Homeopathic Materia Medica: Hyoscyamus Niger

Hyoscyamus Niger, commonly known as henbane or stinking nightshade, is a poisonous plant in the family Solanaceae.

Stage:  Acute, Chronic

Side:  Right, Left, Upper Right, Low Left

Miasm:  Psoric, Tubercular

Ailments from:


-Disappointment in love

-Suppressed lochia or milk


Physiological action:

The prime action of Hyoscyamus is on brain causing violent behaviour, convulsions, paralysis.

Hyoscyamus Niger


Hyoscyamus is similar to Belladonna botanically, and in pathogenetic action the two drugs are much alike in their main features. But when examined closely their differences are sufficiently well marked. The delirium of Hyos. is more of the low, muttering type, whilst that of Bell. tends to be violent and furious. Hyos. also has fits of ungovernable rage, but the violence is not so sustained as that of Bell. Hyos. corresponds to a great variety of cases of melancholia than Bell., and here one great characteristic is “suspicion,” so frequently met with in cases of insanity or of those on the borderland. Hyos. is suited to nervous, irritable, excitable, sanguine people, to light-haired people.

Remedy Comparison



Limbs, cold, trembling and numbed. Convulsive movements and shaking of some of the limbs, or of the whole body, sometimes on making the slightest effort to swallow liquid.

Epileptic convulsions, alternately with attacks of cerebral congestion (apoplectic fit). Convulsions resembling St. Vitus’ dance. Convulsions, with cries, great anguish, oppression of the chest and loss of consciousness. After the epileptic convulsions, profound sleep, with snoring.

Clinical Tip by Dr.Foubister

Clinical Tip Dr.Foubister


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