Oleum Animale

Last modified on January 17th, 2019

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

Generalities

      This volatile oil was prepared by Dippel first by distillation of stags’ horn. It affects the NERVES esp. pneumogastric nerve; digestive organs. Symptoms appear here and there or in single parts. Affected part feels sore. Tremulous weakness; of hands, knees, feet etc. Pain in spots. Stitches; burning pains, as with red hot needles. Pulled upward and from behind forward pains; in malar bones, testicles; mammae etc. Icy coldness; from tips of teeth, in throat, stomach etc. Shuffling gait. Urinous; eructations, leucorrhoea etc. Flesh feels torn from bones. Ill effects of suppressions esp. of foot sweat. Neurasthenia.

Worse

      Cold. Eating. Suppressions. Menses. Hot drinks. Noise. 2 to 9 p.m.

Better

      Rubbing. Pressure. Stretching. Open air. Changing position. Eructation.

Mind

      Indolent; inclined to sit. Nervous irritability. Sad; introverted; absorbed in self; speaks in whispers. Vanishing thoughts. Faintness; from gastric origin.

Head

      Pain in spots. Migraine with polyuria. Vertigo from gastric origin, better bending head backwards.

Eyes

      Glistening bodies before eyes. Lachrymation on eating. A skin seems to overhang the eyes. Twitching of lids.

Face

      Malar bones feel pulled up. Twitching lips. White of an egg seems dried on lips. Swelling beneath right lower jaw.

Mouth

      Toothache better pressing teeth together, with sensation of coldness coming out from tips. Mouth feels greasy. Snow-white cottony saliva. Tongue sore as if scalded. Bites cheek while eating.

Throat

      Sore, dry,; constricted; empty swallowing difficult though food and drink pass easily. As if cold air penetrates the throat. Hawks out, gluey, brown lumps. Acrid vapour or raw streak in throat; worse cough.

Stomach

      Water-brash; better chewing tobacco. Pulsation or as of water in stomach. Sensation of coldness (as of a lump of ice), burning, constriction, better eructation. Urinous eructations.

Abdomen

      Flatulence and rumbling.

Urinary

      Profuse, pale urine; of fish brine odour; worse hysteria; migraine. Frequent scanty urine, then headache. Greenish urine. Small stream of urine.

Male

      Seminal losses; on straining at stool. Testes; swollen, alternately; feel pulled up forcibly upward and seized. Neuralgia of spermatic cord. Pressure in perineum. Prostate hypertrophy.

Female

      Menses; early, scanty; black flow. Sore mammae before menses; outward stitches in nipples; in scirrhus. Stitches in breast from behind forwards. Urinous leucorrhoea.

Respiratory

      Asthma from suppressed foot sweat. Stitches at clavicle.

Heart

      Anxious palpitation. Pulse slow.

Back

      Aching scapula (right) better pressure. Sprained feeling in sacrum. Unsteady gait. Cracking in cervical vertebrae on raising the head.

Skin

      Excoriation in bends of joints.

Fever

      Alternate chill and heat. Cold foul foot sweat; fishy on heels.

Related

      Sulph; Tell.

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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