Carduus Marianus

Carduus marianus symptoms. Dr. Phatak describes the clinically confirmed symptoms of the homeopathic remedy Carduus Marianus in his Concise Materia Medica….

Editors note: Carduus marianus is often used in homeopathy as a liver tonic. Carduus marianus mother tincture is used for portal congestion, gall bladder stones, dropsy, jaundice, liver cirrhosis etc. The homeopathic medicine Cardus has no reported side effects.

The botanical name of this medicine is Silybum marianum and the common name is Milk Thistle. It belongs to the Asteraceae family.

The exact dose of this homeopathic medicine has to be decided by the homeopath and will depend upon the nature of the disease being treated. It is also used in higher potencies according to symptom similarity.


It is primarily a liver and spleen remedy and for hemorrhages due to the affections of those organs, which gives relief. It acts on veins causing blood stasis, varicose veins and ulcers. Diseases of miners associated with difficult breathing.

Dropsical conditions depending upon portal congestion and congestion of pelvic organs. Abuse of beer. Debility, fatigue; worse eating and riding, with frequent yawning. Stitching, drawing, burning pains.

Carduus marianus has Liver affections associated with lung affections.


      Lying on left side. Beer. Eating. Touch. Motion. Cellars.




      Forgets what he has just intended to do. Hypochondriacal. Despondent. Joyless.


      Dull frontal headache. Vertigo with tendency to fall forward better by nosebleed.


      Burning and pressure in eyeballs.


      Epistaxis, habitual in psoric young persons.


      Earthy, yellowish grey or florid. Weak upper lip.


      Tongue has white centre, with red indented edges. Tongue weak. Taste bitter.


      Poor appetite. Nausea, retching and vomiting of green acid fluid, or blood. Aversion to salted meat.

Carduus marianus Abdomen

      gastric symptoms of homeopathy medicine Carduus marianusLiver, engorged, swelled laterally painful to pressure; Jaundice. Stitches near splenic region worse on inspiration, on stooping.

Stitches in liver worse lying on left side. In Cardus marianus, Liver affections cause lung diseases, causing haemoptysis. Gall stones. Cirrhosis, with dropsy.

Distension of abdomen with rumbling. Diaphragm high. Constipation with hard, difficult, knotty, clayey stools. Haemorrhagic piles. Profuse diarrhoea due to rectal cancer. Melaen. Sensation of motion in intestines on expiration, around navel.

Urinary organs

      Urine; turbid; golden yellow.


      Chronic uterine hemorrhage, with portal derangement.

Respiratory organs

      Carduus marianus has Pain in chest going to shoulders, back, loins and abdomen, with urging to urinate. Asthmatic respiration. Cough; with stitches in sides of chest, with bloody sputum.


      Pain in hip joint spreading through buttocks down the thighs, worse stooping, with difficult rising. Feet weak; on sitting. Drawing pain in entire back.


      Chill and fever, with jaundice.


      Broken or hard thrombosed veins. Varicose ulcers.

Carduus marianus is Related to

      Calcarea; Sanguinaria

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'.