Phosphorus is a homeopathic remedy that is derived from the chemical element phosphorus. It is used for some digestive conditions, but also a range of other common ailments. This remedy is suitable for personality types ranging from those who are sometimes anxious or nervous to those who are usually energetic, open, and sociable.
Examples of conditions for which the homeopathic remedy phosphorus is sometimes used include:
- diarrhoea (see also causes of diarrhea)
- colds and coughs with catarrh
- dry skin
- poor circulation in fingers and toes
- extreme perspiration under stress
- sore throat / hoarseness
- nausea and vomiting
- severe bleeding
Homeopathy textbooks advise that the phosphorus homeopathic remedy should not be used if the patient has a history of tuberculosis (TB).
More about the substance used to prepare phosphorus homeopathic remedy:
Phosphorus is a highly unstable chemical element. It glows in the dark and in its pure elemental form, phosphorous will ignite spontaneously in air. However, due to its high reactivity, phosphorus does not occur in nature as a free element. Its two main forms are known as 'white phosphorus' and 'red phosphorus'.
Phosphorus is important for life. Much of the phosphorus contained in the human body is found in the form of calcium phosphate in the bones. Phosphorus is also found in the teeth, brain, muscles and red blood cells. Phosphate is present in DNA, RNA, ATP, and phospholipids (which form cell membranes).
The homeopathic remedy phosphorus is prepared by dissolving pure phosphorus then applying a process of dilutions and succussions.
Homeopathic preparations are usually supplied in either liquid or pill form. Regardless of the physical form in which the remedy is taken, its preparation will have involved a series of dilutions during which the original substance was repeatedly diluted and succussed (shaken) in a solvent such as water and/or alcohol.
There are very many (over 2,000) homeopathic remedies, some of which are available from chemists and health food shops. These pages feature some of the most popular homeopathic remedies and are for general interest only: This is not medical advice. Consult a qualified homeopathic practitioner for advice about use of this and any other homeopathic remedy. Bear in mind that homeopathic remedies are very dilute; even if a homeopathic remedy is beneficial, the substance from which it is derived may be harmful.
More about Homeopathy:
- Introduction to Homeopathy
- List of pages about specific Homeopathic Remedies
- Bach Flower Remedies, including a list of the Bach Flower Remedies and the Latin names of the Bach Flower Remedies
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