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Rhus Glabra homeopathy medicine – drug proving symptoms from Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica by TF Allen, published in 1874. It has contributions from R Hughes, C Hering, C Dunham, and A Lippe.

      Common names: Smooth Sumac.


Rhus glabra, Linn. Natural order: Anacardiacae. Preparation: Tincture of the bark.


Distaste for society; no desire to speak to any one, or to be spoken to (sixth day). The sensorium was affected; weakness of memory, much indifference to surrounding objects; sensation of stupidity (fourth and fifth days).


Awoke in the morning with a dull heavy headache, which was dispelled by exercise, but again returned on resuming the use of the drug (second day). Severe cephalalgia (third day). Headache until breakfast, and a little in the afternoon (sixth day).

Dull aching pain in the front and top of the head, for a short time after taking each dose (first day). Fullness and pain in the top of the head (second day). The dull heavy pain in vertex continues (fourth day).


Hemorrhage from the left nostril and mouth (fifth day). Bloody scabs in the left nostril (sixth day). Left nostril hot and dry, free hemorrhage from it three times during the latter part of the day; the prover is quite sure that the epistaxis is caused by the action of the drug (seventh day).


Tongue furred white (fourth, fifth, and sixth days). Several small ulcers form i the buccal mucous membrane, opposite the bicuspids (seventh day); the ulcers are very sensitive (eighth day); they were quite sensitive for several days, but healed kindly, except the largest, which was touched with chloride of zinc (seventeenth day). Could taste the drug in the mouth thirty hours after the last dose was taken. Mouth has a flat alkaline taste (fifth day).


Expelled two clots of blood from the throat, soon after waking (sixth day).


Sensation of hunger (fourth day). At breakfast could eat but a little, although feeling as if he had fasted for many days (sixth day). Loss of appetite, anorexia (third day). Distress in stomach, disturbed, very restless (third night). Pain in the stomach aggravated by either food or drink, so much so as to cause the prover to nearly abstain from their use (fourth and fifth days).


Cutting pain in the umbilical region for a few minutes (after first dose); constant (after second dose), (second day); the sharp cutting abdominal pains continue (eighth day). Some tenderness on pressure in the umbilical region (fourth and fifth days). Pain in the umbilical region (after second and third doses). Pain in the bowels (third day).


Occasional during the afternoon a diarrhoea, increasing inconstancy and severity towards evening; at 7 P.M. a dry, hard stool (first day); no stool (second day); stool, first part hard and dry, the latter, soft and moist (third and fourth days); stool as usual, in morning; another, hard and dry, in the evening (sixth day); stool nearly normal (seventh day); slight diarrhoea of short continuance (ninth day).

Urinary Organs

Scanty, high-colored (fourth and fifth days); urine not so highly colored as yesterday (sixth day).

Heart and Pulse

Pulse 80 (before the proving); 88 (fourth day); 86 (sixth day).

Back and Neck

Pain in small of back (fourth day). Increased pain in back (fifth day); pain continues (sixth day).

Lower Limbs

Great fatigue of lower limbs, so as scarcely to be able to stand, in the evening (first day). Aching of lower limbs (fifth and sixth days).


Has lost two pounds in the last three days (fourth day). The administration of the drug was discontinued, owing to the exhaustion, fatigue, and pain experienced by the prover (fourth day). Painful fatigue after lying down (first night); sensation of great fatigue during the latter part of the day, increasing at evening (second day); arose with great fatigue (third day); the general debility continues (eighth day).


Sleep disturbed by annoying dreams (second night); disturbed, very restless (third night). Dream of flying through the air (third night).


Sense of coldness, while there is an actual increase of heat in the skin (fifth day). Skin hot and dry, with thirst (fourth and fifth days). Sweat profusely during sleep (third, fourth, and seventh nights).

About the author

TF Allen

TF Allen

Dr. Timothy Field Allen, M.D. ( 1837 - 1902)
Born in 1837in Westminster, Vermont. . He was an orthodox doctor who converted to homeopathy
Dr. Allen compiled the Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica over the course of 10 years.
In 1881 Allen published A Critical Revision of the Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica.

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