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Rumex Acetosa homeopathy medicine – drug proving symptoms from Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica by TF Allen, published in 1874. It has contributions from R Hughes, C Hering, C Dunham, and A Lippe.

      Common name, Sorrel (English).


Rumex acetosa, Linn. Natural order: Polygonacae. Preparation (The leaves are used for salads and soups; they contain a large quantity of Bin oxalate of potash).


He stated his distress to be in the head and about an inch and a half beneath the lower extremity of the sternum (first day).


Eyes sunken (Fifth day). Lower eyelid puffed, and movements of the pupil impeded (sixth day).


Features collapsed (fifth day).


Tongue moist and furred (fourth day); white and furred and rather swollen (sixth day). Tongue furred in its middle, its tip and edge red (fifth day).


On inspection of the pharynx, its lining membrane was found congested as far down as it was visible, the anterior part moistened by accumulation of a limpid secretion thereabouts, and the uvula greatly lengthened. There was constant pain from the throat, throughout the oesophagus, to its junction with the cardiac orifice of the stomach. During swallowing, the pain was increased (sixth day).


Appetite failed, (fifth day). Great thirst; (fifth day).

Vomiting; the ejecta were green and thin (third day); constant vomiting of everything she swallowed, the matter being thicker (fifth day); vomiting continued, with retching; the ejecta dark-green and pulpy (sixth day); vomited a large quantity of green matter (seventh day). At 2 P.M., he declined partaking of his usual meal; appeared to have sickness at the stomach and heaviness of the head (first day). The soreness of the epigastrium and fullness of the abdomen remain (fourth day).

Pain at the epigastrium, occasionally exacerbate, being worse to day (fifth day); pain still severe (sixth day).


Violent and universal pain ensued in the bowels, so intense that he pressed them firmly and rolled, vociferated loudly, with a pallid and haggard countenance, and, as it were, thrust out his eyes.


Constipation (fifth to twelfth day).

Urinary Organs

Deficient urinary and alvine evacuations (first day). Urine increased in amount, and has the appearance of phosphatic (sixth day); turbid and whey like (ninth day).

Respiratory Organs

Unremitting short cough, unattended with expectoration (first day); cough persisted for ten days. Perpetual groaning (first day). Moaned frequently (fifth day).

Heart and Pulse

Pulse feeble (fourth day); small and weak (sixth day). Pulse small and frequent (fifth day).


Lay on his back in a paroxysm of general convulsions, with his arms elevated, reciprocally casting them forwards and bringing them backwards, doing the same with his legs, opening and re closing his fists, and alternately throwing his head from right to left. His eyeballs were glassy, fixed, and prominent; there were rattling and grinding of the teeth, without any foaming at the mouth, and was absolutely senseless. In this fit he continued for a quarter of an hour (first day). About 3 P.M., he suddenly fell from his seat exhausted; he was lifted up and taken into the air. The inferior extremities again lost their power; he fell, and vomited when down, a diffluent, raw, greenish-colored mass. He was raised, but could only feebly support himself (first day). Bodily powers prostrated (fifth day).


Sleeplessness (fifth day).


Heat and rigors (first day). Linen saturated with cutaneous exudation (first day).

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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