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

      Ergot. A nosode from the rye, called a parasite. No Proving. A collection of the monographs of epidemics, supposed to have been caused in Germany and France, principally by the ergot and other mixtures which spoil the bread, was made in 125, by C. Hering, and left the next year, on his departure for Surinam, with Trinks, who had it completed by some of his assistants, and published. Later addition are mostly cases of poisoning.


      Stupid, half sleep state.

Impaired power of thinking.

Delirium : quiet; wandering.

Mania; with inclination to bite; with inclination to drown oneself; room is a troubled sea into which she desires to plunge. She think two are sick. One recovers, the other dies.

Uncomfortableness and depression.

Fear of Death.

      Anxiety, sadness, melancholy.

Great anguish; wild with anxiety.

Apathy, indifference.


      Feeling of lightness of head, most in occiput.

Giddiness; unsteady gait.

Heaviness of head and tingling in legs.

Unconsciousness, with heavy sleep, preceded by tingling in head and limbs.

Inner Head

      Pulsations in head, with giddiness, so that she cannot walk.

Pain and confusion, most in occiput.

Congestion in the head and chest.

Outer Head

      Hair falls out.

Twisting of head to and fro.



Obscuration of sight.

Double or triple vision.

Blue and fiery dots flying before the eyes.

Pain in eyes, with feeling as if they were spasmodically rotated.

Stitching pain in eyes.

Cataracta senilis.

Pupils generally dilated.

Suppressed secretion of tears.

Injection of the conjunctiva.

Eye sunken, surrounded by a blue margin.

Paralysis of upper eyelids, from coal gas.

Immovable state of eyelids after facial erysipelas.

Eyes looked fixed, wild, glazed.


      Undue sensitiveness of hearing, so that even the slightest sound re-echoed in her head and made her shudder.

Confused hearing.

Singing in ears and difficult hearing.

Humming and roaring in ears, with occasional deafness.

Hard hearing, after cholera.



Nosebleed : blood dark, runs continuously, with great prostration, small, thread-like pulse, in old people, or drunkards; of young women.

Nose stopped up, yet watery discharge running from it.


      Pale; pinched, pale, earthy looking; dark red and swollen; contracted and discolored, with sunken eyes, blue rings around eyes.

Wan, fearful countenance.

Tingling in face.

Muscular twitchings, usually commence in face and then spread all over body, sometimes increasing to dancing and jumping.

Spasmodic distortion of the mouth and lips.

Forehead hot.

Lower Face


Lips deathly pale.


      Looseness of the teeth.

Grinding of the teeth.

Bleeding from the gums.

Tongue etc.

      Tongue thickly coated with yellowish-white; dry, tenacious substance; discolored, brown or blackish, deathly pale.

Slight, but unpleasant warmth on tongue, during day.

Spasm of tongue, projecting it from mouth, forcing it between teeth and rendering speech indistinct.

Feeble, stuttering, indistinct speech, as if the tongue was paralyzed.


      Bloody or yellowish-green foam at the mouth.

Increased secretion of saliva.

Much acid fluid in mouth.

Spitting of blood.


      Dryness of soft palate, throat, and oesophagus, with thirst.

Burning in throat, with violent thirst.

Painful tingling in throat and on tongue.

Desires, Aversions

      Hunger, as from long fasting.

Disgust for food, especially for meat and fatty things.

Thirst, during all stages of fever.

Unquenchable thirst. Desire for : sour things; lemonade.

Nausea and Vomiting

      Eructations : with disagreeable taste; sour; tasteless, but with subjective, disagreeable empyreumatic odor.

Nausea; inclination to vomit; painful retchings.

Vomiting of food; of a yellowish-green, frothy mass; first of contents of the stomach, then only mucus, of mucus mixed with lumbrici; of decomposed matter.

Vomiting of large quantities of dark brown slime, bile and shreds; typhoid.

Haematemesis, patient lies still; great weakness; but no pain; abdomen soft.


      Anxiety and pressure in pit of stomach, with great sensitiveness to touch.

Severe anxiety and burning at pit of stomach.

Pain in pit of stomach.

Violent pressure in stomach, as from a heavy weight.

Warmth and feeling of repletion.

Burning in stomach.

Painful constriction of epigastrium.


      Enlargement of liver.

Acute pain in hepatic region.

Inflammation and gangrene of liver.

Burning in the spleen.


      Distention of the belly.

Flatulence, with rumbling.

Painful sensitiveness and rumbling, with continued nausea and confusion of head.

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.