Phosphorus was ‘discovered’ in the modern sense in 1669 AD by Hennig Brand, an alchemist. He named it for Lucifer, the light bearer. This element burns in contact with the air, so it is kept in cold water for safety. It is an essential element necessary for the brain and nervous system.
Phosphorus as a remedy is known to be quite violent in its reaction at times, so use only 30c or below untul you are sure of the reaction in each particular patient.
It is a major acute remedy in homeopathy, used for coughs, colds, flu, laryngitis, fevers and chills, night sweats, haemorrhages, vomiting, jaundice and liver problems. A *keynote of phosphorus is of head colds which settle on the chest with a dry tight cough which is exhausting and worse for talking, laughing, open or cold air or change of temperature and accompanied by a sensation of a weight on the chest, fever and chills, high temperature in a well looking patient, possibly with a bursting headache. They may still have an appetite even though they are ill. They are intensely thirsty for cold drinks but may vomit these when they become warmed in the stomach after a few minutes. They may have colds which centre in the throat causing hoarseness.
Phosphorus is the major tubercular remedy, both for the miasm and for the disease TB itself and for pneumonias. In chronic disease, the picture is of increasing debility, consumptive symptoms, anaemia, liver and gastric ulceration with haemorrhages, leukaemias and quick deterioration. This remedy also has an affinity for the liver in hepatitis.
This remedy has profuse bleeding from anywhere with little cause, with blood streaked discharges, from coughing, from vomiting, from blowing the nose, from the gums, from intermittant menstrual bleeding, from cuts that will not stop bleeding unless with cold applications. They may vomit or faint from the sight of blood or from gory sights or even from talk of bleeding.
It is also used for the ill effects of general anaesthetics and intoxicants or never been well since anaesthetics or intoxicants. It is useful for complaints from getting wet in hot weather, and from physical and mental exertion.Phosphorus types may find the human voice difficult to hear, with otherwise good general hearing.
Phosphorus children tend to be slight, lean, lank, tall, long fingered with a short palm. They grow very fast in spurts, often outgrowing their strength to become tall, weak adolescents. They may suffer from diarrhoea especially when younger. Children may suffer from bone pains or growing pains.
Phosphorus types have bright eyes and long lashes, graceful, refined, intelligent, alert, interested, warm, exciteable, nervy, sensitive and quick, often with a red cast to their colouration, no matter what their racial background. They may be narrow chested, flush easily, have thin transparent skin and suffer from static electricity. They may suffer from night terrors, fear, fear of death, sensitive to atmospheres especially emotional, exhilaration or fear of thunderstorms. They are chilly people who flush when excited and from hot food. They like taking their clothes off.Phosphorus may suffer from dandruff or hair loss after grief, or grey hair after grief.
Phosphorus types can become tired and exhausted when they diffuse all their energy out into to environment like smoke because they have no barriers and pour everything out. They can be restless and fidgity They are unfocussed and spaced out, and flit from one thing to another with great bursts of enthusiasm, outgoing with effortless movement into new areas, but they can loose enthusiasm and interest and go flat, they may even descend into depletion and become unfocussed and apathetic, lazy, overwhelmed and they loose their natural sympathy for others and they loose their sociability and become indifferent. However, they do not become spiteful or vitriolic in such states. They will rejuvenate with new interests because they are unreserved and credulous and easily influenced. They live on their nerves and can become fearful and worry about the future and jump and start from situations, from sleep. Their emotions go out freely to others but they need reassurance and they expect attention. They can be self centred and they like to be magenetised and mesmerised. They are often interested in subjective persuits, sensitive, clairvoyant, acute senses with highly exalted perceptions. They may well be acutely clairvoyant and psychic. They may jump at every thunderclap and be aware of the slightest mood change in companions, they suss people out very quickly. They become depressed and disheartened as evening approaches. They have a great fear of ghosts, dark, certain people, of being alone, of crowds, of disease but they will be easily reassured.Phosphorus types are dreamers and will fall instantly asleep anywhere and will wake quickly and cleanly just as quickly. They may sleepwalk of suffer turbulant dreams and act them out, especially stuff they don’t want to deal with in the full light of day.
They may be preoccupied with sex but desires outrun capacity, with possible impotence but no embrassment. They are very sexual and very attractive to others, but flat when indifferent.
Phosphorus types may have long, thin stools where the anus remains open afterwards *keynote, or even involuntary stools. Alternatively, their stools may look like sheep pellets.
They are worse for warm food and drink, which they may vomit once it is warmed in the stomach, from lying on the left side, from going upstairs, from twilight, from touch, noise, odours. They are better for cold food and drink, from open air, from sleep, from washing in cold water, cat naps They desire salty foods, milk, fish, being stroked. Phosphorus resembles cats in this way, or even Irish Setter dogs who jump all over you and want to be stroked.They crave cold food, ice cream, salt, chocolate and juicy refreshing things and tasty foods. They can be very hungry and become weak and empty if not fed.
They may be averse to fish and fats and tea.