Last modified on February 6th, 2019

Salix Purpurea 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: Red or purple willow.


Salix purpurea, Linn. Natural order: Salicaceae. Preparation: Tincture of the bark.


Very nervous and despondent, all day (second day). Nervous and very irritable all day, until evening (third day). Dulness of the intellect (second day).


In a few minutes I felt a full dizzy feeling in the head, commencing just in front of the ears and passing up to the vertex, like a wave; this giddy feeling lasted for a few minute; I had to sit down and keep quiet until it passed off (after first dose); the same, full, giddy feeling in the head, but in a less marked degree (second day).


It has a peculiar astringent taste, puckering the mucous membrane of the buccal cavity and closing Steno’s duct. Taste of undigested foot (second day).


Swelling of the right parotid gland (second day).


Flatulence (second day). Pain in the abdomen (second day).


Bowels loose; two stools to-day (second day). The bowels moved twice, with gripings in the abdomen (third day).

Urinary Organs

Urine slightly acid; excess of the triple and earthy phosphates and epithelium; less uric acid crystals (?) (second day).

Back and Neck

Aching in the right acetabulum (second day).

Heart and Pulse

Circulation torpid (second day). Pulse feeble (third day).


Rested poorly, waked often; first too hot, then chilly; and at last, towards morning, in a profuse perspiration (first night).


First too hot, then chilly, and at last, towards morning, in a profuse perspiration (first night).

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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