Veratrum Viride

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


      Green American Hellebore produces VIOLENT CONGESTIVE conditions; base of brain; MEDULLA; lungs; with nausea and vomiting, and weakness. Stomach; heart and capillaries are also affected. Markedly uneasy sensation in the whole body. Twitchings and convulsions; here and there; during sleep; jerking and trembling, threatened with convulsions. Muscular prostration; pseudo-hypertrophic muscular paralysis. General pulsations. Erratic motion; staggering. Spasms; with violent shrieks opisthotonus; before and after menses. Burning in different places; tongue, pharynx; gullet; of skin which is cold; with prickling. Uraemia. Eclampsia. SUDDEN effects. Faintings, prostration, nausea. Numbness. As if damp clothing on arms and legs, or clothes would not fit him, seemed as if they were scratching him somewhere. Suited to full-blooded plethoric persons. Effects of sunstroke. Reduces blood-pressure. Children tremble as if frightened and on verge of spasm. Chorea, twitching, contortions, unaffected by sleep; froth about the lips. Continuous jerking of the head; sexual excitement. Lies with head low.


      RAISING UP. Motion. Cold. Lying on back. After confinement. Sunstroke.


      Rubbing. Lying with head low. Eating.


      Loquacity, with exaltation of ideas. Quarrelsome. Delirium; furious, screams, howls, strikes, incessant muttering. Mania, puerperal. Carphology. Fear; of seeing her physician; of being poisoned. Suspicious.


      Vertigo with nausea and sudden prostration, better closing eyes and resting head. Head retracted. Constant jerking or nodding of the head, (chorea); throbs on raising up. Aching on vertex and between eyes. Pain up occiput with dim vision and dilated pupils. Meningitis, basilar. Apoplexy.


      Vision; of red spots; purple; on closing eyes; unsteady. Pupils dilated. Wild, staring, during delirium. Blood shot.


      Deafness, from moving quickly with faintness. Cold and pale.


      Pinched and blue. Rapid and continued sneezing, with warm biting feeling in mouth.


      Flushed, LIVID TURGID; BUT BECOMES FAINT on sitting up. Tension across malar bones. Convulsive twitching of facial muscles. Chewing motions of the jaw.


      Drawn at one corner. Tongue; white as if bleached; dry; with red streak down centre. Taste like odour of semen. Odour from mouth like chloroform or ether. Foul. Mouth feels as if scalded.


      Burning in gullet; oesophagitis. As if a ball rising in.


      Very thirsty; drinks little which better for a short time. Hiccough; painful, violent; constant, with spasms of oesophagus. Nausea, with vomiting and purging, smallest quantity of food or drink immediately rejected. Vomiting, violent, without nausea. Stomach seems to press against the spine. Gastritis.


      Pain and soreness across just above pelvis. Cutting at navel to groin. Pain in bowels runs into scrotum. Tenesmus and burning in rectum better during and after stools. Enteritis with high fever.


      Urine scanty with cloudy sediment. Cystitis, with fever.


      Dysmenorrhoea with strangury. Suppressed menses with congestion of head. Rigid os. Puerperal; fever; convulsions; with mania, or mania continues after convulsions have ceased.


      Congestion of lungs. Slow heavy breathing; as of a load on chest. Dyspnoea. Violent cough from very start. Pneumonia. Burning in chest.


      Dull aching; burning, at. Pulse; full, large, soft or slow; with strong or violent heart beats. Pulsation throughout the body, more in right thigh.

Neck and Back

      Aching neck and shoulders. Cannot hold head up. Opisthotonus.


      Cramps in legs; feet, soles, fingers, toes. Vesicles on hands. Violent electric like shocks in limbs. Convulsive twitching. Pain about the condyles. Pulsation felt in thighs. Restless hands, during delirium.


      Coma. Sleeplessness. Dreams of drowning; of being on water.


      Hyperpyrexia or rapidly oscillating temperature with sweat. Cold clammy or hot sweat. Cerebrospinal; suppurative; acute rheumatic; fever. Fever high in the evening, below normal in the morning.


      Tingling and prickling in skin. Itching in different parts better rubbing. Cold, clammy, bluish. Erysipelas, with brain symptoms.


      Acon; Gelsemium

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'.