Gastric Symptoms

Sensitive to acids and averse to coffee. Craves sugar. Hiccough with retching day and night. Obstinate singultus, causing long lasting soreness. Regurgitation of food. Burning, tasteless eructations, better drinking hot water. Heartburn. Gastralgia, with clean tongue, relieved by warmth and bending double. Pain worse from touch at epigastrium and renewed by drinking cold water. Spasms or cramps in the stomach, pain as if a band were tightly laced around the body. Flatulent distension of stomach with constrictive pain. Flatulent dyspepsia. Nausea and vomiting.

Abdomen. Enteralgia

Flatulent colic forcing patient to bend double, relieved by rubbing, warmth, pressure, accompanied with belching of gas which gives no relief. Incarcerated flatulence; rumbling and belching. Flatulent colic of children and the newborn. Abdominal pains cause great restlessness, radiate from navel, often accompanied by a watery diarrhoea. Cannot lie on back stretched out, has to lie bent over. Bloated, full sensation in abdomen; must loosen clothing, walk about and constantly pass flatus.

Stool

Diarrhcea, watery, with vomiting and cramps in calves; with chilliness and pain in stomach. Stools expelled with force. Dysentery, with cramp-like pains, spasmodic retention of urine; cutting, lightning-like pains in hemorrhoids, so severe as to cause fainting; mast severe in rectum and abdomen. Pain in rectum with every stool. Pain with prolonged spasm of abdominal muscles. Constipation of infants, with spasmodic pain at every attempt at stool, indicated by sharp, shrill cry; much gas and rumbling and flatulent colic.

Urinary And Sexual Organs

Constant urging to urinate when standing or walking. Spasm of the bladder; child passes large quantities of urine; spasmodic urinary complaints; spasmodic retention; spasm of the neck of the bladder; painful urging. Nocturnal enuresis from nervous irritation. Vesical neuralgia after use of catheter. Deficiency or excess of phosphates. Gravel. Sexual desire increased.

Female

Menstrual Colic; pain precedes flow; intermittent, worse on right side, great relief from heat. Ovarian neuralgia, worse on right side. Vaginismus. Ovaritis. Membranous dysmenorrhea. (Has cured a number of cases.) Menses too early, with dark, fibrinous, stringy flow. Swelling of external parts.

Pregnancy

Spasmodic labor pains, with cramps in the legs, crampy pains, excessive expulsive efforts. Puerperal convulsions (intercurrent). Relaxes contracted litems. Retained placenta.

Respiratory System

Asthma when flatulence is troublesome. Spasmodic closure of the windpipe, with sudden, shrill voice, constriction of the chest. Persistent semi-chronic cough of a pseudo-catarrhal, nervous character. True spasmodic cough, coming on in paroxysms without expectoration; convulsive fits of nervous cough ending in a whoop; whooping cough; spasmodic cough at night, with difficulty in lying down. Darting pains in the chest, more on right side, which radiate from pain in bowels. Oppression of chest, shortness of breath. Constriction of chest and throat, with spasmodic, dry, tickling cough.

Circulatory Organs

Angina pectoris, neuralgic spasms (better given in hot water); nervous palpitation of the heart when spasmodic.

Neck And Back

Sore pain in lower part of back, in neck and small of back. Acute, boring, darting, neuralgic pains in any part of the back. Shifting pains; intercostal neuralgia. Dorsal spine very painful and sensitive to touch.

Extremities

Darting pains in shoulders and arms, worse in right. Joints painful. Involuntary shaking of the hands.

Paralysis agitans. Tingling sensations. Neuralgia in lower limbs, at night, mostly with spasmodic muscular contractions; legs ache after getting in bed. Sensation in limbs like a shock of electricity, followed by muscular soreness. Cramps in calves. Sciatica with excruciating, spasmodic pains. Violent pains in acute rheumatism of the joints (as intercurrent during rheumatic fever). Deficiency in locomotive power. Feet very tender. Pains are aggravated by the slightest touch.

Nervous Symptoms

Nutrition and function remedy for the nerve tissues. Languid, tired exhausted, unable to sit up. Alcoholism. Nightly neuralgias, with spasmodic muscular contractions. Spasms from idiopathic affections of motor nervous tissues. Twitchings all over body during waking hours. Lightning-like pains. Convulsions with stiffness of the limbs or of the body, fingers clenched, thumbs drawn in. Singultus. Chorea, involuntary movements and contortions of the limbs. Epilepsy resulting from vicious habits, spasms, stiffness of limbs, clenched fists and teeth. Paralysis agitans, trembling of hands, limbs, or shaking of head. Paralysis of nerve fibres. Writer's cramp. Piano or violin player's cramp. Tetanic spasms, lock-jaw (rub it into the gums). Convulsive sobbing.

Sleep

Spasmodic yawning. Insomnia from exhaustion or lack of brain nutrition. Drowsiness. Sleep disturbed by troublesome dreams, by pain in occiput and back of neck.

Febrile Symptoms

Intermittent fever with cramps in the calves. Chilliness after dinner, in evening, about 7 P. M. Chills run up and down the back with shivering; are followed by a suffocating sensation. Severe chills about 9 A. M. Bilious fever. Profuse sweat.

Skin

Burning and stinging pain in bunions and corns. Barber's itch; herpetic eruption with white scales. Boils. Rash like insect bites; worse about knees, ankles and elbows.

Tissues

Spasms and neuralgias. Nervous asthma. Spasm of glottis. Chorea. Tetanus. Bad effects from injurious stimulants.

Modalities

All the pains of this remedy ally worse on the right side, from cold, cold air, draught of air, cold washing and from touch. They are always relieved by warmth, heat, pressure, bending double, and friction.

Homoeopathic Data

Since its introduction by Schussler this magnificent remedy has been proved by Drs. W. P. Wessel-hoeft, J. A, Garni and other members of the I. H. A., by which the main indications of Schussler were verified and others added, thus giving us a polychrest of the highest order. All the provings have been arranged systematically by Dr. H. C. Allen, and published in the Medical Advance, December, 1889. The foregoing symptomatology contains all that seemed to us reliable and worthy of preservation. A resume of its symptoms is also given in Hering's Guiding Symptoms, vol. vii.

Administration

Schussler recommends the 6x trituration, and adds that it acts best when given in hot water. Many practitioners have verified this valuable hint, and found also that in case of failure with this preparation, the lower potencies, such as the first and second, would cure. In colic, Dr. J. C. Morgan advises the 30X in water, and frequent doses. But in view of the really surprising and apparently wholly trustworthy results obtained by the provcrs with the high and highest potencies, we would recommend these should the lower fail.

Relationship

Magma, phos, has won its greatest laurels in the treatment of nervous affections, neuralgias especially. Here, in a general way, it finds another tissue remedy with which it shares the honors. This is Kali phos., which is more truly the nutritive brain remedy, and clinically corresponds more to paretic affections, while Magnes. phos. does more to spasmodic affections. The general modality differs, too, Kali phos. having amelioration by cold applications. In studying the action of this drug, we find the most striking resemblance in the colic and other neuralgic symptoms with Colocynth. and it certainly is a suggestive and interesting fact that Colocynth. contains 3 per cent. of Magnes. phos. The flatulent colic reminds also of Dioscorea. Another near relative is Gehem. The provings of both show a close correspondence in the mixture of spasmodic and paretic symptoms, hence their successful employment in hysteria, hypochondriasis and spinal irritation. The chill up and down the back are common to both.

Naturally enough come into this physiological group Ignat. and Nux mosch., which compare especially in the flatulent symptoms of both and the spasmodic of Ignat. In spasms Magnes. phos. is like Be//ad., and follows it frequently, should it fail and the patient present the dilated pupils, staring eyes and starting at slightest noise. In strabismus, if caused by worms, compare Natrum phos.; in watery secretions, diarrhoea, etc., Natrum mur.; in epilepsy, Kali mur., Calc. phos., and Silicea; affections of the right side of the body, Bellad., Bryon., Chelid., Kali carb., Lycop., Podoph. The violent pains remind of Bellad., Stramon.; the shifting, rapidly changing of Puis., Kali sulph., Lac can.; the squeezing, constricting sensation of Cactus, Calc,, Jod. and Sulph. The menstrual and labor-pains resemble Viburn,, also Pulsat., but, unlike this, are better by heat. Cinticif. has much similarity here, but its pains are more steady, those of Magnes. phos. more spasmodic. Again, the pains of Magnes. pkos. seem to be more in the deeper structures - ovaries, fundus; those of Cimicif. more in the ligamentous (A. P. Davis.) In membranous dysmenorrhcea remember Borax and Acetic acid and Vibum. op.

Among plants containing Magnes. phos. may be mentioned Lobelia, Symphytum, Stramon. and Viburn., which probably explains the presence of similar symptoms. In the nightly neuralgic pains relieved by heat compare also Ars.; and its action on the nervous system generally compare Zinc.

Antidotes

Bellad., Gelsem., Lachesis.