Ledum Palustre

Last modified on January 17th, 2019

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


      This remedy affects the fibrous tissue; of JOINTS esp. small; ankles; tendons; heels and SKIN; hence it can be called a rheumatic remedy, where rheumatism begins in the feet and travels upwards. Affected parts become purple puffy; and then emaciates. The patient, is always chilly, affected parts are cold; yet averse to external warmth. There is a general lack of vital heat. Painful, cold, oedematous joints. Shifting, tearing pains. Weakness and numbness of the affected parts. Torpidity of integuments esp. after suppression of discharges from the eyes, ears and the nose. Haemorrhages; of bright frothy blood. Dropsy. Petechiae. Tetanus with twitchings of muscles near the wound. Ill effects of alcohol, hair cutting suppressed discharges, punctured wounds, recent or chronic injuries bites, sings, bruises. Drunkards. Rushes of blood. Abscess and septic conditions better by cold. If Ledum is given immediately after punctured wounds, it prevents tetanus. Hypericum when tetanus develops. It is adapted to full-blooded, plethoric, robust or pale delicate patients.


      Angry, out of humour. Dissatisfied, hates his fellow beings avoids their company.


      Raging, pulsating headache worse least covers. Affected after getting wet. Mis-step causes concussion in the brain. Itching as of lice. Blood boils on forehead.


      Bloodshot or bruised Tears acrid; make the lower lids and cheeks sore. Haemorrhage into the anterior chamber after iridectomy. Ptosis of eye (right), from injury.


      Hardness of hearing; as if the ears were stuffed up with cotton worse cutting the hair, wetting the head.


      Persistent nosebleed; soreness of the nose with violent burning.


      Mottled. Red pimples on forehead and cheeks, stinging when touched. Submental glands swollen. Crusty eruptions around the nose and mouth.


      Bitter taste in the mouth; mouldly when coughing. Sudden flow of watery saliva, during colic.


      Nausea on spitting.


      Anal fissure. Blind smarting piles.


      Much uric acid and sand in urine. Urine often stops during the flow. Copious, clear, colourless urine, deficient in salts.


      Pollutions of sanguineous or serous semen.


      Bleeding fibroids. Great coldness during menses, yet desires cold air.


      Cough; tormenting; from tickling in larynx; with epistaxis; then sobbing respiration, worse receding eruptions. Double inspiration. Haemoptysis, alternating with rheumatism; or coxalgia. Yellow, purulent, sputum. Chest hurts when touched.

Neck and Back

      Back stiff; cramps in; worse rising from sitting. Lumbago.


      Cramps over hip joint. Swelled blotchy ecchymotic legs and feet. Heels sore. Soles painful, can hardly step on them. Trembling of hands when moving them or grasping anything. Easily; spraining of ankles. Feet (dorsum) itch by night and are stiff in a.m. Balls of great toes swollen. Feet held to earth as by a magnet, when attempting to move. Pain in shoulder on raising arm.


      Coldness; of parts; worse limbs; with the pain; during fever; as if in cold water. Foul sweat. Profuse night sweat.


      Wounds punctured; twitches in; from nails, stings, etc. foul pus. Eruptions on only covered part. Oedematous swelling. Red spots and rash.


      Cold; bathing; air. Reposing.


      Warmth; of covers, stove, air. Injury. Motion (joints). Night. Egg. Wine. Spitting.


      Arn; Bry; Rhus-t; Secale

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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