Last modified on January 17th, 2019

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


      It is a valuable remedy for certain forms of dropsy esp. Beriberi. It produces violent vomiting and purging, with copious forceful watery, olive green, bilious or frothy evacuations. Cholera. Infantile diarrhoea. Jaundice of the new born, with bilious stools, urine staining the diaper. Irresistible desire to wander from home to home. Chilliness with much yawning and stretching. Urticaria better rubbing.


      Damp weather. Standing on damp ground.

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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