Common names: Onion; (Germ). Zwiebelt; (Fr). Oignon.
Allium cepa, Willd.Natural order: Liliaceae.
Preparation: Tincture from the red onion.
To Mandragora we may join the excessive use of garlic, onions, and leeks, because all physicians consider them very injurious, as occasioning deeply corrupted, malignant humidity, which inflame the blood, injure the eyes, the head, the brain, and stomach, predisposing to lethargy, sopor, somnolence, vertigo, epilepsy, and indeed insanity.Onions go to the head with their acridity, and injure the brain, and if one eats too much of them they can indeed cause insanity and madness.
If many are eaten raw, they make a person foolish by reason of their aromas, which mount into the head.
If too many are eaten, the onion-juice takes away the senses, by reason of its great heat and acridity, and greatly injures the stomach.
I find something injurious in the onion, and consider the opinion of Spigelius well founded, that a too free and continued use of it as food causes disturbances of the brain.
Inexpressible anxiety, turning himself hither and thither full of the despair, with severe colic.
Pains with sore fingers, make him frantic.
Very melancholy, with catarrh.
In the afternoon, after wine and coffee, he was completely confused and absent-minded by much business, forgot and twisted everything in the utmost confusion (the fourth day).
He makes mistakes in spelling a foreign language.
Working people take in the morning onions with bread and salt for the bad air, as they do treacle, but idlers are made foolish, melancholy, and sleepy by its use, Cardanus affirms that even the offspring of those who eat onions freely are disposed to insanity.
Confusion of the head; with coryza.Vertigo, etc.; (on rising up).
Head confused, especially in the forehead, after renewed eructations.
Confusion of the head, after it had risen up from the stomach into the throat.
Pain in both sides of the occiput, and a dull confusion from the crown backward and downward in the regions “conscientiousness” and “love of approbation;” continued the whole forenoon; went away in the evening after drinking beer.
Confusion in the occiput, first on both sides and towards the upper part, pressing down sideways, then behind the ears around the whole occiput (after one hour).
Pressure and confusion in the upper part of the occiput in the regions “conscientiousness,” “love of approbation,” and “caution,” the whole evening; better in the open air, worse on returning to the warm room (first day).
But those in whom they produce headache should avoid them.
Make a decoction of leeks in water and bathe the head in it, for headache.
Raw, they are very injurious to the head and to the eyes.
They frequently excite headache in inflammatory constitutions.
They afflict the head and eyes, hence they should be avoided by those who study, and have a humid, weak head sight, and hearing.
If eaten too much, they cause headache.
Headache, better in the open air.
Headache, worse on return to the warm room, etc.
Headache in the room, evenings, with coryza.
Headache, with coryza.
Headache and coryza, worse evenings (fourth day).
Severe headache, with slight coryza.
Headache and gastric troubles.
Headache and yawning.
The whole head became hot (after cutting onions).
Heat of the head.
Heat and heaviness of the head, lasting from the forenoon till near evening; after cutting onions.
The head is full and heavy.
Fullness and heaviness in the head, as it were bound up, with flickering of the eyes.
Like electric shocks through the head.
Aching of the head.
Dulness in the head, with some coryza and lachrymation, in the evening on cutting onions.
Dull, oppressive pain in the head.
Heaviness in the head.
Oppressive headache over the eyes, frequently going through the head like an electric shock (the first day).
Pain in the forehead, with catarrh.
Stitches, as of needles, in the forehead.
Stitches over the whole left forehead, externally; they draw into the ear, the upper jaw, and the teeth of the same side (immediately after taking it); evenings.
Pains deep in the head over the left brow (after one hour).
Headache the next morning, especially in both temples.
Pains in; both temples, most severe in the right, aggravated by winking, afterward the pain extends over the forehead, worse on the left side.
As if swollen and heavy on the crown.
Pain left of the crown (after seventy minutes).
Headache, from both sides of the head, downward and inward toward the middle (after ten minutes).
Tingling pain behind the left mastoid process.
Headache in the region of the organ of “concentration, “.
Pains deep in the head, sticking to the ear.
Headache, first in the occiput, then in the forepart on the right side over the eye.
Headache on both sides of the occiput, afterwards in only two large round places in the upper posterior part of the head, in the region “love of approbation;” still later, a general and humming sensation of the part being asleep.
The pressure in the upper part of the occiput in the evening, became about eleven o’clock a sensation of being asleep; on touching it, he first noticed it was not in the scalp, but as if in the bone.
With pressive headache is the sensation, as if the whole head externally were wrapped up in warm water.
For alopecia, Hippocrates directed the spots;to be rubbed with onion.
(The hair is made to grow by anointing the bald spots with onions). (It promotes the growth of hair in baldness better than Alcyonium). It may be used externally for making the hair grow, anointing the shaven head with it; the juice;also makes the hair grow). (For promoting the growth of the hair, the head is washed at evening with French brandy which has stood over freshly cut onions). (Bald spots are to be rubbed with a cut onion till they are red, to make the hair grow).
(Blue-eyed). (The eyes are no longer watery and dim; the sixth day; they have their natural lustre; the seventh day).It causes biting in the eyes, irritates to tears (an undoubted action of onion).
At evening, on cutting up onions, there was a continual dropping from the eyes, then they become painful.
Pungent smell, biting, and weeping of the eyes, and sneezing, after taking it.
(The juice represses the excessive lachrymation).
The eyes water after a few hours (first day).
The left eye pains the next morning; fine stitches in it; after cutting the onions in the evening.
The lachrymation of the left eye, with coryza, was much greater, the eye was much redder, and more sensitive to the light than the right (first day).
Excessive lachrymation of the left eye, with redness of the eyeball, after frequent sneezing (third day).
The lachrymation is for the most part in the evening, in the warm room; the left eye weeps more, and also is more sensitive to the light.
Watering of the eyes and nose.
Lachrymation, with coryza.
Lachrymation (not excoriating), with coryza.
Burning in the outside of the right upper lid (after three minutes).
Burning in the lids.
As if there were smoke in the eyes under the upper lids, mostly in the night (the first day).
Redness of the lids, with catarrh.
After drinking coffee, an irritation on the left upper lid, which necessitates frequent rubbing; worse in the warm room, disappearing in the open air (the first day, and morning of the second).
Irritation of the left upper lid reappears very strikingly after the thirtieth.
Itching in the supraorbital region, more on the left side (after one hour).
Burning itching in the brows, the supraorbital region, and the upper lids; evening of the first day.
Heat in the left eyebrow.
Needle-stitches in the brows.
Pressive pain over the right eye (after twenty minutes).
Feeling of heaviness over both eyes and in the forehead; after a few minutes, lasting two hours. Pains in the eyes as if they would be torn out, as if the eye hung loose posteriorly, on a string, and could be bored into with the fingers and torn out.
Drawing pains in the left cheek, going into the interior of the left eye; better in the cold air (the second day).
Pain over the right eye to the root of the nose.
(Pain from the cheeks into the left eye). (Commencing ecchymoses in the eyes). (Ulcers, spots in the eyes). (Irritant affections of the eyes, used with ashes). (A stye is to be rubbed with a piece of raw onion). ( Swelling of the lids and around the eye, with coryza).
On becoming sleepy while reading, the letters appear to him very small (soon after the second dose).
Flickering and blinding before the eyes; everything dances hither and thither; therewith fullness and heaviness in the head, as if bound up; the whole head becomes hot, and feels swollen and heavy on the vertex, together with so much general weakness that she must lie down; after cutting onions.
A bright dazzling in the distance, and dimness near by.
The eyes are sensitive to the light, particularly the left.
Cloudy sight by candlelight.
Pecking behind the right ear (after one minute).Pains moving from deep within the head to the ears, like thick threads, about a finger in length, remaining in particular spots, from a pea to a hazel-nut in size (after fifty minutes).
Pain behind the ears deep within the head, from backward and inward to the ears; a sensation entirely new and peculiar to him (after one hour).
Stitches drawing from the left forehead into the ear.
Under the left ear a hard swelling the size of a hazel-nut, extending from over the angle of the lower jaw to the ear, from which pains go into the ear, especially on pressure.
A painful sensation from the throat to the ears (after five minutes).
Chilling, or burning twitching on the right side of the throat in the region of the Eustachian tube, then above it a kind of gnawing; neither painful (after one hour).
Pains in the throat drawing into the right ear.
The ears, the throat, especially about the root of the tongue, were decidedly affected (fifteen minutes after the second dose).
Stitches through the right ear the next morning. (Dropped into the ears, it removes the pains, as well as the roaring and ringing). (The heart of the onion is to be put into the ears for tearing in the ears). Ringing in the ears now and then; also soft, in both ears, as from sounds far distant (mostly in the right ear, from which he hears (fourth to seventh day).
Humming in the ears on lying down.
Roaring in the left ear, as heretofore only after a severe cold; afternoon of the first day.
Pain form over the right eye into the root of the nose. (Mixed with vinegar and put into the nose, it spots the bleeding, which the simple smell of the onion also does). (For nose-bleed, put onions on the neck).At evening, walking in the street, increased dropping from the nose, quite unusual, from both nostrils, without the sensation of coryza (first day).
Copious watery discharge from the nose, and watering of eyes.
( Discharge of ichorous fluid from the nose in convalescing scarlet fever).
Crawling in the right nostril, as before sneezing; must frequently blow thin mucus out of the nose; one hour after one drop of the third (forenoon).
Frequent sneezing in the evening when he comes into a warm room (second day).
Since collecting onions in the harvest, four years before, a brother and sister, each in the thirtieth year, experienced for the first time a coryza, recurring at the same time each year, and continuing two to three weeks; they would sneeze severely twenty to thirty times every morning, and were obliged to avoid peaches on account of their rough skin, as well as all flowering trees and plants (Nux vomica relieved very greatly, but still other medicines had to be administered).
The most violent sneezing, as if she would be torn to pieces, as soon as she steps out of bed.
In the evening, after drinking beer and eating herring, excessive thirst; heat and severe coryza, with much lachrymation, headache; acrid burning discharge from the nose, so that the upper lip became red and sensitive (first day).
Nasal discharge and headache, better in the open air, the first day; not so severe the next morning; at evening, worse in the room, distinctly relieved as soon as he goes into the open air, the second day; on awaking, very slight the third day; after repeating the dose, more severe.
Much irritation in the right nostril, soreness of the nose, sneezing, lachrymation, morning of the fourth and fifth days, with headache.
Some soreness of the nose yet (the eighth day).
Coryza, at times with stoppage, that she speaks “through the nose;” at times with profuse mucous discharge.
With coryza, trembling of the hands at evening.
Acrid discharge from the left nostril.
(After rapid alternations of cold and warm days, in November, 1852, a young lady complained that she had suffered for a few days from coryza; worse every evening.
Water ran profusely from the nose, she sneezed frequently, her head was confused, the lids and about the eyes were swollen, much lachrymation (not acrid, as in Euphrasia), frequent cough, tension in the upper part of the chest, loss of appetite.
She took Cepa in the evening, slept the whole night, was quite well the following day, and remained so ( Lippe).
(The nose is humid, with slight coryza, but with severe pain in the forehead, which this time was not relieved by lying, down, as is usually the case with her coryzas. In a woman, 50 years old; better in the evening).
Fluent coryza, dropping clear water (on the right side, as usual with him); had not only lasted twelve hours, as customary, but many days, in spite of cold bathing; it disappeared within a few hours after Cepa.
Expression of anxiety and despair with pain in the abdomen.Pain in the right upper jaw like a thread in a nerve, which goes from above downwards, from the median line to the side, deep with the bone, at evening, the first day.
The pain in the right upper jaw on lying down in the evening, extends on the morning of the second day, from the nose outward and downward.
Drawing stitches from the left forehead into the upper jaw.
Severe pains (like neuralgia), from the upper half of the right eye to the root of the nose.
Drawing pains in the left cheek, extending into the left eye (third day). (Paralysis of the left half of the face, which is also somewhat noticed in the limbs of the same side, together with altogether too copious secretion of urine).
Spots warmer than usual on the right cheek (after fifty minutes).
Heat, especially in the face, every time after eating onions; several sisters.
Heat of the face in the evening. (Facial erysipelas).
Parree produced a nettle-rash eruption on the face and on the body, also on many in the family).
Swelling of the cheeks with toothache.
The upper lip is red and sensitive from the acrid nasal discharge.
Pecking in the two hindermost back teeth (after three minutes).In the first upper teeth, right side, sensitive drawing from the root to the crown (after thirty minutes); later, the same feeling in the corresponding teeth on the left side (the first day).
Pressive toothache in the right upper and lower back teeth, with the inclination to bore the tongue into and suck them, which relieves, lasting an hour; after traveling against the northwest wind, the fifth day; again the sixth day, after going against the northwest wind. Slight pressure in the right back teeth on going into a warm room.
At breakfast (with warm cocoa), painful; relieved by cold water (the seventh day).
At breakfast, the back teeth pain from eating bread, so that only soft food can be eaten.
A pressive pain remains for some time afterward.
Toward noon, the pain disappears on the right side, and settles in the root of the left eye-tooth; the gum around the root is inflamed; the pain frequently ceases suddenly and commences in an instant in a right back tooth; in the eye-tooth it is pressive, growling; cold water, cold in general relieves (the eighth day).
The pressive toothache comes on after walking against the north wind, is relieved by poking and sucking with the tongue; is much aggravated on eating warm soup, and disappears after a swallow of cold water; always the same after repeated experiments.
Pressive pain the root of the left eye-tooth disturbs the sleep, with excessive heat in the cheeks; towards morning, remission and sweat; the cheeks feel swollen (ninth day).
During sleep, feeling as if the back teeth were too long, with some pain; disappears on rising; two nights.
Drawing stitches form the left forehead into the teeth.
Immediately after eating onions, raging pain attacks a broken tooth.
Arnica, high in water, relieved just as speedily.
The teeth are a smutty yellow in the morning, they remain so the whole day, in one who has very white and wound teeth; continues three to five days.
The tongue has a foul coat, especially in the morning, on the back part, the third day; slimy, the fifth day.
The tongue is furred the next morning.
Dryness at the root of the tongue, on the right side.
Mouth and tongue as if scalded.
Pains under the tongue; at the lower insertion of the frenum it is surrounded with a half circle of small sore elevations, the next morning and the whole day.
The mouth is not as coated in the morning (the second day).
Dryness in the mouth, without thirst.
It causes an offensive breath ( general experience).
(Onions remove the bad taste in the mouth). (Onions remove the offensive breath). (The juice is of service in putrid sore mouths). (Antiscorbutic).
It has a sweet and aromatic acrid taste.
Sweet and nauseous taste after taking it, and so also on the third day.
On awaking, nauseous taste, the third day and morning of the fifth.
A sickly-sweet taste, also again, after the thirtieth, though in a less degree.
Burning taste, more on the gums and upper part. (Loss of taste).
The throat was decidedly affected, after fifteen minutes.A constrictive pain in the forepart of the throat, low down in the region of the os hyoides, after five or six minutes; low down posteriorly on the right side, after seven minutes.
Drawing pain in the left side of the throat, relieved by cold air (second day).
Some redness on the back part of the palate on the right side.
Pain in the throat extending to the ear.
In the throat and orifice of the Eustachian tube, chilling or burning twitching and gnawing, not painful.
Heat low in the pharynx, extending into the stomach.
Pain in the throat below the larynx, as after swallowing too large a mouthful, or as if swollen; the pains extend every little while into the right ear; the whole afternoon, coming on after midday, ten drops.
In the pharynx, the feeling as if the food remained stuck behind the breast-bone.
Throat-ache, as if there was a lump in the throat, which is sore, but only on swallowing and elevating the tongue, the next morning (twenty-four hours).
(In chronic difficulty of deglutition, like a “ball in the throat,” she brought up a lump of mucus and was then relieved)..
Throat-ache as after taking cold. (Soreness of the throat with catarrh).
A sense of nausea extending into the throat.
A benumbed feeling in the back part of the throat, persistent (first day).
Great dryness of the soft palate after breakfast, continuing two hours and a half (first day).
With great dryness of both nostrils, considerable thirst; white, frothy, tasteless mucus collects in the fauces, which is easily expectorated without cough.
Dryness in the throat.
He hawks up mucus which has a sweetish, nauseous taste, the third day.
Toward evening, collection of mucus behind the choanae.
In the posterior fauces, in the choanae, and on the posterior surface of the soft palate, a soft bland mucus constantly collects, which compels one either to swallow or hawk it up; evening of the first day.
In the morning, a raw feeling in the fauces, with tickling in the region of the epiglottis, first on the right, then on the left side; together with a sensation of weakness in the stomach, very annoying hiccough, and uprising of frothy salivary mucus fluid; eructation to backing to relieve the tickling in the larynx.
After breakfast, severe pain in the right ankle, and rumblings in the abdomen (second day).
(Diminished secretion of mucus in the throat, with chronic catarrh of the fauces).
Mucus in the fauces.
(Loss of appetite with coryza, Lippe).Onions promote an appetite, but if one eats too many they cause revulsion of the stomach.
The appetite is increased.
The appetite is excited even to canine hunger.
They produce an appetite which, however, disappears immediately as soon as he begins to eat; food is disgusting to him.
The priests were forbidden its use because it produced thirst.
Onions excite thirst.
Thirst excessive, with stomach-ache,; with tympanitis.
Thirst, with heat, evenings, with coryza; after chilliness; after flushes of heat at evening. (Nausea).
A horrible deathly nausea in the stomach, with very slight eructations which, however, relieve somewhat; every day after eating; in one who did not know what she took.