Aurum metallicum

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


      Gold makes a profound impression on the MIND, producing acute mental depression, hopelessness and loss of love of life. CIRCULATION IS DISTURBED; all the blood seems to rush from head to lower limbs. Orgasms, as if blood were boiling in all the veins. Erratic ebullitions. Venous congestion_more to head and chest. Caries of bones esp. of nose; palatine and mastoid. Bone pains are boring and cutting. Pains wander, impelling motion, finally attack heart. Indurations and glandular swellings. Exostosis, osteitis, Sclerosis of arteries; coronary, liver, brain. Extremely violent symptoms. Mercuric syphilitic dyscrasia. Chronicity of complaints. Heart feels loose on walking. As of air blowing on part. It is adapted to nervous, hysterical women; girls at puberty; pining boys; old people with heart disease; to persons who are low-spirited, lifeless, weak memory; yet sensitive to pain; which drives them to despair. Ill effects of grief, fright, anger, disappointed love, contradiction, reserved displeasure. Prolonged anxiety; unusual responsibility. Loss of property. Hopeless with heart disease; hopeful with lung disease. Cancerous ulcers. Necrosis. Dropsy.


      Emotions. Depressing; disordered affections. Mental exertion. Cold, weather. Night_Sunset to Sunrise. Mercury. Alcohol. Pot- Iodide. Cloudy weather. Winter.


      Cool; Open air. Cold bathing Becoming warm. Music. Walking. Moonlight.


      Intense hopeless depression; and disgust of life. Talk of committing suicide. Suicidal anguish. Peevish and vehement on least contradiction, or cheerful alternately. Brooding melancholy; alternating with irritability or moroseness. Feeling of condemnation and utter worthlessness. Weeping, praying and self reproaching from heart disease. Loquacity. Rapid questioning, without waiting for a reply. Fears the least noise. Weak memory. Vexed mood. Violent hysteria; with desperate actions; thrashes oneself about etc. Self reproach; self criticism. Changing moods. She does everything wrong; thinks had neglected something; her friends; her duty. Indisposed to talk. Hateful and quarrelsome. Future looks dark. Grumbling.


      Violent pain in head causing confusion. Headache of students, with precordial anxiety and flushes of heat to the head. Head hot, full. Exostosis with boring pain. Boils on scalp. Lumps under scalp. Baldness from syphilis. As if air passed over the brain.


      Photophobia. Hemiopia; upper half of objects invisible. Orbits feel sore. Glaucoma. Pupils; irregular. Yellow crescent bodies floating obliquely upward. Black spots, flames, sparks before the eyes. Everything looks blue.


      Caries of the mastoid. Obstinate foetid otorrhoea. Nerve deafness, with embarrassed speech. Oversensitive to noise, but better music.


      Ulcerated, painful swollen_caries; foetid discharge, purulent, bloody. Red, knobby tip of nose. Ozena. Snubbed.


      Congested, bluish-red. Parotids swollen, painful to touch. Pains in zygomae. Fine eruptions on lips, face or forehead.


      Offensive odour; in girls at puberty. Tongue leathery, hard. Milky or sweetish taste, foul even to water. Warts on tongue. Caries of teeth. Ulcers on palate. Gums swollen, dark red, bleeding.


      Stitches on swallowing. Caries of palate. Drinks come through nose.


      Burning at stomach, with hot risings. Desire for milk and coffee. Loss of appetite in pining boys. Thirst. Voracious appetite.


      Liver region hot and painful. Hepatitis. Jaundice; of pregnancy. Liver with heart symptoms. Ascites, with heart affections. Constipation better during menses. Stools, knotty, hard, large. Warts around the anus. Grumbling and rumbling in. Inguinal hernia of children.

Urinary Organs

      Urine turbid like buttermilk. Painful, paralytic retention.


      Pain and swelling of testicles_orchitis. Atrophy of testicles in boys. Hydrocele; of children. Chronic induration of testicles. Sarcocele. Epididymitis.


      Syphilitic sterility; also of those women who are mentally depressed on account of their barrenness. Uterus enlarged and prolapsed. Constant oozing from the vulva. Vaginismus. Labour pains make her desperate. Uterine troubles, worse reaching high with arms. Induration and ulceration of the womb from repeated abortions. Leucorrhoea worse walking. Amenorrhoea with great sadness. Menses late, scanty.

Respiratory organs

      Crushing weight under sternum worse ascending. Dyspnoea worse laughing, at night. Dry, nervous spasmodic cough, peculiar to women, from sunset to sunrise. Always takes a deep breath, and cannot get enough air.


      Sensation as if the heart stopped beating, immediately followed by hard rebound. Oppression at the heart. Violent palpitation, at puberty. Cardiac hypertrophy. Angina Pectoris. Aortic disease. Carotids and temporal arteries throb visibly. Pulse, rapid, feeble, irregular. High blood pressure. Feels loose on walking. Palpitation compels him to stop. Heart bruised, sore worse suppressed foot sweat.

Neck and Back

      Swollen cervical glands; like knotted cord. As if lower spine bulged backwards. Lumbar muscles painfully stiff, thigh cannot be raised. Port’s disease.


      Nightly leg pains. Holds the left arm during attack of palpitation. Knees weak. Paralytic feeling in legs. Nails turn blue. Pains in both the knees as if tightly bandaged. Trembling feet. Hot bruised soles, at night. Cold foul foot sweat.


      Restless, with anxious, frightful dreams. Sobs aloud in sleep. Disturbed by sexual excitement.


      Painfully sensitive to cold; shivering in bed. Cold and damp all over. Sweat about genitals.


      Lipoma. Warts. Acne.



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'.