Aconitum homeopathy medicine – drug proving symptoms from Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica by TF Allen, published in 1874. It has contributions from R Hughes, C Hering, C Dunham, and A Lippe….

Common name: Monkshood.


A. napellus, L. (including also A. Stoerckianum, Reich., in part).

Natural order: Ranunculaceae.

Preparation: Tincture from the whole plant and root when beginning to flower.


Nightly raging delirium; he will not be kept in bed; in the morning excessive sweat.

He did all things hurriedly, and ran about the house.

Transient frenzy.

Hope is aroused, immediately after vomiting.

Crazy folly.

He commenced to be delirious, and played upon a leaf.

Maniacal delirium.



Exalted spirits.

Gayety, with inclination to sing and dance (1/2 h)..

More gay and excited than usual (1st h)..

He cannot remain long at one occupation.

Excessive disagreeable restlessness; without occasion for hurrying, he is in the greatest haste, every obstacle that delays his rapid pace is excessively annoying; he knocks against some people who do not get out of his way fast enough, and runs in breath less haste up the steps; this hurried disposition lasted two hours.

He raves, though awake; jumps out of bed and imagines he is driving sheep (4 h)..

Lucid (clairvoyant) vision.

(* Hahnemann’s note explains that he was conscious that his beloved, fifty miles away, was singing a certain piece. *) Lively memory.

Lively imagination.

Great activity of mind.

He sits buried in thought.

Rapid change of thought, great exertion is required to fix the train of thought.

Unsteadiness of ideas; on attempting to think of one thing, another forces it out of the mind, and this if supplanted by another, and so on, until he becomes quite confused.

Restlessness, uninterrupted, unpleasant; he must now sit, now stand, now walk, he does not know what is the matter.

Excessive restlessness, all movements and actions are performed with great haste and hurry.

Impatience, he throws himself anxiously about, and constantly changes his position, etc.

Hurried speech.

Speaks much and rapidly.

Alternate attacks of opposite moral symptoms.

Variable humor, at one time gay, at another dejected.

At times he seemed to weep, and at times he sang.

Now he doubts his recovery, now he is full of hope.


Now he was perfectly conscious, and then again he raved.

Quarrelsome, with constantly varying delirium, he chatters childish nonsense, and is extravagantly gay.

Morose, peevish.

Quarrelsome (6 h)..



Vexation about trifles.

Extremely inclined to be vexed (1/2 h)..

Great in-difference, irritable.

The slightest noise is unbearable (1/2 h)..

Over-sensitive to light and noise.

He takes every joke in bad part (3 h)..

Cannot bear pain, nor to be touched, nor uncovered.

Great Anxiety.

Anxiety only transiently relieved by drinking cold water.

Anxiety as though a great misfortune would happen to him.

Increased anxiety, followed by total apathy.

Anxiety which does not allow him to remain in one place, he must constantly walk about.

He is made restless by internal anxiety.

Anxiety and peevishness, with fine dartings in the side of the chest, then palpitation at the pit of the stomach, and pressive headache.

Inconsolable anxiety and piteous howlings, with complaints and reproaches about trifles (5 h)..

Dolorous anxious complaints, with pusillanimous fears, despair, loud wailing, and weeping, and bitter reproaches.

His anxiety and fright rose to great pitch.

Flickering before vision makes him anxious on the street, he thinks he constantly jostles the passers by.

Anxiety, he believes he will soon die.

Fear of approaching death (2-12 h)..

Excessive fear of death.

Feeling as if his last hour had come.

Thrice he became blind, and affirmed death to be at hand.


Extreme fearfulness (1/4 h)..

Dread of some accident happening.

He cannot banish anxious apprehensive thoughts, even in gay company.

Fear lest he might stagger and fall.

Great timidity after a severe fright, afraid to go out unattended after dark, is unable to control his feelings of apprehensive fear.

Fear of ghosts.


Depression of spirits.

Sadness, solicitude.

Dejected, as if she had no life in her (2 h)..

Dejected, disinclination for everything, depression even while walking.


Music is unbearable, it goes through every limb, and makes her quite sad (24 h)..

She began to cry violently, with convulsive twitching of the facial muscles.

Every now and then she uttered a peculiar plaintive cry.

Dislike to company.

Desire to be alone.

Disinclined for conversation.

Anthropophobia (3 h)..



Staid resolute, not lively humor (secondary, curative action, 8 H).

Disinclination for mental labor.

Disinclined to exert body or mind.

Disinclined to read (several).

Unable to think or perform even the slightest mental labor (several).


Unusual distraction of ideas.

Distraction of the attention while reading or writing, owing to frequent cessation of thoughts.

Thinking slow, all attention disturbed.

He cannot think nor reflect, knows nothing, and has no idea of anything in his head as usual, but feels that all the mental operations transpire in the region of the stomach; after two hours he has two attacks of vertigo, and then the usual thinking power returns again to the head.

Prepossession of the mind, the thoughts he has already conceived and half written down he is unable to register completely without an effort to recall them (3 d)..

Want of memory, what has just been done appears like a dream, which he can scarcely call to remembrance.

Weakness of memory (5-9 h)..

Memory very weak.

Loss of memory.

Loss of memory for dates.

Diminished intellectual powers.

Great confusedness both of thought and action (4 h).

Dulness and confusion of mind.

Prostration of mind.



Loss of consciousness transient.

Loss of consciousness during the convulsions.

He lies in a stupid condition, at evening, eyes closed, twitching of the facial muscles, mouth, compressed, without power of speech. Coma.


Confusion in the head as after intoxication, with pressure in the temples.

Confusion of the head evenings with pressure in the forehead (several).

Confused and muddled feeling in the head early in the morning after waking (several).

Confusion with heaviness and fullness of the head, aggravated by motion (several).

Confused head and pressive pain in the forehead, mornings on waking (19 h)..

Confusion of the head soon changed to a sense of heaviness, and pressive pain in the vertex and forehead (19 d)..

Muddled sensation in the head.

Easy stupefaction from tobacco smoke.

Vertigo, (and several). (many) vertigo to falling.

Confused vertigo all day.

Frequent attacks of vertigo, feeling as if about to fall over.

Vertigo as after slight intoxication, with distraction of mind.

Vertigo, the child totters and cannot stand.

Vertigo and stupefaction on entering a warm room, as if intoxicated.

Vertigo, especially on stooping; she staggers, especially to the right (36 h)..

Vertigo, everything seems to go around in a circle, she can scarcely get into bed (37 h)..

Vertigo as if intoxicated, all goes around, she staggers as if about to fall; with nausea, worse on rising from sitting, less while walking, not at all while sitting (1/2 h)..

Staggering as from concussion after a fall on the occiput.

Vertigo, sense of swaying hither and thither in the brain.

Vertigo while stooping.

Vertigo while standing.

Vertigo on rising up.

Vertigo with confusion in the head forenoons daily for 16 days after leaving off the drug.

Vertigo on motion and on rest.

Vertigo great after dinner.

Vertigo when walking or driving.

Vertigo much increased by shaking the head, whereby complete blackness comes before eyes.

Vertigo, and headache in forehead and occiput, both worse on stooping (20 min)..

Dizzy heaviness of the head, chiefly in the forehead on stooping, with nausea and sinking in the pit of stomach (2 h)..

Dizzy confusion of head, on right side of forehead, on walking in the open air.

Vertigo with commencing staggering, it seems to him as if he could not stand on his feet.

Vertigo with headache, especially in the occiput.

Vertigo with distending pain in the occiput.

Vertigo and headache, not affected by violent motion 1/4 h)..

Vertigo with obscuration of vision.

Whirling in the head so that she dare not move it, with a sensation as if the eyes would close. (Vertigo with difficult respiration, dry cough, and pain in the hips).

Vertigo with nose bleed.

Vertigo with nausea.

Vertigo with vomiting and exhaustion.

Staggering on attempting to walk.

Head thrown back.

Stupid feeling in the head, in the morning; stupidity increasing, cannot think, forget what I intended to do a moment ago.

Do not know in what street I am walking (third day).

Heat in the head (several).

Heat in the whole head followed by soreness, particularly of the forehead, lasting all the evening (11 h)..

Burning headache as if the brain were agitated by boiling water.

Head warm, it feels smaller to the hand.

Headache as if a hot iron were bound around the head.

Headache as if the skull were laced externally with a band and drawn tightly together.

Head seems bound around with a band.

Pain over the whole skull as if compressed from all sides equally; sometimes the pain is concentrated with the greatest severity in the orbits (typically recurring).

Weight in the head.

Pressive pain in whole head.

Heaviness in the head.

Head heavy and dizzy in the morning, as if he had drunk wine the evening previous.

Headache, etc. – violent headache with trembling.

Pressive headache with pressure in the eyes.

Pressive troublesome headache, first in the vertex, then drawing to the forehead, where it causes a sensation of heaviness and fullness, lasts several hours; aggravated by motion; forenoons.

Dull headache, as if bruised with a bruised feeling in all the limbs.

Pressive constrictive headache extending over the whole arch of the skull, especially over the left eye; ameliorated by lying on the cool hand.

Drawing in the whole head, especially in the temporal muscles.

Fullness in the head (several).

Fullness of the head with erratic pains in the right supraorbital, temporal, and frontal regions.

Headache as if the brain were pressing outward (1/2 h)..

During all the proving sudden and frequent congestion of the head with anxiety, followed by rigor over the back.

The brain seemed much congested, and the jugular vein was opened with great relief; she felt as if whirled suddenly from a close, hot, dark room into a spacious, light one.

Shooting, pulsating headache, as if from an internal ulcer, sometimes prevents speaking.

Headache as if a part of the brain were raised up here and there, increased by slight motion, drinking and speaking (1/2 h)..

Heaviness of the head, waving, and shaking in the brain.

A fine pulsating here and there in the head.

Humming in the head.

Numbed feeling in the head, as if there were a board before the forehead (1/4 h)..

Sensation as if something were drawn out of the head, causing the upper lids to be drawn upwards (1/2 h)..

Head felt as if forcibly turned around.

Sensation of crepitation (as produced by bending gold tinsel backward and forward) in the temples, nose, and forehead.

Fullness and heavy feeling in the forehead, as if an out pressing weight lay there, and as if everything would come out at the forehead (1/4 h)..

Fullness of the forehead on stooping, as if everything would fall out (25 h)..

Out pressing pain in the forehead.

Wedge-like pressing asunder headache in the region of the right brow, worse in the room than in the open air.

Forepart of the head feels as if nailed up in a warm room.

Tension all over the forehead.

Contractive pain in forehead.

Feeling of contraction of the brain under the forehead (20 h)..

A squeezing in the forehead, over the root of the nose, with a feeling as if she would lose her reason (was sick in her head), aggravated by walking in the open air (4 h)..

A pinching and squeezing in forehead, as if in the bones; she feels sick, as if madness would ensue (12-24 h)..

Squeezing tensive pain close behind the orbits.

Very sensitive acute pressive pain over the forehead.

Pressive pain in forehead, especially over the right superciliary ridge, with dread of jarring by riding.

Pressive stupefying pain in forehead, worse evenings.

Slight pressive headache in right frontal protuberance, extending toward the orbital border, with flushes of heat chiefly in the face and ears.

Pressive headache, especially over right brow.

Pressive shooting, nauseating headache over orbits, extends down toward upper maxilla, like that produced by vomiting from an emetic (2 h)..

Peculiar drawing pressive sensation in forehead (nerve trigeminal). grows more intense, and becomes continuous and violent.

Most furious headache; vision obscured; the pain was chiefly in the upper part of the forehead, pressing and contractive; head not hot; face swollen and pale; light or noise increased the pain, lying quiet in a dark room removed it (from 2D dil)..

Violent headache limited to a small spot above left supraorbital ridge.

Frontal headache all day, worse at evening, afterwards more particularly confined to the left frontal eminence (2d d.).

Frontal headache, sometimes shooting, sometimes pulsating, sometimes pressive while walking, relieved by sitting.

Violent headache, especially in right half of forehead.

Heaviness in the forehead and parietal bones.

Headache, pulsation in the left side of forehead along with attacks of strong blows in right side of forehead (3 h)..

Stitches in forehead extend to right temple, and then in left side of the occiput.

Jerking, shooting in the head, especially in the forehead.

Violent sticking pain in upper orbital border, extending upward across the forehead, and across the temples and cheeks into the molar teeth; worse on pressure and toward evening, the supraorbital region becomes swollen in consequence.

Headache in the temples.

Pressing out pain in temples, fullness in forehead, with pricking and biting of lids evenings.

Stupefying, drawing, pressing inward pain in left temple.

Pressive pains in temporal region, followed by jerkings in the occiput, and afterwards confusion of head and contractive pain.

Headache, as if the head were compressed with screws at both temples.

Shooting, throbbing pain in temples.

Neuralgic pains in right temporal region.

Tearing pain in left temple.

Jerking, shooting pain in left temple; stitches through temples into the head.

Tearing pain in left temple with roaring in the ears.

After sleeping, awake at 4 A.M., with unpleasant sensations, which urged him to rise, when he experienced dizziness and very heavy headache, apparently about temporal muscles above each ear, with transient nausea and gush of cold sweat.

Pressure on the vertex, as if a cap were pressed tightly on the head.

Headache in the vertex, as if head were compressed equally on all sides by a pitch cap, removed by motion in the open air.

Dull pain in vertex, extending toward the temporal region, increased by stooping.

Pressure and sensitive stitches in the vertex.

Pain in vertex like a great weight.

Feeling as though the head were compressed, starting from the vertex (several).

Pressure and heaviness in the vertex.

Troublesome pressure in vertex forenoon (19 a)..

Troublesome pressive headache, first in vertex, then extending to the forehead, where it produces a sensation of fullness and heaviness, aggravated by motion (19 a)..

Pressive pain in vertex nightly.

Continual pressure on vertex.

Pressive pain in vertex evenings.

Pain in top of head, relieved by washing in cold water.

Sensation as if a ball rose from umbilical region, and spread a cool air over the vertex and occiput.

Violent, pressive, gradually increasing headache in both sides in the parietal region, somewhat relieved by cold water.

In the evening, headache increasing to a violent pressure in both parietal region that kept awake all night.

Semilateral drawing in the head.

Pain in left side of head.

Pain as if head were compressed in left side of head.

Creeping in left side of head, as from a brush.

Pain in right side of head.

Jerking, shooting, drawing, tearing pain in right side of head superiorly.

Pain in occiput.

Pain in occiput and throat.

Pressure in occiput.

Posterior part of brain feels very much injected.

Jerking, tearing pain in occiput.

Painful jerks in occiput.

Pressive shooting pain, at one time in occiput, at another in forehead.

A shooting in occipital bone.

As if one had taken cold after a profuse sweat, headache, roaring in ears, coryza, bellyache, especially in the morning.

Headache increased by speaking.

Headache on bending forward.

Head drawn backward.

Scalp Itching and formication of scalp.

Formication relieved by heat.

Formication, especially in temporal region.

Stitches in right temporal muscle.

Stitches under the scalp.

Several spots sensitive to touch and cold air.

Painful tickling, especially on top of head, on touching the hair.

Scalp feels swollen and numb.

Sensation in places, as if the hairs stood on end, with increased sensitiveness of them,.

Sensation as if the hairs stood on end.

The hair seemed to bristle, and the scalp was painful to touch in several places, and sensitive to cold air.

The roots of the hairs are felt.

Sensation as if some one drew him upward by the hair.

An increase of temperature on the vertex externally; it felt hot to the touch, and the hair bristled up there.

Throbbing of temporal arteries.

Cold perspiration over the head.

The forehead covered with cold sweat.


Staring eyes.

Glassy eyes.



Protruding and swollen.

Protruding and fixed.


(Distorted, with gnashing the teeth about midnight).


The look becomes wandering.

The eyes turn upward, so that only the whites are seen.

Eyes very movable.

Sparkling (19 d)..

Dimness of eyes.

Eyes becomes yellowish.

Eyes dull, encircled by blue rings.

Eyes seem tightly constricted.

Inflammation with lachrymation, which causes so much pain and fright that he wishes for death.

(Cold feeling in eyes in open air).

Burning in eyes, twitching, and vision of sparks.

Burning and itching of the eyes and lids, makes him rub them; the eyes are very sensitive to the air, but not to the light.

Inflammation extremely painful (chemosis).

Burning, and pressure in left eye and over the brow.

Burning, first in one then in other.

Sensation as if eyes were much swollen (5 h)..

Pressure in eyes, most felt on looking down or around, with heat in them.

Sensitiveness of eyes.

Sticking and tearing pains around the eyes, especially worse nights.

Lachrymation, more particularly in the evening and at night; the edges of lids are sore, red, and inflamed (1 d).

Lachrymation with cough.

Pricking and biting in lids like beginning coryza, evenings.

Dryness of upper lid, almost, causing a pressure in eyes (4 h).

Hard, red swelling of right upper lid, with feeling of tension, especially in the morning.

Slight irritation of the edges of the lids, which were almost raw from the violence of the lachrymation.

Marked pain at right internal canthus, dull and deep seated.

Several times repeated sensations as if left upper lid was long, heavy, and hung down as if paralyzed (though it looked natural).

Heaviness of lids, they seem too heavy on raising them.

Rough feeling, as of sand in left internal canthus (13 h., lasted two minutes).

Lids swollen hard, with tensive sensation; they are red and hot.

Lids convulsively closed as from irresistible sleepiness.

Conjunctiva, especially toward internal canthus, highly injected.

The balls feel enlarges, as if coming out of the orbit, and stretching the lids.

Pain in the interior of the eye, as if it would be pressed out when the lids are opened; the pain extends to the supraorbital region and interior of the brain (21 h)..

Sensitiveness of upper part of ball on moving it, as if it were pressed out of the orbit; relieved by stooping; changed to a dull pain on bending the head back.

Pressure on upper lid, and sensation as if the whole ball would be pressed into the orbit, which makes the eye pain as if crushed.

Severe pressure, sometimes stinging or burning in the front part of the ball.

Sense of pressure in the balls.

Fine sticking pains in the balls during the course of a half hour, momentary.

Pupils dilated (immediately).

Pupils dilated; right nearly oval, left irregularly polygonal.

Pupils contracted.


Cannot look at strongly lighted objects without blinking.

Sight weak (long lasting).

Eyes dazzled on coming to consciousness.

Sharp vision.

Photomania, desire for bright light (3 h)..

Warmth and undulation in eyes with involuntary half closing the lids, and a feeling as if it were too dark to read in a well- lighted room (12 d)..

As though she were removed from a narrow dark room to a light one; after bleeding.

Dimness of vision (several).

Vision as through a veil.

Dim vision with wide-open eyes.

Cloudiness came before vision.

Loss of vision.

Cloudiness of vision with sense of giddiness.

On going out in the evening from a half dark room into the street; flickering before eyes, the lamp-light quivered; he could with difficulty see the passers; he seemed to see worse at a short than at a long distance; he became anxious and dizzy on account of it.

Flickering before eyes.

Black spots floating before the sight.

An intensely white and bright spot, about the size of a small plate, appeared before the eyes both when shut and opened; it was impossible to determine before which eye it was, though it seemed more nearly in axis of right eye; it had the refulgence of highly furnished silver, this gradually changed to a straw or light golden color, then the whole field of vision became of a delicate lilac hue, which disappeared to give place to the same spot, which was now of a beautiful and bright azure; the whole lasted one half hour.


Burning, itching, and darting in both ears while yawning, worse in the evening and in open air, better after eating.

TF Allen
Dr. Timothy Field Allen, M.D. ( 1837 - 1902)

Born in 1837in Westminster, Vermont. . He was an orthodox doctor who converted to homeopathy
Dr. Allen compiled the Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica over the course of 10 years.
In 1881 Allen published A Critical Revision of the Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica.