Actea spicata

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


      It acts upon joints, especially small joints. Though it affects wrist joints prominently; other joints like ankle and fingers are also affected. It causes tearing and tingling pains. Joints are swollen and pains are worse by touch and movement. Slight fatigue, causes swelling of the joints. It causes paralytic weakness of affected part. Symptoms are liable to appear from fright and fatigue. Shortness of breath on exposure to cold. Old age. Hypersensitive to cold, Weakness.


      Change of weather, slight exertion, cold; night; touch.


      Objects look blue.


      Twitching pain on sneezing or blowing the nose.


      Caul; Coloc; Sab; Stict; Viol-o.

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'.