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Allium Cepa - General symptoms

Red Onion, Cepa, Alium Cepa, All-c.

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Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Allium Cepa in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.



Since collecting onions in the harvest, four years before, a brother and sister, each in the thirtieth year, experienced for the first time a coryza, recurring at the same time each year, and continuing to the three weeks.

they would sneeze severely twenty to thirty times every morning, and were obliged to avoid peaches on account of their rough skin, as well as all flowering trees and plants (Nux Vomica Nux vom. relieved very greatly, but still other medicines had to be administered),.

Ate some small onions.

in four hours, indefinable anxiety.

walks about, and finally, full of apprehension, throws himself on the bed, and soon gets up again.

constant violent pains in left side of abdomen, more in middle and lower part of abdomen and in region of bladder, with troubles in urinating, and no stool.

violent thirst. in face, expression of anxiety and doubt.

skin hot, especially in the painful and sensitive places.

pulse somewhat accelerated, full, hardish,.

Woman, 40 years old, after eating cooked onions.

the hernia in the left groin much protruded and strangulated.

very severe pains from high up in the left side of the hypochondrium drew towards the incarcerated hernia.

very restless. much fever, etc.

the hernia returned after a single dose of Aconite Aconite , and no farther remedies were necessary (LIPPE)..

(Colic, gastric, wind and haemorrhoidal colic; in more than twenty cases, by a physician who was severely attacked on a journey, and without other remedies, seeing a string of onions hanging up, took (with a Rademacherian intuitive remedial instinct) one of the largest of the string, and devoured it with true canine hunger, and suddenly is enchanted by being free from colic, Loeffler.).

Immediately eructations of wind, then confusion of the head, especially in the forehead, and distension of the abdomen.

afterwards urgency to stool, but only passage of wind, with weak feeling in the limbs, and at evening free expectoration of mucus.

the distension of the abdomen continues till the next day, and ended with a diarrhoea, when all the other symptoms also disappeared (from fifty drops of tincture several times repeated),.

Exceptionally little flatus, almost none, in one who is accustomed to pass a great deal every morning, though he had eaten apples the previous evening according to his custom (the second and subsequent days).

this diminished emission of flatus, mornings, and its offensive odor, lasted for over a year, after which the flatus was as odorless and abundant as before,.

Since an intermittent fever and large doses of China China, two years previous, the prover had infrequent evacuations (four to eight days, without feeling the slightest desire).

they occurred mostly at evening.

since the proving, for a year and a half, he has had a stool nearly every morning, only very seldom omitting for two or three days,.

A picture of coryza, with Acrid nasal discharge and laryngeal symptoms, eye secretion BLAND; singers’ cold, Worse in warm room and toward evening; better in open air is presented by Allium Cepa. Specially adapted to phlegmatic patients; colds in Damp cold weather. Neuralgic pains, Like a fine thread, following amputations or injuries to nerves. Traumatic chronic neuritis. Burning in nose, mouth, throat, bladder and skin. Sensation of glowing heat on different parts of the body.

Cepa. Common Red Onion. N. O. Liliaceae. Tincture of the onion; or of whole fresh plant gathered from July to August.

Allium cepa covers more symptoms of common cold than any other remedy, as the well-known effect of onions in producing tears would suggest. It will cure a large proportion of cases of cold in the head, but the conditions which most particularly indicate it are Cough, or cold, or headache agg. in warm room, amel. in open air, agg. again on returning to warm room. It causes burning of eyelids, nose, mouth, throat, bladder, skin. Inflammation and increased secretion of mucous membranes neuralgic pains like a long thread.

in face, head, neck, and elsewhere.

agg. evening. towards ear from deep within head. The toothache of Cepa is amel. by cold air or cold washing. It is suited to traumatic neuritis. Hurts do not heal. The feet are easily galled by walking. It was recommended by Dioscorides as a remedy for this condition, and homoeopathy has confirmed his observation. Desire for raw onions is an indication for it. Thread-like pains are common in various parts and are characteristic of Cepa. Thread-like pains in face. Left-side facial paralysis has been cured by Cepa. The cough of Cepa is caused by tickling in larynx.

constant inclination to hack in order to relieve it. It has cured violent catarrhal laryngitis.

hoarse cough with feeling as if it would split and tear the larynx, causing watering of eyes. Cough from inhaling cold air. Cepa has yawning and drowsiness. A raw onion eaten just before going to bed is a popular remedy for sleeplessness. Cepa is a left-side medicine primarily. Symptoms go from left to right. Left eye.

left facial paralysis.

left inguinal ring. Rest agg.

motion amel. agg. Afternoon and evening.

when lying down. Damp cold wind and weather = colds and toothache. But cold water and open air amel.

warm room agg. Picking or sucking teeth amel. toothache. Eyes sensitive to touch.

Onion. Hering. Liliaceae.

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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 cou is sometimes excited by cold air but the patient himself is better in cold air and sensitive to heat.

Most of the symptoms 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, Influenzinum influenza or whatever they may be called, and usually there is congestive headache.

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.

On going to bed in the evening Allium 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 even ing; it is astonishing how quickly the onion will break up that "cold"

Now we will take up the particulars of the 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 Officinalis 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 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.

"Every year in August, morning coryza, with violent sneezing, very sensitive to the odor of flowers and skin of peaches."

That is one form of hay fever cured by Allium cepa It will wipe out an attack of hay fever in a few days, when the symptoms agree.

You may know that the true nature of hay fever is not generally understood. It is really only an explosion of chronic disease, that is, it is a manifestation of psora, and can be eradicated only by antipsoric treatment. Many a time have I seen hay fever wiped out in one season by a short-acting remedy, only to return the next just the same, and perhaps another remedy will be required.

Psora As soon as the hay fever is stopped you must begin with constitutional treatment. There will be symptoms, if you know how to hunt for them, that differ altogether from the acute attack. When the hay fever is on these do not appear.

It is a difficult matter to find a constitutional remedy when the hay fever is at its height, for it resembles an acute disease; but it is a manifestation of psora, like an other manifestation of psora, as eruptions, cough, etc.

The nose may manifest only a certain phase of chronic disease in one season which may, for instance, be suited to Allium cepa. I remember one time having occasion to prescribe Allium cepa at long distance. it was near a homoeopathic pharmacy. I wired the pharmacist to send my patient Allium cepa, and he labeled it.

Well, the patient kept the bottle and used it next season, but it did no good. That is likely to be the case, even when the symptoms seem to agree. In a psoric condition a short-acting remedy is insufficient.

it may help for one day only, and the deep-acting remedy that includes the patient as well as the hay fever and all the other symptoms will have to be administered.

The best time to treat hay fever is after the acute attack subsides and until it begins again the next season. It will then occur in a greatly modified form, different from any the patient has ever had, and calling for a different remedy.

That will be the case if the constitutional remedy has been properly selected.

In these coryzas the inflammation soon spreads to the ears, the throat and the larynx.

In the household where a medicine case is kept, Pulsatilla Pulsatilla is the standard remedy for earache, and it is true that only occasionally has a doctor to be sent for. Pulsatilla Pulsatilla has such a strong affinity for the ear that it will cure earache in almost all sensitive children who cry pitifully. But those who are snappish, who are never suited, who will throw away something they have asked for and slap the nurse in the face must have Chamomilla Chamomilla

With Pulsatilla Pulsatilla, Chamomilla Chamomilla and Allium cepa you can cure the majority of earaches in children.

Colic We all know what a flatulent vegetable the onion is. It is a wonderful medicine for babies with colic. Cutting, rending, tearing pains, drawing the poor little thing almost double. It screams with the violent cutting in the lower abdomen.

"Stitching pains in the abdomen."

"Colicky pains beginning in the hepatic region and spreading over the whole abdomen, worse around the navel; worse when sitting."

Wind colic. Allium cepa is a wonderful remedy in whooping cough, and when it is indicated the child will often have indigestion, vomiting and flatulency; will pass offensive flatus, will be doubled up with colic. Allium cepa also cures a ragged, sensitive condition of the anus, with bleeding, in infants.

Voice and larynx Acute complaints of the voice; catarrhal hoarseness; copious expectoration of mucus from the larynx. Violent inflammation of the larynx coming on very rapidly, with that cough I spoke of, and the tearing in the larynx.

Some will describe it as a sensation as if something were being torn loose. Those who describe more accurately will say that it feels as if a hook were dragging up through the larynx with every cough.

Tickling in the larynx with hoarseness. In the whooping cough there is this same painfulness of the larynx. The child shakes and shudders and you can see that it dreads the cough because of the tearing pain in the larynx.

Colds sometimes travel down into the bronchial tubes and are attended with fever and rapid pulse. If the tickling in the larynx, the cough from inspiring the cold air, worse in a warm room and in the evening, with tearing pain in the larynx, are present, Allium cepa will cure.

The cough is spasmodic and resembles croup or whooping cough. Cepa has a record for croupy cough.

The old lady binds onion on the throat of the child with croup, and no doubt, out in the back woods, where there are no doctors, it was far better than Old School treatment.

Here is a fairly good description from the Guiding Symptoms

"Hoarse, harsh, ringing, spasmodic cough, excited by constant tickling in the larynx; cough produces a raw, splitting pain in the larynx, so acute and so severe as to compel the patient to crouch from suffering and to make every effort to suppress the cough."

"Severe, laryngeal cough, which compels the patient to grasp the larynx; feels as if cough would tear it."

The child will reach up to the larynx and clutch it. This is wholly different from the Aconite Aconite condition, when the child, after exposure to a dry, cold wind, wakes before midnight with a hoarse, barking cough, and clutches the larynx.

So Aconite Aconite cannot be substituted for Allium cepa

Traumatic neuritis Another affection over which Allium Cepa has marvellous power is traumatic neuritis, often met with in a stump after amputation. The pains are almost unbearable, rapidly exhausting the strength of the patient.

Coryza with frequent sneezing and profuse acrid discharge, corroding upper lip and nose. Lachrymation also profuse but bland. (Euph. reverse).

Cold extends to the bronchi, with profuse secretion of mucus; coughing and much rattling (Chelidonium Majus Chelidon).

Modalities worse in the evening, and in warm room, better in open air (the coryza).

Anyone who has cut up raw onions for coming knows what is the effect upon the eyes and nose -irritation, which causes violent sneezing and lachrymation. Then, if the homoeopathic law of cure is true, it ought to be a good remedy for coryza, and so it is; but like every other remedy, it cures its own peculiar and characteristic form of the disease.

It has constant and frequent sneezing, with profuse acrid discharge, which burns and corrodes the nose and upper lip, and it is worse in the evening and indoors and better in open air. It has also profuse lachrymation, with burning, biting and smarting of the eyes, but the discharge is bland; that is, it does not make the eyes sore afterwards. There may or may not be headache.



Anus, fissure of. Ascites. Catarrh. Cold. Coryza. Cough. Diarrhoea. Facial paralysis. Feet, easily galled. Hay-fever. Hernia. Influenzinum Influenza. Laryngitis. Panaritium. Pneumonia. Trauma. Whitlow. Whooping-cough. Yellow fever.


Allium cepa, Willd. Nat. order, Liliaceae. Common names, Onion; (Germ.) Zwiebel; (Fr.) Oignon. Preparation, Tincture from the red onion.