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Vinca 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


Vinca minor, Linn. Natural order: Apocyanaceae. Common names: Periwinkle; (G.), Sinngruen; (F.), Pervenche. Preparation: Tincture of whole plant.


Weakness as if he would die. Great weakness and prostration. Tremulous feeling in all the vessels. Tremulous feeling, especially in the upper extremities, with tendency to start, especially on exerting the mind. Feeling of emptiness in various parts of the body. Arthritic tearing in the bones. Most of the symptoms relieved by moving in the open air.


Sadness, with fear of death. Lachrymose. Peevish and quarrelsome, soon followed by repentance.


Whirling vertigo, with flickering before the eyes. Headache. Pressure upon the head externally. Dulness of the sinciput, with slow pressure towards the eyes and dimness of the eyes, aggravated by stooping when writing. Pressure in the temples. Sticking in the left temples, extending towards the malar bone. Tearing pain in the vertex, with a feeling as if a hammer were beating from within outward. Matting of the pair of the head. Moist eruption on the scalp, with many vermin, especially itching at night, with burning after scratching. Corrosive itching on the scalp, with irresistible desire to scratch. Itching biting on the scalp, especially on the vertex, frequently provoking scratching.


Itching and burning of the lids, which become red. On getting snuff into the eye there was so little secretion that he was obliged to wash it out with water. Obscuration of vision while reading. Fog before the eyes while reading, at times also while walking.


Ringing and whistling in the ears, with a feeling of cold wind, especially in the left ear.


The tip of the nose becomes red from the slightest cause. Frequent nosebleed. Stoppage of the nose, mostly of one nostril, with discharge of much mucus through the posterior nares. Distressing dryness and heat in the nose, extending into the frontal sinuses. Itching in the nose.


Swelling of the face, with papular eruption. Paleness of the face. Tearing in the malar bones. Swelling of the upper lip and corner of the mouth. Lips dry.


Toothache. Tearing in the teeth relieved by the warmth of the bed. Aphthae in the mouth. Increased secretion of saliva. Insipid taste in the mouth. Insipid taste to all food.


Frequent hawking through the day. Ulcers in the throat (?). Sore throat, with difficulty in swallowing. Sensation as if something were sticking low down in the oesophagus, which provokes swallowing.


Hunger alternating with loss of appetite before the hunger has been satisfied. Scarcely any thirst. Empty eructations after drinking beer, and generally aggravated from taking liquid. Violent empty eructations. Nausea. Nausea, after coffee. Violent, bitter, copious vomiting of yellowish-green liquid. Gastric disturbances. Emptiness of the stomach.


Distension of the abdomen after a stool. Abdomen full, tense but painless. Flatulence. Rumbling and gurgling in the abdomen, with emission of much offensive flatus. Griping in the abdomen.


Urging to stool.


Stool first hard, then soft. Stool exhausting, with burning in the anus.

Urinary organs

Diminished secretion of urine. Urine pale yellow.

Respiratory organs

Tenacious mucus in the trachea. Hoarseness. Spasmodic cough, with little tickling in the larynx. Rapid respiration.


Pins in the chest, with sticking and dyspnoea. Pressure on the sternum, with feeling of emptiness in the chest. Stitches on the sternum.

Back and neck

Painful tension and stiffness of the cervical muscles, with an illusive sensation as if a weight were lying upon it.


Inclination to stretch the limbs. Tearing pains in the limbs.

Upper Limbs

Cramp drawing in the upper arm and tips of the fingers. Swelling and stiffness of the first joints of the fingers, with burning pains in the nails.

Lower Limbs

Cramp like drawing in the feet and toes.


Frequent yawning. Sleeplessness and restlessness at night. Lascivious dreams.


Sudden paroxysms of shivering. Head, with full hard pulse. Great sensation of warmth in the scalp, with prickling. Heat of the cheeks, without redness.


Most eruption on the septum of the nose; discharging a moisture, which drying, formed a light-brown scab; the skin was dirty white, elevated, with a red areola. Great sensitiveness of the skin, with redness and soreness, even from slight rubbing. Burning in the ulcers like bedsores on the left nates. Corrosive itching, provoking scratching. Itching of the upper lip, which provokes scratching. Itching moist spots on the upper part of the right ankle.


Amelioration, (Warmth of bed), Tearing in teeth. Amelioration, (Motion in open air), Most symptoms.


Aggravation, (Liquids). Aggravation, Empty eructations. Aggravation, (Stooping), Dulness of sinciput.

Sexual organs

Excessive menstruation, with great weakness.

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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