Allium sativum

Allium sativum 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 sativum is used…

      Garlic. *N. O. Liliaceae. Tincture of fresh bulb.


Alopecia. Asthma, periodical. Bronchitis. Catarrhs. Colic. Constipation. Cough. Coxalgia. Dandruff. Diabetes. Diarrhoea. Dyspepsia. Fevers. Headache. Hip, rheumatism of. Hoarseness. Menorrhagia. Menses, disorders of. Ophthalmia. Rheumatism. Salivation. Scurvy. Skin, affections of. Sprains. Whitlow. Worms.


Teste places *Allium sat. in the *Bryonia group along with *Lycopodium, *Digit., *Nux-v., *Coloc., *Ignatia, all of which act with much power on carnivorous animals and hardly at all on herbivora.All are suited to persons who are disposed to excesses at table, have strong constitutions, dark complexions, firm flesh, though occasionally disposed to obesity. The *Allium sat. patient is rather a gourmand than a glutton. It suits persons who eat a great deal more than they drink. In the mental sphere there is anxiety and impatience. Fears he won’t recover, that he won’t able to bear any medicine, fear of being poisoned. Teste has cured with it, chronic dyspepsia in old, fleshy persons, whose bowels were deranged by the least irregularity of diet, chronic bronchial catarrh with profuse mucous expectoration, periodical asthma, a case of permanent dyspnoea, rheumatism of hip, swelling of breasts after weaning. He also greatly relieved with it cases of diabetes mellitus. The pains of *Allium sativum are mostly pressive from within outward (i.e., distensive, like those of *Bryonia), stinging, or stinging and burning, or stinging with paralytic weakness, or tearing and crampy. Sometimes they increase gradually to a high point and then decrease gradually (like *Sulph. and *Stann.). Garlic has been used as a condiment from ancient times, and also as a remedy against worms and fevers. Though closely related to *All-c. it is incompatible with it, and not very like it in action. It produces headache in connection with digestive troubles and also with menstruation. Heavy headache, can hardly open eyes, better onset of menses, worse after. Catarrhal ophthalmia returning every night on trying to read. Coryza, moist, dry, thin, fluent, with pressive pains above root of nose. Scurvy gums, sore mouth. *All-s. is one of the remedies for “hair” sensation: Sensation of hair on tongue, worse reading. (Many of the pains of *Cepa are *thread-like.). Copious sweetish saliva. The digestion in disordered by slightest irregularities in diet. Pressure in epigastrium and transverse colon better by pressure and sitting bent. The menses are profuse. During menses there is soreness of vulva and thighs, mammae swollen and painful to touch. There are some characteristic respiratory symptoms. Bronchial catarrh with gelatinous, difficult expectoration. Cough, giving rise to most fetid breath like *Capsicum. Cough when smoking. The hip is the seat of many rheumatic pains. Tearing in hip. Pain in psoas and iliac muscles worse least movement, though he can lift the limb with the hands. The skin is sensitive, dry, shrivelled. Herpetic itching, burning, red or whitish spots on swollen surface. Baldness, scurf, skin peels off hand. The skin over joints is tight.

It is suited to flesh people and those used to high living. Change of temperature worse. Open air worse chest complaints. Moist heat worse pains in limbs. Damp cold weather causes tearing and stinging in different parts of body. Reading worse eye and mouth symptoms. Aggravation from reading is noteworthy. It is found also under *Cina. The vertigo of *All-s. is brought on by looking long and steadily at anything: this is probably, in essence, the same modality as worse by reading. Many symptoms are worse in evening and night, also in the morning on waking. Sitting bent better, pressure worse pains in abdomen. Every step causes excruciating pain in intestines. Walking worse pains in limbs.


*Compare: All-c. (*which see). Ornithogalum umbellatum (stomach affections), Bryonia, Caps. (fetid breath with cough), Coloc. (colic, hip-pain), Ignatia, Kali-bi. (ropy expectoration, hair on tongue), Rhus and Hyoscyamus (fear of being poisoned), Lycopodium, Nux-v., Seneg. *Antidoted by: Lycopodium *Complementary: Arsenicum *Incompatible: Aloe., All-c., Scilla.


Drinking bad water. Gluttony.


Sadness. Weeping during sleep. Fears he will never get well, fears he cannot bear any medicine, fear of being poisoned. Sensitive. Impatient. Impulse to run away.


Vertigo on looking steadily at anything for a long time. Short- lasting vertigo, and only on rising from a chair. Heaviness in forehead, almost preventing him from opening his eyes. Dull pain in occiput in morning, while lying on the back. Headache: with mucus in the throat, before menses, ceasing when they occur and returning after, in dyspeptic subjects.

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