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

(South pole of the magnet.)

Confusion of the head.

An unsteadiness and instability of the mind; the ideas cannot be properly fixed, objects hover only half observed before the senses and are not sufficiently noticed and appreciated, and the judgements and resolves are hesitating, which produces a kind of anxious and restless state of the disposition. (Touching metallic zinc brings this derangement of the mental faculties again into order.)

Imagination obtuse, memory good. [Hsch]

Giddy in the head, as from intoxication, as if he would stagger and reel when walking; also somewhat giddy when sitting.

5. Rush of blood to the head, without heat.

Heaviness of the head and fine formication or digging in it.

A fine digging and formication in the brain combined with heaviness of the head.

Headache; at the top of the head or in both temples, an aching (a lively, violent pain) like catarrh, which is bad when sitting upright, and worst on shaking the had and thinking, slighter when walking, but more alleviated and almost going off when stooping forwards and bending backwards (in the first hours). [Stf.]

Headache in the occiput, which is worst in the room, but goes off in the open air (in the first house). [Stf.]

10. Formication on the left side of the head towards the upper part. [Kr.]

Heaviness in the upper part of the head. [Hsch.]

At the top of the head in the crown, a creeping as if something ran about there, and somewhat like tearing.

Shocks in both temples.

In the right side of the forehead, a pain compounded of tearing and beating (aft. ¼ h.).

15. Superiorly over the temple, a couple of shocks combined with tearing pain.

Headache: tearing pain behind the left ear. [Fz.]

Tearing on a small spot of the left temple.

A drawing tearing pain in the left side of the brain, which resembles a slow burning stitch (aft. 3 h.).

An aching here and there in the occiput.

20. In front in the middle of the forehead, a creeping mingled with stitches, in the evening (aft. 8 h.).

A transient obtuse shooting pain in the left side of the forehead (aft. 20 h.).

A sharp-pointed, outward-pressing pain in the left side of the head, a continued stitch combined with pressure (aft. 2 h.). (relieved by the north pole).

Headache all over the brain, simple and tensive pain, which came on when walking in the open air, and soon went off in the room.

(Headache, in the evening just before going to sleep, with dry heat in the hands.)

25. At night when lying, throbbing in the right side of the head like a pulse.

Twitching in the head.

A spasmodic contractive headache in the region between the eyebrows.

Externally on the hairy scalp, a place which pains as if bruised, still more painful when touched.

The skin of the forehead is as if dried. [Kr.]

30. (A tension in the affected side of the face.) (On touching the south pole with the tip of the tongue.)

(A glandular lump in the nape inflames quickly, the skin round it pained as if sore, and could not bear the slightest touch.)

The skin in the region around the eyes pains as if sore. [Kr.]

Slow burning stitch in the border of the eyelid (aft. 2 h.).

When held to the weak eye (slight and short coldness in the eye, but) severe itching in the eyelids. [WEBER, l. c.]

35. Watering of the (touched) eye.

In the eye, a throbbing and itching. [WEBER, l. c.]

Weeping of the eyes.

Watery eyes occasionally.

In the morning the eyes are gummed up, [WEBER, l. c.]

40. In the morning and evening sore pain, especially in the outer canthus of the eye and on moving the eyelids, as if a hair lay in the eye; a kind of inflammation of the border of the eyelids (aft. 16, 24 h.).

A painful sore dryness of the eyelids, felt especially when moving them, chiefly in the evening and morning.

Swelling of a Meibomian gland on the border of the left lower eyelid (in the morning) as if a stye would come, the pain is only aching.

Smarting in the inner canthi (in the morning) (aft. 48 h.).

Aching in the eye for a minute.

45. In the left eye, an aching and obtuse shooting.

Pricking in the left eye like a prick of a needle (aft. 4 h.).

Spasmodic contraction of one eye in the morning.

Defect of vision; objects appear dim, then also double.

(The south pole applied to the nape). [DE HARSU, l. c., p. 133.]

First faint-like obnubilation, with inclination to sit down; objects are as if veiled, afterwards the objects become more distinct and clearer (than they are in the normal state); at the same time an ecstatic frame of mind. [Stf.]

50. Vivacity in the eyes. [Hsch.]

Pupils at first more easily dilatable and more difficult to contract. [Stf.]

Flying heat in the face. [Stf.]

The face (and the rest of the body) feels as if a cold air played on it, in the room. [Hsch.]

An almost painless drawing behind the ear up into the head, almost uninterruptedly (aft. 40 h.).

55. Sometimes stitches and ringing in the ear. [Kr.]

In the ear a painful jerk as if it would be driven asunder; a kind of ear-ache.[Stf.]

Tearing pains in the external and internal cartilages of the ears, extending to the vicinity of the inner auditory cavities.

Roaring in the ears, felt most up on the summit of the head.

Noise in the ears like the flapping of a wing.

60. Roaring before the ear. [Stf.]

Sensation as if a cold wind blew on the ears. [Kr.]

Sensation as from a warm breath in the external ear. [Stf.]

Fanning in the ear in the morning, so that he felt it as far as the forehead, just as if the wind blew.

(Inflammation of the external ear, during which the sulci display sore painful chaps).

65. Ringing in he good ear (aft. 1 h.).

Coarse stitches in the cheek.

On the right side of the neck, under the ear, two little pocks, which are painful. [Kr.]

Small pimples in the nap, with itching burning.

Toothache, aggravated by warm drinks.

70. A tearing twitching in the upper jaw towards the eye, in the evening (aft. 12 h.).

(Pain in the gland under the angle of the lower jaw, as if it were swollen.)

Eruption on the skin, painful when touched. [Kr.]

Under the chin the skin is painful as if excoriated. [Kr.]

Single stitches on the left border of the tongue (aft. 5 h.).

75. Heat in the vocal organs, with difficulty of speaking; feeling of swelling of the tongue. [DE HARSU, l. c., p. 133.]

Obtuse pain with painful stitches in hollow teeth (aft. 1 h.). [Kr.]

Sore feeling in the throat during swallowing and when not swallowing (aft. 3 h.). [Kr.]

In the morning, though the mouth is clean and he himself perceives no bad smell or taste, there is a nasty, putrid odour from his throat.

Much watery, tasteless saliva. [Stf.]

Much watery saliva. [Stf.]

80. Much watery saliva collects in the mouth, which runs out when he stoops forward. [Kr.]

Copious tasteless, watery saliva, which he seldom spits out (aft. 3 d.). [Stf.]

Sometimes sweet metallic, sometimes sour metallic taste, at one time on, at one time another under the tongue, with sensation of coldness as from saltpetre. [Stf.]

A scraping scratching feeling in the fauces, with dry sensation in the mouth, without thirst. [Stf.]

He loses his taste while eating warm food, it returns, however, after eating (aft. 3 d.). [Stf.]

85. Burning in the gullet, a closing up with feeling of heat.

Little appetite, without loathing or altered taste, otherwise feeling well (aft. 24 h.).

Indifference to food, drink and smoking tobacco, they taste well, but he has no desire for them, and he is satiated before partaking of them (aft. 12-2.1/2 h.).

Indifference, bordering on repugnance, to milk, in the morning (aft. 18 h.).

Although he wakes up cheerful in the morning, neither food nor coffee is relished, they have rather a bitter taste.

90. Food has not a bad, but too little taste.

Ravenous hunger, in the middle of the febrile chill.

Ravenous hunger, at noon and in the evening.

Inordinate appetite in the evening (aft. 10 h.).

Absence of hunger (immediately). [Stf.]

95. Food is repugnant to him. [Stf.]

White wine tastes sharp to him, and after taking a mouthful of it there occurs extreme repugnance to it. [Stf.]

Eructation of air only (aft. 3 d.). [Stf.]

A single but very violent eructation.

Inclination to vomit in the morning after awaking (aft. 36 h.).

100. Soon after dinner inclination to vomit.

After dinner movements and rumbling in the abdomen, followed by discharge of flatus. [Kr.]

Nausea as if in the stomach on bending forwards.

Pain in the stomach, as when a bruised spot is pressed upon; after eating this pain passes gradually into the bowels (aft. 18 h.).

A kind of aching, violent pain in the scrobiculus cordis, from long-continued mental effort (aft. 6 h.).

105. Twitching in the right side (when touched). [Kr.]

From the navel to the genitals an agreeable feeling of warmth. [Stf.]

A kind of grasping just above the navel.

Loud rumbling in the abdomen.

Disagreeable loud rumbling and grumbling in the abdomen, towards evening (aft. 8 h.).

110. In the morning in bed flatulent colic (aft. 30 h.0.

Pinching in the abdomen from a draught of air (aft. 2 d.).

Flatulence pushes up under the short ribs; flatulent colic in the hypochondria, in the evening (aft. 4 h.).

After supper colic; in all parts of the bowels sharp pressure here and there, it increases on moving so as to be intolerable, and goes off quickly without discharge of flatus, when a rest (aft. 4 h.).

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.