Agnus castus

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


      Agn. produces its chief effect on SEXUAL ORGANS of both the sexes, also there are characteristic symptoms in the MENTAL SPHERE. It lowers sexual vitality, with corresponding mental depression and loss of nervous energy. There is a great sadness, with a fixed idea of approaching death. It influences both the sexes, but its influence is more pronounced in men. IMPOTENCY and PREMATURE OLD AGE, from abuse of sexual power. History of repeated gonorrhoea. Self contempt from sexual abuse. Nervous debility in unmarried persons. A prominent remedy for sprains and strains. Gnawing, itching in all parts especially eyes. Tachycardia caused by tobacco in neurotic young men. jaded rakes. Agn. was used in early days, by both men and women to suppress sexual desire.


      SEXUAL EXCESS. Sprains of overlifting.


      Absent minded. Despairing sadness with impression of speedy death. Distraction. Unable to recollect things. Lack of courage. Says that she will die soon and there is no use doing anything. Illusions of smells_ herrings, musk. BAD MEMORY.


      Pain as from staying in room, filled with thick and smoky atmosphere, looking to one point better.


      Pupils dilated. Gnawing, itching in eyes.


      Illusions of smell_of herring, musk. Hard ache on dorsum of nose better pressure.


      Corrosive itching on the cheeks. Formication in the cheeks. Rending, tearing under alveoli of right lower jaw.


      Ulcers in the mouth and gums. Teeth are painful when touched by warm food or drink.


      Nausea with a sensation as if intestines were pressed downwards, wants to support bowels with hands. Only the most simple food agrees. Eructations smell like urine.


      Rumbling in abdomen during sleep. Spleen swollen and sore. Flatus smells like urine, remaining long on clothes. Deep fissures, in anus. Sensation as of subcutaneous ulceration near the anus, only while walking. Bowels as if sinking down, has to support with hands.


      Passes more urine, frequently.


      Sexual desire almost lost. Testes; cold, swollen, hard, penis small, flaccid. Spermatorrhoea; with impotence. Loss of prostatic fluid on straining. Yellow discharge from urethra.


      A transparent leucorrhoeal discharge passes imperceptibly from the very relaxed genital. Aversion to coition. Leucorrhoea staining yellow. Agalactea, with sadness. Menses suppressed; with abdominal pains. Hysterical palpitation with nose-bleed. Sterility; with suppressions of menses and no sexual desire. Sexual thrill absent, from excessive masturbation.


      Olnd; Ph-ac.

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'.