Subsultus tendinum, especially evenings, before going to sleep.

Twitchings or jerkings in muscles on sitting or lying, not in standing, especially on changing position; almost always in lower extremities.

Persistent muscular tremor; first developed in the extremities.

Muscular inquietude; inability to keep the limbs or the body still without a special effort of attention.

The twitches and spasms often appear periodically, and associated with hallucinations.

Drawings in muscles, like electric shocks.

When at rest, carphologia.

Trembling and paralysis as usual consequences of apoplexy.

General paralysis after delirium tremens.

Marked sensory paralysis (chronic).

(Muscular power increased).

Muscles flabby, pale.

Power of directing and coordinating the muscles lessened.

The muscular system was influenced in a marked and definite manner.

The thin layers of voluntary muscles found about the body showed great relaxation.

Muscular tone and power greatly lessened; this effect not being identical upon voluntary and involuntary muscles, and not often identical upon the inspiratory and expiratory sets of muscles.

The body loses its mobility, and becomes more and more destitute of muscular power.

Emaciation, want of strength, with continued want of appetite.

Prostration of the whole body.

Premature old age; face becomes pale and wrinkled, features relaxed, eyes dim, lips pale; the hands and the rest of the limbs tremble; gait unsteady.

Indolence of body and mind.

Frequent swoons.


Sensation benumbed; anaesthesia; first in tips;of fingers or toes; often spreads to the back of feet or shin, or back of hands.

This numbness is usually superficial; sensitive to deep pressure; sometimes sensitiveness of whole body blunted.

Pain and neuralgic tearings.

Painful tearing cuttings.

Tearing, cutting sensations extend from the sensitive parts, up and down; cause one to cry out; are very exhausting.

Very marked, peculiar, continuous buzzing or thrilling and not unpleasant sensation, passing from above downwards, and through the whole system (most prominent in from fifteen to forty minutes, and continued without much variation during twenty to thirty minutes).

Atheromatous deposits in arteries.


(Edema of the legs; later, general anasarca).

Inclination to obesity.

Spontaneous combustion.

All drunkards (exclusively, according to Trotter), especially old women, exhale so much spirituous vapor from their bodies that it takes fire when brought in contact with a lighted candle, and causes the burning of the body.


Skin smutty or yellowish-gray.


Icteric conditions.

Skin soft and flabby.

Skin becomes dry and hard.

Skin soft and pliant, inclined to sweat.

Sense of dryness, heat, and evident fullness of swelling of the exposed parts of the skin, as the hands and face, with general sensation of heat.

This increase for a time, and so much so that, with rum especially, the skin was as harsh and dry as if exposed to an easterly wind.

Tormenting eruption, exceedingly itching (psora ebriosum), spreading over the body the more it is scratched, and presenting rough, scaly patches.

Skin became raw and dry, and lastly covered with an indefinite chronic exanthema.

Eczema and prurigo.

Acne rosacea.

Large, indolent, blue-looking boils or carbuncles.

Skin does not heal readily.

The least injury to the skin, the prick of a lancet, an inflamed spot, especially eruptions and burnt places, suppurate with inconceivable rapidity, and degenerate into ulcers, which not only affect the soft parts, but the bones as well, and smell offensively.

Varicose ulcers.

Some sensitiveness of the skin, especially in shin-bones, extending up to the loins.

A disagreeable burning, biting prickling of the skin, after sleeping of intoxication.

Formication, beginning especially in feet and legs, extending to loins or hands and arms, seldom to the nates, worse mornings and evenings, especially when one gets into bed, so that sometimes one cannot go to sleep and must get up.

Must constantly move the affected parts, and, when most severe, causes mental disturbance.

The exhalations of skin, as well as the breath, smell strong of alcoholic liquors.


Sensation of cold, with paleness of the body.

Sensitiveness to the fresh air; shudder and frost.

An agreeable warmth spreads over the body.

General sensation of heat, with increased action of the heart and dryness of the skin.

After about twenty to forty minutes this sensation of heat gave place to one of cold, which was felt first on the most sensitive part of the body in reference to temperature, viz., between the shoulders; and at length, notwithstanding the existence of a suitable degree of atmospheric temperature, it became distressing, and led often to shivering.

This was sometimes so marked, and occurred so suddenly, that it gave rise to a shock.

It did not correspond to the temperature of the skin, but was usually coexistent with the cessation of the increase of the heart’s action.

Fever (often through the entire course of the disease delirium tremens none).

Evening exacerbations.

Great inclination to sweat.

Sweat easy at first.

Sweat profuse, cool, sticky, sour-smelling, sometimes warm.

Sleep and Dreams.

Deep sleep.

Irresistible sleep.

Deep sleep, frequently accompanied by rattling breath.

A really death-like sleep overcame him.

Comatose sleep, which becomes fatal, in consequence of excessive doses.

Sleep seemed at first with snoring, as if apoplectic; later, not to be roused.

Lethargic phenomena; snoring respiration, intermittent pulsation of the heart, followed by death (from very large doses).

Restless sleep.

Starts from his sleep with every indication of the greatest anxiety and restlessness.

An invincible disposition to turn restlessly from side to side in bed entirely prevents sleep (chronic).

What sleep he has had has been of an unrefreshing kind, and a complete condition of nervous prostration naturally results, from which he can only be rallied by food or drink (chronic).

Fully developed insomnia; the patient tosses from side to side during nearly the whole night, getting only broken snatches of sleep, and these almost always attended with disturbing, and often with frightful dreams (chronic).

Sleep restless, interrupted by dreams, which the patient in the beginning still recognizes as such, but later takes them for real when he awakes; finally, entire sleeplessness, during which he often insists on having slept.

Terrible dreams.

His dreams are so vivid that he cannot be persuaded on awaking that they are not realities.

He awakes from his sleep prostrate, depressed, and weakened, without consciousness of what has happened.

After sleeping off his intoxication, he is sad, disinclined, indisposed to any occupation, wastes his time in joyless inactivity, yawns continually, and impatiently awaits the hour for the next orgy.

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.