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


      This metal irritates the skin, affects the spinal column, ears and eyes; produces neuralgic pains, notably sciatica. Discharges are acrid, excites itching, vesicates any part of the skin, it touches. The odour of the body and of the sweat is offensive and garlic like; ear discharge is that of fish brine. Salty; taste; mucous from throat, pus etc. Sharp quick pains then soreness. Numbness. Sense of retention. Periosteitis. Linear pains. Ill effects of injuries; spinal. Falls.


      Touch. Lying on affected part. Cold. Empty swallowing. Spinal injuries. Weekly. Cold weather. Friction. Stooping. Laughing. Coughing. Straining at stools.


      Fear of being touched in sensitive places. Neglectful and forgetful.


      Vertigo; worse when falling to sleep; better lying perfectly quiet. Linear head pains.


      Lids thickened, inflamed, itching. Pterygium. Watery eyes. Cataract, following ocular lesions. As if lashes of lower lids turned in.


      Inflamed; bluish; puffy. Hearing impaired from injury to membrana tympani. Otorrhoea; of fish brine odour. Eczema behind the ears, with thick crusts. Itching, swelling, throbbing in meatus. Constant pain deep in ear.


      Fluent coryza with lachrymation and hoarseness worse when walking in open air, but better after being in open air after sometime. Hawks salty mucous from posterior nares.


      Twitching and distortion of facial muscles worse when talking. Pain jerks angle of mouth up. Sudden flushes of redness. Barber’s itch.


      Breath has odour of garlic.


      Sore on empty swallowing better after eating or drinking.


      Craving for apples. Rancid belchings. Retching ends in yawning. Vomits after eating rice. Sensation of weakness or emptiness.


      Pinching in. Flatus stinking offensive. Itching of anus and perineum after every stool.


      Pain in the muscles of chest, as if sprained, worse raising arms. Cough causes pain in the small of back. Pain in region of clavicle. Bubbling in lungs (right).


      Dull pain over heart better lying on back.

Neck and Back

      Numbness of nape and occiput. Painful sensitiveness of spine (from last cervical to fifth dorsal). Pain in sacrum passing into right thigh; worse coughing, laughing; pressing at stool.


      Deep sciatic pain worse coughing, sneezing; straining at stools; lying; with sensitive spine. Contraction of tendons in the bend of knee. Foetid foot sweat. Sweat in axilla smelling like garlic.


      Yawning after retching or with belching. Drowsy after meals.


      Chilly, with pain. Chills down spine lying on back. Sweat on spots; with itching.


      Circular; eruptions; lesions. Ringworm; cover the whole body; lower limbs; on single parts, scrotum, perineum etc. Itching, pricking; as from bugs. Burning in old scars. Barber’s itch. Itching worse in cool air.


      All-c; Selenium

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'.