Since these stagnated leucocytes contain albumen and fat, their fatty degeneration is rendered possible. So long as this has not actually taken place, Natrum phospiu possesses the power to free the leucocytes and thereby again enabling them to carry on their specific function. This it does by its two properties - that of emulsifying fats even if but a trace of a fatty acid is present and its capacity to take up peptonic molecules.

General Action

Diseases of infants suffering from excess of lactic acid, resulting from overfeeding with milk and sugar. Ailments with excess of acidity. Thin, moist coating; on the tongue- The soft palate also has a yellowish, creamy look. Sour eructations, sour vomiting, greenish diarrhoea, pains, spasms, and fever with acid symptoms, etc. Acts also upon the bones and glands, lungs and abdominal organs. The knowledge of its sphere of action has been much enlarged by Schussler in recent years. Small doses of Natrum phos. given subcutane-ously have been found to antidote the desire for Morphine and thus break up the habit.

Guiding Symptoms And Characteristic Indications. Mental

Anxious and apprehensive fear as if something would happen. Dull and without ambition. Imagines on waking at night that pieces of furniture are persons; that he hears footsteps in next room. Nervous, irritable, vexed at trifles.

Head And Scalp

Headaches on crown of head; on awaking in the morning, with creamy appearance at the back part of the palate, and yellow, moist tongue. Severe pain in the head as if the skull were too full, frontal or occipital, with nausea or some slimy vomiting. Intense pressure and heat on the top of the head as if it would open. Giddiness, vertigo with gastric derangements. Sickening headaches, ejection of sour froth.

Eyes

Discharge of golden-yellow, creamy matter from the eyes. Ophthalmia, discharge of yellow, creamy matter, the lids are glued together in the morning. Hypopyon. Burning lachrymation. See sparks before eyes. Squinting caused by intestinal irritation as from worms. Granular conjunctivitis, when granulations look like small blisters. Scrofulous ophthalmia. Pain over eyes. Dim sight, as if a veil were over eyes.

Ears

Ears sore, externally, burn and itch. One ear red, hot, frequently itchy, accompanied by gastric derangements and acidity.

Nose

Picking at the nose, associated with acidity of the stomach and worms. Pricking in the nares. Offensive odor before nose. Itching of nose.

Face

Red and blotched face, yet not feverish, with acidity, etc., white about nose or mouth. Facial neuralgia; shooting, stitching pain. Soreness of right lower jaw. Paleness or bluish, florid appearance of face, sour risings, etc.

Mouth

Yellow, creamy coating at the back part of the roof of the mouth. Acid taste in the mouth. Coppery taste.

Tongue

The great keynote for this remedy is the moist, creamy or golden-yellow coating at the back part of the tongue. Blisters and sensation of hairs on tip of tongue. Difficult speech.

Teeth

Grinding of the teeth in children during sleep.

Throat

The same moist, creamy or golden-yellow coating found at the base of the tongue is also found on the soft palate, tonsils and uvula. Inflammation of any part of the throat with this accompaniment calls for Natr. phos. It is also usually accompanied by an acid condition of the stomach. Diphtheritic throat, falsely so called. Sensation of a lump in the throat, worse swallowing liquids. Dropping of thick, yellow mucus from posterior nares, worse at night. Naso-pharyngeal catarrh.

Gastric Symptoms

Acidity, sour risings due to excess of lactic acid. Gastric abrasions and ulcerations. Pain after food, in one spot. Vomiting of sour fluids or of a dark-substance like coffee-grounds, sour risings, loss of appetite. Dyspepsia with characteristic eructations and tongue, sour taste in the mouth. Pain sometimes comes on two hours after taking food. Nausea and vomiting of acid fluids and curdled masses (not food). Waterbrash with acidity. Flatulence with sour risings. Colic in children with symptoms of acidity, such as green, sour-smelling stools, vomiting of curdled milk, etc. Stomachache from presence of worms. Empty, gone feeling in stomach, with feeling of weight above the ensiform cartilage. Imperfect assimilation of fats from lack of bile.

Abdomen And Stool

Habitual constipation with occasional attacks of diarrhoea in young children. Sclerosis of liver. Acts upon the glandular organs of the intestinal tract. Diar-rhcea caused by excess of acidity, stools sour-smelling, green, jelly-like masses of mucus, painful, straining, coagulated casein, scanty and frequent. Sudden urging, difficulty in retaining stool. Pain through right groin. Intestinal, long or threadworms, with characteristic symptoms of acidity or picking of the nose, occasional squinting, pain in the bowels, restless sleep, etc. Itching at the anus from worms, especially at night when warm in bed (injections of same). White or green stools, with diarrhcea and sometimes with jaundice, due to deficiency of bile. Flatulent colic. Obstinate constipation. Itching, sore and raw anus.

Urinary And Sexual Organs

Hepatic form of diabetes. Constant urging, flow intermits, requires straining. Incontinence of urine in children with acidity. Urine dark red with arthritis. Frequent micturition. Atony of bladder. Seminal emissions without dreams. Semen thin, watery. Sexual desire gone or increased with erections. Drawing in testicles and spermatic cord. Menses too early, pale, with afternoon headache over eyes, worse after menses, with sensation in knees, as if cords were shortened. Weakness and distress in the uterine region. Prolapse, with weak sinking feeling after stool. Uterine displacement with rheumatic pains. Sterility with acid secretions from the vagina. Leuc-orrhcea, discharge creamy or honey-colored or acid and watery. Sour-smelling discharges from the uterus. Excitement with sleeplessness before menses.

Pregnancy

Morning sickness with vomiting of sour masses or fluids.

Respiratory Symptoms

A useful intercurrent in catarrhal troubles associated with acidity. Phthisis florida in young subjects, with hereditary tendency to sigh, especially during menses. Consumption. Soreness of intercostal muscles and lower sternum. Pains in chest, worse from pressure and deep breathing.

Circulatory Organs

Trembling about the heart. Pains about the base of heart, relieving pain in limbs, and great toe. Palpitation, feels pulse in different parts of body. Sensation as though shot were rolling through arteries.

Back And Extremities

Crick in neck. Swelling of glands of neck. Goitre. Weak feeling in back and limbs. Legs give way while walking. Gait unsteady. Spinal anaemia, paralytic weakness of lower extremities. Inside thighs draw. Sore hamstrings. Pain in knees, ankles and shins, in hollow and ball of foot. Synovial crepitation. Arms tired. Contraction of extensor muscles on back of arm. Aching wrists. Crampy pain in hands while writing. Sore feeling in joints. Rheumatic arthritis, especially of joints of fingers, pains suddenly go the heart.

Nervous Symptoms

Irritation of the intestines by worms, sometimes causes squinting and twitching of the facial muscles. Nervousness, tired feeling, with goneness of stomach, crick in neck, trembling and palpitation. Heaviness, as if paralyzed. Prostration.

Sleep

Sleep restless with worm troubles, very drowsy, falls asleep while sitting. Sleepless from itching. Wakes easily. Sexual dreams.

Febrile Sympioms

Intermittent fever with vomiting of acid, sour masses. Acid, exceedingly sour-smelling perspirations. Feet icy-cold during the day, burn at night. Flashes of heat and headache every afternoon.

Skin

Chafing of the skin. Eczema with symptoms of acidity, secretion creamy, honey-colored. Erythema. "Rose rash," golden-yellow scabs. Secretions yellow, like honey, and cause soreness of skin. Crusta lactea. Hives, itching all over body, like iusect bites. Much itching at ankle joints with eczematous eruption.

Tissues

Exudations and secretions yellow, honey-colored. Leucaemia. Swelling of lymphatic glands before hardening. Marasmus of children. In bone diseases, to favor deposit of phosphate of lime. Scrofula; its specific action upon glands tends to dissolve the morbidly formed products. Leucocycosis. Rheumatic arthritis.

Modalities

Some of the pains of this remedy were aggravated during a thunderstorm; during menstruation many symptoms have an afternoon and evening aggravation.

Homoeopathic Data

Proved under supervision of Dr. E. A. Farrington. The record of the proving is found in Allen's Encyclopedia, vol, x, first published in Hahnemannian Monthly, vol. xii. An excellent symptomatology of the drug is found in Allen's Handbook and Hering's Guiding Symptoms, vol. viii.

Administration

Schu'ssler recommends the 6x, either in trituration or in dilution. It may also be used as an injection in worm troubles. Dr. Morgan prefers infrequent doses of the 30th potency. The higher and highest potencies have also been employed with success.

Relationship

As a remedy for scrofulosis with similar "acid" symptoms compare Calc. carb. In gastric catarrhal affections it is to be compared with Calcar., Kali carb., Nux, Coccul., Carbo, Carbol. ac. As a remedial agent for children, for whom Natr. phos, is pre-eminently the remedy, where these acid conditions of stomach and bowels are frequent, compare Rheum, where the whole body, but especially the stool of the little patient, smells sour. It is interesting to note the association of the peculiar Natr. phos. gastric symptoms, so frequently verified clinically, and the symptoms of gout developed in the provings. Remembering the peculiar gouty dyspepsia, we may have in Natr. phos. a most useful remedy. Compare here Colchic, Bens, ac, Guaiac, Lycop., Sulphur. In itching all over, compare Dolichos, Urtica, Sulphur, etc.