Echinacea Angustifolia

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


      This remedy corrects the blood dyscrasias; hence it is useful in all types of blood poisonings. Auto-infection, septic conditions, bites of poisonous animals, Lymphangitis, gangrene, vaccinosis etc. Symptoms tend towards malignancy in acute and subacute disorders. Patient feels weak and tired and aching in muscles. Slowness in every action_speaks slowly, replies slowly, walks slowly. Weakness is felt more in stomach, bowels; in heart, in knees; with vertigo. Rheumatism. Eases the pains of cancer in the last stage. Foul discharges. Valuable as a local cleansing and antiseptic wash.


      Eating. Injury. Operations. Cold air.


      Lying. Rest.


      Depressed or crossed. Becomes angry when corrected; does not wish to be contradicted. Out of sorts. Cannot exert mind. Does not wish to think or study.


      Vertigo, with weakness. Headache, with flushing of face. Sharp pain deep in brain; it seems too large. Throbbing through the temples. Hot burning forehead.


      Brows twitch. Feel hot on closing them.


      Foul discharge. Feels stuffed up. Bleeding from the right nostril.




      Frothy mucus; hawks from throat. Tongue, lips and fauces tingle with sense of fear about heart. Tongue; numb, peppery taste. Aphthae. Teeth sensitive to draught of air.


      Nausea, with chilliness. Sour, bloody vomitus; like coffee grounds.


      As of a load in back part of the liver. Blood flows after stools.


      Seminal emissions.


      Puerperal septicaemia; discharges suppressed. Abdomen tender and distended.


      Pain as of a lump under the sternum. Burning under the left scapula.


      Sense of fear about the heart. Increasing but variable pulse.


      Aching in the limbs. Hands, numb alternately or restless; on awakening.


      Dreams of difficulties; laborious or quarrelsome.


      Irregular, chills; rise of temperature and sweat. Chill in left occiput. Sweat on upper parts; on forehead.


      Recurring boils. Carbuncles.


      Arn; Pyrog; Rhus-t.

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'.