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


(From vol. v, 2nd edit. 1826.)

(A drachm of the seeds of Delphinium staphisagria is pulverised, along with an equal quantity of chalk (for the purpose of absorbing the oil), and macerated, without heat and daily succession, for a week in 600 drops of alcohol, in order to form the tincture.)

The ancient may have made a very rude employment of this seed in order to excite vomiting or salivation, as we may see in DIOSCORIDES, who, however, also talks about its administration for toothache in general, the origin of which application is evidently domestic practice.

JOH. HEINR. SCHULZE (Theses de Materia Medica, editae a C.G. STRUMPFF, Hal., 1746, p. 435) when suffering from toothache took some of it in his mouth, but it gave him such a violent exacerbation that he thought he should go mad. What enormous power must not this drug possess!

As an exterminator of head vermin this seed was called by the Greeks ????okokov, and as such it still enters into the composition of an officinal ointment (unguentum pediculorum).

Now, as out new and only true healing art shows by experience that every drug is medicinal in proportion to the energy of its action on the health, and that is only overcomes that natural disease by virtue of its pathogenetic power provided it is analogous to the latter; it follows that a medicine can subdue the most serious diseases the most injuriously it acts on health human beings and that we have only to ascertain exactly its peculiar injurious effects in order to know to what curative purposes to may be applied in the art of restoring human health. Its power, be it ever so energetic, does not by any means call for its rejection; nay, it makes it all the more valuable; for, on the one hand, its power of altering the human health only reveals to us all the more distinctly and clearly the peculiar morbid states which it can produce on healthy human beings, so that we may all the more surely and indubitably discover the cases of disease in which it is to be employed in similarity (homoeopathically) and therefore curatively; whilst, on the other hand, its energy, be that ever so great, may be easily moderated by appropriate dilution and reduction of dose, so that it shall become only useful and not hurtful if it is found to correspond in the greatest possible similarity to the symptoms of the disease we wish to cure. It is just to the most powerful medicines in the smallest doses that we may look for the greatest curative virtue in the most serious diseases of peculiar character for which this and no other medicine is suitable.

For these unexceptionable reasons I anticipated a great treasure of curative action in the most peculiar diseases from staphisagria; and these reasons of which are recorded in the following symptoms. Thus, curative virtues have been elicited from this medicinal substances which are of infinitely greater value than its power to kill lice (the only medicinal property the ordinary quackish medical art knew it to possess) – curative virtues which the homoeopathic practitioner may make use of with marvellous effect in rare morbid states, for which there is no other remedy but this.

Ten drops of tincture are first intimately mixed by succession with two strokes of the arm with ninety drops of alcohol in order to obtain the first dilution (1/100); of this one drop mixed in the same way with another 100 drops of alcohol gives the 1/10000th dilution; and in this manner through thirty diluting phials in all, the dilution is brought so far that the last phial, which is that destined for medicinal use, contains a decillion-fold dilution (to be marked1/x), of which the smallest portion of a drop (a sugar globule the size is a poppy seed moistened with it) is to be employed as a dose.

I have seen the action of a larger dose more than three weeks.

Camphor subdues the excessive action of this medicine, and is a principal antidote of staphisagria.


No old-school authorities are cited.

The 1st edit has 606 symptoms, this 2nd edit,. 721.]


In the room vertigo, like stupefaction, not on the open air.

On stooping and on turning the head quickly vertigo; every thing whirled round on half a circle (only once).

Vertigo: when walking he ran up against the door.

Vertigo when lying in bed in the evening as if all turned round with him.

5. Whirling vertigo, especially when sitting, diminished by walking about (aft. 1 h.). [Ctz.]

Giddy (aft. 8.1/2 h.). [Gn.]

When standing and speaking confusion of the head, as if vertigo would come on, lasting a long time (aft. 14 h.). [Hnl.]

Whirling in the forehead and dulness in the head (aft. 5 h.). [Stf.]

Confusion of the head, only in front on the centre of the forehead on a small spot the size of a finger-tip, like stupidity – in the street he did not know whether he was walking to the right or left: he had to take great care.

10. Confusion of the head only in fits; sometimes his head was quite free and clear.

The head is confused, as if stupid and heavy (aft. ½ h.). [Hnl.]

The head is always confused and the spirits depressed. [Kr.]

Obtuseness of the mind, which kept him from work of all sorts.

Dazed in the head as in catarrh. [Stf.]

15. When he wishes to seize on an idea it escapes him. Vanishing of the thoughts; when he speaks or reflects on any subject and some one interrupts him, or suggests to him another thought, he immediately forgets the first thought and cannot recall it. [Gss.]

Vanishing of the thoughts (memory disturbed by fancies); when he reflects on anything so many things confusedly mixed together occur to him that he cannot get rid of them and quite forgets what he wished to think about. [Gss.]

Vanishing of the thoughts (memory disturbed by fancies); when he reflects on anything so many things confusedly mixed together occur to him that he cannot get rid of them and quite forgets what he wished to think about. [Gss.]

Weakness of memory: when he has read something after a few minutes he remembers it only dimly, and when he thought about anything for himself it soon after escaped him, and after long reflection he could hardly recall it. [Hrr.]

Pain in the whole head like tingling (aft. 5 h.). [Stf.]

20. Tingling and shooting in the whole head, worse when stooping forwards and walking, in the evening, for many hours (aft. 36 h.). [Stf.]

In the morning quite dazed in the head with contractive pressure in the crown (aft. 4 d.). [Fz.]

Headache in the crown like contraction from all sides and pressure. [Fz.]

Headache, alternately stupfying and boring.

Aching stupefying pain in the head, especially in the forehead, more severe when moving the head and when standing. [Lr.]

25. A heavy weight seems to lie on the cribriform plate of the ethmoid bone, above the root of the nose, like a kneaded-together lump. [Fz.]

Headache when moving as if all the brain would fail out; also when at rest as if the brain were pressed together, were separated from the skull and lay loosely in it.

On stooping forwards pain in the head as if everything would come out at the forehead (aft. 5 h.). [Stf.]

Headache as if the brain were compressed (chiefly in the forehead), with attacks of roaring in the ears, which goes off much sooner than the headache.[Gss.]

He feels as if the occiput were compressed inwardly and outwardly.

30. A pressing of the brain, especially in the occiput, against the skull bones, and aching in it, as if too much blood had collected there, in the evening before going to bed, which continues after lying down (aft. 39 h.). [Hnl.]

A forcing-out and asunder-pressing pain in the left half of the forehead (aft. ½ h.). [Htn.]

Aching asunder-pressing heavy pain in the occiput, when walking in the open air (aft. ½ h.). [Htn.]

Heavy pressure over the right orbit, in the open air (aft. ½ h.). [Htn.]

Heaviness in the head (aft. 72 h.). [Gn.]

35. Heaviness of the head relieved by supporting it on the hand (aft. 1 h.). [Gn.]

When he shook his head he felt on a small spot the middle of the forehead as if there were something heavy there, like a leaden bullet in the brain, which could not be detached.

Hard pressure in the head in the region of the right temporal bone and vertex.[Hrr.]

Hard pressure on the right side of the forehead. [Hrr.]

Pressure above the right eye and drawing upwards. [Fz.]

40. Pressure above the right eye behind the superciliary ridge, as from something hard. [Fz.]

Pressive pain in the left temple outwardly and inwardly, as if the finger were strongly pressed on it. (aft. 1.1/2 h.). [Hrr.]

Occasional drawing pressure on the forehead. [Hnl.]

In the morning immediately after waking, severe headache, as if the brain were torn, which went off afterwards with frequent spasmodic yawning.

Tearing in the forehead, in the evening when sitting; on stooping there was shooting in it and it was relieved by walking.

45. Violent tearing pressure through the left half of the brain, especially severe in the forehead, gradually increasing and gradually going off (aft. 54 h.). [Htn.]

Dull, painful, sometimes shooting pressure outwards, first in the whole forehead, then only in the left frontal protuberance, which went off during rest, but returned more violently during movement (aft. 4 h.). [Hnl.]

Occasional sharp pressure on the vertex. [Fz.]

Shooting pain in the head, all day (aft. 17 d.).

Aching stitch-like and drawing pain in the left side of the forehead (aft. 2 h.). [Lr.]

50. Dull pinching pain in the forehead, with stitches on the temples, which went off by walking, but returned when sitting and standing (aft. 4 h.). [Trn.]

Quick stitches in the top of the frontal bone, making him start. [Fz.]

Boring stitch from within outwards in the vertex (aft. 56 h.). [Gn.]

Single coarse obtuse stitches from the skull into the brain, not far from the crown; at the same time the part is very painful externally, especially when touched.

Pressive boring stitch, lasting a minute, in the whole left half of the forehead, from within outwards, the violence of which wakes him up twice from sleep in the morning (aft. 22.1/2 h.). [Htn.]

55. Sharp burning needle-pricks in the left temple.

Transient burning stitches in the occiput, the first days from the right to the left side, the following days from below upwards. [Ctz.]

Shooting in the left temple.

Obtuse shooting in the right temple, outwardly and inwardly, as if the bone would be pressed out, more violent when touched. [Hrr.]

Drawing cutting tearing in the side of the forehead. [Lr.]

60. Burning shooting pains on the left parietal bone.[Hrr.]

On the frontal bone externally, burning stitches.[Fz.]

Itching over the hairy scalp.

Eroding itching all over the occiput, which compels scratching, by which, however, it is rather aggravated than ameliorated (aft. 14 d.). [Hnl.]

On the upper part of the occiput, an eroding itching, with sore pain, which returns at the same time of the evening and in the same place.[Hnl.]

65. Itching erosion on the hairy scalp, increased by rubbing, for several days. [Hnl.]

Itching on the hairy scalp, like needle-pricks, and eruption of small pimples on the forepart towards the forehead. [Fz.]

On the hairy scalp as also immediately above and behind the ear, an itching, scurfy eruption.

The hairy scalp itches much, is scurfy and exudes watery discharge.

Fine burning needle-pricks externally on the vertex. [Fz.]

70. Much hair can be drawn from the head without pain, by slightly pulling it (aft. 4 h.). [Gn.]

His hairs falls out very much.

Burning in-pressive pain in the left parietal bone, just above the ear (Aft. 2.1/2 h.). [Htn.]

At the occiput from the occipital joint upwards, rheumatic aching drawing on bending the head forwards.[Fz.]

Painful drawing externally on several parts of the head, more violent when touched. [Hrr.]

75. Tearing externally on the head and in the teeth.

Drawing tearing shooting in the left temple, as if the bone, persisting in a pulsating manner (aft. 40 h.); the following day it returned occasionally with less violence, now in the left, now in the right temple, soon also in the left frontal protuberance, lasting several days. [Hnl.]

Painful drawing on an below the occipital protuberance, at every movement of the head (aft. 10 m.). [Hrr.]

Feeling of excoriation on the right parietal bone, only when touched; on account of the pain he cannot lie at night on the right side (aft. 80 h.). [Gss.]

In the depression behind the ear-lobe, a large but painless lump, with some white papules on the top of it.

80. A stretching pain on the left side of the nape and occiput, only at night, which often wakes him from sleep, and owing to which he cannot lie on either the left or right side.[Lr.]

Itching papules in the nape.

Face as if bloated by catarrh. [Stf.]

He looks so hollow-eyed and big-eyed and so suffering and pinched in his features as if he had been raking over night, or as if after a disagreeable emotional shock. [Stf.]

On the face eruption of small (itching?) discrete pimples.

85. On the face eruption of small pimples, on the forehead, cheeks, and near the commissures of the mouth, which cause pricking itching, and when touched are painful as if festering (aft. 9 h.). [Fz.]

On the face, on the forehead, cheeks, and around the mouth and wrists, eruption of pimples which cause drawing itching, which is removed for only a short time by scratching, but then returns of a pricking character. [Fz.]

The eruption of pimples on the face sometimes causes tensive sore pain of itself; on being touched it pains as if festering. [Fz.]

Throbbing and aching pain in the whole face from the teeth into the eye, for sixteen days.

Very fine needle-pricks in the face and the rest of the body. [Fz.]

90. Burning aching tearing in the right temple, close to the eye (aft. 7 h.). [Htn.]

Burning pressive sensation round about the eye (aft. 4 h.). [Htn.]

Contracted pupils (aft. ½, 1 h.). [Lr.]

The pupils are contracted after half a hour, after which they become much dilated. [Trn.]

Dilation of the pupils.

95. Dilated pupils, the first days. [Stf.]

Dilated pupils (aft. 26 h.). [Lr.]

Very dilated pupils, for many hours. [Stf.]

A contractive sensation in the upper eyelid, which presses out tears.

Pressure on the upper eyelid all day – more severe on the shutting the eye.

100. Severe sharp cutting pain under the left upper eyelid (aft. 75 h.). [Gn.]

Under the left upper eyelid pain as if a hard body lay beneath it (aft. 13 h.). [Gn.]

Itching on the border of the upper eyelid in the open air (aft. ¾ h.).; two hours afterwards also in the other eye- it went off by rubbing. [Kr.]

Itching on the borders of the eyelids (aft. 2 h.).

A pain pressing the eye from within outwards, on the upper border of the right orbit, just behind the eye, persisting for a long time and frequently recurring (aft. 10 d.). [Hnl.]

105. Aching pain in the upper part of the right eyeball (aft. 3.1/2 h.). [Htn.]

Aching in the eye; she must wink frequently.

Hard pressure in the inner canthus of the right eye. [Hrr.]

Tensive stitch in the outer canthus of the right eye (aft. 3.3/4 h.). [Gn.]

The eyes are very dry in the evening, and ache.

110. The eyes, in the morning on waking, are very dry; they ache so that she cannot open them unless they are moistened.

Dryness of the eyes, lasting all day (aft. 13 h.). [Hnl.]

A smarting sore pain in the inner canthi.(In a man who had never had anything the matter with his eyes in his life.)

In the left inner canthus a pain rather smarting than itching.

Smarting water runs out of the eyes, in the morning.

115. In the inner canthus a severe itching, worst in the open air – he must rub it.

A not disagreeable burning in the outer canthus of the right eye, which extends to a considerable distance behind the eye towards the ear, and recurs paroxysmally (aft. 1.1/2 h.). [Stf.]

Inflammation of the white of the eye, with pains.

Pimples around the inflamed eye.

The eyes soon begin to pain when writing (especially in the afternoon), a smarting and burning, and then some drops escape which smart; he must avoid the light, as that brings on the pain sooner.

120. On strainthe eyes, coarse stitches in them. [Fz.]

Shooting thrusts in the eyeball, as if it would burst (Aft. 1.1/2 h.). [Fz.]

The eyes are excessively deeply sunk, with blue raised borders, as in a person who had been raking much, for four days. [Stf.]

The right eye is much larger (more expanded, more open) than usual (aft. 78 h.). [Fz.]

On looking at an object a white veil comes before it, making it invisible.

125. When reading small black flashes seemed to come before the letters, and then whole lines disappeared.

Also when looking in the open air sometimes black flashes came before the eyes, like a kind of flickering.

In the dark night, in bed, he sees a pillar of fire before the eyes.

The sight is dim and the eyes so hot that the spectacle glass becomes covered with condensed vapour.

Dimness of sight, as if the eyes were full of water, with itching and pricking in the inner canthi; he must rub the place.

130. Dimness of sight in near and distant vision (aft. 10 h.). [Hnl.]

Illusion of vision: when he stands up from his seat he appears to himself much larger than usual and all below him seems to be much lower down (aft. 26 h.). [Fz.]

A halo round the candle flame in the evening.

Tearing pressure in the outer canthus in the region of the lachrymal gland (ft. 72 h.). [Fz.]

Feeling in the eyes as if they were full of sleep.

135. The eyes sometimes close, although he is not sleepy. [Fz.]

At night dry matter is deposited on the eyelashes and on the outer canthus; in the open air the eye gum also hardens and causes stiffness.

In the inner canthus there is always an accumulation of dry matter, which he must rub away frequently during the day.

The eyes are sealed up in the morning in their inner canthus.

On the concha of the left ear posteriorly, a cramp-like burning aching pain (aft. 8 h.). [Htn]

140. (A drawing pain on the ear.)

A pinching and nipping in the left ear.

A stitch in the left ear (aft. 31 h.). [Gn.]

Blunt, but deep stitches in the interior first of the left, then of the right ear.

Deep in the right ear a dull painful stitch, in the evening(aft. 48 h.). [Kr.]

145. A tensive stitch in the left ear (aft. 8.1/2, 36 h.). [Gn.]

In the right meatus auditorious a feeling of cold streaming in like a cool breath, for some hours. [Stf.]

Ringing in the left ear (aft. 4.1/2 h.). [Kr.]

On moving the head ringing in one or other ear, which went off when at rest (aft. 2.3/4 h.). [Lr.]

Sometimes a slight crack on both ears as if the wind suddenly rushed in- without diminution of the hearing. [Fz.]

150. Drawing in both malar bones (zygomatic arch). [Hrr.]

Aching tearing in the left zygomatic process involving the teeth (at. 1 h.). [Gss.]

Tearing and tugging from the head down through the cheeks into the teeth (aft. 36 h.). [Stf.]

Cutting drawing in the left zygoma (aft. 22 h.). [Gss.]

Burning stitch in the right malar bone (aft. ½ h.). [Gn.]

155. Obtuse stitch in the left zygoma (aft. 22 h.). [Gn.]

Burning sharp shooting in the left cheek, inciting him to scratch. [Gss.]

Itching on the cheeks.

Itching (eroding) needle-pricks on both cheeks, inciting him to scratch. [Gss.]

The left cheek is painful as if ulcerated, when yawning. [Fz.]

160. When yawning the right maxillary-joint in front of the ear tends to become dislocated, with shooting pain.

Pain in the maxillary-joint when yawning.

Swelling of the cheek over the lower jaw.

In the left nostril on the cartilage of the nasal septum there occurs a sore pain when it is touched, as if it would ulcerate. [Gss.]

Sore pain on one nostril as if it were much ulcerated.

165. Sore nose inwardly, with a scab deeply seated in the interior.

Itching in the left ala nasi, which went off on touching it (aft. 78 h.). [Gn.]

Sensation as of fine cuts in the lip, as if they were chapped. [Fz.]

In the middle of the upper lip a scabby ulcer.

A burning lasting a minute about the middle of the outer border of the upper lip. [Stf.]

170. On the red of the upper lip a pimple covered by a scab, with burning sensation.

A vesicle on the border of the red of the lower lip with shooting burning pain.

Pressive sharp stitches from within outwards in the upper lip. [Gss.]

An ulcer on the border of the red of the lower lip, of shining red appearance with obtuse shooting drawing pains per se, sometimes accompanied by not disagreeable itching, which induces scratching, whereupon an obtuse shooting ensues (aft. 6 h.). [Hrr.]

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.