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

General symptoms

      This medicine favourably influences nutrition, and is considered as a tonic. Appetite and digestion improves, mental and physical vigour returns, with gain in weight. It is a useful remedy for neurasthenia, melancholy, nervousness and insomnia. It increases fat, corrects tissue waste. It increases the quality and quantity of milk in nursing mothers. Clinically it favourably influences diabetes insipidus and phosphaturia. Allays vesical irritability of prostatic hypertrophy. Should be given 5 to 10 drops several times a day.

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'.