Allium cepa

Allium cepa symptoms. Dr. Phatak describes the clinically confirmed symptoms of the homeopathic remedy Allium Cepa in his Concise Materia Medica….

Editor’s note: Allium cepa is prepared from the juice of red onion. It belongs to the family Amaryllidaceae and genus Allium.

It is commonly used homeopathic medicine for coryza, cold, hay fever and laryngeal cough. Allium cepa is also sometimes used for neuralgic pains. This homeopathy remedy is safe to take by age groups and has no reported side effects in homeopathic doses.


      Red Onion.


      Allium cepa affects the mucous membranes of NOSE, EYES, larynx and bowels, causing increased secretion. Burning and stitches; in the eyes, nose, mouth, throat, bladder, skin are marked.

Nasal secretion is acrid; secretion from eye is bland.

Neuralgic pains are shooting, as fine as a thread, following injuries to the nerves or amputation or other surgical operations. Traumatic chronic neuritis.

Symptoms go from left to right. Singer’s coryza. Neuroma. Senile gangrene. Sensation of glowing heat in different parts of the body.


      Allium cepa is worse in WARM ROOM. Wet feet Singing. Damp weather. Spring. Evening. Eating spoiled fish; cucumber; salads.


      Cool open air. Bathing. Motion.


      Fear that pain will become unbearable. Melancholy.


      Aching in forehead, extending to eyes and face better free coryza or menses; returns when flow ceases. Electric shock passes through head. Skull bones numb.


      Much burning, smarting; profuse bland lachrymation worse coughing, wants to rub them. Near objects seem distant, while yawning.


      Aching extending to throat.


      Allium cepa has FREQUENT, VIOLENT SNEEZING; CORYZA; with ACRID FLUENT discharge, with burning and smarting in the nose.

Nose drips. Sensitive to odours; of flowers and the skin of peaches. Acrid discharge, when singing.


      Paralysis; left side, also of limbs of the same side.


      Rawness of the throat. Pain extending to the ear. Dripping from uvula. As of a lump in throat or one has swallowed a large lump.

Allium cepa Stomach

      Craving for raw onions, which agree. Pain in the region of pylorus. Prickling perspiration on bald vertex worse after each meal. Voracious appetite with thirst. Nausea. Eructations.


      Rumbling offensive flatus. Flatulent colic, worse sitting, motion. Glowing heat in rectum.


      Copious urine; with coryza. Strangury after wet feet. Dribbling of urine in old people.


      Pain in bladder and prostate gland after coition.


      Phlegmasia alba dolens; after instrumental delivery.

Allium cepa Respiratory organs

      Hoarseness, incessant, hacking tickling cough, worse inspiring cold air; with a sensation as if larynx is split and torn; must grasp it; Cough is so troublesome that he wants to hold it back.

Larynx is painful when talking. Bronchitis in old people.


      Joints feel lame; Ulcers or skin is rubbed off by the shoes especially on the heels. Limbs, especially arms feel sore and tired. Sore feet from long walking.


      Yawning; in deep sleep, or with headache and drowsiness, and cramp in stomach.


      Red streaks running up; felon; of lying-in women.


      Euphrasia; Gelsemium; Kali-iod.

Allium cepa is Complementary to

      Phosphorus; Pulsatilla; Theridion

S.R. Phatak
A pioneer of Homoeopathy in Maharashtra, Dr Shankar Raghunath Phatak was born on 6th September, 1896. He did his MBBS from Grant Medical College, in 1924. Started his practice but somehow not satisfied with Allopathic Treatment.

He was convinced about Homoeopathy while going through Sir William Osler's writings on 'History of Medicine' so switched over to an entirely Homoeopathic Practice in 1932. He also started working on Homoeopathic literature along with his Practice.

He has contributed immensely to homoeopathic literature. He was an ardent follower of Dr Boger. His Repertory is based on Boger's ''A Synoptic key to Materia Medica'.