Clematis erecta

Clematis erecta symptoms. Dr. Phatak describes the confirmed symptoms (including its use in urethral strictures) of the homeopathic remedy Clematis….

Editor’s note: Clematis, or Leather Flower, is a genus of about 300 species within the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae.

Clematis recta, the erect clematis or Upright Virgin’s Bower, is a species of Clematis unusual in that it is a free-standing shrub rather than a climbing plant. It is native to Eastern, Southern and Central Europe.

In homeopathy, Clematis is most commonly used for urethral strictures. Symptoms related to urination point to hesitancy in urination, due to which it is also indicated in prostate enlargement.

It has been traditionally used in the treatment of insomnia, urinary irritation, ulcers, neuralgic and rheumatic pain.

In Homeopathy, it is used in potentised form with common potencies being 6C, 30C and 200C. It is safe to use in potentised form and has no reported side effects.


      Clematis erecta affects mucous membranes of eyes and urethra and the GLANDS esp. TESTES, mammary, ovaries; which become VERY HARD and PAINFULLY swollen. Neuralgic pains in various parts. Burning, itching, stinging, crawling.

Great debility. Muscles flaccid or twitch. Vibrating sensation through the body after lying down. Emaciation. Aversion to washing. Rheumatic, gonorrhoeal and syphilitic patients. Organic strictures.


      Sweating. Open air.


      GONORRHOEA. Heat of bed NIGHT. Cold washing. Cold air. Light. Moon worse and better with. Mercury.


      Indifference. Clematis erecta has Fear of being alone, but is disinclined to meet even agreeable company. Ailments from homesickness. Peevish, dissatisfied without any cause. Melancholy.


      Confused feeling better open air. Eruptions; on occiput at the base of hair, moist, pustular, sensitive itching.


      Iritis. Chronic conjunctivitis. Lachrymation. Sensitive to air, must close them. Complaints from bright sunlight. Burning, as if fire were streaming out and smarting worse closing eyes.


      Ringing as from bells.


      Pain in right side of face, to eye, ear and temple better holding cold water in the mouth. Swelling of sub-maxillary glands, with hard tubercles, throbbing worse touch. Cancer of the lip.


      Teeth ache worse at night and tobacco; better drawing in air, cold water. Breath offensive to others.


      Weakness in all the limbs after eating, with pulsation in arteries. Nausea on smoking tobacco, with weakness of legs. Disagreeable sensation of coldness in stomach.


      Pain from abdomen to chest worse breathing and during urination. Swelling of inguinal glands with jerking pains; with scirrhus, suppressed gonorrhoea, rheumatism of joints.

Urinary organs

      Urine stops and starts, or dribbles after urination. Clematis patient has to strain for passing few drops, then full stream follows. Stricture of urethra.

Urethra feels like a large whip-cord painful on pressure. Burning in urethra during urination. Inability to evacuate all the urine at once. Last drops of urine cause violent burning.


      Aversion for coition. Testes indurated, with bruised feeling. Orchitis. Testes hang heavy or retracted. Clematis has swelling of the spermatic cord, with burning and soreness, extending to abdomen.

Burning in penis during seminal discharge in coitus. Swelling of right half of the scrotum. Violent erections, with stitches in urethra.


      Full, heavy, sensitive breasts; outward darts in. Swelling and induration of mammary glands. Cancer of the breast, with stitches in shoulders and uterus. Menses too early. Shooting pain in breast worse urinating.

Respiratory organs

      Respiration impaired worse ascending the hill or walking over uneven road. Barking, dry cough, with stitches in chest.


      Sharp stitches at heart, from within outwards.


      Weakness in limbs after eating; or with nausea on smoking tobacco. Axillary glands swollen.


      In Clematis, the skin itches violently with profuse desquamation, worse washing in cold water. Vesicles, pustules.

Corroding eruptions, ending in flat eating ulcers with thick crusts and eczema worse occiput and lower legs. Varicose ulcers. Herpes zoster.


      Sleepiness. Restless dreamy sleep with vibratory sensation throughout the body.


      Phosphorus; Rhododendron; Staphysagria

Clematis erecta is Complementaryto


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'.