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Zingiber 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


Zingiber officinale, Roscoe. (Amomum zingiber, Linn.) Natural order: Zingiberaceae. Common names: Ginger; (G.) Ingwer; (Fr.) Gingembre. Preparation: Tincture of dried rhizome.


If epileptics smell it, it brings no spasms. Cold rheumatism. Very weak and general feeling of faintness. Feels tired all over, in the afternoon (seventh day); feel tired on standing (ninth day). Felt somewhat relaxed all over (second day). Inclination to lie down (sixth day). Prostrated and feverish (second day). Fainting weakness (seventh day). Feeling as if she were going to faint, with the headache, (twelfth day). Feels very unwell all day.


Mind cheerful (third day). Mind cheerful, with a pleasing sensation in his system, at 10 A.M. (first and second days). Was in a good humor all the days of the proving, enjoyed company, was lively in conversation, not so silent as usual (eleventh day); again (thirtieth day). Very irritable and sick during menstruation. Irritable and chilly, in evening (third day). Increased activity of the brain. Strengthens the memory. His memory is better since he began the proving (eleventh day).


Feels confused and empty in his head (one hour and a half). Dizziness and heaviness in all her limbs (third day). Rush of blood to the head, especially the temples; pulse from 72 and weak to 84, full, in the afternoon (four hundred and sixteenth day). Head feels sore to the touch; dull headache. Head feels as if pressed (ninth day). Pressing headache, externally, disappears on touch. Pressing pain, with heat all over the head, in the morning (sixth day). Pressing- drawing headache, as if the right eye were pressing out, all day. By walking in the cold damp air experienced heavy pressure in the head, from external to internal, affecting afterwards the whole body (third day). When stooping, sensation as if the contents of the head pressed into the forehead and root of the nose (tenth day). Headache, with heat in the head. Headache, worse on moving; worse by stooping (ninth day). Headache, with stiffness of the neck on the left side (eleventh day). Headache, worse by noise, less after dinner (fifteenth day). Heavy pressure throughout the whole head, as if from external to internal (after fifteen minutes, second day). The circle of the pain extended in a line above and behind the head through the cerebellum; it was shifting, 12 0 30′; dull, heavy pain encircling th the head above the eyes extending to the occiput (second day). Pain encircling the head; dull, heavy pain, like a board pressing through the whole head, continuing for one and a half hours, at 11 A.M. (thirty minutes after 30th). Forehead. Headache when he exerts himself, a drawing pressure on the frontal bone. Slight dull pain over the left eye, with stitches now and then, was a little worse by going into cold open air, afternoon and evening (second day); dull, heavy, with stitches now and then through the day (third day). Over the left eye a dull headache, from 9 till 10 P.M. (third day). Frontal headache, in the morning (twelfth day). Headache, at first over the left forehead, then changing about, at 11 A.M. (sixth day). Frontal headache, especially over the eyes, worse when laughing or talking (third day), 6; worse by stooping (second day). Sharp, aching, drawing pain over the eyebrows; aching of the eyebrows, followed by nausea, lasting but a few moments, in a warm room; later, more aching and heavier sensation than in the morning, extending all around the head, more heavy on the left vertex, 12 0 15′; afterwards, heavier over the right eye and left occiput; this diagonal direction it took after the circular pain passed off; later a pain over the right eye, and heavy pressing pain in the left occiput, all in the warm room, continued in the cold damp air, and in motion and by sitting at rest (second day), 8. Drawing, frontal headache, especially over the root of the nose (at 6 A.M., fifth day, and on the ninth day). Headache, a dull pressing, more in the forehead and temples (eighth day), with the same pain in the left eye (ninth day). Drawing pressing pain over the left eye, at 7 P.M., lasting ten minutes (twelfth day). Pressing-drawing frontal headache, more on the left side, at noon (fifteenth day); dull drawing with oppressive heat (thirteenth day); afterwards pain over the eye; dull, pressive, heavy all over, but more on the forehead, with stiff neck; 12 A.M. to 1 P.M., at noon (sixteenth day), 11. When in church, pain over the left eye, drawing extended a little to the right, and settled then in the right occiput, where she felt a heavy, drawing pain for about two hours, with the headache in front, with nausea, and as if she were going to faint; at the same time very chilly. All these symptoms disappeared when she came home, in a warm room (twelfth day). Twitching over the right eye and in the muscles of the neck (eighth day). Stinging pain over the left eye, at 5 P.M., when it passed off she had a pressing frontal headache, the eyes were somewhat sensitive to the light (sixth day). Very fine but violent stitches in the forehead. Temples. After eating bread, immediately a pressing headache in the temples. Slight headache, pressing in the temples (second day). Slight headache in both temples, dull and sore feeling over the left eye, at 11 P.M.

(second day); dull, pressing drawing headache, which at last settled in the right temple (third day). Headache, mostly in the temples, and stiff neck (ninth day). Dull, aching pressing pain in the left temple till she went to sleep, 8 P.M.

(third day); pressing headache in temples, in the afternoon (fourth day); dull pressing pain in both temples, in the evening (fifth day); dull, pressing headache, especially in the temples (twelfth day). Pressing pain and numbness in both temples, pressure over the eyes, heat the face, fainting weakness (seventh day). Headache internally above the temples, like a pressing drawing, while walking in the open air, with the head covered; it lessens when standing still, and when uncovering the head in a warm room it disappears. Drawing pain in the left temple and over the left eyebrow, at 5 P.M. (eight day). A beating pain in the left temple (ninth day). Vertex and Parietals. Pulsating pain in the vertex, right side (ninth day); worse by rising (tenth day). Left vertex feels sore, more on touching (third week). Dull heavy pain in the left vertex and in the arms and legs, at 11 A.M. (third day). Dull pressing headache on the left side, with heat in the head and much thirst, in the evening (eighth day). Occiput and External Head. Beating pressure in the left occiput. Itching on the head and cheeks during the morning (second day). Itching on the scalp (fifth day).


Pressure on the eyes (seventh day). Pressure in the left eye (first day, after 3 drops of the tincture twice; also after chewing the root several times, fifth day). Dull pressing in the left eye with the headache (ninth day). Pressure in and over the left eye; beating pressure in the left occiput, in the evening (thirtieth day). In the left eye, a sensation as from a grain of sand, which ceases from rubbing (after thirty minutes). Smarting-burning pain in both eyes (second day); smarting burning in the eyes all day (third day), 6; the same (second day). The eyes are sensitive to the light (sixth day); very sensitive, with stringing pain in the eyeballs, in the afternoon and evening (seventh day). The eyes are sensitive to the light f affected by it, in the evening (sixteenth day). Painful sensitiveness of the eyes by looking in the light (second day). Eyes somewhat sensitive to the light, with the headache (sixth day). Lids. Transient sensation on the margins of the eyelids like a cutting from above downward. Fine stitches inside the eyelids. Lachrymal Apparatus. Watery eyes (second day). Ball. Sharp drawing pain through and around the eyeballs and through the superciliary ridges. Vision. Sudden glimmerings before the eyes (sixteenth day).


Drawing tearing in the right ear (third day); tearing at 7 P.M.

(ninth day). During the day more sensitive to noise (fourth day); very sensitive to noise (fifteenth day). Humming in the ears.


Much sneezing, nine times in succession, and many times attempts to sneeze without success, at 6 P.M. (ninth day). Discharge of pure water from the right nostril (fifth day); later, all the symptoms of a cold in the head; running from the right nostril seems worse (sixth day); the left nostril is becoming affected like the right (eight day); and the watery discharge from both nostrils is especially in the open air (ninth day). Dryness of nose, it feels obstructed (seventh day); with discharge of thick mucus (eleventh and previous days). While her cough is worse, streaks of blood in the watery discharge from her nose (third day). Has a cold in the head (third day); the same considerable discharge from the nose, first serous, then thicker; posterior nares completely obstructed (next day after 30th ). Nose feels obstructed (second day); since proving much thirst, dry in the mouth, obstruction in the nose, cannot breathe through the nose (sixth day); when the obstruction passed off she had more watery discharge from the nose (ninth day). Sense of painful dryness in the nose (ninth day). Intolerable itching in the nose, even not relieved by scratching.


Looks exhausted in the morning, blue rings below the eyes (before menstruation), (fifth day). Drawing in the left upper jaw to the temples (third day). Slight drawing pain in the left upper jaw (fourth day). Drawing pain from the upper jaw to the temple. Slight drawing pain in the left lower jaw, from the second molar tooth to the first incisor (ninth day). Drawing pain in the left lower jaw, in all the teeth, at 5 P.M. (second day); drawing stinging pain from the left lower jaw to the first incisor, at 10 P.M., and in the night (third night). Drawing pain in the left lower jaw, at 9 P.M. (sixth day). Drawing pain in the left lower jaw, in the first two molar teeth (eighth and sixteenth days). Soreness in the right lower jaw, with a little swelling, in the morning (seventh day).


Teeth. All the teeth of the lower jaw begin to be painfully sensitive, with a pressing drawing in their roots. Drawing pain in the left lower teeth to the first incisor, she has a decayed tooth on this side, at 7. P.M. (third day); returns after being in the air (fifth day). General Mouth. Breath smells foul to herself, as from a bad stomach (sixth day). Great dryness of the roof of the mouth and posterior nares, which are entirely stopped. Burning in the mouth. Saliva. Augments salivation. Abundant saliva. Much saliva, with little vesicles on the tongue and gums, which feel sore (ninth day). Taste. Bad slimy taste in the mouth with the diarrhoea. Slimy mouth, bad taste in the morning (tenth day); very slimy taste on rising (fifteenth day).


Going home (10 p. m., January 2nd), dryness of the throat, feeling of swelling externally, constant desire to swallow, and pressure, with slight stinging pain (ninth and tenth days). Dryness and obstruction of the posterior nares (eleventh day); with discharge of thick mucus (sixteenth day). On awaking dryness of the throat and difficult swallowing, it is as if there were an obstacle in the way (ninth day); same dryness in the throat-pit in swallowing; something in the way over which it has to pass, 7 to 9 a. m. (tenth day); same in the night; raised thick, hard mucus (tenth day). Soreness in the throat and pit of stomach, and looseness of mucus in the throat (second day). Tickling in the throat, irritates to cough six times, in the evening (fifth day). Tickling in the throat, more on the left side, for half an hour, at 3 p. m., till evening (second day). Tickling in the throat more on the left side, irritates to cough till evening; soon after 10 drops of 2d, at 10 p. m.; tickling in the throats produces cough (ninth day). Choanae stopped up.


Appetite and Thirst. Was fond of smoking, but lost almost all desire to smoke since taking the Zingiber (tenth day). Much thirst, with heat in the head. Much thirst with headache (eighth day). Much thirst (ninth and fifth days). At night thirst, in the morning, dry lips and mouth (sixth to seventh day). Since proving much thirst, dry in the mouth (ninth day). Thirsty all the time (fourteenth day) Drinks water on account of the rancid feeling, with the cough. Eructations. Eructations of wind (soon after 5 drops of x, fourth week). Eructations (eleventh day); much in the evening, 11 P.M. (fourteenth day); in the evening (thirtieth day); at 5 P.M. (thirty first day). Much wind; eructations in the evening (third day). Incomplete eructations. Nausea. Frequently a nauseous rising from the stomach into the chest. On rising, qualmishness; much wind and rumbling in th the bowels, preceded by a slight drawing pain in the lower part of the abdomen, at 7 A.M. (half an hour after 10 drops of the 30th), (nineteenth day). Nausea one hour, 7 P.M.; 7 to A.M. (second day ); passed away near noon (second day). Slight nausea, with empty feeling in the stomach, at 7.30 P.M.

(fifteenth day). Nausea, after a short unrefreshing sleep; could not get to sleep again (eighth night). Nausea with the headache (twelfth day). Nausea and colic after drastic. Nausea, with backache, 4; (twelfth day). Acidity of the stomach with the diarrhoea. Sickness, sick feeling through the whole day and night (third day). Stomach. Promoting digestion. Stomach has been out of order, with sickening eructations (tenth day). Weak digestion retarding the stool. Bread causes a pressure in the stomach (after one hour). Soreness in pit of stomach and in throat (second day). Heaviness, like a stone in the stomach, cannot sleep, feels nervous and fidgety, with cramps in the soles and palms and a hoarseness such as she had in the cholera; all in the evening after chewing ginger candy. Pain in the stomach and backache, better after going to bed. A drawing pain went from the pit of the stomach under the sternum, when it feels like flatulence (second day).


Hypochondria. Heavy pain in the right hypochondrium, towards the back, especially when breathing deeply, at noon (fourth day). Stinging pain in the left hypochondrium at night (eighth and ninth days). Stitching pain in the left hypochondrium (twelfth day). Stitches in the spleen and pressure in the left eye; slight headache, worse by moving, two hours, at 7 p. m. (second day). Umbilicus and Sides. Slight cutting pain in the left umbilical region (ninth day). Unbearable sore pain on a small place in the right side of the abdomen, in the middle of a line from the umbilicus to the hip joint, all day long, after eating a ginger-cake the evening before. General Abdomen. Expanded abdomen (eleventh day); distended (twenty-ninth day). Much flatulency (seventh day); at 10 p. m. (ninth day); in the evening (tenth day); before supper (sixteenth day). More motions, at 10 p.

m.; rumbling in the left side of the abdomen, flatus; sometimes a slight pain through the bowels eleventh day). Moving, rolling in the bowels (fifteenth day). Much flatulency by rising from bed (eleventh day). Colic and nausea after drastic. Constricting colic passes through the abdomen, while standing; soon followed by desire for stool. Colic the whole night, a feeling of weight and drawing, with flatulency and much whole night, a feeling of weight and drawing, with flatulency and much wind (seventh day). Sensation of nausea in the abdomen, two hours after the usual stool, in the morning. Drawing pain in the lower abdomen. Towards evening, a drawing downward in the bowels and lower abdomen, especially in both sides, and when this passed off she had nausea (eleventh day); pressing downwards in the abdomen (twelfth day); drawing downwards in the bowels, at 8 p. m. (twelfth day). Slight drawing pain low down in the abdomen, passing from the right to the left side; it went higher up before passing off (fifteenth day). Drawing pain in the lower abdomen and back, had to go to stool soon after, at 10 p. m. (third day); dull drawing, more in the left side, at 7 p. m. (sixth day). Pressing-stinging pain in the bowels, especially in the left iliac region, at 6.15 p. m. (sixteenth day). Pressure in the left and right iliac region till he sleeps, 5 p. m. (twenty-ninth day); pressing pain in the left, in the evening (thirtieth day); sore, with pressing pain, at 5 p. m. (thirty-first day). Pressing pain in the left, in the evening (thirtieth day); sore, with pressing pain, at 5 p. m. (thirty-first day). Pressing pain in the left inguinal region, with superficial soreness on a small spot, at 2 p. m. (eleventh day); over Poupart’ s ligament, at 8 p. m.

(eleventh day). A sudden drawing stinging pain in the left iliac region, going upwards, at 3 p. m. (sixteenth day). After supper felt quite a sharp pain in the left iliac region, at 7 p. m. (fourth day); a short time after breakfast (fifth day).


In and around the anus a redness, inflammation, burning itching extends higher up to the back, in a child after eating gin ginger. Chewing ginger for an asthma, which it did not relieve; very soon hemorrhoidal tumors, very hot and painfully sore; the same whether sitting or lying. Nux vomica cured them.


Diarrhoea, with acidity of stomach, and a bad slimy taste in the mouth. Mucous diarrhoea often during the day (second day); with much wind (thirteenth day). Diarrhoeic looseness before breakfast (second day). One diarrhoeic, brown, mucous stool, with much wind (twenty-ninth day). Soft stool; thirsty all the time (fourteenth day). Two loose stools soon after breakfast (fifth day). It moves the bowels. Stool soon after pain in the abdomen, at 10 p. m.

Urinary organs

Yellow discharge from the urethra in the night (cured by Nux- v.). While urinating, acute pain in the orifice of the urethra (cured by Nux-v.). Stinging-burning pain in the orifice of the urethra, no pain while urinating; urine very pale (twelfth day). After urinating the urine continues to ooze in drops (tenth day). Increased secretion of urine (second day). Increased secretion of urine (third day), 6; profuse, continued so for some time (second day). Thick turbid urine (Nux-v. cured). Urine dark brown (sixth day). Urine of strong smell, and increased in quantity (tenth day). Urine brighter in color and in greater quantity (ninth day); clear, bright, and in quantity (tenth day); very pale (twelfth day).

Respiratory organs

Larynx. Soreness in the upper larynx, like a ridge in it. Smarting sensation below the larynx, followed by a cough, with expectoration of mucus. Scratching in the larynx irritates to a dry hacking cough, feels rancid by it, which makes her drink water (ninth day). Scratching in the larynx, irritating to a dry cough (eleventh day). Voice. Hoarseness, such as she had in the cholera. Some hoarseness (seventh day). Cough and Expectoration. Cough, excited by a contraction of the skin in the region of the larynx, without previous pain. Cough from scratching in the larynx, 1 to 2 A.M. Cough from tickling and dryness of the larynx (sixth day). Much coughing, especially in the morning, with much expectoration, which she has to swallow (seventh day). Much coughing before midnight (eleventh night); in the night (twelfth night). Cough excited by a burning and smarting. Dry, hacking cough, with pain in the lungs and difficult breathing; in the morning expectoration. Scraping cough without stitches. Was often awakened in the night by dry cough from scratching in the larynx, 1 to 2 A.M. (fourth and eighth nights). Respiration. Breathing difficult, had to set up; pain in the right lung. Breathing shorter for fifteen minutes (second day. Difficult breathing from pain in the right lung.


Broken feeling around the chest, in the evening (sixteenth day). A soft pressure on the chest while walking, the time when he does not cough. Dull, pressing pain in the right lung, from the second to the sixth rib in front, worse at intervals, and then somewhat difficult breathing, at 7 P.M.

(sixteenth day. After motion, stinging pain now and then, in the lungs (fifth day). Several times pain in lung at 9 P.M. (sixteenth and eighteenth day). At night slept very well until 2 A.M., when she awoke with a violent stinging pain in the lower portion of the right lung, breathing was difficult, had to sit up in bed; a dry hacking cough made the pain and difficulty in breathing much worse. In the morning much expectoration, pain in the right lung lasting the whole day, with external soreness. This attack came without any other cause and different, as she was well again sooner than usual (third and fourth days). Several times pain through the middle lobe of the left lung at 9 P.M. (sixteenth and eighteenth days). Stitching pain in the left lower lung (tenth day). Stitches through the chest. All day pain under the breast-bone (second day). Pain under the sternum, from the pit of the stomach. Pressure from within outward, under the upper part of the sternum (fourteenth day); more on the right side ( sixteenth day), 2 Pressing pain under the sternum at 4 P.M.

(nineteenth day). Stitching pain in the right side of the chest (fifteenth day). Violent stinging-pressing pain in the left side of the chest, in the region of the heart, at 4 P.M.

(nineteenth day).

Back and neck

Neck. Stiffness in the neck (fifth day); worse on motion (seventh day). Stiff neck and headache, mostly in the temples (ninth day. Stiffness in the neck, more on the left side (ninth day). Stiffness of the neck on the left side, with the headache (eleventh day). Stiffness of the neck of the left side, with the headache (eleventh day). Stiffness in the back of the neck with nausea (thirteenth day); with the headache (sixteenth day). A loud cracking sound in the first cervical vertebra, on rising from sitting, with a little stiffness in the left side of the neck (tenth day). Cracking sound in the region of the first cervical vertebra on looking upward, in the evening (thirty-first day). Back. Lameness in the back, after much walking. Backache in the afternoon, passed off and reappeared towards evening (fourth day). Backache, as from weakness, better when sitting and leaning against something (twelfth day). Dorsal. Dull aching, drawing pain in the back, between the shoulders, at 6 P.M. (tenth day). Lumbar. Dull aching pain in both lumbar regions (kidneys), more in the right side; better when leaning against something (ninth day), 2 Dull pain in the right lumber region (ninth day). Stiffness and heavy feeling in the lower part of the back; pain in the abdomen; better after going to bed (first day); drawing pain in the back and lower part f the abdomen, worse than the first day; had to go to stool soon after at 10 P.M. (third day), 5. Pain in the small of the back, as if beaten, while walking or standing (third hour). Drawing, sometimes stitching pain in the small of the back, and lower down in the abdomen, could not sit erect; this pain went up with stitches through the chest, and settled as stingy pains under the left shoulder blade; pain increased by deep breathing, at 7 P.M. (fifteenth day), 11. Stitching pain in the small of the back. Backache, first low down, but passing off she feels it higher up, at 8 P.M., several times, which nausea (twelfth day). Drawing pain in the lower part of the back, in the evening (fourth day). In the left loin a shock like moving downwards, as from a dropping fluid. Broken feeling around the hips (twelfth day). Broken around the hips, feels very tired when standing; feels best when sitting (ninth day). Sacral. Backache in the sacral region (fifth day). Drawing pain in the left sacral region, in the evening, the first day of menstruation (soon after 10 drops of 4th, fifth day)5 Pain, as from weakness, in the sacral region after lying down, in the evening (cured by Nux-v.).


Very weak in all the joints; in the back as kind of lameness; had been walking much the day before (thirteenth day). Lassitude in all her limbs (tenth day). Heaviness in all her limbs and dizziness (third day). Dull, heavy sensation in all her limbs. Dull, heavy pain in the arms and legs, and in the left vertex, at 11 A.M. (third day). Cramps in the soles and palms. Drawing and stinging pain in all her limbs as before, after taking cold (seventh day).

Upper Limbs

Heaviness in the left arm; numbness, especially in the forearm, at 10 A.M. (thirty-second day). Dull aching pain in the right arm, going down to the wrist (third day). Jumping twitching in the muscles of the left arm, downwards, at 4 and 6 P.M. (fifteenth day). Drawing pain in the left arm (first day). Drawing in the left arm (fourth day); first in the right, then in the left arm (fifth day). After coming into a warm room at noon (in December) drawing pain in the left arm, continued all the afternoon and evening, especially in the left upper arm, and worse when coming into a warm room (tenth day). Shoulder. After working some, she felt violent drawing pain from the right axilla to the sternum, from the third to the sixth rib, in the intercostal muscles, at 9 A.M. (thirteenth day. Drawing pain in the left shoulder at 11 P.M. (second day). Fell on the ice on the twelfth day, and strained the left shoulder-joint; his arm fell, as if paralyzed, could not use it much, very difficult and painful to raise it, much more than was to be expected from the fall; had all through the provings a weakness and drawing pain in the left shoulder-joint, 2. Pain along the left deltoid, as from overworking; a sensation of lameness, worse from motion, at 8 P.M. (ninth day. Arm. Heavy feeling, a kind of lameness in the upper arm (fifteenth day). Twitching in the muscles of the right upper arm (fifth day). Twitching in the muscles of the back part of the right humerus, and in the right thigh; 5.30 P.M. (second day). Pulling-tearing pain along the triceps muscles of the right arm at 7 P.M. (ninth day). Drawing pain in right upper arm, in the evening (fifth day); from the inner side of the humerus, in its lower part, to the middle of the forearm, at 4 P.M. (tenth day). Elbow. Felt a loud crack in the left elbow on moving (tenth day). Forearm. Internal trembling of the muscles of the forearm, while holding something. Twitching in the muscles of the left forearm at 4 P.M.

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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