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


      It acts with great intensity on the Mucous membranes; and also on the bones esp. Mastoid. Mucous membranes, become dark, red, spongy or ooze bloody mucus. Pains are BURNING-SMARTING, pungent or strangling, thread like, worse by cold water. Sensation of SORENESS and constriction. It seems suitable to those persons who are of lax fibres, weak, lazy, indolent, fat, red, clumsy, awkward and of unclean habits. Such persons are opposed to physical exertion, averse to go outside of their routine and get home sick easily. Old people who have exhausted their vitality esp., by mental work and poor living. Persons react poorly and are afraid of cold. Abstainers from accustomed alcoholics. Discharges are foul. Myalgia. Neuralgia. Deep abscesses. The circulation is sluggish and parts pinched remain in raised position for a long time. Shuddering, during pain or drinking.


      Continued motion. Heat. While eating.


      SLIGHT DRAUGHT; even warm. COLD AIR; water. Uncovering. Dampness. Bathing. Empty swallowing. Drinking; worse throat or excited urination. After eating. Drunkards.


      Capricious and changeable mood. Homesick with red face and sleeplessness, and disposition to suicide. Peevish, irritable, angry, easily offended. Clumsy. Awkward; runs into everything. Refractory esp. children. Dipsomania. Jocular and sings, yet at slightest cause gets angry. Always on the look out for insults. If she wants a certain thing, she will oppose, if proposed by someone else. Laughs and weeps alternately.


      Bursting headache worse coughing; better heat; movement, lying with head high.


      Objects appear black. Eyes prominent; with burning and lachrymation; during cough.


      Affected alternately. Swelling and pain behind the ears. Mastoiditis. Tenderness over petrous bones. Hot ears. Otalgia; then deafness. Affections of ears during pregnancy. Tympanum perforated.


      RED BUT COLD; tip very hot. Nosebleed in the morning; in bed.


      RED, BUT COLD or pale and red alternately. Pain in fine line coursing along the nerve. Lips; swollen, cracked, burning.


      Vesicles or flat painful aphthae. Stomatitis. Foetid odour from the mouth. TONGUE GREENISH AT BASE. Gums; hot, spongy, retracted. Burning-smarting at the tip of tongue. Saliva increased. Taste; foul, like putrid water; sour to food.


      Burning smarting in throat. Constriction of throat with urging to swallow. Sore throat of smokers and drinkers. Pain and dryness extending to ears. Uvula; swelled; elongated, with sensation as if it were pressing on something hard. Hot, pungent air comes up from the throat, tasting foul when coughing. Pains when coughing. Paralytic dysphagia.


      Craves stimulating, pungent things; wants a bracer. Much thirst but drinking causes shuddering. Water brash. Acid dyspepsia; burning or trembling in stomach, or icy coldness, or as if cold water. Desire for coffee, but it nauseates. Vegetables cause flatulence.


      Flatulent colic. Colic about umbilicus with mucous stools. Small, hot, burning, bloody, mucus stools; with tenesmus of rectum and bladder, then thirst worse drinking Burning piles; bleeding, with soreness in anus. Dysentery. Violent pulsations of arteries in abdomen. Mucous diarrhoea.

Urinary Organs

      Frequent almost ineffectual urging to urinate. Strangury. Burning orifice. Urine comes first in drops, then in spurts. Thick white creamy discharge from urethra; gonorrhoea. Drinking excites urination and stool. Meatus everted.


      Scrotum cold, and shrivelled. Atrophy, softening of testes, with loss of sensibility; spermatic cord shrivelled. Excessive burning pain in prostate; gonorrhea. Trembling of the whole body during amorous caresses. Prepuce swollen. Cramps in testes; after emission.


      Climacteric disturbances, with burning of tip of tongue. Pushing or sticking sensation in ovarian (left) region, with disorders of menses. Menorrhagia, with nausea.

Respiratory organs

      Wants to take deep breath, thinking that it would relieve all her symptoms. Cough causes distant pains; in bladder, ear, legs etc.; or raises foul air, better drinking cold water. Too weak to cough out expectoration. Constriction of chest arrests breathing. Hoarseness, in singers and preachers. Asthma with redness of face, worse ascending. Ribs seem dislocated. Gangrene, of lung.

Neck and Back:

      Lumbar pain after stools. Pain in sacrum with piles and dysentery. Pain in the back while drinking water. Sensation as if cold water dropping down back.

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'.