Benzinum nitricum

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


      It produces faintness, sinking, convulsions, twitching and sopor. Blueness of lips, face and fingernails. Head drawn backwards and to the left in spasms. Rolling of the eyeballs in their vertical axis is prominent feature. Pupils dilated. Nystagmus. Respiration, slow, difficult, sighing. Involuntary evacuation. Paralysis of all limbs. Secretions smell strongly of bitter almonds.

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'.