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.]

Eroding itching on the whole of the hairy scalp, especially on the left side and the occiput, as from vermin, which was only allayed by scratching much, but always recurred (aft. 38 h.). [Lr.]

Two small ulcers on the hairy scalp, one on the left side and one near the nape, the eroding itching of which made him scratch, and often recurred (aft. 38 h.). [Lr.]

Gnawing aching pain on the forehead (aft. 12 h.). [Ws.]

30. Dull tearing in the temporal bones (aft. 1 h.). [Ws.]

From the temporal bones to the occiput, in the periosteum, pain as from a fall. [Hbg.]

Burning compressive pain outwardly on the head, which stupefies (aft. 11 h.). [Hbg.]

Heat in the head. [Hbg.]

In the evening (about 11 o’clock) great heat in the head with febrile restlessness of the whole body and anxiety.[Fz.]

35. Sweat on the crown of the head (immediately).

Erysipelas on the forehead. (From pinching the plant.) [EL CAMERARIUS, Hort. Medorrhinum]

Itching on one side of the face (aft. 24 h.). [Fz.]

Cramp-like tearing pain on the zygomatic process, with aching stupefying pain in both sides of the forehead (aft. 5 h.). [Lr.]

Quivering and visible twitching in the muscles of the eyebrows (aft. 12 h.).

40. Dimness before the eyes as if shadows hovered before him. [Ws.]

(Flying points before the eyes.)

It seems to be not clear enough before his eyes. [Hbg.]

Contracted pupils (aft. 2.1/2 h.). [Lr.]

His eyes feel as if he had strained the sight too much by reading. [Hbg.]

45. Week pressive-like pain in the right eye, with dimness of surrounding objects, as if from having looked too long at an object that was fatiguing to the eyes. [Hrr.]

A feeling of heat and burning in the eyes and pain in them when he reads (in the evening by candle light). [Gss.]

A burning under the left eye (aft. 3 h.). [Hbg.]

Itching in the inner canthi and on the lower eyelids, which becomes smarting after rubbing them, whereupon the eye becomes filled with water (aft. ½ h.). [Hbg.]

Pressure on the upper border of the orbits, with tearing in the eyeball. [Fz.]

50. Pressure on the inner surface of the left eye, with great watering of it, in the open air (aft. 48 h.). [Hrr.]

Pressure on both eyeballs, together with a spasm of the lower eyelids, whereby they are drawn sometimes upwards, sometimes and to a greater degree towards the inner canthus, for some days (aft. 8 h.). [Ws.]

Spasm in the lower eyelid, the tarsus is drawn hither and thither, and when it ceases water runs from both eyes, for an hour and a half. [Hbg.]

Involuntary staring at an object, with contracted pupils (aft. ½ h.). [Htn.]

55. If he shakes his head he feels a rumbling to and fro in the ear. [Hbg.]

He feels in his ear as if a blunt piece of wood were pushed about in it, a kind of scratching pressure (aft. 2 h.). [Hbg.]

Pain about the ears as if they were strongly pressed. [Hbg.]

A tickling hot pressure in the ears; which was aggravated by introducing the finger. [Hbg.]

Itching pricks in the right internal ear (aft. 3 h.). [Ws.]

60.In the cartilages of the ears pain as after a contusion. [Hbg.]

Under the mastoid process a pain as from a blow or fall. [Hbg.]

In the bones of the face numb pain, as from a blow, which spreads down into the teeth and jaw. (Several pains in the bones and periosteum seem to be caused by rue.) [Hbg.]

Sharp pressure on the root of the nose (aft. 36 h.). [Ws.]

In the upper part of the nose a pain as if a plug were pushed transversely through it, which scratched and pressed; a sensation not removed by blowingthe nose nor by boring in the finger. [Hbg.]

65. On the dorsum of the nose slight sweat; the nose is warmer, as also the cheeks, with slight redness of the face, without thirst. [Gss.]


(She blows blood from the nose, all day.)

Pinching in the left cheek (aft. 24 h.). [Ws.]

In both cheeks an eroding gouty pain. [Hbg.]

70. Eruption on the upper and lower lips (from rue vinegar). [LEV. LEMNIUS, De Occultis Naturae Miraculis, ii, chap. 1.]

Digging pain in the lower teeth.

The right upper gums are painful on their inner side as if sore and swollen, with drawing stitches in them, most severe when touched (aft. 36 h.). [Ws.]

Bleeding of the gums when cleaning and brushing the teeth.

Sometimes dry and sticky in the mouth. [Stf.]

75. aching pain in the palate, more when not swallowing than when swallowing (aft. 2 h.).

When swallowing, but not otherwise, a shore feeling and aching on the velum palati. [Gss.]

In the afternoon thirst for cold water (aft. 33 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.