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


      Commonly known as Prickly Ash, exerts its influence on nerves; female sexual organs; respiration and left side. Paralysis of single members; hemiplegia. Grinding, shooting, radiating, sudden pains; neuralgia. Neurasthenic patients who are thin; emaciated, poor assimilation, with insomnia. Pricking sensation; shocks as from electricity. Numbness of left side. Mucous membranes smart as from pepper. As if floor were soft like wool, on walking. Injury to nerves.


      Sleeping. Dampness. Getting feet wet. Suppressed menses.


      Vomiting. Lying down. Drinking of ice water.


      Nervous frightened feeling. Did not care if she lived or died.


      Throbbing headache; pain as if top of head would fly off. As if head is divided into two parts. As of a tight band around.


      Peppery taste in mouth and throat. Feels hollow.


      Dyspepsia from excessive eating and drinking.


      Ovarian neuralgia with pain in hips and lower abdomen. Violent, agonizing, grinding, dysmenorrhoeal pain, not better in any position; pains go to thighs or radiate over whole body, even to heart. After-pains with lochia; with characteristic pains. Menses; too early and profuse; thick almost black blood. Leucorrhoea, replaces menses. Amenorrhoea.


      Constant desire to take a deep breath. Oppression of chest. Constant dry cough day and night.


      Soreness of thighs before menses. Neuralgic shooting pains in limbs. Hemiplegia (left). Sciatica worse in summer. Coccyx; Very sensitive, seem elongated.


      Dreams of flying.


      Ars; Lachesis

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'.