth in the morning. Bitter, with headache. A dislike to open mouth on account of pain from swollen tonsils. Upper lip swollen and painful.

Tongue
Tongue swollen, numb, stiff, with pimples on it, white, furred. Bitter taste in morning with headache.

Teeth
Teeth develop slowly; complaints during teething; too rapid decay of teeth. Convulsions in teething after

 

Magnes. phos. Toothache with tearing, boring pain, worse at night. Gums painful and inflamed, or pale gums.

Throat
External glands painful. Hoarseness day and night. Burning in larynx and back of tongue. Sore aching in the throat, with much pain in every direction on swallowing. Constant hemming and hawking when talking. Chronic enlargement of the tonsils. Clergyman's sore throat. Relaxed sore throat.

Naso-Pharynx
Roughness of the throat, with difficult deglutition. Sore, aching on swallowing; burning from surrounding parts toward throat. Mucous membrane thickened. Dryness and burning during empty swallowing, and in swallowing first mouthful, aggravated if one has not spoken or swallowed for a short time (Canth., burning on deglutition extending downwards; Actea rac, empty deglutition, painful). Sore throat, with tickling cough in the evening; worse after going to bed. Kind of contraction in throat, as after much weeping or after running. Sore throat in morning on waking, aggravated right side, low down in back of fauces, ameliorated by swallowing, disappearing during breakfast. If patient catches cold it is associated with dryness and soreness in the throat, the faucial tonsils, pharynx, larynx or bronchi receiving the brunt of the attack (in Calc. carb. it is the catarrhal conditions which are aggravated); stitches in the throat and chest; heat in the upper part of chest and arms. On empty deglutition, sensation of having swallowed uvula, and it was adherent to posterior wall, causing choking, only ameliorated by again swallowing; palate relaxed. Fullness of throat, either sensory or due to presence of bloody mucus. Naso-pharyngeal discharge is more tenacious than profuse; patient continually clearing the throat, to rid the larynx of its viscid secretion. Discharge of yellow-white, thick mucus; downward passage of scabs in pharynx.
Pale, flabby hypertrophy of tonsils, with perhaps ulceration in spots or chronic inflammation and hypertrophy of pharyngeal follicles, accompanied by other glandular enlargements in young persons of strumous or lymphatic constitutions. Chronic tonsillitis, with inflammation of middle ear; throat hurts more from swallowing saliva than food or warm drinks. (Merc, sol.). The tonsils, if hypertrophied, are smaller than the other Calcareas, and offer greater resistance to the probe; the Luschka tonsil similar, both being of a more natural color than Cede. carb. (Dr. T. M. Strong.)

Gastric Symptoms
Heartburn and flatulence. Unusual hunger. Sinking sensation in epigastrium. Pain after eating, with soreness on pressure. The sufferings from the stomach are aggravated by taking even the smallest quantity of food. Dyspepsia with distress in stomach, temporarily relieved by eating and by raising wind. When fasting, pain goes to the spine. Infant wants to nurse all the time, and vomits often and easily. Pain in the stomach with debility. Vomiting after cold water and ice cream. Headache and diarrhoea, worse eating. Craves bacon, ham, salted or smoked meats. Much flatulence. Abdomen sunken and flabby. Mesenteric glands enlarged. Colic at every attempt to eat. Marasmus.

Abdomen and Stool
Soreness and burning, and empty sinking sensation around navel. Colic, with green, slimy undigested diarrhoea with foetid flatus. Cholera infantum, great desire for indigestible things—ham, smoked meat, etc.; abdomen sunken, flabby. Tubercular diarrhoea. Stool is hot, watery, profuse, offensive, noisy and sputtering. Useful in summer complaint and marasmus, and in teething children. Diarrhoea aggravated by fruit. Crying spells, caused by soreness and pain around navel, every time the child nurses. Removes disposition to intestinal worms in anaemic and weakly patients (Natr. phos.). Gall-stones, to prevent reformation of new ones. Abdominal herniae. Chronic oozing haemorrhoids in anaemic or weakly patients. Fissures of anus. Fistula in ano, alternating with chest symptoms, or in persons who have pain in all the joints from any change of weather. Painless fistulae. Costiveness, hard stool with blood, especially in old people, associated with depression of mind, vertigo, headache and chronic cough. Hernia in anaemic patients. Tabes mesenterica. Offensive pus with stools. Neuralgia ani. Severe pain in lower part of sacrum, coming on after stool and lasting entire day until retiring to bed.

Urinary Organs
Phosphaturia. Wetting the bed and general debility. Frequent urging to urinate. Cutting pains in the urethra and neck of the bladder. Enuresis in old people and small children, with great debility. Diabetes mellitus where the lungs are implicated. Urine copious with weariness. Bright's disease, for the albumen (alternate with Kali phos.). Gravel, calculus, phosphatic deposits, increase of urine, with flocculent sediment. Stone in the bladder, to prevent reformation of same. Hydrocele.

Sexual Organs
Sexual desire increased. Painful erections. Gonorrhoeal rheumatism worse in every cold change in weather. (Mendorrhin.) Chronic gonorrhoea in anaemic subjects, with sharp pain in urethra and prostate gland, itching and soreness. Swelling of testicles and scrotum.

Female Organs
Weakness and distress in uterine region. Uterine displacements with rheumatic pains. Prolapsus uteri with weak, sinking feelings, worse after defalcation. Throbbing in the genitals, with voluptuous feelings, indicated also in tendency to masturbation in scrofulous children. Nymphomania worse before menses. Oophoritis. Violent backache with uterine pains. Soreness in the sacro-iliac synchondroses. Leucorrhoea, as a constitutional tonic, discharge like white of an egg, cream-like, worse in morning, with sexual excitement, patient being disinclined to move about. Amenorrhoea. Menses too early in young girls. Discharge bright red, returning every two weeks, less painful than otherwise. Menstruation during lactation. In adults menses too late and dark, especially in rheumatic subjects, preceded by sexual excitement, accompanied and followed by great weakness, distress and rheumatic pains. Labor-like pains before and during menses; sometimes after stool or micturition; worse from change of weather. Burning in vagina. Hardness of mamma?.

Pregnancy
Pains, burning and soreness in the mammae; they feel enlarged. Spoiled milk of mother; it is salty and bluish, and child refuses it. Decline after puerpera and during pregnancy. Prolapsus in debilitated persons (with Kali phos.). After prolonged nursing, with weak voice, cough and weakness and pain between shoulders. Weariness in all limbs during pregnancy.

Respiratory Symptoms
Hoarseness and cough day and night. Involuntary sighing. Cough with expectoration of yellow albuminous mucus, not watery, worse mornings, with sore, dry throat. Soreness of chest to touch. Sore pain about sternum and clavicle, with contraction of chest and difficult breathing. Frequent hawking to clear the voice. Chest difficulties associated with fistula in ano. Chronic cough of consumptives who suffer from coldness of the extremities. Incipient phthisis in anaemic patients. Profuse sweat, especially about the head and neck. Whooping cough, in obstinate cases, or in teething children and weakly constitutions. Suffocative cough in children; better lying down, worse sitting. Suffocative fits in children after nursing, aggravated after crying, face blue, attacks followed by relaxation, frequent, short, difficult breathing. Catarrhs in scrofulous or gouty constitutions with anaemia. Spasm of glottis from retarded dentition.

Circulatory Organs
Palpitation with anxiety, followed by a trembling weakness, particularly of calves. Non-closure of foramen ovale. Circulation imperfect. Retarded circulation, parts feel numb. Sharp pain around the heart during inspiration.

Neck and Back
Thin neck in children. Rheumatic pain and stiffness of neck from slightest draught. Backache in the lumbar region in the morning on awaking. Cramp-like pain in neck and around shoulder blades, small of back, region of kidneys, when lifting, or blowing the nose. Soreness around sacro-iliac symphysis. Aching in os coccygis. Potts' disease. Spinal curvature in young girls especially at puberty. Spina bifida. Buttocks and back "asleep."

Extremities
Sore aching in shoulders and shoulder blades, and along arms; cannot lift arm. Shooting through elbows. Cramp-like pains in forearms, wrists, fingers, and especially in the thumb. Ulcerative pain in roots of finger nails. Gouty nodosities. Rheumatism of the joints with cold or numb feeling. Rheumatism worse from change of weather, getting well in spring and returning in autumn. Numbness of the limbs and coldness or a sensation of ants creeping on the parts affected. Sensation as if parts were asleep. Rheumatic gout, worse at night and in bad weather. Aching in all the limbs, with great weakness. Rheumatic pains flying about. Aching soreness of thighs. Pains in knees, worse walking. Lower limbs feel numb. Feet icy cold. Pain in shinbones. Cramp in calves. Ankle joint feels as if dislocated. Gouty pain in toes and ankle joints; they become painful in cold weather. Coxarthrocace, third stage. Bursae. Chronic synovitis. Swelling of the epipheses. Bow legs in children. Slow in learning to walk. Fistulous ulcer on the foot joints and on the malleoli. Potts' disease. Spinal curvature. Lumbar abscess. Syphilitic periostitis and ulcers.

Nervous Symptoms
Neuralgias, commencing at night, recurring periodically; deep-seated, as if in the bone; tearing pains, worse from any change of weather, with sensation of crawling, numbness and coldness, or like electrical shocks. Pain in small spots. Rheumatic paralysis. Languor, weariness, especially ascending. Indisposition to work. Trembling of limbs. Great debility after weakening, acute diseases. Convulsions from teething. Spasms of all kinds after Magnes. phos. fails. Epilepsy.

Sleep
Drowsiness, especially in old people, associated with gloomy thoughts. Hard to wake in the morning. Children cry out at night. Constant stretching and yawning.

Febrile Symptoms
Creeping shivering. Copious night-sweats in phthisis. Cold sweat appears on the face and coldness of the body. Chronic intermittent fever in scrofulous children. Cold goes through entire body.

Skin
Skin dry and cold, wrinkled. Becomes red and itches after a bath. Copper-colored, full of pimples. Pimples on upper part of body. Ulceration of scars. Chafed skin, exconations. Itchiness of the skin. Senile itching of the skin. Eczema with yellow, white scabs or vesicles in anaemic, scrofulous or gouty constitutions. Freckles are lessened by the use of this remedy. Herpes, acute or chronic, with itching. Lupus. Prurigo, pruritus; itching of the skin. Vaginal pruritus of old women. Albuminous exudations in or on the skin. Tubercles on the skin. Scrofulous ulceration also of the bones. Boils form ulcers. Acne rosacea.

Tissues
Anaemia and chlorosis to supply new blood cells. Flabby, shrunken, emaciated children. Complexion waxy, greenish, white. Exostoses, osteophytes, bone diseases. Condyles swollen. Rickets. Non-union of fractured bones. Spina bifida. Polypi, nasal, rectal and uterine. Tabes, phosphatic diathesis. Defective nutrition. Bones thin and brittle. Dropsical affections. Irregularity in development. Emaciations, accompanying ailments. Leucaemia. Excess of white corpuscles. Broncocele, goitre, cysts. Tumor albus. Pancreatic diseases. Bursae. Soreness of tendons and of joints.

Modalities
The symptoms are generally worse from cold, motion, change of weather, sensitive to cold, from getting wet and dampness generally. Many symptoms are ameliorated by lying down, rest.

Homeopathic Data
Proved by C. Hering, collected in Guiding Symptoms, vol. iii, and Allen's Encyclopedia. A history of the different provings is found in the Hahnemannian Monthly, March, 1871, by C. Hering; also a Resume by him in the North American Journal of Homeopathy, vol. xx.

Administration
The lower triturations, 3x to 6x, are the potencies usually employed, probably achieving most satisfactory results, although the higher potencies, 30 to 200, have given brilliant clinical results. Schussler prescribes the 6x trituration. Large doses are useless and even injurious. Prolonged administration has produced nephritic colic and passage of small calculi. For the aged, this remedy should not be given in the lower potencies.

Relationship
Very similar to Cole, carb., but with Cole, phos. the patient, whose complexion is dirty-white or brown, is usually emaciated; it corresponds more to the acute affections of the lungs. In general the phosphate prefers the dark complexion, dark eyes and hair, while the carbonate acts best in the light-haired and blue-eyed. It occupies a ground between Calc. carl, and Phosphor., supplementing the latter frequently to great advantage. Calc. phos. and Berberis have both been beneficial in fistula in ano; both have great similarity in chest symptoms, particularly such as follow surgical operations. In anaemic headaches of school girls, follow by Magnes. phos. In dental caries, similar to Fluor, ac, Magnes. phos. and Silicea; in epilepsy, Ferr. phos., Kali mur., Kali phos. and Silicea; in diabetes, Kali phos., Natr. phos.; the latter also is similar in worm affections. Follows China in hydrocephaloid and anaemia. Complementary to Carb. an. and Ruta. In neurasthenia Calc. hypophos. may be called for preferably for similar symptoms. In the copious sweats after weakening, acute diseases compare Psorin. In acute articular rheumatism, if after Natr. mur. and Kali phos. there remains a trace of the disease. In lupus, compare Kali mur. Buttermilk and koumyss are invaluable foods for the aged, because the lactic acid in them dissolves the phosphate of lime and prevents the ossification in tendons, arteries and elsewhere. As a remedy for the aged compare Baryta. In anaemia and chlorosis compare also Natr. mur., which has a great affinity with Calc. phos., especially with constipation, palpitation on lying down, earthy complexion. In acne Calc. pier, is more frequently useful for boys, the Calc. phos. for girls. Dyspepsia temporarily relieved by eating is met by Calc. phos., but the drug for which this symptom is specific is Anacardium. Chelidon. has a similar condition. Compare Helonias in the mental depression, debility and phosphatic urine. Silicea, anaemia of infants, thin and puny, with a tendency to rickets, but with much oily perspiration on the head; also Ferr., Cupr., Arsenic, etc. Zinc, is complementary in hydrocephaloid, and Ruta in joint affections. In non-union of fractures compare Symphytum. In consumption Calc. phos. is followed well by Silicea, Sulph., Tuberc; and often indicated after Phos., Merc, Iod., Ars. iod.

 

 



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