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Physostigma - Head symptoms - T.F. Allen

Calabar Bean, Physostigma Venenosum, Phys.

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HPUS indication of Physostigma: Stiff neck

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


Giddiness, in some cases,

Giddiness, ; (after one hour),

Giddiness, very disagreeable (after one hour); with a constrictive feeling of head (after seven hours and a half); giddiness has been a constant symptom (after thirteen hours and a half),

A slight degree of giddiness (after fifty minutes),

General Head.

Head drooping listlessly,

Brain feels tired (fifth day),

Brain felt confused, after waking from midday nap (fifth day),

Sensation as if the brain were loose and rolling about in the skull (after one hour),

Stupid feeling in the head (third day),

Head feels stupefied, at 7 P.M. (eighth day),

Head feels dull and heavy (tenth day),

During the whole time of proving she felt heavy and dull in the head,

Dull heavy feeling in the head, at 8 A.M. (sixth day),

Head dull, heavy, and full (fifth day),

Feeling as if something heavy were pressing the brain out (sixth day),

Arose at 8 A.M. with a heavy aching head, better after rising (second day),

Fulness of head, almost to faint feelings, at times,

Dull pressure encircling the head, with the sleepiness (third day),

Constricted feeling in the head, as if some tight bandage were tied around it (after two hours and a half),

A stimulus, as he called it, in the neck, in occiput, going through the whole head until it reached the eyes; this lasted an afternoon and evening,

Constant desire to move the head from side to side (ninth day),

Increase of head symptoms, with a little perspiration (after sixty-five minutes),


Heavy feeling in the head, and darting pains through the temporal regions, worse from motion (after one hour),

Dull heavy feeling of head; headache through forehead,

A dull, heavy, bruise-like pain in the whole brain, but rather more severe in the left temple, with a sensation of general fatigue; this continued throughout the day till evening, together with a general sensitiveness to cold or change of temperature (after four hours),

Dull pain, and a disagreeable confused feeling in the head, worse from motion (after ten hours and a half),

Darting pains in the head (after six hours and a half),

Deepseated pain in the head, all day, aggravated by making a heavy or misstep, as if the brain were bruised (second day),

Awoke with aching pains in whole brain, worse on left side (second day),

Pain in the top and forepart of my head; this increased until I had to lie down; much better when I sat up in bed; strong pressure also relieved (second day),

Pain in head, more severe over left eye, commencing in the morning; in the afternoon growing worse, and gradually increasing till 10 P.M., then beginning to subside; at same time, head bathed in warm perspiration (seventh day),

Cannot study for the pain in my head (third day); could not study (fourth day),

Headache (second day), ; (third day),

A severe headache occurred after drinking freely of new milk, which generally agreed with him (fifth day),

Headache began about 5 o'clock, across top of forehead, increased till after going to bed and asleep, lying down,

Constant headache, not severe, but more of a dull heaviness; confused feverish feeling, alternating from the forehead to the top of the head (eighth day),

Dull stupid headache, from the top of the head down through the head, in the evening (sixth day),

Dull headache, at 8 P.M. (second day),

Dull headache, at 10 A.M. (third day),

Some headache (after eleven hours); arose with a dull headache, not persistent, at 8 A.M. (second day),

Headache at times severe, generally a dull solid feeling (third day),

Awoke at about 3 A.M. with a severe pressing headache, confined to sinciput and over left eye (ninth day),

Stupefying headache; dull pain through forehead, worse over the left eye (after one hour and a quarter); headache increased; continuous through the entire day until about 6 P.M. (third day),

Heavy headache and pain in eyes, with much heat in head and face, at 2 P.M. (tenth day),

Headache, with fulness and a sense of faintness (sixth day),

Congestive headache, all the forenoon (twelfth day),

Headache, of a burning aching character, at 7 P.M. (eighth day),

Headache, in the morning, with epistaxis, left side (sixth day),

Headache, in the evening (fifth day); in the morning (sixth day),

Walking increases the headache,

Troubled with headache for some weeks after, which was greatly relieved during mental application, and aggravated when walking in the open air,

During the afternoon some headache, increasing towards evening; pain subsided by 10 P.M.; head feels strange and confused (eighth day),

More or less headache or heavy feeling about the head, during the day (second day),

Intense painful pressure in vertex and both temples; the pressure in vertex extending over to occiput; pain so severe as to obliged lying down (sixth day),

Spasms of pain, at intervals of five and ten minutes, sharp and lancinating, in region of right parietal eminence, lasting one or two minutes, leaving a sore bruised feeling; headache relieved, in evening, by close attention to a metaphysico-theological sermon, renewed by coming out into open air (second day),

Shooting pains through the right side of the head, extending down into the back part of the neck, worse when rising up or when walking, at 11 A.M. (eighth day),

Sharp pains, first in left side of the head, then in the right side,

An undefinable pain in the right side of the head, with a feeling as if it would increase; nevertheless it did not, but continued the same throughout the day (third day),

On awakening, pain on right side of head and right side of neck, with the feeling as though I had slept too sound; feels sore and stiff, similar to what is called a stiff neck; cannot bear my pillow high; feel as though my head would be easier on a single pillow,

Lateral headache, early in the morning, with fear of opening his eyes, because he feared it would increase the pain (second day),

Noise affects me (child crying); caused lateral headache (third day),

Lateral headache, which seems deep in the brain, nearly always relieved by eating (after four days); coming on while riding in a carriage (seventh day),

Sharp headache on right side, transient (tenth day),

Some headache; worse on right side (ninth day),

Dull pain in left occiput, lasting ten minutes (five minutes, after second dose),

Occipital headache, more of a tired sensation, in cerebellum (sixth day),

Deepseated pain in the forehead, with desire to rub it (third day),

Heavy pain in frontal region, worse from motion (after one hour and a half),

Darting and transient pains in frontal and temporal regions (after fifteen minutes); worse from motion (after half an hour),

Intolerable pain over both orbits (sixth day),

Sharp pain in the supraorbital region, running off towards the nose (third day),

A burning and aching pain in forehead, at 9 A.M., continuing during the day, and until retiring, at night (third day),

An aching-burning pain in forehead, at 1 P.M.; frontal headache on eating, exercise, or mental exertion, at 4 P.M. (eighth day),

Pain in the right frontal region (sixth day),

Pain in the head, over the right eyebrow, extending to the temple (fourth day),

Pain over right eye, all the evening,

At 3 P.M., have had, since noon, a persistent, dull, aching pain, not very severe, and situated over left eye; the pain was from motion or pressure (second day),

Pain in head, over the right eye, dull and weary (after three hours and three-quarters, second day),

Woke up with severe headache in forehead (second day); headache light at 12 M. (third day). This headache was very severe, and never before experienced; could not put my mind on anything, could not recollect anything; a mental exhaustion, not confusion,

Severe and sudden headache, over right eye, with pulsation felt in occiput, at 2 P.M. (fifteenth day),

Severe headache, over the right eye, lasting two days (after ten days),

Violent frontal headache, with slight chills and fever, at 8 P.M. (third day); hot and dry skin, at 10 A.M., at times extending to the vertex, in the afternoon (fourth day),

Heavy, dull, and oppressive frontal headache, with peculiar inability to express my thoughts clearly and intelligently, at 10 A.M. (twelfth day),

Heavy headache over left eye and extending over whole forehead, but most severe over left eye, as from a blow, at 1 P.M. (second day),

Dull frontal headache, in the evening (second day),

Dull frontal headache, at 2 P.M. (second day),

Dull heavy headache in forehead, before rising,

Woke next morning with a dull frontal headache; by noon the headache involved the whole cerebrum; great fulness of the bloodvessels of the brain,

Wakened in the morning with dull, heavy frontal headache, over the eyes, which passed off on rising (third day),

Some frontal headache (ninth day),

Feeling of constriction around the forehead and temples, changing into oppressive pain over the left orbit, and extending to the forehead and temples; very troublesome in reading (after half an hour),

Pain through the temples, as from pressure of blood to the head, with throbbing of the arteries on the side of the neck, at 4 P.M. (twelfth day),

Occasionally there was severe, sharp, darting pain in the right malar bone, and in the ramus of the jaw on the right side (fourth day),

Darting pains in the temporal regions, worse from motion (after eight hours),

Severe pain in both mastoid processes (after ten minutes),

Pain in both temples; in right temple, shooting pain down to second bicuspid tooth (two hours after first dose, sixth day),

Flashes of pain in the right temporal region (second day),

Dull pain in both temples, with pressing outwards in the frontal region (second day),

Headache in the temples (ninth day),

Headache in the right temple, at first a heavy dull pain; afterwards it became pulsative, and occasionally darting and quivering, like the motions of electric fluid passing from cloud to cloud, or from the cloud to the earth (tenth day),


Tensive headache; brain and scalp feel tight (second day),


Expansive sensation in top of the head (after one hour),

A pressing, from within outwards, in vertex and temples, which continued for five hours after taking the last dose,

Pressure (bearing down) on top of head (after seven hours and a half, second day),

Dull weight along the vertex, mostly on the left lobe of the brain (third day),


Occiput and External.

Contracted feeling of the skin of the forehead, which extended to the eyelids, causing an effort to close or open them (second day),

A burning spot in centre of forehead (third day),


Fulness in forehead and tendency to ache, with the sense of fatigue (after five hours); a dull heavy ache, more in right side (after thirteen hours),

Constant weight over the eyes, at 5 P.M. (fifth day); at 8 P.M. (eighth day), ; at 8 P.M. (second day),

Sensation as of a rush of blood to the frontal and temporal regions (after fifteen minutes),


Pressure in temples (seventeenth day),

Numbness of the temples, and crawling sensation over the head, at 4 P.M. (sixteenth day),

Skin of forehead and nose felt tense, making it difficult to close the eyes; this feeling continued for some fifteen or twenty minutes, in church, then a remission, then commenced again (second day),

Throbbing of temporal and carotid arteries (second day),

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