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Narcissus signs and symptoms of the homeopathy medicine from the Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by J.H. Clarke. Find out for which conditions and symptoms Narcissus is used

      Narcissus pseudo narcissus. Daffodil. *N.O. Amaryllidaceae. Tincture of unexpended blossom-buds, stem, leaf, and flower. Trituration of the alkaloid.


Bronchitis. Cough. Coryza. Diarrhoea.


Ringer experimented with the alkaloid (sulphate and nitrate) obtained from flowers and bulbs of the daffodil, and produced the symptoms recorded in the Schema. A patient of mine once had a very severe cough set up by daffodils used in some profusion as a decoration of a dinner-table. In Ringer’s experiments the bulb preparation produced the greater number of effects, including salivation, sinking, vomiting, and diarrhoea. The flower preparation acted on the head and eyes, and dried up a profuse perspiration of the hands. A fatal case of poisoning from eating the flowers is on record (*H. W., xxxvi. 244). A salad of onions in which were mixed some bulbs of *Narcissus poeticus caused Tormina, burning, copious stools with dreadful griping, obtuse senses, fainting, cold hands, cold sweat, symptoms not distinguishable from the usual effects of *Colchicum, and similar to those of *Narc. pseud. The one homoeopathic use of *Narc. on record is that of J. Meredith (*H. W., xxxi. 123). He made a conserve of flowers, buds, and stems by mashing them with six to ten times their weight of sugar in a Wedgewood mortar with a wooden pestle. Counting this as IX, he made sugar attenuations to 4x, and with these he cured a case of bronchitis with *continuous cough which had resisted many of the standard remedies.


*Compare: Cepa, Colchicum, Lilium t.



Frontal headache.


Running at eyes. Pupils unduly dilated. Pupils contracted at first, dilated later.



Severe coryza.


Increased flow of saliva _ Free salivation of very ropy saliva.


Throat dry.


Hiccough, sinking, faint feeling. Sinking, sick sensation. Heartburn. Vomiting. Rumbling.


Diarrhoea with severe aching below left free ribs. Stools.: watery, relaxed, loose, some solid.


Pulse increased.


Faintness and drowsiness.


Hard which was quite wet with perspiration became dry in twelve minutes.

About the author

John Henry Clarke

John Henry Clarke

John Henry Clarke MD (1853 – November 24, 1931 was a prominent English classical homeopath. Dr. Clarke was a busy practitioner. As a physician he not only had his own clinic in Piccadilly, London, but he also was a consultant at the London Homeopathic Hospital and researched into new remedies — nosodes. For many years, he was the editor of The Homeopathic World. He wrote many books, his best known were Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica and Repertory of Materia Medica

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