Viburnum Opulus

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


      Common name Cramp Bark shows, how this remedy acts. It is a remedy for general cramps. Violent spasmodic, nervous effects esp. in the females dependent upon the ovarian or uterine origin. Pains make her so nervous, she cannot keep still. Haemorrhages. Suited to tall, slender, fair-haired or dark hysterical subjects. Left sided symptoms. Feels sick all over, in pelvic complaints. Paralytic conditions; after convulsions.


      Fright. Before menses. Cold-snow, air. Lying on left side. Sudden jar. In close room.


      Rest. Pressure. Open air.


      Very nervous and irritable.


      Vertigo worse descending stairs. Feels faint on sitting up. Terrible crushing pain worse left parietal region with a sensation as if head opening and shutting.


      Sore feeling in eyeballs.


      Flushed and hot.


      Constant nausea better by eating. No appetite.


      Excruciating crampy colicky pain or heavy aching in hypogastrium; better menses.


      Frequent profuse urination; during headache; menses; haemorrhages etc. Cannot hold water on coughing or walking. Dysuria, spasmodic.


      Menses; too late, scanty, lasting a few hours, offensive. Dysmenorrhoea; with flatulence; loud eructations and nervousness; spasmodic; membranous. Heavy aching feeling or excruciating cramps; in pelvis; better menses. Frequent and very early miscarriage; causing seeming sterility. False labour pains. Violent persistent after-pains. Uterine haemorrhage. Leucorrhoea; thick, white, blood streaked worse during stools. Consciousness of internal sexual organs. Prevents abortion when it is given before the membranes are broken. Uterine pains extend around the pelvis often extending down the thighs. Pelvic organs turning upside down.


      Suffocative spells at night worse cold, damp. Infantile asthma.

Neck and Back

      Tired backache better pressure. Lumbago better walking with a cane pressed, arms across the back. Pains in the back end in a cramp in uterus or go down the thighs..


      Cramps in calves, before menses.


      Tettery spots on cheeks, arms etc.


      Caul; Puls; Sepia

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'.