Asclepias tuberosa

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


      It increases the SECRETIONS OF SKIN’ serous and mucous membranes_causing profuse perspiration in pleuro-pneumonia, diarrhoea or rheumatic conditions,_colliquative states. It causes sharp, stitching, pricking pains worse motion. Excessive weakness, walking seems impossible. Numbness of the whole body. Influenza with pleurisy. Sensitive to tobacco. Weak and languid as if he had been sick a long time. Unfit for business from pain in bowels and frequent stools.


      Motion. Deep breathing. Lying. Tobacco. Rising. Coughing.


      Memory weak.


      Ache better after foot bath.


      Sticky yellow nasal discharge; Snuffles of children.


      Tough yellow coating on tongue. Taste; putrid, of blood.


      Stools smell like rotten eggs; or burn like fire. Catarrhal dysentery, with rheumatic pains all over. Stools with a feeling as stream of fire passing through abdomen.


      Flabby genitals.

Respiratory organs

      Dry cough, with constriction of throat. Chest pains better bending forward, worse lying, breathing. Short of breath and weak on walking. Pleurodynia. Pericardial effusion. Pleurisy. Pain beneath left nipple, with palpitation.



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'.