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


(From vol. I, 3rd edit., 1830.)

(The unctuous substance contained in the hairy bag situated behind the navel of the musk deer (Moschus moschiferus), inhabiting the mountainous parts of Asia, is dried to the greenish musk of commence.)

The following symptoms, which it would be desirable to see increased to greater completeness, give us some indications of a very powerful substance with qualities not met with in any other drug.

Hitherto only a very empirical use has been made of musk, and especially in these latter times it has been so universally abused by being given in large expensive doses to dying persons, that it has been universally ridiculed by the public.

If we knew the exact kinds of convulsions that musk is capable of producing, which, however, have been only indicated by this one word by medical authors, according to their usual custom, we might determine the cases of some convulsive affections of children in which this drug might be homoeopathically servicable.

That it is a useful remedy in various kinds of tetanus we learn from the very precise experiences of LENTIN, ZANETTI, MORGENSTERN, ROBOL and others. In these cases musk acts homoeopathically as we can see from its peculiar symptoms.

We shall learn great curative powers from it in the tense, tonic spasmodic conditions of most hypochondriacal persons, provided we do not use it in the large doses hitherto employed, but in the smallest highly potentized doses at all events as a homoeopathic intermediate remedy.

For this purpose a grain of good musk is triturated with three times 100 grains of milk sugar for three hours up to the million-fold powder attenuation, and the solution of one grain of this in 100 drops of diluted alcohol, after two successions, is further brought through 25 dilution phials (each filled to two thirds, by 100 drops of alcohol up to the decillion-fold potency (according to the directions in the second part of the Chronic Diseases).A small globule moistened with this is the appropriate homoeopathic dose.

Its power of exciting the sexual function is primary action, and it produces the opposite condition in its secondary action; so that persons who carry musk about them, in order to make them smell pleasantly, weaken themselves by the continual influence of this powerful perfume on the nerves, and cause a number of nervous excitations.

The smell of musk communicated to clothes and vessels, remains for ever so many years, and is hardly to be got rid of by the aid of heat, wherefore such things ought to be carefully removed from patients affected by chronic disease.

[HAHNEMANN was aided in this proving by GROSS, FRIEDRICH HAHNEMANN, and STAPF.

Symptoms are derived from the following old-school authorities:

BARTHOLIN, TH., Epist. Medorrhinum, Cent. ii.

BOECLER, Adnot. ad Herrmanni Cynos. Mat. Medorrhinum

BOERHAAVE, De Morb, Nerv.

BOYLE, rob., de Insigni Effl. Effic,

CARTHEUSER, Fundam Mat. Medorrhinum

CRANZ, H. J. N., Mat. Medorrhinum, i.

CRELL, LOR., in Baldonger’s magaz., vii.

CULLEN,Mat. Medorrhinum, i.

FULLER, Pharm. Extemp.

HEMANN, J. A., Medorrhinum Aufsatz. Berlin, 1778.

HOFFMANN, FR., Medorrhinum rat. Syst., iii.

LOESEKE, Mat. Medorrhinum

MEAD, Monita med.

MEDICUS, F. C., Samml. v. Beobacht. A. d. Arzn., ii.

MERCURIALIS, H., De Compos. Medorrhinum, i.

MORGENSTERN, in Nova acta Nat. Cur., iv, 1770.

PELARGUS, Obs., ii.

PIDERIT, Pharm. Rat.

ERIL, Erkenntniss u. Kur d. Fieb., iv.

RIEDLIN, Lin. Medorrhinum

ROLFINCK, Epist. Meth. Cogn. Et Curand. M., Cap. de Cap. dol.

SANCTORIUS, Comment. In Artem. Medorrhinum Gal.

SCHROECK, LUCAS, Hist Moschi. Aug. Vindel, 1682.

SENNERT, Medorrhinum pr., lib. iv.

SYLVIUS, JAC., Meth Medic. Comp. et Simpl, i. cap. de Animalibus.

TRALLES, B. L., de Mosch laudibus et abusu limitandis is medela morborum, Vratisl., 1783.

VOGEL., Hist. Mat. Medorrhinum

WALL., in Philosoph. Transact., no. 474.

WEDEL, G. W., Ameon. Mat. Medorrhinum

WEICKHARD, Medorrhinum pract. Handbuch. Heilbronn und Rothenb., 1798, 1799.

WHYTT, ROB., Works.

The 1st edit. Has 39 symptoms, the 2nd and 3rd 152.]


Vertigo. [CARTHEUSER, Fundum. Mat. Medorrhinum, p. 380.]

He has a feeling in the head like vertigo. (From two grains in powder.)

On the slightest movement of the head, giddy swaying before the eyes, as if something moved rapidly up and down (immediately), merely from smelling). (From two grains rubbed up with sugar and water, given in three doses in two days.) [Stf.]

Whirling in the forehead and before the eyes, worse on stooping (aft. 1/8 h.). [Stf.]

5. Vertigo with nausea, so that he must lie down; at the same time longing for black coffee (aft. 30 h.). [Fr.H-n.]

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.