Last modified on January 17th, 2019

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


      Cina is the source of the alkaloid Santonin. NERVOUS mental and bodily symptoms which are produced by this drug may be due to the presence of round worms or reflex from abdominal irritation, and affections of the digestive tract. It is a children’s remedy; children who are big, fat, rosy and scrofulous; they stiffen out; when looked at, during cough or when they become cross. Child is restless, tosses about. Twitching. Spasms; due to worms; unilateral. In spasms, children throw arms from side to side. Whole body is painfully sore to motion and touch; bruised soreness. Children are hungry and greater the hunger greater the emaciation. Complaints concomitant to yawning, which comes on whenever someone yawns. Sour smell of body esp. children. Shocks as from pain. Patient will jump suddenly as though he felt pain. Trembling; with shivering, when yawning. Convulsions, with consciousness. Paraplegia, with unnatural hunger. Chorea.


      Lying on abdomen. Wiping eyes. Motion. Shaking head. Rocking.


      TOUCH. Worms. Vexation. Looked at. DURING SLEEP. Staring. Yawning. Full moon. In sun, summer. Looking fixedly at any object.


      Very TOUCHY; ugly, cross; petulant and dissatisfied. Children do not want to be touched, or carried, wants to be rocked; they desire many things, but reject everything offered; uneasy and distressed all the time. Nervous. Unreal feeling of having done something wrong. Convulsions in children when they are scolded or punished. Children proof against all the caresses. Good natured children become cross.


      Ache, alternating with pain in abdomen better stooping. Pain in head when reading or staring. Child leans his head sideways all the time. Turning the head from one side to other. Women must let hair down during headache. Children cannot have the hair combed. Headache, before and after epileptic attack.


      Pupils dilated. Pulsation in super-ciliary muscles. Eyebrows twitch when staring at any object, he sees as through gauze better wiping eyes. Fatigue of eyes. Vision; yellow, blue, violet or green. Squint; from worms. Dark ring around the eyes. Weak sight, from masturbation.


      Itching; PICKS AND BORES AT NOSE, till it bleeds; wants to rub it. Sneezing, with whooping cough. Nostrils drawn in.


      Pale, with sickly look; during cough. BLUISH WHITE ABOUT the mouth. Face alternately pale and cold or red and hot. Choreic movements of the face and hands.


      GRINDS THE TEETH; at night, during sleep. Chews and swallows in sleep. Clean tongue.


      Difficult swallowing of liquids; noisy swallowing. Clucking noise from throat to stomach; after coughing, or convulsions. Constant motion of swallowing, involuntary.


      Hunger; voracious; after eating, after vomiting; with gnawing feeling in stomach; alternating with loss of appetite; before chill or follows sweat; in paraplegia. Desires many and different things; craving for sweets, for bread. Vomiting with a clean tongue. Vomiting and diarrhoea immediately after eating and esp. drinking. Aversion to mother’s milk.


      Twisting pain about the navel better pressure. Distended and hard. Cutting, pinching pain from worms. Stools, white, watery. Itching at anus. Unpleasant warm feeling.

Urinary organs

      Bed wetting worse every full moon. Urine; turbid, WHITE; MILKY; or turn milky on standing.


      Bad effects on onanism; weakness of sight.


      Uterine haemorrhage before puberty. Child refuses breast. Menses; too early and profuse.

Respiratory organs

      Regularly recurrent choking cough, with sneezing. Violent cough bringing tears and sternal pains; feels as if something is torn off. Gurgling from throat to stomach after coughing. Child keeps still and does not talk or move because of the fear of cough. Sternum as if lying too close to back. Cough ends in spasm. Suffocative attacks. Expectoration difficult.


      Tosses arms from side to side (children). Sudden inward jerking of fingers of right hand . Stretches out feet spasmodically (children) . Twitching and jerking in limbs. Left foot in constant spasmodic motion. Paraplegia; sudden, with unnatural hunger.


      Restless. Gets on hands and knees or on abdomen in sleep. Night terrors of children. Cries out, screams, wakes frightened. Screams and talks in sleep.


      With pale cold face and warm hands. Much fever; clean tongue during fever. Cold sweat on forehead, nose and hands. Hungry before chill and after sweat.


      Cham; Nat-p.


      Calc; Dros; Rat.

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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