CAPSICUM – Homeopathic Medicine

Last modified on January 8th, 2019


CAPSICUM homeopathic drug picture symptoms from A Primer of Materia Medica by T.F. Allen, of the homeopathy remedy CAPSICUM

General Action

      It produces inflammation of mucous membranes, with bloody, mucous discharges (bowels, bladder, throat, etc.). It produces well- marked chill and fever, neuralgias and phlegmonous inflammations, with threatening, deep-seated abscesses (lungs, ear).


      Great sensitiveness to cold air, especially to drafts of air. General creaking and cracking in the joints. Stiffness and painfulness of all the joints when beginning to walk. Dread of all motion. A general relaxed and phlegmatic temperament. Most of the symptoms are (<) after eating and drinking, most violent on beginning to move, and (>) continued motion.

Clinical. Most useful in order persons who have become debilitated by disease and who react badly; not so useful in young people. Often adapted to people who have exhausted their vitality, especially by mental work, and whose vital heat is diminished, who do not react, especially from chill; muscles are weary and painful; fear of the slightest draft of either warm or cold air; sometimes indicated in persons who abstain from their accustomed alcoholic stimulants. The pains in general are burning in character and are accompanied by chilliness. Many of the sensations are those of constriction, about the throat, chest, bladder, rectum, etc.


      Taciturn, and absorbed in himself. Irritated by the slightest causes. Unusual alteration of mood. (Homesickness, with chilliness, hot and red cheeks and sleeplessness.).


      Headache, generally throbbing, in the forehead or temples. Violent headache, as though the skull would burst, on coughing. A feeling as though the head were too full. Drawing tearing in the bones of the forehead, worse on the right side. Aching above the root of the nose. One-sided neuralgia of the head, a pressing pain, (<) moving the head or eyes, nausea, even to vomiting.


      Pain as from a foreign body in the eyes. Burning. Pupils dilated. Dimness of vision.

Pressing pain deep in the ears, as if an abscess would form. Painful swelling behind the ears.

Clinical. Valuable remedy in chronic suppuration of the ears, with bursting headache, chilliness, etc.; suppuration of the middle ear, with perforation of the drum and discharge of yellow pus. Particularly in mastoid disease, with great tenderness over the petrous bone, threatening to involve the meninges of the brain.


      Tickling, with sneezing in the nose. Diminished smell. Nose-bleed in the morning in bed.


      Pain, fine as if in the nerves or in the bones, (<) external touch, tormenting when falling asleep, especially about the malar bone. Redness of face, frequently alternating with paleness. Lips swollen and cracked; smarting and burning.


      Vesicles in the mouth, with burning. Fetid odor. Viscid, offensive saliva. Tough mucus in the mouth.


      Spasmodic contraction of the throat. Sore throat, even when not swallowing; on swallowing, feels inflamed.

Clinical. Sore throat of smokers and drinkers, with inflammation, burning, relaxed uvula, sometimes dry, in other cases with tough mucus, difficult to dislodge. Diphtheria, with gangrenous sloughs extending to roof of mouth, with excessive burning, spasmodic constriction, chilliness, etc. (Compare Cantharis).


      Unnatural appetite, alternating with aversion to food. Loss of thirst. (When drinking, chills.) Food has a sour taste; after eating, burning in the stomach. Great flatulence from vegetables. Swelling of the pit of the stomach.


      Distended; feels as though it would burst; takes away the breath. Flatulent colic. Colic, with cutting twisting about navel and passage of tough mucus, like diarrhoea, at times mixed with black blood; after every stool thirst, and after every drink shivering. Tension, especially in epigastric drink shivering. Tension, especially in epigastric region, between pit of stomach and navel, (<) motion, with tension in lower part of back. Tensive pain, extending to chest, as from distention of abdomen.

Rectum and Stool

      Tenesmus. Urging to stool after drinking, but only a little mucus passed. Feeling as if he would have diarrhoea as soon as he drank anything (Crot. tig.), but only a little passed every time. Haemorrhoids. Burning in the anus; burning pain. Biting-stinging in anus, with diarrhoea-like stools. Small, frequent passages, consisting of mucus, at times mingled with blood and causing tenesmus (Mercurius c., Cantharis), preceded by flatulent colic in hypogastrium. Diarrhoea, then empty tenesmus; mucus diarrhoea, with tenesmus. Small stool, consisting of only mucus.

Clinical. Dysentery, stools bloody, tenacious mucus, with excessive burning and tenesmus; also associated with tenesmus of the bladder (Cantharis and Mercurius cor. ); also particularly characterized by excessive thirst, with shivering from drinking (Arsen.) and by severe pain in back after the stool.

Urinary Organs

      Tenesmus; strangury; frequent, almost ineffectual, urging to urinate. Pressure towards bladder while coughing and afterwards, with stitches extending outward in region of bladder. Burning pain in urethra during and after micturition.

Sexual Organs, Male

      Loss of sexual power. Coldness of the scrotum in the morning on waking.

Respiratory Organs

      Hoarseness. Tickling in the larynx in the evening after lying down, causing dry, hacking cough. Dry cough, worse in the evening and at night; cough is generally associated with concomitant symptoms, especially pains in other portions of the body, ears, throat, etc. The cough expels an extremely offensive breath from the lungs. Dyspnoea. Constriction of the chest, arresting breathing, (<) motion. Pain as if the chest were too full, or as if it would fly to pieces.

Neck and Back

      Drawing tearing and jerking pains in the neck, in the right cervical glands, or up and down the spine.

Extremities Lower

      Pain, sticking, tearing or drawing from the hips to the feet, (<) coughing, touch, or bending trunk backward. Tensive pain in the knee.


      Sleeplessness after midnight; cannot fall asleep. Sleep full of dreams.


      General coldness. Coldness in the evening. Shivering and chilliness after every drink. Heat localized, of the ears towards evening, of the tip of the nose, of the hands, (<) in the morning by washing in cold water.

Clinical. Intermittent fever; chill begins in the back, ameliorated by heat; thirst, but chill after drinking; with the chill excruciating pain in back and limbs, heat and sweat often co-mingled; generally less thirst during the fever and sweat than during the chill, the thirst begins even before the chill. In scarlet fever, with corrosive discharge from nose, great fetor of breath, general tendency to coldness. Sometimes indicated in typhoid fever. Occasionally in pyaemia, with high temperature and profuse sweat, easily chilled, aggravated by drinking.

About the author

TF Allen

TF Allen

Dr. Timothy Field Allen, M.D. ( 1837 - 1902)
Born in 1837in Westminster, Vermont. . He was an orthodox doctor who converted to homeopathy
Dr. Allen compiled the Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica over the course of 10 years.
In 1881 Allen published A Critical Revision of the Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica.

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