Belladonna


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


Generalities

      Belladonna acts upon nerve centres producing twitching, convulsions and pain. Its action upon the brain causes furious excitement and perversion of special senses. Circulation in blood vessels and capillaries becomes active causing congestion, throbbing, and dilatation of arteries. Mucous membranes become dry. Its effects are sudden and violent. BURNING HEAT, BRIGHT REDNESS and DRYNESS are very marked. HOT; body, part, discharges etc. Redness occurs in streaks. SEVERE NEURALGIC PAIN, that comes and goes suddenly. FULLNESS; CONGESTION esp. to head and SWELLING are other characteristic features. PAINS ARE THROBBING; SHARP; CUTTING; SHOOTING; or clawing, of maddening severity; coming and going in repeated attacks. Discharges are hot and scanty. SPASMS; SHOCKS; JERKS and TWITCHING. CONSTRICTIONS occur in parts of the body like throat, vagina etc. or in whole body. Sensitive to LIGHT, NOISE’ JARRING. Epileptic attacks are followed by nausea and vomiting. Convulsions commence in the arm. Spasms are followed by prolonged unconsciousness. Throws body forwards and backwards; chorea. Acts as a prophylactic in scarlet fever. Exophthalmic goitre, with extreme thyroid toxaemia. Hydrophobia. Useful in air-sickness. Its influence is felt more in intelligent and plethoric persons who are jovial and entertaining when well, but violent when sick, therefore a great children’s remedy. Ill effects of hair cutting, head getting wet. Sausages. Sun. Walking in wind or draft. Haemorrhages, hot. Heat in body; parts are hot, swollen, and dry. Right sided symptoms.

WORSE

      Heat of Sun; if heated. DRAFTS_on head; haircut; washing head. After taking cold. Light; noise; jarring. CHECKED SWEAT. Touch. Company. Pressure. Motion. Hanging down affected part. Afternoon. Lying down. Looking at shining objects or running water.

BETTER

      Light covering. Bending backward, semi-erect. Rest in bed. Standing. Leaning head against something. Bending or turning the affected part.

Mind

      Acuteness of senses. WILDLY DELIRIOUS. Excited ferocious; noisy; cries out. Talks fast; VERY RESTLESS. Biting, striking, tearing mania. Spits on faces of other persons. Sees monsters, hideous faces. Fear of imaginary things. Desire to escape or hide himself. Perversity, with tears (children). Excitable, easily weeps. Quarrelsome. Tendency to dance, laugh, sing, whistle. Starts in fright at the approach of others. Constant moaning. Craving for snuff. An angel when well and a devil when sick. Sits and breaks pins. Mental symptoms better taking light food. Patient lives in his own world.

Head

      THROBBING, HAMMERING, HEADACHE worse temples; worse motion; better letting hair down; laying the hand on head; bending head backwards. Feeling in the brain like swashing of water. It rises and falls in waves. Cold sensation in head at the middle of the forehead. Vertigo worse stooping and rising from stooping. Hydrocephalus, with boring of head in the pillows. Hairs split, are dry and come out. Rolls head. Pulls her hair. Meningitis. Sunstroke. Pains go downward from head. Head sensitive to drafts and cold, or washing hair.

Eyes

      PUPILS DILATED. Eyes, sparkling, prominent, staring. Red conjunctiva. Fiery, red, vivid hallucinations; even on closing the eyes. Attacks of blindness, then yellow vision. Sees red flashes before vision. PHOTOPHOBIA. Diplopia. Triplopia. Moon light blindness. Sensation as if eyes were half closed. Eyelids; feel sore, congested and swollen. Exophthalmus. Lachrymation like brine. Lines appear crooked when reading.

Ears

      Pain causes delirium; child cries out in sleep. Otitis media. Autophony_hearing one’s voice in the ear. Haematoma. Noises in ears.

Nose

      Red; swollen. Imaginary odours; odour of tobacco intolerable. Bleeding from nose, with flushed face.

Face

      Fiery; RED; turgid and hot; or becomes pale and red alternately. Semilateral swelling of the face. Spasmodic distortion of mouth (risus sardonicus). Convulsive motions of muscles of face. Facial neuralgia, with twitching of muscles and flushed face. Lower jaw, as if drawn backwards.

Mouth

      DRY, HOT. Tongue; red, hot, swollen. Edges of tongue red. Strawberry tongue. Red streak in middle of tongue, wider at tip. Grinding of the teeth. Tongue hangs out of the mouth (children). Forepart of the tongue cold and dry. Toothache better biting. Chewing motions of the mouth as though chewing or sucking. Stammering speech. Lock-jaw. Hot breath.

Throat

      DRY and HOT. Tonsils enlarged. Tonsillitis worse right side. Urging to swallow, with choking. Throat feels constricted. Swallowing difficult; Drinks in sips. Must take a drink to swallow solid food. When swallowing, bends head forward and lifts up knees. Clutches at, during epilepsy.

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'.