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


      Bism exerts its chief action on stomach and alimentary canal, causing catarrhal inflammation. Pains are tearing, pinching, burning, screwing. Sensation of heaviness in internal parts. Prostration. Affections, after abdominal operations.


      Eating, over eating.


      Cold; drinks; applications. Bending backwards. Motion.


      Apathetic. Discontented; complains about his condition. Desire for company; children hold on to mother’s hand. Anguish; never long in one place or position. Fickle minded.


      Cutting or pressure above (right) orbit extending to occiput worse eating, better cold; alternating with gastric pain. Headaches return in winter.


      Eyeballs ache. Thickened mucus in both canthi.


      Bleed, dark blood. Heaviness at the root of the nose.


      Earthy; blue around the eyes. Pain in cheek bones better running about and holding cold water in mouth. Face pale and cold. Face pain alternating, with gastric pain.


      Gums swollen. Toothache better cold water in the mouth worse when it becomes warm. Taste; sweetish, sour or metallic. Black gangrenous looking wedges on dorsum and sides of tongue.


      Difficult swallowing of fluids, which return through nose.


      Craves cold drinks, which is vomited at once, or in great quantities when stomach becomes full; at internal of days. Vomits fluids only. Burning, cramping, feeling of a load in stomach. Slow digestion, with foetid eructations. Bilious vomiting, after eating. Food presses like a load in one spot. Stomach pains better bending backwards. Cancer of stomach, vomiting of brownish water. Gastralgia, not associated with any catarrh or any symptoms of indigestion. Cold water better. Atrophy of stomach. Stomach hangs down; hard lumps are felt below navel.


      Flatulence. Prostration; after stool. Painless diarrhoea, with thirst and frequent vomiting, and micturition. Painless discharge of blood from rectum. Cholera infantum, when the body remains warm.

Urinary Organs

      Urine; frequent, copious; pale, suppression of.


      Violent beating of heart.


      Dry palms and soles. Tearing under nails. Limbs cold. Blue colour of forearm and thigh.


      Restless on account of voluptuous dreams; with emissions or without.


      Ulcers; gangrenous black, bluish.


      Ars; Cadm.

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'.