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


      Tincture prepared from the secretion found in preputial sacs of beaver. It is suitable to nervous, hysterical women, with cramps, pains, weakness after severe illness. Nervous women who do not recover fully, but are continually irritable, and suffer from debilitating sweats. Weak and lack of reaction. Reflex uterine effects; nervous and spasmodic. Fibrillar twitchings. Heaviness of the whole body. Yawning continuous. Chorea. Epilepsy. Nervous palpitation.


      Emotions. Cold. During menses. Debilitating diseases.




      Irritability. Easily sheds tears. Melancholic and full of anxious longings.


      Day blindness. Cannot endure the light.


      Tongue; swollen; twitching. Round pea-like elevation in centre of tongue, with redness around. Tongue sensitive to touch or food, with drawing pain towards hyoid bone.


      Colic or other abdominal complaints are accompanied with yawning. Colic with weakness better pressure. Summer diarrhoea with green mucus stools. Violent thirst, could not drink enough.


      Violent cutting dysmenorrhoeal colic, with few drops of blood, then cold sweat. Amenorrhoea, with painful tympanites.


      Constant yawning as accompanied symptom. Restless sleep with frightful dreams and starts. Yawns in sleep.


      Chilliness with icy coldness in back. Exhausting sweats, after fevers.


      Mosch; Valer.

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'.