Trifolium Pratense

Last modified on February 6th, 2019

Trifolium Pratense 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


Trifolium pratense, Linn. Natural order: Leguminosae. Common names: Red Clover; (G.) Wiesen-klee; (Fr.) Trefle. Preparation: Tincture of the flower-heads.


Rose at 5.15, feeling dull and heavy, and with a severe headache (fifth day). Dull and stupid all day (seventh day). While in a close room, felt very faint, disappearing on going into the fresh air (seventh day). In the evening I feel much better in every respect (sixth day).


Ideas confused in the morning (sixth day).


I awakened with a great headache, in the morning (sixth day). Head and perception very dull (seventh day). At 9 A.M. felt a dull headache;in the evening the headache became very severe, as my headaches always do (first day);rose at 5.30 A.M. with severe headache;most severer at 10 P.M. (second day);rose at 5.45 A.M. with the usual headache, accompanied by griping pain in the abdomen;headache very severe all day (third day);severe on rising (fourth day);rose at 5.15 A.M. feeling dull and heavy, and with a severe headache (fifth day);a slight headache continues (seventh day);the headache continued until the tenth day. Brain feels very dull (fourth day);has been very dull all day;could not think nor remember;brain feels as if full;head is hot and feels very large (sixth day). Waked today with a headache (third day). Head feels full, especially the occiput (fourth day). Head feels full of blood (fifth day). Intermittent headache, the attacks last but half an hour (third day);the same full feeling in the head (fourth day). Frontal headache (second day). For a few moments a prickling sensation in the forehead (sixth day).


Eyes feel dull and sore (sixth day). Eyes feel heavy (second day).


Some discharge of thin mucus from the nose (fourth day). Much mucus in the nasal cavity (fifth day). Flow from the nasal cavity very much increased (fifth day). Some discharge of mucus from the nose (second day);mucus secreted in great quantities in the nose (third day). Nasal mucous membrane feels dry (second day).


Whole mucous tract sensitive (seventh day). The taste of the medicine is very disagreeable, and is always in my mouth (fifth day).


Much mucus in throat at 10 P.M. (second day). In the forenoon my throat began to feel dry and hard;at 8 P.M. it feels as if raw;it feels as if something were in it;I continually try to clear it (second day);throat feels much irritated (third day);great soreness of throat (fourth day);throat all the way down feels as if scalded (fifth day). (I have a slight sore throat and hoarseness this morning before taking the drug;has disappeared in the evening ) (first day);slight difficulty in swallowing (second day). Throat feels dry and husky;i keep swallowing continually (second day);throat symptoms more severe (third day). Great dryness of the trachea, causing me to clear the throat of some foreign substance at 11 A.M.;throat still dry at 2 P.M.;about an hour later (an hour after the second dose) throat began to feel worse, causing me to cough and try to clear it as much as possible;this irritation continued all day;I feel while in a close room, as if i could not get air enough;feel much better while out of doors (fourth day);but little irritation of the throat in a cool room or fresh air;but the same as before in a close room, through not so much as last night, in the morning;throat felt dry in the afternoon then after two hours it became quit moist, and there was great expectoration (fifth day);all the throat symptoms have gone at 4 P.M.;irritation of the trachea in a close room at 8 P.M., disappearing on going into the fresh air (seventh day). Have had continued irritation of the pharynx and trachea, causing a continued short, hacking cough, with an accumulation of mucus, which i must expectorate (third day). A sharp pain through uvula, causing the tears to start (fifteen minutes after second dose).


Not much appetite (fourth day). Great thirst (fourth day). Hiccough for half an hour (fourth day).


Rose at 5.45 A.M., with griping pains in the abdomen, with the usual headache (third day);pains in bowels continuous and severe;severe griping in the abdomen (fourth day);colicky pains all day (fifth day);gripings have ceased (seventh day).


Very costive (eighth day);afterwards my bowels were very costive, and each defecation was followed by several drops of dark blood, attended by a bearing down sensation, not a griping, nor a true tenesmus, but more as if the bowel would prolapse from its own weight;this lasted about two weeks, after which my bowels became regular. No stool since i began the proving (third day);stool this afternoon for the first time, hard, and covered with mucus (fifth day);bowels moved freely (seventh day).

Urinary organs

Uneasiness in the region of the kidneys (third and following days). Kidneys very sore (seventh day). An increase in the quantity of urine;sp. gr. 1021, very light colored (second day);urine copious (third day);very copious (fifth day). A large quantity of urine;the bladder felt very full (first day);have urinated oftener than usual today, and a large quantity;sp. gr. 1026, color clear (second day);sp. gr. 1019, in the morning;urine more profuse than in natural;sp. gr. 1029, in the evening (after walking a great deal during the day), (third day), more copious, sp. gr. 1030, in the morning;still copious, with uneasiness about the kidneys;sp. gr. 1032, in the evening;sp. gr. 1036, at 10 P.M. (fourth day);great urging to urinate, the bladder feels full to overflowing;sp. gr. 1022, in the morning;1024 at 12 m.;uneasiness of the whole urinary tract;sp. gr. 1034, at 10 P.M. (fifth day);1028, in the morning;whole mucous membrane of the urinary tract feels irritated;sp. gr. 1030, small quantity of urates, more phosphates at 9 P.M. (sixth day);urine not so profuse; uneasiness of kidney still present vesicle tenesmus after urinating (seventh day);urine of a deeper color (eighth day). Urine has, in health, a sp. gr. of 1020, to 1025;at 3 P.M. today it was 1030, limpid and copious (first day);sp. gr. of urina sanguinis 1032;sp. gr. of urina chyli 1034 (second day);sp. gr. urina sanguinis 1030;sp. gr. urina chyli 1034 (third day);urina sanguinis 1030, urina chyli 1032, urine much less in quantity (fourth day); urine as day before yesterday, but scanty (sixth day); urine, sp. gr. 1023, much less in quantity (seventh day).

Respiratory organs

Some irritation in the bronchia, causing a short, hacking cough (second day). Dry, hacking cough occasionally (second day);have coughed all day (third day);ceased, medicine, it is so bitter, and provokes such a cough that it annoys me;almost incessant hacking cough (fifth day). Felt oppressed in breathing, or rather that I was breathing air loaded with impurities after retiring;pulse slow and irregular;this lasted about half an hour, after which I slept as usual (second day). Some dyspnoea, disappearing on going into the fresh air (seventh day).


Lungs feel as if full of blood, at 2 P.M.;had to leave a close room on account of the oppressed feelings in my chest; on coming into the fresh air I was obliged to cough much; this was followed by hiccough and profuse expectoration (fourth day). The lungs feel as if in the first stages of pneumonia (fifth day). Chest feels tight and oppressed (second day). On reclining or lying down my chest feels distressed, as from deficient aeration of blood in the lungs (third day).

Upper Limbs

Tingling in the palm of the left hand; also in the left arm (sixth day).


Felt as if I had not been asleep, on awaking in the morning (sixth day). Slept poorly and with little refreshment (sixth night).


In a few moments after retiring (after the second dose) I began to feel cold; pulse at the wrist very weak; intermitting one or two beats; once it stopped for a few seconds; this was followed by bounding pulse; I became very warm, and my breathing stopped; my lungs felt as if I were breathing in hot air (fifth day). Feet and hands cold; head hot (seventh day).

Heart and Pulse

Pulse 72, slow and irregular for half an hour (second day);61 (third day);64 (fourth day);; half an hour after the first dose the pulse;was very weak, then it began to grow full and rapid; this lasted two hours; after retiring at night, pulse very weak, intermitting one or two beats; once it stopped for a few seconds; this was followed by a bounding pulse (fifth day); 72 (seventh day). Pulse 84, full and strong (second day). Pulse 70 at 8 a. m.; 72 at noon; 75 at 9 p. m. (first day);72 at 9 a.m.;70 at noon; 76 at 4 p. m.; 76 at 10 p. m. (second day); 68 at 7 a. m.; 70 at noon; 74 at 9 p. m. (third day); 72 at 7 p. m.; 74 at noon; 80 at 9 p. m. (fourth day); full and strong, 80 at 7 a.

m.;sank to 68 at 3 p. m. but rose to 76 in the evening (fifth day); 74 in the evening (sixth day).

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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