Solanum Tuberosum Aegrotans 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…


Diseased potato. The disease is owing to the development of a fungus of the order of moulds (mucedines); now known as Peronospora infestans, Montague; the leaf is first attacked.


She rises in the night, imagining that thieves are hidden behind the curtains; but she does not dare to look for them, and begs some one else to do so (thirty-third day). Sadness (fifteenth day). Hypochondria (fifteenth day). Anxiety on waking (thirty- fourth day). She is much concerned about her future destiny, which she fancies will be wretched (thirty-eighth day). She is very irritable, and will listen to no explanation (fifty-second day). Bad temper; nothing suits him, and he cannot bear to have anything about him disturbed (third day). Quarrelsome mood (twelfth day). The least thing puts her out of humor (eighth day). An unintelligible expression irritates her so that she would like to break everything and to bite her hands (sixteenth day). Great flow of ideas, at 5 P.M. (fifth day). While listening, or at work, the attention often wanders off on a different train of thought; this occurs several times during the proving (fifteenth day). Disposed to recall past journeys; flow of theatrical ideas, etc. (twenty-third day).


Confusion of the head (fifteenth day). The head, and especially the forehead, are confused as during a coryza, all the afternoon (second day). Heaviness of the head (eleventh and fourteenth days); slight (fifteenth day); on waking (twenty-third day).

Heaviness in the head, at times becoming very severe, especially on lowering and raising the head (twelfth day). Heaviness of the head, worse in the morning than in the evening (thirteenth day).

Heaviness of the head, in the morning (second day). The head feels heavy; she can hardly hold it up (fifteenth day).

Sensation, when stooping, as if the brain were leaping in the skull (thirteenth day). Headache (fourteenth day); (twelfth day); at noon (fifteenth day). Headache aggravated by the smell of alcohol, and disappearing at 3 P.M. (twenty-fourth day). Headache ceasing for awhile, and then recommencing without being worse; decreases in the evening (thirteenth day). Headache during a half slumber (seventeenth day). The headache is aggravated by working (thirty-seventh day). Sensation of heat in the head, at 4 P.M.

(eighth day). Sensation as of water splashing in the head (thirty-seventh day). Lancinations as if the brain would burst open, when going upstairs (thirteenth day). Forehead. Confusion of the forehead (fourteenth day). Frontal headache with dull feeling and tendency to fall forwards (thirteenth day). Frontal headache, all day (fourteenth day). Violent frontal headache and coryza, all day (nineteenth day). Frontal headache (twenty-first day). Severe frontal headache, when walking, at 5 P.M. (twenty- first day). Lancinating pain in the forehead, from dinner-time until 9.30 P.M. (twelfth day). Pressure in the forehead and above the orbits (third day). Temples. Slight throbbing in the temple (tenth day). Pulsations in the left temple (sixteenth day).

Vertex. Heaviness at the vertex (eighteenth day); in the evening (seventeenth day). Tearing in the vertex; she cannot bear the least covering on her head (forty-second day). Pain at the vertex (thirty-seventh day). External Head. Painful sensitiveness of the scalp and roots of the hair (forty-second day). The scalp is painful every day; she feels such a pulling that she cannot bear to have it combed; this pain disappears after stirring about and talking (forty-fourth day).


Injection of the sclerotica (thirteenth day). Heaviness of the eyes and forehead, on waking; as on the day after getting drunk (second day). Heaviness of the eyes (tenth day). Smarting and pricking in the eyes (twelfth and sixteenth day). Smarting in the eyes, in the evening (fifteenth day). Contraction and pulsation on the left upper eyelid, at 7 P.M. (sixteenth day). Pricking around the eyelids; they are red and bloodshot on their inner surface (seventh day). On waking, prickling around the eyelids (eleventh day). Smarting of the eyelids (sixteenth day).

Lachrymation of the right eye, for a few minutes (twelfth day).

(Profuse lachrymation), (seventh day). (Lachrymation on waking), (fifteenth day).


Ringing in the ears as if she were going to faint (seventeenth day). Whizzing in the left ear, at 5 P.M. (twenty-third day).


Sneezing when going upstairs (ninth day). Sneezing after going upstairs (thirteenth day). Sneezing (fifteenth day); at 4 P.M.

(sixteenth day); at 5 P.M. (seventeenth day). Repeated sneezing, followed by a slight cough, every day at 5 P.M., for four days (fourteenth day). Repeated sneezing, at 8.30 P.M. (fourteenth day). Coryza (twentieth and twenty-first day). Slight epistaxis, at 11 A.M. (fifteenth day); at 6 P.M. (twenty-third day). Slight epistaxis after supper (twenty-seventh day). Epistaxis in the morning (forty-second, forty-third, and forty-fourth days).

Blowing of bloody mucus from the nose, in the morning (forty- fourth day). Pressure at the root of the nose (first day). Smell of blood; she would like to bleed at the nose, at 7 A.M.

(fourteenth day).


Face and head enormously swollen. A red erysipelatous state of the face and scalp, with oedematous swelling of the eyelids, so as nearly to close them. Face pale and bloodless, much swollen, particularly about the eyelids, and having a dull languid expression. On her left cheek, half way between the mouth and angle of the jaw, there was a portion of integument of the size of a half-crown piece, dark, pulpy and exhaling a fetid smell.

Over the cheek and the greater part of the anterior surface of the neck, th parts were much swelled, very hard, and of a deep- red color; some parts, especially in the immediate vicinity of the sore, having a yellowish tinge, and others a bluish-black appearance. Countenance expressive of pain and features sunken (sixth day). Countenance pallid, unmeaning, and indicating indifference of her fate. Red and hot face (thirteenth day). Dark redness and heat of the cheeks (fourteenth day). Deep redness of the face (twenty-third day). (Scarlet redness of the face), (forty-seventh day). Red face, with injected sclerotica (fifty- second day). Bright redness of the right cheekbone (thirteenth day). Scarlet redness of the cheeks (thirty-seventh and thirty- eighth day). Lips cracked, bleeding, and almost raw (fifteenth day).


Teeth. Teeth loose and extremely painful. The teeth are covered with a white substance (seventh day). Teeth covered with white mucus (fifteenth and sixteenth day). Gums. The gums, especially of the lower jaw, swollen, painful, spongy, and bleed on the slightest touch; even the attempt to swallow causes an oozing of blood. Tongue. Tongue flabby, and thickly loaded with white fur.

Loaded tongue. Tongue pale. Tongue coated white (seventh day); (seventh, fourteenth, and thirty-fifth days); in the morning (sixteenth day). Thin yellowish coating on the tongue, in the morning (eighth day). Greenish-yellow coating on the tongue along the middle (fifteenth day). Tongue slightly coated white (sixteenth day); in the morning (fifth day). Slight yellowish- white coating on the tongue, in the morning (fifth day). Pricking in the right side of the tongue, from noon until 3 P.M.

(eighteenth day). Thick tongue, at 2 A.M. (ninth day). White- coated tongue, with a yellow line along the middle (sixteenth day). Cracked tongue, in the morning (thirty-fourth day). Tongue white in the middle and red at the tip (thirty-seventh day).

Tongue very red (thirty-seventh day). General Mouth. Breath horrible fetid. Breath fetid. Swelling of the mucous membrane of the internal alveolar border of both incisors, and the left canine tooth (nineteenth day). The mucous membrane of the palate feels as if coming off in different places (third day). Clammy mouth, in the morning (fifteenth day); at night (sixteenth day).

Mouth dry (thirty-third day). Dry mouth, with tearing sensation in the chest, at 2 A.M. (thirty-third day). Taste. Taste of raw potatoes, in the morning (fourteenth day). (After eating potatoes at supper, he has the taste in his mouth all night), (sixteenth day). At dinner, the dishes taste as bitter as gall (forty-sixth day).


Mucus accumulates in the throat, and seems to cover its whole anterior portion (forty-fourth day). Inflammation of the throat; she cannot swallow her saliva, in the evening (twentieth day).

Salt taste in the throat (third day). Roughness in the throat, with thirst, in the evening (eighteenth day). Pricking in the throat, provoking a cough (seventeenth day). Tickling in the throat, causing a cough (twenty-sixth day). Tearing in the throat, at 8 A.M. (seventh day). Feels as if there were a fleshy growth in the throat (twenty-first day). Feeling as of something sticking in her throat that she cannot bring up, followed by the expectoration of a small, hard, yellowish-gray lump (forty- seventh day). Tearing sensation in the throat, with accumulation of mucus, which it is difficult to raise (forty-fourth day).

Fauces and mouth inflamed and ulcerated in patches. Great difficulty in swallowing.


Appetite. Great appetite (twenty-first day). Canine hunger at dinner (thirty-second day). Great desire for coffee (twenty-third day). Desire for spirits and oranges (thirty-fifth day). Little appetite (seventh, eighth, and fifteenth days); (thirteenth, fourteenth, and eighteenth days). Loss of appetite. Thirst.

Thirst (eighth day); (thirteenth day). Burning thirst, as though her mouth were salt (forty-second day). Eructations. Eructations in the evening (twelfth day). Eructations, followed by rumbling in the stomach, ceasing after drinking a glass of sugared water (sixteenth day). Regurgitations and eructations, at 3 P.M.

(thirty-fourth day). Acidity and eructations, at 9 P.M. (first day). Acidity, bitterness, and regurgitations after dinner (thirty-second day). Stomach. Difficult digestion, with twisting in the stomach, after breakfast and dinner (third day). Difficult digestion (thirteenth day). Yesterday’s dinner does not digest well; acidity at night (fifteenth day). Is awakened at 4 A.M. by a stomachache, with eructations, lasting an hour (seventeenth day). Pains in the stomach and redness of the face after breakfast (eighteenth day). Heaviness in the stomach; dinner does not sit well, at 9 A.M. (twenty-third day). Her dinner hurts her all night (twenty-fourth day). Pulling in the stomach, at 2 A.M.

(thirty-second day). After dinner her clothes feel too tight; digestion is difficult (thirty-eighth day). A sensation of uneasiness in the stomach, which soon amounted to pain, and extended to the abdomen, following the course of the colon (after one hour). Colic in the stomach, after a meal, at 6 P.M. (sixth day).


Sensation as if a spring were unrolled in the left hypochondrium (thirteenth day). The right umbilical region is painful to touch (seventeenth day). Swelling of the abdomen, with excruciating pain and tenderness on pressure (sixth day). Belly hard and dropsical. Abdomen tumid. Flatulence and eructations (sixteenth day). Frequent emission of flatulence (twenty-fifth day).

Frequent emission of flatulence, in the morning (third day).

Flatulence, in the evening (seventeenth day); (twelfth day).

Emission of flatulence; sometimes it cannot be expelled (twelfth day). Emission of flatulence (thirteenth day). Borborygmi and flatulence in the abdomen (thirteenth day). Borborygmi (fourteenth day). Noisy flatulence, at 9 P.M. (thirty-fourth day). Abdomen painful to touch all along the median line, from the sternum to the hypogastrium (eighth day). Fearful colic, as if the bowels were violently twisted, followed in fifteen minutes by a hard and copious stool, and then by two others, almost liquid, at night (sixth day). Colic (eighteenth day). Colic, followed by two stools, at 4 A.M. (seventeenth day). Colic on waking (twenty-fifth day). Colic after a meal (second day). Colic and twisting in the stomach after a meal (fifth day). Slight colic, with frequent emission of flatulence, in the evening and all night (sixteenth day). Twisting colic (twelfth day). The bowels are twisted together, at 10.30 P.M. (thirteenth day).

colic, with rigors (thirteenth day). Colic, with loud emission of flatulence (twenty-fourth day). Colic along the large intestines, at 9.30 P.M. (thirty-second day). Pain in the abdomen. Dull colic in the hypogastric region, during the night (second day).

Pressive pain in the right hypogastric region, towards the inguinal ring, after running a long time (twenty-sixth day). Dull colic in the hypogastrium (fortieth day). Stitch and sharp pinching in the right groin, near the inguinal ring; this was felt on raising one leg, as when going upstairs three steps at a time; soon after an ordinary stool, at 11 A.M. (ninth day).

Sprained feeling in the right groin (twenty-fifth day).

Lancinating pain in the left iliac region, less felt in the right (twenty-first day).

Rectum and Anus

Prolapsus recti (third day). Contraction of the sphincter ani (twelfth day). After stool, the rectum alternately falls and returns again (third day). Strong pulsations in the perinaeum, loins and right ring finger, at 4.30 P.M. (twenty-first day).

Pain and smarting at the rectum, caused by the violent efforts required to expel the stool (thirty-third day). Pain of an acute character was referred to the anus, which on examination was found perfectly patulous and exquisitely tender to the touch. Two of the four patients had prolapsus ani, which was probably caused by the violent and ineffectual efforts to discharge the contents of the rectum. There had not been an evacuation of the bowels, nor had they passed water, except in drops and with extreme suffering, for six days. On introducing the finger into the rectum, which caused acute pain, it was found that the intestine was completely filled, to within an inch of the orifice, with a solid substance. Sense of contraction at the sphincter ani (third day) Great head at the anus after a stool (twelfth day).

Frequent urging to stool (twelfth day).


Diarrhoea. Scanty and difficult stool, consisting of small black balls, in the evening (second day). Difficult stool, consisting of small black balls (fourth and fifth day). Copious, liquid, greenish-yellow diarrhoea, in the morning (seventh day). No stool for five days (twelfth day). Ordinary stool (thirteenth and fourteenth days). Small hard stool (seventeenth day). Large hard stool, in small pieces (twenty-first day). Hard, knotty, and difficult stools, followed by renewed urging, with violent smarting at the anus (third day). Stools continue hard and difficult (twelfth day). Hard, difficult, and large stools (twenty-ninth day). Large hard stool (thirty-second day). Stool so painful that the tears come into her eyes; the sclerotica is bloodshot from the violence of her efforts (thirty-second day).

The stools are very difficult; it takes her a quarter of an hour to pass one incompletely and in fragments (thirty-second day).

Large, hard, dry, and very difficult stools (thirty-third day).

Incomplete stool, breaking off after half is expelled (thirty- third day). Hard, dry, large stool, requiring so much effort as to bring tears to her eyes (thirty-fourth day). Stools dark and offensive. Bowels obstinately constipated for several days.

Costive bowels.

Urinary organs

Region of bladder distended (sixth day). Difficulty in passing water (after one hour). Heat in the urethra after urinating (ninth day). Constant micturition while at stool (twenty-first day). Urine scanty and high-colored. Scanty urine. The urine deposits a yellowish sediment (ninth day). Reddish urine, seeming to hold mucus in suspension (twenty-fifth day). Soapy, pale- yellow urine (thirty-second day). Very thick urine, becoming loaded with white mucus some time after emission (twenty-fifth days). Turbid urine, becoming dingy yellow, and covered with an oily pellicle (thirty-third day). Turbid, dingy-yellow urine, depositing a copious whitish sediment (forty-first day). The urine deposits less, though still turbid (forty-seventh day).

Sexual organs

Male. Weight in the left testicle all day, and in the evening while sitting (eleventh day). Female. Twisting pain through the uterus, at 9 P.M. (twenty-fourth day). Flatulence presses on the uterus (thirty-fourth day). Smarting and itching of the vulva, at 2 P.M. (thirtieth day). Violent itching of the labia pudendi, at 2 P.M. (twenty-seventh day). The menstrual blood is rose- colored, at 9 A.M. (fourteenth day). The menstrual flow is interrupted (fourteenth and fifteenth days). Menses too early (forty-first day). For five days the menstrual blood has had a very offensive smell, like spoiled fish (forty-first day).

Discharge of black clotted blood (forty-first day). Spigelia (Spigelia).

Respiratory organs

Hoarseness on waking (thirty-fifth day). Hoarseness on rising, which disappears immediately; it returns in the evening, but does not last long (forty-third day). Dry cough (nineteenth day).

Cough, with yellow mucous expectoration, at night (eighteenth day). Dry cough, in the evening (thirteenth day). Awakened by a violent shrill cough, which lasts five minutes (twenty-second day). Cough, as from obstruction of the pharynx (twenty-second day). The cough is excited by sour eructations (thirtieth day).

Dry cough day and night (thirty-fifth day). Dry cough on waking (thirty-seventh day). Dry cough for ten minutes, at 10.30 P.M.

(thirty-eighth day). Dry cough, in the evening (fortieth day).

Expectoration of black clotted blood, in the morning (forty- fourth day). Expectoration of yellowish lumps (forty-fourth day).

Breathing soft but hurried, and at times interrupted, and an auscultation, the respiratory sound was less distinct than usual.

Constant involuntary sighing. After eating, choking and difficult breathing, caused by dryness of the mouth (sixteenth day).

Suffocation owing to the previous day’s dinner not digesting well; she has to get up at 3 A.M. (sixteenth day).


Pressure on the chest (thirteenth day). Tearing in the chest and throat, immediately (first day). At the least movement she feels as if something hollow were turning rapidly round in the chest, with a rattling noise; she then feels like fainting away, at 8 A.M. (fourteenth day). Pricking, as with thousands of pins, on the right side of the internal surface of the sternum (nineteenth day). Severe lancinating pain above the right, breast, for two minutes, in the morning (twenty-third day). Painful stitch in the right side (after a few moments, first day). Acute stitch like pain in the left side, preventing her from turning in bed (seventeenth day). The breasts have been painful during the whole time of the proving; the pain is worse when moving the arms, and becomes seated at about the external border of the pectoralis major (thirty-eighth day).

Heart and Pulse

Heart. Weight, accompanied with pain in the region of the heart.

Lancinations in the heart (fifteenth day). Palpitation excited by the slightest movement. Violent beating of the heart when holding himself straight (eighteenth day). Palpitation of the heart, at 11 P.M., when lying down (fifth day). Palpitation of the heart at 7 A.M. (sixth day). Palpitation of the heart, at noon (eighth day). Palpitation of the heart at three different times, at 11 P.M. (eighth day). Palpitation of the heart while in bed (seventeenth day). Palpitation of the heart, occurring three different times, in the night (twenty-fourth day). Violent palpitations and pulsations, with sensation as though the heart were turning around rapidly (thirty-fourth day). When trying to sing, violent palpitation of the heart prevents her from uttering a sound; her breathing is stopped, and she feels like fainting (forty-seventh day). Strong palpitation of the heart, with suffocations, and disposition to faint away (fiftieth day).

Palpitation of the heart (fifty-first day). Strong palpitation of the heart after supper; it was irregular, stopping for a moment, and then returning with increased vigor, like a vessel suddenly un corked; it was accompanied by suffocative attacks, which were relieved by lying down (fifty-second day). Palpitation of the heart all day, excited by deglutition; it is momentary, and felt in the upper part of the thorax (fifty-third day). Pulse. Pulse 130, small and feeble. Pulse small and rapid. Quick feeble pulse.

Quick pulse. Pulse weak and rapid (sixth day). Pulse rather agitated (seventh day). Pulse somewhat agitated (sixteenth day).

Agitated pulse, in the morning (twentieth day). Agitated pulse (twenty-first day). Pulse much agitated (thirteenth day).

Irregular pulse, sometimes weak, sometimes strong (thirteenth day). The pulse is hard and tense (thirty-seventh day).

Neck and Back.

Neck. Swollen state of the muscles of the neck, shoulders, and arm, with pain so acute that the patient will wince on the slightest pressure. Sense of weight in the nape of the neck and the posterior cervical muscles, at 11.30 A.M. (fifteenth day).

Stiffness of the posterior cervical muscles (fourteenth, sixteenth, and thirty-seventh days). Back. Severe pain in the back (after one hour). Pain, as from weariness, in the whole back and the posterior muscles of the thighs and arms (fifteenth day).

Pain, as if sprained, all along the spine, and running down the posterior muscles of the lower limbs as far as the toes (twenty- third day). Pricking when asleep, as if pins were thrust into the spinal marrow; this awakens her (thirty-third day). Strong pulsation in the vertebral region, in the morning when lying in bed (twenty-third day). Dorsal. Pain between the shoulders, at 10 P.M. (twenty-fifth day). Smarting and painful sensation from the rubbing of the clothes against the fifth dorsal vertebra (fourteenth day). Lumbar. Intolerable pain in the lumbar region; she cannot hold herself up (twentieth day). Complains much of the pain in her loins (twenty-first day). The lumbar pain is so severe as to extort cries; she walks bend forward, at 11 A.M.

(twenty-second day). The lumbar pains are worse when stooping (twenty-second day). Walking is hindered by the pain in the lumbar vertebrae (twenty-third day). The pain in the loins is less (twenty-fourth day). Pricking in the lumbar muscles, at 6 P.M. (eighth day). Pulsation in the lumbar muscles, at 4 P.M.

(thirteenth day). Sacral. The sacrum is painful to touch and during a walk (sixteenth day). Sensation as though something would become detached from the sacrum (twenty-second day).

Pressure, as from an iron bar, upon the sacro-lumbar articulation; this pain becomes so acute that she is forced to go to bed, where she feels better (twenty-second day). Acute pain, as if the sacrum was out of place (twenty-second day). The least movement causes a very severe pain in the sacro-lumbar articulation (twenty-second day). Formication at the sacrum (twenty-second day).

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.