OPIUM – Homeopathic Medicine

Last modified on January 7th, 2019


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

General Action

      Stupor and profound coma, with irregular, stertorous respiration; contracted pupils. Pulse slow and feeble, skin cool and moist; finally failure of respiration. Rarely delirium and convulsions. Diminished secretions, obstinate constipation, retention of urine; reflex irritability increased, then lost.


      Emaciation. Tremblings, twitchings, convulsions, often with terrible pains; with groaning, screaming and biting; difficult irregular respiration; paroxysmal. The whole body becomes rigid in paroxysms. A feeling of humming and buzzing throughout the whole body. Flesh becomes insensible. Symptoms are generally (<)becoming heated.


      Delirium, with frightful visions. Vivid fancies, sometimes amounting to ecstasy. Starts at the least noise or is fearful of impending death. Becomes imbecile. Dull., stupid; complete insensibility, with stertorous respiration.


      Rush of blood to the head. Heaviness. Dull headache; (<)moving the eyes.


      Eyes congested, with contracted pupils (rarely dilated and insensible). Paralysis of the upper lids.


      Face hot, puffy, dusky red, with distended blood vessels. Facial muscles relaxed and hanging down. Face covered with profuse sweat. Cramps of the muscles, especially about the mouth.


      General dryness, with inability to swallow. Frothing at the mouth. Paralysis of the tongue; difficult speech.


      Paralysis of the pharynx so that it is impossible to swallow.


      A version to all food. Unquenchable thirst. Ineffectual efforts to vomit. Vomiting of food; green of bile, with violent pains in the stomach and convulsions. Fecal vomiting.


      Distention from flatulence, with cutting pains. Intestines seem to have lost the power to expel their contents. Colic, with spasmodic closure of anus. Tympanitis.


      Diarrhoea, with burning in the anus. Stools involuntary. Tenesmus, with stools. Extreme constipation from inactivity of intestines; feces hard and dark brown.

Urinary Organs

      Retention of urine from paralysis of the bladder; urine passed only after long effort. Urine often scanty, red.

Sexual Organs

      Clinical. Suppressed menstruation from fright. Cessation of labor pains, with coma and twitchings. Puerperal Convulsions.

Respiratory Organs

      Respiration stertorous or rattling; difficult, intermittent , suffocative. Cough, arresting breath; becomes blue in the face. Cough with frothy expectoration of bloody mucus. Cough dry and racking , from tickling in the larynx, (<) night, (>) water. Expectoration scanty, tenacious.

Heart and Pulse

      Pulse irregular, feeble, soft, sometimes slow, with stertorous breathing.

Back and Extremities

      Drawing in the dorsal muscles and bending backward of the body. Trembling of th limbs or numbness with swelling of the veins.


      Irresistible sleepiness, with slow pulse, moist skin, heavy stertorous or snoring respiration.


      Cold extremities and coldness of the surface of the body generally, with warmth of the head. Dry burning heat, with glowing heat of the face. Hot sweat over the whole body. Febrile paroxysms characterized by stupor, snoring respiration and twitching of the limbs.

Clinical. Clearly marked type of intermittent fever is produced and cured by this drug. Thirst is not always present.

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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