Latrodectus Mactans

Last modified on January 17th, 2019

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


      This spider poison affects the HEART; producing a typical picture of angina pectoris. Blood becomes thin, watery. Tetanic effects lasting for several days. Restless; with cardiac pains, and prostrated.


      Anxiety. Screams fearfully with pain; exclaiming that she would lose her breath and die.


      Nausea then abdominal pains. Vomiting of black vomit. Transfixation of pain or sinking at epigastrium.


      Gasping breath; fear of losing breath and dying. Apnoea.


      Violent CARDIAC PAINS; sharp; extending to shoulders or both arms, to fingers; with numbness. Precordial anxiety. Restless; with cardiac pain; and prostration. Quick feeble, thready pulse.


      Pain in left arm; feels paralyzed. Hard aching pain in axilla. Paraesthesia of lower limbs.


      Dreams of flying.


      Cold as marble.


      Least motion; even of hands. Exertion.



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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