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….


      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.


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


      Gentle motion.


      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.


      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.


      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.


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


      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.


      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.


      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.


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


      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.


      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.


      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.


      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.

Respiratory organs

      Isolated coughing attacks, then sneezing. Cough comes as if from spine. Easy expectoration of flocculi or balls of mucus. Laboured, oppressed breathing. Chest seems too narrow.


      Palpitation, during coition. Palpitation, irregular, tumultuous; with redness of face, better tobacco. Pressure or burning sticking, from heart to left scapula. Angina pectoris, with excessive pain only. Shocks; at heart region, from sudden noise, from eructation or coughing.


      Single vertebra sensitive to heat. Pain, as from fatigue. Painful weakness and soreness. Spine sensitive to pressure and touch; everywhere on the body. Shooting, burning along spine. Spine seems short. Pain in lumbar region and sacrum, a sort of crick in back, extending to nape of neck worse stooping. Lumbago worse in open air; worse sitting. Twitching of cervical muscles. Formication, along spine. Muscles of the back feel tight as if they would break on bending. As if cold air were spreading, along the back, like an aura.


      Arms restless. Burning, itching of both hands as if frozen. Trembling of the hands. Right hand unsteady while writing; arms feel paralyzed from much writing. Uncertain gait. Itching of toes and feet as if frozen. Cramps in soles and feet. Pain in shin bone. Violent pain in thigh on crossing them. Paralysis of lower limbs, with slight spasms of arms. Numbness of legs on crossing them. Buttocks cold. Pain in the hips worse lying. Fingers fly spasmodically while holding things. Legs feel heavy. Feels as if her limbs did not belong to her.


      Yawning frequent; before pains or spasms; as a concomitant. Yawning followed by involuntary laughter. On falling asleep, starts twitches and awakes often.


      Chilled easily, sweats easily, sweats on alternate sides. Night sweats.


      BURNING, ITCHING; redness and swelling As IF FROZEN. Chilblains. Itching changing place on scratching. Skin pains, when cold. Angio-neurotic oedema. Miliary eruptions with intolerable itching and burning. Itching over affected part. Slight blow causes ecchymosis.


      Phys; Tuberculinum



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'.