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Sanguinaria 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: Blood-root, Puccoon, etc.


Sanguinaria Canadensis, Linn. Natural order: Papaveraceae. Preparation: Tincture of the root.


The depressing sensation on the nervous system not so market as yesterday (fourth day). Great anxiety. Great anxiety before vomiting. Extreme moroseness. Very irritable and morose, and impatient at the least trifle, with severe dyspnoea, in the afternoon (third day). Irritable, easily excited (first day).

Irritability, in the morning; she could break things to pieces without any cause (fourth day). Inability to fix the mind on any subject, in the afternoon (second day). Inability to attend to any business during the fever (third day). The stupor continues, making it almost impossible to continue my studies (ninth day).


Vertigo. That terrible vertigo, which had been so prominent during the whole proving, returned (after one hour, first day).

Vertigo, in the morning (fourth day). Vertigo, immediately (ninth day). Vertigo on rising from a sitting position (after the dose, twelfth day). The vertigo, which had partly left, immediately returned (after the dose), with a dull heavy feeling in the stomach, as if caused from some hard substance there (sixteenth day). Distressing vertigo (eighth morning). Vertigo and headache in the forehead, as from coryza, with sneezing and vomiturition; (perhaps increased by lime used for whitewashing, which always caused her headache), (sixteenth day). Vertigo, long continuing, with debility. Vertigo, with sounds in the ears, immediately.

Vertigo. Stagger as if intoxicated (after the dose, twelfth day).

Very dizzy, immediately (seventh and fifteenth day). Head feels dizzy and cannot turn quick, without fear of falling, in the afternoon (second day). Head is dizzy at times, and vertigo and faintness on rising quickly from a stooping position, or turning the head quickly, in the morning (fourth day). General Head.

Confused and dull feeling in the head, which became better after eructation (soon). Heaviness in the head, from the vertex to the middle of the forehead, with pressing in the glabella and buzzing in head; eyes have a dull expression (fifth day). Heaviness of the brain. Head feels dull and inclined to ache in the temples, right side most (after one hour). Dull headache. Dull headache, which did not leave me for several hours (after eighty minutes).

Determination of blood to the head, with whizzing in the ears and transitory feeling of heat; then a sensation as if vomiting was about to take place, but instead of this there succeeded slight cutting drawings in the abdomen, and then a stool. The fullness in the head considerable (seventeenth day). Fullness in his head, with vertigo (after twenty-five minutes); still continued (after fifty-five minutes). Fullness in the head (after the dose, twelfth day). Terrible headache, as if caused by an approaching coryza, which would not make its appearance, in the forehead and middle of the vertex, with pressure on the eyes, which burn and are moved with difficulty, and vertigo (eighth and thirteenth days). Terrific headache during the fever (fourth day). Headache aches as if it would burst; better when walking in the open air; pain most severe in the temples, and especially the right, in the afternoon (third day). Severe headache, on waking, in the morning (twelfth day). Slight headache, with vertigo (eighth and ninth days). Headache on the left side (sixteenth and seventeenth days). Severe headache third morning); (after a dose, thirteenth day). Headache (after forty minutes); (fourteenth day).

Headache, lasting six hours. Headache in the evening, with tickling in the throat. Slight headache (after forty minutes).

Paroxysmal headache. Headache, with vertigo and earache, while lying down. Headache, with nausea and chilliness, followed by flushes of heat, extending from the head to the stomach.

Headache, with chilliness. Headaches, in the morning (fourth day). Headache whilst lying down. Slight headache (eighth day).

Throbbing headache, worse on every motion. Throbbing headache, with bitter vomiting. Throbbing headache, worse while stooping and moving about. Very dizzy headache over and above the right eye, extending to the right temple; pain very severe, amounting to a tearing pain, and in an hour feels like driving a nail into the brain or boring into it, first one sensation and then the other, in the afternoon (second day). Violent pain over the upper portion of the whole left side of the head, especially in the eye, at the same time a similar pain in the left foot. Sharp darting pains through the brain, from one temple to the other (fourth day). Sensation as if the head were drawn forward. Pain in all the upper part of the head. The cerebral functions are exalted by small doses. Forehead. Headache, as if the forehead would burst, with chilliness and burning in the stomach. Frontal headache, with considerable vertigo, on rising from a sitting posture (ninth and tenth days). Awoke with a severe frontal headache over the eye, which continued all day (second day).

Sharp frontal headache (Fincke, 10). Headache very severe through the whole front of the head, extending down into the cheek-bones, for two hours (after three hours, second day). On taking a little exercise the frontal headache increases, and sympathizes with the stomach, like sick headache (third morning). Pressive headache in the forehead. Severe pain and sore feeling through all the front of the head the temples, with strong pulsation in the temporal arteries (third day). Neuralgic pains of a constrictive kind, from the right side of the forehead to the zygomatic arch, all day (fourth day). Burrowing pain in the upper part of the forehead. A lightning-like pain in the right side of the forehead and temple, at 5 P.M., lasting five minutes; repeated at 7 P.M.; at 11 P.M. a sudden transient pain like an electric shock through the forehead. Pain in the forehead (after five days), tied hard.

Transient pain like a pressure in the right side of the forehead, only while standing still, better while walking. Slight frontal headache, soon (ninth day). Pressive drawing in the forehead.

Slowly sticking pain in the forehead (after fifteen minutes). A band like constriction across the forehead, just above the eyebrows in the afternoon (second day). Temples. Severe aching pain through the temples and in frontal region (first night).

Sides of the head (temples) feel pressed together, with darting pains over the upper portion of the eyeballs (after thirty- minutes). Pressing pain in both temples, with occasional darting pain through head, in the afternoon (second day). Pain very severe in the left temple, at times like a nail driven in the brain, with violent throbbing in the temporal arteries (third morning). Pressing pain in the temples, in the morning (fourth day). Periodic sticking in the left temple. Vertex. The top of my head feels as though it were cleaved from the base (sixteenth and seventh days). Pressure on the top of the head, in the region of the anterior fontanelle, disappearing on walking. Pain in the vertex. Pain like a fullness in the sinciput, in the afternoon.

Occiput. Moderate pain in the back of the head and neck, gradually extending downwards to the region of the kidneys, where the pain is very severe, dull and heavy, in the afternoon (second day). External Head. Enlarged veins on the head. One-sided looseness of the scalp and drawing in it, on raising the eyes.

The scalp on the right side seems loose. Soreness of the scalp on touch. Moving the scalp still painful (fourth day).


Redness of the eyes, in the morning (eighteenth day). Staring and protuberance of the eyes. The eyes are sunken, dull, and burning, with slight injection of the blood vessels (seventeenth day).

Dimness of the eyes, in the afternoon, with a feeling as if there were hairs in them. At first dryness and violent burning in the eyes, with difficulty in opening the lids, then copious lachrymation with burning, as from hot tears, in the evening (fourth day). Burning dryness in the eyes (third day). Burning dryness in the eyes wakes her from sleep (fourth day). Eyes feel very weak and lids smart on closing them tightly, and tears start if opened to the ordinary light of day; eyeballs tender to the touch (third morning). Sensation as of acid fumes in the eyes.

Pressive pain in the left eye. Pain in the right eye. A pain suddenly shoots into the inner corner of the right eye and thence to the forehead. Pain over the eyes (twelfth day). Dull pain directly over the eyes (after seventy-five minutes). Lids.

Stitches in the upper lid. Lachrymal Apparatus. Profuse lachrymation of the right eye, which is especially painful to touch, soon followed by fluent coryza, with flow of clear water from the right nostril; afterwards, in the evening, two diarrhoea-like stools, followed by cessation of all symptoms (after five hours). Profuse lachrymation of the right eye, that is painful to touch, followed by coryza. Lachrymation, with burning in the eyes. Ball. Both eyeballs very sore, with frequent sharp piercing pain darting though them, with dimness of sight (after three hours, second day). Right eyeball very painful, especially on attempting to roll it outward or upward, in the afternoon (second day). Eyeballs very painful to move in any direction (fourth day). Eyeballs very tender to touch (fourth day). Pupil. Dilatation of the pupils. Pupils dilated ore than usual (after forty-five minutes). Great dilatation of the pupils, the strongest light of the sun was utterly incapable of producing the least contraction or giving the least uneasiness. Vision.

Slight dim, and requires considerable effort and rubbing of the eyes to see anything distinctly, a feeling something like snow- blindness, in the afternoon (second day). Vision somewhat affected (after forty-five minutes). Diminished vision. Dimness of vision. Indistinct vision. Very violent twittering before the eyes. Sensation of a dark cloud immediately over the eyes. Vapor before the eyes (sixth day). Appearance of a cloud before the sight.


Pains in the ears, with headache. Pain deep in the left ear, only for a short time, during the pain in the forehead. Slowly sticking pain in the left ear (after ten minutes). Every stroke of a hammer heart near a blacksmith’s shop is painful in the right ear. Throbbing under the ears at irregular intervals, often only two single beats. Cracking in the right ear, noticed while stroking the right cheek with the finger-tips (third day).

Beating whizzing in the left ear. Singing in the ears, with vertigo. Humming in the ears, with determination of blood.


Profuse fluent coryza in the right nostril. Fluent coryza, with frequent sneezing. Watery acrid coryza, making the nose sore.

Alternations of fluent and dry coryza. Painful coryza, during the fever (fourth day). Dry coryza, as from a sudden cold (thirteenth day). Much sneezing. Sneezing very frequently, with tingling in the nares (after three hours, second day). When snuffed up the nostrils proved sternutatory, and left a sensation of heat for some time. Snuffed into the nose it excites sneezing, and an increased secretion from the Schneiderian membrane. Dull heavy pain at the root of nose, with a dizzy sensation, somewhat like the effect of alcoholic stimulus, with same feeling of lassitude (after six hours). Dull heavy pain about the root of the nose, with considerable coryza; with stinging sensation in the nose, causing considerable rubbing (second day). Dull pain at the root of the nose, with tingling sensation like coryza, in the afternoon (second day). Severe pain about the root of the nose (third day). Sensation of heat in the nose. Odor of roasted onions in the nose. Aversion to the smell of syrup. Loss of smell and taste.


Peculiar haggard expression of the countenance. Face flushed (after twenty-five minutes). Redness of the face. Countenance pale (after forty-five minutes). Face very pale (after forty minutes). Paleness of the face, with disposition to vomit. A worn appearance (seventeenth day). Puffiness of the face, with bright redness and feeling of stiffness. Pale swollen countenance around the eyes and temples, more on the left side (sixth day). Feeling of fullness in the face. Violent burning heat and redness of the face. Severe pain in cheek-bones (third day). Toward evening, swelling of the lips (fourth day). The under lip burns, is swollen, hard, and becomes covered with blisters, which dry up next morning and form crusts, which drop off after four days (fifth day). Sensation of dryness of the lips (in three proves).

Stiffness of the jaws. Jerking in both superior maxillary bones, extending towards the eye.


Teeth. Looseness of the teeth. Toothache when picking the teeth.

Pain in the upper teeth. Pain in a hollow tooth, especially when touched by food. In in the right lower hollow molar after cold drinks, two mornings in succession. Awoke with toothache in a right upper hollow tooth, and headache in the right side of the forehead, extending into the ear; the toothache was aggravated by cold water (and also by hot drinks), but relieved by warm water.

A slow short and long-thrilling sensation, ending in a gnawing, in an upper molar (after twenty minutes). Pain in one or several incisors and in a hollow molar (after twenty minutes). Gums.

Sores on the gums and roof of mouth (Fincke, 10). Tongue.

Yellowish-white coating on the tongue, with bad taste in the mouth (second day). Light-yellow coating on the tongue, in the morning (fourth day). Tongue coated yellowish-white (eighth and ninth days). Tongue coated white, with loss of appetite. Tongue feels burnt. Crawling in the tip of the tongue, followed by an astringent sensation that extended over the whole tongue, on waking (first day). Pricking on the tongue and hard palate, as if he had been chewing Mezereum (after twenty-five minutes). Dry and raw sensation of something acrid, beginning in the right side of the tongue and extending over the whole tongue, soon after waking, in the morning. Stitches in the left side of the tongue.

Prickling in the tip of the tongue (after fifteen minutes).

General Mouth. Mouth clammy and feverish (second day). Mouth clammy, with very disagreeable taste, with abundant accumulations about the teeth, and very fetid breath (third morning). Burning in the mouth and fauces (first day). Burning in the mouth and stomach (after two hours, first day). Burning in the mouth and fauces, immediately (fourth day); lasting four hours a half (fifth day). Saliva. Flow of saliva and looseness of the teeth; it seems as if they would fall out. Spitting, with nausea. Taste.

Fatty taste in the mouth. The cake has a bitter taste, followed by burning in the fauces. Slimy taste in the mouth. Taste very much impaired (second day). Awoke in morning with disagreeable taste in mouth (fifth day).


Feeling of swelling in the throat on swallowing. Sensation as if the throat were completely closed by swelling, with pain on swallowing, as if he would suffocate, with loss of voice (after three hours). Pain, with sensation of swelling, in the throat, worse on the right side, and especially on swallowing. Throat very dry, with tickling cough (after three hours, second day).

Dryness in the throat, with a teasing dry hacking cough, in the afternoon (second day). Dryness of the throat, nor relieved by drinking. Throat feels raw; some difficulty in swallowing; mouth and throat feel almost denuded of mucous membrane; in the morning, at 12.30 P.M., mucous membrane of mouth, fauces, etc., very sensitive, as if having held very hot water in the mouth, making it quite difficult to masticate food (fourth day). A spasmodic constriction directly beneath the lower jaw and across the throat, very distressing in character, lasting for two or three hours, in the afternoon (second day). Tickling in the throat, with hacking cough and headache, in the evening.

Transient, very peculiar feeling in the throat, as though he had swallowed something sharp (after twenty minutes). Heat in the throat; inspiration of cold air is very agreeable; in the evening, from 6 to 7 P.M. Burning in the fauces, after eating sweet things. A small quantity dissolved in the saliva and swallowed, produces considerable irritation in the fauces, which continued for several hours. Burning sensation in fauces, especially on soft palate, extending downward to about center of the sternal region, in the afternoon (second day). Warming sensation in the fauces, and especially on soft palate, with slight relaxation (after fifteen minutes). Burning in the pharynx.


Appetite and Thirst. Craving appetite; could not eat enough to satisfy my hunger; in the morning (fourteenth day). Appetite craving, in the morning (twelfth day). Ate quite heartily in morning (eighth day). Longing for indefinite things, with loss of appetite. Longing for spiced food. Appetite poor (sixth day).

Appetite very much impaired (second day). No appetite for breakfast (seventh day). Almost a total loss of appetite (third morning). Loss of appetite, with uncertain cravings. No desire for food (fourth day). Loss of appetite; (sixth day). Sometimes violent, though transient, gastrodynia. Aversion to butter, which leaves a sweetish taste. Tormenting thirst. Eructations. Frequent eructations of a bad odor, with some qualmishness and paleness of the face. Spasmodic eructations of air. Eructations of gas, followed by tickling in the throat, provoking cough, immediately.

Regurgitation and disposition to vomit. Flatulent eructation.

Eructations of wind from his stomach (after forty-five minutes).

Hiccough. Hiccough on smoking. Nausea and Vomiting. Deathly nausea, with much salivation. Nausea while sitting at the breakfast table (thirteenth day). Nausea, in the evening, before going to bed (first day). Nausea and pain in the stomach, in the evening (third day). After eating, nausea (fourth day). Nausea and water brash (sixth day). Several times during the forenoon sick feeling; she has to lie down; it comes from the stomach, with vomiturition (ninth day). While in church, where she was surrounded by various odors, she suddenly became sick, as if she would faint; the feeling disappeared after smelling eau de Cologne (thirteenth day). Nausea (from large doses). Nausea with much spitting. Nausea after eating. Nausea on stooping. Long- continued nausea, with chilliness. Nausea. Nausea, with salivation and constant spitting. Nausea with headache, with chill and heat, Nausea, without vomiting, then headache. Great nausea (after thirty minutes); it operated most violently as an emetic, producing six or seven full vomiting (after thirty five minutes); he drank a considerable quantity of warm tea, with the view of assisting the operation and to allay the violent irritation which was produced in his throat; all the contents of his stomach, as well as the tea, on being discharged, were of color similar to the decoction of the root. In larger doses it strongly nauseates. Much affected with nausea (after thirty minutes); shortly after relieved from every disagreeable sensation by discharging the contents of his stomach.

Considerable nausea (after twenty five minutes); nausea returning at intervals (after fifty minutes). Nausea, as if he would soon vomit, as after a large dose of unpleasant medicine (a purge), associated with a sensation in the abdomen as if he would soon go to stool. Qualmish nausea, without pain, obliging to vomit, followed by headache, with rheumatic pain and stiffness in the limbs and nape of the neck. Qualmish sickening feeling all over the body, with great lassitude and weakness, in the afternoon (after three hours, second day). Slight nausea (after forty minutes). Slight nausea, with a burning at his stomach (after fifteen minutes); the nausea at intervals, much more violent (after forty minutes); vomited twice; the motions were pretty strong (after sixty minutes). Slight nausea commenced (after thirty-five minutes); one gentle motion to vomit (after sixty- five minutes). Slight nausea (after twenty minutes); disposition to puke, which, however, continued but for a very short time (after forty minutes); the nausea had nearly disappeared (after fifty minutes). Slight sickness at his stomach, which continued for several hours (after sixty minutes). Violent vomiting.

Vomiturition (seventeenth day). Vomiting and diarrhoea. Vomiting of bitter water. Bitter vomiting, with the headache. It sometimes occasions vomiting, but more especially burning at the stomach.

Vomiting, with desire to eat, in order to quiet the nausea. Ten to twenty grains operated as an emetic. It operated violently as an emetic, producing great prostration of strength during its operation, which continued for sometimes. General Stomach. In the evening, before supper, distension of epigastrium (second Day).

Distension of the epigastrium, with difficult breathing and lassitude all day (third day). Swelling of the epigastrium, painful to the touch, from stooping or from the pressure of the clothes, with anxiousness (seventh day). An agreeable sensation at my stomach. Disagreeable sensation at my stomach, that continued the remainder of the day (after ninety-five minutes).

Heavy sensation, as of indigestion, in stomach (second day).

Heavy dull sensation in the stomach, with qualmishness, eructations, and the very disagreeable feeling of indigestion, in the afternoon (second day). After breakfast (ate but little, and that very little as i have no appetite) feel a dull heavy load in the stomach, like a stone, as something perfectly indigestible (third morning). Dull heavy feeling in the stomach, as if caused from some hard substance there, with the vertigo immediately (sixteenth day). Sensation of emptiness in the stomach, soon after eating. Sensation of emptiness in the stomach, with faint feverish feeling (third morning). Stomach much relieved by eating, although food lies like a load therein (fourth day).

Sudden attack of constriction in the pit of the stomach, as if she would suffocate; she tears open her clothes and throws herself on the bed, with vomiturition; she could breath better after lying on either side, but the difficulty of respiration returned at once when turning on the back; palpitation of the heart so violent that it is felt in the head, as if the blood was sent up by a steel spring; severe on the left side; this lasted until evening; she could not eat any dinner and nothing for supper, except a cup of tea (fourteenth day). Soreness in the epigastrium, aggravated by eating. Considerable soreness in the epigastric region, in the morning (fourth day). Pressure in the stomach. Pressing in the epigastrium on the right side, on the short ribs, and swelling (first day). Pain in the stomach (ninth and tenth days). Severe pain in the stomach, immediately (eleventh day). Pain in the stomach quite severe (fourteenth day). Pain in the stomach immediately after eating, lasting about an hour (sixteenth and seventeenth days). Considerable pain in the epigastric region (ninth day). Pain extending downward to the stomach and bowels, causing a rumbling sound, in the afternoon (second day). Epigastric uneasiness. Jumping in the epigastric region, as from something alive. Great weakness of digestion.

Burning sensation in the stomach (second day); slightly aggravated (third day). Constant burning in the stomach, and a feeling as if a weight was lodged there (seventh day). Burning in the stomach (after the dose, thirteenth day). Burning sensation in the stomach, lasting one hour, immediately (second and third days). Severe burning in stomach, lasting two hours (sixth day).

The burning pain in the epigastric region, with the soreness in the chest when taking a full inspiration, has not abated (ninth day). Warmth at his stomach, which he compared to that produced by Camphor (after fifteen minutes). Sensation of warmth at his stomach (after fifteen minutes). Warmth at his stomach (after twenty minutes). Considerable burning sensation about the stomach, not unlike gastritis, in the evening (third day).

Burning sensation in the stomach; (after ten minutes); (after fifteen minutes). Pleasant warmth at the stomach (after twenty- five minutes). Warmth at my stomach (after fifteen minutes).

Digestion is excited by small doses.


Hypochondria. Pain in the hypochondria, violent, persistent; vertigo and weakness. Pain in the hypochondriac region and right side of the chest is severe (second day); almost as severe (third day). Dull burning pain in right hypochondriac region and chest (right side), in morning (seventh day). The pain in the hypochondria is quite severe (ninth day). Awoke in the morning with a severe pain in the region of the spleen (fifteenth day); this pain continues (sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth days). Pain in the hypochondrium (left), very severe (eighth, ninth, and tenth days). The pain in the spleen was often distressing, but I did not notice any enlargement of that organ, but a constant soreness upon pressure. Umbilicus and Sides.

Griping in the umbilicus region, lasting two hours (after three hours and a half, third day). Griping pain in umbilical region, the remainder of the day (after two hours, sixth day). Severe griping pain in umbilical region, with considerable flatulency and fullness of the head, at 5.30 P.M. (seventh day). Griping in the umbilical region (eighth and ninth days). Painfulness of the abdominal walls as if ulcerated, with burning around the navel, as if it was chafed (eighteenth day). Twisting pain in the left side, not far from the pubis and crest of the ilium, worse while sitting, standing, and bending towards the right side; also on pressure; better on walking erect; the pain afterwards extending from this place around to the left hip and up behind the short ribs; especially noticed on bending to the right (eighth day).

General Abdomen. Discharge of flatus, then of excrementitious matter, with abatement of the nausea etc. Frequent emission of very offensive flatus, afterwards, in the evening, a hard stool follows. Flatulency (eighth and ninth days). All night, colic as before menses. Paroxysmal colic. Colic in the upper abdomen, followed by diarrhoea, in the morning. Digging colic, with pain in the small of the back, at night. Colic. Cramp, extending from place to place, in the abdomen. Severe colicky pain through the bowels, very persistent, extending down to the rectum, causing frequent sharp spasmodic pain, low down in the rectum, of most excruciating character (After nine hours, second day). Cutting bellyache, as if a stool would follow, but did not, at noon (seventh day). Pain in the abdomen, as if the menses would come on. Violent pains, like thrusts of a knife, in the abdomen, followed by diarrhoea-like stools, as thin as water (after one hour). Shooting pains through the bowels, extending to the lower extremities, in the afternoon (second day). Slight cutting drawings in the abdomen. Sharp cutting pain through the bowels, from right to left iliac fossa, thence down to the rectum, and then causing a very peculiar spasmodic pain of the most excruciating intensity, for fifteen minutes (after three hours, second day). Throbbing in the abdomen.


There is still, at times, the return of that distressing, cutting, spasmodic sensation low in the rectum, in the evening (third day). Ineffectual desire for stool, followed by vomiting.

Ineffectual desire for stool, with sensation of thick mass in the anus; the sensation was repeated several times during the day without stool. Frequent desire for stool, with emission of only flatus, in the afternoon. Desire for stool, with emission of much flatus.


In the evening, diarrhoea, with disappearance of coryza.

Diarrhoeal stool after colicky pain. Diarrhoea-like stool mixed with much flatus. Stool at first of wind, afterwards of a very scanty discharge of faeces, relieving the desire for stool (after twenty-five minutes). Purged gently two or three times (after about three hours). Single watery stool after severe cutting pain in the bowels. Five natural evacuations in one day. Two scanty stools (first day). Undigested stool. Stools soft (first days); hard (latter days). The discharge from the intestine was noticed to contain a very unusual quantity of bright-yellow bile.

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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