Hahnemann’s proving symptoms of homeopathy remedy Scilla from Materia Medica Pura, which Samuel Hahnemann wrote between 1811 to 1821…


(From vol. iii, 2nd edit., 1825.)

In order to make the solution of squill in alcohol the simplest and best mode is to cut out a fresh piece of 100 grains weight from a very fresh squill-bulb, to pound it in a mortar, gradually adding 100 drops of alcohol, till it becomes a fine uniform pap, then to dilute and thoroughly mix it with 500 drops of alcohol; to allow it to stand for some days, to decant the clear supernatant brownish tincture, and to mix 6 drops of this 94 drops of alcohol by means of ten succussions, so as to form the first dilution (1/100).

The observations recorded below may be much added to; but they already suffice to enable us to estimate and correct the employment that has hitherto been made of this root; this I have partly done in some notes.

In large doses the action of squill lasts fourteen days in small doses its action is proportionally shorter.

MURRAY and TISSOT tell us that camphor is an antidote to squill, and this agrees with my own observations.


The following old-school authors are cited:

BERGIUS, Mat. Medorrhinum

CASPARI, Diss. de Scilla.

COHAUSEN, Commerc. lit. Norimb., vol. xii, sect. ii.

CRANZ, Mat. Medorrhinum, ii.

HOME, Clinical Exper.

LANGE, Medicana dom., Brunsvic.

LUDWIG, Adversaria Medorrhinum, vol. ii.

MUZELL, Wahrnehm., ii.

SCHULZE, J. H., et. SCHOETER, Diss. Asthma rad. Scilloe usu sublatum, Halae 1735.

TISSOT, Epist. Medorrhinum Pract. Edit. Bald.

VALENTINI, Hist. Simpl. Reform., lib. ii.

WAGNER, J. G., Observ. Clin., Lub.. 1737.

WEIKARD, Vermischte Schriften, i.

ZWELFER, Pharmac. Regia.

The 1st edit. Has 286 symptoms, this 2nd edit, only two more.]


In the morning on rising from bed, a vertigo as though he would fall sideways (aft. 48 h.).

Sick-vertigo as if he had been turning round in a circle for a long time. [Hbg.]

Weak in the head and dreamy (aft. 6 – 12 h.).

Confusion of the sinciput and occiput, as after intoxication, with an aching in the front and back of the head. [Htn.]

5. Cloudy dizziness in the head (aft. 2 m.).

In the morning after rising dull humming headache. [Bch.]

In the morning after waking heaviness in the whole of the top of the head. [Bch.]

An extraordinary heaviness in the whole head, as if he could not hold it still, only when sitting. [Htn.]

(Aching tearing pain in the head, which does not permit mental work)(aft. 12 h.).

10. Flat pressure all over the head as from a weight (aft. 12 h.). [Bch.]

Transient aching in the occiput. [Bch.]

Pressive pain in the frontal protuberance on a small spot. [Htn.]

Aching drawing pain in the forehead. [Htn.]

A transient pain in the occiput spreading from the left to the right side. [Htn.]

15. Single painful stitches combined with drawing in the forehead from the left to the right side. [Htn.]

A drawing ending in a stitch in the right temple (aft. ½ h.). [Htn.]

Contractive pain in both temples.

Twitching stitch in the right temple to the forehead.

Violent drawing stitches in the right temple; they drew half of the brain together.

20. Squeezing headache in the lateral parts of the head (aft. ½ h.).

A drawing shooting, long continued pain in the occiput, when sitting. [Htn.]

Rather slow stitches into the right side of the forehead. [Htn.]

A painful penetrating blow in the left frontal protuberance (aft. 1 h.). [Htn.]

Tearing pain in the occiput. [Htn.]

25. A digging pain in their occiput. [Htn.]

Painful sensitiveness of the top of the head. [Ws.]

Every morning painful sensitiveness on the top of the head, and stupefaction in the interior of it. [Ws.]

A splashing in the head when shaking it.

(Eroding) itching on the forehead and chin, as if an eruption would break out, going off on scratching, but returning immediately. [Bch.]

30. Stitches in the right frontal protuberance down to the nose. [Htn.]

The appearance of the countenance varies, and is sometimes very much dejected, sometimes animated, without heat or chill feeling. [Stf.]

Distorted, strained features, large wide open eyes and staring look, with redness of the cheeks, without thirst. [Htn.]

Staring look. [Htn.]

The left eye looks smaller than the right; the upper left eyelid is as if swollen, and hangs perceptibly down, making the eye seem smaller. [Stf.]

35. The eyes appeared to swim in cool water for some minutes. [Stf.]

The pupils contract (aft. 5 h.).

Great contraction of the pupils (immediately). [Trn.]

Contraction of the pupils (aft. ½ h.). [Bch.]

Contracted pupils (aft. 1 h.). [Htn.]

Samuel Hahnemann
Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) was the founder of Homoeopathy. He is called the Father of Experimental Pharmacology because he was the first physician to prepare medicines in a specialized way; proving them on healthy human beings, to determine how the medicines acted to cure diseases.

Hahnemann's three major publications chart the development of homeopathy. In the Organon of Medicine, we see the fundamentals laid out. Materia Medica Pura records the exact symptoms of the remedy provings. In his book, The Chronic Diseases, Their Peculiar Nature and Their Homoeopathic Cure, he showed us how natural diseases become chronic in nature when suppressed by improper treatment.