Calcarea Arsenicosa

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


      This remedy was found useful clinically, in complaints of fat women around climacteric; when slightest emotions cause palpitation. In children with enlarged liver and spleen; in complaints of drunkards after abstaining. Nephritis, albuminuria, and dropsy. In epilepsy with rush of blood to the head; aura felt in the region of heart. Epilepsy, with heart disease. Flying sensation or swimming sensation, as if feet did not touch the ground.


      Slight exertion. Errors in diet. Cold air.


      Depression and anxiety. Desire for company.


      Rush of blood to the head, with vertigo. Weekly headaches better lying on painful side. Headache, with palpitation, increase and decrease together.


      Enlarged liver and spleen in chronic malaria; in children. Pancreatic diseases. Relieves burning pain in cancer. Diarrhoea worse sweet potato or yam. Swollen inguinal glands, with tearing pain in legs.

Urinary Organs

      Kidney region sensitive to pressure. Passes urine every hour.


      Offensive bloody leucorrhoea. Cancer of the uterus. Burning in uterus and vagina.

Respiratory organs

      Burning heat in chest. Feeling, as if he would suffocate, with palpitation. Drawing as with a thread from larynx backwards.


      Palpitation and heart pains before epileptic attack. Pulse intermittent_every 4th beat regularly.

Neck and Back:

      Pain and stiffness near nape of neck. Violent throbbing pain, drives out of bed.


      Weariness and lameness of lower limbs. Removes inflammatory products in veins of lower limbs.


      Marked malaria. Chilly.

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'.