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


      Produces over-sensitiveness of NERVES; spinal; genito- urinary. Affects the mind; muscles, calf, heels; tendo-achilles. Mental and physical dispositions change suddenly; and go to extreme. Pains are darting, tearing; move outwards; are felt here and there or come and go; jump from one place to another. Illusions; of vision; hearing; smell; or taste. Sense of floating, of duality, of a ball or plug. Want of reaction. Alternating symptoms. Agitation of all nerves; jerks, twitches; trembling. Restlessness; impulse to move; cannot keep still. Weak; single parts; eyes; arms, wrists; popliteal etc. Globus. Sensation of a thread hanging down from oesophagus. NERVOUS, irritable and weak hysterical women in whom the intellectual facilities predominate and who suffer from neuralgia. Red parts turn white. Slight injury causes spasms. Early bed-sores. Epileptic fits. Paralysis and contraction of limbs; hysterical. Constant heat and uneasiness.


      REST. STANDING. Excitement. Evening. Open air; draught of air. Fasting. Darkness. Stooping.


      Changing position. Walking about. Rubbing. After sleep. Meals. Breakfast.


      Mental disturbances passing from one extreme of emotions to another; from the highest joy to deepest grief; from mildness to grumbling. Impatience; passes quickly from one subject to another. Erroneous ideas; thinks she is someone else; as if all around were strange and disagreeable. Wriggles or squirms about. Anger. Inclined to faint. Hysteria; dreads being alone and esp. in the dark. Mad; raving, swearing. Sees imagines, animals, men.


      Aches in jerks; better : moving about worse sunshine. Coldness in upper head. Vertigo; on stooping; feels light, as if floating.


      Brightness and light before eyes in the dark room; vision sharp. Objects seem too near eyes. Wild look.


      Illusions of hearing, imagined he heard the bell tinkle. Otalgia; worse : draft and cold.


      Pain appears suddenly and jerks. Muscles twitch. Cheeks red and hot in open air.


      Rancid greasy taste. Nausea felt in throat. Tongue thickly coated.


      As of a thread in throat; with salivation and vomiting.


      Eructations like bad eggs. Hunger with nausea; as if from navel. Child vomits curdled milk in large lumps after nursing; after mother’s anger. Sense of something warm rising from the stomach and causing suffocation. Cramps in stomach.


      Bloated. Cramps. Flatulency; hysterical. Thin, watery, diarrhoea; with lumps of curdled milk, with violent screaming in children. Cramps, after eating, in bed at night. Draws abdomen in, involuntarily.


      Urine increased and more frequent; in nervous women.


      Choking in throat on falling asleep. Wakes as if suffocating. Spasmodic asthma.


      Stitching in heart, with quick, small and weak pulse.


      Crampy pain, electric like shocks in humerus (left), wakes from sleep. Heels pain when sitting or constantly. Sciatica pain worse : when standing, sitting and resting better : walking, and rubbing. Constant jerking. Tensive pain in the calves worse : crossing legs. Cramps in biceps (right) while writing. Cramps of hands and feet prevent sleep. Pain from calf to heel. Sciatica; worse : stretching limbs, while standing. Legs feel light after walking.


      Sleepless, with nightly itching and muscular spasms; from nervous excitement.


      Chill start and go down back from occiput. Fever composed of disagreeable heat only. Sudden gushes of sweat; mostly on forehead. Body ice cold; with nausea and vomiting.


      Asaf, Ign, Pulsatilla

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'.