Apocynum Cannabinum

Apocynum Cannabinum 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….


A. Cannabinum, l. Natural order, Apocynaceae. Common name, Indian hemp.




Unusual heaviness of the head, with aching pains in the small of the back and limbs (evening, eight day).



Woke early in the morning, with severe irritation of the left eye, as if several sharp grains of sand were in it, attended with much heat irritation, and redness; after lasting several hours, this disappeared as suddenly as it came on.


Without any other sign of having taken cold, he would wake up in the morning with the nostrils and throat filled with thick, well-concocted yellow mucus, as if he had had a severe catarrh for at least seven or ten days, and which had skipped its first stage and commenced in the second.


Dryness of mouth on waking (fifth morning).

Increased secretion of mucus and saliva from the mouth and fauces, which kept me constantly spitting.


The bitter subacrid taste was persistent in the fauces.


Thirst on waking.

Slight nausea (fifteen minutes).


Efforts to vomit (thirty minutes).

Nausea, and even vomiting.

After sleeping an hour, woke with extreme sickness, followed by two spells of full vomiting (two and a half hours).

Vomited slightly (one and a quarter hours).

On walking, felt a sinking at the stomach Occasionally, a sense of sinking at the pit of the stomach.


Decided distension of the abdomen, especially after a moderate dinner; all the sense of fullness seemed about the stomach, liver, and spleen, while the lower bowels did not appear more flatulent than common.

Occasionally, some flatulence and slightly uneasy sensations in the bowels.

Stool and Anus.

Occasionally, it seemed as if diarrhoea would occur, but it did not. It proved a gentle cathartic; “I felt the stimulus of it passing onward into the intestines;” a gentle movement the next morning without any griping, and the bowels were kept soluble for a day or two.

Loose, but not very copies, bilious stools.

Increased inclination towards constipation.

Evacuations exceedingly scanty.

Bowels sluggish, but faeces not hard or costive.

Urinary Organs.

There seemed to be but little expulsive power about the bladder.

The little water that was passed flowed as easily as if it were oil.

Copious secretion of urine.

Urine augmented.

Urinary secretion increased in quantity, and much lighter in color than in health (eighth day).

Diminished urine (sixth day).

Decided scantiness of the urine.

Urine diminished to one-third the usual amount, without pain or uneasiness about the kidneys or bladder; on the contrary, these organs seemed remarkably comfortable; they seemed torpid.

Urine generally of a light, golden, sherry-yellow color, not depositing any sediment from exposure to cold.

Respiratory Apparatus.

Short dry cough.

Once during the evening, and twice upon different nights, sudden and violent attacks of hard and frequent coughing, annoying him for at least one or two hours, then disappearing without leaving a trace of cold behind.

Scanty expectoration of white mucus.

Irresistible disposition to sigh.

Short and unsatisfactory respiration.

Sense of oppression about the epigastrium and chest, several times so great that there was the greatest difficulty in getting breath enough to smoke a cigar or to speak with any comfort, and this happened after lighter meals than ordinary.

Heart and Pulse.

Pulse, between attack of vomiting, 45 (two and a half hours).

Pulse 50 (one and a half hours).

Neck and Back.

Slight soreness in the region of the kidneys, when bringing the muscles into action.

Lower Extremities.

Hard aching several times in both knees, sufficiently severe to make him fear that an attack of inflammatory rheumatism was coming on.


General restlessness on going to bed.

Weak and sleepy, and went to bed (one and a quarter hours).

Sense of general but transient debility.

Though it diminished the pulse, it produced no deathlike prostration.

Sleep and Dreams.

On going to bed, desire to sleep, without the ability to do so.

Great restlessness and little sleep (fifth night).



On going to bed, unusual heat of the skin.


Conditions.- Aggravation.

(Morning), Early, on waking, irritation of left eye, etc.; on waking, nostrils and throat filled with mucus; on waking, dryness of mouth; thirst; nausea; sinking at stomach.

(Evening), Heaviness of head, etc.; attack of cough.

(Night), Attack of cough.

(Going to bed). General restlessness; desire to sleep, etc.; heat of skin.

(After dinner), Distension of abdomen.

(Exerting muscles of the part), Soreness in region of kidneys.

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.