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Schwabe News Volume 5 | Issue 7-9 | July - September 2014

Acalypha indica


Acalypha indica is also called as Acalypha spicata Forsk, Acalypha ciliate wall., Acalypah canescens Wall., Indian nettle, etc. The drug is prepared from the whole plant. Though this drug finds mention in old literatures, a re-proving had established many new symptoms. This new proving was done by Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, Department of AYUSH, Government of India. The proving details are in the book “Homoeopathic Drug Provings”, published by the council in 2005. The drug has earlier been reported by Tonnère, M. L. Sircar, Babu Jokisson Ghosal, Payne, Holcombe, P.C.  Mozumdar, T. F. Allen, W. Boericke, J. H. Clarke and others.

The proving was conducted in 1991-92 using double blind method, universally accepted for homoeopathic proving.  The drug was proved in 6, 30 and 200 centesimal potencies in descending order.  The proving was carried out at (i) Drug Proving Research Unit, Midnapur (W.B.), (ii) Homoeopathic Drug Research Unit, Lucknow (U.P.). Sixteen provers in the age group of 19-51 years from different walks of life took part in the proving.  Three of them were females. A combined materia medica is presented here.



Gloomy and despairing, but very unwilling to die. Worried and rude, hot tempered even at trifles, afraid; hates others. Weak memory, can’t remember what he had read; lack of concentration.


Vertigo and giddiness with poor appetite, disturbed sleep, worse lying down; better pressing head against pillow.


Throbbing sensation in the head as if some one is striking on it; pain in the skull. Heaviness with dull aching pain, with desire to lie down, worse night; better after 8 p.m., pressure. Heaviness, better lying down, sneezing, after sleep. Itching on scalp with burning sensation, extending to inner canthi of eye, worse after taking bath, night. Aching pain, in whole head with feverish feeling, worse after bath, noon; better evening. Dull aching pain, in whole head with heaviness and dry cough, worse day time, morning; better; night. Pain with sensation of a band around the head, with nausea and increased urination, better resting head on pillow. Pain in head, severe, stitching, constant, or dull with burning in eyes, worse reading, afternoon, on pressure, watching television; better closing eyes, lying down, movement. Throbbing Pain, with thirstlessness, tickling in throat and soreness, worse evening. Throbbing pain, with heaviness in forehead, worse afternoon, heat of sun; better evening, pressure, closing eyes, lying down. Pain forehead, right side, aching with congestion, and escessive thirst for cold water. Dull aching pain, in forehead, better evening, pressure. Dull aching pain, in forehead, with heaviness, worse morning, lying down, from heat of sun; better tight bandage, after taking bath. Aching pain, frontal region with heaviness and disturbed sleep. Continuous bursting pain, in forehead, worse heat of sun; better lying down, closing eyes, applying cold water, after sleep. Bursting pain, in frontal region, worse reading, writing, stooping, walking; better tight bandage, lying down, hard pressure, after sleep.


Reddish, inflammation of the eyes, weak sightedness; nausea, particularly by seeing moving things. Heaviness in upper eyelids with sensitiveness and disturbed sleep. Burning pain, and heaviness in eyes; eyes swollen, red, agglutinated with sleeplessness, worse at night, morning, touch; better during day time, warm application, rubbing. Stye on right lower eyelid with irresistible itching.


Aching, pain, severe with ringing in ears, with nausea and increased urination. Constant aching pain, in right ear with sore throat. Painful swelling of left ear lobe, worse pressure.


Epistaxis, bright red. Bleeding from the nose, polypus, chocked nose, dyspnoea. Discharge watery with sneezing, heaviness of head and pain in throat. Discharge watery with sneezing and frontal headache, worse morning. Discharge watery, blockage of nose with smarting sensation in the eyes, worse evening, after sleep. Discharge thin watery, catarrh, one nostril stopped and the other free alternately. Discharge thin with sneezing, obstruction of alternate nostrils, worse day time, morning; better night. Discharge thin watery with sneezing; blocked nose and burning of face, better lying down, night. Sneezing after bathing. Sneezing with profuse discharge, watery or thick, blocked nose, worse morning to noon. Sneezing with profuse discharge, feverish feeling, weakness, worse  open air, morning; better under fan. Sneezing, with empty feeling in forehead, worse morning. Intolerance of smell of food, particularly of fish.


Aphthous ulcer patch inside the lower lip; sore, sensitive with burning sensation, worse touch, cold water. Burning sensation in enlarged papillae of the tongue with dirty coating. Swelling of tongue. Papular eruptions near corner of the mouth, tender to touch, oozing watery fluid mixed with blood, worse chewing, opening the mouth. Rawness of lower lip mucosa with ulceration. Salivation, profuse and offensive, during sleep, wetting the pillow. Soreness and swelling of lower lip, worse on touch. Sour taste with sensitive teeth, worse while eating. Vesicular eruptions on lower lip; bleeding ---from dried up eruptions on lower lip, worse opening of mouth.


Pain in teeth, better hot water and food, pressing the teeth. Pain stitching in gums, worse washing mouth with cold water. Swelling of gums with bleeding and difficulty in chewing and eating.


Burning extending to oesophagus. -Haematemesis with cough; rattling sound of the throat; vomit contains dark red clots of blood. Soreness, inflammation of throat, worse on deglutition. Sore throat with short cough and frontal headache, worse by deglutition. Swelling in throat with tenderness on pressure, with nausea and polyuria, better warm drinks, swallowing food. Tingling sensation with sticky mucus in throat with stiffness of neck and increased salivation.


Burning in Pharynx, oesophagus, and stomach. Vomit after taking meal, vomiting tendency persists. Burning is felt in the intestine and stomach. Increased appetite. Desire for sweets. Indigestion, poor appetite, sour belching, worse 2-4 p.m.; better by eating. Nausea and retching with vomitus of salty taste, with weakness of limbs and loose stool. Nausea, poor appetite, giddiness, worse before meal, on lying down. Sour belching with indigestion, worse during meal. Sour eructation with heaviness and tightness in epigastrium and sleepy feeling in the evening. Thirst for large quantity of water.


Spluttering diarrhoea with forcible expulsion of noisy flatus; gripping pain in the abdomen, tenesmus; rectal haemorrhage, worse in the evening. Abdomen bloated. Burning sensation in the abdomen, better passing flatus, eructation. Burning intermittent in epigastrium, with sour smelling stools and disturbed sleep, worse 12 noon to 4 p.m. Cramping pain, with offensive flatus, with loose, mucoid stool, followed by weakness. Cutting pain, right side of abdomen with weakness the whole day and sweating, worse during stool, evening. Dull, aching pain, in whole abdomen, worse day and night; better passing stool.  Intermittent pain, dull aching, in abdomen with headache, worse passing loose stool, afternoon. Griping pain, followed by feeling of weakness, worse during day time; better passing stool. Pain, colicky, in left hypochondrium with sleeplessness. Pain in lower abdomen with nausea and weakness, after lying down. Pain, stitching, in lower abdomen, radiating to right testicle. Tenderness, worse bending forward, hard pressure, walking, lying on abdomen, deep inspiration; better lying on back.


Haemorrhage from the anus, worse morning and evening. In Indian medicine, wet pulp mixed with old ghee is often introduced into the rectum of a child to remove constipation. Spluttering diarrhoea with forcible expulsion of noisy flatus. Bleeding from rectum, profuse on straining, from external piles at 1’O clock position, worse after stool. Urge sudden, loose, watery, yellow stools, preceded by griping pain in abdomen, followed by burning in rectum and debility. Urge ineffectual with heaviness in abdomen, followed by loose, watery black stool, mucoid with tympanitic abdomen, worse morning. Urge ineffectual, unsatisfactory feeling after passing stool with epigastric discomfort and heartburn. Constipation with great straining, with burning in rectum and pain in lower back, worse during and after stool.


Fermented, flatulent, noisy, spluttering expulsion. Constipated or loose, watery, mucoid, bloody, with slight pain in abdomen, worse during stool; better after stool. Stool hard, ball like, knotty, unsatisfactory with excessive thirst and restlessness, at night, with plug like sensation in rectum, containing mucus. No urge for stools, with flatulence, and headache. Stool unsatisfactory. Loose stool, yellow, with much flatus, with distension of abdomen, worse early morning. Stool loose, watery at half hour interval. Stool loose, involuntary with mucus, worse at midnight. Stool loose, watery, yellow, with noisy flatus, with dryness of mouth and weakness, worse after eating. Stool loose yellow, followed by weakness, worse during day time. Stool loose, watery, frequent, or semi solid, mucoid stools with weakness, nausea and vomiting. Stool loose undigested with water brash, thirst for cold water, increased appetite and distension of abdomen, worse 2-3 p.m.; better 8 p.m. Stool loose, watery, gushing 2, 3, frequent, preceded by griping pain in abdomen with weakness, headache and white-coated tongue. Stool loose preceded by pain in abdomen, worse evening. Stool offensive, blood stained with pain in abdomen, worse during stool, evening. Stool sour, undigested and abdomen bloated. Stool undigested semisolid, with bloated abdomen. Unsatisfactory stools with mucus.


Burning pain, during urination associated with pricking pain in right leg and throbbing frontal headache. Frequent, scanty urination followed by scalding sensation in the urinary tract, sudden urge.


Discharge of seminal fluid with pain in left knee and hip joint. Night emissions, with amorous dreams, general weakness and weak memory. Seminal emission, involuntary while sleeping. Seminal emission and general weakness, worse during sleep, straining at stool, during urination. Seminal emissions, worse late night.


Uterine haemorrhage. Leucorrhoea, milky, acrid, during menstruation. Leucorrhoea, thick, watery, ropy, worse movement; better lying down, night.


Haematemesis with cough; rattling sound of the throat; vomit contains dark red clots of blood; smarting pain of the chest; heaviness; cough followed by weakness and emptiness; cough followed by weakness and emptiness, after having done physical exercise. Cough, dry, teasing, with heaviness of head and pain in throat, worse cold; better after bathing. Cough, dry with feverish feeling, worse night; better drinking cold water. Cough, paroxysmal, distressing with yellow expectoration with blocked nose, burning of face, dryness of mouth and pain in head and chest on coughing, worse morning and night; better during day time. Cough, short with yellow expectoration and congestion of throat, worse morning. Cough with salty expectoration, worse morning. Cough, short with greenish expectoration.


Dullness in chest on percussion. Constant and severe pain in chest. Haemoptysis. Intermittent pain in chest, suddenly appearing, lasting few minutes to an hour. Pain in the sternal region, worse hard pressure, lying on either side; better lying on back. Intermittent pain, in chest, aching, with disturbed sleep, better lying on left side, bending forward, on pressure against bed, on breathing. Palpitation as if whole body is shaken, with headache, worse after lunch, lying down, by rest. Palpitation with pain in extremities and weakness, worse exertion, slightest  motions; better walking in open air. Palpitation with rapid pulse and mild headache, worse during rest, lying in bed.


Aching pain in lower angle of scapula at a small spot, better after sleep, 10 a.m. Aching pain in lumbar region, worse by motion; better by rest. Stitching pain, in lumber region, worse after bathing, cycling; better by hot application, hot water bath.


Light sensation of the body, weakness; difficult movements. Aching pain in left arm, worse night; better by hard massage. Aching pain in left arm and left knee with itching in things, worse by initial movement. Intermittent aching pain, in hands, legs and thighs, appears suddenly and disappears gradually, worse motion, from 8 – 10 a.m.; better pressure, after sleep. Aching pain in right hand and thighs. Aching pain in right leg and lumbar region appearing suddenly, worse 6 p.m., walking; better pressure, bending the knee, lying down. Aching pain in proximal joints of the fingers, worse writing, pressure, movement; better grasping. Aching pain, intermittent, worse movement. Aching pain in knee joints, extending to ankles, with pain in back. Tingling in left arm and left leg. Tingling in right knee, gradually descending to foot with tenderness. Sore pain in legs and uneasiness on waking, better pressure. Soreness of toes with pain and uneasiness. Sudden severe pain in right thigh and elbow, extending to ankle. Severe pain with hot, shining indurated red eruptions on knee, worse least touch. Tearing pain in right shoulder joint, worse while writing.


Insomnia due to weakness and worry; drowsiness. Unrefreshing sleep. Sleepiness even in daytime.


Slow fever attended with chilliness; nausea and haematemesis. Fever with chill, weakness, headache with coated tongue, worse night; better by sweat. Chill followed by fever, headache, body ache, pain and swelling in axillae, worse evening, after lunch; better covering. Chill with rise of temperature with thirst for cold water, weakness and loss of appetite. Indisposed feeling with chill with desire to cover and feverish feeling. Mild fever with dull headache. Fever with heat and chill, dry cough, worse at night. Feverish feeling with severe headache, worse evening. Sweating of palms and soles, heaviness of head, fever disappearing with profuse sweating, worse during exertion.


Perspiration accompanying cough at night. Profuse, cold sweat with desire to drink cold water.


Jaundice; circumscribed furuncle-like swelling; itching, etc. Reddish popular eruptions all over body with itching. Intolerable itching in popular eruptions which bleed easily. Redness of skin without eruptions, worse warmth of bed, by touch. Rash all over the body with itching, burning after scratching, during fever, worse at night, after bathing. Papular eruptions on groins, painful, burning (folliculitis). Eruptions dry, red burning with itching, and swelling after scratching on buttock, worse by uncovering, in evening; better applying coconut oil, lying down, at night, after bathing. Boil on buttock, red sore sensitive, with itching in left eye, worse by touch. Pimple like eruptions on thighs with itching, worse while undressing. Painful blister on knee with red areola around the eruption, sticky discharge and tenderness, worse by touch and pressure. Macular rash on left hand, right forearm and groins, with itching followed by burning. Boils painful sensitive, on cheeks and legs, reddish in colour, worse by touch, pressure. Sticky offensive discharge between 3rd and 4th toes, worse on wearing shoes.


Enteric fever. Indisposed feeling due to exposure to rain, with heaviness of head. Aching pain in whole body, worse during day time, at night; better lying down. Heaviness of whole body, with desire to lie down.