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


      Poison of this orange spider produces hypersensitiveness of NERVES; esp. to NOISE; which PENETRATES THE BODY; affects the teeth; causes nausea, chills and pains all over; strikes the painful parts etc. It causes spinal irritation, and affects the bones causing caries, necrosis. Tubercular diathesis. When the best remedy fails to act; esp. in caries and necrosis. Rachitis. Bones feel broken. Phthisis. Water feels too cold. Bounding internally; as of a child. Burning pains. Seasickness. Sense of duality. Effects of sunstroke. Hysteria; during puberty and at climaxis. Infantile atrophy; glands enlarged; with marasmus. Nodes on various parts esp. buttocks.


      NOISE. Touch. CLOSING EYES. Least motion. Exertion. Jar. Riding. Cold. Washing clothes. Coitus. Sunstroke.


      Rest; in horizontal position. Warmth.


      Time passes too quickly. Startled by the least thing. Fruitless activity; finds pleasure in nothing. Hysteria. Talkativeness and hilarity. Want of self confidence.


      Vertigo with nausea worse stooping; least movement; CLOSING eyes; kneeling. Headache felt during sleep worse jarring; with nausea and vomiting, at climaxis. Head feels thick, thinks it belongs to another; that she can lift it off; or she would like to remove it. Migraine. Headache worse after stool. Joyous during headache. Cannot lie down with headache. Faints after washing clothes.


      Glittering vision; on stooping. Luminous vibrations before eyes, blurred vision; then affections of head and weakness.


      Least noise, every sound penetrates her whole body esp. teeth. Rushing in both ears like a water-fall.


      Pain over root of nose. Chronic catarrh; yellow-green, thick, offensive, discharge. Ozaena. Post-nasal catarrh.


      Pale. Jaws immovable; in the morning.


      Remains open involuntarily; cannot close. Froth before the mouth with shaking chill. Teeth feel as if cold water is too cold. Mouth feels furred, benumbed. Lockjaw a.m. on waking. Bites tip of tongue; during sleep.


      Constant desire to eat and drink but knows not for what. Craves oranges and bananas, tobacco smoke, wine; acid fruits and drinks. Nausea worse least motion; looking steadily at one object; from noise. Nausea and retching better drinking warm water.


      Violent burning in liver region. Abscess of liver. Pain in the groins; after coitus; motion, and drawing up the limbs.


      Increased urination; at night, does not pass much during day.


      Seminal emission, during afternoon sleep. Gonorrhoea. Prostate enlarged, sense of a lump and heaviness in perineum, worse at every step.


      Hysteria during puberty; at climaxis. Menses suppressed.


      Pain at end of left floating rib. Cough, jerks body together, head forward and knees upward. Too much air seems to enter the chest. Stitches high up in chest; back through apex of left lung. Phthisis. Breathing difficult going up and down stairs; hysteria.


      Anxiety about the heart; sharp pain radiate to arm and left shoulder. Pulse slow, with vertigo.

Neck and Back

      Spine is sensitive to pressure and jar; sits sideways in a chair, to avoid pressure.


      Burning in upper arm. Restless feeling in hands; wrings them. Stinging from elbow to shoulder. Lies or sits with feet crossed, cannot uncross them.


      Foam at mouth with shaking chill. Internal coldness. Cold sweat easily excited.


      Stinging thrusts in skin. Itching.


      Asar; Silicea

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'.