Last modified on January 17th, 2019

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


      It acts on MUCOUS MEMBRANES, causing CATARRHAL process, with a tendency to haemorrhage and ulceration; the catarrh may be anywhere_throat, stomach, uterus, urethra; which is characterised by thick, yellow, acrid, ropy discharge; mucus is found in the stools, in the urine, hawks up mucus, hence it can be called a mucus remedy. It produces, atonic cachectic, degenerative conditions, hence suitable in old, easily tired, weak persons with great debility, and emaciation. Sense of raw burning. Cancer and pre-cancerous states. Goitre of puberty and pregnancy. Modifies the course of small-pox when given internally and applied externally. Frequent faint spells with profuse perspiration. Shallow ulcers. Small wounds bleed and suppurate. Clothing feels uncomfortable about groins.


      Inhaling air. Cold air. Dry winds. Open air. Slight bleeding. Washing. Touch. Old age. Motion.




      Depression; sure of death and desires it. Forgetful.


      Neuralgia of the scalp and neck. Eczema on forehead along the line of hair worse after washing.


      Ophthalmia, thick mucous discharge. Yellow.


      Otorrhoea; thick mucous discharge. Roaring. Deafness; from eustachian catarrh.


      Sore, bleeds; bloody crusts. Ozoena. Post nasal dripping. Air feels cold in nose. Blows all the time. Sinusitis after coryza.


      Thin, yellow, sunken. Cancer on lips.


      Tongue; white, yellow, dirty, swollen, large, flabby, slimy, with imprints of teeth; feels as if scalded. Stomatitis; of nursing mothers, or weakly children. Taste, bitter. Aphthae. Bleeding painful cancerous growth on hard palate.


      Follicular pharyngitis. Hawks yellow tenacious mucus.



      Weak digestion. Gone feeling in stomach with loathing of food, or as of a sharp lump in stomach. Ulcers and Cancer. Painful epigastric tumours, with pulsations. Apt to vomit all food, retaining only milk, or water, mixed. Cannot eat bread or vegetables.


      Cutting pain from liver to right scapula worse lying on back or right side. Atrophy; cancer, of liver. Jaundice. Lumpy stools, coated or mixed with mucous. Haemorrhoids_even slight bleeding exhausts. Obstinate constipation; of pregnancy; after purgatives. Raw smarting in the rectum during stools, remaining long afterwards. Pain in the groins as if sprained.


      Mucus in urine. Gleety discharge, thick, yellow. Putrid odour of urine.


      Erosion of cervix. Thick; acrid, yellow; ropy leucorrhoea. Pruritus vulvae, with profuse leucorrhoea; with sexual excitement. Cancer of breast; nipples; retracted; sore, cracked, in nursing women. Menorrhagia and metrorrhagia; with fibroids. Removes the tendency to habitual adherent placenta. Vagina sore, during coition; bleeding after. Pain in breast (right) on sneezing. Hot, watery, discharge from uterus.


      Bronchitis of old exhausted people. Loose cough; bloody, or thick, yellow tenacious sputum; raises much mucus. Breathing difficult worse lying on left side.


      Palpitation, from slowly progressing weakness.

Neck and Back

      Neuralgia of neck. Dull dragging heavy pain across lumbar region; uses arms to raise himself from a seat.


      Heat alternating with chill. Tendency to profuse perspiration.


      Eruptions like small-pox. Ulcers, cancerous. Atonic ulcers, following removal of tumours.


      Ars; Kali-b; Pulsatilla

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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