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Staphisagria 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: Stavesacre; (G.), Lausesamen; (F.), Staphisagre.


Delphinium Staphisagria, Linn.

Natural order: Ranunculaceae. Preparation: Tincture of the seeds.


He was joyous, enjoyed society, and was good-humored. (* Curative reaction of the organism in a man of the opposite disposition.- HAHNEMANN. *) Good-humor; he was joyful and conversational, and was happy in his condition (after thirteen hours). Earnest mood, quiet, busy with himself, speaks very little. Very lachrymose.

Sadness without ability to assign any reason. Sad; he fears the worst results from slight causes, and cannot quiet himself. Mind phlegmatic, depressed, sad, apathetic, indifferent to everything, without peevishness or without being weak. Her mind seemed dead and sad, though not with weeping. Morose; she frequently cries at nothing. She was full of grief all day; she grieved over her condition and wept; nothing in the world pleased her (after fifty hours). She will hear or know nothing from anyone; she wraps up her face and weeps aloud without cause. Anxious and fearful.

Great anxiety; he dreads the future. Violent internal anxiety, so that he could not remain in any place, but without complaints.

Anxious thoughts and events in the past came to him as if the past were present before him, which caused anxiety and anxious perspiration, then it became black before his eyes; he did not know whether the images were real or illusory, then everything seemed different, and he lost all desire to live. (When walking rapidly, it seems as though some one were coming behind him, which causes anxiety and fear, and he is constantly obliged to look around). *Very peevish (in the morning); he wishes to throw from him everything which he takes in his hand. Fretful and sad.

Fretful and peevish all day; does not know himself on account of despondency, and is extremely depressed (after thirty-seven hours). Fretful and restless all day, found rest nowhere. Quiet fretfulness; he is vexed at everything which even does not concern him. Fretful and disinclined for mental work (after two hours). Fretful and lachrymose. Every word vexes her; she cries even if one only speaks to her. Quarrelsome mood and yet lively.

(Hypochondriac mood; everything seems indifferent to him; he would rather die). Alternations of mood, at first joyous, then anxious, at last quiet and contented. (* The first mood is a transient reaction of the organism from one of fear and depression; afterwards, the primary action of the drug is again noticed in the anxiety, after which the reaction of the organism is again seen, and the quiet contented mood remains.-HAHNEMANN.

*) Intellectual. Dulness of mind, that keeps him from every work.

Even attractive things made no impression upon him.

Disinclination for earnest work. He is mentally exhausted, has no desire to think, is not inclined to thought, and is indifferent to his surroundings. On attempting to grasp an idea, it vanishes.

He does not know whether the things which are presented to him are from out of his memory, are real, or whether he is only dreaming of them, from 5 to 7 P.M. Thoughts disappear whenever he attempts to think or speaks of any subject, and if any one interrupts him or changes to another subject, he, for the moment, forgets, or cannot at all collect his thoughts. The thoughts disappear (memory disturbed by fantasies); whenever he reflects upon anything, numerous and confused subjects crowd upon him, so that he cannot collect his thoughts, and forgets entirely of what he was thinking. Weakness of memory; a few minutes after reading anything, he can recollect it only dimly, and whenever he thinks of anything, the sense escapes him, and he is scarcely able to recall it after long reflection.

Head.-Confusion and Vertigo.

Confusion of the head, as in coryza. The head is confused, in the morning, with constrictive pressure in the vertex (after four days). Vertigo; he runs against a door in walking. Vertigo while lying in bed, in the evening, as if everything were turning around. Vertigo on stooping and suddenly turning the head; everything turned about in a half circle (only once). Vertigo, as if stupefied, in the house, not in the open air. Whirling vertigo, especially while sitting, relieved by walking about (after one hour). Whirling in the forehead and dulness in the head (after five hours). Dizziness (after eight hours and a half). General Head. When bending forward, it falls forward almost involuntarily, while sitting (after ten hours). Dulness of the head, as if vertigo would occur, while standing and talking, lasting a long time. Dulness and heaviness of the head (after half an hour). The head is constantly dull and the spirits depressed. Dulness of the head only at intervals; at times the head was quiet free and clear. Heaviness in the head (after seventy-two hours). Heaviness of the head and weakness of the cervical muscles; he is obliged to lean the head backward, or to one or the other side (after twelve hours). Heaviness lying upon the ethmoid bone in the head, above the root of the nose, like a compression on both sides. Heaviness of the head relieved by resting it upon the hand (after one hour). Pressure in the brain, especially in the occiput, towards the bones of the skull, and a pressure as from too great accumulation of blood, in the evening, before going to bed, continuing after lying down (after thirty- nine hours). On motion, headache, as if the whole brain would fall out; even during rest, sensation as if the brain were pressed together, separated from the skull and lying loose therein. Headache alternately stupefying and boring. Aching, like a tingling, in the whole of the head (after five hours). Violent headache, as if the brain were torn to pieces, in the morning, immediately after washing, but it afterwards disappeared, with violent spasmodic yawning. Headache, as if the brain were compressed (mostly in the forehead), with paroxysms of roaring in the ears, which ceases much sooner than the headache. Sticking headache all day (after seventeen day). Pain in the head, as if everything would come out at the forehead, on stooping (after five hours). Tearing and pulling from the head down through the cheeks into the teeth (after thirty-six hours). Tingling and sticking in the whole of the head, worse on stooping and when walking, in the evening, for several hours (after thirty-six hours). Forehead. Dulness of the head, anteriorly in the middle of the forehead, in a small spot as large as the tip of the finger, like a stupefaction; on the street he does not know whether is going to the right or left; he is obliged to be very careful. Headache pressing outward and pressing asunder in the left half of the forehead (after half an hour). On shaking the head, there is a sensation in a small spot in the middle of the forehead as if there were something heavy like a ball of lead in the brain which would not loosen. Dull pinching headache in the forehead, with stitches in the temples, relieved by walking about, but returning on sitting and standing (after four hours).

Drawing pressure in the forehead from time to time. Pressure above the right eye, behind the brow, as from something hard.

Pressive stupefying headache, especially in the forehead, worse on moving the head and on standing up. Violent tearing pressure through the left half of the brain, especially violent in the forehead, gradually increasing and gradually diminishing (after fifty-four hours). Hard pressure in the right side of the forehead. Dull, painful, at times sticking, pressure from within outward, at first in the whole of the forehead, afterwards only in the left frontal eminence, while disappears during rest, but returns more violent on motion (after four hours). Drawing, cutting tearing in the side of the forehead. Tearing in the forehead, in the evening, while sitting; on stooping, a sticking in it, relieved by walking. Pressive sticking and drawing pain in the left side of the forehead (after two hours).

A pressing-boring stitch, lasting for a minute, in the morning, from within outward, in the left half of the forehead, so violent that it awoke him twice (after twenty-two hours and a half).

Burning stitches on the frontal bone externally. Sudden stitches in the upper part of the forehead, so that he started up Temples. Hard pressure in the head, in the region of the right temporal bone and on the vertex. Pressive pain in the left temple internally and externally, as from pressing hard with the finger (after one hour and a half). Burning-pressive tearing in the right temple, close to the eye (after seven hours). Drawing- tearing sticking in the left temple, as if in the bone, pulsative and persistent (after forty hours); on the next day it returned at the same time, now in the left, now in the right temple, then in the left frontal eminence, less violent, continuing for several days. Stitches in the left temple. Sharp, burning, needlelike stitches in the left temple. Dull stitches in the right temple, internally and externally, as if the bones would be pressed out, aggravated by touch. Vertex and Parietals. Headache in the vertex like a constriction from all sides and pressure.

Sharp pressure on the vertex at times. A boring stitch from within outward in the vertex (after fifty-six hours). Some large dull stitches extending from the skull into the brain in the vicinity of the crown, together with external soreness in the spot, especially when touched. Sensation of soreness in the right parietal bone only when touched; he is unable to lie on the right side in the night on account of the pain (after eighty hours).

Burning-pressive pain in the left parietal bone, just above the ear, extending inward (after two hours and a half). Burning- sticking pain in the left parietal bone. Occiput. Feeling as if the occiput were compressed internally and externally. A heavy pressing-asunder pain in the occiput while walking in the open air (after half an hour). Rheumatic pressive drawing in the occiput, commencing at the articulation, on bending the head forward. Painful drawing on and beneath the occiput persistent on every motion of the head (after ten minutes). Transient burning stitches in the occiput, on the first day extending from the right to the left side, on the following days from below upward.

External Head. The hair of the head falls out profusely. The hair can be pulled from the head with little effort, without pain (after four hours). An itching scurfy eruption on the scalp and also above and behind the ear. Tearing in the head externally and in the teeth. Painful drawing in several places in the head externally, aggravated by touch. Itching on the scalp. Great itching on the scalp, which was scurfy and moist. Itching like needle stitches, on the scalp, and fine papular eruption anteriorly towards the forehead. Fine burning needle stitches externally on the vertex. Itching biting on the scalp, which was aggravated by rubbing, lasting several days. Biting itching over the whole occiput, which obliges scratching, but is rather aggravated than relieved thereby (after fourteen hours). Biting itching on the upper part of the occiput, with sore pain, recurring in the same place about the same time, in the evening.


The eyes lie excessively deep, with blue raised rings around them, as after great excesses, lasting four days. The right eye is much larger than usual (more widely opened), (after seventy- eight hours). Inflammation of the white of the eye, with pain. At night, dry matter collects upon the lashes and in the outer canthus; in the open air, the matter from the eyes also dries and causes tension. The eyes close at times, though he is not sleepy.

Subjective. Dryness of the eyes, lasting all day (after thirteen hours). The eyes are dry, in the morning on waking, with pressure in them, so that she cannot open them without assistance. The eyes are dry, in the evening, with pressure in them. Burning- pressive sensation about the left eye (after four hours).

Pressure in the eye; she was frequently obliged to wink. When reading, the eyes soon begin to ache (especially in the afternoon); a biting and burning, and then they discharge some biting drops; he is obliged to avoid the light, because it makes them pain sooner. The eyes feel as if full of sleep. Coarse stitches in the eyes on exerting them. Orbit. Pain in the upper wall of the right orbit, just behind the eye, pressing the eye downward, lasting a long time and frequently recurring (after ten days). Heavy pressure above the right orbit in the open air (after three hours and a half). Pressure above the right eye and a drawing upward. Lids. The inner canthi are agglutinated, in the morning. Dry matter constantly collects in the inner canthus, which he is frequently to obliged remove during the day. Pain, move biting than itching, in the left inner canthus. A not disagreeable burning in the right outer canthus extending rather far back behind the eye towards the ear, and recurring by paroxysms (after one hour and a half). A biting-smarting pain in the inner canthi. (* In a man who had never had any trouble with his eyes.-HAHNEMANN. *) A constrictive sensation in the upper lid, that forces out tears. Pain as if a hard substance were lying beneath the left upper lid (after thirteen hours). Pressure in the upper lid all day, worse on closing the eye. Hard pressure in the inner canthus of the right eye. Tearing pressure in the outer canthus and in the region of the lachrymal gland (after seventy-two hours). Violent sharp-cutting pain beneath the left upper lid (after seventy-five hours). A tensive stitch in the outer canthus of the right eye (after three hours and three- quarters). Itching on the margin of the upper lid in the open air, recurring after two hours in the other eye, relieved by rubbing (after three-quarters of an hour). Itching of the margins of the lids (after two hours). Violent itching in the inner canthus, most severe in the open air; is obliged to rub it.

Lachrymation. Biting water runs from the eyes, in the morning.

Ball. Pressive pain in the upper part of the right eyeball (after three hours and a half). Sticking thrusts in the eyeball, as if it would burst (after one hour and a half). Pupil. Dilatation of the pupils; (after twenty-six hours); (first day). Pupils greatly dilated for many hours. Pupils contracted (after half, and one hour). The pupils are contracted (after half an hour), after which they are greatly dilated. Vision. Dimness of vision, as if th eyes were full of water, with itching and fine sticking in the inner canthus, compelling him to rub them. The eyes are dim and so hot that the eyeglasses are dim. Vision dim for near and distant objects (after ten hours). Illusion of vision; on rising from a seat he seems to himself much larger than natural, and everything beneath him seems too low down (after twenty-six hours). When reading, it seems as if small black lightnings passed between the letters, and then whole lines vanished. While looking in the open air, black lightnings passed at times in front of the eyes, like a kind of flickering. She saw a flame of fire before the eyes when in bed in a dark night. While looking, a white veil seems to extend over the object and render it invisible. A halo is seen about the candlelight, in the evening.


Pinching burning – pressive pain on the left concha posteriorly (after eight hours). Middle. Sensation of coldness streaming into the right meatus auditorius like a cool breath, lasting several hours. (Drawing pain in the ear). A pinching and twinging in the left ear. Dull but deep stitches, within the ear, first the left then the right. A dull painful stitch, deep in the right ear, in the evening (after forty-eight hours). A stitch in the left ear (after thirty-one hours). A tensive stitch in the left ear (after eight hours and a half, and thirty-six hours).

Hearing. Ringing in the left ear (after four hours and a half).

Ringing in one or the other ear, on moving the head, which disappears during rest (after two hours and three-quarters). At times slight reports in both ears, as if wind blew into them, without diminished hearing.


Sneezing, with coryza. Frequent sneezing, without coryza (after two, and ten hours). Sudden violent coryza, with catarrhal voice, lasting a quarter of an hour, at 2 P.M. Violent coryza, without cough. Violent coryza; tickling in the nose and sneezing, with discharge at one time of profuse mild watery liquid, at another of thick mucus, afterwards of thick slimy substances. Violent fluent coryza; one nostril is stopped,the other is not,with frequent sneezing, lachrymation and cracked lips (after three, and four days). Coryza; at first discharge of only thick mucus, afterwards of thin water (after four days). (Stoppage of the nose, in the evening, so that she could get no air through it, made talking difficult). The nose is sore internally, with a scab deep internally. A sore pain on the cartilage in the septum of the left nostril, as if it would suppurate, when touched.

Smarting pain in one nostril, as if it were very much ulcerated.

Itching in the left nostril, which disappears on touch (after seventy-eight hours).


He looks as hollow-eyed and haggard, and as sick and pinched in the face as after a night’s watching, or as after a disagreeable mental shock. Face swollen, as from coryza. Throbbing and pressive pain in the whole of the face, extending from the teeth into the eyes, lasting sixteen days. Very fine needle like stitches in the face and other parts of the body. Cheek. Swelling of the cheek over the lower jaw. Drawing in both malar bones. The left cheek is painful as if suppurating, while yawning. Pressive tearing in the left malar bone, affecting also the teeth (after one hour). Cutting drawing in the left malar bone (after twenty-two hours). Itching (biting) needlelike stitches, provoking scratching, in both cheeks. Sharp burning stitches in the left cheek, which provoke scratching. Dull stitch in the left malar bone (after twenty-two hours). A burning stitch in the right cheek-bone (after half an hour). Lip. A sticking-burning vesicle on the margin of the red of the lower lip, on touch.

Ulcer on the lip, with gnawing-drawing pains (after thirty-seven hours). An ulcer on the margin of the red of the lower lip, with a shiny look, with dull sticking-drawing pain, at times associated with a not disagreeable itching, which provokes scratching, and is followed by dull sticking (after six hours).

Ulcer on the lip, discharge at fist of pus, afterwards of only greenish water (after three days). A scurfy ulcer in the middle of the upper lip. A pimple covered with a scab, in the red of the upper lip, with a burning sensation. Burning for a minute, almost in the middle of the upper lid, on the outer margin.

Sensation of fine cutting in the lip, as if it were cracked.

Sharp pressive stitches, from within outward, in the upper lip.

China Induration like a cartilage, as large as a hazelnut, as though the glands were swollen beneath the chin anteriorly by the symphysis, with a hard pressive pain, when swallowing or when touched, or when rubbed by the neck-band (after twenty-six hours). A tensive sensation, as if a pimple would form, on the lower anterior part of the chin, below the margin of the lower jaw. Pain in the articulation of the jaw, when yawning. The right articulation of the lower jaw, in the front of the ear, is apt to get out of joint when yawning, with sticking pain.


The teeth soon become black, she is obliged to clean them twice a day, and still black streaks remain across them. A tooth that had for a long time been a little decayed rapidly became hollow, within eight days. A piece scales off from the posterior surface of an incisor (after twenty-eight hours). Toothache caused by drawing air into the mouth,Toothache on eating, the teeth are not firm but wabble about when touched; he cannot chew his food properly, for when chewing or pressing the teeth together, it seems as though the teeth were pressed deeper into the gum; therewith the gum is white (after fifty-six hours). Pain in a hollow tooth, always after eating, a biting drawing (but in the incisors a pressure), which is excessively aggravated in the open air, even while the mouth is closed, which gradually ceased in the house, for several days (after five days). The hollow teeth are sensitive to the slightest touch, and if after eating the slightest food remains in the cavities, there is a violent pain, extending into the roots of the teeth, and the gum about the teeth becomes painfully sore. Any cold drinks seems to penetrate the teeth as if they were hollow. A painful draft in the teeth, from time to time, followed by throbbing in the gums.

The teeth begin to grumble, while chewing. A piercing drawing in a tooth itself, that becomes hollow, and in corresponding one on the other side, in the morning. Pressive-drawing toothache in the anterior teeth, as after Mercury, worse at night towards morning.

Violent drawing toothache, with swelling of the cheek, pressive headache in the same side, and heat in the face. Drawing pain, only in a hollow tooth, in the morning (after seventy-two hours).

Pressive-drawing toothache on the right side, caused by cold water. Tearing toothache, immediately after eating and chewing, as also after drinking anything cold, which disappears within half an hour, but immediately returns on chewing; drink that is not cool or liquid food do not cause pain; the pain is not caused by motion, but if it exists it is aggravated thereby, especially by motion in the open air. Tearing, first in the roots of a hollow tooth, then extending forward into the crown, only immediately after eating and chewing, greatly aggravated in the open air; together with a pressure in the upper part of the crown of the painful teeth, extending towards their roots; when touched with the finger the other teeth also begin to pain (after nine days). Tearing in all the roots of the teeth, with a feeling as if on the edge when biting on them (after forty hours). Violent tearing in the roots of the teeth, with drawing in the muscles of the face, now in one, now in the other side. Tickling sticking in the back teeth of the right lower jaw (after a quarter of an hour). Biting pain in the four lower front teeth, especially at night. Gum. Swelling of the gum, with heat in the cheek. The inner surface of the gum is painful and swollen, and is even painful on swallowing. The gum bleeds when pressed upon and on cleaning the teeth, for many days. The gum becomes eaten away.

The gum becomes pale and white. A pimple on the gum, not of itself painful, but only when pressed with anything hard (after seventeen days). A vesicle changing to an ulcer, on the inner side of the gum, full of sticking-drawing pain. The gum of the upper and lower right teeth is spasmodically and painfully contracted, so that he cannot separate the teeth on account of pain. The gum is painful when touched. Painful drawing in the gum of the right incisor and canine teeth, and in their roots, which extends into the muscles of the lower jaw (after twenty-six hours). Painful drawing in the gum of the last back teeth and in their roots, *Tearing in the gum and roots of the lower back teeth, while eating (after seventy-two hours). Tongue. White- coated tongue (after twenty-seven hours); (after forty-six hours). Dryness of the tongue, together with touch mucus in the posterior nares, which stops them. Sensation of dryness of the tongue; collection of sour water in the mouth, together with hard mucus stopping the choanae. A sore pain on the anterior portion of the tongue. Stitches in the tip of the tongue, even when not touched. Sticking pain on the margin of the tongue, when pressed against the palate, as if a splinter were sticking into it, disappearing when eating. General Mouth. Constant accumulation of mucus, without a bad taste in the mouth. A blister in the mouth.

Raw and scraped, but very moist palate. Pressive smarting on the palate posteriorly only, when not swallowing (after four, and five hours). Burning scratching in the palate, when swallowing and when not. Stitches in the palate when it is dry, in the evening (after twelve hours). Stitches in the palate, extending into the brain. Saliva. Salivation. The mouth is constantly full of water, as in great hunger. Accumulation of water in the mouth after eating, a kind of waterbrash. Accumulation of saliva in the mouth. Bloody saliva (immediately). Taste. A qualmish insipid taste in the mouth, though food has a good taste. A disgusting bitter taste to food (after forty-six hours). Disgusting bitter taste in the mouth. Watery taste in the mouth, though food has a natural taste. Bread has a sour taste. Food has no taste, though he has an appetite. Bread has a sourish taste. Smoking tobacco has a biting taste.


Dryness of the throat, especially in the evening before falling asleep; sticking in the throat, on swallowing. Throat rough, as if painfully sore, when talking and swallowing. (Drinking beer causes a scraping, disagreeable taste in the throat). Painful drawing, extending from the hyoid bone deep into the neck beneath the lower jaw, aggravated by touching the side of the neck (after forty-eight hours). Scraping sensation in the fauces behind the nares, as if one had drawn snuff through. Swelling of the tonsils and submaxillary glands. Swelling of the submaxillary gland, which prevents swallowing, for four hours (after three hours).

The submaxillary glands are painful as if swollen and bruised.

The submaxillary glands are painful to touch, and also pain by themselves.

Stomach.-Appetite and Thirst.

Excessively ravenous hunger, even when stomach was full of food, and when he ate again the food was relished. He is attacked with a violent sensation of hunger, with accumulation of water, a few hours after a large nourishing meal. An apparent sensation of hunger in the stomach, as if it were hanging relaxed, yet without appetite. Great desire for milk. Thirstlessness; he drinks less than usual. Eructations. Eructation several times (after a quarter of an hour). Eructations tasting of the food. Eructations of tasteless liquid, after eating. Tasteless eructations; but neither air nor anything else comes up. A kind of eructations; a large amount of mucus comes into the mouth from the upper part of the throat (after half an hour). Scraping eructations that effects the larynx and cause cough (scraping heartburn). Frequent empty eructations. Hiccough. Frequent hiccough, associated with nausea and stupefaction of the head (after three-quarters of an hour). Frequent hiccough, while smoking tobacco, as usual. Much hiccough, half an hour after supper. Hiccough, always after eating. Heartburn. Heartburn, during his usual smoke. Nausea and Vomiting. Nausea, in the mouth and pharynx, caused by eating, as if he would vomit (after nine hours). Nausea, even to vomiting, every morning. Qualmishness. He is qualmish and unsettled in his stomach, for three days. Qualmishness, immediately; water collects in the mouth, with short isolated eructations as from an emetic which would not act. Qualmish sensation, in the morning (after one hour). Stomach. Fullness in the pit of the stomach, and pressure and sticking in it. Pressure in the stomach as from a weight, in the morning in bed after waking, not relieved by any change of position (after six hours). Pressure like a soreness, above the pit of the stomach, with nausea. A pinching- pressive pain in the pit of the stomach, which only disappears on sitting and bending the body forward (after one hour). Tensive pain in the epigastric region (after thirteen hours). Burrowing pain in the stomach.

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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