Aranea diadema

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


      This spider poison is the remedy for the constitution, favourable to malarial poisoning. Patient feels cold to the very bones, cannot get warm enough. There is abnormal susceptibility to damp and cold. Inability to live near fresh water, rivers, lakes etc. or in damp chilly places. It affects the nerves; causing neuralgic pains, which are violent and sudden and appear at the same hour every day, every other day, week, month or at regular periods. Sensation AS OF ENORMOUS ENLARGEMENT; or numbness of parts worse on waking or he wakes with such a feeling. It is a haemorrhagic remedy. It affects bones, causing periostitis. Punctured wounds. Many symptoms appear on right side. Pains are like electric shocks. Great desire to lie down. Creeping as of ants all over the body.


      EXACT PERIODICITY. Cold. DAMPNESS. Cold bathing.


      Tobacco smoking. In open air. Pressure. Summer.


      Nervous. Despondent; longs for death.


      Ache better smoking and going out in open air. Vertigo, with flickering before the eyes.


      Heat and glittering before eyes; before headache.


      Trigeminal neuralgia. Cheeks feel as if swollen during toothache.


      Violent pain in all upper teeth at once, on retiring. Taste bitter better smoking.


      Epigastrium painful to pressure. Cramps, after eating a little.


      Spleen enlarged. Colic occurring at the same hour. Pain better by rubbing.


      Menses too early; too copious. Lumbo-abdominal neuralgia with vomiting and yawning; during menstrual cycle.

Respiratory organs

      Haemoptysis, bright red. Inter-costal neuralgia extending to spine.


      Bones painful. Pain in os calcis, better continued motion. Numbness of parts supplied by ulnar nerve. Arms and legs feel numb. Bones cold as if made of ice. Ulcer on heel. Limbs feel heavy.


      Restless and waking, as if hands and forearms are swollen and heavy.


      Chilliness, with pain in long bones, and feeling of a stone in abdomen. No sweat.



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'.