Phosphate of Iron – In the early stages of febrile conditions, it stands midway between sthenic activity of Aconite and Bell, and the asthenic sluggishness and torpidity of Gels.
The typical Ferr phos subject is not full blooded and robust, but nervous, sensitive, anaemic with the false plethora and easy flushing of Ferrum. Prostration marked; face more active than Gels. The superficial redness never assumes the dusky hue of Gels. Pulse soft and flowing; no anxious restlessness of Acon.
Susceptibility to chest troubles. Bronchitis of young children. In acute exacerbation of tuberculosis, a fine palliative of wonderful power. Corresponds to Grauvogl’s Oxygenoid Constitution, the inflammatory, febrile, emaciating, wasting consumptive.
The remedy for first stage of all febrile disturbances and inflammations before exudation sets in; especially for catarrhal affections of the respiratory tract. Ferr phos. 3x increases hemoglobin. In pale, anaemic subjects, with violent local congestions. Haemorrhages, bright from any orifice.
Head.–Soreness to touch, cold, noise jar. Rush of blood to head. Ill effects of sun-heat. Throbbing sensation. Vertigo. Headache better cold applications.
Eyes.–Red, inflamed, with burning sensation. Feeling as of sand under lids. Hyperaemia of optic disc and retina, with blurred vision.
Ears.–Noises. Throbbing. First stage of otitis. Membrana tympani red and bulging. Acute otitis; when Bellad fails, prevents suppuration.
Nose.–First stage of colds in the head. Predisposition to colds. Epistaxis; bright red blood.
Face.–Flushed; cheeks sore and hot. Florid complexion. Facial neuralgia; worse, shaking head and stooping.
Throat.–Mouth hot; fauces red, inflamed. Ulcerated sore throat. Tonsils red and swollen. Eustachian tubes inflamed. Sore throat of singers. Subacute laryngitis with fauces inflamed and red (2x). After operations on throat and nose to control bleeding and relieve soreness. First stage of diphtheria. Ranula in vascular, sanguine constitutions.
Stomach.–Aversion to meat and milk. Desire for stimulants. Vomiting of undigested food. Vomiting of bright red blood. Sour eructations.
Abdomen.–First stage of peritonitis. Haemorrhoids. Stools watery, bloody, undigested. First stage of dysentery, with much blood in discharges.
Urinary.–Urine spurts with every cough. Incontinence. Irritation at neck of bladder. Polyuria. Diurnal enuresis.
Female.–Menses every three weeks, with bearing-down sensation and pain on top of head. Vaginismus. Vagina dry and hot.
Respiratory.–First stage of all inflammatory affections. Congestions of lungs. Haemoptysis. Short, painful tickling cough. Croup. Hard, dry cough, with sore chest. Hoarseness. Expectoration of pure blood in pneumonia (Millefol). Cough better at night.
Heart.–Palpitation; pulse rapid. First stage of cardiac diseases. Short, quick, soft pulse.
Extremities.–Stiff neck. Articular rheumatism. Crick in back. Rheumatic pain in shoulder; pains extend to chest and wrist. Whitlow. Palms hot. Hands swollen and painful.
Sleep.–Restless and sleepless. Anxious dreams. Night sweats of anaemia.
Fever.–Chill daily at 1 pm. All catarrhal and inflammatory fevers; first stage.
Modalities.–Worse, at night and 4 to 6 pm; touch, jar, motion, right side. Better, cold applications.
Relationship.–Compare: (Oxygenoid Constitution. Acon; China; Arsenic; Graphit; Petrol). Ferrum pyrophosph (congestion of brain and headache following great loss of blood; tarsal cysts); Acon; Gelsem; China.
Dose.–Third to twelfth potency.
Written by William Boericke (1849 - 1929) and published first in his book "Materia Medica" (1901) William Boericke was an Austrian-born American physician who became a influential exponent of homeopathy. He is also known as an academic writer, publisher, medical school professor and owner of several pharmacies.