Last modified on January 17th, 2019

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


      The principle action of this drug is on the VEINS esp. of rectum; genitals, limbs and throat; producing venous congestion; varicose veins, haemorrhoids and haemorrhages. It is also a valuable remedy for open painful wounds and burns of the first degree as a local application. It produces bruised SORENESS; of the affected part; from which blood flows; in blood vessels; in abdomen etc. Tense bursting feeling; in piles, joints or lower limbs. Congestive fulness. Veins; painful, sore, cutting, swollen; inflamed. Painful, hard, knotty; varicoses. Haemorrhages; capillary, dark, fluid, relieves or causes undue weakness. Prickling, stinging pain; in veins, muscles, skin. Relieves the pain after operations.


      Injuries. Bruises. Pressure. Air, open; humid, cold. Jar. Motion. Touch. During day (pains).


      Forgetful. No desire to study or work. Wants the ‘respect due to me’ shown. Irritable. Haemorrhages, with tranquil mind.


      Hammering headache; worse left temple. Stupid feeling in head. As if a bolt were passed from temple to temple. Headache after emission.


      Feel forced out, better pressure of finger. Blood shot eyes. Sore pain in the eyes. Hastens absorption of intraocular haemorrhage. Traumatic effects, iritis, conjunctivitis etc.


      Bad odour from nose. Epistaxis, flow passive non-coagulable, with tightness at the bridge of the nose. Nose bleeding; in hemiplegia; in old men.


      Passive haemorrhage from gums, after tooth extraction, with soreness of the gums. Bloody taste. Tongue feels burnt. Burns of tongue and lips.


      Sore, with distended veins. Stinging, breaking pain in uvula, while coughing.


      Pain and heaviness at the back of stomach. Vomiting of black blood. Averse to water, makes him sick to think of it. Nausea from pork.


      Piles; bleeding profusely, with soreness. Large quantities of tar-like blood in stools. Bloody dysentery. Varicose veins of abdomen.


      Haematuria, with increased desire for urination. Dull ache about kidneys.


      Severe neuralgic pain in spermatic cord and testicles, with nausea. Orchitis, worse touch. Varicocele. Emission at night without being aware of it. Haematocele.


      Menses; dark, profuse, with soreness of abdomen. Metrorrhagia, midway between menstrual periods; only in daytime. Ovaritis; after a blow; after abortion, with soreness over the whole abdomen. Sore nipples, bleeding. Milk leg. During pregnancy, legs become painful, can neither stand or walk. Leucorrhoea; bloody, with soreness of vagina. Vagina; sore, tender, vaginismus. Jolting brings on menses.


      Haemoptysis, tickling cough, with Taste of blood.

Neck and Back

      Sore pain down cervical vertebrae. Breaking backache. Painful scapulae. Dull ache about kidneys.


      Tense, bursting feeling in limbs and joints.


      Phlebitis. Ecchymoses. Varicose ulcers with bloody bases. Burns.


      Am; Puls; Vip.


      Ferr; Fl-ac.

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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