CAPSICUM ANNUM signs and symptoms from the Characteristic Materia Medica by William Burt of the homeopathic medicine CAPSICUM ANNUM…


This remedy belongs to the cerebro-spinal group, having its special centre of action upon the posterior column of the spinal cord. Through this it especially acts upon the mucous membrane of the intestinal canal.

Also acts upon the genito-urinary organs.


Burning and smarting, as though Cayenne pepper were sprinkled upon the parts.

Its extraordinary power to control the capillary circulation, to bring excess of blood, and then to scatter more than it has brought, enables it to remove congestions, to reduce swellings, as promptly and as effectually as Belladonna.-MARCY and HUNT.

Head.-Homesickness with flushed cheeks.-HAHNEMANN.

Taciturn and obstinate-G.

Increased acuteness of the senses.

Inflammation of the petrous bone, very tender to the touch.’.

Influenza with violent sneezing, and sore throat.

Fever where chilliness predominates.

Digestive Organs.-Excessive burning and soreness in the mouth and throat, with much congestion of the mucous membrane.

Throat smarts as if from Cayenne pepper, with sensation of constriction on swallowing.

It has long been regarded as an efficient remedy in cynanche maligna and scarlatina anginosa.-MARCY and HUNT. It promotes the separation of sloughs, and improves the constitutional symptoms.-MARCY and HUNT.

Equally efficacious in removing false membrane from the tonsils, in torpid forms of diphtheria.-F. One of the best gargles that can be used in diphtheria.

Sensation of coldness in the stomach.

Very painful sensation in the throat when coughing, with stitches in the neck of the bladder.

Diarrhoea with severe burning in the lower part of the rectum, continued after stool.

Diarrhoea; passes much mucus, with great burning in the anus. Much flatulent distension of the abdomen.

Genito Urinary Organs.-Intense burning along the urethral canal. Frequent, but unsuccessful desire to urinate.

Coldness of the scrotum, with impotence; atrophy of the testes, and shriveled spermatic cord.-HEMPEL.

Intermittent fever, in flabby, mucous constitutions; chill predominant; thirst in the chill, or during the chill and heat; much pain in the back and limbs; slimy, burning stools.-MARCY and HUNT.

Intermittents, chill predominates in the back, and there is an inordinate desire for cold water. The great chilliness shows us how powerfully it affects the posterior column of the spinal cord.

William Burt
William H. Burt, MD
Characteristic materia medica Published 1873
Physiological materia medica, containing all that is known of the physiological action of our remedies; together with their characteristic indications and pharmacology. Published 1881