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Sphing 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


By this name, Mure, in his Pathogenesie Bresilienne, has described a kind of porcupine, which perfectly answers to Hystrix prehensilis, which inhabits Brazil, and uses its prehensile tail in moving about in the trees. Preparation: Trituration of the spines.


Inconsistent and capricious mood (sixth day). No inclination to work, in the evening (first day). Strong inclination to write, in the morning, ceasing after breakfast (third day).


Dizziness in the back of the head, when writing (third day).

Great heaviness of the head, from 10 to 11 A.M. (third day).

After breakfast, boring pain through the bones of the skull (second day). Boring pain through the skull-bones (fourth day).

Lancination in the left side of the head, through the skull- bones; inability to move the head, for three minutes (fourth day). Pain in one-half the head (second day). Small pricking on the vertex, from time to time, especially on the right side (third day).


The eyes fill with tears (fifth day).


Sharp pain from the left ear to the jaw, for two minutes (fifth day). Noise in the ears (second day). Whizzing and humming from the left ear to the back of the head (third day). The whizzing in the ears continues (third day). Roaring in the ears, like a distant hurricane (third day). Deafness of the left ear, as if stopped up (sixth day).


Pain at the right zygoma (second day). Long-lasting pricking at the zygoma (third day). Painful sensation at the articulation of the jaw (third day).


Bleeding of the gums (second day). The toothache becomes obstinate (second day). Pain in the first incisor tooth (second day). Bitter mouth and throat; with salt taste (third day).


Great appetite (fifth day). Nausea at the sight of food (immediately), (first day). Nausea, with pain piercing to the back, for fifteen minutes (third day). Nausea, after dinner (fifth day). Feeling of dryness and fullness in the stomach, at night (first day). Pains in the stomach, as if a string were drawn tightly around it (second day). Lancination at the epigastrium, as if from needles, for six minutes (fifth day).


Pain around the umbilicus (fifth day). Pain in the left flank, just when yawning (fifth day). Pain in the right flank, as if it was plugged up, for two minutes (fifth day). Sense of fulness in the abdomen when lying in bed, at 5 A.M. (second day). Painful swelling of the abdomen, before dinner (fourth day). Continual swelling and pain of the abdomen down to the left groin (fifth day).


Diarrhoea (second day).

Urinary organs.

Great pain in the urethra, after urinating, worse on stooping to pick up anything (fifth day).

Respiratory organs.

Cough, with pain in the chest (second day). Same cough as on the day before (fourth day).


Severe pain in the intercostal muscles, in the evening, when riding on horseback (third day). Stitch in the left side, hindering yawning, for five minutes (fifth day). Constriction all over, from the neck to the diaphragm, with heaviness of the head and arms (fifth day).


Stitch in the region of the heart, left side, which stops his speech, for two minutes (second day).

Superior Extremities.

Pain in the right arm, from the hand to the elbow, as if the extension of the arm were prevented by string (second day).

Improvement when turning the arm, or lifting a weight, or moving about in various ways; aggravation as soon as these movements cease (second day). Pain in the right arm, as if the bones were broken, with inability to grasp anything (sixth day). Pains at the lower extremity of the right forearm (second day). Pain at the lower extremity of the forearm (third day).

Inferior Extremities.

The knees give way; likewise the ankle-joints (second day). When sitting or rising, lancinating pain in the right great toe, hindering walking, for two minutes (fourth day).


General weakness (fourth day). Numbness and insensibility, for half an hour (fifth day). Passing pains in the toes, right temple, and one of the right canine teeth (second day). All pains go off, after dinner (second day). Aggravation when lying down, and improvement when walking in the open air (second day).


Abundant desquamation in the region of the whiskers and on the chin (third day). Itching all over, with bleeding after scratching (sixth day). Great itching of the pubis, after taking tea (fourth day).


Great drowsiness, after dinner (first day). Drowsy all day (fourth day). Drowsiness (fifth day). Great tendency to yawn, with flow of saliva (fifth day). Quiet sleep, with cheerful dreams; morning, dreams about a multitude of insects, and a serpent which it was very difficult to kill (third day). Early waking (second day). Cheerful and quiet dreams (second day).

Cheerful dreams, at night (fifth day).


Chills, from time to time (fifth day). Horripilation, with chattering of the teeth (second day). Heat and numbness of the feet (fifth day).

Conditions.- Aggravation.

(When lying down), The symptoms.

(Stooping), Pain in the urethra.


The symptoms. (Motion), Pain in arm.

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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