Last modified on January 17th, 2019

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


      Commonly known as Buckwheat, acts upon the skin and the digestive organs. Itching is marked and is felt in different parts of the body, eyes, posterior nares; anus; deep in hands; legs etc. Visible pulsations of carotids and other arteries. Discharges are offensive. Pain in streaks. Senile pruritus.


      Inability to study, or remember. Depressed. Irritable. Exceedingly happy.


      Pain deep in head with upward pressure. Headache with tired neck, better bending backwards.


      Itching of the eyes. As if eyeballs were pushed out. Pain along lachrymal duct. Swollen, red, hot.


      Itching in and around.


      Sore, red. Fluent coryza, with sneezing.


      Itching in posterior nares. Post-nasal catarrh.


      Scalding, hot, sour eructations. Nausea persistent better eating.


      Itching in anus.


      Pruritus vulvae with yellow leucorrhoea, worse rest.


      Pain around the heart extending to the left shoulder and arm better lying on back.

Neck and Back

      Stiffness and bruised feeling in the muscles of the neck, with sensation as if nape would not support the head.


      Pain in shoulders, with pain along fingers. Itching in arms and legs. Itching deep in hands. Feet numb, with pricking. Streaking pains in arms and legs.


      Itching better cool bathing worse scratching, touch and retiring. Eczema. Erythema. Intertrigo. Blind boils. Skin hot, swollen.


      Cold applications. Pressure. Coffee.


      Scratching. Sunlight. Motion.



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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