Last modified on January 17th, 2019

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


      The small quantity of Hydrocyanic Acid which this medicine contains, produces symptoms accompanied by SUDDEN DEBILITY; and lack of reaction esp. in chest and heart affections. It affects the MIND AND BRAIN causing, bluntness of special senses. Cyanosis. Coldness not better by warmth. Weak sphincters. Long lasting faints. Sensation of falling down; in brain, in abdomen; in heart etc. Epilepsy; clonic spasms of all limbs, with paralytic weakness. Twitchings. Chorea; emotional; with constant jerks, cannot keep still; speech indistinct after every excitement, gasping for breath. Gasping_before, during and after spasms. Nervous collapse. Apoplexy. Internal burning. Haemorrhages; of thin, bright blood mixed with gelatinous clots. Effects of fright. Blue babies, asphyxia neonatorum. Antidotes the effects of Digitalis given in crude doses. Well chosen remedies do not act.


      Loss of consciousness, with loss of speech and motion. Fear and anxiety about imaginary evils. SUDDEN Loss OF MEMORY; from fright, pain etc. Dullness of special senses. Gets angry when not understood.


      Vertigo with sleepiness. Head pain worse Il a.m. to I p.m. Nightly tearing in vertex. As if a cold wind were blowing on head. As if brain were falling. Brain feels contracted and painful.


      Protrude, staring, open. Objects look larger.


      Blue; with gasping. As if flies and spiders are crawling over the skin. Lock-jaw. Twitching of the muscles of face.


      Foam at the mouth; convulsions. Speechlessness from pain in stomach. Tongue; stiff; cold, burnt or numb.


      Spasmodic contraction of throat and oesophagus. DRINKS ROLL AUDIBLY through oesophagus and intestines.


      Persistent hiccough. Bitter eructations. Vomiting of food during cough. Disgust for food during pregnancy. Violent pain in stomach with loss of speech. Stomach pains during urination. Nausea near a hot stove.


      Falling down sensation of a lump in abdomen from above the navel to small of back worse talking or over-exertion. Gurgling flatulence. Pain in the liver as though abscess were forming. Liver; indurated, atrophied; nutmeg. Paralysis of sphincter ani; involuntary stools. Cancer of rectum; with bleeding of bright red blood.


      Urine; retained, suppressed, involuntary; with palpitation and suffocation, and fainting.


      Pain in uterus, with cancer; with oozing of bright blood, with gelatinous clots; better sleep. Faints with coldness during menses. Burning and stinking in and below mammae.


      Larynx and trachea raw. Suffocation; gasps for breath; on sitting up. Shallow breathing. Dyspnoea, with sensation that he is unable to raise the chest walls; better lying down. Cough; tickling, spasmodic, nightly; of phthisis; short dry of cardiac origin; worse lying down. Bloody, or scattered with bloody dots; gelatinous expectoration. Asphyxia neonatorum. Burning in chest on taking inspiration. Low voice.


      Holds hands over the heart; as if there were some trouble there worse by any exercise. Palpitation. Mitral regurgitation. Pains in the region of heart. Pulse, weak, variable, slow, or irregular.


      Clubbing of fingers. Toes and finger nails become knotty. Veins of hands distended. Cold clammy feet up to the knees; in chorea, heart disease. Feet numb on crossing the legs.


      Fearful anxiety and restless; cannot fall to sleep. Coma vigil.


      Cool; livid.


      Lying with head low. Eating. Sleep. Open air.


      Sitting up. Exertion. Cold. Fright. Stooping.


      Amm-c; Gels; Hydr-ac; Prun-sp.

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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