[This is the second and concluding part of the article, the first part is published in the same issue of this Journal] (Excerpted from my forth coming book)
NOTE: The rubrics quoted in this article are mostly from Radar 10 & Complete Repertory 2005, unless other-wise stated.
The Phosphorus Child
If the essential constitutional traits (mentioned earlier in Part – 1) under the Mental Makeup, Physical Makeup and General Makeup are prominent in any case, then Phosphorous works like magic even if the child is diagnosed with predominantly syphilitic affections like ADHD, OCD, MENTALLY RETARDED, RETT Syndrome etc., The Phosphorus child is sensitive to thunderstorms; likes more salt in his dishes, but aversion to eggs; likes travelling and enjoys being rubbed, (magnetized) or cuddled or dandled. The phosphorus child looks lean and delicate, suffering from loose stools, anus relaxed and oozing bloody mucus or moisture revealing tubercular diathesis. The diarrhea is ameliorated after eating ice-cream or cold food. Children suffering from bronchial catarrh seem to fear cough and want to avoid it as long as possible. The child is haunted by many fears especially of the dark, thunder and lightning. The child falls asleep easily when gently rubbed or tickled to laughing. In the clinic the eyes of the child are very alert and follow every movement of the doctor. Children who need this remedy really sit on the lap of doctor and give the doctor a kiss. (Geukens. A). A study of the following rubrics and pondering over their significance helps us in identifying the many themes of Phosphorus including genetic disorders in children. The precipitating cause of their illness in genetic disorders may be man-made disease like vaccination after effects, or birth trauma. (cord around neck etc,)
MIND – ABSENTMINDED – children
MIND – anger – temper tantrums – appeased easily
MIND – DEVELOPMENT of children – arrested
TEETH – irregular formation – lower, in a scrofulous child with mesenteric disease
MIND – DYSLEXIA
MIND – DULLNESS – understand; does not – questions addressed to her – repetition; only after
MIND – DESIRES – full of desires – everything; desire for – another person is using; which
MIND – fear – alone, being
MIND – REASSURED – easily – anxious; when
MIND – FEAR – happen, something will – parents; child is afraid something bad will happen to his
MIND – fire – wants to set things or house on
MIND – foolish behavior – children, in
MIND – IDIOCY
MIND – IMBECILITY
MIND – irritability – paralysis of spine, in malignant
MIND – impressionable, susceptible – children, in
MIND – mischievous – play tricks with their elders
MIND – rage, fury – children, in – atrophy, with
MIND – rage, fury – children, in
MIND – mischievous – play tricks with their elders
MIND – RETARDATION; mental – children
MIND – RESTLESSNESS – children, in
MIND – shrieking, screaming, shouting – brain cry
MIND – shrieking, screaming, shouting – children, in
MIND – THOUGHTS – compelling – children; in
MIND – watchfulness – movement in the vicinity or every movement of the doctor
MIND – watchfulness – children are on the lookout for every gesture
Pediatric obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
In this condition associated with fatty degeneration of liver and / or kidneys, enuresis and snoring in obese children, Phosphorus will come as the first remedy for consideration as evidenced by the following rubrics. It is all the more indicated if the mother suffered from grief during pregnancy. [i]The comments of Bhattacharjee et al. that metabolic derangements are accentuated by the presence of obesity, and further worsened by OSA, particularly during puberty and it should prompt pediatricians to proactively screen and treat obesity and OSA, rather than consider these conditions as “adult-onset” diseases, assume significance. They conclude that such change in conceptual and pragmatic approaches is integral to the effective reversal of metabolic and cardiovascular morbidities in children.
MIND – GRIEF – undermining the constitution
GENERALS – OBESITY – children; in
ABDOMEN – FATTY DEGENERATION of liver
RESPIRATION – SNORING
BLADDER – URINATION – involuntary – night – first sleep
URINE – SUGAR
TREATING GENETIC DISORDERS IN CHILDREN
A few years ago, I had a case of a 5 year old baby suffering from RETT Syndrome. It is a genetic disorder and the allopaths gave little hope of her survival. So her parents approached me to see if she can be helped by homeopathy. The child was having frequent convulsions and respiratory disorders with high fever, for which she was in and out of hospital. When she had symptom free intervals which became less and less, she looked extremely well with alert eyes and charming looks, so that it is hard for anyone who had seen her to forget her. As long as she was there in the clinic she had a commanding presence and was closely surveying everyone’s movements. She had no hemorrhagic tendency and none of other symptoms that exclusively pointed to Phosphorus. Other remedies like Plumbum given based on foot-drop, learning disabilities and loss of even recently acquired developmental skills (PRISMA) did not help the least.
One thing that is given importance in Predictive Homoeopathy is the dictum that body and mind are mirror reflections of each other and that the mind may lie, but the body never. With such a destructive syphilitic disease as RETT Syndrome, how can the baby be born quite well proportioned and with symmetrical features that belie the diagnosis? This was a question that often bothered me. Especially in RETT Syndrome children, they are healthy looking after birth and even their development in the initial months does not give any clue of the impending disorder. Even though it is a genetic disorder, it does not automatically imply that the course of disease is time bound and inevitable and uniform in all cases. The genetic disposition is like a tiger waiting to pounce upon its prey. So something more should happen in all such genetic disorders for them to precipitate their expression. Mostly such precipitating factors may be traced to vaccinations or birth trauma or health complications that the mother had in the last month or two of her pregnancy. So we need to dig into the past for minute details and chart out ‘journey of disease’ in each and every case and this aspect therefore takes precedence above all others in Predictive Homeopathy. It is only then that all the pieces of the puzzle fall into place. Our focus shifts to select a simillimum that suits the earlier picture of the patient as it existed before the development of disease. Our knowledge of the Tri-miasmatic material medica will then greatly help to find a GCS and we will not be deterred from giving a remedy like Phosphorus or Sulphur-iodatum or any other remedy that we would be tempted to rule out just because the baby does not look a mongoloid type (as in Down’s Syndrome) or like one born with syphilitic miasm.
The other problem we face in these types of cases is parents’ reluctance to refuse hospitalization for control of fits. Whatever the GCS be, it has to be allowed its action and the unhindered response of the organism for restoration of health to follow. The question that bothers us is whether the fits are to be allowed to run their course for the curative action to follow. To answer this, a case that was published in our old literature is cited below in full.
“On the 23d of May, 1840, a robust young man, 23 years old, H. H. V., from Hanover, sought relief from me on account of epilepsy, with which he had been afflicted for five years. The attacks came on every four to five weeks. Before every attack he had a shaking and a bending of the left arm, losing his consciousness. After it, headache and bilious vomiting. Even in healthy days, he frequently had to vomit after eating carrots, sour-kraut or beans. He received one dose of Sulphur 30, and two doses of Calcarea 30, and between these two doses one dose of Lycopodium 30. After this the attacks were intermittent till the end of October, when he got a sort of typhoid fever, which (owing to his distance from here) was treated allopathically. One dose of Calcarea 30, sufficed to remove this attack until April 17, 1841, when the use of liquor at a Kirmess again brought on a few attacks which were removed for another half year by a dose of Agaricus30, and following it with another of Calcarea 30. Still his condition did not remain undisturbed permanently and I had to give him every five or six months either a dose of Calcarea or Silicea 30., according to circumstances. Finally he received on March 30, 1844, a dose of Silicea 200. , after which there set in for a week a violent aggravation, so that every day he had one or two unusually strong attacks, always worse in the night, and since then he has had no more attacks up to this time, as he himself informed me in November last, and through a neighbor a short time ago” – Boenninghausen’s Lesser Writings
Following are some of the cases of children cured by Dr. Vijayakar
- Hyper-reactive Airway disease with acute respiratory distress and fungal infection in a 9 months old baby was treated initially with 4 doses of Arsenicum album 200 at intervals of a few days. After acute stage was overcome, a dose of Phosphorus 200 completed the cure. (The SIMILITUDE, July 2006).
- Blindness due to Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) was cured in a months old baby and the follow ups at the end of 1 year and 2 years show cure of blindness with just one dose of Phosphorus 200C. [ii] [Gauting 2006]
- Haematoma on forehead due to cerebral edema hypoxic injury (cord around neck) in a newborn baby treated with Crotolus-horridus 200C followed by Phosphorus.[iii] [Munich 2008]
- Neonatal respiratory distress due to Hyline-Membrane-Disorder in a new born baby was cured with Arsenicum 30C followed later on by Phosphorus 200C as the baby’s constitutional remedy. [iv] [Mahabaleswar, 2010]
Phosphorus constitutions have weak will power. It is no wonder that phosphorus will be a jack of all but master of none. His knowledge of any subject that he undertakes lacks grit and substance. He can’t pursue any vocation with devotion or dedication. However with his mesmerizing personality he escapes critical evaluation of his performance or lack of it in his job.
MIND – UNDERTAKING – many things, persevering in nothing
MIND – undertakes – things opposed to his intentions
Phosphorus patients can be easily reassured. If they happen to conclude from the extensive case taking that the homeopath is all out to take care of their health issues, soon they develop dependence on him and start to be a frequent visitor even for minor ailments of no consequence. This aspect alone may sometimes point out their remedy.
MIND – REASSURED – easily – anxious; when
MIND – DEPENDENT of others – physician; on the
These are very sympathetic people and can’t bear to hear or see suffering either on the streets or on the TV.
MIND – SYMPATHETIC
Mind – SYMPATHETIC, empathy – feels same pains as others (Murphy)
MIND – SENSITIVE – crying of children, to
MIND – HORRIBLE things, sad stories affect her profoundly
The Phosphorus adult (even from his childhood) lives by emotions and these emotions play the sole guiding factor that ultimately play havoc with their lives. They are creative and imaginative and have artistic aptitude. Even though they are intelligent, their intelligence is overruled by their predominating emotions. Their emotions are their guiding principles and make or mar a Phosphorus personality. They can make very good actors and with grand success. He is thus given to fall an easy prey for Alcoholism, sexual excesses, or whatever whims and fancies that catch their imagination. They are so easily impressionable that they may take to a vocation that ill-suits their very nature, like business for example. Even in the face of mounting losses, their colleagues can easily reassure them to invest even more vigorously to break even and then finally they find themselves in a point of no return. The phosphorus may mimic then any other personalities like Calcarea or Natrum-mur or Sepia etc., none of which will help the patient and only Phosphorus will act curatively. The following rubrics may be studied and the themes that Phosphorus runs through them will become apparent.
MIND – MAGNETIZED – easily magnetized
MIND – IMPRESSIONABLE
MIND – undertakes – things opposed to his intentions
MIND – business – averse to
MIND – BUSINESS – incapacity for
MIND – business – talks of – delirium, in
MIND – borrowing of everyone
MIND – cares, worries – full of – constitution, undermined by
MIND – shock, ailments from
GENERALITIES – weakness – impressions, from unpleasant
MIND – fear – run over, of being, on going out
With the onset of the Syphilitic miasmatic phase, the following symptoms begin to appear.
MIND – fear – panic attacks, overpowering
MIND – fear – insanity, of losing his reason
MIND – fear – happen – something will – family, to, or to him
MIND – insanity, madness – erotic
MIND – ANXIETY – conscience; anxiety of – no rest night or day, prevents lying down
MIND – DELUSIONS – obscene – action of which she had not been guilty; accuses herself of an obscene
MIND – DELIRIUM – maniacal – love, from disappointed
MIND – kill, desire to
CONFUSION OF IDENTITY
The easy impressionability of Phosphorus leads to a great many mishaps in the life of a Phosphorus constitution, because they begin to take the personality of whomever they begin to admire. But their very nature prevents them from sticking to one with loyalty and after changing many favorites and disillusioned with one and all after sometime, they begin to wonder what their own original personality is. Their introspection leads them nowhere. In such cases, we find errors of identity that may lead us to prescribe remedies like Alumina, Camphor etc. Camphor and Phosphorus share around 4600 rubrics in the repertory. Camphor bears a similar resemblance to Phosphorus not only in sublime pursuits exhibited in their source material, but also in grotesque and bizarre behavior in the provings as well. [MIND – GESTURES, makes – hands; involuntary motions of the – grasping (such as flocks or flies or noses or others)].
MIND – sensitive, oversensitive – general – external impressions, to all
GENERALITIES – weakness – impressions, from unpleasant
MIND – CONFUSION of mind – identity, as to his
MIND – DELUSIONS – identity – someone else, she is
MIND – DELUSIONS – strange – familiar things seem strange
MIND – LAUGHING – misfortune, at
MIND – LAUGHING – sad, when
MIND – love – own sex, with one of his, homosexuality, tribadism – men
MIND – love – own sex, with one of her, homosexuality, tribadism – women
PHOSPHORUS IN THE OLD
The intense nature of the phosphorus personality leaves them little time or space to stand or stare and they always feel eternally hurried and they burn the candle at both ends. Because of his charismatic nature, it is not difficult for phosphorus to assemble a circle of admirers around him. As he approaches old age, and one after the other of his sycophants begins to leave him for good, he begins to feel deserted and forlorn. Shattered in body and spirit, he makes vain efforts to get back to his formal self and may become delirious.
MIND – DELUSIONS – body – pieces – were in several pieces; he – adjusted; and could not get them
MIND – DELUSIONS – assembled things, swarms, crowds etc.
MIND – DELUSIONS – alone, being – world; alone in the
MIND – DELUSIONS – faces, sees – wherever he turns his eyes, or looking out from corners
As life’s realities begin to dawn on them, their outward behavior may undergo a sea change and in this changed condition, mimic any other polycrest like Aurum, Arsenicum, Mercury, Natrum-m or Pulsatilla etc., and none of them will bring any relief to the patient whose original constitution was Phosphorus and only Phosphorus is to be given, not withstanding a clear predominating presenting picture that points to any other remedy. The following rubrics may be studied to understand the relevant themes of this Syphilitic stage of the Phosphorus constitution.
MIND – introspection
MIND – loathing – life, of
MIND – INDIFFERENCE – loved ones, to
MIND – anxiety – conscience, of – no rest night or day, prevents lying down
MIND – DELUSIONS – island; he is happy on a distant
MIND – insanity, madness – mental exertion agg.
MIND – insanity, madness – old people, in
MIND – mistakes, making – talking – wrong – answers, gives
MIND – fear – alone, being – die, lest he
MIND – sadness – disease, about – incurable, of heart, which makes him reckless.
MIND – destructiveness – everything – she could lay hands upon
MIND – destructiveness – everything – room, in
In these types of Syphilitic cases, we need to pay special attention to the increased sensitivity of senses. Also the side affected in Psoro-syphilitic and syphilitic and sycotic conditions in a Phosphorus constitution may be right side even though in Psoric and some sycotic conditions the left side is affected. Thus he may have a tumor or some other growth (sycotic) as a result of head injury in the left hemi-sphere of his brain ultimately leading to right-side paralysis (syphilitic). In this condition Phosphorus can still effect a cure. But once cerebral hemorrhage starts, it is safe to give a satellite remedy like Crot. horridus The preferential region for the Phosphorus constitution is the left hemisphere. Damage to the region of auditory cortex may result in loss of hearing. Damage to a region of the motor association cortex in the left frontal lobe (Broca’s area) disrupts the ability to speak, while damage to the temporal lobe may result in a fluent aphasia that is called receptive aphasia (also known as Sensory aphasia and Wernicke’s aphasia). Patients suffering from receptive aphasia, unlike Broca’s aphasia patients, produce speech without any grammatical problem. However, because the Wernicke’s area which is responsible for language comprehension is damaged, receptive aphasia patients cannot convey the meaning.(from wikipedia ) Where the neurological circuits connecting the Broca’s and Wernicke’s areas get interrupted or damaged, it may result in conduction aphasia. The following rubrics point these themes in a phosphorus constitution.
GENERALS – PARALYSIS – right
GENERALS – PARALYSIS – extending to – Upward
MIND – irritability – paralysis of spine, in malignant
MIND – unconsciousness – general – dryness of tongue, with, loss of speech and hearing
MIND – ANSWERING – unintelligibly
MIND – ANSWERING – unable to answer
MIND – ANSWERING – irrelevantly
MIND – ANSWERING – incoherently
MIND – ANSWERING – disconnected
MIND – ANSWERING – difficult
MIND – answer, answering, answers – general – impossible
MIND – unconsciousness, coma – general – odors, from
MIND – recognize – does not – relatives, his
PHOSPHORUS IN PSORO-SYPHILITIC CONDITIONS
The following rubrics reflect the theme of the end stage disease conditions of a Phosphorus constitution as he begins to make his exit from this mad, mad world. Here the hitherto latent Psora joins the raging Syphilitic condition like adding fuel to the fire. The developments in this Psoro-syphilitic condition will be fast with all parameters going out of control.
However we shall refrain from exhibiting Phosphorus at this stage as it may precipitate and hasten the end earlier and it is always safe to give a satellite remedy in its place. So it is advisable to give a remedy like Crot-h for cerebral hemorrhage to contain and stabilize the patient and then later on after the raging psora is subdued, resort to Phosphorus to complete the recovery.
Similarly in severe chest affections (necrotizing pneumonia, lung collapse etc,) it is advisable to give a remedy like Arsenicum and then follow it up later on with Phosphorus or Sulphur. Kent wrote in his lectures, “Phosphorus very low will act as a poison in really Phosphorus cases and the only safety some patients have had who have received Phosphorus so very low was due to the fact that the phosphorus was not similar enough to either kill or cure. Along with these conditions comes hectic fever in the last stages of phthisis; intense fever, red face, and night sweats; fever coming on in the afternoon and lasting until after midnight. A powder of Phosphorus very high will reduce this fever and make the patient comfortable until death. In all incurable cases after the fever has been reduced, Phosphorus should not be given, as it will intensify the fever and do just what it was given to avoid.”
MIND – unconsciousness, coma – general – apoplexy, in
MIND – unconsciousness, coma – general – pneumonia, in
MIND – unconsciousness, coma – general – frequent spells, absences
MIND – unconsciousness, coma – general – dryness of tongue, with, loss of speech and hearing
MIND – unconsciousness, coma – general – delirium – after
MIND – unconsciousness, coma – general – convulsions – during
MIND – unconsciousness, coma – general – conduct, automatic
MIND – unconsciousness, coma – general – brain complaints, in
MIND – unconsciousness, coma – general – uremic coma
OTHER THEMES IN PHOSPHORUS.
Once I was perplexed by a peculiar behavior of an adult in the rest room. He was using the back of his thumbs to open or close the tap of the wash-basin and repeatedly applying soap and washing his hands, unmindful of the number of persons waiting behind him. I stepped aside and watched him further as he opened the door using the paper towel so that his hands will not come into contact with the door knob, and made fast his exit before the automatic door slowly shut behind him. I thought this is a text book case of Syphilinum for his washing mania and fear of contamination. (But the only thing that is not confirming Syphilinum was the person’s delicate face with sparkle in his eyes and his tall stature suggesting he is more of tubercular diathesis.) Next day while I was in the clinic, I searched in vain in all the Materia Medicas to see if this peculiar symptom of the person could be found in Syphilinum. Then I made a search in Radar to get a list of all rubrics that have the word ‘thumbs’. Lo & behold! I was surprised to find these two rubrics which mentions only Phosphorus! And these suggest its possible use in Carpal tunnel syndrome, provided the other symptoms agree.
MIND – DELUSIONS – thumbs, fingers are
EXTREMITIES – AWKWARDNESS – Fingers – Thumbs; as if fingers were
Since I found this condition as a concomitant in a person suffering from washing mania, I wonder if we may add this remedy, Phosphorus in the rubric for washing/ cleanness mania. The following rubrics in which Phosphorus is present seem to confirm this theme very much.
MIND – ANXIETY – conscience; of – no rest night or day, prevents lying down
MIND – DELUSIONS – vermin
MIND – DELUSIONS – vermin – seeing vermin crawl about
EXTREMITIES – washes always her hands – dry hot hands
I conclude therefore that in cases of washing/ cleanness mania in patients with a tubercular diathesis, Phosphorous is an important remedy to be considered.
To sum up there could be many themes lying out there in all polychrest remedies yet to be discovered and we have not yet harnessed even 1% of the potential uses of these remedies because of our ignorance of Tri-Miasmatic Materia Medica. The lives of our past masters like Farrington (who died of Laryngitis), Boger (who died of food poisoning from eating canned food) and a host of others could have been saved if only they had known this secret.
Following are some of the cases cured by Dr Vijayakar and his faculty in the adults and aged patients.
- Paraplegia in a 19 year old young man who already underwent two surgeries in the brain for Arachnoid cyst and Pseudomeningiocele was cured with a dose of Phosphorus 30 by Dr Prafull Borkar. (The SIMILITUDE, October 2003)
- Aplastic desmoses of muscular propia in duodenum, jejunum, and colon in a 16-year old male was cured with a dose of Phosphorus 200 by Dr. Vijayakar (The SIMILITUDE, October 2003)
- Hydronephrosis with shrunken right kidney in a 38 year old female was cured with a dose of Phosphorus 200 by Dr. Vijayakar (The SIMILITUDE, April 2004)
Phosphorous is a polychrest remedy gifted to us by Hahnemann. Its well known picture of a sophisticated patient with a tuberculine diathesis will restrict its potential use if we are not aware of the different hues in which it can present itself. Whether your patient is a saint or a sinner, a highly creative artist or a mundane businessman, Phosphorous will cure him, if it is the Genetic Constitutional Simillimum (GCS) in the case. The pathologically advanced Sycotic or Syphilitic diseases and those cases requiring stimulation of stem cells for regrowth of destroyed organs or tissues, that occur in the old or the young may miss their GCS, if the homeopath fails to dig into the past history and discover the innate characteristic traits of the individual that find expression only when the patient was as yet in a un-diseased state and these very traits get masked as the patient enters the Sycotic or Syphilitic phase and lead us astray from their correct similimum. ‘Tri-Miasmatic Materia medica’ – the brain child of Dr Prafull Vijayakar greatly empowers us to reap rich and immense benefits.
[i] ^ Bhattacharjee et al, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2938852/pdf/aasm.33.9.1133.pdf
[ii] Seminar Transcript by Renate Greissl, Gauting, July 2006. Email: praxis(at)renate-greissl.de
[iii] Seminar Transcript by Renate Greissl, Munich, November 2008. Email: praxis(at)renate-greissl.de
[iv] Seminar Transcript by Renate Greissl, Mahabaleswar 2010. Email: praxis(at)renate-greissl.de