Lectures on Homeopathic Materia Medica - James Tyler Kent

Natrum Phosphoricum

We are not dependent upon Schüessler alone for indications for this remedy, as we have many pathogenetic symptoms.

Schuessler’s indications were good and mostly confirmed by clinical observations. The author has given this remedy for twenty years to many patients whose nerves were in a fret from mental exertion and sexual excesses and vices.

Modalities: The symptoms are worse in the morning, EVENING, and night, and after midnight. There is marked anemia and aversion to the open air.

He is aggravated from a draft, from open cold, from becoming cold and after becoming cold, and there is a tendency to frequent taking cold.

He is worse from changes weather. Chlorosis. Aversion to bathing. Many symptoms after coition. He may be a sexual debauche.

Many symptoms come on from fasting, and he is generally ameliorated after eating aggravated from any physical exertion. His muscles are flabby, he is losing flesh.

He is disturbed by butter, cold drinks, fats, fruit, MILK, sour things and vinegar.

Formication externally and internally. There is great physical irritability, and later a marked lack of reaction. Many symptoms are aggravated from a jar, or stepping. There is marked lassitude in the morning in hot weather. desire to lie down.

Prolonged weakness from loss of fluids. Lying on left side aggravates many symptoms. Worse before and after menses. During menses the symptoms are aggravated afternoon and evening. Numbness in single parts. Orgasm of blood. Stitching, tearing pains aggravated during a thunderstorm.

Pulsation all over the body. Sensation as though a shot was forced through the arteries is a verified symptom. Oversensitive in general, and to pain. Shocks through the body, in night while awake.

Sitting aggravates. General aggravation during a thunderstorm. Tension in muscles and tendons. Trembling in thunderstorm. Twitching of muscles. Nervous and paralytic weakness aggravated in morning, and after exertion. The body smells sour (like Hepar, Sulph., Lyc.).

Mind: Anger over trifles, and complaints from vexation.

Anxiety and night; in bed; before midnight; after eating; with fear fever; about the future; about his health; on waking.

Complaints from bad news. Aversion to company. Concentration difficult. Confusion of mind in the morning; in the evening; after eating; from mental exertion; on waking.

Delusions, frightful; thinks he sees dead people; imagines; thinks he is going to have typhoid fever; hears footsteps in the next room.

Discontented, discouraged and easily distracted. Dullness of mind while reading. Mental exertion brings on many complaints.

He is very excitable. Fear at night; of impending disease; that something will happen; of misfortune; on waking.

Fears bad news. Forgetful. Easily frightened, and heedless. She is hysterical, and in a hurry. No one works fast enough suit him. Sometimes his ideas are abundant, and again deficient and his mind grows sluggish.

Impatience. He is indifferent to every thing, even to his family. A gradually increasing indolence; a mental and physical work. Irritability; in the morning menses; about trifles. Memory weak.

Times of mirthfulness. GREAT PROSTRATION OF MIND. Restless and anxious, evening and night. Sadness in evening, after emission, during fever, and from music.

He is extremely sensitive to music and noise and to his surroundings. He grows serious and silent, and sits by himself quite still for a long time. He is easily startled, from fright, from noise, on falling asleep, and during sleep.

Spells of stupefaction creep over him. His friends call him suspicious. Indisposed to talk. His thoughts wander. He is growing timid and bashful. Weeps easily. Mental work becomes impossible and he seems to be approaching imbecility.

Vertigo and head: Vertigo in the morning; aggravated from mental exertion while sitting and walking. Tendency to fall.

Congestion in the evening. Heat in head in evening, in forehead and vertex. Flushes of heat after sweat. Tension in the scalp.

Eruptions on the head of golden yellow scabs; eczema on the forehead. Fullness in forehead; over the eyes; in the morning; aggravated by, mental exertion. Heaviness of the head, and the hair falls out.

Pain in the head, morning, afternoon, evening and night, aggravated binding up the hair; after eating; must lie down; aggravated from light; lying; before, during and after menses; MENTAL EXERTION; after sour milk; motion; motion of head; noise; rising from lying; in a room, sexual excesses, after sleep; after stooping; straining eyes; during a thunderstorm; while walking; warm room; ameliorated in open air; by pressure.

The headaches are periodical, pulsating. Pain in forehead aggravated from MENTAL EXERTION; from motion; over eyes; in occiput; sides of head; temples; in vertex on waking in morning; in vertex and forehead.

The pains are bursting, cutting in temples and sides of head; drawing in head and occiput; pressing with sour slimy vomiting; pressing in forehead, outward, over eyes; pressing in occiput, and sides of occiput; pressing in temples; pressing in vertex as if it would open.

Stitching in head, in forehead, in sides of head, in temples. Stunning in head and forehead. Tearing in head. Perspiration of forehead. Pulsating in head, forehead, temples and vertex. Shocks in the head. Twitching. Uncovering the head brings on the symptoms.

Eyes: Dryness of the eyes.

Creamy yellow discharges. Heaviness of the lids. Inflammation of the eyes. Scrofulous ophthalmia, and granular lids. Itching and burning of the lids and margin of the lids.

Burning lachrymation, must rub the eyes.

Pain in the eyes, when reading. Burning and cutting. Pressing during menses. Pain as though sand in eyes. Sore, bruised feeling when reading. Stitching pain in eyes.

Paralysis of the optic nerve. Photophobia. Pupils dilated. One pupil dilated. Quivering of right eyelid while reading. Staring. Strabismus. Swollen lids. Yellow sclerotics.

Colors before the eyes, dark. Halo around the light. Dim vision for distant objects. Foggy vision; blindness.

Exertion of vision aggravates many symptoms. Flickering before the eyes morning on rising, at 5 P.M. Mist before the eyes aggravated in gaslight at 8 P.M. Myopia. Sparks before the eyes.

Ears: Eruption on the ears.

Creamy yellow crusts on the ears. Fullness in ears. Heat and redness of one ear. Itching in the ears. Lobe of right ear burning and itching, must scratch it until it bleeds. Noises in ears, with vertigo, humming, ringing, roaring, rushing, singing, whizzing.

About the author

James Tyler Kent

James Tyler Kent

James Tyler Kent (1849–1916) was an American physician. Prior to his involvement with homeopathy, Kent had practiced conventional medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He discovered and "converted" to homeopathy as a result of his wife's recovery from a serious ailment using homeopathic methods. In 1881, Kent accepted a position as professor of anatomy at the Homeopathic College of Missouri, an institution with which he remained affiliated until 1888. In 1890, Kent moved to Pennsylvania to take a position as Dean of Professors at the Post-Graduate Homeopathic Medical School of Philadelphia. In 1897 Kent published his magnum opus, Repertory of the Homœopathic Materia Medica. Kent moved to Chicago in 1903, where he taught at Hahnemann Medical College.

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