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


(From vol.. iv, 2nd edit., 1825.)

(The freshly expressed juice of the whole plant, Ruta graveolens, mixed with equal parts of alcohol.)

This powerful plant, hitherto almost only employed in haphazard fashion by common folk as a domestic remedy in indeterminate cases, acquires considerable importance from the following (all too meagre!)Symptoms observed from its administration. The homoeopathic practitioner sees what peculiar serious cases of disease he is able to cure by its means.

If ROSENSTEIN (Reseap., p. 40) cannot sufficiently commend the virtues of rue in affections f the eye and dimness of vision from too much reading, in which SWEDJAUR and CHOMEL agree with him, he must be very blind who fails to see that these are solely owing to the homeopathic power of rue to cause a similar condition in healthy persons. See symptoms 44, 45.

By this so similarly acting medicine the malady is certainly not increased and aggravated as our opponents, who think themselves so wise in their ignorance, would conclude with ridiculous expressions of alarm, and without interrogating experience. On the contrary, it will be cured, quickly and permanently cured (if not dependent on a miasmatic dyscrasia) to the bitter disappointment and confusion of learned routinists who reject the most beneficient of all truths

A dilution which in every drop contains 1/100000th of a grain of this juice, one drop for a dose- all heterogeneous irritants being kept away – I have found to be even a somewhat too large dose in many cases.

Camphor removes the too violent effects of rue.


The following old-school authorities furnish symptoms:

EL. CAMERARIUS. Hort. Medorrhinum

LEV. LEMNIUS, De Occultis Naturoe Miraculis, ii.

The 1st edit. Has 224, this 2nd edit, 288 symptoms.]


When sitting sudden severe vertigo: all turns round him in a circle; thereafter glowing cheeks (aft. 12 h.). [Lr.]

When walking in the open air severe vertigo; he would almost have fallen on the right side had he not held on to something (aft. 26 h.). [Lr.]

In the morning on rising from bed severe vertigo; he would have fallen forwards had he not held on to something (aft. 24 h.). [Lr.]

Slow flow of ideas, slow to remember things.[Stf.]

5. Frequent absence of thinking power; he does things which had become easy to him from frequent repetition, quite mechanically at the wrong time (aft. 48 h.). [Ws.]

Dulness of the head, a kind of want of recollection. [Hbg.]

Confusion of the brain in the forehead, with throbbing pain in it, in the evening before going to sleep, and still worse in the morning on waking from a too profound sleep.

Confusion of the head. [Stf.]

Sensation in the head and body as if he had not slept enough. [Hbg.]

10. Persistent heaviness in the head, chiefly in the forehead, as if a weight lay in it (aft. ¾ h.). [Htn.]

After dinner, headache, like pressure on the whole brain, with a great mobility of the nervous system and restlessness in the whole body, which did not permit him to remain seated. [Fz.]

In the morning after rising pressive pain on the whole brain (aft. 24 h.). [Fz.]

In the whole head a stupefying headache with nausea, especially in the right side of the forehead, with feeling of heat in the face (aft. 4.1/2 h.). [Lr.]

15. A regularly recurring aching pain in the sinciput. [Htn.]

Aching in the forehead above the root of the nose (aft. 2.1/2 h.). [Fz.]

Aching drawing pain in the right side of the forehead. [Hbg.]

In the side of the occiput a pecking aching pain. [Fz.]

Intermittent boring stitches in the right side of the forehead (when sitting) (aft. 3.3/4 h.). [Lr.]

20. A shooting drawing pain from the frontal to the temporal bone. [Htn.]

Shooting drawing on the crown externally (aft. 24 h.). [Ws.]

(A tearing on the right parietal bone, which went off in the evening, the following morning a boil the size of a walnut on the same spot, painful when touched as if festering, which went off after a few day.)

Tensive drawing pain, as after a blow or knock, externally on the lateral parts of the head. [Hbg.]

(First a violent pain- shooting and tearing – on the hairy scalp, after which a lump arose the size of a dollar and a finger’s breadth in height, which at first was painful when touched.)

25. Itching on the hairy scalp close behind the left ear, which part soreness; both itching and pain were removed by scratching. [Fz.]

Eroding itching on the left side of the hairy scalp, as from lice, which compelled scratching and frequently recurred (aft. 36 h.). [Lr.]

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.