Agaricus muscarius


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


Generalities

      This poisonous mushroom, acts on CEREBRO-SPINAL Axis. Its action on brain produces more vertigo and delirium. Affection of spinal cord, nerves and medulla, produces IRREGULAR, ANGULAR, UNCERTAIN and AGGRAVATED MOVEMENTS; patient reaches too far, staggers or steps too high, drops things etc. Symptoms appear slowly. Patient suffers from MANY AND DIVERSE. symptoms. TREMBLING; TWITCHING; JERKINGS fibrillar spasms here and there are very marked, EYELIDS and tongue are specially affected. Symptoms appear diagonally as right arm and left leg. Shuddering. Nervousness and restlessness. Chorea better during sleep Sensation as if pierced by cold needles, or hot needles, a cold drop or cold weight on the parts. Painful twitching, then the parts become stiff and cold. In epilepsy and convulsions physical strength is increased, can lift heavy loads. Twitching cease during sleep. Convulsions after coition from suppressed milk; after being scolded; or punished. Young nervous hysterical married women who faint after coition. Children walk and talk late on account of brain complaints. Yawning before complaints.

Worse

      COLD air. FREEZING air. Before thunderstorms. Mental exhaustion. Coition. Debauchery. Alcohol Pressure on spine. Touch. Morning. During menses. Sun. Fright.

Better

      Gentle motion.

Mind

      Sings, talks incoherently, changes rapidly from subject to subject but does not answer. Loquacity. Indisposed to perform any kind of work especially mental. Fearlessness. Makes verses. Hilarious. Embraces and kisses hands. Selfish. Indifferent. Dull and dizzy as if drunk. Morose self willed, stubborn; slow in learning to walk and talk. Awkward, clumsy Knows no one; throws things. Pressure on spine causes involuntary laughter. Cannot do anything new, cannot do his routine work or does the opposite.

Head

      Vertigo; from sunlight. Dull headache; must move the head to and fro. Headache better after stool or urine; headache with nose-bleed or thick mucus discharge. Pain as from nail in right side of head. Head is in constant motion. Head drawn towards shoulders.

Eyes

      Reading difficult, as type seems to move, to swim. Double vision oscillating eyeballs. Gum in canthi. Muscae volitantes, brown. Twitching of eyelids. Narrowing of space between eyelids. Nystagmus; squint. Eyelids thick, dry, burning.

Ears

      Itching in the ears with redness and burning pain, as if they had been frozen. Twitching of the muscles about the ears. Noises.

Nose

      Frequent sneezing, without coryza. Flow of clear water, without coryza. Sneezing, after coughing. Itches internally and externally. Foetid dark bloody discharge. Epistaxis; in old people. Redness of. Obstruction on stooping.

Face

      Facial muscles, feel stiff; twitch. Face, itches and burns. Pain in the cheeks, as of from splinters. Neuralgia, as if cold needles run through nerves. Grimaces. Idiotic expression. Face, blue and puffed.

Mouth

      Angles of mouth droop; from paralysis; saliva runs out. Herpes on lips. Taste; sweet, bitter. Aphthae on the roof of the mouth. Tongue; dry, tremulous; one side numb, with vertigo. Indistinct, jerky speech. Offensive breath. Froth at mouth. Swelling and bleeding gums, with pain.

Throat

      Feels contracted. Small solid balls of phlegm thrown up, without coughing. Dryness with difficulty in swallowing. Scratching on every attempt to sing.

Stomach

      Always thirsty. Eructation; empty, tasting of apples; or of rotten eggs. Eructations, alternating with hiccough. As of a lump in epigastrium. Gastric disturbances, with sharp pain in liver region. Vomiting; bitter, with prostration, with stitches in rectum and groins.

Abdomen

      Rumbling and fermenting in bowels. Profuse inodorous flatus. Diarrhoea, with much foetid garlicky odour flatus. Diarrhoea, of children, with grass green bilious stools. Flatus hot. Sensation of writhing in. Stitch, in the splenic region; in runners.

Urinary Organs

      Urine, profuse, colourless, clear, lemon coloured. Viscid, glutinous, mucus from urethra. Frequent urination. Urine cold. Urine, flows slowly or in drops; has to press for passing urine.

Male

      Sexual desire increased. After coition, great debility, profuse sweat, burning and itching of the skin; tension and pressure under ribs. Seminal discharge hot. Palpitation during coition; depressed afterwards (in both the sexes). Premature ejaculation. Testes painfully retracted. Old gleet. Complaints after sexual debauches.

Female

      Bearing down pain, especially after menopause. Sexual excitement. Menses, too profuse. Nipples, itch and burn, look red; during pregnancy. Complaints following parturition and coitus. Metastases, from suppressed milk; to the brain, abdominal troubles etc. Leucorrhoea, dark, bloody, excoriating, patient is unable to walk. Itching, with sexual desire.

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'.