Ferrum Phosphoricum – Uses, Benefits & Side Effects

Ferrum Phosphoricum - Uses, Benefits and Side Effects

Ferrum phosphoricum is one of the organic tissue salt introduced by Schussler.

It is made from a combination of iron and phosphate, which are both important minerals for the body. Its function is to lend color or pigment to the blood corpuscles. It also carries oxygen to all the parts of the body.

The deficiency in this cell salt leads to a disturbance of circulation. Disturbed circulation again in its trend causes other disturbances in the normal equilibrium of the human system.

This remedy was proved by Dr. J.C. Margan.

The main sphere of action of this drug is in relaxed muscular tissue and the blood corpuscles.

Ferrum phosphoricum is commonly used for acute conditions, such as the early stages of a cold or flu, as well as for inflammation, fever, and pain.

This remedy is also used in clinical conditions like debility, ear affections, epistaxis, fever, headache, haematuria, hemoptysis, hemorrhages, inflammation, injuries, pleurisy, pneumonia, rheumatism, urine incontinence, and varicose veins.

It is used for the first stage of all febrile disturbances and inflammation before exudation sets in.

In the early stages of febrile conditions, it stands midway between the asthenic activity of aconite and belladonna and the asthenic sluggishness and torpidity of gelsemium.

Ferrum phos Personality/Constitution

The face of the Ferrum phos patient looks earthy, pale, and sallow.

This remedy is suited to individuals who are nervous, sensitive, anemic persons with false plethora and easy flushing of the face.

Ferrum phosphoricum corresponds to Grauvogl’s Oxygeniod constitution.

Ferrum phos Uses

This article will cover from head to toe all the organs of the body. And wherever symptoms are matched, this medicine can be used-

Mind Complaints

In homeopathy, the “mind” of a remedy refers to the emotional and mental symptoms that a person may experience when in need of a particular remedy.

The Ferrum phos patient is very talkative and hilarious. These individuals have an unnatural excitement.

This remedy is indicated for delirium tremens. i.e. violent delirium with tremors induced by excessive and prolonged use of alcoholic liquors.

Ferrum phos is useful in treating physical and mental depression.

These individuals are unable to concentrate their thoughts. They have impaired memory for names, and facts, and get irritated at their mental sluggishness.

There is drowsiness with a rush of thoughts, suddenly changing from pleasant to unpleasant.

Ferrum phosphoricum individuals have an indifference to ordinary matters.

They suffer from a loss of courage and hope which is better after sleep.

The Ferrum phos individuals cannot command the right words or express themselves.

Head Complaints

This remedy is indicated for dizziness with a feeling as if the head was being suddenly pushed forward. The patient feels as if everything swims around him and his muscles seemed so weak he could hardly move about.

Ferrum phos is used for the treatment of general dull headache which is aggravated at 5 p.m. with the sensation of hammering pain in the forehead and temples.

The patient fears apoplexy.

This remedy is also indicated for frontal headache which is followed and relieved by nose-bleed.

The individual experiences scarcely endurable, dull, heavy pain at the vertex during profuse menses.

The top of the head is sensitive to cold air, noise, and any jar; on stooping the patient experiences sharp pain through the head, from back to front, at times a feeling as if the head were being pushed forward, with the danger of falling.

The headache is aggravated by shaking the head, stooping, and motion.

And ameliorated by cold application.

Eyes Complaints

This remedy is indicated for acute conjunctivitis, for hyperemia of the optic disc and retina with blurred vision.

Ferrum phos is useful in treating inflammation of the eyes where the eyes become red with gunning sensation, soreness, and retinal congestion. The patient feels sensations as if grains of sand were under their eyelids.

This remedy is also indicated in complaints of the dry and rough feeling of the lining of lids with congestion of the eye. For the complaints of styes on lower lids then upper and tarsal cysts.

Ears Complaints

Ferrum phos is used in the treatment of the first stage of otitis media. Membrane tympani become bulge and red.

This remedy is indicated in acute otitis when belladonna fails.

Useful in treating earache after exposure to cold or wet, for treating inflammatory earache with burning or throbbing pain or sharp stitching pain.

Also indicated complaints of hard hearing; ringing and buzzing and painful red swelling of parotids.

Nose Complaints

The remedy is indicated for nose-bleed of bright blood in children. The nosebleed relieves headaches.

Ferrum phos is indicated for congested mucous membranes, for the first stage of all colds in the head, in individuals who have the predisposition to catching a cold.

Mouth Complaints

Ferrum phos is indicated for toothache which always appears after eating food. This toothache is worse with warm drinks and better with cold.

This remedy is useful for complaints during dentition, with fever.

Face Complaints

The Ferrum phos individual has an earthy, pale, sallow face.

There is heat, with redness. These individuals have hot cheeks, with a toothache.

This remedy is used to treat neuralgia of the face and also acne on the chin and forehead.

Throat Complaints

This remedy is indicated for inflammation of the palate, tonsils, and pharynx, with dryness, redness, and pain.

The throat feels swollen and stiff accompanied by painful swelling, the pain is worse on empty swallowing.

Ferrum phos is useful in the treatment of ulcerated throat, and sore throat which is dry, red inflamed, and associated with a lot of pain.

This remedy is indicated for the first stage of diphtheria to lessen the fever. Also indicated in the sore throat of singers.

Chest Complaints

This remedy is indicated in the first stage of all inflammatory affections.

In complaints of laryngitis with hoarseness from overstraining voice.

This remedy is useful in complaints of hoarseness which raises greenish mucus in biggish lumps. There is much mucus in the throat and rattling in the chest.

Ferrum phosphoricum is indicated for pleuritic stitch with a deep inspiration, or cough, for acute, short, spasmodic, and very painful cough.

These individuals suffer from tormenting cough when bending over or touching the larynx. The cough causes spurting of urine which is worse in the open air, by touching the larynx and at night.

Also useful in treating whooping cough, with retching and vomiting.

This remedy can be used in conditions like Haemoptysis after a concussion or fall.

Heart Complaints

Ferrum phos is indicated for full, aching pain at the heart; sometimes extending to the back, and left of the spine.

These individuals experience palpitation with a full pulse (less bounding than Aconite less flowing than Gelsemium).

Stomach Complaints

This remedy is indicated for poor appetite, with attacks of sickness.

There is a great thirst for water.

This remedy is useful for treating vomiting at irregular times, sometimes waking her out of sleep. The vomit is usually green.

Useful in the treatment of haematemesis. The vomiting is associated with the pain.

These individual experiences weight and fullness in the stomach accompanied by fullness in the forehead.

Ferrum phos is useful for pain in the stomach which is worse after eating, and with pressure.

Abdomen Complaints

This remedy is indicated for distension in the hypochondria and region of the stomach.

The individual has the feeling of a layer of hard substance in the abdomen followed later by hardness in spots.

Ferrum phos individuals have an intolerance of clothes touching the abdomen and chest; throw them off at night.

This remedy is useful in conditions of colic before stool, and in treating hernia which is inflamed and incarcerated.

Rectum Complaints

Ferrum phos is a well-indicated remedy for chronic diarrhea, the stools are yellow, watery, and associated with pneumonia.

This remedy is useful in treating lienteria from the relaxation of intestinal muscles.

The stools are dark green and odorless accompanied by hot flatus.

Ferrum phosphoricum is an indicated remedy for dysentery with violent fever where fever continues, the dysentery is worse from pressure on the stomach and there is no tenesmus.

This remedy is also used for treating summer diarrhea, where the stools are green, watery, or hashed, mixed with mucus.

This remedy is indicated for green and hard stools expelled with much effort, in complaints like habitual constipation, piles, and disposition to prolapse.

Urinary Complaints

Ferrum phos is indicated when the individual experiences the frequent desire to urinate, urgent, with pain in the neck of the bladder and end of the penis. The patient must urinate immediately, which reduces the pain, the pain worsens during the day and from standing.

This remedy is useful in the treatment of enuresis nocturna from the weakness of the sphincter and also for treating enuresis diurna from irritability of trigone.

The urine spurts out with every cough. Complaints usually occur before urinating. Urine smells like café au lait.

Also useful in treating hemorrhage from the bladder or urethra.

Male Complaints

This remedy is indicated in male complaints of seminal emissions.

The sexual instinct is completely in abeyance.

Ferrum phosphoricum can be used for treating dull aching in the right testicle and also in the treatment of gonorrhea in the inflammatory stage.

Female Symptoms

This remedy is effective for female complaints of bearing-down sensation in the uterus, with constant dull pain in the ovarian region.

Ferrum phosphoricum is used in the treatment of vaginismus, for pain in the vagina during coition, which the female cannot bear per vaginal examination, for treating dryness of the vagina, for dysmenia, with accelerated pulse and red face.

This remedy is indicated for menses which are pale in the first half of the period, menses occurs every three weeks and are profuse, with pressure in the abdomen and small back. During profuse menses, there is pain on top of the head.

Ferrum phos is given during pregnancy in females having complaints of cough with ejection of urine and headache during the third month.

Hand Symptoms

The Ferrum phos individuals are useful in treating violent drawing and tearing pain in the right shoulder and upper arm. This pain is worsened by the violent motion of the arm and reduced by gentle motion because of this the patient hardly keeps it still.

This remedy is also indicated for acute rheumatism of the right deltoid muscle, the patient experiences so much pain that he is even unable to wear the cloak.

Also useful in treating swelling of an elbow from a sprain, rheumatism in the wrist, and wrists aching with the loss of power to grasp.

The characteristic indication of Ferrum phos is rheumatism attacking one joint after another, joints puffy, but little red with high fever, rheumatic pain is worse on the slightest motion.

Legs Symptoms

Ferrum phos is useful in cases where there is pain and soreness in the hip, in complaints of pains in the knees spreading to other joints, and finally to shoulders and upper thorax (after taking Ferrum phos pain goes downwards from joint to joint, to knees, and then passed off).

This remedy is useful in individuals who experience constrictive pain while walking in the anterior aspect of their shins, lower third as if they had been walking very hard and fast (which was not so).

This remedy is also useful in conditions with steady, terrible pain all over the foot and ankle accompanied by extorting cries, and shooting pains around the ankle and up inside of the leg, also used for treating an acute, very painful sugillation on the dorsum of the foot.

Back Symptoms

This remedy is indicated for complaints of cricks in the neck or back.

Skin Symptoms

This remedy is useful for complaints of capillary congestion, with burning of the skin, which is worse from severe exercise or in a warm room.

Ferrum phos can be used in skin complaints like measles, erysipelas, and acne.

Fever Symptoms

Ferrum phos is indicated in all catarrhal and inflammatory fevers in the first stage.

Sleep Symptoms

Ferrum phosphoricum is indicated in sleep complaints like drowsiness, with the rush of thoughts.

The eyes remain half open in sleep.

This individual gets restless at night, they experience restless sleep with anxious dreams and the great depression in the morning.


Modalities are the factors that, increase or decrease the complaints in a patient.

They are categorized as aggravating factors and amelioration factors.

Aggravating factors make the condition of the illness worst, while the amelioration factor makes the condition of the disease better.

It can be time, any part of the day, season, position, or any applications, etc.

Aggravated By-

All the symptoms in Ferrum phos patients are worsened

At night and from 4 to 6 am, by touch, jar, motion, and on the right side

Amelioration By-

All the complaints are better by cold applications.

Relationship with Other Medicine

Complementary Medicines-

These remedies complete the curing process that is started by the first medicine given.

  • The medicine complementary to Ferrum phos is Bryonia, Belladonna, and Arnica.

Antidoted by-

When there is the appearance of new symptoms, the new symptoms combined with the old ones should be studied, and a second remedy covering more of these new symptoms than the old one is to be given; this second remedy is the antidote.

Ferrum phos is antidoted by Arsenic, China, Pulsatilla, and Veratrum.

Ferrum phos Dosage & Potencies

The dosage and Potency of the medicine depend on the individual case.

Homeopathic medicines are prescribed based on symptom similarity, where the symptoms narrated by the patient are somewhat similar to the guiding symptoms of the treatment.

Your homeopathic doctor forms the totality of symptoms, and medicine identical to the disease condition is given; the more exact similarity, the earlier the curing process.

Ferrum phos 30 Uses-

Lower potency is given when very few symptoms match the medicine to that of the patient.

These symptoms help doctors diagnose the disease condition only; there is a minor symptom of Ferrum phos.

Lower potencies require frequent repetition. You should give them 3-4 times a day till the expected result is seen.

Ferrum phos 200 Uses-

This is considered as higher Potency; they are given when the majority of mind symptoms of Ferrum phos and the physical symptoms of Ferrum phos which are narrated by the patient get the perfect match.

Higher potencies are advisable to be not repeated very often; they act for a longer duration, so the second dose is repeated every 7 days or every 15 days once.

On giving 200C Potency, it’s advisable to wait for the symptoms to subside, which can be repeated until all signs in totality disappear.

Ferrum phos 1M Uses-

Ferrum phos 1 M should not be repeated; it is given once a month and waiting for symptoms to disappear.

This is very high Potency. It would help if you gave it only after careful case analysis, where all medicinal symptoms of Ferrum phos and that provided by the patient match with each other ideally.

Ferrum phos Q (Mother Tincture) Uses-

Ferrum phos in tincture form has been shown effective in the first stage of an acute illness with a high rise in body temperature.

Ferrum phos 3X/6X Uses-

This lower potency of Ferrum phos works well as a therapeutic dose for anemia and the acute stage of illness.

Ferrum phos Side Effects

The process of potentization prepares homeopathic medications. In this method, the raw form of the medicine is taken and worked upon, and diluted to such an extent that all the harmful effects of the raw material are gone. All that remains is the medicinal or curative powers.

Homeopathic medicines are gentle and safe. They can be taken in the correct dose and potency by people of all age groups without fear.

Side effects of homeopathic medicines are an infrequent phenomenon.

It may so happen that the symptoms may subside temporarily and then come back with a renewed strength and severity. This occurs when the medicine has been repeated more than what was required.

It may also happen that the person may come back saying that he has developed an entirely new set of symptoms while all his old symptoms are still present. This means that the remedy prescribed was the wrong one.

In both cases, it is advisable to give a suitable antidote to Ferrum phos.

You may have to re-work the case as a new totality has emerged. Based upon this new totality, you may have to prescribe Ferrum phos in a different potency or a new remedy altogether that matches the newly formed total.

Keep a lookout for these symptoms; they are the red flags on your path to recovery

  1. Worsening of any symptoms that you had before taking the dose.
  2. Appearance or worsening of mental complaints like melancholy, despair, depression, irritability, and emotional sensitivity.

It is important to keep in mind that along with selecting an appropriate remedy, the remedy must be in appropriate potency which requires the guidance of a licensed practitioner, as every person’s symptoms and health conditions are unique.

Homeopathic medicines should only be taken when prescribed by a homeopathic physician. Self -medications can aggravate the original conditions.

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