Phosphorus (Phos)



[Materia Medica Keynotes, Health benefits, uses, warnings, safety precaution, side effects, interaction, complementary and dosage]

Common Name: Phosphorus;

Chemical Formula : P;

Kingdom: Minerals; A non – metallic element obtained from bones or Calcium phosphate. It comes in white, waxy cylinders.

Stage: Acute, Chronic;

Side: Left, U.Rt.Low Lt., Rt. to Lt., Alternate Sides;

Miasm: Psoric, Sycotic, Tubercular, Syphilitic;

Thermal State: Chilly;

Action: OnlyPolycrest

Thirst: Thirsty, Unquenchable, Thirstless, Large Quantity, Small Quantity;

Appetite: Increased, Easy satiety, Reduced; Sensitivity Low, High;

Moon Phases: First Quarter, Full Moon, Last Quarter, New Moon;

Gender: Male, Female, Child;

Element: Phosphorus (P, 15);

Homeopathic Remedy Phosphorus (Phos) is indicated for Bubbly, extroverted, outgoing, loves company. Open, trusting nature. Sparkles with intelligence, creativity, enthusiasm. Sympathetic, gullible, clairvoyant, precocious, fearful, sensitive. Haemorrhagic tendency-of bright red, non coaguable blood. Epistaxis. Debility, collapse. Left sidedness. Sensitive to odors. Tremendous thirst for cold drinks.

Physiological Action of Phosphorus (Phos) :

In small doses it exercises a stimulating effect upon the brain, stomach, genital organs, circulation, and the growth of bone. It causes fevers, and produces necrosis of the maxillary and nasal bones. In toxic doses it produces vomiting and purging, acute hemorrhages, and fatty degeneration of the heart, arteries stomach and liver, accompanied with jaundice and a condition similar to acute yellow atrophy. The glandular, epithelial and muscular protoplasm undergoes fatty degeneration. The alkalinity of the blood is increased and the amount of urea excreted is diminished.

THERAPEUTICS of Phosphorus (Phos) :

This remedy is indicated in tall, slender people, with fair skin, blonde or red hair; those who have sensitive natures and lively perception; young people who grow too rapidly, are inclined to stoop, and suffer from chlorosis and anaemia. There is great weakness of the whole body, especially of the legs, and arms, which are so weak they can scarcely walk or raise the hands. They are sensitive to cold air and take cold easily. There are caries of the nasal bones, with stoppage of the nose, hemorrhage and nasal polypi.

It is of service in BRAIN FAG and SOFTENING OF THE BRAIN. The patient feels tired and dreads mental exertion. There is a sensation of coldness in the head. He answers questions slowly, and there is a mental fatigue and apathy.

It is useful in CATARACTS, early in the disease, when the letters appear red; also in degeneration or atrophy of the optic nerve; objects have a cloudiness about them. There is a halo around the light, a red appearance of objects, flashes of light. It is also of service in retinal apoplexy.

It should be remembered in GASTRIC NEUROSIS; as soon as the cold water becomes warm in the stomach it is thrown up. The food regurgitates back into the mouth as soon as it is eaten. There is a sensation of great weakness and emptiness in the abdomen. Also in dyspepsia, when there is excessive flatulence, the tongue is white, and the patient is hungry, especially at night, and longs for cold things, which bring relief till they become warm, when they are vomited. It should be remembered in hematomyelis, when it is temporarily relieved by drinking cold water.

It is of benefit in ACUTE YELLOW ATROPHY, ACUTE HEPATITIS, and FATTY DEGENERATION, and CIRRHOSIS; also in DIARRHOEA, when the passage is painless and involuntarily pours away as if “from a hydrant”. There is great exhaustion and prostration. When constipation is present the stools are long and slender, like a dog’s, and are voided with much straining.

It relieves NEPHRITIS, when there is a profuse discharge of bloody urine which contains many granular casts.

It is of service in LARYNGITIS, when there is hoarseness and aphonia, with great sensitiveness of the larynx. The voice is hoarse and there is a distressing cough upon attempting to talk. The cough is dry, and is caused by and irritation and tickling, which is referred to the trachea. There is capillary bronchitis, when the cough is dry, hard and exhausting. It is worse in the evening, and on coming from a warm room into the cold air there is great pain and distress under sternum.

It should be studied in PNEUMONIA during the stage of hepatization. The consolidation is not marked. There is but little pain, but there is a large quantity of mucous secretion. The fever is not high. The expectoration is mucopurulent of rusty, and there is a tendency for the case to assume the typhoid type.

It should be borne in mind in incipient as well as the more advanced cases of PHTHISIS. The cough is dry and hacking, with burning and tickling of the air passages. There are frequent hemorrhages from the lungs. The patient is emaciated, sensitive to sudden changes of the weather, and takes cold easily. The general indications of the remedy are present.

It is of assistance in low adynamic types of FEVERS; there is but little or no thirst. The perspiration is copious and exhausting, especially at night. The symptoms are worse from 4 to five PM

It relieves SPINAL IRRITATION, when the spinous processes of the dorsal vertebrae between the scapulae are sensitive to pressure. This sensitiveness extends to the muscles of the back, and there are burning pains in the small of the back.

A/F [ Aliment From / Causation ]

-Anger, Fear, Grief, Worry, Mental exertion, Strong emotions.


-Strong odours, Flowers(fainting)


-Thunderstorms, Lightning (blindness)

-Sexual excess, Loss of fluids

-Sprains, Lifting, Wounds

-Exposure to drenching rains

-Tobacco (amblyopia)

-Washing clothes

-Having a hair cut


-Chronic alcoholism

MODALITIES of Phosphorus (Phos) :

< Lying on left side, painful side, on back

< Slight causes

< Emotions

< Talking

< Touch

< Odours

< Light

< COLD open air

< Warm food

< Putting hands in water

< Puberty

< Salt, spicy, warm food

< Sexual excess

< Weather, sudden change of

< Loss of fluids

< Cold

< Weather windy

< Thunderstorms

< Lightning

< Morning

< Evening

< Mental exertion

< Twilight

< Shaving

< After drinking

< Fasting


> After eating

> After sleep

> Lying on right side

> Rest

> Dark

> Sitting

> Magnetism

> Rubbing

> Washing face with cold water

> Cold water

> Cold food

> Sleep

> Eating

MIND Symptom of Phosphorus (Phos) :

-Open, bright excitable, suggestible, and anxious patients.

-Great loquacity and vehemence.

-Amativeness and shamelessness.

-Fear of -darkness


-when alone



-something bad will happen.

-Fearfulness, as if something were creeping out of every corner, as if something will happen.

-Oversensitive to external impressions.

-Quickly prostrated to external impressions.

-Indifferent to friends and surrounding, even to his own children, unwilling to talk, thinks slowly, moves sluggishly.

-Anguish and uneasiness especially when alone or in stormy weather.

-Sympathetic and wants sympathy.

-Craves company and touch, and rubbing, and help.

-Great lowness of spirits.

-Easily vexed.

-Insanity with an exaggerated idea of ones own importance.

-Loss of memory.

-Brain feels tired.

-Clairvoyant state.

-Melancholy, disinclined to work, study, converse.

-Weary of life.

-Timid and irresolute.

-Sheds tears, or with attacks of involuntary laughter.

-Weeps before menses.

-Destroys everything, spits at nurse, kisses those who come near her.

-Anxious, restlessness, patient cannot sit or stand still for a moment, especially in dark or twilight.

-Patients are inclined to stoop and suffer from nervous trembling.

-Any lively impression is followed by heat, as if immersed in hot water.


-Sexual thoughts intrude and crowd upon each other.

GUIDING INDICATIONS of Phosphorus (Phos) :

-Inflammation and degeneration of the mucous membranes of stomach and bowels. Inflammation of the spinal cord and nerves, leading to paralysis.

Disorganization the blood, fatty degeneration of blood vessels and every tissue and organ of the body. Thus a picture of destructive metabolism.

-It is suited to those young people who, grow rapidly and are inclined to stoop.

-Tall, slender persons, narrow chested, with fine features and long fingers, of sanguine temperament. Nervous, weak, delicate persons who like to magnetized, weakened by loss of animal fluids.

-Haemorrhages – recurrent, vicarious, small wounds bleed much, blood streaked discharges, profuse, watery bright red blood, which is non coagulable.

-Insidious onset, gradually increasing debility, ending in severe or rapid disease.

-Emptiness in chest, stomach, and all parts.

-Tightness in chest, cough, etc.

-Burning-Burning anywhere and everywhere all over the body.

-Burning from the outer skin to the innermost surface of every tract of its parenchyma.

-Burning with or without rise of temperature, but with functional or organic charges.

-Burning in spots along the spine between scapulae, on palm, and hands, in chest, lungs, etc.

-Feeling of intense heat running up the back.

-Weakness-Aversion to mental and physical exertion.

-Great weakness and prostration with nervous debility and trembling of whole body.

-Weakness and weariness from loss of vital fluids.

-Oversensitiveness to all external impression.

-Restlessness, constant fidgety feeling all over the body.

-Destruction of bones-caries and exostoses of spine

-swelling and necrosis of lower jaw (left more affected than right)

-caries of bones, spine, upper jaw.

-Hard swelling here and there.

Paralytic symptoms.

-Pseudo-hypertrophy of muscles; of insane, internal throat, rectum.

-Spasms on the paralyzed side.

-Internal, itching, tickling, throbbing here and there.

-Healed wounds break out again and bleed.

-Recurrent effects-colds, croup, etc.

-Human barometer, easily affected by change in atmospheric pressure, especially thunderstorm.

-Head-Vertigo of aged, after rising, with faintness.

-Heat comes from spine.

-Dandruff falls out in clouds; hair falls out in bunches.

-Baldness of single spots.

-Brainfag with coldness of occiput.

-Chronic congestion of head.

-Eyes-Hollow, surrounded by blue rings.

-Lids puffy, swollen, oedematous.

-Green halo about the candle light.

-Letters appear red.

-Atrophy of optic nerve. Optic neuritis.

-Retina-detached, haemorrhage, inflammation.


-Nose- Epistaxis instead of menses.

-Chronic nasal catarrh with small hemorrhages; handkerchief is always bloody.

-Polypi, bleeding easily.

-Nervous motion of alae.

-G.I.T.-Longs for cold food and drink, juicy, refreshing things; ice cream > gastric pains.

-Thirst for very cold water.

-Stomach-throws up ingesta by the mouthfuls.

-Vomiting, water is thrown up as soon as it gets warm in the stomach.

-Post operative vomiting.

-Bad effects of eating too much salt.

-Craves ice cream, salt, fish, cold milk, aerated drinks, cheese, chicken, cucumbers, spicy, chocolate, milk, rice, acid, alcoholic drinks (wine).

-Aversion to sweets, warm foods, meat, tea.

-Must eat often or feels faint.

-Weak, empty – gone sensation in whole abdominal cavity.

-Very foetid stools and flatus. Long narrow hard like a dog, difficult to expel.

-Painless, copious, debilitating diarrhoea.

-Great weakness after stool.

-Bleeding hemorrhoids.

-Respiratory system-Hoarseness < evening.

-Larynx very painful.

-Cannot talk on account of pain.

-Cough from tickling in throat < cold air, reading, laughing, talking, from going from warm room into cold air.

-Nervous cough in presence of strangers, strong odours, etc.

-Burning pains, heat and oppression of chest.

-Tightness across chest, great weight on chest.

-Respiration quickened, oppressed.

-Much heat in chest.

-Pneumonia with oppression < lying on left side.

-Tubercular deposits begin in apex of lung unusually on left side.

-C.N.S.-Epilepsy with consciousness.

-Chorea of children who grow to fast.

-Female genitalia-Menses-prolonged or vicarious with epistaxis.

-During pregnancy, unable to drink water, sight of it causes vomiting, must close her eyes while bathing.

-Female breasts have erysipelatous appearance, red streaks, with thin, ichorous discharge.

-Suppuration of mammae, burning, watery, offensive discharges.

-Drawing, forcing towards pelvis and rectum, as if menses would appear.

-Male genitalia-Irresistible desire; involuntary emissions with lascivious dreams.

-Extremities-Arms and hands become numb.

-Joints suddenly give way.

-Sometimes, sensation as if hot blood flowed into it.

-Heat between the shoulder blades, burning in spots along the spine.

-Sleep-Short naps and frequent waking.

-Short sleep ameliorates.

-Somnambulism, talking in sleep.

-Sleeps on right side, unable to sleep on left side.

-Skin-Perspiration has the odour of sulphur.

KEYNOTES of Phosphorus (Phos) :

1. Burning in spots, especially along the spine.

2. Empty, all gone sensation in chest, stomach, etc.

3. Sensation as if anus remained wide open.

4. Vomiting, water is thrown out as soon as it gets warm in stomach.

5. Nausea from placing hands in warm water.

6. Nervous, desires to be magnetized.

NUCLEUS OF REMEDY Phosphorus (Phos) :

– For tall slender persons, with sanguine temperament.

– Sensitive nature, quick perception.

Tubercular diathesis.

– Anxious; universal restlessness.

– < dark, < when left alone,< before a thunderstorm.

– Haemorrhagic tendency where blood is bright red, profuse, non-coagulable.

– Burning all over and in spots.

– Empty all gone sensation.

– Restlessness from nervous trembling.

– Tightness.


1. Burning all over and in spots.

2. Empty all gone sensation.

3. Haemorrhagic tendency. Profuse bright red, non-coagulable blood.

4. Restlessness. Weakness and prostration with nervous trembling.

5. Craves ice-cold drinks. Vomits out water as soon as it turns warm in the stomach.

CLINICAL condition of Phosphorus (Phos) :

-Anxiety, Cirrhosis, Coagulopathy, Congestive cardiac failure, Connective tissue disease, Detached retina, Diabetes, Emphysema, Epistaxis, Fibrocystic breast disease, Gastritis, Haemophilia, Hepatitis, Hypertension, Ichthyosis, Influenza, Malignancy, Multiple sclerosis, Peptic ulcer, Pharyngitis, Phobic disorders, Pneumonia, Psoriasis, Purpura, Retinal haemorrhage, Schizophrenia, Scoliosis, Tinnitus, Tuberculosis, Uterine fibroids, Uterine prolapse, valvular heart disorders, Vertigo.

-Phos in high potency, a hour or two before operation prevents surgical shock, avoids peristaltic troubles after surgery – Dr. Roberts.

Reduces apprehension before operation in children – Dr. Gibson.

-Excessive bleeding after dental extraction.

-Useful for clearing up vision after iridectomy – Dr. C.C.Boericke.

-Fear of injection – Dr. Foubister.

-One of the best antidote to Radium, X-ray of atomic radiation.

REMEDY RELATIONSHIPS with Phosphorus (Phos):

Complementary : All-c, Ars, Carb-v, Ip.

Follows Well : Ars, Bapt, Bell, Bry, Calc, Carb-v, Chin, Kali-c, Lyc, Nux-v, Puls, Rhus-t, Sep, Sil, Sulph.

Inimical : Caust.

Compare : Agar, Aloe, Alum, Ambr, Am-c, Anac, Ant-t, Apis, Ars, Bac, Bapt, Berb, Bry, Calc, Calc-p, Cann-i, Canth, Caps, Carb-v, Caust, Cham, Chin, Chin-s, Coll, Coloc, Con, Conch, Cur, Ferr, Graph, Hyos, Ign, Ind, Iod, Ip, Kreos, Lac-d, Lach, Lens-c, Luna, Lyc, Merc, Merc-c, Morph, Nat-m, Nit-ac, Nux-m, Orig, Petr, Ph-ac, Phel, Pic-ac, Plat, Psor, Puls, Rhod, Senec, Sep, Sil, Stann, Stict, Stram, Sulph, Teucr, Thuj, Tub, Valer, Zinc.

Antidoted By : Coff, Kali-perm, Ter.

It Antidotes : Camph, Iod, Nat-m, Petr, Rhus-v, Ter.

Duration Of Action : 40 Days.

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