Phosphorous. [Phos]

      **Phosphorous is especially a remedy for chronic forms of diarrhoea. It has green mucous stools worse in the morning, often undigested and painless. The stools pass as soon as they enter the rectum, and contain white particles like rice or tallow. **Apis has a sensation as if the anus stood open, and the involuntary escape of faeces in **Phosphorous reminds also of **Aloes. **Chronic, painless diarrhoea of undigested food call sometimes for Phosphorus. It is profuse and forcible and aggravated by warm food, and the patient often vomits; in fact, one of the characteristics of **Phosphorous is the vomiting of what has been drunk as soon as it becomes warm in the stomach. With the diarrhoea there is a weak, gone feeling in the stomach, and perhaps burning between the shoulders. The frog spawn, or sago, or grain of tallow stool is most characteristic of the remedy.

Argentum nitricum. [Arg-n]

      **Argentum nitricum is quite similar to **Arsenic in many ways. The stools are green, slimy and bloody, like chopped spinach in flakes. **Aconite has a green stool like spinach. With the stool there is a discharge of flatus and much spluttering, as in **Calcarea Phosphorica. The stools are worse from any candy, sugar, or from drinking. The sudden attacks of cholera infantum in children who have eaten too much candy will often be removed by **Argentum nitricum. The children are thin, dried up looking, and it seems as if the child had but one bowel and that extended from the mouth to the anus. Another characteristic of **Argentum nitricum is its use in diarrhoea brought on by great mental excitement, emotional disturbance, etc.

**Gelsemium is one of the most prominent remedies for diarrhoea produced by fright or fear; it appears suddenly and the stools are yellow and papescent.

**Opium has diarrhoea from fright and so has **Veratrum album.

**Pulsatilla, too, may be indicated in diarrhoea from fright; the stools are greenish yellow and changeable.

**Dulcamara has diarrhoea from changes in the weather or in temperature, as in those employed in packing house who change frequently from hot to cold, or diarrhoea in the mountains where the midday is hot and the nights excessively cool.

There are a number of minor remedies for diarrhoea, but these very minor remedies become of major importance when they are closely indicated.

W.A. Dewey
Dewey, Willis A. (Willis Alonzo), 1858-1938.
Professor of Materia Medica in the University of Michigan Homeopathic Medical College. Member of American Institute of Homeopathy. In addition to his editoral work he authored or collaborated on: Boericke and Dewey's Twelve Tissue Remedies, Essentials of Homeopathic Materia Medica, Essentials of Homeopathic Therapeutics and Practical Homeopathic Therapeutics.