Last modified on January 17th, 2019

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


      Acts on muscles of the heart and is a heart tonic; does not produce any cumulative action. Patient is weak and exhausted, sometimes suddenly becomes weak. Cardio-haemorrhagic or lithemic cases. High arterial tension. Arteriosclerosis. Collapse from typhoid. Haemorrhages from bowels. Dyspnoea. Dropsy.


      Warm room.


      Rest. Quiet. Fresh air.


      Irritability, crossness and melancholy; despairing.

Urinary organs

      Diabetes esp. in children.

Respiratory organs

      Cough with albuminous expectoration.


      WEAK, with oppression, stitches and insomnia. Cardiac dyspnoea. Myocarditis. Incompetent valves. Cardiac dilatation. Angina Pectoris. Cardiac dropsy. Pulse rapid, irregular and small, intermittent. Pain under left scapula; and under left clavicle.


      Excessive perspiration. Palms sweaty.


      Burning smarting eruptions on back of neck, axillae and chin; worse heat and sweating better washing. Fingers and toes blue.


      Apoc; Strop.

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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