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Papaver Somniferum, Papaver Somniferum, Dried Latex Of The Poppy, Opium (papaver Somniferum)

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Below are the strongest indications of Opium in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.

Hahnemann says that it is much more difficult to estimate the action of Opium than of almost any other drug. The effects of Opium as shown in the insensibility of the nervous system, the depression drowsy stupor, painlessness, and torpor, the general sluggishness and lack of vital reaction, constitute the main indications for the drug when used homeopathically. All complaints are characterized by SOPOR. They are Painless, and are accompanied by Heavy, stupid sleep, stertorous breathing. sweaty skin. Dark, mahogany-brown face. Serous apoplexy - venous, passive congestion. Want of sensitiveness to the action of medicines. Reappearance and worse from becoming heated. Opium lessens voluntary movements, contracts pupils, depresses higher intellectual powers, lessens self-control and power of concentration, judgement; stimulates the imagination, checks all secretions except that of the skin. Want of susceptibility to remedies even though indicated. Diseases that originate from fright.
BETTER, cold things, constant walking.
WORSE, heat, during and after sleep ( Apis; Lach.)
Compare: Apis; Bell.; Gels.; Nux Mosch; Morphinum (extreme susceptibility to pain; twitching; tympanites; much itching); CODEIN (dry, teasing, incessant cough; twitching of muscles, especially those of eyelids); Eschscholtzia - California Poppy - (a harmless soporific).
Antidote: Acute Opium poisoning. Atropine and Black Coffee. Chronic Opium poisoning. Ipecac; Nux; Passiflora. Berberis is useful to counteract opium habit.
Third to thirtieth and 200th potency.
Non-Homeopathic Preparations and Uses.
Palliative only in great pain, sleeplessness, peritonitis, and to check excessive secretion in diarrhoea, diabetes, etc.
Opium (crude). - Official dose, 1 grai

    MIND (click for more)

Frightful fancies, daring, gay, bright

Complete loss of consciousness; apoplectic state

Delirious talking, with wide open eyes.

As if in a dream

Behaviour; jumping; out of bed
Behaviour; rolling on the floor

Dazed; between convulsions

Delirium; raging, raving

Delusions, imaginations, hallucinations, illusions; creatures and animals
Delusions, imaginations, hallucinations, illusions; visions or presence of phantoms, figures, people; faces
Delusions, imaginations, hallucinations, illusions; visions or presence of phantoms, figures, people; faces; hideous
Delusions, imaginations, hallucinations, illusions; visions; beautiful

Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; ecstatic; exhilaration
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; indecisive
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; indifference, apathy, etc.
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; indifference, apathy, etc.; does not complain
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; indifference, apathy, etc.; during chill
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; indifference, apathy, etc.; during fever
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; indifference, apathy, etc.; to pleasure
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; indifference, apathy, etc.; to suffering
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; mirth, hilarity, liveliness, etc.
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; rage, fury (see insanity, mania, delirium)
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; sensitive, oversensitive; to noise
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; sensitive, oversensitive; to noise; slightest
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; weeping, crying, tearful mood (lamenting); while perspiring


Fantasies; of exaltation; pleasant

Insanity; mania, madness; from drinking (delirium tremors)

Intellectual faculties; ideas; deficiency of ideas
Intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; confusion
Intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; dull, sluggish
Intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; dull, sluggish; while reading
Intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; imbecility

Memory; active memory

Perception; numbness
Perception; senses; acute
Perception; senses; dull


Symptoms follow intense emotions; anger
Symptoms follow intense emotions; fright
Symptoms follow intense emotions; reproaches

Unconsciousness; after epilepsy
Unconsciousness; during fever

Patient wants nothing

Thinks he is not at home

Unable to understand or appreciate his sufferings

    VERTIGO, DIZZINESS (click for more)

    HEAD (click for more)

Dull, heavy, stupid

Complete insensibility; no mental grasp for anything


Cerebral haemorrhage

Hot; during chill

Skin and scalp; perspiration; forehead
Skin and scalp; perspiration; forehead; cold

Pain in back of head; great weight there ( Gels.) Bursting feeling

Paralysis of brain.

Vertigo after fright

Vertigo; Lightness of head in old people

    EYE (click for more)

Ptosis ( Gels.; Caust.) Staring, glassy.


Glassy appearance

Intolerance of light (photophobia)

Lids; eyes closed; half open
Lids; half open

Pupils; contracted
Pupils; insensitive to light



Half-closed, dilated; pupils insensible, Contracted

    VISION (click for more)


Weak (see eyes, weak)

    HEARING (click for more)

Too sensitive
Too sensitive; to noises

    NOSE (click for more)

Smell; acute, over sensitive

    FACE (click for more)


Looks intoxicated, besotted ( Bapt.; Lach.) Spasmodic facial twitching, especially corners of mouth

Hanging down of lower jaw


Expression; old looking
Expression; sleepy


Motions of jaw; dropping of jaw
Motions of jaw; lockjaw


Skin; discoloration; bluish
Skin; discoloration; earthy
Skin; discoloration; pale
Skin; discoloration; red
Skin; discoloration; red; dark red
Skin; discoloration; red; during convulsion
Skin; drawn, pulled



Twitching; around mouth

Red, bloated, Swollen, dark suffused, hot

Veins of face distended

    MOUTH (click for more)

Bloody froth

Blubbering of lips

Difficult articulation and swallowing.


Intense thirst

Dryness; tongue; morning
Dryness; tongue; on waking

Open; during sleep

Paralysis; tongue
Paralysis; tongue; pulled to right

Speech; difficult

Tongue black, Paralyzed

    THROAT (click for more)

Tickling in the air passages; larynx

    ABDOMEN (click for more)

Hard, bloated, tympanitic

Bladder; paralysis
Bladder; retention of urine (see urination delayed); after a fright
Bladder; urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); ineffectual
Bladder; urination; delayed, difficult; from spasm of sphincter
Bladder; urination; delayed, difficult; must press; a long time before able to start
Bladder; urination; delayed, difficult; must press; morning
Bladder; urination; feeble stream (slow)
Bladder; urination; weakness

Hernia; groin; strangulated

Impaction (food lodged in abdomen)

Inflammation; neck of large intestine (right side, between hip and ribs. typhlitis)

Kidneys; suppression of urine; with perspiration

Pain; from lead poisoning
Pain; pressing; before stool
Pain; with vomiting, blood and mucus in stool (intussusception)

Paralysis of intestines

Stomach; appetite; ravenous, excessive; without enjoying food (see aversion to food)
Stomach; desires, cravings; alcoholic drinks; brandy
Stomach; vomiting; vomit like stool

Stopped sensation

During colic, urging to stool and discharge of hard faeces.

Faecal vomiting

Hungry; no desire to eat.

Incarcerated hernia

Lead colic

Stomach; Vomiting, with colic and convulsions

    RECTUM (click for more)

Constipation; alternating with diarrhoea
Constipation; difficult stool; stool recedes
Constipation; inactivity of rectum
Constipation; insufficient, incomplete, unsatisfactory stool
Constipation; stool remains in rectum for a long time with no urging

Constriction, contraction, closure, etc.; spasmodic

Diarrhoea; from emotions; from sudden joy

Involuntary stool
Involuntary stool; after a fright

Pain; burning; during stool
Pain; urge to stool, or urinate, but producing nothing; during stool

    STOOL (click for more)

Faeces protrude and recede ( THUS.; Sil.) Spasmodic retention of faeces in small intestines

Round, hard, black balls

Obstinate constipation; no desire to go to stool





Like balls
Like balls; black
Like balls; like sheep dung

Odour; offensive


Stools involuntary, black, offensive, frothy

Violent pain in rectum, as if pressed asunder.

    URINE (click for more)

Retained or involuntary, after fright

Loss of power or sensibility of bladder.

Slow to start; feeble stream

Scanty; while perspiring

    GENITALS (click for more)

Cessation of labor-pains with coma and twitchings

Female; Suppressed menses from fright
Female; pain; labour pains; ceasing
Female; pain; labour pains; weak
Female; prolapse; womb; after a fright

Horrible labor-like pains in uterus, with urging to stool.

Puerperal convulsions; drowsiness or coma between paroxysms

Threatened abortion and suppression of lochia, from fright with sopor

    RESPIRATION (click for more)

Difficult, intermittent, deep, unequal respiration

Deep snoring; rattling, stertorous breathing

Breathing stops on going to sleep; must be shaken to start it again ( Grindelia.) Hoarse

Cough, with dyspnoea and blue face; with bloody expectoration.

Heat in chest; burning about heart


Difficult (dyspnea)
Difficult (dyspnea); during sleep; must be awakened to avoid suffocation
Difficult (dyspnea); during sleep; when falling asleep
Difficult (dyspnea); waking with difficulty breathing
Difficult (dyspnea); with cough

Interrupted; during sleep (apnea)


Like deep snoring
Like deep snoring; after convulsions
Like deep snoring; during sleep


Slow; breathing in; during sleep
Slow; during convulsions

Snoring; during chill
Snoring; during heat

    CHEST (click for more)

Paralysis; heart

    BACK (click for more)

Cramp (see also pain: cramp-like pains); intermittent pulling; neck (head bent back)

Inflammation; spinal cord

Spasms; opisthotonos (body bent backward and stiffened)


Swollen veins of neck.

    EXTREMITIES, LIMBS (click for more)


Convulsions; worse from glare of light; coldness of limbs.

Coldness; lower limbs

Heat; hand

Movements and positions; convulsion
Movements and positions; convulsion; convulsive movement
Movements and positions; jerking; calf
Movements and positions; trembling
Movements and positions; trembling; after a fright
Movements and positions; trembling; lower limbs
Movements and positions; trembling; upper limbs
Movements and positions; twitching

Numbness (see tingling)

Paralysis; after extreme emotion


Jerks as if flexors were over acting

Painless paralysis ( Oleand.) Twitching of limbs

    SLEEP (click for more)

Bed feels so hot cannot lie on it

Child dreams of cats, dogs, black forms

Distant noises, cocks crowing, etc., keep him awake

Great drowsiness ( Gels.; Nux Mosch.) Falls into a heavy stupid sleep

Loss of breath on falling asleep ( Grind.) Coma vigil

Picking at bedclothes

Pleasant, fantastic, amorous dreams

Profound coma

Shaking chill; then heat, with sleep and sweat

Comatose; between convulsions

Deep; after convulsions
Deep; between convulsions
Deep; during chill
Deep; during heat

Dreams; amorous
Dreams; fantastic
Dreams; pleasant

Falling asleep; during heat


Sleep between heat of fever


Sleepiness, tiredness
Sleepiness, tiredness; during chill
Sleepiness, tiredness; during the heat
Sleepiness, tiredness; overpowering

Sleeplessness, insomnia
Sleeplessness, insomnia; night; with sleepiness

Symptoms during chill

While perspiring (see perspiration during sleep)


Thirst only during heat.

Very sleepy, but cannot go to sleep

    FEVER (click for more)

Heat extending over body

Fever characterized by stupor, snoring respiration, twitching of limbs, intense thirst and sleepiness

Burning heat

Continued fever; dazed from fever
Continued fever; in complete daze

Desire to uncover

Heat comes on during sleep

Intense heat; during sleep
Intense heat; with daze and unconsciousness
Intense heat; with delirium

Localised; cerebro-spinal fever

Perspiration with heat

Stages of chill, heat and sweat; chill followed by heat, with sweat

General low temperature with inclination to stupor.

HOT perspiration

Pulse Full and slow

    PERSPIRATION (click for more)

From fright
Other symptoms worse while perspiring

Profuse; morning
Profuse; morning; hot, dry

Single parts; upper body

    SKIN (click for more)

Hot perspiration over whole body except lower limbs.

Constant desire to uncover

Hot, damp, sweating

Abnormal growths; ulcers; painless

Discoloration; bluish

Dry; burning

    INJURIES AND ACCIDENTS (click for more)


Shock from injury

    GENERALITIES (click for more)

Affects of alcohol
Affects of alcohol; brandy

Blackness of external parts

Blood vessels; blue discoloration (from lack of oxygen in blood)

Catalepsy (dazed, allows others to position limbs); after a fright

Convulsions; children
Convulsions; convulsive movements
Convulsions; from excitement
Convulsions; from fright
Convulsions; from fright; of the mother (infant)
Convulsions; night
Convulsions; rapid muscle spasm
Convulsions; with falling; backwards

During sleep

Extreme emotion

Faintness, fainting; after a fright
Faintness, fainting; on excitement

Fluid build up; external

In aged people

Insensitive to pain (see irritability)
Insensitive to pain (see irritability); inner parts

Lack of irritability

Lack of reaction

Numbness; externally

Pain; pressing; internally

Painlessness of complaints usually painful

Perspiration gives no relief

Pulse; abnormal
Pulse; frequent, accelerated, elevated, exalted, fast, innumerable, rapid
Pulse; slow
Pulse; soft


Sensation of strength

Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); warmth; warm bed

Trembling; externally

Warmth; warm bed

Opium is not available to buy over the counter.

Homeopathic remedies are prescribed on the basis that in a tiny dilution like cures like, so while the very dilute homeopathic remedy may help, the raw product is often best avoided.

Entries on a white background are from Boericke's Materia Medica. Entries on a green background are from a reversed Kent's repertory, with some alterations to modernise the language. Uses are based on traditional homeopathic practice and have not been reviewed by the FDA.