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


      It affects the MUCOUS MEMBRANES causing aphthous, catarrhal conditions. Discharges are thick, hot, biting. Excessively nervous; easily frightened; sensitive to sudden noises. Heat in single parts, mouth, vagina, palms etc. Sticking or drawing pains; internal, intercostal, soles etc. Poorly nourished, soft and flabby; children. Parts which are usually red turn white. Sensation of cobweb, on hands, face. Tousy persons. Skin and mucous membranes shrivelled. Restlessness in afternoon. General emaciation. Marasmus. Eructation, when painful parts are pressed. Favours easy conception. Infants cyanotic from birth. Valuable in epilepsy.


      DOWNWARD OR UPWARD MOTION. Sudden noises Cold; wet; least uncovering. Fruit. Nurslings; children. Smoking. Warm weather. After menses. Rocking; being dangled up and down.


      11 p.m. Pressure. Evening. Cold weather.


      Nervous; anxious; fidgety, fickle. Fears downward motion. Starts or frightened at every noise or sudden noise; or at trifles. Irritable before stool, cheerful and happy after. Babies cry and scream, when nursing, or before passing stool or urine. Fear of thunder. Children awake, suddenly, scream, hold the sides of cradle, without any apparent cause. Fault finding. Does not wish to do anything. All the mental symptoms are better at 11 p.m. Changes from one business to another, from one room to another. Fear of being infected by some contagious disease.


      Vertigo worse ascending stairs or any elevation. Headache, with nausea and trembling of the whole body. Hot head of babies. Hair entangled at tips, stick together cannot be separated.


      Gummy, crusty, sticky eyelids. Redness about eyes. Entropion. Raw tarsi. Granular eyelids.


      Sensitive to slightest noise, not so much disturbed by louder ones. As if ear opened and closed.


      Acrid coryza. Dry crusts in nose. Red nose of young women. Red shining swelling of the nose, with throbbing and tensive sensation. Stoppage of nostrils alternately; with lachrymation.


      Pale, dirty. Puffy face; bluish in infants. Anxious, during downward motion. Cobweb sensation. As of a bug crawling over lip.


      Dry, hot, tender, aphthous; after taking sour or salty food. Dry cracked; or puffy indented tongue. Toothache worse wet weather better by smoking. Palate, hard and wrinkled; as if burnt; pains when chewing; while nursing, in children. Painful gumboil. Taste bitter, even saliva. Thrush. Ulcers, bleed on eating or by touch.


      Eructations, on pressing painful part. Nausea; when thinking hard; with trembling of body and weakness of knees. Desire for sour things. Pain in the region of stomach, after heavy lifting_stitching_ extending to small of back. Sweat on stomach. Vomiting after drinking; of sour mucus. Gastralgia, reflex from uterine troubles.


      Belly soft, flabby, sunken. Flatulent,_distension after every meal. Pain as if diarrhoea would set in. Stools; turning green, or persistently green; like boiled starch. Mucous diarrhoea then weakness. Loose, pappy, foul smelling stools. Stools slender. Catch in groin on coughing. Pulling from spleen to chest. Stitching pains in the groins before or during menses. Burning in rectum during stool.

Urinary Organs

      Hot acrid, smarting urine, of pungent smell. Child screams before the passage. Frequent every 10 to 15 minutes. Small red particles on diaper. Nephritis. Cystitis.


      Indifference to coition.


      Indifference to coition. Menses too early, too profuse; attended with colic and nausea. Leucorrhoea_albuminous, clear, hot, pasty, with sensation as if warm water was flowing down legs. Membranous dysmenorrhoea. Empty feeling in mammae, after child nurses, with stitches better compressing. When nursing, pain in opposite breast. Labour pains with frequent eructations. Mother’s milk is thick and tastes badly. Sensation of distension in clitoris, with sticking. Sterility. Favours easy conception.

Respiratory organs

      Sticking pain in chest (intercostal) worse coughing, inspiration, yawning or any physical exertion. Shortness of breath worse ascending stairs; stitches on speaking. Hacking and violent cough; expectoration blood streaked or mouldy. Pain in chest better Lying on back, washing with cold water, or pressure. Arrest of breath when Lying down, must jump up and catch breath.


      Feels as if on night side; and being squeezed. Infants, cyanotic from birth. Violent palpitation.

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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'.