Drosera Rotundifolia

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


      Affects markedly the RESPIRATORY ORGANS, producing spasmodic, catarrhal and haemorrhagic effects. As it raises the resistance against tuberculosis; it is a useful remedy for tuberculosis of the lungs, larynx and bones; of joints. Tubercular glands. Constrictive pains in the throat, larynx, stomach etc. Sticking lancinating pains. Convulsions, followed by haemoptysis and sleep. Haemorrhages of bright red blood, from nose, mouth, stools etc.


      After midnight. On lying down. Warmth. Talking. Cold food. Laughing. After measles. Singing. Stooping. Vomiting. Sour things.


      Pressure. Open air.


      Easily angered; a trifle makes him beside himself. Inclination to drown himself. Cannot concentrate on one subject, must change, changes to something else. Fears being alone and is suspicious of his friends. Delusions of persecution. Restlessness. Anxiety when alone. Extremely uneasy. Imagines he was being deceived by spiteful envious people.


      Heavy, pressing pain. Vertigo when walking in the open air.


      Become prominent, from coughing, during measles, in convulsions.


      Sensitive to sour smells. Painful sneezing. Bleeding; from coughing; stooping.


      Left side cold, right side hot; with stinging pain. Face hot, with cold hands.


      Putrid taste. Bloody saliva. Toothache from hot drinks. Small round painless swelling in middle of tongue.


      Nausea after fatty foods. Aversion to pork and sour foods; which disagree. Difficulty in swallowing solid foods.


      Painful after sour foods.


      Leucorrhoea, with labour-like pains.


      PERIODICAL FITS OF RAPID, DEEP BARKING or CHOKING PROLONGED AND INCESSANT COUGH. Cough seems to come from the abdomen; takes the breath away; compel holding the sides followed by retching, vomiting, first of ingesta then of mucus; nose bleed; cold sweat and loquacity. Whooping cough. Tickling like a feather or crumb in larynx. Deep hoarse voice requires exertion to speak. Voice hollow, toneless. Bloody, yellow purulent expectoration. Constriction of chest worse talking, singing. Asthma when talking, with contraction of throat with every word uttered. Stitches below axillae. Haemoptysis after convulsions. Concomitants to coughing. Scraping in larynx and cough, after eating. Stitching pains in chest when sneezing or coughing. Harassing cough, as soon as head touches the pillow at night not during day. Cough worse singing, talking.


      Fingers contract spasmodically with rigidity when grasping anything. Writer’s cramp. Laming pain in right hip joint and thigh with pain in ankle; must limp when walking. Limbs feel sore; bed feels too hard. Pain in the long bones. Pain in humerus at night only.


      Always too cold even in bed. Fever with whooping cough. Shivers when at rest better moving. Face becomes hot and hands become cold, with shivering. Measles.


      Itching better by rubbing or wiping with hand worse undressing.


      Coc-c; Cor-r.



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'.