Benzoicum Acidum

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


      It is a remedy for uric acid diathesis. The urine is highly coloured, very offensive with gouty symptoms. Urination profuse and scanty alternately. Patient gives out a very strong urinous odour. Pains suddenly change their locality but are mostly felt in the region of the heart or they alternate with urinary symptoms. Pains alternate with heart symptoms. Renal insufficiency. Gouty and asthmatic. Hygroma, bunions. Meniere’s disease. Painful gouty nodes. Highly intensified odour of urine as a concomitant to any diseased condition. Symptoms fluctuate according to the fluctuation of urine.


      Heat. Profuse urination.


      Open air. Cold. Changing weather. Motion. By uncovering.


      Inclined to dwell on unpleasant things. Omits words in writing. Child cross, wants to be nursed in arms, will not be laid down. Shudders if he sees anyone deformed.


      Aches, when urine becomes scanty. Vertigo, with inclination to fall sideways.


      Noise, as of confused voices in ears worse swallowing or walking in open air.


      Seems to smell cabbage, dust, or something stinking. Itching of septum.


      Copper coloured spots on face. Involuntary biting of lower lip, while eating.


      Tongue; spongy on surface, with deep cracks and spreading ulcers. Mouth and throat symptoms are better eating. Toothache worse lying down.


      Sensation as of a lump, swelling and constriction better eating.


      Vomiting of salty or bitter substance. Sweat while eating.


      Cutting about navel better stool. Stitching in liver region. Copious grayish stools, like soap suds; of a pungent urinous odour; very foul; white.

Urinary Organs

      URINE; HOT, DARK BROWN; STRONG, of foul ammoniacal, or odour of horse urine. Eneuresis; dribbling of offensive urine of old men. Gravel. Sheets are, unusually stained brown in enuresis. Retention of urine in infants.


      Prolapse of uterus, with foul urine.

Respiratory organs

      Hard, dry cough; followed by expectoration of green mucus. Asthma, with rheumatic complaints. Cannot tolerate pressure of clothes on chest. Cough worse night, Lying on right side.


      Pains change places, but are most constant about the heart. Awakes after midnight, with violent pulsation or burning at heart.

Neck and Back:

      Coldness in sacrum. Dull pain in region of kidney; stiffness in loins. Trembling in lumbar region.


      Cracking in joints; in knee. Ganglion of the wrist. Bunion of great toe. Pain in tendo-Achillis, at the os calcis, with pain in heart, when stepping on foot.


      Profuse sweat, without relief. Night sweats. Hands, feet, back, knees cold, as from a cold wind. Sweat, with aromatic odour.


      Red spots. Itching with agreeable sensation on being scratched, but leaving a burning.



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'.