Allium Cepa


James Tyler Kent describes the symptoms of the homeopathic medicine Allium cepa in great detail and compares it with other homeopathy remedies. …


General features: Allium cepa is used principally for “colds.”

There are various phases of these “colds,” in the nose, in the throat, in the larynx, in the bronchial tubes.

The patient and all the phases of his “cold,” his coryza, his laryngitis, his cough, all his complaints, are aggravated by warmth, are worse in a warm room, excepting the tickling in the larynx, which is sometimes aggravated by drawing in cold air.

In this way the Allium cepa cough is sometimes excited by cold air but the patient himself is better in cold air and sensitive to heat.

Allium cepaMost of the symptoms of Allium cepa are worse in the evening, the symptoms of coryza, the “cold,” and the general symptoms.

These are symptoms most striking general features of Allium Cepa.

It is not strange that the old ladies used to bind onions on the ear for earache and around the neck for sore throats, for onion is very frequently indicated in almost every climate for the effects of cold.

Cold, damp, penetrating winds, in any climate, are likely to bring on Allium cepa complaints- coryza, Ia grippe, influenza or whatever they may be called, and usually there is congestive headache.

Allium cepa Coryza: Rawness in the nose, copious flow of water from the eyes, which is always bland; copious watery discharge from the nose, which is always excoriating.

Rawness in the larynx and throat, extending down into the chest. Raw in the nose. In twenty-four hours it reaches the larynx.

Cough, excited by tickling in the larynx and when lying down at night in a warm room.

On going to bed in the evening Allium cepa has its most troublesome aggravation.

I have heard patients describe the pain in the larynx on coughing, saying that it felt as if someone was reaching down with a hook at every cough.

Tearing in the larynx with every cough. Sneezing, rawness of all the mucous membranes and that tearing cough, all symptoms worse in a warm room and in the evening; it is astonishing how quickly the onion will break up that “cold.”

Now we will take up the particulars of the Allium cepa coryza. Among the earlier symptoms will be the sneezing, which comes with increasing frequency. A watery discharge drips from the nose constantly, burns like fire, and excoriates the upper lip and the wings of the nose until there are rawness and redness.

Notice that the fluid from the nose is excoriating and the fluid from the eyes bland. Bear that in mind, for when we come to study Euphrasia we will find just the opposite.

We will find just such a watery discharge from the nose and such copious lachrymation; but the lachrymation is acrid and the discharge from the nose bland. The nasal discharge of Allium cepa fairly eats the hair off of the upper lip. And there is so much congestion that the patient has a sensation of fullness in the nose, with throbbing and burning, and sometimes nosebleed.

Pains through the jaws, in the face; and these pains extend into the head. Dull frontal headaches, occipital headaches; headaches very severe and the eyes cannot stand the light; tearing, bursting, throbbing in the head.

Now, there is another phase of this medicine. Why it begins the left side and goes over to the right nose, I do not know, but it usually does this.

Stuffing up of the side of the nose, watery, acrid discharge from the left side of the nose – in another twenty-four hours the right side is invaded.

“Profuse nasal discharge. Colds after damp north easterly winds.”

That is, after damp, cold winds, for they may come from different directions in different localities. Fluent coryza with headache, tears from the eyes, want of appetite, cough and trembling in the open air.

James Tyler Kent
James Tyler Kent (1849–1916) was an American physician. Prior to his involvement with homeopathy, Kent had practiced conventional medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He discovered and "converted" to homeopathy as a result of his wife's recovery from a serious ailment using homeopathic methods.
In 1881, Kent accepted a position as professor of anatomy at the Homeopathic College of Missouri, an institution with which he remained affiliated until 1888. In 1890, Kent moved to Pennsylvania to take a position as Dean of Professors at the Post-Graduate Homeopathic Medical School of Philadelphia. In 1897 Kent published his magnum opus, Repertory of the Homœopathic Materia Medica. Kent moved to Chicago in 1903, where he taught at Hahnemann Medical College.