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


      Marked effects of Bromine are seen on the RESPIRATORY TRACT; esp. LARYNX and trachea. It is useful in scrofulous children, with enlarged glands; parotid, thyroid, ovaries and mammary glands are esp. affected, which are swollen and indurated; but seldom suppurate. Constriction and membranous formation occur in larynx, spreading upwards. Patient is weak and easily overheated, then sweaty and sensitive to draughts. Blondes. Tremulous all over. Fainting. Emaciation. Boring pains in bones. Cancer.


      WARMTH; DAMP WARM; overheating; warm room. Chilled when hot. Sea bathing. Dust. Draught. Evening, until midnight. Lying on left side.


      Nose bleed better (vertigo, head, chest). At sea. Motion. Shaving. Riding.


      Feels that strange persons are looking over patient’s shoulders; or that he would see one on turning, as if someone were at the back of him. Takes no interest in household duties. Cheerful mood; desire for mental labour. Sad. Indifferent. Low spirited, inconsolable. Does not feel normal; but cannot tell why. Sits alone in her room without doing anything; looks constantly in one direction without saying anything.


      Vertigo worse on bridge, at the sight of running water. Head congested, fears a stroke. Headache worse drinking milk, stooping. Headache in sun, passes off in shade. Headache deep in vertex, with palpitation.


      Lachrymation, with swelling of tear glands. Pupils dilated. Protruding eyes. Flashes before eyes.


      Hard swelling of the parotid gland, warm to touch; after eruptive fevers.


      Acrid, burning coryza, with violent sneezing and soreness of the nose. Tickling smarting as from cobweb. Nosebleed. Fan like motion of alae. Long continued obstinate coryza.


      Sensation of cobweb. Seems drawn to a point at nose. Ashy grey. Pale, red, alternating.


      Dry and parched. Aphthae, with affection of eyes. Water tastes saltish.


      Tonsils; swollen, deep red, with network of dilated blood vessels, pain worse swallowing fluids than solids. Even a small goitre oppresses. Stony hard, swollen glands. Diphtheria.


      Sharp burning from tongue to stomach. Pressure like from a stone. Gastralgia better eating. Sour things disagree. Vomiting; like coffee ground; bloody mucus. Aversion to customary tobacco smoking.


      Tympanitic, distended. Diarrhoea, after eating oysters and sour things. Piles; bleed, intensely painful, worse application of cold or warm water. Spleen enlarged, indurated.

Urinary Organs

      Urine high coloured.


      Swelling and induration of testes worse slight jar.


      Flatus from vagina; noisy. Dysmenorrhoea. Swelling of ovaries. Queer ill feeling few days before menses. Tumour in breast, stitching pain from breast to axilla. Menses, with membranous shreds. Itching in vagina. Suppression of menses, in scirrhus mammae.

Respiratory organs

      Inhaled air seems smoky, cold or raw. Dry cough, with hoarseness and burning pain behind sternum. Wants to take a deep breath, but it excites cough. Suffocative fits; he starts up with choked or croupy or wheezing cough or with palpitation. Asthma. Spasms of glottis. Asthma of sailors going ashore. Deep hoarseness if heated. Lungs feel coated with down. Larynx cold. Colds start in larynx, go upward and downward. Thick white expectoration. Dyspnoea, with great swelling.


      Hypertrophy; from gymnastics, with palpitation. Cutting pain running upwards, heart disease. Violent palpitation worse lying on left side. Nervous palpitation; with nausea; with headache.

Neck and Back:

      Glands enlarged, cystic tumours on both sides of neck.


      Icy cold forearms or only cold hands. Boring pain in one or both tibiae. Left arm, lame, in cardiac affections.


      Continued yawning, with respiratory trouble, with drowsiness. Great drowsiness when reading.


      Boils on arms and face. Acne, pimples and pustules.


      Lach; Sambucus

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'.