Allium sativum

Proving Symptoms of homeopathy medicine Allium Sativum, described by Richard Hughes in his book, A Cyclopedia of Drug Pathogenesis, published in 1895….


Allium sativum, L. Garlic. Nat. Ord., Liliacea.


1. Dr. – prepared a tincture by cutting garlic into small pieces, adding spirit and shaking well every day for 8 days of this he took morning and evening, on June 27th, 10 drops on sugar, and subsequently as much as 20 drops. Result was meagre. Stool, usually occurring in morning, appeared only after dinner, and accompanied by sudden urging; during evacuation heat in rectum; faeces at first normal, then somewhat watery and hot. During the day scarcely half ordinary urine passed. About midnight frightful anxious dreams, with pressive headache on vertex. Did not urinate during night, contrary to habit; in morning scarcely one third on ordinary quantity passed.

After proving, much troubled by smarting and burning of eyes with lachrymation and agglutination of lids (which were opened with difficulty), which regularly occurred if he allowed himself to read in bed for an hour, as he was accustomed to do. Previously to the proving he must use spectacles to read the paper, now he can read without spectacles. (Allg. hom Zeit., lxxxiii, 184.).

Richard Hughes
Dr. Richard Hughes (1836-1902) was born in London, England. He received the title of M.R.C.S. (Eng.), in 1857 and L.R.C.P. (Edin.) in 1860. The title of M.D. was conferred upon him by the American College a few years later.

Hughes was a great writer and a scholar. He actively cooperated with Dr. T.F. Allen to compile his 'Encyclopedia' and rendered immeasurable aid to Dr. Dudgeon in translating Hahnemann's 'Materia Medica Pura' into English. In 1889 he was appointed an Editor of the 'British Homoeopathic Journal' and continued in that capacity until his demise. In 1876, Dr. Hughes was appointed as the Permanent Secretary of the Organization of the International Congress of Homoeopathy Physicians in Philadelphia. He also presided over the International Congress in London.