China Officinalis

Last modified on January 24th, 2019

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


      This was the first remedy proved by Dr. Hahnemann. It affects the blood, making it thinner, and impoverished. It weakens the heart and impairs the CIRCULATION, producing congestion and HAEMORRHAGES; anaemia, complete relaxation and collapse. The debility in China, is due to PROFUSE, EXHAUSTING DISCHARGES; loss of vital fluids, excessive suppuration, diarrhoea, haemorrhages etc. INTERMITTENT periodicity is very marked in fever and neuralgias. Patient becomes weak, oversensitive and nervous; everything upsets him; light, noise, odours, pain etc. Bursting pain. Neuralgia. Dropsy, after loss of fluids, haemorrhages. Emaciation esp. of children, Anaemia. Hard swelling. Rheumatism. Sepsis. Inflammation of bleeding organ, after haemorrhages, and the part rapidly turns black. Convulsions, during haemorrhages. Haemorrhages, profuse; with loss of sight, faintness, and ringing in ears. Post operative gas pains no better from passing it. Ill effects of; masturbation, vexation, cold, stopped coryza, tea, mercury, alcohol. Psoas abscess. It is suited to persons of thin, dry, bilious constitution. Wounds become black and gangrenous. Epilepsy; chorea; paralysis; from loss of fluids.


      Hard pressure. Loose clothes. Bending double. In room; warmth.


      VITAL LOSSES. TOUCH. Jar. Noise. PERIODICITY; alternate days. Cold. Winds, drafts. Open air. Eating. fruits. Milk. Impure water. Fish, meat, spoiled. Tea. Mental exertion. During and after stool. Smoking. Autumn. Summer.


      Disobedient; stubborn; contempt for everything. Fixed ideas, that he is unhappy, persecuted by enemies. Disposition to hurt other people’s feelings. Fear of dogs and other animals; at night. Sudden crying and tossing about, when cheerful. Ill humour worse petting and caressing. Dislike of all mental and physical work. Air castles. Indifference, sad, no desire to live. Wants to commit suicide but lacks courage. Reluctant to speak. Mistakes in speech and writing. Spoonerism. Loss of control over mind.


      Bursting, throbbing pain, with throbbing of carotids. Sensation as if brain were swashing to and fro, causing pain, bruised pain in brain, worse temples. Vertigo; falls backwards; while walking. Stitches from temple to temple. Sore sensitive scalp worse touching or combing hair. Headache worse in sun, better by moving head up and down, hard pressure, rubbing. Sweats when walking in open air. Head heavy.


      Blue colour around the eyes. Night blindness, due to anaemic retina. Scalding tears. Pressure in eyes as from drowsiness. Black spots before the eyes. Pupils dilated. Intermittent ciliary neuralgia. Smart as from salt. Stitching as from sand. Eyes painful on reading and writing.


      Red, hot. Ringing in ears; with headache. Tinnitus; then vertigo. Stitches in ears. Hardness of hearing. Foul purulent bloody discharge.


      Ill effects from suppressed coryza; headache. Habitual easy bleeding from the nose esp. morning on rising. Smell too acute. Cold sweat about nose. Nose; hot, red. Violent dry sneezing.


      Earthy, sickly, pale; hippocratic, bluish around the eyes. Face; bloated; red. Lips; dry, blackish and shrivelled. Swelling of veins. Red hot face, with cold hands. Flushed; after haemorrhage, sexual excess or loss of vital fluids, in coma.


      Toothache while infant sucks the breast; better by pressing teeth firmly together and by warmth. Toothache, with sweat. Food taste bitter, even water or too salty. Tongue; thick, dirty coated; tip burns, followed by salivation. Taste bitter, salty or acute. Gums swollen.


      Bitter or sour eructations, after milk. Craving; for dainty; sour or sweet things, highly seasoned food, desires various things without knowing what (children). Quick satiety. Anorexia, feels satiated all the time, aversion to all food, to bread, butter, coffee. Voracious appetite in emaciation of children. Loud belching without relief. Digestion slow. Milk disagrees. Weight, after eating small quantity of food. Ill effects of tea. Cold feeling in stomach. Thirst for cold water that worse diarrhoea. Pulsations and rumbling, in epigastrium. Frequent vomiting. Hiccough. Haematemesis. Stomach sore. Fermentation after eating fruits. Thirst; during apyrexia, before chill. Hungry and yet want of appetite; only while eating some appetite and natural taste for food return.


      Liver and spleen enlarged. Flatulent bloating, better motion. Colic better by bending double. Post operative gas pains, no relief from passing it. Heat in abdomen as if hot water running down. Periodical liver symptoms. Pain from rectum to genitals. Gall stone colic. Jaundice; after leucorrhoea, masturbation, sexual excess, diarrhoea. STOOLS; LIENTERIC; dark, foul; watery; BLOODY; painless; worse eating; at night, from fruits; milk, beer, during hot weather. Diarrhoea; after weaning, in children; chronic in children, who become drowsy, pupils dilated, body becomes cold esp. chin, nose and rapid respiration. Involuntary stools.

Urinary organs

      Frequent urination. Burning at meatus worse rubbing of clothes. Urine turbid, dark, scanty. Pinkish sediment. Haematuria. Enuresis of weakly children.


      Impotence, or morbid sexual desire, with lascivious fancies. Frequent emissions followed by great weakness. Swelling of testes and spermatic cord_after gonorrhoea. Orchitis. Sexual desire, with craving for dainties.


      Ovaritis from sexual excess. Desire too strong in lying-in women. Menses; too early, dark, profuse, clotted, with abdominal distension. Bloody leucorrhoea; seems to take the place of the usual menstrual discharge. Metrorrhagia-blood dark, with fainting, convulsions. Asphyxia of new born due to great loss of blood by the mother. Painful induration in the vagina.

Respiratory organs

      Haemoptysis. Puffy, rattling, breathing; suffocative catarrh; cannot breathe with head low. Asthma; worse damp weather, autumn or after depletion. Every motion excites palpitation and takes his breath. Painfully sore chest, with a soreness between scapulae, cannot bear percussion or auscultation. Suppurative phthisis. Paroxysms of cough after eating or laughing worse evening, night. Wants to be fanned but not too hard, for it takes her breath.


      Every movement excites palpitation.

Neck and Back

      Pressure as of a stone between scapulae. Inter-scapular spine painful. Sharp pains across kidneys worse movement, at night. Knife like pains around the back. Heavy pressure on sacrum. Backache as from sitting bent for long time. Lumbago worse slight motion.


      As if heavy load on shoulders. Spasmodic stretching of arms, with clenched fingers. Hands tremble, (while writing). Twitching in knees. As of a band about legs, or arms. One hand is icy cold other is warm. Swelling of veins of the hands. Nails blue. Pain in limbs and joints as if sprained worse slight touch; better hard pressure. Weariness of joints worse morning sitting. Pain in marrow. Caries of bones with profuse sweat.


      Extreme sensitiveness to touch; hard pressure relieves. Dermatitis. Humid gangrene. Yellow colour.


      Drowsiness. Heavy, snoring sleep; esp. in children. Anxious frightful dreams; fear of dreams remains. Sleeplessness as a prodrome.


      Marked prodrome. Stages of chill, heat and sweat well marked. Chill, then thirst, then heat, then thirst. Chill begins in the breast. Red hot face, with cold hands. Hectic fever. DRENCHING SWEATS; AT NIGHT; worse least motion; from weakness; from depletions etc. Tropical fevers. Sepsis.




      Carb-v; Ferr; Kali-c.

About the author

S.R. Phatak

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'.

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