Asterias rubens

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

      Red Star Fish.


      This remedy produces disturbances of the circulation, with pulsations and congestion, in head, womb, chest etc. nervous affections include neuralgia, chorea, hysteria and epilepsy. It has a decided action on female organs. Epilepsy is preceded by twitching over whole body. Drawn back feeling in eyes, nipples etc. Cancer; of mammae. Flabby Lymphatic constitution. Chorea, quiet only when the hands are in the pockets. Left-sided symptoms.


      Heat. Menses. Contradiction. Cold wet weather. Coffee. Night.


      Easily excited by any emotion esp. contradiction; epilepsy. Weeps from least emotion. Hallucinations; of hearing voices; away from; among strangers. Sense of impending misfortune. Fears bad news.


      Rushes of blood to head, with throbbing. Heat in head as if surrounded by hot air. Shocks in brain.


      Are drawn backwards. Winking of eyelids.


      Red, flushed face. Pimples on side of nose, chin and mouth. Acne.


      Obstinate constipation. Diarrhoea; watery brown stools gushing out with force in jet.


      Sexual desire increased.


      Violent and constant sexual desire; not better by coition, with nervous agitation, with disposition to weep. Left breast feels as if pulled inward. Dull, aching neuralgia in mammae. Nodes and indurations of mammary gland; nipples retracted; cancer even in ulcerative stage, acute lancinating pains; axillary glands swollen, hard, and knotted. Vagina moist with feeling of ease. Jerking or distress in uterus.


      Numbness of hand and fingers_left side. Pain from mammae extends over inner arm to end of little finger. Gait unsteady muscles refuse to obey the will.


      Acne_black tipped puncta, small red base. Psoriasis. Herpes zoster.


      Murx; Sepia

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'.