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


(The fresh expressed juice of the whole plant Leontodon taraxacum, gathered when not quite in full bloom, mixed with equal parts of alcohol.)

This plant, like many others, has been wrongfully administered in diseases in enormous quantities, on merely theoretical grounds, as a remedy of universal every day use.

In all diseases which the so-called practical glance, which pretends to be able to see everything, even the inner processes of morbid nature, could make nothing of, as in all those that would not fit in with any name in pathology, it was theoretically assumed that there were present viscid, inspissated humours and obstructions of the minute nameless vessels in the interior of the body which nobody could see, in order that the favourite assumption.

On account of its milky juice it was theoretically assumed that it must act like a soap, and as soap chemically dissolves all sort of substances in a vessel, so dandelion must dissolve in the interior of the living body whatever the practitioner was pleased to imagine existed in the diseased human system of a viscid, inspissated and obstructive character.

Had the pure powers of dandelion to effect changes in the human health been ever tested, and had it thus been experimentally ascertained what peculiar morbid states it was able characteristically to produce, and had been then a pure therapeutic trial been made of this plant, administered alone, in any case of disease, and it had been found to effect a rapid and permanent cure, it would have been seen convincingly on comparing the totality of the symptoms of the disease cured by this remedy with the morbid symptoms of the disease cured by this remedy with the morbid symptoms dandelion can produce in the healthy body, that this plant can only cure in virtue of its symptoms being similar to those of the case of disease, and that it could not fail to cure it in accordance with the eternal homoeopathic law of nature, and that for that very reason it could not be of use in those morbid states the like of which dandelion is not able to produce.

A knowledge of this fact would have converted practitioners, had they been capable of being converted, from a belief in their imaginary indication of an internal, non-existent, pathological obstruction-monster which they pretended had to be dissolved.

The following pure pathogenetic symptoms of dandelion, which are far from complete, may perhaps help to dispel this pathologicotherapeutical self-deception. But they will do more, for they will teach us a priori for what morbid cases this vegetable juice will be and must be a sure remedy, and prevent us torturing patients for whom it is unsuitable (unhomoeopathic) in a useless and injurious manner by giving it in large doses, as has hitherto been done.

When this drug is suitable from this homoeopathic similarity, we require to give it in the dose of scarcely a single drop of the juice in order to effect a cure. The juice as prepared above is much preferable to the officinal extract, which by prolonged stirring in a copper kettle is rendered impure by admixture with this metal.

[The provers of this medicine are FRANZ, GUTMANN, KUMMER, LANGHAMMER, ROSAZEWSKY; no symptoms are contributed by HAHNEMANN.]

No old-school authorities are cited.

The 1st edit. Has 209, this 2nd edit. 264 symptoms.]


Vertigo on walking in the open air as if drunk, the head fell at one time to the left, at another to the right side (aft. 2.1/4 h.). [Lr.]

When walking in the open air unsteady step and vertigo, as though he would fall forwards (aft. 10 h.). [Lr.]

When walking in the open air great confusion and dizziness of the head, like vertigo, sometimes sensation as though the brain were distented here and there, painless. [Fz.]

5. Sensation in the head, as if the brain were constricted by a soft pressure from all sides. [Fz.]

When walking in the open air aching crawling pain in the forehead, which spreads out from the centre of it, as though there were something alive in it (aft. 4 h.). [Lr.]

A sensation in the head compounded of pressure and itching. [Gn.]

Pressure deep down in the occiput and heaviness there (aft. 9.1/2 h.). [Gn.]

Heaviness of the head and redness of the face. [Gn.]

10. In the sinciput pressive pain out towards the forehead. [Gn.]

Pressive stupefying pain on the forehead, as after a debauch (aft. 1 h.). [Lr.]

Aching pain in the right temple (aft. 35 h.). [Gn.]

Burning pressive pain in the head going upwards. [Gn.]

Pressive pain in the head from within outwards (aft. 2.1/2 h.). [Gn.]

15. Heaviness in the occiput which goes off every time he stoops, and returns on raising up and keeping the head straight, and then it is worst. [Gn.]

When sitting aching stupefying pain in the whole forehead, so that he became unconscious when reading and did not know where he was, accompanied by nausea; he felt better only in the open air (aft. 1.3/4 h.). [Lr.]

Constant pressive pain on the forehead (aft. 4 h.). [Gn.]

Drawing aching pain in the temple. [Fz.]

When standing drawing pressive pain on the frontal bone. [Fz.]

20. When sitting drawing pain at the left temple, which ceases when walking and standing (aft. 5 h.). [Lr.]

When walking tearing pain in the occiput, which goes off when standing still. [Fz.]

Shooting tearing in the occiput behind the right ear. [Fz.]

Tearing stitches in the rapid succession on the left side of the forehead. [Lr.]

25. A persistent shooting pain in the left side of the head, for six hours. [Rz.]

When sitting needle-pricks in the left temple, which go off when standing (aft. 1.1/2 h.). [Lr.]

When walking in the open air a violent persistent stitch in the left temporal region, which went off when standing (aft. 38 h.). [Lr.]

Sharp stitches externally on the left side of the forehead, which are not allayed by touching (aft. 13 h.). [Lr.]

Obtuse shooting pressure on the forehead (aft. ½ h.). [Gn.]

30. A pimple on the hairy scalp on the right side above the temple, which is painful when touched, as if the part were festering (aft. 15 h.). [Lr.]

The anterior skin of the hairy scalp is tense, as though it were tightly fastened to the crown. [Kr.]

A pimple in the centre of the hairs of the left eyebrow with pressive pain when touched (aft. 27 h.). [Lr.]

Contracted pupils (aft. 4 h.). [Lr.]

Dilated pupils (aft. 26 h.). [Lr.]

35. In the morning on waking the eyelids are stuck together with matter, for several days. [Kr.]

A kind of inflammation of the eyes; the eyes are intolerant of light and constantly watering, with pressure on the right upper eyelid, as if something were there which he in vain endeavoured to wipe away. [Kr.]

Eye-gum, more in the morning than during the day. [Kr.]

Burning in the left eyeball (aft. 11.1/2 h.). [Gn.]

Violent burning in the right eyeball towards the inner canthus. [Kr.]

40. Fine burning in the right eyeball towards the inner canthus. [Kr.]

Shooting burning pain in the left eyeball (aft. 20 h.). [Kr.]

A burning shooting in the left eyeball, towards the outer canthus (aft. ½ h.). [Kr.]

Sharp shooting pain in the right eye. [Kr.]

Acute aching, as from a grain of sand in the right inner canthus, with sensation as if the eyelids were swollen there. [Fz.]

45. (In the evening hardness of hearing; something seems to be before the ears; he only hears in a dull manner.) [Fz.]

Inward pressure in the interior of the left ear. [Gn.]

Chirping in the left ear, as from grasshoppers (aft. 33 h.). [Lr.]

In the meatus auditoriuos externus tearing, and behind the ramus of the lower jaw sharp pressure. [Fz.]

Stitches behind the ear, with tearing down the side of the neck. [Fz.]

50. In the right ear a shooting from within outwards, which always receded inwards again. [Gn.]

Itching burning shooting in the right ear. [Gn.]

Drawing pain in the auricle (aft. 5 h.). [Lr.]

A sharp pressure in the right cheek (aft. ½ h.). [Gn.]

An aching stitch in the cheek. [Gn.]

55. A suppurating pimple on the upper part of the left cheek, with red areola, which when touched has a gnawing pain (aft. 24 h.). [Lr.]

A suppurating pimple on the angle of the right alanasi (aft. 8 h.). [Lr.]

Two attacks of epistaxis from the left nostril, at noon before eating (aft. 30 h.). [Lr.]

The upper lip cracks in the middle (aft. 6 h.). [Kr.]

A suppurating pimple at the right commissure of the mouth (aft. 49 h.). [Lr.]

60. Sudden itching below the chin (aft. 1 h.). [Lr.]

In the lower part of the parotid gland and on the cervical muscles, and from the sternum to the mastoid process, an acute pain on moving the jaw and neck.[Kr.]

Twitching on the side of the neck, interiorly (aft. 15 h.). [Gn.]

Sharp boring stitches in the left side of the neck from within outwards, for some minutes (immediately). [Gn.]

Pressive twitching in the muscles of the nape behind the left ear (aft. 3.1/2 h.). [Gn.]

65. Pricking in the left side of the nape, as from a rather blunt needle, when standing, which went off on sitting down (aft. 1.1/2 h.). [Lr.]

Pressive shooting in the nape. [Gn.]

Pressive pain like blows on two incisor teeth, more in their crowns. [Gn.]

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.