Apocynum cannabinum

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


      This remedy acts upon URINARY ORGANS, producing diuresis and removing the dropsical effusions. Heart’s action is depressed. Digestion is disturbed. It is a useful remedy for general dropsies, with or without organic disease. Swelling of every part of the body, with scanty urine and sweat, feels if he could only sweat he would get well. Dropsies are usually accompanied by digestive disturbances_nausea, vomiting, and great thirst; drowsiness and difficult breathing, may accompany these symptoms. In acute hydrocephalus the child lies in stupor, with automatic motion of one arm and leg. Paralysis of left side; one eye motionless other rolling. Weakness is marked. Dropsy; after haemorrhage; quinine. Uterine haemorrhage. Scanty discharges.


      COLD; weather; drinks. Uncovering. Lying. After sleep.




      Low spirited, nervous and bewildered. Cannot think. Faints when raised from pillow.


      Dull ache. Hydrocephalus, with loss of vision and projecting, forehead.


      Hot and red; as if sand in. One eye motionless and other rolling.


      Filled with thick yellow mucus in morning, snuffles of infants. Takes cold easily.


      Bloated worse lying down, passes off after sitting up. Face pale, covered with cold sweat, in diarrhoea. Dry; lips, mouth.


      Nausea, with drowsiness. Thirst, but water disagrees, vomits every drink or food at once, (dropsy). Sensation of sinking in the pit of stomach; after profuse urination_diabetes insipidus. Uremic vomiting.


      Ascites. Diarrhoea, with dropsy; yellow, painless; noisy, gushing stools. Feeling as if anus is open and stools run through out.

Urinary Organs

      Retention of urine, with paralysis of lower limbs. Urine; copious; scanty. Bed wetting in old men.


      Penis and scrotum dropsical. Prostate gland enlarged.


      Amenorrhoea of young girls, with bloating of abdomen and legs. Uterine haemorrhage, blood expelled in large clots or sometimes in fluid state, at climaxis. Ovarian tumour. Cough during pregnancy.

Respiratory organs

      Breathing, short and unsatisfactory, difficult. Oppression of the chest. Short, dry cough, sighing. Hydrothorax.


      Pulse, slow, fluttering, irregular or intermittent. Mitral and tricuspid regurgitation.


      Sleepy. Great restlessness with little sleep.


      Rough, dry. Cannot sweat.


      Chin-a; Nux-v.

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'.