Chloral Hydrate

Last modified on January 17th, 2019


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


      This drug affects the brain causing cerebral excitement with hallucinations, and night terrors in children. Heart is dilated or weakened with peculiar fulness and lightness in chest and sense of emptiness in stomach. Muscular prostration. Chorea; long standing, obstinate; patient could neither lie not stand.


      Open air. Being fanned.


      Alcohol Night. Exertion. Lying down. Hot drinks. Stimulants.


      Melancholia, idiocy and insanity. Hurried and excited, walks up and down the room, conversing with imaginary beings, or with himself.


      As of a hot band from temple to temple.


      Eyeballs; feel too large; blood shot and watery. Objects look white; colour blindness. Eyelids heavy, can hardly lift them.


      Hears voices.


      Face and eyelids are swollen, can hardly see, urticaria.



Urinary organs

      Bed wetting; passes water in bed copiously without knowing it, during later part of night.

Respiratory organs

      Dyspnoea. As of a weight on chest. Inspires through the nose, expires through the mouth when lying on back.


      Weak or dilated.


      Urticaria; worse by night disappears by day; suddenly appear from chill, better by warmth; worse alcohol. Skin stone cold.


      Sleepless from fatigue. Horrid dreams.


      Apis., Canc-fl.

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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