Phosphoricum Acidum (Case Studies) - Karl-Josef Muller
A concept of Phosphoricum Acidum with repertory rubrics and seven case studies.
- Author: Muller Karl-Josef
- 60 pages
- Printed in Germany
Reprinted with the permission of The Society of Homeopaths, (from 'The Homeopath' magazine, Autumn 1999 edition):
Reviewed by Angela Zajac:
This short book on Phosphoricum acidum is a welcome addition to our bank of materia medica knowledge. In the first chapter, Karl-Josef Muller refers to the periodic table and states that acid remedies have similar symptoms to the element. Thus Sulphuricum acidum has similarities with Sulphur. He also puts forward the following thesis :
'The remedy picture of an inorganic acid represents the cessation, the dissolution or destruction of those principles which are reflected in the 'archetypal field' (and thus indirectly also in the homeopathic remedy picture) of the non-metal found in the acid residue.
Although I found this hard to grasp, the author provided examples to illustrate this idea. Thus the 'archetypal field' of Phophorus includes ideas such as enthusiasm, expansion, reactivity etc. whereas in Phosphoricum acidum there is a 'cessation' of these principles to produce indifference, passivity etc. He suggests this applies to other acid remedies and invites input from other homoeopaths working in this area.
The author states that this is an everyday remedy often seen in practice. He suggests that it is underused and offers reasons for this. For example, a Phosphoricum acidum case often presents with few symptoms. This reflects the indifference which is a central theme of the remedy. He states that this indifference has been mirrored by himself during case taking . He has found himself, on occasion, showing lack of interest during the consultation and has used this as a pointer to the remedy.
Another problem arising from the indifference is that the patient will not always take the trouble to make an appointment and will leave it to a relative or friend. As a result of this he says that general symptoms may be needed to confirm the remedy and provides examples such as 'Growing pains', 'Desires juicy acidic foods' etc.
In general when the Phosphorus theme occurs along with any life change think of Phosphoricum acidum. This is particularly applicable to puberty, where there is low interest, laziness, untidiness etc. He notes that this age group is often referred to as the 'Coca Cola' generation and that this drink contains phosphoric acid.
The bulk of the book is taken up with a comprehensive set of case examples which clearly illustrate his ideas of the remedy, and which bring the remedy to life. This gives the reader a deeper understanding of the remedy which normally only comes from practical experience. The cases are clearly analysed to show reliable chronic prescribing. Refreshingly, he includes failed prescriptions until the successful conclusion is reached.
He compares other remedies to Phosphoricum acidum. A chapter is devoted to differentiation with Calcarea phosphorica which I found to be very useful.
Finally a note about the translation. This was done by Alan Crook. Where cultural differences came up regarding the language, he provided an explanatory note, which was very relevant. I would recommend this book to any practitioner as it is practical and also gives insights into the remedy which can only come from clinical work.