As per Hahnmann's
Materia Medica( vol. v, 2nd edit., 1826.)
Phoshphoricum acidum is prepared as under:
(To prepare it, we take one pound of
bones calcined white and broken into small pieces, place
them in a porcelain jar, and pour over them one pound of
the strongest sulphuric acid. The mixture is to be
stirred with a glass rod several times during
twenty-four hours, then well mixed and diluted with two
pounds of good brandy, and the whole tied up in linen
bag and pressed out between two smooth boards loaded
with weights. What remains in the bag may be again
diluted with two pounds of brandy, and the expressed
fluid added to the first quantity. The whole is to be
allowed to stand for two days, so that the cloudiness
may settle down. The clear fluid is now to be decanted
off, evaporated in a porcelain dish over the fire, and
melted at a red heat. The melted phosphoric acid should
be as clear as crystal, and while still warm it is to be
broken into small fragments and preserved in a
wellcorked bottle, because when exposed to the sir it
soon completely deliquesces into a thickish fluid as
clear as water.)
A grain of this crystalline acid id
dissolved in 100 drops of a mixture of nine parts of
water with one part of alcohol (the alcohol being added
in order to make it drop easily). The solution is
succussed twice (with two strokes of the arm). A drop of
this is again succussed with 100 drops of alcohol by
means of succussion with two strokes of the arm. This is
1. And the process is repeated up to the trillion-fold
dilution (III). A sugar globule the size of a poppy
seed, and moistened with this trillion-fold dilution, is
administered for a homoeopathic dose.
The following remarkable, pure,
artificial morbid symptoms produced by phosphoric acid
on the healthy body indicate of them selves the natural
morbid states in which it is specifically curative by
reason of homoeopathic similarity.
Every dose acts for more than two weeks
in chronic diseases.
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, diarrhoa,
diabetes, rhachitis and periosteal inflammation.
Neurosis in stump, after amputation. Hæmorrhages in
typhoid. Useful in relieving pain of cancer.
is the medicine of par excellence in our Materia
Medica and is indicated in our day to day practice
for the following ailments:-
Debilitation due to sexual excesses.-
Diabetes Mellitis -Diarrhoea
Premature greying of hairs.
Psoric ; Syphyllitic.
Persons of originally stron constitution,
now debilitated by loss of vital fluids ( especially
seminal). Whenever the system has been exposed to the
ravages of violent acute diseases, chagrin or a long
succession of moral emotions, as grief, care,
disappointed love, separation of moral emotions, such as
grief, care, disappointed love, separation from home.
Children and young people who grow fast and fat like
Calc-c. Young people who are overtaxed mentally and
Notes and features:-
1 . Debility. Draining. Great
debility from loss of semen. Frequent and very
debilitating pollutions. Such pollutions lead to
debilitate the mind and the body; becomes sad, abashed,
and despondent of cure. The patient is also greatly
distressed by the culpability of the act.
Profuseness. Frequent, profuse and
Profuse discharge of clear, watery urine at night,
which deposits a thick and white cloud. Very profuse
watery urine. Children pass profuse urine in bed
at night. Profuse perspiration during night and towards
Bad effects of suppression of eruptions which are mostly
of sycotic origin.
says the leading characteristic of
this remedy lies in its effects upon the sensorium."He
lies in a stupor or in a stupid sleep , unconscious of
all that is going on around him, but when aroused is
This is Phosphoric acid in its intensest degree,
as found in typhoid fever, in which it is
one of our best remedies. But it is not alone here that
the sensorial depression appears. It may he found in a
lesser degree, in the results of depressing emotions,
like grief at the loss of a friend, lover, property or
position, and the effect seems to be even deeper rooted
than in those cases which call for Ignatia which
is also indicated as a prime remedy for bad effects of
grief and mental shock. The subject seems stupefid
with grief. There is not, the nervous twitching of
Ignatia but a settled despair, general weakness or
prostration. The hair turns gray, and a weary, worn and
haggard, hopeless look obtains. Dr Nash says that
he had succeeded in curing such a case when Ignatia
failed. The patient is listless and has inability to
think. Absence of idea dull, without phantasies. quiet
delirium, with great stupefaction and confused dullness
and head (typhoid). Dizzy confusion in forehead.
Introverted, peevish and taciturn. Greatest
indifference. Low - spirited and solicitous of the
future or his illness. Homesick and weeping. Grief and
disposition to weep.
Heavy, confused. . Pain as if temples were crushed
together; Wose shaking or noise. Crusting headache,
Pressure on top. Headache intensified by concussion
or noise, as well as by mental exertion. Worse:
Early in morning. Hair gray early in life, falls
out. Dull headache after coition, from eye strain (Nat.
Mur)Vergito toward evening, when standing or
walking. Hair thins
out, turns grey early.. Headache of
school girls from eye strain, or overuse of eyes,
Blue rings around. Lids inflamed and cold. Pupils
dilated. Glassy appearance. Averse to sunlight,sees
colors as if a rainbow . Feel too large. Amblyopia in
masturbators. Optic nerves seem torpid. Pain as if
eyeballs were forcibly pressed together and into head.
Yellow spots on the whites of
Stitches in, by music only. Intolerance of every noise,
especially music. sounds re - echo too loudly in.
Roaring with difficult hearing.
Bleeding. Bores fingers into nose.Itching..
Lips dry, cracked. Bleeding gums; retract from teeth.
Tongue swollen, dry, with viscid, frothy mucus. Teeth
feel cold. At night, bites tongue in voluntarily.
Stickily complexion, with pointed nose and weak, sunken
eyes surrounded by blue rings. Hot tension in skin, a
though' egg albumen had dried thereon. Scurfy,
suppurating lips. Dry lips
Craves juicy things. Sour risings. Nausea.Symptoms
following sour food and drink. Pressure as from a
weight, with sleepiness after eating
Thirst for cold milk.
Extraordinary grumbling and rumbling in abdomen. The
uterus is distended, as if filled with air.
Distention and fermentation in bowels. Gurgling like
water in abdomen(Loud rumbling). Ascitis. Enlarged
spleen (Ceanoth.) Aching in umblical region.
The uterus is distended as if filled with air.
Diarrhoea- white, or yellow, watery, chronic
or acute, without acute pain or any marked debility or
exhaustion.." Dr. Nash says that now,
it seems very singular that, after so much talk about
the general depression or weakness of this remedy, we
should be obliged to record that the profuse and
sometimes long-continued diarrhoa should not
debilitate, as a characteristic symptom. Well, there are
a good many unaccountable things, in both disease and
therapeutics, and this is one of them, but the fact
remains and we act upon it. Let us remember that
the profound weakness and depression of Phosphoric
acid is upon thesensorium and nervous
system, and will be there whether diarrhoa is present or
not. It is markedly so in typhoids, as I can fully
attest from abundant observation.China
debilitates by its diarrhoa or loss of fluids
generally.Phosphoric acid attacks the nervous
system primarily, even in onanism, and its results or
effects are not so much the loss of semen as a vital
fluid, as under China, the nervous system
suffering very much, even though the emissions be
neither very frequent nor profuse. Diarrhoa in weakly,
delicate rachitic children.
Frequent, profuse, watery,milky, Diabetes..
Micturition, preceded by anxiety and followed by
burning.Frequent urination at night. .
Emissions at night and at stool. Seminal vesiculitis(Oxal
acid). Sexual power deficient; testicles tender and
swollen. Parts relax during embrace (Nux).
Prostatorrhoa, even when passing a soft stool. Eczema of
scrotum. Odema of prepuce, and swollen glans-penis.
Herpes preputialis. Sycotic excrescences (Thuja)
Menses too early and profuse, with pain in liver.
Itching; yellow leucorrhoa after menses. Milk scanty;
health deteriorated from nursing.
Chest troubles develop after brain-fag. Hoarseness. Dry
cough from tickling in chest. Salty expectoration.
Difficult respiration.Weak feeling in chest from
taling(Stannum). Pressure behind the sternum.Pressure
behind sternum, rendering breathing difficult.
Palpitation in children who grow too fast; after grief,
self-abuse. Pulse irregular, intermittent.
Boring pain between scapulæ. Pain in back and limbs, as
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.
Pimples, acne, blood-boils. Ulcers, with very offensive
pus. Burning red rash. Formication in various parts.Falling
out of the hair (Natrum mur, Selen.). Tendency to
abscess after fevers.
Lascivious dreams with emissions.
Chilliness.Profuse sweat during night and
morning. Low types of fever, with dull comprehension ans
Worse:, exertion, From mental affections,
from being talked to [Talking causes weakness in chest
(Stan).]; loss of vital fluids(especially seminal) ;
sexual excesses. Everything impeding circulation causes
aggravation of symptoms. < bad news, depressing
emotions; masturbation or sexual excess, draft; wind;
, from keeping warm. > after short sleep.
Similar to Phoshorus, Pulsatilla, Picricum acidum
and Silicea; Muriaticum acidum
in typhoid; Nitri spritus dulcis, in states
of delirium. Phosphoricum acidum acts well
before or after Cinchonum sulphuricum,
in diarrhoea, and debility;
after Nux Vomica in fainting after
Summary of indications:-
Debilitation due to sexual excesses.-
Diabetes Mellitis -Diarrhoea
Premature greying of hairs.
NINE IMPORTANT RED LINE SYMPTOMS OF
1. Perfect indifference,
difficult comprehension; imbecility.
2. Bones of the skull feel as if
someone had scraped the swollen and tender periosteum
with, a knife.
3. Hair turns gray early, or
flaxen, falls off especially after grief or sorrow.
4. Yellow spots on the whites of
5. Red streak in middle of
tongue, widens in front.
6. Diarrhoea, not debilitating,
though of long continuance.
7. Pain in the liver during
8. Ailments from growing too
Bad effects from onanism, sexual
excess, grief, sorrow, homesickness or unfortunate