Hahnemann’s proving symptoms of homeopathy remedy Magnetis Polus Arcticus from Materia Medica Pura, which Samuel Hahnemann wrote between 1811 to 1821…

(North pole of the magnet.)

(Applied in the region of the fourth to the sixth dorsal vertebrae, at a distance of four or five finger breadths from the body.)

(Vertigo, there is a whirling in the head and she feels as though she would fall on either side (immediately).

Vertigo as if from intoxication, which compels him when standing to place the feet differently in order to support the body (aft. 5 m.). [Htn., Fz.]

When walking in the open air vertigo so that he could not tread firmly (aft. 26 h.). [Lr.]

When walking in the open air he staggers to and fro, as in vertigo (aft. 22 h.). [Lr.]

5. In one side of the head a vertiginous drawing (aft. 10 m.).

When she went up stairs, she has a drawing in the head from its centre to both ears alternately, like the pendulum of a clock.

He is not quite conscious, cannot think accurately; he feels as if the intelligence were suspended, and as if something in the brain pressed from above downwards and forced out the eyes; a threatening of syncope.

When walking he is as if intoxicated.

Sensation of intoxication, like a humming in the head (aft. ¼ h.).

10. Confusion of the head, and longing for open air.

Confusion of the head. [Mch. – DE HARSU, l. c., p. 135.] (Applied in the region of the fourth to the sixth dorsal vertebrae, at a distance of four or five finger breadths from the body.)

Weak memory; but cheerful (aft. 1 h.).

For two successive days he wakes up each time from the afternoon nap with violent headache, as if the brain were bruise and confused; it is alleviated after waking, and goes off on getting up (aft. 3, 28 h.).

A pain compounded of soreness and bruised feeling on the surface of the brain in the forehead and one temple.

15. Head as if bruised and smashed in one half of the brain (aft. ½ h.).

Drawing headache on the left side (aft. 27 h.). [Htn.]

In the right temple drawing boring pain; at the same time a spasmodic pain just below the left zygoma.[Mch.]

A side shock in the head in the morning in bed.

Behind the right ear a shock-like tearing in the head when walking in the open air, which gradually extends also to the front (aft. ¼ h.).[Htn.]

20. Behind the left ear a shock-like tearing in the head when walking in the open air, which gradually extends also to the front (aft. ¼ h.). [Htn.]

20. Behind the left ear a shock-like tearing in the head when sitting (aft. ½ h.). [Htn.]

He has a feeling as of a weight that pressed down the head.

In several parts of the brain a pressure as from something hard. (Much heat in the head.)

In the head a disagreeable sensation of compression as if a part of the brain were pressed in.

25. The noise of a hammer causes a shock in her head.

In the right temple a pressure involving the head when walking in the open air. [Fz.]

An (aching) pain above the left temple, externally (aft. 27 h.). [Lr.]

In the occiputal articulation a pressure going outwards, so that he must always bend the head forwards. [Fz.]

Aching pain in the left side of the forehead (aft. 22 h.). [Lr.]

30. An aching pain externally above the right superciliary arch (aft. 28 h.). [Lr.]

Headache, especially when raising up and moving the eyes.

A tensive sensation in the brain under the forehead extending into the root of the nose.

In the morning, after rising, several times some stitches superiorly in the left side of the forehead, until the afternoon.

35. Headache as if the temples were pressed asunder.

Violent headache all the afternoon as if the brain were pressed asunder (aft. 3 d.).

(Large lumps on the hairy scalp, which are only painful when touched.)

Tension of the integuments of the head, as if they were closely attached to the skull, causing confusion of the head (for several hours). [Hl.]

Smarting itching on the hairy scalp (aft. ½ h.).

40 Rush of blood to the head, and flush of heat in the cheeks. [Fz.]

A tension over the face.

Paleness of the face.

A cold blast in the eyes.

The eyes protruded (aft. ½ h.).

45. Staring look at an object, when sitting.

Fine stitches in the left eye (aft. 24 h.).

Stitches in the eyelids. [CHRISTOPH, WEBER, Wirkungen des kunstlichen Magnets, Hanover, 1767.]

In the evening stitches in the left eyelids, with dryness of them. [Fz.]

Fine shooting in the canthus and in the left cheek. [WEBER, l. c.]

50. Burning, prolonged stitch in the upper eyelid (aft. 3 m.)

On the border of the upper eyelid a vesicle which pressed on the eye.

Eyelids in the morning strongly gummed up. [WEBER, l. c.]

Painful sensitiveness of the eyelids when reading (aft. 12 h.).

Twitching and drawing in the eyelids. [WEBER, l. c.]

35. Drawing in the eyelids. [WEBER, l. c.]

Drawing in the eyelids and lachrymation. [WEBER, l. c.]

Mucus in the outer canthus. [WEBER, l. c.]

Itching in the inner canthus and the border of the eyelids (aft. ½ h.).

Itching over the right eye, compelling scratching. [WEBER, l. c.]

60. Itching in the eyelids. [WEBER, l. c.]

Itching in the eye. [WEBER, l. c.]

In the morning on awaking, in bed, painful dry feeling of the eyelids (aft. 14, 20 h.).

Sensation as of grains of sand in the eye. [WEBER, l. c.]

Burning, redness and lachrymation of both eyes. [WEBER, l. c.]

65. Great movement of the eyeball; much water collects in both eyes. [WEBER, l. c.]

The eyes water in the morning.

The eyes water much, intolerance of sunlight.

(Applied to the weak right eye.) (aft. ¼ h.) a burning in it; it became red and filled with water. [WEBER, l. c.]

Applied to the weak eye, a coldness that lasted three or four minutes (aft. 2 m.). [WEBER, l. c.]

70. Coldness of the weak eye, as if a lump of ice lay in the orbit instead of the eye; when the coldness went off, a prolonged needle-prick in the eye. [WEBER, l. c.]

First coldness, then heat in the eye. [WEBER, l. c.]

Ticking sensation in the eye, like a watch (for 25 m.). [WEBER, l. c.]

Restless motion of the eye. [WEBER, l. c.]

Sensation as of a spider’s web before the eyes. [WEBER, l. c.]

75. Flash of light in the eye, like a falling star. [WEBER, l. c.]

Formication between the two eyes. [WEBER, l. c.]

(Applied to the eye) a strong drawing over the eye, on the cheek, and the ear to the upper jaw. [WEBER, l. c.]

The pupils are much dilated, and contract but little to the light (immediately).

80. A stitch from the Eustachian tube into the inner ear (when stooping).

Ringing in the ear of the same side. [WEBER, l. c.]

Some tearings in the right internal ear, like carache (aft. 18 h.).

A hissing and a drawing sensation in the ear.

85. Applied to the ear, a crepitation and crackling in it. [WEBER, l. c.]

(Applied to the ear) a warmth and roaring in it, as when water boils and bubbles. [WEBER, l. c.]

Applied to the ear, heat and pecking in it. [WEBER, l. c.]

A kind of deafness, as if a skin lay before the right ear followed by heat in it. [Lr.]

Tension in the membrana tympani.

90. Acute tensive pain in the face that extended to the tonsils. [WEBER, l. c.]

Drawing in the left cheek. [WEBER, l. c.]

Fine pricking on the cheek, as from innumerable fine needles, with hot sensation, but without heat perceptible to the touch (aft. 2.1/2 h.). [Htn.]

A small lump in the face near the nose, which causes pain like excoriation when touched, when not touched some rare, slow stitches are felt in it.

Eruption of pimples on the right ala nasi with shooting itching sensation. [Fz.]

95. Deception of the sense of smell; in the room there is a smell of rotten eggs, or as if a privy was being cleaned out (aft. 27 h.). [Htn.]

Deception of the sense of smell; in the room there is a smell of whitewash or dust.

On three afternoons profuse epistaxis, which becomes more profuse each successive afternoon, preceded by aching pain in the forehead (aft. 4 d.).

In the afternoon (about 2 o’clock) haemorrhage from the left nostril (aft. 46 h.). [Lr.]

In the afternoon (about 4 o’clock) when walking in the open air, after blowing the nose, epistaxis for three quarters of an hour (aft. 23 h.). [Lr.]

100. Sore pain on the nostrils, even when not touching or moving them (aft. 26 h.).

At first red and hot nose-tip, then red, hot, sharply despots on the cheeks.

Crepitating shooting pain in an (already existing) pimple on the right angle of the mouth (immediately). [Fz.]

Drawing in the left axilla and the left cheek. [WEBER, l. c.]

In the morning on awaking a tensive pain in the left upper maxilla (aft. 36 h.). [Lr.]

105. A painful squeezing in the maxillary joint on moving the lower jaw, as if it were dislocated (aft. ½ h.). [Htn.]

Under the mastoid process, between the sterno-cleido-mastoideus muscle and the ramus of the lower jaw aching drawing pain proceeding from the temple. [Fz.]

Tensive pain in the left anterior submaxillary glands (aft. 19 h.). [Lr.]

In the left submaxillary gland, squeezing aching pain, under the left angle of the jaw (aft. 2 h.).

In the submaxillary glands a crushing aching or pinching pain, per se such as is felt in acute sore-throat (aft. 4 h.).

110. Tearing pain in the cervical muscles as if they were too tired.

Painful cramp in the cervical muscles from one ear to the other.

Cramp in one of the cervical muscles when yawning; afterwards the part was painful to the touch.

In the left angle of the lips, on moving the mouth sore pain, as if an ulcer would come there.

Slow excessively acute and painful stitches in the lower lip.

115. Small papules on the inside of the upper lip opposite the gums.

Toothache in the upper incisors of the right side, just as if something hard pressed on them and would break them down. [Fz.]

Toothache when eating; all his teeth felt loose as if they would bend over. [Fz.]

The teeth of the upper jaw feel loose (aft. 28 h.). [Lr.]

Painful tingling in the hollow teeth of the lower jaw, worst on the right side; the toothache ceases whilst eating (aft. 3 h.). [Htn.]

120. Cramp-like toothache ceases whilst eating (aft. 3 h.). [Htn.]

Toothache, as if the tooth were torn out; it becomes worse after eating, and when he is sitting or lying, but is better when he is walking. Toothache going towards the eye; a very rapid pecking in the hollow tooth, with swollen, inflamed gums and red burning cheek; the toothache grew worse immediately after eating, got better when walking in the open air, but was aggravated in the close room.

Throbbing in the hollow tooth (immediately) and then a pressure in it, as if something hard pressed itself into the cavity, with drawing in the temples.

Throbbing in the tooth, with burning in the gums, and swollen, red, hot cheeks, with burning pain and throbbing in them, in the afternoon.

125. The toothache ceases when walking in the open air, and returns in the room.

Sensation of numbness and insensibility in the gum of the tooth that was painful.

Drawing toothache in the hollow tooth and in the front teeth, increased only by eating, when something warm touches it, and along with the pain there is also redness of the cheek.

Swelling of the gum of a hollow tooth, which is painful when touched by the tongue.

Toothache, as if the gum were sore or incised, increased by air coming into the mouth.

130. Itching in the front part of the tongue, which compels him to rub and scratch it.

On awaking from sleep the mouth is full of thick, almost dry, white mucus (aft. 18 h.). [Lr.]

Smell from the mouth, that is very disagreeable to the patient himself.

Retching in the oesophaus which when it will not come to eructation presses upwards and causes anxiety.

Copious flow of saliva. [WEBER, l. c.]

135. Collection of saliva in the mouth (immediately).

Heartburn (aft. ½ h.).

Long-continued rancid heartburn.

Food of the nicest taste has no taste to him, during supper (aft. 10 h.).

On smoking tobacco he felt a scraping in the throat posteriorly, as if the heartburn would burn or had burnt him.

140. In the morning a sourish, fasting taste.

When he smokes tobacco it tastes bitter on the back of the tongue (aft. 2 h.).

Tobacco-smoking is disliked by him; tobacco tastes bad (aft. 2 h.).

At noon she was so full, that she could not eat.

(He is immediately satiated.)

145. Ravenous hunger in the evening.

Chocolate had an insipid disagreeable taste, as if mixed with impure water.

(Supper tastes well, but soon afterwards there comes a flat taste in the mouth and heat in the lobes of the ears.)

Eructation, like a somewhat painful jerk.

Frequent eructation of nothing but air.

150. Nausea.

It seems to promote acid derangement of the stomach.

The tongue is much furred and slimy; loathing at milk.

His stomach feels deranged; there is such a weight in his stomach as if he had eaten something.

Heartburn after supper (aft. 24 h.).

155. In the night she wakes up from a pressure in the abdomen as from a stone.

Pressure in the abdomen, as from a stone.

Clutching in the scrobiculus cordis (aft. ½ h.).

(Throbbing in the scrobiculus cordis) (immediately).

Sensation in the upper part of the abdomen and stomach, as if the walls of the stomach were painfully sensitive.

160. A drawing in the scrobiculus cordis extending to the right side of the chest.

Drawing pain in the abdomen. (aft. 4 h.).

Drawing pain in the abdomen (aft. a few h.).

In the umbilical region warmth, which caused him anxiety, and afterwards a sensation as if vomiting were about to ensue.

Coldness in the abdomen (immediately after contact.)

165. Gurgling in the abdomen, as if much flatulence were incarcerated, which causes also a twisting about that mounts up into the scrobiculus cordis and occasions eructation (aft. 2.3/4 h.). [Htn.]

A pinching and rumbling in the abdomen, which went off by discharge of flatus (aft. 25 h.). [Lr.]

While walking in the open air severe cutting stitches in the centre of the abdomen from below upwards (aft. 3.1/2 h.). [Lr.]

Shocks and jerks from the abdomen through the chest up into the throat (immediately).

A couple of jerks from the abdomen through the chest up into the throat (immediately).

170. A couple of stitches in the side of the abdomen and movement in the abdomen, as if diarrhoea were coming on (aft. 10 h. the next morning).

Spasmodic contractive feeling of the hypogastrium, externally and internally, in the morning.

Pinching, especially in the upper part of the abdomen, immediately after eating (supper).

In the left side of the abdomen on a small spot, a violent unintermitting pinching, as from incarcerated flatulence.

Flatulent colic immediately after supper; a sharp pressure outwards in all parts of the abdomen, as if the belly would burst; it is alleviated by sitting motionless (aft. 30 h.).

175. In the morning, in bed, immediately after waking, flatulent colic; the flatulence pressed upwards towards the hypochondria, with hard pressing and tensive pains here and there in the whole abdomen, during rest and movement, with a qualmishness and nausea arising from the abdomen.

Uninterrupted aching pinching pain in the whole abdomen, like a colic, but without perceptible flatulence, which does not go off either by rest, motion, or by taking food and drink, but is very much aggravated by thinking and -overexertion of the mind, and then is attended by nausea; the colic is somewhat alleviated by perfect rest, but by touching zinc it goes off completely within an hour.

In the evening and morning there is pressure here and there, as from flatulence, in the bowels, as if the pressure occurred on a pressure as if on a bruised spot; when flatus is discharged the pain in the abdomen and the headache both go off; whenever and as long as flatulence moves on the abdomen, the above pain in the abdomen and headache both reappear and cause a cross state of the disposition, at the same time the flatus smells very badly.(On then applying the south pole the painful uneasiness in the abdomen, as also the headache, go off within an hour.)

(Painful sensibility of the abdominal muscles.)

Suppression of the discharge of flatus, for twenty-four hours.

180. In the night, about 2 a.m., he wakes up with the most violent colic; a continued intolerable hard pressure in the scrobiculus cordis and hypochondria, which always rises higher up into the chest, and becomes more severe, up to the pit of the throat, where it threatens to stop the breath; a kind of thoracic colic. (The ophands laid lightly on the chest, with the exertion o strong will (a kind of self-mesmerising), soon gave relief; the spasm went off, and an easy discharge of much flatus restored rest and sleep.)

In the morning drawing, almost dysentric pain in the hypogastrium, then a large sized faecal evacuation passed with difficulty (aft. 24 h.).

Along with the stool blood was discharged twice during the day (aft. 24 h.).

Hard, large sized, rare stool, passed with difficulty (aft. some d.).

A sharp pressure in the rectum (aft. 1.1/ h.).

185. A shooting pinching in the rectum.

After midnight, during slumber, an aching pressing pain in the rectum (not in the anus) lasting an hour, which goes off on waking up thoroughly.

In the left iliac region, in the region of the inguinal ring, a cutting pain with a weak feeling there.

Stitches in the right lumbar region. [Mch.]

Stitches in the left groin outwards at the superior process of the os ilii.(immediately).

190. Out-boring pain above the left inguinal ring; as if a hernia would protrude, when sitting. [Fz.]

190. Out-boring pain above the left inguinal ring; as if a hernia would protrude, when sitting. [Fz.]

From day to day, increased relaxation of the inguinal ring; as if a hernia would protrude, chiefly when coughing (aft. 48 h.).

Pain in the inguinal ring, like excoriation, especially when walking (aft. 3 h.).

Dark urine.

The first hours diminished, after a day and night much increased copious secretion of urine.

195. Frequent discharge of urine (aft. 18 h.).

Frequent urging to urinate (Aft. 18 h.). [Lr.]

Very copious discharge of urine, for more than one day (aft. 6 h.).

(Relaxation of the neck of the bladder, from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m., the urine dribbled away involuntarily) (aft. 3 h.).

After urinating a persistent smarting pain in the seam of the prepuce.

200. Itching smarting on the inside of the prepuce, which compels him to rub, at night in bd.

On the inner surface of the prepuce a painful itching (aft. waking at midnight.)

Nocturnal pollution without erection, from which he wakes with anxiety.

Nocturnal pollution.

Uncontrollable erection of the penis, with irresistable inclination for coitus and for ejaculation of semen.

205. In the morning strong erections.

Laxity of the genital organs and diminished inclination for coitus (aft. 36 h.).

A throttling pain in the right testicle (aft. 3 h.).

On crossing the thighs, sharp stitches in the left testicle (aft. 18.1/2 h.). [Lr.]

A sharp drawing and a cutting in the testicles.

210. Moderated sexual desire, he can master it (aft. 64 h.).

(The catamenia, which were expected, came on in twenty hours, increased in twenty-four hours beyond their usual quantity (they had hitherto been to scanty) and became healthy in amount, without any more accessory symptoms (consequently curative action.)

One nostril is stopped up with stuffed coryza, whilst thin mucus drops from the other nostril.

In the morning quick discharge of fluid mucus from the nose.

Sneezing and fluent coryza with stopped nose (aft. 38 h.). [Lr.]

215. Coryza and sneezing (aft. 18 h.). [Lr.]

Violent coryza of the side of the nose on which the magnet was applied to the eye. [WEBER, l. c.]

Discharge of an acrid water from the nose. [WEBER, l. c.]

Acrid discharge from the nose, which causes burning pain in the nostril. [WEBER, l. c.]

Flow of water from both nostrils. [WEBER, l. c.]

220. Very severe stuffed coryza, so that both nostrils are stopped up and he can only breathe with difficulty (aft. 20 h.). [Htn.]

At night complete stoppage of the left nostril, whilst the right was open, but quite dry, as in stuffed coryza. [Htn.]

After getting up from bed, the nose which had been stopped up at night, opened, but the dryness remained the same. [Htn.]

Attack of sneezing and coryza (aft. 2 h.).

Breathing is difficult for her.

225. Shortness of breath on going upstairs. [Fz.]

He must breathe spasmodically (in interrupted, deep breaths) as if in his need to make a deep inspiration he wished to displace the air; at the same time he perspired all over (immediately).

Instantaneous violent cough of three or four impulses.

The cough becomes worse when walking in the open air, it stuck and choked as if he would suffocate.

Samuel Hahnemann
Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) was the founder of Homoeopathy. He is called the Father of Experimental Pharmacology because he was the first physician to prepare medicines in a specialized way; proving them on healthy human beings, to determine how the medicines acted to cure diseases.

Hahnemann's three major publications chart the development of homeopathy. In the Organon of Medicine, we see the fundamentals laid out. Materia Medica Pura records the exact symptoms of the remedy provings. In his book, The Chronic Diseases, Their Peculiar Nature and Their Homoeopathic Cure, he showed us how natural diseases become chronic in nature when suppressed by improper treatment.