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


      This metal affects the spine (Lumbar region); genitals, kidneys and bones; and is useful for neurasthenic states of spinal origin; with sexual disturbances. Discharges frothy. Soreness. Aching in bones. Sour; taste, stomach, foot, sweat etc. Fatigue.


      Sexual losses. Sitting. Heat of bed or sun. Morning.


      Hawking mucous. Continued motion.


      Sense of guilt. All mental excitement worse sufferings. Thinks too little of himself.


      Vertigo, with feeling as if head grows large, worse stools. Headache worse stooping; jarring. Sensation as if the brain went up and down, on stepping.


      Photophobia in spring. Spring catarrh. Darting pain in the eyes on coming into sunshine.


      Disposition to keep jaws tightly closed.


      Teeth feel too long. Tongue coated white. Cracks across the middle. Taste sour.


      Sour or bitter water rises up with pain in stomach.


      Shooting from liver region down into the thighs. Empty feeling at naval. Desire for stool; while walking, worse on standing; followed by diarrhoea. Constant dropping of blood from anus; no blood from stools. Yellow spots on. Shooting pains in the region of the liver and sharp pains in the region of spleen worse taking deep breath.

Urinary Organs

      Albuminuria. Smarting at the meatus at the end of urination. Urine has a strong pungent smell.


      Pain in the right testicle better after urination. Frequent nocturnal emissions, with lewd dreams, headache and backache. Yellow-brown spots on genitals. Discharge of semen without erections. Impotency.

Respiratory Organs

      Cough with copious, frothy sweetish white mucous, with lumps in


Back and Neck

      Aching pain in lumbar, worse coition; sitting, better on rising, walking or lying down; with weak knees; cannot straighten up. Weakness and backache after emissions. Pain along the spine, and from the sacrum down through the legs into the feet.


      Shooting into thighs from liver. Weak knees. Flushes of heat along legs. Trembling of limbs esp. legs, aching when sitting. Foot sweat mostly between the toes, smelling sour. Tingling, pricking in feet. Sudden weakness in left hip worse walking.


      Wakeful; can do with less sleep. Disturbed by lewd dreams. Drowsy, and can hardly get enough sleep.


      Pimples about nates, chin, hairy scalp. Itching all over when getting warm in bed.



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'.