Homeopathic remedy Sambucus Nigra drug symptoms and indications from Condensed Materia Medica by Constantine Hering, published in 1877….

      Black Elder. HAHNEMANN. Caprifoliaccae.


      Sees images when shutting eyes.

Delirium without fever.

Anxiety : with vomiting; with sweat.

Very easily frightened; trembling anxiety and restlessness.

Fright followed by suffocative attacks, with bluish, bloated face.

Inner Head

      Dizziness, with tension in head when moving it, sensation as if it were filled with water.

Sudden jerks through head.

Pressive pain on temporal bones.

Outer Head

      The head is bent backward.

Erysipelas over whole left side of head, ear much swollen, confined to bed and could not move.

Scurfs on head, with intolerable itching.

Skull feels as if stretched.


      Child could not open eyes, could not bear light, awaking from sleep, with screaming.

Eyes half open in sleep.


      Great swelling, heat, redness and lump just under right ear, in neck, accompanied by a very sharp pain.


      Breathing through nose impeded, with dry coryza, especially in infants.

Sniffles of children.

Nose seems perfectly dry and completely obstructed.


      Pale, bluish, or red; pale, collapsed, covered with cold sweat; appears much older and yellow; bloated, dark blue; red spotted.

Burning heat and redness of face.

Burning heat of face, with icy-cold feet.

On awaking, face breaks out in a profuse sweat, which gradually extends over body.

Tension and numbness, as from swelling of cheeks.


      Tearing and stinging in teeth, with sensation of swelling in cheek.


      Dryness of throat and mouth, with thirstlessness.

Desires Aversions

      Thirst, but drink is not palatable.

Eating and Drinking

      Worse after eating fruit.

Nausea and Vomiting

      Everything makes him feel sick.

Vomiting, first of food, later of bile.


      Colic pain, with discharge of much flatulence, from taking cold.

Painful pressure in abdomen, with nausea, when leaning against a hard edge.

Great soreness in abdomen.

Stool etc.

      Stools : frequent, watery; thin, slimy, with much wind, followed by urging; pressure in stomach and navel; abdomen large.


      Frequent urging to urinate, with profuse discharge of urine.

Female Sexual Organs

      Menses too profuse, also menorrhagia.


      Mammae red and swollen.

Debilitating sweat after child birth.


      Voice : hollow; hoarse with much tough mucus in the larynx.

Patient woke at night, with agonizing fits, spasms of epiglottis, with agony and fear of suffocation; springing up in bed and struggling for breath.


      Anxious, loud; quick, wheezing, crowing.

Oppression of chest, with pressure in stomach, and nausea. Nightly suffocative attacks, with great restlessness; shedding of tears and throwing about of arms.

Suffocating attacks after midnight.

Child suddenly awakens, nearly suffocated, sits up in bed, turns blue, gasps for breath, which it finally gets; spell passes off; it lies down again, aroused sooner or later in same manner.


      Hollow, dry, at night; deep and dry before chill; with regular inhalations but sighing exhalations; suffocative, hollow, deep, whooping, caused by spasm of chest, expectoration of small quantities of tough mucus, only during day; suffocative with crying children; worse about midnight; during rest; lying in bed or with head low; from dry, cold air.

Sputa: very yellow as if colored by bile; taste saltish.

Heart Pulse

      Orgasm in whole body.

Occasional omission of heart-beat.

Pulse generally very frequent and small; sometimes slow and full, sometimes intermitting.

Outer Chest

      Pressure under sternum with a counter pressure from spine toward sternum Compression of chest violent, trembling from pain.

Neck Back

      Sweat on throat and neck, with children.

Upper Limbs

      Paralytic heaviness in elbow-joint.

Trembling of hands when writing.

Stitches in wrist.

Dark blue bloatedness of forearms and hands.

Muscles between little finger and next very sore.

Lower Limbs

      Sharp, deep stitches in tibia.

OEdematous swelling of feet, extending to legs.

Icy-cold feet; with warmth of body; with hot face.

Limbs in General

      Hands and feet bloated and blue.

Position etc.

      Motion : Springing up : Sitting up : Bending back : Throws arms about : Sheds tears : Rest : Lying : with head low : Leaning : Cannot move : Shutting eyes : Could not open eyes : Eyes half open : Nose completely dry and obstructed : Eyes and mouth half open



      Great weakness.

General trembling, with anxiety and ebullitions of blood.


      Sleepiness, without sleep.

Frequent awakening, as in a fright, with anxiety, trembling, dyspnoea, as if he would suffocate.

Slumber, with eyes and mouth half open.

During sleep, dry heat; after awaking, profuse sweat.


      Morning : Night : About or after midnight : Day : Day and night :.

Temperature and Weather

      Dry, cold air: Uncovering :.

Chill Fever Sweat

      Chill running over whole body, with crawling sensation here and there.

Dry heat on falling asleep, after lying down.

Dry heat, without thirst, shuns uncovering.

Hot body, with cold hands and feet during sleep; on awaking the face breaks out into a profuse sweat, which extends over the body, and continues more or less during the waking hours; on going to sleep again, the dry heat returns.

Hectic flush.

Profuse night-sweat.

Profuse weakening sweat, day and night, lasts through the apyrexia :.


      Right : Left : Below up :.


      Feeling of great soreness, as if beaten all over; headache.


      OEdema, anasarca.

Contact Injuries etc.

      After contusions, tension in dark red swelling.

Pressure : Scratching :.


      Bloated, dark red swelling.

Stages and States

      Scrofulous children.

Formerly fat or robust people become emaciated.

After violent emotions, grief, anxiety, or excess in sexual indulgence.


      Ailments from abuse of Arsen.

Sambuc. follows well after Opium, in consequences of fright.

Antidotes to Sambuc, : Arsen., Camphor.

C. Hering
Hering got the degree of M. D. from the University of Wuezburg with highest honours. The theme of his thesis was "De'Medicina Futura" (The medicine of future). Hering left Germany for West Indies and finally arrived at Philadelphia in Jan, 1833. He established a homeopathic school at Allentown, Pennsylvania, commonly known as "Allentown Academy". Soon he became very popular as a physician. He is known as the 'Father of Homeopathy' in America.