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Zincum 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


An element. Preparation: Triturations of the metal.


Emaciated. Great emaciation. He presented an emaciated feeble appearance, the face wrinkled and bluish. Paleness of the mucous surfaces, with disappearance of the subcutaneous cellular tissue, and atrophy of the muscular system, much more marked on the right side, in the face as well as in the limbs. C Much visible twitching of the body and face (after five days). Visible jerking in both arms and hands (after sixteen days). Twitching and jerking in various muscles. C Twitching in various muscles. C Muscular twitching, here and there, in the body. Long-continued trembling, as from chilliness, after every slight emotional excitement. Stretching of the body and limbs, with pale, sunken face. Great inclination to stretch arms. On waking in the morning, for about ten days, there was entire inability to move the head and limbs, with extreme sensibility to contact over the whole surface. After about an hour, this paralytic state improved enough to permit walking, but with a staggering uncertain gait, and a marked tendency to fall to the left side. Heaviness in the morning. C Feeling of heaviness in the body and weariness in the lower extremities, in the morning in bed, as after too heavy sleep. Dullness like slight nausea, with a tremulous feeling in the chest, headache in the forehead and diminished intellectual power, so that he could not understand what he was reading, two hours after dinner. Is obliged to lie down during the day. So weary in the morning on waking that he thought he could not rise. Weariness, frequent yawning, and great exhaustion in the whole body. Tired in the evening. C Great weakness (third day). General physical weakness for three weeks. General weakness, more marked on the right side. Weak and indolent, especially in the lower extremities, in the morning. At first, while walking, increased vigor and great lightness; afterwards great weakness through the whole proving. Sudden, faint like weakness while standing, so that she could scarcely reach a chair. Body weak and prostrate, frequently, especially after dinner, at times with tremulousness and heaviness of the head. General debility. C Prostration, 37 39, etc. Prostration of the whole body. Great exhaustion all day, sleepiness, aversion to noise, and yet difficult hearing, a dreamy condition, as after a sleepless night, together with shivering and cold creeping, like a cold after perspiration. Feeling of languor, with aching in the lumbar region. Lassitude, prostration, and pains in the limbs. General lassitude and sensation all over as if beaten. Faintness. Faintness, unconsciousness, almost without pulse. Frequent fainting, several times daily, followed by prostration and general numbness. Decrease of sensibility to touch; tickling, on the contrary, was more quickly responded to than in the normal state. Sensation of swelling. Sensation of general trembling, without trembling. Every slight emotional excitement causes internal trembling. C The pain at times seems to be between the skin and flesh. When I lie down I am numb all over; I fear apoplexy. General internal discomfort. Painful feeling of the whole body, relieved by rest. Uncomfortable feeling of pressure and pressing upon the inner walls of the trunk, as though the whole body would be forced as under, without trace of flatulence, rather caused by the nerves, worse in the right than in the left side. Cramp like pain, here and there, in the muscles. Jerking through the whole body during sleep, at night, and at noon (after thirty-two hours, and second day). Sticking, here and there, in the body, in the evening. Sticking cutting pain in the whole right side. C Violent throbbing through the whole body. Wine aggravates nearly all the symptoms, even though they seem to have been relieved by Camphor. C Wine and Nux-v. aggravate and reproduce the symptoms, especially the uneasiness at night, and the constipation, 3 Most of the symptoms appear after dinner and towards evening. C Most of the symptoms come on while sitting and during rest, but less during motion and in the open air. Better on awaking. She feels better in the morning.


Emotional. Fanciful illusions when holding the head down, as though she had a large goitre, which she could not see over. Attacks of great loquacity. Much talking of other people, even of those of whom he is fond, affects his nerves, and makes him morose and impatient. Talking and listening were distressing. Lively and excited. Very joyful, excited mood, especially towards evening. He is frequently able to laugh excessively over a trifle, but he is just as easily vexed. Good-humored and talkative. Very happy at times. Easily excited to anger, and very much affected thereby. Easily excited to anger, but quiet. Easily becomes angered. Vexation and anxiety. He wishes that he might get hold of some one on whom he could vent his anger (though irritated by nothing). Great sensitiveness to noise. Sobbing on account of vexation, without obvious reason, with pressive pain in the top of the head. Overpowering sadness. Despondent. Mood depressed and sad. Somewhat depressed (after six days). Anxiety, 18 26 30. During the menses anxiety. Anxious mood, as from a misfortune (first eight days). Very uneasy mood, as though he had committed a crime. Mood uneasy, unsteady (after two days). Anxiety on account of thieves or horrible apparitions while awake, like a feverish fancy. Apprehensive and ennui; she seeks society. Apprehensive and lachrymose mood, which disappears in the evening. Hypochondriac mood three hours after dinner, with pressure under the short ribs, especially of the right side, with aversion to work discomfort over the whole body, without trace of flatulence or of overloading the stomach (after five days). Irritable, startled. Easily irritated, peevish; the talking of other people and every noise are intolerable. At noon, irritable, peevish, terrified; in the evening better. Ill-humored and indolent (first days); lively and joyful later. Ill-humored and sad (second day). Ill-humor, 11 26. Very impatient, but not bad-humored. Morose in the morning (eight day). Extremity gloomy and morose. She looks very morose, gloomy and disturbed, even in the morning. Morose and peevish in the morning, though well disposed. Morose peevish, and fretful, in the afternoon. During the menses peevish and lachrymose. Fretful, morose, several days, inclined to have a secret grudge and to vexation; he is for the most part quiet, and it frets him to be obliged to speak a word. Fretful, despondent mood, especially in the evening. Indifferent (after thirteen days). Alternately irritable, fretful, quarrelsome, despondent, and depressed. Extremely variable mood; sad at noon, melancholy; in the evening contented and happy (second and third days). Intellectual. Dread of work, disinclination to work. Mental operations very difficult (first eight days). Difficult to grasp ideas and to coordinate thoughts. Answers were slow, and he spoke as if in a bad temper. Imaginative power, excited (first day). Quiet thoughts of death in the afternoon, with weakness. Disconnected ideas (after sixteen days). Loss of thought and a soporous condition of mind. Forgetful of what has been accomplished during the day. Great forgetfulness.


Vertigo. Vertigo, 15 27 33, etc. Dizziness after dinner. Vertigo and flushing heat. Vertigo, with headache in the morning (third day). Dizziness, as if he saw through a mist, after eating. When standing on a height, vertigo as if I should fall to the right (seventh day). Vertigo, with weakness of the head and abdomen, so that she is obliged to lie down (after three days). Vertigo while sitting and standing, which disappears on walking. Dizzy, nauseating weakness on remaining up rather long in the evening, as after smoking too strong tobacco. Vertigo in the whole brain, especially in the occiput, as if he would fall over, without affecting the eyes; while standing (after one, two, and four hours). Dizzy drawing deep in the right side of the occiput, while sitting. In the morning on waking, vertigo as if the head were moving up and down, with a similar floating of the images of his fancy; all during a semi-consciousness. Frequent attacks of vertigo, preceded by sharp pressure at the root of the nose, and a sensation of drawing together of the eyes, as if by a cord, followed immediately by excessive nausea, faintness, and trembling of the hands. Vertigo, as if he would have apoplexy, with anxiety and fear of falling headlong. Vertigo in the occiput in the evening while sitting and smoking as usual, with desire for stool. Vertigo in the occiput, as if he would fall to the left, while walking (immediately). Vertigo from morning till noon, it frequently seems as though she would fall (after three days). Great vertigo while sitting up in bed, as if the bed were constantly swaying back and forth (after seven days). Violent vertigo after rising up from stooping, as though everything were whirling around, with buzzing in the head, even in the morning. Vertigo, that he could scarcely stand. Vertigo so violent that he could not stand (after three days), 15 33. Temporary intoxication. General Head. Inability to support the head, in the evening. Dulness of the head, 23 27 32a. Head dull on waking. Great dulness of the head. Great dulness of the head after a meal (after seven hours). Dulness of the head on waking in the morning (second day). Heaviness of the head, as if it would fall down. The head is heavy, dizzy, and confused in the morning, as from loss of sleep. Weak feeling in the head, especially in the eyes (second, fourth, and several other days). Head oppressed. Stupefied and dizzy at noon. Stupefying headache, is obliged to lie down (after four days). Dizzy stupefaction in short paroxysms, with blackness before the eyes and general weakness, especially in the afternoon and evening, for several days (after eleven days). Stupefying headache, as from coal-gas, all the morning (after ten days). Pressure in the head, with dulness (after five days). Headache (first day), 15, etc. Headache at night. Headache with some vertigo (after eight hours). Intense headache. Intense headache, with violent shivering. Violent headache, relieved by washing with cold water. Violent pains in the head and eyes, after a glass of the accustomed wine. Pain as from a tearing in the whole brain. Pains in the head, relieved in the open air, worse in the house. Intense pain in the brain, almost driving one mad, followed by excessive vomiting of bile, and trembling. Painful raging here and there in the head. Fixed pain in the head, and sense of tightness across the temples. Tearing and sticking in the right side of the head after dinner. Sticking and tearing in the head and cutting in the abdomen, with yawning, during and after dinner. Tingling and resounding in the head when speaking loud. Violent throbbing and tearing in the whole head, especially in the right frontal region, from morning till evening, after lying down. Forehead. Constant dull frontal headache. Dull pain in the forehead, with unusual impatience. The first effects noticed were a continuous dull pain across the frontal sinuses, accompanied with extreme sensibility of the cartilages of the ear and nose. During the menses heaviness in the forehead, with a feeling as if the head would be drawn backward, in the evening. Headache in the region of the left frontal eminence, after dinner. Pain in the frontal sinuses, as though air forced itself in sensitively. Extreme sensitiveness in the forehead.

Tension and pressure in the forehead. Pressure in the forehead. Sharp pressure in a small spot in the forehead, in the evening. Pressure in the forehead, with dulness extending into the eyes, after dinner. Pressuring headache in the forehead every morning (after seven days). Pressing headache in the right frontal eminence. Pressure in the forehead, with dulness, which renders thought difficult. Pressing headache in the forehead, a sharp pressure in the morning on waking; which afterwards becomes a simple pressure in the temples. Pressing headache in the forehead, with general dulness of the head and sleepiness, and pain in the eyes, in the forenoon. Violent pressure upon a small spot in the middle of the forehead, at short intervals. Frequent pressing headache in the forehead. Drawing and throbbing in the forehead. Drawing and sticking in the forehead, with pain as if the vertex would split. Tearing in the forepart of the forehead (fourth day). Tearing in the left frontal eminence. Violent tearing pain in the forehead. Pressing tearing in the left frontal eminence, after dinner. Tearing in the right frontal eminence, extending to the orbit and upper lid. Tearing in the anterior left half of the head, above the forehead. Tearing and crawling in the forepart of the forehead during supper. Sticking tearing in the forehead, with violent ineffectual inclination to sneeze, towards non. Sticking in the forehead, with a tearing as though the head would burst. A dull boring stitch just above the right frontal eminence (ninth day). Dulness and heaviness in the whole sinciput. Tense and dull pain in the sinciput and forehead. Pressure in the sinciput, with dulness at noon, and in the evening. Pressing pain in the sinciput, most violent in both temples. Throbbing and tearing in the sinciput, most violent in both temples. Throbbing and tearing in the sinciput, after dinner. Temples. Persistent aching and pressure in both temples. Dull cramp like pressure in both temples. Constant pressure, now in the temples, now in the sinciput. Pressure in the right temple, suddenly shooting inward. Pressure in the left temple. Sharp pinching pressure in the left temple. A pinching tearing in the right and left temples at various times. Transient tearing in both temples. Tearing in the temples after dinner, with stitches in the right ear (after second day). Tearing in the right temple. Tearing in the right temple, also just above it. Jerking tearing above the left temple. Sticking tearing in the temples. Dull stitches in the right temple from time to time (after a few hours). Stitches as with needles in the left temple. Vertex and Parietals. Extreme sensitiveness of the vertex to touch, as if there were an ulcer, in the evening. Drawing pressing tearing on the top of the head, and still more in the forehead, in frequent transient attacks. Tearing in the upper part of the head and above the forehead. Pressing tearing near the right side of the vertex (after three days). Tearing behind the crown of the head (ninth day). Sharp tearing in the vertex and left parietal bone. Fine burning stitches in the middle of the vertex. Dull pain in the left half of the head. Extremely painful pressing boring and pressure in the right side of the head (ninetieth day). Pressing drawing boring in the left side of the head, after dinner. Frequent screwing together pain in both sides of the evening. A pulsating pressing and almost intolerable twinging in the right side of the head. Boring pain in the right side of the head, more in the occiput, in the evening. Boring in the right parietal bone, with a sensation of bursting, in the evening while standing. Boring in the left parietal bone. Drawing tearing in the left half of the head. Tearing in the right side of the head and in the teeth, in the afternoon (after sixteen days). Tearing in the right of the head (second and eight days). Throbbing pain in the right side of the head, in the evening. Occiput. Dulness and acute heaviness in the occiput (after a quarter of an hour). A pressing asunder pain in the right side of the occiput. Pressure in the occiput for several hours after walking in the open air. Pressure in the right side of the occiput. Drawing in the left side of the occiput. Drawing in the occiput, with gnawing in the forehead, as from worms. Painful forcing as under in the left side of the occiput, close to the cervical vertebrae. Painful gnawing on the right occipital protuberance, as by a mouse. Suffers from a continual gnawing pain in the upper part of the back of the head. Bruised pain in the occiput. Painful raging like the beating of waves, with a feeling of heat in a spot on the right side of the occiput, extending up over the vertex, in the evening. Tearing in the right and left sides of the occiput (third and fourth days). Tearing in the right side of the occiput, with dull stitches on the top of the head. Tearing in the right side of the occiput when laughing. Sticking and tearing in the right side of the head, above the temple, at night. Dull sticking pressure in a small spot on the occiput. External head. Itching pimples on the scalp (after five days). Itching moist eruption on and above both temples. Profuse falling of the hair of the head. Sensation as if the hair bristled, especially above the left ear. The hair on the vertex is painful on the slightest touch. Feeling of soreness in the scalp, not affected by touch (after three days). Suppurating pain on one side of the scalp. Sharp tearing sticking in the skin of the left forehead, above the eyebrow. Feeling as if the scalp were drawn together to one spot. Drawing in the skin on the vertex. Painful sore feeling in a small spot on the right side of the scalp. Frequent sore itching in a small spot in the middle of the scalp.


Objective. Violent inflammation of the eyes, without photophobia (during the menses). Inflammation and redness of the conjunctiva of the right eye; suppuration in the inner canthus; the eyes are most painful in the evening and night, as from sand, with frequent lachrymation; even the upper lid towards the inner canthus is red and swollen, 1. During the menses inflammation of the eyes. Profuse moisture of the eyes during the day, in the morning they are agglutinated. Eyes turned outward. Eyes constantly affected, 1 7. Subjective. Weak, sick feeling in the eyes. Eyes feel as though she had wept much (after fourteen days). Constant burning in the eyes, in the afternoon. Much burning in the eyes and lids, in the morning and evening, with feeling of dryness and pressure in the. Pain in the eyes, as if pressed inward. Great uneasiness and intolerable pain in the left eye frequently, with great weakness of the head (after six days). Heavy pressure on the eyes. Pressure upon the eyes towards evening. Tensive pressure in the right eye, like rheumatism. Very frequent pressure upon the eyes. Constant pressure in the left eye, in the evening. Violent pressure in the right eye and in the temples. Violent pressing pain in the left eye, while walking in the open air. Pressing tearing in the left eyes. Burning and biting, with photophobia of the eye, which waters, especially in the evening, and is agglutinated in the morning. Tearing stitch above the left eye, and at the same time in the umbilical region. Ticking in the right eye, as from dust, frequently (after four days). Pricking biting in the lower portion of the left eye, and below it, upon the cheek. Biting in the left eye, relieved by rubbing. Sore painful biting in the eyes, towards evening, especially in the right eye. Sticking tearing in the eyes and head. Cutting pressing stitch in the right eye (first and sixth days). Itching of the eyes (fifth day). Violent itching of the left eye, relieved by rubbing. Brow and Orbit. Jerking in the left eyebrow (soon, and after two hours). Pressure above the right eye, sudden and painful, with a pressing-down sensation in the lids. Fine sticking tearing in and above the left brow. Lids. Paralysis of the upper eyelids. Twitching of the left lower lid. Falling of the upper lids and oedema of the lower. Agglutination of the inner canthus, in the morning, with a pressing sore feeling (after thirteen days). Burning of the left lid, as if too dry. Feeling of soreness on the right upper lid. Feeling of soreness in the inner canthi (ninth day). Soreness of the outer canthus, with biting pain. Pressure on the margin of the left lower lid, near the inner canthus. Painful pressure in the right inner canthus. Pressure on the margin of the left lower lid, near the inner canthus. Painful pressure in the right inner canthus, with redness of the conjunctiva. A pressing burning, especially in the left eyelid, when reading. Biting in the right inner canthus, relieved by rubbing. Fine sticking, as with needles, in the right lower and left upper lids. Itching and sticking pain in the inner angles of the eyes, with cloudiness of sight. Itching on the margin of the left upper lid. Lachrymal Apparatus. Lachrymation in the morning on waking, and also in the open air. Ball. Feeling of dryness in the eyeball. Pressing sticking in the right eyeball (third day). Twitching in the left eyeball. Pupil. Pupils alternately dilated and contracted, but usually dilated. Vision. Dimness of vision (after thirty-four hours). Dimness and mistiness of vision in the morning, after waking. Vanishing of vision, with absence of mind. Vanishing of vision, with lachrymation and burning, after dinner, and frequently when writing, for fourteen days. Diplopia; the left eye being more affected than the right; the diplopia increased, and decided strabismus became developed. Dread of sunlight, with dim, watery eyes. A good deal of photophobia. Objects apparently elongated, and at times double. Flickering before the eyes. Fiery flakes float in large circles in front of the eyes, when looking at the sky. When looking up, a dark, diagonal line before left eye, directed upwards and to the right, about six feet in length. Yellow, blue, and green rings before the eyes, with a suffering look and sleepiness.


Much purulent discharge from the left ear day and night; the orifice of the ear is swollen and hot, with left sided headache (after twenty-four hours). An offensive moisture comes from the left ear (after eighteen days). Discharge from the left ear (after twenty-four hours). In the left ear increase of earwax, which was thinner than usual and impeded hearing; the heating of the pulse is very distinct, and causes roaring in the ear. With the pain across the frontal sinuses, extreme sensibility of the cartilages of the ear and nose, so severe that the least friction or bending of the ear or the nasal cartilages would cause acute pain. Painful cramp in the lobule of the left ear. Violent cramp like pain in the lobule of the left ear, extending down into the neck, on boring the finger into the ear. Pain, as after a blow on touch, beneath and in front of the right ear, in the bone. Tearing in the bone in front of the left ear. Pressing constrictive pain in the bone beneath and in front of the right ear, with dulness in the forehead. Pinching drawing behind the left ear, extending into the lower jaw. Pain in the ear. Earache, jerk like, from the mouth along the Eustachian tube. C Tearing in the ears. Tearing in the ears at various times, at times with itching, or in the morning with crawling, or in the evening with burning. Frequent persistent cutting tearing stitches deep in the right ear, near the dry, (first and second days). Violent stitches in the ears. Sticking and itching in the ear. Sticking in the right ear (seventh day). Sticking and tearing in the left ear, close to the lobule. A kind of pinching jerking within the ear. Tickling in the left ear, not relieved by rubbing. Itching in the right ear, relieved by boring into it. Itching in the left ear, with a feeling on putting the finger into it, as if fleas were jumping about. Hearing. Very great loss of hearing. Noise in the ears, which continues during the night. Dull whizzing, and in the evening, pulsating in the ear, very annoying while writing. Whizzing in front of the right ear. Ringing in the ears. Ringing in the right ear at night. Cracking and beating in the ear after breakfast, 8 A crash, as from the breaking of a pane of glass, in the ear, on falling asleep.


Swelling on the right side of the nose (after forty-eight hours). Swelling and painfulness of the left wing of the nose. Freezing of the tip of the nose and lobule of the ear in slight cold (after thirty-six hours). Sneezing after a meal. Sneezing, preceded by cutting crawling in the nose, in the evening. Frequent sneezing, without coryza. Sneezing in the morning and afternoon. Fluent coryza (first days), followed by dry coryza. Fluent coryza, with crawling in the nose, and frequent sneezing. Profuse coryza and raw throat (fourth day). Increased coryza, with stoppage of the nose, but running from the nose. Fluent, alternating with dry, coryza, especially in the evening. Sudden coryza, in the evening, after lying down. Fluent coryza towards evening, with pressure in the right tonsil on swallowing and yawning. Violent dry coryza all day, with pain in the back, especially while sitting. Increased discharge of mucus from the nose, without coryza (after twelve hours). Feeling of coryza, with sore sensitiveness of the nostrils. Nosebleed for a short time on blowing the nose, after dinner, followed by stupefaction in the forehead, as from a stroke (of apoplexy), with swimming of objects before eyes. Frequent blowing of blood from the nose (first days). Stoppage of the nose (after fourteen days). Stoppage of the nose (after fourteen days). Stoppage of both nostrils; she could get no air through them, and was obliged to sleep with the mouth impeding respiration, with coryza. Feeling of soreness high up in the nostrils, in the right nostril a tearing. Pressure upon the root of the nose, as if it would be pressed into the head, almost intolerable; frequently, mostly at noon. Pinching in the root of the nose, extending into, the eye. Pinching in the root of the nose, with dulness in the forehead. Drawing and tearing up the right nostril, after dinner. Sharp cutting on the inner margin of the left wing of the nose. Jerking tearing in the right side of the nose. Fine tearing on the right side of the nose, externally. Tickling and irritation in the mucous membrane of the nose, as if it would provoke sneezing. Sticking pain in the septum of the nose when touched. Itching in the right nostril. Itching in the left nostril, followed by frequent sneezing, succeeded by very profuse nosebleed, which was stopped by cold water (tenth day).


Cachectic look, complexion bluish white. Expression vacant and apathetic, or irritable. A peculiarly cadaverous, pinched, unnatural expression of the face. Face earthy, as after a long illness. Face pale. Face flushed. Spasmodic twitching of the musculi risores, with constant inclination to laugh. Contraction and spasmodic twitching of the muscles of the face, with constant nausea and incessant vomiting. Bruised pain in the bones of the face and orbit (after a few hours). Jerk like stitches as from needles in the face. Cheek. Swelling and itching of the left cheek. Pressing pain in the upper jaw, near the left wing of the nose. Tearing in the molar bone, extending into the upper jaw (after half an hour). Tearing in the molar bone, extending into the upper jaw (after half an hour). Tearing in the left cheek. Tearing in the right malar bone, with bruised pain in the left cheek. Tearing in the right malar bone, with bruised pain in the spot on pressure. A sudden pressing stitch from the right zygoma to the upper margin of the orbit, deep in the bone, followed by great sensitiveness of the spot, in the evening. Lip. Swelling of the lips. Swelling of the upper lip (after a few hours). Thick glutinous moisture on the lips, without odor or taste (sixth day). Lips dry, cracked. Dryness of the lips. Violent muscular twitches in the left side of the upper lip. Upper lip sore, ulcerating in the middle. Tensive painful smarting on the lower lip. A transient stitch in the upper lip (after twenty minutes). Fine stitches in the upper lip (after a quarter of an hour). Burning smarting on the lower lip. China Cramp like tearing here and there in the lower jaw, especially in the chin (third day). Tearing stitches, which pass into one another, in the chin and on the throat (sixth day). Sticking pain in the articulation of the jaw, beneath and in front of the left ear, on moving the jaw backward and biting strongly, and on pressing the finger upon the joint.

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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