Iris Versicolor

Last modified on January 17th, 2019

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


      Iris acts powerfully on GASTRO-INTESTINAL MUCOUS MEMBRANES; on salivary glands, LIVER and pancreas; producing profuse secretions; which are sour, acrid and burning. Oily nose; greasy taste and fatty stools ;are other characteristics. Promotes the flow of bile. Symptoms set in suddenly; accompanied by rapid elimination. Cholera morbus and sick headaches.


      Periodically. Weekly; 2-3 a.m.; Spring and Autumn; after midnight. Mental exhaustion. Hot weather.


      Gentle motion.


      Low-spirited. Fear of approaching illness. Dullness of mental faculties.


      Aches begin with blurring of vision. Sick headaches, with diarrhoea. Shooting in temples with contractive feeling of the scalp. Tired headache, with mental exhaustion (studying, sewing) worse coughing, cold air; better gentle motion.


      Sunken. Violent supra-orbital pains. Periodic visual disturbances, blindness, hemiopia etc. with headache.


      Aural vertigo with intense noises in ears.


      Oily. Constant sneezing.


      Neuralgia worse after breakfast, involving the whole face; with copious urine, and urging for stools.


      Feels greasy, burnt or scalded. Tongue burns or feels cold. Greasy or sweetish taste. Profuse ropy saliva; drops when talking.


      Heat and smarting in throat. Burning from fauces to stomach; better inhaling cool air or drinking cold water. Goitre.


      Sour, bitter eructations. Burning of whole alimentary canal, not better by cold drinks. Continuous nausea; BITTER, sweetish water, ACRID, WATERY, SOUR VOMITING WITH BURNING. Deficient appetite. Periodical vomiting spells, every month, six weeks, lasts for two or three days.


      Liver sore. Colicky pain before each spell of vomiting and purging. STOOLS; BILIOUS, ACRID, WATERY, BURN LIKE FIRE. Painless cholera morbus. Urging to stools with headache, facial neuralgia, and pain in teeth. Stools fatty. Anus feels sore as if sharp points sticking in it.


      Profuse, clear urine, with headache. Burning along the length of urethra after urination. Diabetes.


      Protracted nausea and vomiting during pregnancy; profuse flow of saliva.


      The hips feel wrenched out. Shooting laming pains along limb; sciatica.


      Herpes zoster; with gastric derangements; right side. Psoriasis, irregular patches with shining scales. Sweat smells of vinegar.


      Ars; Merc; Phosphorus

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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