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


      It affects nerves, causing numbness, weakness, trembling, and paretic conditions. It is the remedy for marasmus in children when nutrition is affected. In spite of good appetite, children emaciate, especially in lower extremities. It causes true metastatic condition. Rheumatism, occurs after checked diarrhoea. Gout recedes and other troubles follow. It has exudative tendency. Exudation may occur, as a metastatic condition or otherwise, into pleura, joints etc. It also causes alternating conditions, one diseased condition disappears and another appears, e.g. piles alternating with rheumatism. It is suitable, to newborn, or children especially boys, who suffer from hydrocele, epistaxis; it removes weakness, remaining after influenza. Oozing of blood, and moisture in newborn, from navel. Vomiting of large quantities of offensive fluid. Effects, remaining after operation on chest.


      Cold air; wet. Checked secretions; esp. diarrhoea. Night. Fog.


      Loose stools. Motion.


      Great anxiety and depression. Cross and irritable (children in marasmus). Thinking difficult; loss of comprehension. Inhuman; would like to do something evil, cruel.


      Cannot hold the head up, on account of weakness of neck. Brain feels tired, after conversation or mental effort. Veins distended on forehead.


      Blue rings, around the eyes. Hollow.


      Bleed in boys.


      Dry, cold, wrinkled, as if old, in marasmus. Acne, with emaciation. Angioma of the face. Pale, hollow eyed.


      Emaciation progresses, with good appetite. Food passes undigested. Craving for bread, boiled in milk. Cutting, gnawing, burning pains, in stomach, at night in gastralgia. Feels, as if stomach is swimming in water; with coldness.


      Hard lumps are felt in different parts of abdomen. It is bloated. Tuberculous peritonitis. Weak, sinking feeling in bowels. Piles, protruding, with burning from touch. Frequent desire to stools, but only a little blood passed.


      Hydrocele of children.


      Darting pain in left ovary. Menses suppressed.

Respiratory organs

      Dry cough, following diarrhoea. Pressing sensation remains, after Pleurisy, in the affected side, impeding free breathing.

Neck and Back

      Sudden aching pain in the back worse night; better motion. Pain in sacrum, due to piles. Back weak, with ovarian pain.


      Pain in shoulders, arms, wrists and ankles. Legs greatly emaciated. Cold, prickling, numb, fingers and toes. Inability to move the limbs, due to rheumatism. Contraction of limbs, from cramps or following colic.


      Loose and flabby. Skin becomes purplish, after suppression of eruptions. Itching chilblains.

Follows well

      Acon and Bry in pleurisy.


      Agar; Chin; Led; Nux-v.

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'.