Vinca Minor

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


      It affects skin and hair and is effective for uterine haemorrhages. Weakness and prostration, accompany many sufferings; weakness and faintness as if he would die. Mental exertion causes tremulous feeling and tendency to start.


      After swallowing. Anger. Stooping. Walking.


      Spots on scalp oozing foul moisture, matting hair together. Corrosive itching of scalp. Plica polonica (matted hair). Bald spots covered with short woolly hair. Hair falls out and is replaced by gray hair.


      Becomes red on becoming least angry. Sores in nose. Frequent nose bleeding.


      Cutting in lower oesophagus; which provokes swallowing.


      Menses; profuse, flowing like a stream; without interruption; with great weakness; at climaxis. Passive uterine haemorrhage, long after climacteric. Bleeding fibroids.


      Very sensitive, becomes red and sore from slight rubbing. Weeping eczema intermingled with foul, thick crusts. Corrosive itching.



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'.