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


      Tobacco, though widely used as snuff, for smoking and for chewing, is used as medicine only in homoeopathy. Vagus; sympathetic; cerebro-spinal nerves and HEART are prominently affected. It produces complete prostration and relaxation of the entire muscular system; with free secretions, vomiting; profuse sweat; lachrymation, salivation etc. Constriction of the muscles of hollow organs, throat, bladder, rectum, chest etc. Cramps, then paralysis, of bowels, heart etc. Convulsions, head firmly drawn back. Jerking throughout the body. Trembling. Faintness. Stormy, dangerous cases with rapid changes. Pains worse from heat. Excessive emaciation esp. of the muscles of back and cheeks. Gait slow and shuffling, unsteady, difficulty in ascending stairs. Angina pectoris with coronary sclerosis and high tension. Feeling of seasickness. Tetanus. Paralysis of sphincters. Slides in bed. Effects of sunstroke. Palliative for bee-sings and mosquito bites.


      MOTION; of boat, riding. Lying; on left side. Opening eyes. Evening. Extremes of heat or cold.


      Cold; application. Fresh air. Twilight. Uncovering abdomen. Weeping. Vomiting.


      Very despondent. Indifferent. Morose; sensation of extreme wretchedness. Forgetful; slow perception. Confusion. Mental fag. Idiotic; epileptic idiocy. Silly talk. Feels as if someone was coming to arrest him or murder him.


      Excessive vertigo; with copious sweat (cold) worse on opening eyes. Sudden pain as if struck by a hammer worse while passing urine. Tight feeling as from a band. Periodical sick headaches.


      Loss of sight on looking steadily at any white object. Sudden loss of vision without lesion, followed by atrophy of optic nerve. Central colour scotoma. Dim sight, sees through a veil. Retina retains the image too long.


      Hearing music causes pain in the ears. Meniere’s disease with feeling of seasickness.


      Secretion increased.


      Deathly pale; blue; pinched; sunken. Covered with cold sweat. One cheek hot and glowing, other pale. Spasms of the lower jaw. Pain in maxillary joint worse laughing. Lips retracted. Emaciation of face.


      Salivation. Spits much; with other complaints. Speech difficult.


      Violent constriction of throat; in angina pectoris.


      Deathly nausea and violent vomiting, worse least motion; better uncovering abdomen; with much spitting; during pregnancy. Seasickness. Terrible faint, sinking feeling at pit of stomach. Vomiting of faecal matter. Retching. Acidity.


      Pressure in hepatic region as from a heavy body. Wants it uncovered; it lessens, nausea, vomiting and other distress. Horrible colic; must shriek with weakness. Involuntary watery or thick curdled stools; like sour milk. Cholera infantum. Intestinal obstruction. Strangulated hernia. Sinking feeling in epigastrium, with dreadful faint sense. Retraction of navel; abdominal muscles contracted. Habitual constipation.


      Renal colic, with cold sweat, deathly nausea. Paralysis of sphincters; urine dribbles. Enuresis.


      Nocturnal emissions. Impotency. Hyperaesthesia and neuralgia of penis.


      Morning sickness. In climacteric period and during menses, excessive sense of wretchedness. Leucorrhoea, of serous fluid worse after menses. Severe itching of the whole body during pregnancy.


      Violent constriction of chest. Cough; dry, teasing, must take a swallow of cold water; followed by hiccough, or with hiccough.


      Violent palpitation worse lying on left side. Twisting about the heart. Angina pectoris, with nausea, cold sweat and collapse. Unsteady heart beat. Acute dilation caused by shock or physical exertion. Pulse thready, intermittent; hard cord like; imperceptible.

Neck and Back

      Head drawn back in convulsions. Neck stiff. Emaciation of the muscles of back. Pain in the small of back worse lying; better while walking. Heat down spine.


      Finger tips fuzzy. Cramps in single fingers worse washing. Legs and hands icy cold. Formication.


      Insomnia with dilated heart. Nightmare. Stupefying sleep at night.


      Icy cold skin. Heat down spine; of one cheek; internal. Sudden cold sweats; with chill; angina pectoris; renal colic etc.


      Itching as from flea bites.


      Ars; Gels; Veratrum



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'.