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


      Hysterical and hypochondriacal manifestations are covered by this remedy. Though the patient is of full habit, and stout aspect yet he is intolerably nervous and OVERSENSITIVE. In the digestive tract it produces flatulence and spasmodic contractions of stomach and oesophagus, with reverse peristalsis, everything comes up, nothing goes down. It affects bones and periosteum; caries of bones and deep ulcerations are favourably influenced by it. fits of hard, violent throbbing. Pains are pressive, sharp, stitching, extending outwards; associated with numbness; they change place and are better by touch. Aching, boring in bones. Easy relapses. Blueness. Foul, thin, acrid secretions. As if a nail or plug driven in. Twitching and jerking in muscles. Fistulae with foul pus. Glands all over the body are hot and throb. Pains jerk and shoot. Clumsy children. Obesity. Left sided symptoms. Undulating, twitching of muscles. Ill effects of checked skin eruptions or suppressed discharges. Neuralgia of stump, after operations. Nervous disorders from suppressed skin eruptions.


      Night. In room. Rest. Eating. Suppressions. Mercury. Noise. Sitting. Warm wraps.


      Motion in open air. Pressure; touch. Scratching.


      Fickle, cannot persevere in anything. Wants now one thing, then another, walks hither and thither. Magnifies her symptoms. Craves sympathy. Hysteria from suddenly suppressed discharges. Fainting during pain. Faints when he thinks that he has taken medicine. Faints; almost without cause, in a closed room, excitement or disturbance, after emission. I hysteria, with much trouble about throat or oesophagus, clutches throat. Dissatisfied with oneself. Complains of her troubles. Changing moods; fits of joy with burst of laughter.


      Aches in occipital region better stool.


      Throbbing pain in and around the eye worse at night. Orbital neuralgia better pressure and rest. Eyelids stick to balls. Numbness about eyes; ulceration of cornea. Syphilitic iritis.


      Offensive purulent otorrhoea, with hardness of hearing. Pain in mastoid with pushing out sensation.


      Offensive discharge from the nose. Ozena. Caries of nasal bones. Tension over nasal bones, with numbness.


      Puffy, purple as if heated. Small tubercles in the cheek. Swelling of the lower lip. Numbness of bones.


      Greasy, rancid taste. Constant chewing, with frothy saliva from mouth; chorea.


      Everything presses towards throat. Globus_ball rising in the throat. Spasms of gullet and stomach.


      Explosive eructations smelling like garlic and rancid in taste. Regurgitation of liquids. Pulsation in the pit of stomach; perceptible to the hand or even visible. Disgust for all food.


      Flatulence; sudden, pushing upwards, hysterical, wind colic with abdominal pulsations. Bowels seem knotted. Diarrhoea, stools dark, watery with disgusting odour. Only mucus is passed. Flatus passing upwards, none downwards. Heat in spleen and abdomen.

Urinary Organs

      Urine brown and of pungent odour. Spasms in bladder during and after urination.


      Needle like stitches in penis. Fainting after seminal emissions.


      Mammae turgid with milk, when not pregnant. Deficient milk with oversensitiveness. Bearing down in the genital esp. while riding in a carriage. Menses; too early, too scanty, last for a short time. Leucorrhoea; profuse, greenish, thin; offensive.

Respiratory organs

      Spasmodic tightness of chest, as if lungs could not be fully expanded. Asthmatic attacks at least once in a day, worse bodily exertion, coition, satisfying meals. Spasms of the glottis, alternating with contraction of finger and toes.


      Palpitation more like a tremor. Heart seems full, distended. Reflex heart symptoms of nervous origin.


      Pain and tenderness in tibia; intolerable, worse night. Cannot work on account of backache. Cold swelling around ankles. Convulsive tremors better by holding.


      Eruptions of air vesicles. Bluish ulcers, with highly sensitive edges. Itching better scratching. Old cicatrices turn purple and ulcerate. Foul burrowing pus.


      Aur; Chin; Lach; Merc; Sumb; Valer.


      Causticum Pulsatilla

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'.