Kali phosphoricum belongs to the mineral kingdom. It is a tubercular remedy. The central feeling of Kali phosphoricum is: “I am not loved by the very family (or group) on whom I depend for support”. It is like the situation of a woman who has to take care of her children single-handedly, while her husband, on whom she depends for support, is always travelling. He is never there for her.
She feels unloved and neglected. She feels that she is not getting the support she needs from her family. If this situation persists and she has difficulties in coping, she can become nervous and sensitive, affected by trifles, she can be always edgy, and gets startled by the slightest of sounds.
She is tremendously anxious for the children and apprehensive about their health and about the future. On the other hand, she may become irritable towards her husband and children. She is angry with them because they don’t support her; she could become indifferent towards them and manage to be quite independent.
Her mind is full of thought and activity, and she develops insomnia (Kali phosphoricum is one of the main remedies for insomnia). Ultimately, she becomes tired and worn out. Her senses become dull and she cannot use her mind anymore. Hence Kali phosphoricum is found under the rubric: “Work seems to drive him crazy, owing to the impotency of his mind.”
When coped up, Kali phosphorus persons are friendly, especially to outsiders, cheerful, expressive, sympathetic and caring for others. They can be independent and still very supportive of their family and cooperative. Kali phosphoricum patients can have very frightening dreams.
One patient narrated a dream where a tiger was knocking at the door of her house, while she was alone with her children, and her husband was away. She had to protect her children all by herself. This dream shows the extreme anxiety of Kali, and a very important Phosphorus feature, caring for others.
Another Kali phosphorus situation would be that of a businessman who finds that he has been let down by his partners suddenly, and he is left to face things all by himself. He doesn’t have the support he so desperately needs. He tries his best to manage the business by himself, but soon gets worn out.
- Weakness, fagged out, paralytic weakness.
- Oversensitive physical states.
- Chilly patients.
- Careworn look on the face.
- Hungry soon after eating.
- Craves sweets.
- Ailments from cares, worries.
- Sleeplessness, cares, from, daily.
- Starting, touched when.
- Starting, fright from, and as from.
- Starting, noise, from, touched, when.
- Fear, alone, of being.
- Restless during mental labour.
- Aversion to husband.
- Clinging, held wants to be.
- Businessman, worn out.
- Prostration of mind.
- Anxiety, fear, with.
- Anxiety, health, about.
- Anxiety, future, about.
- Delusions, images frightful.
- Excitement, excitable, mental work, from.
- Exertion from mental aggravates.
- Fear, happen, something will.
- Memory, weakness of.
- Senses, dullness of.
- Work seems to drive him crazy owing to the impotency of his mind.
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