(From vol. vi, 2nd edit., 1827.)
(The ripe seed-capsules along with seeds reduced to powder and digested in alcohol, in the proportion of 20 grains of the powder to 400 drops of alcohol, without heat, for a week, the mixture being shaken twice daily to form a tincture, twenty drops of which contain one grain of capsicum-powder.)
In both the indies where “Spanish pepper” (Piper Indicum sive Hispanicum), as it called, is indignous, it is chiefly used only as a spice. It was introduced as such into England, France, and Italy, and at length was adopted in Germany as a spice to season sauces at the dainty tables of high livers (the pulverised seeds of the still more pungent Capsicum baccatum, “or “Cayenne pepper,” being often used as a substitute) in order to stimulate the palate to a unnatural appetite, and thus – ruin the health.
In the meantime but little was heard of the medicinal use of this powerful substance. BERGIUS alone (Mat. Medorrhinum, p. 147) mentioned having cured several agues of long standing with two grain doses of capsicum; but he did not give it alone, for the old original sin of traditional medicine, the mixture craze, in induced him to combine it with bay berries, in the proportion of twenty of the latter to three of the former. He does not describe the agues cured by it according to the totality of their symptoms, but only employs the expression”olg agues” after the manner of his other school collegues, so that the virtus ab usu of the mixture prescribed is shrouded in darkness.
On the other hand, the homoeopathic physician proceeds much less doubtfully and with much greater certainty in his cures with capsicum, for guided by the peculiar, pure morbid states produced by this powerful medicinal substance in the healthy body (some of which I here record), he only attempts the removal of those natural diseases the sum of whose symptoms is contained in the greatest possible similarity among those of capsicum.
The diseases curable by capsicum are rarely met with in persons of tense fibre.
A very small portion of a drop of the tincture diluted to the trillionfold degree – each diluting bottle having been only twice succussed – I have found to be quite sufficient for a dose for all homoeopathic curative purposes; and as antidote to diminish the over – strong action of a dose of capsicum in some very sensitive persons, I have found the olfaction of a saturated solution of camphor effacicious.
[HAHNEMANN was aided in this proving by AHNER, HARTUNG, MOSSDORF, and WISLICENUS.
Symptoms are taken from the following old-school sources:
BROWNE, in Murray’s Appar. medic., i. 2nd edit.
FORDYCE, in Murray’s Appar. medic., I, 2nd edit.
PELARGUS, Obs., tom. ii,
In the Frag. De Vir. Capsicum has 147 symptoms, in the 1st Edit. 346, in this 2nd Edit. 344.]
When he wakes up from sleep. His head is so stupid as if he did not know himself.
Cloudiness of the head. [Htg.]
In the morning on awaking, dull in the head.
5. During the febrile rigor and coldness at the same time anxiety, dizziness and stupidity in the head, like thoughtlessness and awkwardness, so that she knocks against everything.
Emptiness and stupidity of the head (aft. 12 h.). [Ar.]
Dulness and confusion of the head. [Ar.]
Vertigo, swaying from side to side.
All the senses are more acute. (Reaction of the vital force of the organism, secondary action, curative action.)
10. When moving the head and when walking, headache, as if the skull would burst.
Throbbing, beating headache, in one of the temples.
Beating headache in the forehead.
A throbbing, beating headache.
Aching pain in the temples.
15. Aching pain in the temporal region. [Htg.]
Pressive pain in the forehead as if it pressed from th occiput forwards out at the forehead, with a cutting from the occiput forwards (immediately).
A continual pressive headache in the forehead above the root of the nose and occasionally some stitches through the ear and over the eye.
A semi-lateral, pressive shooting headache, like a hysterical megrim, which is aggravated by raising the eyes and head, or by bowing the head forewards, and is accompanied by forgetfulness and nausea.
Drawing tearing pain in the left side of the head (aft. 17, 48 h.). [Ar.]
20. A shooting headache.
A headache more shooting than tearing, which is worse when at rest, but mitigated by movement.
An outstretching headache, or as if the brain were too full.
A pressing-asunder headache in the forehead.
A drawing headache in the forehead.
25. Drawing tearing pains in the frontal bone, more on the right side (aft. 6, 7 h. and 3 d.). [Ar.]