Baptisia tinctoria

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


      Wild Ind. of America has its reputation as a remedy for typhoid fever. It affects the BLOOD, causing septic conditions, low fever and malaria poisoning. Feeling of SORENESS, HEAVINESS, and ACHING OF MUSCLES is very marked. PROSTRATION Is RAPID; bed feels too hard on account of soreness of muscles, yet he feels too weak to move. Mucus membranes become dark. Discharges; stools, haemorrhages etc. are dark in colour. Dark spots appear upon the body. FOUL; odour of the body, breath, of excretions, stools, sweat, urine etc. Brown; sordes, stools, menses. Bed sores. Influenza. Chronic intestinal toxaemia of children, with foetid stools and eructations. Lifeless body but restless mind. Insensitive to pain. Parts feel numb or too large. Restless, always rubs the hands, hysterical. In low potency it increases the resistant power of the body against typhoid. Ill effects of antityphoid serum injections.


      Humid heat. Fogs. In room. Pressure. On waking. Walking. Open air. Cold wind. Autumn. Hot weather.


      Sense of DUALITY. Aversion to mental and bodily exertion. Thinks he is broken or double. PARTS FEEL SEPARATED or scattered Tosses about in bed trying to get pieces together. Hopeless of recovery; and certain of death. Dull and confused. Falls asleep while answering or does not complete his sentence. Wandering, muttering delirium. Perfect indifference. Bewildered. Imagines his limbs are talking to each other.


      Feels, too large, heavy, numb. As of a blow or heavy pain on occiput. Vertigo, with weak feeling esp. of lower limbs and knees. Vertex feels as if would fly off. Brain feels sore.


      Eyelids heavy. Eyes feel swelled. Half closed.


      Early deafness in typhoid-like conditions.


      Pain at the root. Epistaxis of dark blood. Illusion of smell as of burnt feathers.


      DUSKY, SODDEN, BESOTTED, stupid. Muscles of the jaw rigid. Cracked, bleeding lips.


      Brown strip down centre of the tongue. Tongue feels burnt. Breath foetid. Thick speech. Ulcers in the mouth. Taste flat, bitter. Dark, red, tumid mouth. Tongue; cracked, bleeds; feels thick or is heavily coated. Lower jaw drops. Saliva viscid. Sore mouth of suckling. Tonsils and soft palate swollen.


      Dark, red, tumid. Numb inside but sensitive outside. Can swallow liquids only, least solid food gags. Constriction of oesophagus at cardiac orifice. Ragged ulcers in the throat. Spasms of gullet.


      Sinking feeling at stomach. Easy vomiting. Pain in epigastric region. Feeling of a hard substance. Sudden attacks of vomiting and diarrhoea, with fever, Gastric fever. All symptoms are worse by beer.


      Right lilac region sensitive. Soreness of the gall bladder, with diarrhoea. Diarrhoea_sudden, horribly foul, mushy, painless, dark, slaty or bloody stools. Dysentery_of the old people; with pain in limbs small of back and rigors. Painless dysentery; with fever. Intestinal toxaemia of children, with foetid stools and eructations. Stricture from piles.

Urinary Organs

      Urine; scanty, dark red, alkaline; foetid, light green. Uraemia.


      Orchitis. Pressing pain in testes as if squeezed.


      Threatened abortion, from mental shock, depression, low fevers. Menses; too early, too profuse. Lochia; acrid, foul. Puerperal fever. Stomatitis of nursing mothers.

Respiratory organs

      Breathing difficult from weakness of chest worse on waking, better standing; Craves air. Bronchial asthma. Lungs feel tight and compressed. Afraid to go to sleep on account of sense of suffocation and nightmares.


      Pulse first accelerated, then slow and faint.

Neck and Back:

      Neck tired, cannot hold it easy in any position. Pain in sacrum around hips and legs. Back sore and bruised. Bed sores. Feels as if lying on board. Symptoms radiate from small of back.


      Stiffness and pain, aching and drawing in arms and legs.


      Drowsy, stupid and languid; slides down in bed. Nightmares, and frightful dreams. Lies curled up like a dog on one side.


      Hyperpyrexia. Adynamic fevers, typhoid; ship-board fever. Sweat relieves. Gastric influenza.


      Livid spots all over the body and limbs.


      Arn; Gels; Hyos; Lach; Mur-ac; Op; 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'.