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.]

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.