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Sabadilla 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 names: Cebadilla, Cevadilla, Sabadilla.


Asagraea officinalis, Lindley (Veratrum officinale, Schlicht.; Sabadilla officinarum, Brandt). Natural order: Liliaceae (Melanthaceae). Preparation: Tincture of the seeds.


Rage. He imagines all sorts of strange things about his own body, for instance, that it had shrunk like that of dead persons, that his stomach was corroded, that the scrotum was swollen, etc.; he knows that all this is fanciful; he continues to imagine it. Absorbed in revery all day. Cheerful mood, for half an hour (after three hours). Cheerful disposition, which was not natural to her, continuing five hours (after three days).

Gloomy mood, as if he were the greatest criminal, for twenty-five minutes (soon). Vexed at every trifle. Vexed, inclination to be vehement, out of humor. Not disposed to work.

Thought was difficult, and caused headache; other wise she is inclined to laugh at everything; afterwards she feels indifferent, almost apathetic. The mind seems over excited, tense, the disposition is however little sensitive, cold; but after several days the understanding is decidedly depressed; he can with difficulty comprehend many things, thinks slowly; the disposition, however, is more easily excited, everything deeply affects him. She lay entirely speechless and unconscious, or else sprang up with anxious restlessness and ran about the room, constantly pulling at the pit of her stomach and at her neck; face sunken, deathly pale, with features expressive of extreme anxiety.


Confusion and Vertigo. Confusion in the head. Vertigo early in the morning after rising, greater when sitting than when walking; his head felt stupid. He had to rest his head upon the table, the whole afternoon until after dinner, in order to keep off his vertigo, in which he succeeded; accompanied with constant nausea, with out vomiting (after two days). Vertigo, as if one would fall (second day). Vertigo, everything turns in a circle (sixth day). Vertigo, greater when sitting than when standing (seventh day). Vertigo, as if everything were turning, especially when rising from a seat (after one hour).

Vertigo, as if he would faint, with obscuration of sight (third day). Vertigo, when going to bed, so that he had to hold himself, continuing for five days (after three days). Dizziness, as after a slight intoxication, without vertigo or pain, continuing two days (after three hours). General head. Dulness in the head, like vertigo, with some aching pain, continuing a hour and a half (soon). His head feels dull and heavy, as if he were obliged to hold it all the time, for several days. Painful heaviness, first in the forepart of the right side of the forehead, whence it extends more and more towards the left side, and finally affects the whole head;increases during motion, when it becomes a sort of vertigo (first day). Stupefaction of the head, without vertigo and real headache. Constant headache like a heaviness; on the first day it was felt only in the forehead; on the following day in the whole head; less violent when staring or reflecting. Pressive pain with heaviness in the head, so that he can scarcely raise it, for half an hour (immediately). Painful pressure in the whole head, as if it were forced asunder, lasting three-quarters of an hour (after half an hour). Painful pressure in the right hemisphere, extending as far as the lower molars. In the evening when reading, pains in the head, as if different parts of the brains were pressed against sharp corners. Headache, especially after every walk; on returning to the house she is attacked with a twisting-screwing pain, commencing in the right side of the head, affecting both temples very sensibly, and extending over the whole head after going to bed; recurring daily. Headache, as if the head were violently pressed inward from all sides, for half an hour (after three-quarters of an hour). Headache occasioned by fixed attention. Forehead. Dull sensation, as from a blow, in the forehead; not exactly a pain, whilst the limbs felt heavy (after two hours). Headache above the eyes, as the brain would fall forward (after a quarter of an hour). Headache, as if a thread had been drawn from the middle of the forehead to the occiput above the temples, leaving a burning sensation, for an hour (after two hours). Stupefying oppressive sensation in the forehead, producing a reeling sensation, making him stagger from side to side, as if he were drunk (after ten hours). Slight painful pressure in the forehead above the left eye, afterwards also in the temple (after ten hours). Itching-pressive headache, most violent in the forehead.

Tensive pain in the forehead, with pressure (after three- quarters of an hour). Sticking headache, especially in the forehead (seventh day). Dull stitches in the left frontal eminence (after half an hour). Tearing stitches externally on the left side of the forehead (after six hours). Dull aching pain in the sinciput, diminished by pressing the palm of the hand against the forehead; increased warmth in the forehead, followed in a few minutes by coldness in the hairy scalp; even the hair felt cold to the hands, as if cold water had been poured over the head (after two hours and a half). Pulsative headache in the right side of the forehead; afterwards more in the upper part (after one hour); it lasted three quarters of an hour, after which it decreased gradually, but the head remained painful all day. Slight beating headache, first on the right then on the left side, over the forehead (after one hour). Painful pressure, with dizziness in the sinciput and temples, with occasional painful stitches in the back, followed by a drawing sensation. Temples. Aching in the left temporal region (after eleven hours). Headache, as if occasioned by hard pressure, extending from both temples towards the vertex, and thence to the lowest part of the occiput, for half an hour (after twenty-two minutes). Painful pressure in the right temple, from within outward (after ten hours). Painful pressure in both temples, for an hour (after twenty- two minutes). Painful pressure from above downward, in the left temple, near the ear (after nine hours and a half). Painful pressure towards the right temporal bone. Sticking in the temples, especially in the right side. Sticking in the temples and the scalp (second day). Single stitches externally in the left temporal region (after three hours and a quarter). Painful beating in the left temple. Vertex.

Pressive pain in the vertex; it ascends from the skin of the forehead, where there develops a sort of whirling motion (after two days). Slight headache in the right side of the vertex (after two hours). Corrosive burning point on the top of the head. Occiput. Pressure from behind forward in the occiput, with a reeling sensation (after a quarter of an hour). Headache, as if something were thrust from the upper part of the occiput through the brain to the forehead, lasting two hours (after half an hour). Pain in the left side of the occiput, as if a wound were violently pressed. External Head. Tension of the scalp, especially during the fever (third and fourth days). Burning pain in the scalp (after eight hours). Violent itching of the scalp obliging her to scratch until it bled, for five days (after five hours). Itching on the vertex, as from numerous vermin, obliging him to scratch incessantly, continuing two days (after two days).

Fine slight prickings in the skin of the forehead, on becoming warm and going upstairs rapidly (after two days).


Blue rings around the eyes; for many days. Painful drawing from below upwards, in the interior of the right eye and in the temple. Burning sensation in the left eye, as from something corrosive; intermitting and returning after a few pulsations (after one hour). Burning crawling over the eyebrows.

Redness of the margins of the eyelids, and sensation in the eyes as if an inflammation would arise. Hardened mucus in the outer canthi, about noon (after six hours, and a half). Pressure upon the eyeballs, especially when looking upward; less when looking down. Lachrymation as soon as the least pain is felt in some other part of the body, for instance in the hand.

Lachrymation, when walking in the open air, when looking at the bright slight, when coughing or yawning, for several days.


Painful boring behind the left ear in the parotid glands, the lower law, and the submaxillary glands (after three hours).

Burning itching in the interior of the lobules of the ears without external redness or heat. Sticking in the lobule of the right ear (after two hours). Violent sticking in the left ear (first day). Pressing pain internally in the ear. Burning- crawling sticking behind the ear. Burning sensation on the right ear without perceptible redness, accompanied with a burning of the left temple, lasting an hour (after one hour).

Sensation as if the ear were obstructed by something. Crackling in the ear; humming in the ear on forcing air into it, shortly before dinner. Humming and buzzing in the ears, with sometimes a sensation as if something heavy had fallen upon the floor and burst, after which the ringing in the ears continues for a long time. Otalgia and crackling in the ears.


Bleeding from the nose twice, profusely. Copious, thin, and thickish, whitish, transparent, nasal mucus, sometimes coming out in large lumps, on blowing slightly, without catarrh, for several days; afterwards he has to blow his nose frequently, because it is filled with viscid, yellowish- grayish mucus.

Violent sneezing from time to time, shaking the abdomen; followed by lachrymation (after three hours). Occasional sneezing, accompanied with sticking contractive headache over the eyes and red margins of the eyelids, as in catarrh, which however, dose not make it appearance. Obstruction of one or the other nostril; the air has to be forced out with a snuffing noise, and is drawn in only with great effort, with dull snoring, for several days. Sensitive dryness in the upper part of the nose. Fine whistling in one nostril during inspiration, the other nostril is obstructed (after five hours). Contractive biting sensation in the nose, as from mustard. Itching tingling in the nose.


Redness of the face and hands. Intermittent pressive pain in the inner side of the left cheek, where the teeth touch, unaffected by contact (after ten hours). Sore pain in the median line of the upper lip, early in the morning after waking, as if there were a fine crack, or as if it were drawn together and upward with a fine string; the tension disappears after pressing the lip with the incisors, and there remains only a simple soreness; afterwards it is seen that the epidermis had been torn and had retracted, for several days. Burning of the lips as if they had been scalded. Burning, itching, tingling, and prickling in the upper and lower lip, obliging him to scratch, as if the parts were burned (after half an hour).

Rattling in the articulations of either jaw, as often as he opens his mouth, as if they were quite loose, especially the right; this is neither painful nor disagreeable, in the morning (second day). Drawing in the jaws and teeth. Beating and jerking in the muscles of the left upper jaw (after three hours and a half). The lower jaws, when touched, are painful like swollen glands, for several days.


Teeth. A carious molar tooth becomes more hollow, a fourth part of the tooth breaks off suddenly without pain (after six weeks).

(Cessation of the toothache in the left lower row). Sticking pain in one of the anterior left lower molars, extending towards the ear; lasting a few minutes (after four hours).

Small stitches from above downwards, in the right upper teeth. Sticking pain in the right lower molar, extending into the submaxillary glands (after half an hour). Slight beating and drawing in the teeth, not persistent, generally during a walk. Gums. Frequent painful jerking in the gums, in paroxysms, every day. Tongue. The tongue is thickly coated; mostly whitish-yellowish, especially in the middle and posteriorly, for several days. The tongue is coated white, the tip is bluish, the gums also are bluish (second day). The tongue feels sore and as if full of blisters. The tip of the tongue and the buccal cavity felt sore and scalded. Burning pain through the right side of the tip of the tongue, followed immediately by violent spitting, and a taste as of unripe fruit, for three hours (after four minutes). Immediately after taking the drug, a violent burning in the tip of the tongue, in the throat and abdomen, with violent rumbling in the latter, followed in few minutes by an evacuation mixed with blood, and accompanied with burning of the anus; after this he felt weak and slumbered for about a quarter of an hour; upon waking he felt extremely well and comfortable. Burning of the tip of the tongue, with great soreness of the throat, increased by swallowing saliva, and leaving a burning sensation when drinking, for an hour (immediately). Burning on the tip of the tongue, lasting twenty minutes (after two minutes). Stinging sensation, with disagreeable bitterness and repulsive sweetness in the tip of the tongue, lips, and gums. Pinching dull stitches in the tip of the tongue, more on the right side, intermitting and recurring (after six hours). General Mouth. Hot breath. Burning, crawling, stinging sensation in the palate. Saliva. Accumulation of sweetish saliva in the mouth, which he is constantly obliged to spit (after half an hour). Accumulation of saliva and nausea, with a little retching, for eight minutes (immediately).

(Accumulation of saliva, causing an astringent sensation in the mouth, as from metal). Accumulation of saliva. Taste. Bitterish- sourish taste rising from the oesophagus into the posterior part of the mouth, accompanied by a dull burning in the chest (immediately). Bitter taste in the mouth, from the throat up to the nose, for three hours, disappearing after a meal (immediately). Flat bitter taste in the mouth. Sweet taste in the mouth, as if he had chewed liquorice (after one hour).

Repulsive, burning, sweetish taste in the mouth, aggravated by smoking (which he is in the habit of doing), but disappearing on eating, for three hours. Loss of taste and appetite (after one hour).


He hawks up bright-red blood, coming from the posterior nares.

Mucus in the throat, before breakfast. He is constantly obliged to swallow, with pain in the mouth and behind the larynx, as if something were lodged there, accompanied with scratching roughness; he hawks constantly, especially in the morning, afterwards all day, also when eating; more after eating (third day). Dryness in the throat when swallowing (after two hours).

Dryness in the throat (after one hour). Constrictive sensation deep in the throat, as if the fauces were constricted, as after swallowing an astringent drink. The throat feels as if constricted, as after swallowing an astringent drink. The throat feels as if constricted by a string (third and fourth days). Sore throat when swallowing, for three hours (after a quarter of an hour). Roughness and scraping in the throat, has to hawk all the time (after a quarter of an hour). Scraping in the throat, with accumulation of water in the mouth (immediately). Scraping in the throat; when swallowing he feels as if the uvula were resting upon the tongue; the insipid sensation in the throat obliged him to hawk and raise a sweet flat-tasting mucus. Scraping in the throat, as if one had swallowed something acrid, with dryness of the part where the nose opens into the throat (immediately). Scraping and painful sensation in the throat. Tensive clawing sensation in the parotid gland, with increased secretion of saliva on the same side (after one hour). Sensation in the throat as if a lump were lodged there, which it was necessary to swallow, during and between deglutition, for an hour (after half an hour). Sensation as if a soft body were lodged in the throat, felt especially during deglutition (after one hour). Sticking sensation in the throat, occasioned by tightness and sharp scraping; he has to hawk in order to breathe freely. Sensation as if a vapor were rising in the throat, with bitterness, almost like heartburn (after ten minutes). Burning and pressure in the throat, during empty deglutition, as if a plug were lodged in the throat (after twenty hours). Burning and pressure in the throat, during and between deglutition; the throat seems swollen internally.

The throat feels swollen (after eight hours). Swelling of the uvula. Burning in the fauces, and about the uvula, with pungent taste; he had to spit much, for an hour (after twenty minutes).


Appetite and Thirst. Canine hunger in the evening, after having no appetite all day (first day). He eats his warm breakfast with great haste, and eats much more than usual, for several mornings in succession. Aversion to food, with appetite (first day). No appetite for dinner (after four hours). No appetite, everything he eats tastes of the drug; but as soon as he has swallowed a mouthful the food has again its natural taste, for a quarter of an hour (after three hours). Aversion to food and coffee; he eats, but without appetite. Aversion to food, continuing until the next meal. Aversion to meat. Increased thirst; he has to drink cold water in the morning, contrary to his custom. Thirst, which can be quenched for only a short time.

Desire for cold water, especially towards evening (first day). Thirst after the chilliness. Eructations. Frequent eructations, having a rancid taste, or tasting of the drug (after one hour and a half). Frequent painful eructations, which frequently ascend only as far as the middle of the chest, as if the air passed through the orifice of the stomach, with difficulty; for several days. Eructations. Eructations, partly tasting of the drug, partly having a bitter and pungent taste, for twenty-five minutes (after half an hour). Sore eructations, rarely continuing many days. Empty eructations, with a feeling of shuddering over the body. Hiccough. Hiccough, several times (after one hour). Heartburn. Slight indications of heartburn. A kind of heartburn, a heat rising in the abdomen, extending through the stomach and as far as the mouth, accompanied with considerable ptyalism, the saliva appearing to be as hot as the heat felt in the abdomen, but it is not; for twenty minutes (after two hours). Nausea and Vomiting. Nausea. Nausea and desire to vomit; he constantly spits insipid water (after one hour).

Nausea and gulping up of bitter mucus, leaving a greasy substance behind, as if he had eaten tallow, for a quarter of an hour (after two hours and a half). Nausea, sensation of anxiety, and sensation as if he would vomit, immediately after a meal.

Nausea, relieved somewhat by bitter eructations. Feeling of nausea and pain, with weakness; she feels as if she would sink down, and is obliged to sit down. He feels qualmish and nauseated; he has tasteless eructations, after which the qualmishness ceases. Nausea, while eating, several times. Nausea before dinner, ceasing after dinner. Nausea, with bitter taste on the tongue; the food has a natural taste; for an hour (immediately). Nausea, with retching; there was no vomiting, but a cough came on which increased the retching, for half an hour (immediately). Nausea, with retching, without vomiting, followed by vertigo unto falling, then a pressing headache, continuing for fifteen minutes (after six minutes). Qualmish, uncomfortable, cold sensation in the stomach. Sensation as if the stomach were turning inside out, directly below the pit of the stomach (after half an hour). Constant desire to vomit.

Desire to vomit as soon as she sees cooked food, for three hours (after ten minutes). Frequent vomiting of a clear slimy liquid. Stomach. Increased sensitiveness to touch, in the epigastric region, with a sensation of pressure as from a stone.

Feeling of emptiness in the stomach (after half an hour).

Painless warmth in the region of the stomach and liver, internally. Horrid burning in the stomach, immediately after waking; she thought it would come up through the throat; she thought she would suffocate, her it would come up through the throat; she thought she would suffocate, her breathing was oppressed; she thought she felt relieved by compressing the chest, with both her hands, but was not. Corrosive burning pain in the stomach (after three and seven hours). Considerable burning in the stomach and along the chest, as high up as the pit of the throat. Burning in the stomach and along the whole of the oesophagus, continuing ten minutes, and then gradually decreasing (immediately). Burning in the stomach. Burning pains in the stomach, causing cries. Slight burning, immediately after taking the medicine, gradually rising from the stomach to the pharynx, and becoming so violent in half an hour that he called for help, saying that the burning was like that of a glowing coal; it passed off gradually in half an hour. Tightness in the pit of the stomach and in the chest, especially during an inspiration. A peculiar pain, as if a sore spot were pressed upon, below the pit of the stomach, on pressure and during inspiration. Intermitting pinching pressure in the middle of the epigastrium, internally between the pit of the stomach and the vertebrae (after five minutes). Internal, slight digging pain above the pit of the stomach, on the left side; the place is painful when touched, for several days.

Slight pressure in the stomach, with a sensation as if it were bloated, lasting two hours (after one hour). Pain in the stomach and abdomen, as from a stone, with digging in the abdomen.


Hypochondrium. Digging in the right lobe of the liver, extending as far as the left, accompanied with paroxysms of painful drawing in a transverse direction; when pressing upon it a pain as in an old sore; at the same time a similar in the forehead, relieved by pressure. Sensation as if the region of the liver were scraped with the back of knife. Warm feeling in the right hypochondrium, not far from the tip of the stomach (soon). Umbilicus and Sides. A sort of pinching sensation around the umbilicus, suddenly followed by a copious evacuation, which was soon followed by another; in a quarter of an hour he emitted a quantity of fetid flatus (after three-quarters of an hour). Burning sensation around the umbilicus for about four days. In the afternoon, while sitting, he is suddenly attacked with a violent-stitch like pain in the right side below the last rib, resembling splenetic stitches, accompanied with lachrymation; he rises and twists himself in every direction to alleviate the pain, when the pain suddenly attacks the left side, and it seems as if both pains met in the middle of the abdomen; he instinctively sat down again, stretched, bent the back forward, pressed his hands into his sides, after which the pain disappeared after having lasted twenty minutes (first day).

Sticking in the right side, especially in the region of the liver (sixth day). Sticking in the right side below the short ribs for ten minutes, increased by deep inspiration (after ten hours). Dull sticking pain on the left side, on one side of the pit of the stomach. Dull sticking pressure in the left side of the abdomen, as from a sore. Stitches in the left side of the abdomen, when sitting (after thirteen hours). General Abdomen.

Spasmodic contraction of the abdominal muscles of the left side, with burning pain; he bent towards the left side. Violent rumbling in the abdomen, with urging; he passed a little after sitting five minutes and pressing violently, a quarter of an hour after taking the medicine; in half an hour he had a copious evacuation without pain. Rumbling in the abdomen as if empty (after three-quarters of an hour). Great rumbling, so loud and sharp that she thought there must be something living in the abdomen, continuing two hours, however no flatus was emitted (after one hour). Much rumbling in the abdomen, with pinching in the region of the bladder, accompanied by few deep stitches in the same; lasting an hour (after two hours). Loud rumbling in the abdomen, and loose evacuation in five minutes; another violent rumbling in ten minutes, followed by copious loose, evacuation. Movements and loud rumbling in the abdomen (after two hours). Rumbling in the abdomen, emission of an immense quantity of flatus, followed immediately by urging for stool and an evacuation, which was followed by a second in half an hour. Intermittent rumbling and grunting in the abdomen.

Movement and loud rumbling in the abdomen (after two hours).

Pinching in the abdomen, followed by urging, but only flatus passes. Burning in the abdomen. Burning in the abdomen and rectum, coming on after every stool, and continuing an hour after every evacuation. Warmth through the abdomen, and ineffectual desire for stool (immediately). Shuddering in the abdomen. Hypogastrium and Iliac Region. Painful boring in the hypogastrium, especially in one place in the right hip.

Intermittent, slow, dull stitches in the left inguinal region (first evening).


Transient pinching tearing in the rectum, immediately. Violent crawling in the rectum, of ascarides. Dull pains in the anus and abdomen, lasting six hours (after two hours). Burning pain in the anus before the stool, for six days; she imagined a burning coal there (second day). Itching of the anus; violent burning after scratching, for five days. Violent urging for stool, with noise like the croaking of frogs; he had to sit a long time; after this an immense quantity of flatus accumulated and was passed, followed by an enormous evacuation, which was followed by a second, mixed with much blood; from this moment he felt a sort of burning pain in the abdomen, which lasted bout eight days, decreased gradually after that time, and left an itching which yielded to rubbing, and changed into a slight burning (after half an hour). Violent urging to stool; he can scarcely go quickly enough; he thought much would be passed, then he was obliged to press more than usual, but very little passed, followed by more violent headache (five and seven hours after a strong dose). Slightly increased urging for stool, accompanied with jerking drawing in the pubic region, as if coming from the spermatic cords, and extending as far as hollow between the thigh and scrotum; afterwards short noiseless emission of flatus, followed by a shuddering across the back, in the afternoon (third day).


Diarrhoea; the stool looks fermented and brown. Several stools a day after a large dose; no stool for four days after a small dose. No stool for several days; the first portion of the stool is harder, requiring much pressing at first, afterwards scanty.

The stool delays in proportion as he increases the dose. No stool for five days; he felt one sudden urging, but it disappeared as soon as he sat down; three days after taking the last dose he had a stool, which required great pressing.

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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