Last modified on January 17th, 2019

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


      This remedy is mainly used in the affections of the Sciatic nerve; though it has some useful abdominal and female symptoms. Offensive diarrhoea with colic worse morning. Weight and heaviness in pelvis. Dysmenorrhoea, with scanty menses and very painful the first day. Intense sciatic pain; alternating with or followed by numbness worse lying down, motion, stepping; better by flexing the limbs on abdomen, by sitting in a chair. Lumbago with numbness of part and weight and heaviness in pelvis. Anterior crural neuralgia. Pain in joints as if they lacked oil.


      Flexing limbs. Sitting; in a chair.


      Walking. Lying. Cold damp.



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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