Vichy 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…


The minerals springs at Vichy, in France. Analysis of Gastric-Grille springs, by Bouguet. In 100 grams are found: Carbonic acid.418, Ferric oxide.002 Sulphuric acid. 164, Calcium.169 Phosphoric acid. 070, Strontium.002 Arsenic acid. 001, Magnesium.097 Hydrochloric acid. 334, Potassium.182 Silicic acid. 070, Sodium.488.


Uneasiness as if a fever was coming on; weakness, desire for food, and longing for wine; yet he relished his dinner, and felt well after it (twenty-eighth day). General uneasiness, as before a fever, nausea; very painful stitches in the right side of the chest, corresponding to the commencement of the cartilaginous portion of the two first false ribs, and extending below and behind the breast towards the back;clammy bitter taste, without appetite or thirst; anxious feeling, as if some misfortune were about to happen; this uneasiness goes off on taking dinner (eighty-ninth day). Excessive weakness after coition, as if suffering from hunger (twenty-eighth day). 4 P.M., bruised pain in the arms; headache, as if the temples were compressed; pain in bowels, as if diarrhoea was coming on, with sore pain in the stomach (the weather was stormy), (thirty-first day).


Very low-spirited, felt as though same misfortune were about to happen (eighty-third day). Very low-spirited, causelessly anxious about the future (in the morning), (ninety- ninth day).


After the second swallow, slight compressive pain in the forehead and temples (ninety-first day). Some minutes after, slight pain in the temples and forehead (ninetieth day). Very painful stitching in the right temple for some minutes (after nine hours and a half, fiftieth day). A stitching behind the right mastoid process, followed by gripping in the middle, abdomen; then a return of the same stitching during some minutes (after six hours, seventy-second day). Stitches in the petrous portion of the temporal bone (after one hour, eighty- third day). Pain in the head; pressure at the occiput, with general uneasiness, as if fever were coming on (after dinner); the pain on wrapping the head up warmly (twenty-sixty day). In the evening, stitches in the occiput below the left tuberosity (thirty-first day). Violent itching of the head, in the morning, on rising (twenty-fourth day). Violent itching in the head (after one hour, sixty-eighth day). Itching in the forehead (eightieth day).


Stinging in the eyes, with lachrymation (fifty-second day). Pain below the left eye, like pressure, after breakfast (ninety- ninth day). Different colored sparks before the eyes in the morning (ninety-ninth day).


Coryza (ninety-second day). In the morning, on rising, fetid, corpse like odor in the nose (sixty-sixth day). A very strong smell of cucumbers in the nose, in the morning (seventy-fifth day).


Sharp stitching between the articulation of the jaw and the temple (after ten minutes, forty-fifth day). Twisting pain in the lower jaw, near the coronoid process, as if the jaw was swollen, when masticating on that side, during the whole meal (after twelve hours, eighteenth day).


Mouth very dry, with very bitter taste, all day (ninetieth day). Abundant secretion of saliva, immediately. Flow of salty water in the mouth, with slight burning in the stomach (heartburn), (after a quarter of an hour, second day). Water in the mouth, instantly (third day). Some saltish water rose in the mouth (seventh day). Flow of in the mouth, which lasted part of the morning (after a minute, fiftieth day). Flow of saliva in the mouth (fifty-third day). Flow of water in the mouth; rumbling in the stomach (after a quarter of an hour, sixty-second day). Water rises into the mouth, with nausea (eighty-third day). Bitter and clammy taste in mouth, on rising (second day). Bad taste in mouth, in the evening (second day). Bitter taste during the day (thirty-third, thirty-fourth, and sixty-fourth days). Bitter taste in mouth, in the evening (several days). Bitter mouth in the evening, with thirst (twenty-ninth day). Bitter mouth in the morning, on rising (seventh, ninth and eighty-fifth days). Bitter mouth in the morning (ninth day).


Hungry sensation in the stomach, immediately. Little appetite, no thirst (ninth day). Keen hunger before dinner; yet at the meal he eats very little, and without relish (twenty- sixth day). Appetite and no thirst (thirty-third day). Craving for food, as from feebleness of stomach, with sick feeling, without hunger (after one hour and a half, eighty-ninth day). Appetite poor (ninetieth day). During dinner, I drank less than usual (eighteenth day). In spite of the hot weather, I have been much less thirsty than usual, since I commenced these provings (eleventh day). Heartburn (after a few moments, twenty-first day). Heartburn, with sickness at the stomach (after eleven and seventeen hours, twenty-first day). Transient nausea while eating, causing him to stop for awhile, after which he continued the meal without further interruption after six hours, twenty-third day). Passing sensation as if about to be sick at the stomach, as when first feeling the effects of an emetic, without retching or efforts to vomit (after half an hour, eighteenth day). Acidity of the stomach (after five minutes). Belching of air (after an hour). Weight at the epigastrium (fifty-third day). Slight griping in the stomach, with emission of flatulence, immediately (twenty- first day). Griping in the stomach, with ineffectual urging to stool (eighty-ninth day). The pain in the stomach continues, all the morning, like a griping, until breakfast (eighty-third day). Slight pinching at the upper part of the stomach (eighty-third day). Pinchings in the epigastrium (eighty-third day). After the fist swallow, cutting pain, throughout the whole stomach (ninety-first day). Burning at the stomach, in the evening (seventh day). In the evening, slight burning at the epigastrium (second day). Painful sensation, at the stomach, like a burning (after half an hour, sixty-second day). Burning in the stomach, which rises towards the throat, followed by singing in the ears, heaviness in the head, and dizziness ( after some minutes, seventy-second day). Burning in the stomach (after a quarter of an hour, seventy-ninth day). Slight burning in the stomach (eighty-ninth day). Burning in the stomach, some minutes after each dose (eighty-ninth day). Disagreeable feeling in the stomach (a kind of burning), like urging to stool; the burning in the stomach is more intense in the afternoon (ninetieth day).


Shooting in the liver, at 6 P.M. (fifty-third day). Compressive pain in the left hypochondrium (after half an hour, fifty-third day). Slight colic in the umbilical region (after one hour, eighteenth day). Emission of burning flatulence, with slight urging to stool (sixth day). Copious emission of flatulence all at once ( after two hours, seventh day). Emission of flatulence (after one hour, sixty-eighth day). During the day, borborygmus in the bowels, slight griping in the bowels (second day). Borborygmi in the night (eighty-eighth day). Some borborygmi (ninetieth day). Rumbling in the abdomen, rising of air (fifty-third day). Rumbling in the bowels, emission of flatulence, copious pultaceous stool ( after a quarter of an hour, sixty-ninth day). Inflation of the bowels; gripes in the middle of the abdomen, shifting to the lower part, which cease after an emission of burning flatulence (thirty-first day). Inflation of the bowels, with griping, in the afternoon, and especially in the evening, with emission of flatulence (thirty- third day). Awoke with distension and uneasiness in the bowels; bad taste, as if from indigestion, which ceased after rising (eighty-sixth day). Griping in the abdomen, with ineffectual urging to stool; stitching pain in the rectum, in the morning, after rising (thirty-fourth day). Griping in the bowels, at long intervals (thirty-fourth day). Slight griping in the bowels (thirty-fifth day). Griping in the bowels (after ten minutes, forty-fifth day). A little griping in the bowels (forty-sixth, fiftieth, and eighty-ninth days). Griping in the bowels, as if a stool was desired, without real need (eighty-ninth day). Pressing gripes in the bowels (ninety-second day). Burning borborygmi (ninety- first day). Pinching in the bowels, (after an hour, second day). Immediately slight colic, which passed off with flatulence (eighty-third day). Griping stitches in the abdomen, which cease after a soft stool, in the morning; colic in the middle of the bowels, at noon; gripes in the lower bowels, in the afternoon, more severe in the evening (thirty-second day). Some gripings in the bowels on rising; after the breakfasting on chocolate strongly flavored with cinnamon, they ceased very gradually in the course of the day (thirty-third day). A little pain in bowels (after half an hour, seventy-ninth day). Slight pain in the bowels, like urging to stool, which lasted some minutes (after a quarter of an hour). Feeling in bowels like desire for stool; I passed nothing but wind some minutes after (third day). In the evening, sensation as if diarrhoea was coming on; then a feeling at an unusual (eighty- second day).


Ineffectual urging to stool, nothing but wing passed (second day). Urging to stool, with stitching in the rectum, which went off on the emission of flatulence (after a few minutes, thirty-eighth day.). Ineffectual urging to stool, at 8.30.

A.M. (eighty-third day). Urging to stool, which goes off with flatulence (ninetieth day).


Very difficult stool, with copious emission of flatulence (second day); no stool yesterday; to-day a very difficult one (fifth day); very difficult evacuation in the evening (sixth day); a very difficult stool, followed in the morning (ninth day); no stool (tenth day; stool regular (eleventh day); slow stool (eighteenth day); no stool either to-day or yesterday (twenty-second day); copious evacuation, in the forenoon (twenty- third day) large soft stool in the evening (twenty-fourth day); no movement of the bowels yesterday; this morning, soft stool (twenty-seventh day); no stool (thirty-fourth day); regular and normal evacuation in the morning (thirty-fifth day); constipation for three days (forth-sixth day); no movement of bowels to-day (fiftieth day); copious diarrhoeic stool in the morning (sixty- seventh day); no stool during the day (eighty-second day); copious natural stool, at 8 A.M. (eighty-third day); soft stool in the evening (eighty-third day); two soft stools during the day (eighty-fourth day); two soft stools in the forenoon, with pain in stomach (eighty-ninth day); constipation (ninety-third day).

Urinary organs

Griping in the bladder, in the morning (twenty-seven day). Frequent urination (seven times), during the night; urine abundant, watery, and foaming (fifth day). Copious emission of watery urine (twenty-fourth day). Copious watery urine in the night (thirty-seventh day). Very copious urination, during the night and this morning (thirty-first day). Copious urination (seventy-third day). In the night a copious urination (eighty-eighth day). Urine, copious, abundant, and watery (eighty-ninth day).

Respiratory organs

During last night an attack of dry cough, with tickling in the neck. On continuing the trituration, this morning, violent and frequent sneezing, followed by fluent coryza (forty-second day). Dry cough produced by a prickling in the neck (after six hours, fiftieth day). Cough at night, with difficult expectoration (fifty-first night). This morning cough, with mucous expectoration, without pain or any sensation exciting the cough, with mucus expectoration, without pain or any sensation exciting the cough, beyond the necessity of clearing the air- passages (fifty second day).


Painful uneasiness in the chest, followed by expectoration of purulent matter; this uneasiness ceases gradually (ninety-second day). Sensation on the chest as if a bar pressed across it prevented respiration (a quarter of an hour after taking the medicine), followed by a cough, with expectoration of thick mucus (ninety-third day). Tearing pain at the borders of the false ribs on both sides (eighty-third day). Stitch in right side of chest, in evening (twenty-ninth day).

Back and neck

Painful stiffness of the muscles of the back of the neck and of the scaleni of left side, as after making a false step; moving these parts is very painful (in the afternoon), (twenty-seventh day). Less stiffness of the neck, and it ceased entirely in the evening (twenty-eighth day). After a sound sleep he felt, on rising, something remaining of the pain in neck, but it ceased entirely in the course of the day (twenty-ninth day). Stitch in the right lumbar region when seated, preceded by stitch in heart (in the evening); these two pains are of short duration (ninetieth day).


Bruising pain in the fingers, and uneasiness as if a fever was coming on, after lunch (thirty-first day). Stitch in the right tibia, extending from the upper part to the instep (eighty-ninth day).


Somnolence after dinner (sixty-eighth day). Excessive sleepiness in the evening (eighty-fourth day). Fatiguing dreams at night, but the sleep is more prolonged than usual (ninetieth day).


A red and sore pimple on upper lip (third day). A few small pimples on the back of the neck, with very lively pricking (twenty-fourth day). Itching of the face and right eyebrow (fifth day). Between the eyebrows sharp, prickly itching, which burned after scratching (eighty-second day). Pricking itching behind the neck, as of pins, compelling to scratch (second day). Pricking and itching in the back, which ceases on scratching, but returns afterwards (second day).

Sexual organs

Strong and long-lasting erections, without incitement or venereal desire, in the afternoon (fiftieth day). Excessive itching at the orifice of the glans penis and at the fossa navicularis (fifty-first day). Sharp itching of the scrotum, which lasts two day (seventy fifth day). Diminution of venereal desire (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.