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


      This nosode is prepared either from tubercular abscess or from a glycerine extract of pure cultivation of tubercular bacilli. It affects the mind; LUNGS; head, occiput; glands and larynx. Very valuable in the treatment of incipient tuberculosis. The symptoms are constantly changing_begin suddenly, ceasing suddenly; or of obscure nature and well selected remedy fails to improve. Weakness, emaciation with good appetite. Patient takes cold easily on slightest exposure; which ends in diarrhoea. Very susceptible to changes of weather. Relapsing states. Always tired; motion causes intense fatigue. Increasing exhaustion and lowered vitality. Rapid breakdown. Adapted to light complexioned, narrow chested subjects. Scrofula; enlargement of the glands. Adenoids. TUBERCULAR TAINT. Quiverings. Mentally deficient children. Epilepsy. Neurasthenia. Very sensitive mentally and physically. Nervous weakness. Trembling. Clothes feel damp. When Tub, fails Syph, often follows favourably, producing a reaction. This remedy should not be given when the heart is weak. Bruised pain throughout the whole body. Bones painful. Formication. Faintings.


      CLOSE ROOM. Motion. Exertion. Weather; changing; DAMP; cold. Draught. Awakening. Noise. Thinking of it. Mental excitement. Music. Pressure of waist band. Standing. Periodically.


      Cool wind. Open air. Motion.


      SENSITIVE; to music; every trifle irritates; worse : awakening. Fits of violent temper; wants to fight; throws anything at anyone even without a cause. Dissatisfied; always wants a change, wants to travel; does not want to remain in one place long, wants to do something different or even to find a new doctor, weary of life. Aversion to mental work. Reckless. Fear of animals; of dogs. Whines and complaints with very little ailment. Desire to use foul language, curse and swear. Changing moods. Confusion everything in the room seems strange. Nocturnal hallucinations, awakes frightened. Children awake screaming, with restlessness. Anxious. Hopeless. Loquacious; during fever. Contradictory; mania and melancholia; insomnia and stupor.


      Deep violent head pains; tears hair or beats head with fist or dashes against the wall or floor, worse : motion. Shooting from over eyes (right) through the head to back of ear (left) or from right frontal protuberance to right occipital region. Brain feels loose. Meningitis. Sensitive scalp. Plica polonica (i.e. matted hair). Periodical headaches.


      Eczema of margins of eyelids. Sore bruised eyeballs worse on turning them. Meningitis with squint.


      Persistent offensive otorrhoea. Perforation of tympanum with ragged edges.


      Crops of small boils, very painful successively appear in nose; green foetid pus. Sweat, on. Colds, ending in diarrhoea.


      Old, oedematous, pale. Aching in malar bones.


      Feeling as if the teeth were all jammed together and too many for his head. Teeth sensitive to air. Delayed dentition. Dryness, stickiness. Black blisters on lips.


      Hawks mucous after eating. Adenoids. Dryness of the posterior nares. Enlarged tonsils.


      Craves told milk or sweets. Aversion to meat, to all food. All gone hungry sensation, which drives one to eat.


      Early morning sudden diarrhoea. Stools; brown; foul; watery; discharged with much force. Tabes mesenterica. Diarrhoea of children running for weeks; with wasting; exhaustion and bluish pallor. Tearing in rectum on coughing. Inguinal glands indurated and visible. Drum belly. Chronic diarrhoea, with excessive sweat. Constipation; stools large and hard, then diarrhoea. Spleen region bulging out; stitching pain in sides after running.


      Must strain at stool to pass water. Bed wetting. Sticky urinary sediment.


      Menses; soon after child birth; too early, too profuse, long lasting. Dysmenorrhoea; pain increases with the flow. Mammary tumours; benign. Retraction of nipples. Amenorrhoea. Severe pain in breast at the beginning of menses.


      SENSATION OF SUFFOCATION; even with plenty of fresh air; longs for cold air. Hoarseness better : talking. Cough; dry; hard, more during sleep; worse dyspnoea; with chill and red face worse evenings; worse : raising arms. Mucous rattle in chest; without expectoration. Sore spot in chest. Asthma. Pneumonia; after influenza. Profuse expectoration. Thick yellow or yellow green sputum.


      Heaviness and pressure over the heart. Palpitation; on taking deep breath; after evening meal.

Neck and Back

      Tension in nape. Pain in back, with palpitation. Chill between shoulders or up back.


      Hands and arms feel lame; unable to write or raise a cup or a glass. Finger tips brown. Sensation of fatigue in limbs. Cold feet; in bed. Limbs feel weak or as if paralyzed worse : dinner. Acute articular rheumatism. Pains in ulnar nerve.


      Dreams; vivid; of shame; frightful. Awakes in horror. Shuddering sensation on falling to sleep. Restless at night and screams in sleep.


      Chilly, when beginning to sleep yet wants fresh air. Heat on cheek; of affected side; in spots. Flushes of heat worse : eating. Burning in genitals. Sweat; easy; cold; clammy; on upper parts; on hands; worse : coughing; stains yellow. Wants covers in all stages.


      Dry, harsh; sensitive, easily tanned; itching in cool air. Branny scales. Psoriasis. Chronic eczema. Itching changes places on rubbing.


      Bar-c; Calc-p; Phos; Puls; Silicea


      Bell; Calc; Kali-s; Psor; Sep; Sulph.

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'.