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Calcarea Phosphorica | Materia Medica by John Henry Clarke

Calcarea Phosphorica

Calcarea Phosphorica | Materia Medica by John Henry Clarke

Phosphate of Lime. Tricalcic Phosphate. Ca3 2PO4. A mixture of the basic and other phosphates of lime, made by dropping dilute phosphoric acid into lime water. Trituration.

Clinical.-Anaemia. Ankles, weak. Back, weakness of. Bones, affections of. Brain-fag. Bright’s disease. Cholera infantum. Chorea. Consumption. Cretinism. Debility. Dentition. Diabetes. Dyspepsia. Emissions. Enuresis. Epilepsy. Erotomania. Face, boils on. Fistula. Fracture. Gleet. Gonorrhoea. Headaches. Hernia. Hydrocele. Hygroma. Joints, affections of. Leucorrhoea. Lumbago. Nymphomania. Phosphaturia. Rheumatism. Rickets. Self-abuse. Spermatorrhoea. Spina bifida. Stiff-neck. Strabismus. Testicles, swollen. Throat, sore. Tobacco habit. Tonsils, enlarged. Uterus, prolapsus of; polypus of. Yawning.

Characteristics.-Calc. Phos., whilst exhibiting strong points of resemblance with Calc. carb., has nevertheless a very distinct individuality. It has been proved and tested clinically, and, having been adopted by Schüssler as his leading “antisporic,” a number of valuable indications have been added by him and his followers. The Calc. phos. patient is generally emaciated instead of fat like the typical Calc. carb. child. The Calc. ph. patient is less chalky-white and more dirty-white or brownish than the Calc. c. patient. Both have large abdomens, but that of the Calc. Phos. patient is flabby. Calc. c, has craving for eggs; Calc. Phos. for salt or smoked meats. “Craving for fat bacon” in children is a well-verified characteristic of Calc. phos. Calc. ph. has cured dyspepsia, pain > for a short time by raising wind, when fasting the pain goes to the spine, feeling as if one ought to raise wind and could not. Dyspepsia with indescribable distress in region of stomach, only temporarily > by eating. The stools of Calc. phos. are green and slimy, or hot and watery with fetid flatus; of Calc. carb., sometimes green, generally watery, white, and mixed with curds. Calc. carb. has an open anterior fontanelle; Calc. Phos. has both open, especially the posterior. The skull is thin and soft, almost cracks, like paper when pressed upon.

The mental state of Calc. ph. is one of weakness: weak memory; inability for mental exertion. Hence it is appropriate in effects of mental strain, such as school headaches in children, weak-minded children. In this it is like Nat. m. A schoolboy to whom I was giving Calc. ph. developed these new symptoms: “Tongue thickly coated white, taste pasty; felt absolutely silly; taking coffee whilst playing a game, he put the sugar on the draught-board instead of into the cup, and didn’t know he had done anything foolish.” Peevish and fretful. Wants to be at home, and when at home wants to go out; goes from place to place. Complaints are < when thinking of them. The sexual organs are the centre of many symptoms. Nymphomania; all organs in erection with irresistible desire, particularly before catamenia. Voluptuous feeling, as if all the parts were filled with blood; pulses in all the parts with increased desire; after urination. Many of the uterine symptoms are like those of Sepia. There is a weak, sinking sensation in the hypogastrium, and sinking, empty feeling in epigastrium; prolapsus < during stool or micturition. Aching in uterus. Cutting through to sacrum. Cream-like leucorrhoea. Burning in vagina with pain on both sides of bladder and uterus; burning like fire up into chest. Flushes of heat and faintness; sweats easily. But the menses are profuse, and the patient is weak and consumptive. She has partial profuse sweats, but less profuse than those of Sepia. Every exposure increases the rheumatic pains of Calc. ph. and the uterine distress. Defective bone growth; bones thin and brittle. It is useful in cases of fistula; and when fistula has been operated on and symptoms have appeared elsewhere; fistula alternating with chest symptoms. Enlargement of tonsils, acute and chronic. Short breath. Involuntary sighing. Contraction of chest and difficult breathing; evening till 10 p.m., > lying down, < getting up. Constant stretching and yawning. Crying out in sleep. Cannot get awake in morning. Grauvogl considered it the most important remedy in chronic hydrocephalus, and he very properly gave it as a prenatal remedy during pregnancy to women who had previously borne hydrocephalic children. The chills of Calc. ph. strike upward. Hering gives: “The chills run up the back; terrible muscular jerks in body, which almost throw him out of his chair.”

Calc. Phos. corresponds to defective nutrition, whether of childhood, puberty, or of old age. Predisposition to glandular and bone diseases. Slow development of teeth. Spinal curvature. Slow walking; neck too thin and weak to support head. Rickets. Diabetes when the lungs are affected. Motion < and rest > most symptoms. < When thinking of his symptoms. A slight draught causes rheumatic pains; every cold causes pains in joints and sutures. Changes of weather, especially when the snow melts, or in east winds lying down; < when getting up.-Obstinate pain through lower l. lung and l. hypochondrium (uterine disease).-Burning sensation in chest from below up into throat.-Sharp pain like an instrument through end of sternum.-Cracking in sternum.

19. Heart.-Sharp cutting pain, shooting in heart region interrupting breathing.-Dropsy from heart disease.

20. Neck and Back.-Rheumatic pain and stiffness of neck with dulness of head; from slight draught of air.-Cramp-like pain in neck first one side then the other (r. to l.).-Throbbing or jerking pains below scapula.-Violent pain in region of back when making the least effort.-Backache and uterine pains.-Sharp pains in sacrum and coccyx.-Soreness as if separate in sacro-iliac synchondrosis.-Curvature of the spine to the left; lumbar vertebrae bend to the left; spina bifida.

21. Limbs.-Aching in all the limbs with weariness.-Pains flying about, in all parts of rump and limbs after getting wet in rain.-Extensors more affected than flexors.

22. Upper Limbs.-Rheumatic pains in shoulder and arm, also with swelling of the diseased part and febrile heat.-Ulcerative pain esp. in roots of finger nails of r. hand; and in middle finger.-Gouty nodosities.-Soreness, torpor, and paralysis of the (l.) arm.-Paralysis of the joints of the hand and of the fingers, esp. in the thumbs, sometimes from a chill.

23. Lower Limbs.-Buttocks and back “asleep,” with a sensation of uneasiness.-Lower limbs fall asleep; restless; anxious feeling; has to move them to jump out of carriage; also at night.-Abdomen, sacrum, and lower limbs asleep; cannot rise from seat.-Cramp in calves; on a small spot inside, when walking.-Legs tired, weak, restless, crawling, tingling.-Pains above knee.-Pains in joints and bones, esp. shin bones.

24. Generalities.-Large pedunculated polypi; copper-coloured face, full of pimples; tongue swollen.-Rheumatic pains of all kinds.-Pains in different parts of the body, proceeding along the muscles into the joints.-Rheumatism which gets well in summer and becomes bad again in cold weather.-The loins, knees, and thumbs are principally affected.-Veins swollen.-Burning itching over the whole body.-Ulcers.-Caries.-Weariness, when going upstairs; wants to sit down; hates to get up.-Ill-humour, and aversion to labour.-On every little cold she is much worse.-Sensations frequently on small spots.-Children do not learn to walk, or lose the ability; lose flesh.-Pains along sutures or at symphyses.-Flabby, shrunken, emaciated children.-Soreness of tendons when flexing or extending.-The heat of the room appears insupportable.

26. Sleep.-Constant stretching and yawning.-Cannot awake in early morning.-Sleep, early in the evening, with frequent waking during the night.-Restlessness for two or three hours after midnight.-Frequent dreams, sometimes with reflections, dreams of dangers and fires.-Transient, frequent shuddering.-Starting from sleep as from fright.

27. Fever.-Frequent creeping shiverings.-Copious night sweats, on single parts.

Calcarea Phosphorica | Materia Medica by John Henry Clarke

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