Arum triphyllum

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


Arum triphyllum.


1. Rev. G. E. GRAMM, aet. 42, took 3 drops of 3rd dil. Nov. 11th, 1865, at noon. At 1:30 p.m. pressing pain in right forehead, at 2 same pain in right eye, at 2:30 in right shoulder and between scapulae. At 4 repeated dose, and again at 9; at 10 low spirits and lassitude; sleep at n. restless, with heaviness of head. On 12th, at 7 a.m., urgent desire for stool, obliging him to get up; stool watery, dark brown; no appetite for midday meal; slight cutting pain in abdomen; watery brown diarrhoea, with eructation of food; burning at anus. On 14th, no stool; feels somewhat better.

Next day, and subsequently after taking single doses of higher dilutions (10-30), prover had catarrhal symptoms of throat and larynx; but as, after preaching, he always had hoarseness, roughness in throat, and fluent coryza, these parts cannot be regarded as healthy with him. (Hahn. Monthly, ii, 459.)

2. Mr. H-, aet. 46, perfectly healthy, took 5 drops of 3rd on tongue. Next d. had fluent coryza, with frequent sneezing, and there followed all the symptoms of an acute catarrh, with soreness and burning in mouth and throat, culminating in hoarseness and soreness of lungs. He was not well again for a fortnight. [So severe and prolonged an attack is unlike medicinal disease, and seems more probably the result of atmospheric causes. -EDS.] (Ibid.)

3. Mrs. M-, et. 40, predisposed to throat affections. On Sept. 24th, 1866, took same dose. 25th. -Much watery discharge from nose; constriction of throat; mouth very dry; cold running over body at n. 26th. -In m., while getting awake, cramp in right leg; dull pressing headache, better after dinner; still fluent coryza and frequent sneezing. 27th. -Cramps as yesterday, and coryza. 28th. -Head dull, full without pain; eyes cloudy. 28th. – Woke at 4 a.m. with constriction in throat; headache, better after breakfast; nose watery; soft stool, with tenesmus. 30th. – Feels better. (Ibid.) [This proving also is given with reserve. – EDS.]

4. Dr. JEANES reports “smarting of anterior dorsum of tongue, without tasting root, merely from odour,” and (without further information) the following symptoms:-dizziness and fulness of head, with absence of mind and forgetfulness; pain in region of atlas and axis, extending to right; pain in right hip, under trochanter, also in middle of left tibia, where there has been a discoloured spot on skin some years; smarting of eyes; pain in temples; stinging pricking in soles of feet, and tickling itching in centre of right sole; raw feeling at root of tongue and in palate; dimness of sight, as if veil were drawn before eyes, without pain or giddiness; spectacles do not assist vision; pain and soreness to touch of scalp on vertex; evening drowsiness. (Ibid.).

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.