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Sambucus Canadensis 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: Elder.


Sambucus canadensis, L. Natural order: Caprifliaceae. Preparation: Tincture of the flowers.


With the drawing in the head an unusual depression of spirits was felt; an indefinable fear as if the horse (a very gentle animal) might run away, or the wagon break at any moment; a dread of some undefined danger (after one hour).


Severe drawing in the head, with fullness; on motion if felt as if water were undulating in it, with unusual depression of spirits (after one hour). The same drawing and fullness in the head, followed by sharp, darting pains through the head (after half an hour, second day). Head felt;heavy, confused, with drawing and darting pains (after one hour).


Face flushed (after one hour). The face was so flushed, that a friend meeting me on the road, said: “Doctor, you’d better go home, you are sick; your face is all broken out in blotches, and you look bad” (after one hour, second day).


Mouth dry; felt so parched as to stop at a farmhouse and ask for a drink (after one hour).


Throat and mucous lining of larynx and trachea felt dry and swollen, impeding free respiration (second day).

Urinary Organs

Pressure in renal region, followed by frequent and profuse flow of urine, looking clear (after two hours). Frequent urination (after one hour, second day, and after one hour and a half, third day). The urine contained albumen (nitric acid test).

Respiratory Organs

Breathing labored, similar to asthma (after two hours, first day, and after one hour, second day). Respiration wheezing (second day). Had to sit up in bed to get breath (second day).


Unaccountable heaviness and constriction in the;chest, as if a heavy load were pressing on it; the heart began to labor heavily; palpitation set in; the sense of oppression made me gasp for breath at times; breathing labored, similar to asthma (after two hours, first day, and after one hour, second day). Aroused from sleep by a terrible constriction of chest and heart; had to jump up in bed to get my breath; could not lie down for fear of choking (after one hour and a half, third day). Feeling of soreness in chest and region of heart (third day).

Heart and Pulse

Sharp pain in the heart (in the region of the valves), with palpitation, the heart at times working so hard as to be observed by the movement of the vest (after one hour). Heart began to labor heavily; palpitation set in (after two hours, first day, and after one hour, second day. Pulse rose to 100, but became normal at end of perspiration (after three hours).

Back and Neck

Back felt sprained (after two hours). Pain in back (after one hour, second day). Pressing pain in lumbar region (after two hours). Pressure in lumbar region (after one hour and a half, third day).


Sharp darting pains in hands and feet resemble rheumatic pains (after one hour, second day). Darting pains in hands and feet (after one hour and a half, third day).


Feeling of exhaustion, which remained during the rest of the day (second day). During all the provings a feeling of uneasiness, of unrest, was a very marked symptom. All the symptoms recurred again, first and second days. Symptoms relieved by sweat (second day).


Perspiration, soon becoming profuse, which gradually relieved all other symptoms (After three hours). Profuse sweat, with relief of all symptoms, except a feeling of exhaustion (second day).

Profuse perspiration relieving all symptoms; I noticed that the head perspired less than the rest of the body (third day).

Conditions Amelioration

(Sweat), The symptoms.

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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