Abies nigra

Dr. S.R. Phatak describes the clinically confirmed symptoms of the homeopathic remedy Abies Nigra in his Concise Materia Medica, published in 1977….


      It is a useful remedy, in many diseased conditions, when they are associated with gastric symptoms. It causes dyspepsia, with functional heart symptoms, especially in the aged persons. It is also useful, in indigestion of those, who abuse the drinking of tea and smoking, or chewing of tobacco. The chief, symptom in dyspepsia is a sensation, as if a hard boiled egg has lodged in the cardiac end of the stomach. Patients describe this sensation, as if a hard lump is felt in the pit of the stomach or in the lung which he wants to cough out.


      After eating.


      Very low spirited, unable to think or study.


      Total loss of appetite, in the morning, but craves food, at noon and at night. Pain in the stomach, always comes on after eating.


      Difficult breathing worse lying down. heart’s action heavy and slow, there may be tachycardia or bradycardia.

S.R. Phatak
A pioneer of Homoeopathy in Maharashtra, Dr Shankar Raghunath Phatak was born on 6th September, 1896. He did his MBBS from Grant Medical College, in 1924. Started his practice but somehow not satisfied with Allopathic Treatment.

He was convinced about Homoeopathy while going through Sir William Osler's writings on 'History of Medicine' so switched over to an entirely Homoeopathic Practice in 1932. He also started working on Homoeopathic literature along with his Practice.

He has contributed immensely to homoeopathic literature. He was an ardent follower of Dr Boger. His Repertory is based on Boger's ''A Synoptic key to Materia Medica'.