Zincum aceticum

Last modified on February 6th, 2019

Zincum Aceticum 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


Zinc ACETATE, Z. (C2H4O2)2.


She wishes to walk, contrary to habit. Frequent alternations between sitting and walking about. Feels bad in the afternoon. Weakness and weariness on going upstairs.


Anxious, quiet, does not speak a word, and to the question, ‘how she feels, ” she only answers, ‘Let me alone, I shall soon be better, ”.


Heaviness of the head. Throbbing headache, as if it would come out at the forehead. Headache in the forehead as if the brain were sore, and were sprinkled with salt. Dull sticking, painful sensation in the forehead (after two hours). Sharp stitches in the frontal region (after thirty-three hours). Needle like stitches in the left temple (after three hours).


The left ear is swollen internally, and painful on putting the finger into it, and on external touch.


Paleness of the face. Looks very anxious.


Tearing pain in the teeth, especially when touched. A blister on the forepart of the gum is painful, as if burnt. The tongue seems raw. Feeling in the mouth as though she had eaten something very hot, and had been burned, but not a burning sensation. Her mouth feels burnt. Bitter taste in the mouth, in the morning, after waking. Can recognize no taste to drink or food.


The throat seems too tight, and the tongue too short.


Very frequent empty and at times ineffectual eructations. Sour eructations, with shaking chill over the whole body. Eructations tasting of the food, three hours after eating. Nausea after eating (after six hours). Nausea (after ten minutes), followed by fine needle like stitches in the throat, then vomiting of bitter sour mucus, whereby the sticking was more violent, afterwards chilliness in the back, which he sought to relieve by shrugging the shoulders; the shivering lasted eight minutes. Nausea in the morning, feeling of griping in the abdomen, as if he were distressed by indigestible food. Great nausea, as if he would vomit, with salivation, like water brash (after half an hour). Vomiting. Vomiting and diarrhoea. Vomiting, with much retching, with rising up of acidity and shaking chill, during and after vomiting. Sensation of a small swelling in the pit of the stomach, painful to touch, previous to the menses. Pressing pain beneath the pit of the stomach. Pressure and sticking in the pit of the stomach, aggravated by motion, late in the evening. Disagreeable sensation in the stomach and abdomen, as of emptiness and hunger, two hours after dinner.


Violent griping in the abdomen, so that she was obliged to lie down.


Diarrhoea every hour during the day. Diarrhoea of a dark color, after dinner.

Urinary organs

Contraction of the urethra (immediately after the external application). Biting sensation in the urethra. Frequent, increased desire to urinate and irritation to urinate (like a burning ?). Much watery urine (after four hours).


Much mucus comes from the chest in the forenoon, with a kind of nausea.

Back and neck

The back is very much affected, on stooping a sudden shooting in it, as if all strength would leave him.

Upper Limbs

Weakness in both arms. Pain in the left arm, which seems heavy like a weight, the wrist hurts on moving it, and at night he does not know where he shall put his arm, many positions cause pain in the arm, at times a sticking. Drawing in the right arm several times a day, with trembling and loss of power in it. Pressing tearing in the muscles of the right upper arm, during rest and motion (after a quarter of an hour). Stitches in the muscles of the right forearm, shooting upwards, during rest and motion (after ten hours). Painful tension above the wrist, in the left forearm (after six hours). Pressing pain in the ball of the right hand (after one hour).

Lower Limbs

Pressing sticking in the muscles of the left thigh, while walking in th open air (after ten hours). Tensive pain in the upper part of the right calf, while walking in the open air (after four hours).


Sleepiness during the day, frequent yawning.


Shaking chill. Shaking chill during and after vomiting. Several times a day he feels hot, as if the throat had been burnt by alcohol. Burning heat in the face in the evening, and heat over the whole face and redness of the cheeks, without thirst (after eleven hours). Night sweat.


Papular eruption filled with pus on the forehead and neck; when opened it discharged blood and pus. Red papular eruption above both knees, which caused a tickling and voluptuous itching.


Aggravation, (Motion), Pressure in pit of 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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