Asarum europoeum

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


      Asarum produces a remarkable state of OVERSENSITIVENESS OF NERVES; scratching on silk or linen, rattle of paper is unbearable, not only that but even the idea that someone might scratch with finger tip or nail produces a disagreeable thrill, through him. Cold shivers from any emotion is also a marked symptom. Pressure, tension and contractive sensation are also leading features; patient thinks that his whole body or single parts were being pressed together. It is suitable to literary men of sedentary habits who shrink from cold or always feel cold. Mucous discharges are glairy. Lightness as if floating. Drunkards.


      PENETRATING NOISE. Cold dry weather. Emotions. Retching, (except head).


      Cold bathing, of face. Damp, wet weather.


      Gradual vanishing of thought Stupid feeling in the head better retching. Feeling of lightness as if floating, when walking in the open air.


      Compressive headache. Tension of whole scalp; cannot bear combing.


      Watering and burning of the eyes. Asthenopia. Darting pains in the eye; after operations.


      Painfully sensitive hearing. Plugged up sensation; with coryza. Sensation as if skin were stretched over external ear (right).


      Coryza with sneezing.


      Warm feeling in face better cold washing.


      Accumulation of cold watery saliva in the mouth, with nausea. Tobacco tastes bitter when smoking. Clean tongue. Disgusting taste.


      Violent empty retching which worse all the symptoms, (except head). Violent vomiting, with diarrhoea and violent colic. Desire for alcoholic drinks. Horrible feeling at epigastrium on waking in the morning; drunkards.


      Strings of odourless, yellow mucus pass from bowels. Undigested stools. Stools worse after eating and drinking. Gelatinous or shreddy mucus in stool; mucus colitis.


      Violent pain in small of back at the appearance of menses, scarcely permitting her to breathe, worse motion. Tenacious yellow leucorrhoea. Threatened abortion from excessive sensibility of nerves. Menses too ear!y and long lasting, blood black.


      Nervous hacking cough. Asthmatic breathing worse odours and cold. Both lungs as if constricted by wire. Stitches in larynx better cough.


      Lightness of all the limbs. Gurgling sensation in patella. Weakness, with staggering.


      Frequent yawning; great drowsiness.


      Chilliness, single parts get icy cold. Cold feeling not better by covering or heat of room. Sweat; sour, easily excited.


      Arg-n; Castor; Theridion


      Caust; Puls, Silicea

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'.