Sabadilla first appears in homeopathic 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.
Sabadilla, 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 Sabadilla 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, and renders it a leading remedy in intermittent fevers and neuralgias. Sabadilla is a chilly remedy, the symptoms, especially the coryza, being generally < 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 Sabadilla.
Kent (Med. Adv., August, 1894) says it is suited to "old, chronic sore throats that are < 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 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 alæ nasi and meatus auditorius." Kent gave Sabadilla to a pet dog which had great irritation of anus, and soon afterwards he passed a very large number of worms.
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 œsophagus 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 œsophagus. 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.