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


(From vol. vi, 2nd edit., 1827.)

(The freshly expressed juice of Verbascum thapsus at the commencement of flowering mixed with equal parts of alcohol.)

Who would believe that the medical school, as if has hitherto existed, in place of earnestly endeavouring to ascertain experimentally what genuine, peculiar dynamic powers this plant manifests on the health of human beings was content to ascribe to it conjecturally (falsely)a demulcent, resolvent and laxative medicinal power, from the sickly odour of its flowers when crushed with the fingers, and from the slimy character of its juice, and to employ it blindly, in combination with other herbs whose medicinal qualities were equally unknown, for such conjectural objects in the form of gargles, poultices, and clysters?

The following pure symptoms and morbid states which have been produced by this plant on healthy persons will show how much mistaken the medical world was in its frivolous conjecture, and, on the other hand, for what true curative objects it may be employed with sure effect in natural morbid states corresponding in similarity to the characteristic symptoms produced by it.

A small portion of a drop of the above juice is a sufficient dose for homoeopathic purposes.

[HAHNEMANN was assisted in this proving by GROSS, HARTMANN, LANGHAMMER, MOSSDORF]

No old-school authorities are cited.

The 1st edit. Has 175 symptoms, two less appear in this 2nd edit.]


Attacks of vertigo when the head is supported by pressure on the left cheek. [Gss.]

Sudden vertigo, as from a pressure in the middle on the whole head. [Gss.]

Confusion of the head (aft. 5 h.). [Mss.]

Diminished memory, it costs him a great effort to recall ideas he had had a short time previously (aft. 4 h.). [Mss.]

5. He is stupid and dazed in the head, as if all would come out at the forehead.

Violent pressure in the whole forehead. [Gss.]

Violent but transient outward-pressive pain in the whole right half of the brain, which gradually declines (aft. 4 h.). [Htn.]

Persistent pressing outwards in the forehead, especially between the eyebrows (aft. 3 h.). [Htn.]

Violent outward-pressive pain in the forehead, which is removed by stooping (aft. 2.1/2 h.). [Htn.]

10. Twitching pressure in the left half of the brain (aft. 5 h.). [Mss.]

Violent, stupefying deep pressure in the right frontal protuberance, on coming from the cold into the warmth. [Gss.]

Stupefying pressure on the whole left side of the head and face (cheek). [Gss.]

Aching stupefying pain in the head, which affected particularly both sides of the forehead, in every position (aft. ½ h.). [Lr.]

Violent pressing inwards in the left side of the frontal bone, like a stupefaction. [Gss.]

15. Aching stupefying, more external pain, especially in the forehead, in all positions (aft. ¾ h.). [Lr.]

Severe pressure in the right side of the occipital protuberance (aft. 4.1/2 h.). [Htn.]

Pressing pain in the occiput (aft. 1/8 h.).

A stitch in the left side of the occiput (aft. 1.1/2 h.).

Tearing pressure in the right half of the brain (aft. 4 h.). [Htn.]

20. More pressive than tearing pain above the left orbit (aft. 2.1/4 h.). [Htn.]

An intermittent pressure and fine throbbing near the left frontal protuberance. [Gss.]

A slow hammering in the left frontal protuberance (immediately). [Gss.]

In the right temple an aching pain (immediately).

Pressure in the left temple an aching pain (immediately). [Gss.]

25. Sensation as if both temples were pinched together with forceps. [Gss.]

Violent intermittent deep shooting behind left the parietal protuberance. [Gss.]

Violent, slowly occurring and slowly declining stitch in the left frontal protuberance, going outwards (aft. 2 h.). [Htn.]

Prickling in the left frontal sinus (aft. 5 h.). [Mss.]

Stupefying, deeply penetrating shooting in the right temple, while eating, increased by external pressure; it extends as a tearing into the upper teeth of that side, after some hours. [Gss.]

30. Aching pain in the crown of the head.

Pressive, long drawing stitch through the left half of the brain, from behind forwards (aft. 2 h.). [Htn.]

Just above the right temple, sharp, stupefying knife-stabs. [Gss.]

Deep, sharp, intermittent stitches between the left frontal protuberance and the parietal protuberance. [Gss.]

Intermittent fine needle-pricks in the right side of the forehead (aft. 1.3/4 h.). [Lr.]

35. Stupefying drawing in the left frontal protuberance, in a draught of air (aft. 72 h.). [Gss.]

Burning and prickling in the left temple (aft. 8 m.). [Gss.]

When walking a tingling in the head (aft. 4.1/2 h.). [Mss.]

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.