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Sabadilla - General symptoms

Cevadilla Seed. Asagraea Officialis, Sabadilla Officinalis, Sabadilla Officinarum, Sabad.

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HPUS indication of Sabadilla: Hay fever

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



Asagraea officinalis, Lindley (Veratrum Album Veratrum officinale, Schlicht.; Sabadilla officinarum, Brandt).

Natural order, Liliaceae (Melanthaceae).

Common names, Cebadilla, Cevadilla, Sabadilla.

Preparation, Tincture of the seeds.

Sore pain in the median line of the upper lip, early in the morning after waking, as if there were a fine crack, or as if it were drawn together and upward with a fine string.

the tension disappears after pressing the lip with the incisors, and there remains only a simple soreness.

afterwards it is seen that the epidermis had been torn and had retracted, for several days,.

Immediately after taking the drug, a violent burning in the tip of the tongue, in the throat and abdomen, with violent rumbling in the latter, followed in five minutes by an evacuation mixed with blood, and accompanied with burning of the anus.

after this he felt weak and slumbered for about a quarter of an hour.

upon waking he felt extremely well and comfortable,.

In the afternoon, while sitting, he is suddenly attacked with a violent stitchlike pain in the right side below the last rib, resembling splenetic stitches, accompanied with lachrymation.

he rises and twists himself in every direction to alleviate the pain, when the pain suddenly attacks the left side, and it seems as if both pains met in the middle of the abdomen.

he instinctively sat down again, stretched, bent the back forward, pressed his hands into his sides, after which the pain disappeared after having lasted twenty minutes (first day),.

Violent urging for stool, with noise like the croaking of frogs.

he had to sit a long time.

after this an immense quantity of flatus accumulated and was passed, followed by an enormous evacuation, which was followed by a second, mixed with much blood.

from this moment he felt a sort of burning pain in the abdomen, which lasted about eight days, decreased gradually after that time, and left an itching which yielded to rubbing, and changed into a slight burning (after half an hour),.

Constant desire to urinate, towards evening.

she emits only a few drops, after which the urging is most violent, accompanied with drawing in the urethra from before backward.

the urging is accompanied with violent burning in the urethra. (This troublesome symptom was soon removed by a small dose of Pulsatilla Pulsatilla),.

Action on mucous membrane of the nose and the lachrymal glands, producing coryza and symptoms like Hay-fever, which have been utilized homeopathically. Chilliness; sensitive to cold. Ascarides, with reflex symptoms (nymphomania; convulsive symptoms). Children’s diarrhoea with constant cutting pains.

Weak; nervous; easily startled

Alternate nerve and bodily symptoms

Formication Twitches





Erroneous (fixed), personal ideas

Pain in alternate sides of forehead

Unilateral head pains

Itching scalp

Red, itching tarsi

Lachrymation; when in pain; worse open air

Nose; ITCHES; rubs or picks it; very dry; tickling in, spreads over whole body, then dyspnoea follows


Hay fever

Sensitive smell Itching soft palate

Tongue feels burnt

Sorethroat; l

to r

; worse empty swallowing; better hot drinks

As of a lump, morsel, thread or skin hanging in throat

Canine hunger


Craves hot things, sweets or milk

Bowels feel knotted

Burning, frothy, floating stools

Crawling, itching at anus; alternating with tickling in nose or ears


Violent coughing attacks; muffled; worse anger

Upward jerking of arms

Cracks under toes

Cutting in bones

Itching skin (in nose and anus) with asthmatic breathing

Shivers; as a concomitant

Thirst, after chill only

Asagraea officinalis. Veratrum Album Veratrum officinale. Sabadilla officinarum. Cebadilla. Cevadilla. N. O. Melanthaceae (of the Liliaceae). Tincture of seeds.

Asagraea is a Mexican genus belonging to the Colchicum Autumnale Colchicum family, Melanthaceae.

It has only one species, A. officinalis, which furnishes the Cebadilla seeds from which Veratrine is prepared.

The seeds were formerly used to destroy vermin (Treas. of Bot.).

Saba. first appears in homoeopathic literature as one of Stapf's additions, Hahnemann being one of the provers.

Stapf's Additions forms a kind of appendix to the Materia Medica Pura.

The plant, says Stapf, was first described by Monaides about the year 1572.

At first it was almost exclusively used for destroying lice, and also worms in putrid ulcers and in the intestines.

Stapf points out that the provings reveal remarkable febrile symptoms.

Saba., he says, is "not only specific to a certain kind of very bad angina, and to a rare kind of pleurisy where no inflammatory fever nor thirst is present, where the patient complains of coldness mingled with isolated flushes of heat.

but also to some forms of fever and ague, where the chilliness sets in with nausea and inclination to vomit, recurs frequently, and sometimes alternates with flushes of heat.

where the heat is more perceptible in the face and on the hands than on the rest of the body, with absence of thirst both in the chilly and hot stage." The same authority says that Saba. has a long period of action.

the primary symptoms develop in the first five days, then recur after the lapse of some time.

Symptoms are periodical and paroxysmal.

The periodicity of Saba. may be as clock-like as that of Cedron Cedr., and renders it a leading remedy in intermittent fevers and neuralgias.

Saba. is a chilly remedy, the symptoms, especially the coryza, being generally agg. in the open air.

The catarrhal symptoms are very severe, and correspond to many cases of bay asthma.

I have often relieved cases with Saba., though it does not cure the diathesis.

Sore throats characterised by a sensation of a lump or foreign body in the throat, and a constant necessity to swallow, I have frequently cured with Saba.

Kent (Med. Adv., August, 1894) says it is suited to "old, chronic sore throats that are agg. from cold air.

The patient is sensitive to cold air.

Every time he takes cold it settles in his nose and throat.

Tonsillitis going from left to right." The desire for hot drink distinguishes Saba. from Lachesis Lach.

The traditional use of Saba. as a destroyer of parasites is depicted in the provings "Violent itching of hairy scalp, compelling her to scratch till blood comes." "Itching of the vertex as if a quantity of vermin had collected there, obliging him to scratch incessantly." "Itching of anus and rectum as from ascarides." "Itching of anus alternating with itching of alae nasi and meatus auditorius." Kent gave Saba. to a pet dog which had great irritation of anus, and soon afterwards he passed a very large number of worms.

Saba. has an extreme amount of giddiness in its pathogenesis; it may cause staggering and even fainting.

Objects seem to whirl round, or to whirl round each other.

Stapf had "Vertigo early in the morning after rising." After a dose of Saba. in high potency I astonished myself by falling back on the bed with giddiness on rising the following morning.

Among the characteristic mental symptoms are Tendency to be startled.

Erroneous impressions as to the state of his body.

Imaginary diseases imagines parts shrunken, &c.; if there is distension from flatus imagines she is pregnant, &c.

Saba. is intolerant of mental exertion; thinking = headache.

Digestion is disordered and the tongue loaded, sinking at stomach and gnawing hunger.

Saba. corresponds to many forms of indigestion, including that incident to pregnancy.

Peculiar Sensations are As if things were turning around each other.

As if she would fall if she did not hold on to something.

As if eyes went round with the whirling sensation.

Lips as if scalded. Tongue as if full of blisters.

As if uvula were down.

As if oesophagus would be closed.

As of a body in throat which he must swallow down.

As of a lump in throat.

As if a morsel of food had lodged in throat.

As of a worm in oesophagus.

As if a sore spot was pressed upon.

As of a lump in abdomen.

As if a ball of thread were moving and turning rapidly through abdomen.

As if knives were cutting abdomen.

As if abdomen were shrunken; were empty.

Croaking as of frogs in abdomen.

As of something alive in abdomen.

As if stomach were gnawed.

As of a thread or string in throat.

As if throat were tied with a string.

As if articulation were suspended.

As if tape prevented circulation in chest.

As if interior of bones were scraped out with a sharp knife.

As if hot breath came out of his mouth and nose.

As if everything were in motion.

As if the air itself were in tremulous motion.

As if he had taken wine.

Shaking as if in a severe chill.

As if something sharp in throat.

As if a soft body in throat must be constantly swallowed.

Pressure on larynx = throat sore.

Scratching amel. itching of scalp; = burning of anus.

Lying perfectly still amel. vertigo.

Lying down = cough immediately, agg. expectoration.

Sitting agg. vertigo. Rising from seat vertigo.

Opening mouth wide = cracking of jaw-joint.

Walking vertigo and afterwards headache; pain in stomach.

Getting into sweat when walking agg. itching of scalp. amel.

Afternoon. Chill 3 p.m. agg.

Morning; and evening. Gastric symptoms agg. morning. agg.

At new or full moon; at regular periods.

Alternating canine appetite and disgust for meat and sour things; thirstlessness and bulimia with aversion to food.

Hot drinks agg. toothache; mouth intolerant of; craved in sore throat, more easily swallowed.

Cold agg. all symptoms; agg. cough.

Cold drinks agg. toothache.

Walking in cold air agg. toothache.

Open air amel. vertigo; feels amel. in; = lachrymation and spasmodic sneezing.

Warm stove amel. chilliness.

When over-heated itching of scalp agg.

Mental exertion agg. Fright = hysterical paroxysms. agg.

From wine. Saba. is suited to Persons of light hair, fair complexion, with a weakened, relaxed muscular system.

Children. Old people.

Cebadilla. Stapf. Liliaceae.

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s The Sabadilla patient is a shivering patient, sensitive to the cold air, a cold room, cold food.

He wants to be well wrapped up.

wants hot drinks to warm up his stomach. He is subject to catarrhal conditions, and in these he wants hot air. The catarrhal conditions of the throat require hot drinks and food. Warm things are grateful to him. It is difficult to swallow cold things.

they increase the pain and difficulty in swallowing.

We often study remedies by contrast. Sabadilla travels from left to right, and at once a good prescriber connects it with Lachesis Lachesis The soreness, pain and inflarnmatory conditions of the throat commence on the left side and spread to the right in both Sabadilla and Lachesis Lachesis. But warm things aggravate the pain in Lachesis Lachesis.

they cause a spasmodic condition, with a sensation of choking, and therefore he wants cold things, which relieve.

they are swallowed more easily and ameliorate the pain in the throat. Sabadilla on the other hand is relieved by heat, either outside or inside.

Discharge at first of thin mums and later thick mucus. It has all the appearance of a coryza. The coryza is ameliorated from inhaling hot air. He sits before an open grate or register, with the head close to it, inhaling the hot air. Especially useful when the catarrhal state of the nose is prolonged.

a prolonged coryza, which does not yield to ordinary remedies.

a lingering coryza, and the discharge is exaggerated by the odor of flowers. Even thinking of the odor of flowers makes him sneeze and increases the flow from the nose. So thinking of various things aggravates his complaints.

Many hay fever patients are sensitive to the odor of flowers, to the, odor of the hay field, to dying vegetable matter.

so oversensitive to the odor of fruit are some that apples have to be removed from the house. Inhalation of odors that are beautiful, as that of the lavender, some hay fever patients cannot tolerate.

such things may bring on an attack out of the season. Now Sabadilla is of this sort oversensitive to surroundings, to odors.

these increase the catarrhal state of the throat and posterior nares.

Sneezing and a flow of mucus from the nose.

goes on even to ulceration. Periodical attacks.

a rose cold in June. in autumn about August 20 as a hay fever. Hay fever is often an easy thing to palliate with short acting remedies.

they will cut short an attack in a few days. But the cure requires years, and the patient must be treated in the interim and according to his symptoms. When the hay fever symptoms are present he has no others.

one group is manifested at one time, and another group at another time. But the patient is sick and all the symptoms must be gathered together and the case treated accordingly.

His mind is filled with strange things. Imaginations concerning persons or himself are strange. Imagines the body is withering, that the limbs are crooked, that the chin is elongated, and larger on one side than the other. She feels that this is so and believes it even in spite of her vision. It is a sensation which she believes, a delusion, an insanity.

"Erroneous impressions as to the state of his body."

"Imagines himself sick; imagines parts shrunken; that she is pregnant when she is merely swollen from flatus; that she has some horrible throat disease that will end fatally."

The imaginations are groundless.

nothing is visible, and the suffering is greater than if there was something to be seen. These patients often get no sympathy.

they should really have a remedy. Thuja Thuja has erroneous impressions as to the state of the body.

thinks she is made of glass.

the idea is not that of transparency, but rather of brittleness fears that she would break in pieces.

There are but a few remedies which have fixed ideas; these ideas may be concerning religion, politics, clothing, things of the family and life. I once had an insane patient who would get out of the street, ear if anyone entered who wore a certain color, because she had a fixed idea that this was of evil import to her.

The Pulsatilla Pulsatilla mental state in a man is that a woman would be a detriment to his soul.

it is a delusion, a fixed idea. Iodium Iodine is full of fixed ideas. Anacardium Occidentale Anacardium has a fixed idea that a devil is sitting on one shoulder talking into his ear, while an angel sits on the other shoulder talking into the other ear, and he halts between the two and says nothing.

"Delirium during intermittents."

"Mental exertion aggravates the headache and produces sleep."

A sleepiness comes on from thinking, meditating, reading. While meditating in a chair he falls asleep like Nux Moschata Nux moschata and Phosphoric acid.

He wakens up at night with vertigo. Vertigo, in the open air; under all sorts of circumstances. Full of headaches. Headaches on one side of the head. The meditation which drives him to sleep brings on headache.

Fullness, bursting, stupefying, aggravated by jarring, sneezing, walking. Stupefying headaches with coryza. Often gets up with it in the morning, increases during the forenoon. Head covered with a cold sweat. Many of the symptoms are closely related to Veratrum Album Veratrum, especially in the cold sweat on the forehead with complaints.

Hay fever when there is spasmodic sneezing, fluent coryza.

nostrils stuffed up. inspirations through nose labored.

snoring. itching in the nose.

profuse bleeding from the nose.

bright red blood comes from the posterior nares and is expectorated.

very sensitive to the smell of garlic.

coryza with severe frontal pains and redness of eyelids.

violent sneezing. copious watery discharge from the nose.

A peculiar kind of itching coming on in some hay fevers is an itching in the roof of the mouth, on the soft palate, and for relief the patient must draw the tongue back and forth over the soft palate, with this coryza, sneezing, etc. Wyethia Wyethia will cut the attack short.

When the itching extends to the larynx and trachea, with great irritability and sensitive to cold Nux Vomica Nux vomica.

When the discharge burns a red streak over the upper lip and about the wings of the nose, with sneezing and profuse, watery nasal discharge Arsenicum Album Arsenicum

Copious acrid lachrymation, and copious bland flow from the nose with sneezing Euphrasia Officinalis Euphrasia

Copious, bland, watery discharge from the eyes and copious, acrid, watery discharge from the nose Allium Cepa Allium cepa

But these are not the constitutional remedies.

they do not cure, but only palliate during the severe attacks. These symptoms are the outcome of the psoric constitution, and this constitution must be treated by antipsorics. Sometimes the hay fever is so severe that it seems to be the only manifestation of psora in the patient, but if it is restrained or stopped up by bad treatment he is not well during the whole year.

If let alone he has good health during the rest of the year. Many a time the hay fever goes through the whole winter and only by constitutional up building can it be mitigated. But with constitutional treatment each yearly attack is lighter, and at the end of treatment he is able to live in his own climate unaffected.

He must not go to the mountains to mitigate it. If to any place, he should go where the affection would be worse, so that all its manifestations would be apparent. The hay fever will only be cured if the patient is curable, but if not, if his constitution is so broken down that he is incurable, his hay fever will not be cured.

The most striking place of attack is the mucous membrane of the nose, throat, trachea and larynx. Violent acute inflammation of the mucous membrane of these parts.

The appetite is singular.

it is commonly seen in pregnant women. She says she is never hungry.

never wants anything to eat, and often there is an aversion to food.

but when, from a matter of reason, she concludes to eat, and she takes a mouthful, it tastes good, it recalls the appetite, and she makes a good meal. At other times not only a loss of appetite, but a disgust and loathing of food.

"Disgust for all food, for meat, for sour things, for coffee, for garlic."

"Morbid hunger or loathing for food."

A routine remedy in pin worms, seat worms, all sorts of worms stomach and tape worms. A careful prescriber never thinks of prescribing for worms. He takes all the symptoms of the patient and these guide him to the remedy. I remember one time in a lady's house seeing a dog drag his hinder parts over the carpet as if to scratch the anus. She said

"Doctor, can't you give the dog a remedy?"

I put a dose of Sabadilla in its mouth. Some time afterwards she asked me

"Doctor, what did you give the dog that medicine for?"

I inquired why she asked.

"Why," she said, "in a few days it passed an awful lot of worms."

Sabadilla and Sinapis Nigra Sinapis nigra are well adapted to cases in which pin worms are present. Often a remedy restores the patient to order in general and then all his particular parts are set in order.

"Nymphomania from ascarides."

"Cutting pains, as from knives, in ovary."

"Menses too late, with painful bearing down a few days previous; decreased, How by fits and. starts, sometimes stronger, sometimes weaker; blood bright red."

Hysterical patients; a patient with a strangely unbalanced mind, accompanied by various nervous manifestations.

"Twitchings, convulsive tremblings, or catalepsy from worms."

It is true that worms will not prosper in a perfectly healthy stomach, intestine or rectum. They can only thrive in the unhealthy. Many a time I have had a patient bring me a tape-worm in a bottle after I had put them on an antipsoric, even when I did not suspect its existence.

Turn the economy into order and the parasites go. The same applies to germs. They only exist as a result of disease. They have never been known to exist without the disease having first existed. If you ignore the worm, but select the remedy on the totality of the symptoms, the patient will be restored to health, and, so far as the worm is concerned, go without a symptom.

The worm becomes smaller, shrivels and finally departs. It is rarely the case for the worm to disappear inside of six weeks after the remedy. If, on the other hand, you eject the worm by violent means, the patient may go for years with troublesome symptoms, and you do not know why you fail to cure him.

Prescribe for the patient first. No results of disease should be removed until proper constitutional treatment has been resorted to, and be sure that it is proper.


Third to thirtieth potency.


Coryza. Debility. Diphtheria. Dyspepsia; of pregnancy. Earache. Epistaxis. Hay asthma. Headache. Head-lice. Imaginary diseases. Influenzinum Influenza. Intermittents. Mania. Melancholia. Neuralgia. Oesophagus, stricture of. Rheumatism. Tapeworm. Throat, sore. Toothache. Uvula elongated. Vertigo. Worms.




Digestive tract


Lachrymal glands