Astacus fluviatilis

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


      Commonly known as river crab or crawfish. The tincture is prepared from the whole animal. It marked affects the liver and lymphatic glands. It produces URTICARIA; with liver complaints; jaundice of children. Itching in various parts. Crusta lactea, with enlarged lymphatic glands. Enlarged glands of neck in children and old people. Stinging pains are felt in various parts. Inward chilliness or shiverings. Nervous crawls over the body. Erysipelas, with nettlerash. Cramps in liver region, liver inflamed t pressure. Cough better when walking but returns as soon as he sits down. Violent fever, with headache; red glowing face. It constricts and may completely close both the duodenum and esp. the opening of the gall duct into the duodenum.


      Air. Uncovering.


      Calc; Rhus-t.

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'.