FERRUM PHOSPHORICUM

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Homeopathic remedy Ferrum Phosphoricum from A Manual of Homeopathic Therapeutics by Edwin A. Neatby, comprising the characteristic symptoms of homeopathic remedies from clinical indications, published in 1927.

      Fe2(PO4)2. This salt is insoluble: the lower attenuations must therefore be triturations, above 12x dilutions.

PATHOGENESIS.

      FERRUM PHOSPHORICUM has the general characteristics of ferrum metallicum but the combination of phosphorous with the iron give it a symptomatology in some respects different. The difference are in the direction of making it more definitely inflammatory than ferrum, in increasing the tendency to haemorrhages, which are of a bright red colour, and in giving it wider and intenser action on the respiratory system.

THERAPEUTICS.

      It has accordingly acquired a reputation as a remedy for the first stage of inflammatory diseases before exudation has taken place. In these conditions it takes a place midway between the sthenic fevers of aconite and the low fevers of gelsemium. If a mucous membrane is the s34eat if an inflammation the fact that the discharge is blood-streaked would make one think of ferrum phosphoricum. Thus it is indicated in the watery blood-tinged stools, without tenesmus of acute diarrhoea and cholera infantum; in the first stage of pneumonia before consolidation, when the expectoration is streaked with blood; in pleurisy with high fever, dry cough and rapid pulse; in acute bronchitis and in common coryza. The rapid pulse and bloody discharges are the indicating features. The pulse is less tense than that of aconite and more tense than that of gelsemium. It has been useful in otitis and mastoiditis.

The hyperaemic headaches associated with the menses come before and not after the period, as is the case with ferrum.

LEADING INDICATIONS

      (1) First stage of inflammations with blood-streaked discharges.

(2) Rapidity of pulse and high temperature.

(3) Anaemic, fair, florid, emotional people.

AGGRAVATION

      Generally the same as those of ferrum, but rest relieves more and moving slowly about relieves less and the midnight aggravation is less marked.

About the author

Edwin Awdas Neatby

Edwin Awdas Neatby 1858 – 1933 MD was an orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy to become a physician at the London Homeopathic Hospital, Consulting Physician at the Buchanan Homeopathic Hospital St. Leonard’s on Sea, Consulting Surgeon at the Leaf Hospital Eastbourne, President of the British Homeopathic Society.

Edwin Awdas Neatby founded the Missionary School of Homeopathy and the London Homeopathic Hospital in 1903, and run by the British Homeopathic Association. He died in East Grinstead, Sussex, on the 1st December 1933. Edwin Awdas Neatby wrote The place of operation in the treatment of uterine fibroids, Modern developments in medicine, Pleural effusions in children, Manual of Homoeo Therapeutics,

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