Allium cepa

Allium cepa signs and symptoms of the homeopathy medicine from the Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by J.H. Clarke. Find out for which conditions and symptoms Allium cepa is used…

      Cepa. Common Red Onion. *N. O. Liliaceae. Tincture of the onion, or of whole fresh plant gathered from July to August.


Anus, fissure of. Ascites. Catarrh. *Cold. *Coryza. Cough. Diarrhoea. Facial paralysis. Feet, easily galled. Hay-fever. Hernia. Influenza. Laryngitis. Panaritium. Pneumonia. Trauma. Whitlow. Whooping-cough. Yellow fever.


*Allium cepa covers more symptoms of common cold than any other remedy, as the well-known effect of onions in producing tears would suggest. It will cure a large proportion of cases of cold in the head, but the conditions which most particularly indicate it are: Cough, or cold, or headache worse in warm room, better in open air, worse again on returning to warm room. It causes burning of eyelids, nose, mouth, throat, bladder, skin. Inflammation and increased secretion of mucous membranes: neuralgic pains like a *long thread, in face, head, neck, and elsewhere, worse evening, towards ear from deep within head. The toothache of *Cepa is better by cold air or cold washing. It is suited to traumatic neuritis. Hurts do not heal. The feet are easily galled by walking. It was recommended by Dioscorides as a remedy for this condition, and homoeopathy has confirmed his observation. Desire for raw onions is an indication for it. Thread-like pains are common in various parts and are characteristic of *Cepa. Thread-like pains in face. Left-side facial paralysis has been cured by *Cepa. The cough of *Cepa is caused by tickling in larynx, constant inclination to hack in order to relieve it. It has cured violent catarrhal laryngitis, hoarse cough with feeling as if it would split and tear the larynx, causing watering of eyes. Cough from inhaling cold air. *Cepa has yawning and drowsiness. A raw onion eaten just before going to bed is a popular remedy for sleeplessness. *Cepa is left-side medicine primarily. Symptoms go from left to right. Left eye, left facial paralysis, left inguinal ring. Rest worse, motion better. Worse Afternoon and evening, when lying down. Damp cold wind and weather causes colds and toothache. But cold water and open air better, warm room worse. Picking or sucking teeth better toothache. Eyes sensitive to touch.


*Compare: All-s., Aloe., Conv., Lil-t., Scilla (botanical.). *Antidoted by: Arnica, (toothache), Chamomilla (abdominal pains), Nux-v. (coryza recurring in August), Veratrum (colic, with despondency), Thuja (offensive breath and diarrhoea after eating onions). Roasted coffee will remove onion breath. Followed by Calcarea c. and Sil in polypus. *Incompatible: All-s, Aloe., Scilla. *Complementary: Phosphorus, Pulsatilla, Sarsaparilla, Thuja*Compare also: Aconite, Chlorum, Ip., Lachesis (left to right).


Effects of exposure to damp cold winds and weather.Colds of spring, hay-fever of August, epidemics of spasmodic cough in autumn. Wet feet. Eating spoiled fish. Injuries. Surgical operations (fine shooting pains after.).


Very melancholy. Fears pains will become unbearable.Often very anxious, with catarrh, dulness of intellect.


Dullness. Dull headache, with coryza, worse in the evening, better in the open air, but worse when returning to a warm room. Pains in temples, most in right, aggravated by winking, extending over forehead, worse on left side. Pain in occiput and down the neck.


Flow of (mild) tears.Excessive non-excoriating lachrymation, left eye worse, with redness of the eyeball, sensitive to light, worse evenings. Sensation as if eye were hanging by a string or torn. Itching, biting, burning in the eyes. Dullness of the eyes, with aversion to light, and coryza. Letters appear smaller. Near objects seem distant with yawning. Swelling around the eyes.

John Henry Clarke
John Henry Clarke MD (1853 – November 24, 1931 was a prominent English classical homeopath. Dr. Clarke was a busy practitioner. As a physician he not only had his own clinic in Piccadilly, London, but he also was a consultant at the London Homeopathic Hospital and researched into new remedies — nosodes. For many years, he was the editor of The Homeopathic World. He wrote many books, his best known were Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica and Repertory of Materia Medica