Formica Rufa

Last modified on January 17th, 2019

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


      Tincture is prepared from crushed live red ants. It is an arthritic remedy; for sudden rheumatic or gouty pains. Tuberculosis. Complaints from over-lifting. Checks the formation of polypi. Atrophy of wounds. Takes cold easily. Carcinoma. It affects spine; liver; kidneys and right side. Checked foot sweat; chorea from.


      Exhilarated; after pain. Forgetful in the evening. Morose; fearful.


      Brain feels too heavy and large. Headache better after combing hair. As if bubbles bursting in forehead.


      Pain in the eyes on waking, better washing.


      Cracking in ear, with headache. Polypus. Parts around ear feel swollen.


      Coryza and stopped up feeling. Polypus.


      Pain in neck when hawking or gargling.


      Pain shifts from stomach to vertex. Water tastes sweetish.


      Drawing pain around navel before stools. Light foaming stools.


      Quantity of urine increased_double. Urine like saffron.


      Ovarian cysts containing water, or blood.


      Nervous asthma. Cough mostly at night.

Neck and Back

      Pain in neck when chewing, esp. on closing jaws.


      Sudden rheumatic pains with restlessness. Weakness of lower extremities. Paraplegia. Muscles feel strained and torn from their attachment. Hands numb. Hard nodes around joints in and out.


      Profuse sweat without relief.


      Red, itching and burning. Hives in flat plaques. Wounds that atrophy.


      Rubbing. Combing hair. Pressure. Warmth. After midnight.


      Cold; wet. Motion. Before snow-storms.


      Rhus-t; Urt-u.

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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