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Abdomen

      As of a lump in liver region or at Navel. Hypogastric flatulence. Liver enlarged, hard and sore. Reflex symptoms from floating kidneys. Piles drawn down better heat; worse walking. Stools; large, dry, difficult, followed by involuntary urination. Itching at anus during stools. Ulceration of piles. Cholera-like diarrhoea in infants. Nervous diarrhoea. Affections of brain from sudden stoppage of diarrhoea; constipation in new born. Hot, putrid flatus. Neuralgia; of spleen; intercostal. Jerking from groins to penis.

Urinary

      Violent urging, but urinates only in odd positions; bending backwards, crossing limbs etc. Hysterical retention. Bleeding after urination. Pressive cutting about kidneys. Unable to retain the urine unless the feet are in constant motion. Floating kidney. Involuntary urination when walking, coughing or sneezing. Vicarious bleeding from suppressed menses.

Male

      Easy sexual excitement; emission too rapid or difficult during embrace. Discharge of prostatic fluid without any cause. Grasps the genitals; with cough etc. Falling of pubic hair. Sadness after emission. Swelling of testicles with retraction. Neuralgia of testes worse walking.

Female

      Sexual desire increased. Desire for masturbation; during menses. Nymphomania of lying-in women; from suppressed lochia. Profuse lumpy menses. Menses flow more at night. Itching of vulva during menses; causing masturbation. Varicose veins during pregnancy. Breasts painful, nipples sore. All complaints better during menstrual flow. Pain in ovary (left). Restlessness, sadness, coldness of the body, sensitiveness of the spine and fidgety feet, all these symptoms are found in women’s complaints. Mammae and genitals painful, with suppressed menses.

Respiratory

      Dyspnoea worse flatulence better expectoration. Debilitating spasmodic cough, worse eating sweet things. Constricted chest. Dry cough, before and during menses. Fumbles the genitals while coughing esp. children.

Heart

      As if a cap over the heart. Hard heart beat. Irregular spasmodic action of the heart; occasional one violent thump. Violent pulsations during heat.

Neck and Back

      Nape of neck feels weary and tired from writing or any mental exertion. Neck feels lame, then stupor. Burning along whole spine worse sitting. Aching in spine; small of the back worse turning in bed; sitting or in the act of sitting down, and stooping. Spine sensitive, cannot bear it touched. Cutting pain in inter-scapular region better eructations. Dull aching pain about last dorsal or first lumbar vertebrae. Weakness in lumbar region worse standing.

Extremities

      Pains in limbs on becoming heated. Weakness and trembling of the hands; when writing; during menses. Eczema on hands. Transverse pain esp. in upper limbs. CANNOT KEEP FEET AND LEGS STILL; cramps, when cold. Toes; feel swollen; sore; tips ache. Soles sensitive. Bones of the feet feel broken. Stumbling, spastic gait; totters while walking esp. in the dark and with closed eyes. Painful varicoses; chronic. Lightning-like pain of locomotor ataxia; sweaty feet with sore toes. Formication of feet and legs as of insects crawling over the skin, prevents sleep, better rubbing and pressure. Hysterical contractions, drawing the fingers out of shape. Burning in tibia. Paralysis of feet. Ulcerative pain in heel worse walking. Pain in deltoid worse raising arm.

Sleep

      Broken, unrefreshing. Loud screaming in sleep without being aware of it. Jerks and starts on falling to sleep. Somnambulism after suppressed emotions.

Fever

      Chilliness in the back; as if fever would appear. Hands and legs become cold. Profuse sweat at night. Sweaty feet.

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'.