Dioscorea Villosa

Last modified on January 17th, 2019

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


      It is a remedy for many kinds of pains and colics. It acts on NERVES_abdominal; sciatic, and on spinal cord. PAINS ARE UNBEARABLE, SHARP; CUTTING, TWISTING, GRIPING, GRINDING, that dart about or radiate to distant parts; they occur in paroxysms, suddenly cease in one part, then start in another part. Nervous shuddering, from pain. It is suitable to persons of feeble digestive power; excess in eating or errors of diet easily affect them. Ill effects of excessive tea drinking. Fasting. Masturbation. Chorea, with seminal emissions.


      Lying; doubling up. Tea. Eating. Evening. Night.


      Stretching out; or bending back. Motion; in open air. Hard pressure. Standing erect.


      Calls things by wrong names. Feels cross, nervous and easily troubled. Depressed, after seminal emissions.


      Dull pain in both the temples; or as if squeezed in a vice Better pressure but worse afterwards. Sensation as if head were crushed down. Confused, full head.


      As of a round ball or stick in the eyes. Hot air steaming out of them.


      Pain worse blowing nose or coughing. Nausea felt in. Small balls of wax fall out.


      Any bad smell remains in the nose for a long time.


      Bitter, dry, in the morning. Bites the tongue, when not eating or drinking. Spasmodic closure of the jaw.


      Eructations; with hiccough. Sharp cramping pain in the pit of the stomach, then belching, hiccough and passing flatus; Better standing erect. Gastrodynia.


      Sharp pains in the liver extending to the nipples. Gall bladder colic_pain extending to the chest, back and arms. Pain suddenly shifts to different parts, appear in remote localities, as fingers and toes. Renal colic, pain extending to testicles, and the extremities. Flatulence. Piles like a bunch of cherries, with darting pain from anus to liver. Morning diarrhoea driving out of bed, causing weakness. Hurried desire for stool. Stools do not relieve the pain in abdomen. Darting from anus to liver. Constant aching, cutting, griping pains in and around umbilical region.


      Erections lasting all night. Cold relaxed sexual organs. Seminal emission, without erection; then weakness esp. in the knees. Strong smelling sweat on scrotum and pubes.


      Violent dysmenorrhoea_pains radiate from the uterus; alternating with cramps in fingers and toes.


      Chest does not seem to expand on breathing. Chest pains radiate to both the arms. Dyspnoea from slight exertion.


      Pain back of sternum into arms; angina pectoris; with laboured breathing and feeble action of the heart.

Neck and Back

      Lame worse stooping.


      Felon_in the beginning when pricking is felt or when pains are sharp and agonizing. Limbs feel weak esp. knees; after seminal emission. Sciatic pain (right) shoot down the thighs, with burning or numbness worse motion, sitting up; Better standing on toes, lying still. Hamstring seems too short. Nails brittle.


      Sweats easily when chilly. Sweat; cold, clammy; or of strong odour, on genitals.


      Colo; Mag-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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