Best suited to persons of originally strong constitutions, who have become debilitated by loss of vital fluids, sexual excesses ( Cinchona ); violent acute diseases; chagrin, or a long succession of moral emotions, as grief, care, disappointed affection.
Ailments: from care, chagrin, grief, sorrow, homesickness ( Ignatia ); sleepy, disposed to weep; night-sweats towards morning.
Pale sickly complexion, eyes sunken and surrounded by blue margins.
Mild yielding disposition ( Pulsatilla ).
Is listless, apathetic; indifferent to the affairs of life; prostrated and stupefied with grief; to those things that used to be of most interest, especially if there be debility and emaciation.
Delirium: muttering, unintelligible; lies in a stupor, or a stupid sleep, unconscious of all that is going on around him; when aroused is fully conscious, answers slowly and correctly and relapses into stupor.
In children and young people who grow too rapidly ( Calcarea , Calcarea phosphorica ); pains in back and limbs as if beaten.
Headache: crushing weight on vertex, from long lasting grief or exhausted nerves; in occiput and nape; usually from behind forward, < by least motion, noise, especially music, > lying ( Bryonia , Gelsemium , Silicea ).
Headache of school girls from eye-strain or overuse of eyes ( Calcarea phosphorica , Natrum mur. ); of students who are growing too fast.
Patient trembles, legs weak, stumbles easily or makes missteps; weak and indifferent to the affairs of life.
Interstitial inflammation of bones, scrofulous, sycotic, syphilitic, mercurial; periosteum inflamed, pains burning, tearing, as if scraped with a knife ( Rhus ); caries, rachitis, but not necrosis; growing pains.
Boring, drawing, digging pains in nerves of extremities; neurosis is stump after amputations ( Cepa. ).
Diarrhoea: painless; not debilitating; white or yellow; watery; from acids; involuntary, with the flatus ( Aloe , Natrum mur. ); choleric, from fear.
Urine: looks like milk mixed with jelly-like, bloody pieces; decomposes rapidly; profuse urination at night of clear, watery urine, which forms a white cloud at once (phosphates in excess, nerve waste).
Onanism; when patient is greatly distressed by the culpability of the act (compare Dioscorea , Staphysagria ).
Emissions: frequent, profuse, debilitating; after coitus; most desire, after; several in one night; abashed, sad, despair of cure (with irresistible tendency to masturbate, Ustilago ).
Chest; weak from talking or coughing ( Stannum ); in phthisis; nervous from loss of vital fluids, too rapid growth, depressing mental emotions.
Cerebral typhoid or typhus; complete apathy and stupor; takes no notice, “lies like a log,” utterly regardless of surrounding; intestinal haemorrhage, blood dark.
Relations. – Compare: Phosphorus , Pulsatilla , Pic. ac. , Silicea ; Acid Muriaticum in typhoid; Nit. sp. d. in apathetic stupor and delirium.
Phosphorus ac. acts well before or after Cinchona in colliquative sweats, diarrhoea, debility; after Nux in fainting after a meal.
Aggravation. – From mental affections; loss of vital fluids, especially seminal; self abuse; sexual excesses; talking causes weakness in chest ( Stannum ). Amelioration.