Acetic acid

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


      The leading symptoms of this drug are, profound anaemia, with waxy pallor of the face; excessive emaciation; great debility frequent fainting; difficult breathing; weak heart; profuse urination vomiting; and sweat. It antidotes, the effects of all anaesthetic vapours In convulsions, patient jumps out of bed, like a madman and crawls on the floor. It is a remedy, for general anasarca and dropsical affections. Haemorrhage; from nose, stomach, rectum, lungs, ulcers, etc. Child wants to be carried. Naevi; warts, corns.


      Grieves, about his sickness and his children. Worried about business affairs. Borrows trouble. Does not know her own children. Forgets what has recently happened.


      Aches, from abuse of narcotics, tobacco. Child does not let its head to be touched.


      Bleed esp. from fall or blow.


      Left cheek red, during fever. Pale, waxen, emaciated.


      Children thirsty, but swallow with difficulty, even a teaspoonful. (Diphtheria).


      No thirst with fever. Great thirst with dropsy. Violent burning pain in stomach and chest, followed by coldness of skin, and cold sweat on forehead. Vomiting, after every kind of food. Ulcer, cancer, of the stomach. Cold drinks disagree; vegetables, except potatoes, disagree Bread and butter disagree.


      Tympanitic. Ascites. Haemorrhages from bowels. Chronic diarrhoea, of emaciated children. Scirrhus of pylorus.

Urinary Organs

      Large quantities of pale urine. Diabetes, with great thirst and debility.


      Metrorrhagia, with great thirst; after parturition. Threatening abscess of the breast. Milk impoverished, bluish, sour; suckling droop lose flesh, get marasmus.

Respiratory organs

      Cough when inhaling. Hurried and laborious breathing. Rattling in chest.

Neck and Back

      Pain (Myelitis) only relieved by lying on abdomen; with profuse urination.


      Oedematous swelling of feet and legs, with diarrhoea.


      Hectic; with drenching night sweats; sweat profuse and cold.


      Diminished sensibility of the whole body. Burning, dry, skin.


      Follows China after haemorrhages.

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'.