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


      The poison of common German Viper affects the blood and blood- vessels esp. VEINS; causing inflammation of veins and HAEMORRHAGIC TENDENCY. Paralysis; ascending; paraplegia; of foot. Multiple neuritis. Poliomyelitis. Bursting feeling. Climacteric affections. Goitre.


      LETTING LIMBS HANG DOWN. Yearly. Cold. Touch. Change of weather.


      Epistaxis; with vertigo; while nursing the child.


      Tongue swollen, brownish-black, protruding. Lips; blue; swollen. Speech difficult. Face swollen.


      Swelling like goitre. Oedema of glottis.


      Excruciating pain in epigastrium worse pressure. Violent pain in enlarged liver extends to shoulder and hip; jaundice, with fever.




      Climacteric haemorrhage; flow red with dark clots, not profuse but continuous; with prostration and faintness; from nursing the child.


      Fullness and unbearable pain as if limb would burst; must keep parts elevated; sits with feet high. Cramps in; or blue lower limbs. Shuffling gait caused by paralysis; of foot. Varicose veins and acute phlebitis.


      Ulcers. Gangrene. Boils. Carbuncles, with bursting sensation. Peeling off in large plates. Lymphangioma.



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'.