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


      Common name, Knit-bone or Bone-set gives the indication for this remedy. Injuries to CARTILAGES; PERIOSTEUM; with excessive pain. Painful old injuries. Comminuted FRACTURES. Pricking, stitching pains; remaining after wound is healed, worse touch. Irritable stump after operations. Non-union of fractures. Penetrating wounds to perineum. Deficient callus. Affects the joints. Arthralgia; of knee. External application disposes the swelling, due to injury or other growths. Psoas abscess. Sarcomatous tumours.


      INJURIES. Blows from blunt instruments. Touch. Sexual excess.


      Ache changing places.


      Injuries to the eyes; from blunt instruments; blows, knock etc.; eyelids spasmodically closed.


      Injuries to face. Malignant growth of right antrum.


      Ulcers of the stomach. Pain about navel worse sitting.


      Backaches from excessive sexual indulgence or from wrestling; from violent motion. Caries of vertebrae.




      Arn; Calc-p.

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'.