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No. 5 Potassium Phosphate Part 2 – “Don’t Stress!”
We all need some “brain food” sometimes. Not remembering as easily, brain fog when studying or sitting an exam, forgetting words… Most people have experienced these at times. Let’s take a closer look at what else is happening in these situations, and the role of No. 5 Potassium Phosphate (Kali Phos):
- Kali phos for study and mental and emotional exhaustion
- Signs and symptoms
Your references for this week are
- Signs and Symptoms p34
- Indications p35
- Facial signs
Key points of Potassium Phosphate
Nerve function and thoughts depend on Potassium phosphate. Kali Phos relieves nervous exhaustion, physical and mental/emotional fatigue. It acts as a cardiac tonic. Potassium Phosphate aims particularly at the Central Nervous System (CNS); the autonomic nervous system, particularly the gastro-intestinal nerves (This is the region of the splenic nerve which can produce a feeling of butterflies in the stomach), all muscle cells including the heart.
Kali Phos is needed with Natrum Chloride to take nutrients into the cell. Natrum Chloride also binds toxins out of the cells. Natrum Chlor attracts potassium to get into the cell and then the cell closes, and it can be used, but it won’t work unless Mag Phos is in place, because it is the creator of the enzyme to make it all work.
The Brain uses Kali Phos all of the time, then if it doesn’t get into the cell, Mag Phos also becomes deficient, which can lead to nervous breakdown. If there are signs and symptoms of deficiency, these three minerals work well together, as we saw in the prescription for depression last week.
Exam Nerves, Study and Mental effort
Whenever you are learning something new, or studying for exams, Kali phos is the prime mineral being used by the body. Have you ever had the munchies while studying, or wanted to snack while you are studying?
Another sign can be mental exhaustion. I remember when I was at University, reading textbooks with lots of new information, my eyes would get heavy, my head would droop, and all I would want to do was lie down and go to sleep. This too was a sign that I needed Kali Phos. My brain was using a lot of energy processing new information, categorising, and remembering. The mental effort was exhausting me.
Nowadays, I prepare for periods of study, extended writing, or mental activity, by taking up to 5 Kali phos beforehand, and having it nearby to take a tablet as required through times of extensive mental effort. I don’t tend to get the brain fatigue and exhaustion I used to get from a lot of mental effort.
Exam nerves are helped by taking Kali Phos prior to the exam, and as required during the exam, it also helps you to recall information during the exam.
Brain fatigue can also come at times of high stress. Have you ever been highly stressed, or felt overwhelmed? Or do you know someone like that? Have you noticed the foggy head, unable to think clearly, exhaustion, sleep is often affected interrupted by thoughts?
Stress can cause both mental and physical exhaustion in the body.
To help give both sides of the nervous system, Central Nervous system and Autonomic Nervous system what is required to function effectively during, or after times of stress, Kali Phos used in conjunction with Mag Phos, will work well together to bring both sides of the nervous system into balance. For example:
5 tablets of No 5 Kali Phos in the morning,
5 tablets of No. 7 Mag Phos at Lunch,
5 tablets of Kali phos before bed,
5 tablets of Mag Phos before bed.
Sleep and Fatigue
The first thing that is often affected when the body is under stress, is sleep. People often comment that they are having trouble sleeping. I have found Kali Phos particularly useful when thoughts are preventing sleep, either falling asleep, or getting back to seep after waking.
Consider if Magnesium Phosphate is also needed for General Fatigue and sleeplessness.
Mag Phos helps to physically relax the musculature of the body. It works well when sleep eludes because there is difficulty winding down, or relaxing, or after physical exertion.
Using both together can lead to restful and refreshing night’s sleep.
Stress can come from many causes. When considering why your clients are needing Kali Phos, It is important to look for the cause. If the cause can also be addressed, it will increase the effectiveness of the treatment. The causes can come from:
- Food / lifestyle
- Work / relationships
As discussed, Stress can come from many different causes. One of the areas Kali Phos has been found to be particularly helpful is with Bullying.
An 11-year-old girl was extremely shy. She came for treatment having lost all of her hair. She lost most of her hair after bullying at school.
She was given Kali phos and Silica tablets, and each evening a face washer (flannel) was soaked in warm water and Silica tablets and used as a compress on her head for 10 minutes. Her hair regrew in 6 months.
In the case of bullying, Kali phos works well for both the person being bullied, and the person doing the bullying.
Sometimes you may ask a few questions, and your client starts sobbing or weeping or crying. Or they may tell you they have been crying for no reason. Consider Kali phos as part of your prescription.
Heart Rhythm Disruption
Kali Phos may also help with heart rhythm disruptions, like palpitations. If however there is coronary trauma, whether Heart attack, or cardiac arrhythmia, in people who are also prone to high Blood pressure, It is more practical to prescribe No. 7 Magnesium Phosphate, as it will help to relax the heart muscle. (These clients may also have been prescribed allopathic Potassium medication)
Exercise 1 – How people respond to stress
Different people respond to stress in different ways.
A healthy body and a balanced nervous system will respond to a stressful event or situation (stressor), act, and then switch off and relax. The problem comes when the stress response doesn’t turn off after an event, or if there is a prolonged, continued stressor which means that the body is continually responding to that stress, and again doesn’t turn off because it is always on guard. This causes physiological and hormonal changes in the body, leading to a variety of symptoms. When prolonged, it also often leads to mental and physical exhaustion.
When faced with a stressful situation your healthy body will respond in the appropriate Fight, Flight or Freeze Action. Your body may also have developed a predominant stress response mode of Fight, Flight or Freeze, based on your life circumstances. In Fight mode, someone is likely to get angry or irritable for example. In Flight mode, they will become anxious, and shy for example. In Freeze mode, they may procrastinate and feel sluggish. Knowing how to recognise what this looks like in your clients, can be helpful for addressing the cause of the problem with your treatment.
Read through the General signs and symptoms for Kali Phos on p34. Create a list which symptoms a person might present with if they were in Fight mode, Flight mode or freeze mode.
Exercise 2 – Different causes of stress
What are different causes of stress?
Make a list of different causes of stress, and write examples for each of the causes. Send them through to me when you have completed them.
Next week we look at facial diagnosis for Kali Phos, and use of Kali Phos cream.
See below for glossary.
No. 5 Kali Phos
agoraphobia – an abnormal fear of being in crowds, public places, or open areas, sometimes accompanied by anxiety attacks
claustrophobia – an abnormal fear of being in enclosed or narrow places
delirium tremens – a withdrawal syndrome occurring in persons who have developed physiological dependence on alcohol, characterized by tremor, visual hallucinations, and autonomic instability
dyspepsia – indigestion
macrophage – any large phagocytic (cell that ingests and destroys foreign particles, bacteria and cell debris) cell occurring in the blood, lymph, and connective tissue
neurasthenia – a complex of symptoms characterized by chronic fatigue and weakness, loss of memory, and generalized aches and pains
palpitations – a sensation in which a person is aware of an irregular, hard, or rapid heartbeat
urticaria – itching sensations to palms of the hands and soles of the feet
vertigo – a dizzying sensation of tilting within stable surroundings or of being in tilting or spinning surroundings[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column]