The homeopathic remedy Ferrum phosphoricum is obtained from iron phosphate, a bluish-gray powder insoluble in water and soluble in acids. Ferrum phosphoricum is one of the Schussler salts, useful in the early stages of inflammation. The homeopathic remedy is then prescribed at the initial stage of an inflammatory process.
Iron phosphate: what is it
Iron phosphate is the iron(III) salt of phosphoric acid. In nature, a source of iron phosphate is Vivianite, a mineral that covers the fossilized remains of fish and bones.
Ferric phosphate is one of the few molluscicides approved by the European Commission in organic farming because, unlike the old metaldehyde, the plant protection drug used in the fight against snails, is not toxic to domestic or wild animals. If not ingested by snails, iron phosphate enriches the soil by fertilizing it.
It is also used in the production of steel and ferrous metals because once it has bonded to the surface of the metal, iron phosphate prevents further oxidation of the metal itself. This phosphate is also present in the Iron Column of Delhi dating back to 423 d.C., despite having been exposed for 1600 years to the monsoon climate does not present rust precisely because the iron phosphate defends it from corrosion.
Ferric phosphate coatings are used as a base coating in paints to increase adhesion to the ferrous substrate.
Ferrum phosphoricum: homeopathic remedy and properties
The homeopathic remedy Ferrum phosphoricum is prepared by initial shredding on lactose and subsequent dilution and dynamization. The experimentation on healthy and sensitive subjects has shown a pathogenesis similar, although more nuanced, to that of Ferrum mettalicum as regards the anemic, hemorrhagic and localized congestion action and a more marked inflammatory activity, probably linked to the presence of phosphorus.
Ferrum phosphoricum is a remedy for antiphlogistic and antipyretic activity that is traditionally used in the following cases:
- aqueous discharges associated with aerophagia;
- hyperinflux of blood to the cephalic district (congestion), is effective especially in the inflammatory processes of the upper respiratory tract and in bronchopneumonia;
- blood losses associated with asthenia and sweating;
- rheumatic processes affecting the humerus and affecting the deltoid muscle, associated with inflammation and fever;
- inflammation of the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract and continuous coughing after exposure to cold;
- pulmonary tuberculosis with febrile and subfebrile temperature;
- inflammatory processes at their onset, febrile and congestive states, bronchitis, bronchopneumonia, pneumonia;
- urinary incontinence, enuresis even diurnal.
In essence, Ferrum phosphoricum is particularly effective in the treatment of inflammation in the initial state, especially in the respiratory tract accompanied by low fever with associated asthenia.
The homeopathic remedy Ferrum phosphoricum for fever
Fever is a sudden increase in body temperature, it is a signal that the body is trying to control abnormal phenomena usually of an infectious nature.
The flu syndrome for example, which is accompanied by fever, is a condition triggered by seasonal viruses to which the body responds with an increase in temperature such as to neutralize the action of viruses. If the normal body temperature is between 36 and 37.2 degrees Celsius, when a fever occurs, it rises. Generally fever itself is not dangerous, except at temperatures that exceed 40 degrees Celsius. Particularly for children and infants, too high a body temperature can have very serious consequences.
In case of fever it is also possible to resort to Homeopathy, whose goal is to modulate the fever, not to suppress it. There are several remedies indicated in the various febrile types: it will therefore be necessary to choose a remedy that is suitable for the type of fever and for the patient, based on the symptomatology.
Ferrum phosphoricum, for example, is a remedy for fevers on 38 ° C: the subjects for whom it is indicated move as if they did not feel it and the children play and naturally carry out their activities despite the fever. They often complain of irritative cough with pectoral burning and sore throat.
Ferrum phosphoricum: constitutional type
The constitutional type Ferrum phosphoricum has, in general, pale complexion and dark circles. He is slender and his skin reddens easily. They are people who are not very resistant to physical fatigue or intellectual effort. These are subjects who tend to be shy, often anxious with occasional episodes of talkative excitement.
Here are their clinical features:
- intellectual asthenia.
- moderate fever associated with localized inflammation;
- physical asthenia typical of anemia;
- hemorrhages of bright red blood.
- congestive headache with sensory hyperesthesia and redness of the face;
- otalgia with or without fever;
- painful spasmodic dry cough;
- painless and slightly febrile diarrhea;
- pulsating rheumatic pain of the shoulder and right arm.
Usually the symptoms presented by the subject improve with cold applications and moderate exercise; they get worse with the heat, with the sun, with movement and between 4 and 6 in the morning.
In addition, Ferrum phosphoricum subjects hate meat and milk and brown coffee.