Last modified on January 17th, 2019

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


      Though this remedy acts especially on the gastro-intestinal tract; it has some mental and sexual symptoms also. Paralytic pains and feeling of coldness esp. in the abdomen are marked symptoms. Neuralgia due to abuse of coffee. Mental effects from overweening pride. Nervous prostration.


      Weak will. Ill humour; tired of life, want of perseverance. Apprehensive of future. Hysteria. Nymphomania. Hypochondriasis.


      Rush of blood, with vanishing of sight. Vertigo, during or after meals. Forehead wrinkled during headache. Sensation as if brain were contracted and head became smaller.


      All objects seem white, even green trees.


      Emptiness after eating. As of a cold water or loose heavy load in stomach. Craves nothing but bread.


      Profuse, yellowish, green, gushing, watery or frothy exhausting diarrhoea, with, coldness in the abdomen, followed by soreness or burning of anus. Summer diarrhoea, from drinking of excess of water.


      Painful rigidity of the penis, after seminal emission; nightly.


      Tendency to masturbation; nymphomania. Menses; too profuse; premature and too long. Leucorrhoea, persistent. Darting pain in mammae (right) when stooping, during menses.


      Palpitation; after stools, with oppression of chest.

Neck and Back

      Pain in coccyx, after stool. Neck as if seized by hands.


      Limb gives way with sciatic pain.


      Open air.


      Eating. Drinking too much water hot or cold. Summer. Motion. Abuse of coffee. Dinner.



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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