Kalmia Latifolia

Last modified on January 17th, 2019

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


      Kalmia affects the NERVES, HEART, circulation. Pains are neuralgic, with tingling, numbness; trembling or paralytic weakness. Pains shift rapidly; shooting outward along the nerves; with much nausea and slow pulse. Aching, bruised stiff feeling. Dull tearing, crushing pain, moving downwards; pain alternating, with cardiac symptoms, or between upper and lower limbs. Rheumatism, syphilitic. Neuralgia, after the disappearance of herpetic eruptions. Motion brings on complaints. Albuminuria. Great weakness with neuralgia.


      MOTION. Lying on left side. Bending forward. Looking down. Heat; of sun. Becoming cold. With the sun. Sunrise to sunset. Stooping. During leucorrhoea.


      Eating Cloudy weather. Continued motion. Recumbent posture .


      Memory and mental faculties are perfect in a recumbent posture.


      Vertigo; with headache, blindness, pains in the limbs and weariness; worse stooping; looking down. Cracking in head_frightens him, it sends in a sound in ears like blowing of a horn. Headache worse and better with sun. Shooing from nape to vertex and face. Maddening supra-orbital pain; (right).


      Stiff drawing sensation when moving the eyes. Vision becomes black on looking downwards. Iritis. Scleritis. Eyelids stiff. Retinitis albuminuria esp. during pregnancy.


      Sound like blowing of a horn.


      Coryza; with increased sense of smell.


      Flushing with vertigo. Neuralgia worse right side; from exposure to cold; Better food. Stitches and tearing in jaw bones. Lips; stiff, dry, swollen.


      Stitches in tongue. Tingling in salivary gland. Bitter taste, with nausea better eating. Tired feeling in chewing muscles.


      Pain in pit of stomach worse bending forward better sitting erect. Feeling as if something being pressed under the epigastrium. Wine better vomiting.


      Albuminuria; with pains in lower limbs. Frequent urination of large quantity of yellow urine; better headache.


      Suppressed menses, with severe neuralgic pains throughout the whole body. Leucorrhoea; one week after menses; symptoms worse during leucorrhoea.


      Fluttering of heart with anxiety. Pains; sharp, burning shooting, stabbing, radiating to left scapula and arm; take away the breath, with slow pulse Palpitation worse bending forward; up to throat, after going to bed, trembling all over, visible; worse lying on left side; better lying on back. Hypertrophy; valvular insufficiency. Aortic obstruction. Tobacco heart. Pulse slow, weak, tremulous.

Neck and Back

      Pain from neck down arm; brachialgia. Pain down back, as if it would break. Lumbar pain of nervous origin; with heat and burning.


      Deltoid rheumatism_right. Pains affect large part of the limb. Weakness, numbness, pricking and sense of coldness in limbs. Tingling and numbness of the left arm (heart pains). Pains along ulnar nerve into little or fourth finger. Joints, red, hot, swollen.


      Sleepless; turns often; wakes very early in the morning.


      Protracted and continued fevers, with tympanites.


      Stiff; dry.


      Acon; Dig; Rhus-t; Spigelia


      Benz-ac; Spigelia

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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