Aethusa cynapium

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


      It affects BRAIN and nervous system, connected with gastrointestinal disturbances. Violence is one of the key notes of its action. Violent; vomiting, convulsions, pains, delirium. On the other hand there is profound prostration and stupor, and lack of reaction, even speechless. Mind and body becomes weak. It is specially useful in children during dentition and summer complaints when anguish, crying and expression of uneasiness, and discontent are present. As the disease progresses the patient becomes more and more retired in his disposition, and more inclined to weep. In epileptiform spasms, the thumbs are clenched, face becomes red, eyes turned downwards, pupils dilate and staring, foam at mouth. Patient cannot stand, sit up or hold the head up. Weak nervous and prostrated from overwork. Dotage. Lancinating pains. Parts feel screwed together. Improperly fed babies. Children who lack the power to hold their heads up, with no particular ailment, sometimes they can’t even stand or bear any weight on their limbs.


      3 to 4 a.m. and evening. Warmth; hot weather. MILK. Dentition. Frequent eating. Over-exertion.


      Open air, by walking in open air. Conversation.


      Inability to think or fix attention, from overstudy. Delirium, sees cats, dogs and rats etc. Idiocy, alternate with furor. Wants to jump out of bed or out of window. Examination funk from simple sense of incapacity. Idiotic children. Awkward.


      Distressing pains in the occiput down nape of neck and spine better lying down and pressure. Head symptoms are better by passing flatus and by stool. Hair feels pulled. Vertigo; with sleepiness, with palpitation with weakness. Cannot raise head. Head hot after vertigo. Squeezing headache, with vertigo worse walking and looking upward. Dizzy and drowsy.


      Photophobia (chronic). Eyes brilliant and protruding. Eyes drawn downwards. Cornea sunken. Objects seem larger or double. Swelling of meibomian glands. Rolling of eyes on falling asleep.


      As if something hot streaming out. Feels obstructed; better by inserting the fingers and drawing the parts apart.


      Herpetic eruptions on tip of nose. Frequent ineffectual desire to sneeze. Alae nasi drawn in.


      Sunken; pale, puffed, spotted, red. Linea nasalis marked Blue white pallor about the lips. Deathly aspect. Chin and corners of mouth feel cold.


      Tongue seems too long. Aphthae in the mouth. Speech slow embarrassed. Speechless. Taste bitter; of onions; of cheese; sweetish in morning.


      Nibbling appetite. Intolerance to milk Violent sudden vomiting of milk as soon as swallowed or IN LARGE CURDS. Hungry after vomiting.LIMPNESS AND DEEP SLEEP AFTER VOMITING DEATHLY NAUSEA. Regurgitation of food long after eating. Vomiting of frothy matter white as milk; or yellow fluid. Stomach feels turned upside down. Digestion affected from brain exhaustion. Retching.


      Black bluish swelling of abdomen, coldness of abdomen, subjective and objective, with coldness of legs, with aching in bowels better warm application. Colic, followed by vomiting, vertigo and weakness. Bubbling sensation around navel.


      Yellow green slimy diarrhoea. Stools undigested. Obstinate constipation, with feeling as if all the action of the bowels has been lost. Choleraic affection of old age.


      Cutting pain in bladder with frequent urging.


      Right testicle drawn up with pain in kidney.


      Menses watery. Swelling of mammary glands with lancinating pain. Pimples on external parts; itching on getting warm.


      Short breath interrupted by hiccough. Suffering renders the patient speechless. Crampy constriction in chest. Cough causes pain in head. Stitches in left side of chest.


      Violent palpitation, with vertigo, headache and restlessness. Pulse rapid, hard, small, unrhythmical.

Neck and Back

      Want of power to stand to hold up head. Small of back as if in vise. Swelling of glands around neck like string of beads. A feeling as if pain in back could be better by straightening out and bending stiffly backwards.


      Fingers and thumbs bent inwards or clenched. Sensation as if arms had become much shorter. Numbness of hands and feet. Heaviness, weakness, contraction of fingers. Excoriation of thighs on walking.


      Disturbed by violent startings and or by cold perspiration. Dozing after vomiting or stool. Rolling of the eyes or slight convulsion on falling asleep.


      Great heat without thirst. Must be covered during sweat. Sweating, on slightest physical effort.


      Lymphatic glands swelled like strings of beads. Skin cold and covered with cool clammy sweat. Eruptions, itching; around the joints better from heat. Ecchymosis. Anasarca. Whole body may be blue, black.


      Ant-c; Cicuta



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'.