Rhamnus Catharticus

Rhamnus Catharticus signs and symptoms of the homeopathy medicine from the Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by J.H. Clarke. Find out for which conditions and symptoms Rhamnus Catharticus is used…

      Rhamnus catharticus. Buckthorn. *N. O. Rhamnaceae. Tincture of fluid extract of ripe berries.


Appendicitis. Colic. Constipation. Diarrhoea. Tympanites. Typhlitis.


The common Buckthorn produces black, shiny, four-sided berries, with an acrid taste. From these a syrup is made, and forms the *Rhamni succus of the old school. It produces “copious watery stools and occasions a good deal of nausea and severe tormina. Was formerly given in dropsy, but owing to the severity of the drug is now little used’ (Milne). The Schema is made up of symptoms observed in a boy poisoned by eating the berries. The ileo-caecal symptoms seem to point to it as a possible remedy in cases of appendicitis. Homoeopaths have found *Rham. *cath. O in doses of a few drops a useful palliative in cases of constipation.


*Compare: Cascara, Cean. In appendicitis, Ir. t.


Eyes glistening and injected.


Trembling of lips. Commencing trismus.


Coated tongue. Extremely bitter taste.


Scraping in throat.


Complete loss of appetite.


Violent rumbling and griping, especially cutting pains in ileo- caecal region and in transverse colon. Colic. Abdomen hard, tympanitis.


Diarrhoea. Liquid stools.

Urinary Organs

Urine highly coloured.

Respiratory Organs

Respiration short, anxious.


Pulse variable.


Weakness and prostration in all limbs.


Unable to rise, seemed to desire to press his head against the wall.


Violent chilliness. Skin at one time warm, at another cold.

John Henry Clarke
John Henry Clarke MD (1853 – November 24, 1931 was a prominent English classical homeopath. Dr. Clarke was a busy practitioner. As a physician he not only had his own clinic in Piccadilly, London, but he also was a consultant at the London Homeopathic Hospital and researched into new remedies — nosodes. For many years, he was the editor of The Homeopathic World. He wrote many books, his best known were Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica and Repertory of Materia Medica