Urtica Urens

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


      As its common name stinging nettle implies, it produces stinging or stinging-burning pains. Affects the MAMMARY GLANDS; genito-urinary organs; liver and spleen. Urinous odour of the body. Uric acid diathesis. Urticaria; associated or alternating, with rheumatism. Haemorrhages. Ill effects of burns; bee-stings, eating shell fish; suppressed milk; urticaria. Angio-neurotic oedema.


      Snow air; cool moist air. Cool bathing. Yearly. Touch. Lying on arm.


      Headache, with stitches in spleen.


      Stools; small, painful, mucous mixed with white matter like boiled white of an egg. Intense itching of anus; from pinworms. Vomiting, from suppression of urticaria.


      Acrid urine causing itching. Gravel. Uric acid toxaemia. Urine suppressed.


      Itching, burning of genitals; of scrotum; keeps him awake.


      Pruritus vulvae; itching, stinging; and oedema of the parts. Diminished secretion of milk; after parturition. Swelling of the breast; with stinging, burning pains. Arrests the flow of milk after weaning.


      Haemoptysis; after violent exertion.


      Continuous pain in deltoid (right) worse : rotating arm inwards; could not put on the coat. Acute gout.


      Sweatiness; at night; with vertigo, with throbbing all over the body.


      Itching, raised, red blotches. Nettle rash; worse every year same season. Prickly heat. Hives; elevated; with rheumatism; after shell fish; with pinworms. Vesicles. Burns and scalds of the first degree; with intense burning, itching; apply locally.


      Form; Nat-m; Oci-c.

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'.