Arsenicum iodatum

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


      This remedy should be thought of when the discharges of MUCUS MEMBRANES are persistently acrid, profuse, thick, gluey, yellow like honey, in chronic affections; and thin in acute conditions. Discharges cause BURNING of the part on which they flow. Its symptoms are very similar to the symptoms of early stage of tuberculosis, with afternoon rise of temperature. In chronic inflammatory state of the lungs and bronchial tubes, the expectoration is greenish-yellow, pus-like, with short breadth, there is a profound prostration, emaciation, recurring fever and sweats and tendency to diarrhoea. It is a remedy for senile heart, and myocarditis and fatty degeneration of the heart. Heart weakened by chronic lung affections. Sensations of heaviness occurs in many parts. Axillary tumours. Erethistic weakness; debility.


      Dry, cold weather. Windy, foggy weather. Exertion. In room. Apples. Tobacco smoke.


      Open air.


      Unable to study, study causes headache.


      Vertigo with tremulous feeling esp. in aged. Dull heavy headache, across forehead or occiput. Study causes headache. Pain over the root of nose, as if she would go silly.


      Eye balls feel heavy.


      Foul otorrhoea. Tympanum thickened. Hypertrophy of eustachian tube; deafness from.


      Drips water, which is hot, green, acrid, reddens upper lip. Persistent but unsatisfactory sneezing. Tingling in the nose and constant desire to sneeze. Coryza with dyspnoea. Post-nasal catarrh. Hay fever. Influenza. Colds with hunger.


      Aching in malar bones. Cancer of lips.


      Raw burning, tonsils swollen, Chronic follicular pharyngitis. Goitre.


      Intense thirst, with desire for cold water which is ejected at once. Vomiting an hour after food. Uncomfortable nausea.


      Diarrhoea and dysentery; stools scalding, glass white. Enlarged mesenteric glands. Painful swelling in right groin on extending leg.


      Lump in mammae worse touch. Nipple retracted. Foul, bloody, yellow irritating leucorrhoea, with swelling of labia. Emaciation of mammae.

Respiratory organs

      Short of breath; air hunger. Hacking cough. Expectoration, yellow-green, foul Asthma, in phthisis. Pneumonia that fails to clear up. Burning heat in chest. Tubercular pleurisy. hoarseness. Aphonia.


      Weak, irritable. Pulse rapid, irritable.

Neck and Back

      Burning heat in lumbar region, as if clothes were on fire_.


      Pain in humerus worse writing. Clothes feel cold better walking.


      Recurrent fever with sweat. Drenching night sweats, with weakness. Chilly, cannot endure cold.


      Dry, harsh, dusky. Psoriasis. Ichthyosis. Marked exfoliation of skin in large scales leaving a exudating surface beneath. Acne hard, shotty. Venereal bubo. Eczema of beard worse washing.





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'.