Ruta Graveolens – Uses, Benefits & Side Effects

Ruta Graveolens - Uses, Benefits and Side Effects

Ruta Graveolens is one of the important remedy used for treating injuries caused by mechanical devices and appliances.

This remedy is prepared from a shrub-like plant indigenous in Europe.

The juice of the plant is capable of causing irritation and inflammation of the skin when touched.

The mother tincture is prepared from fresh herbs collected before blooming. The irritation and inflammatory property of the plant is transformed into the excellent therapeutic property after going through the process of potentisation.

Ruta graveolens acts on bones, periosteum, joints, eyes, urinary bladder, uterus, and skin.

This remedy is clinically used to treat amblyopia, bone diseases, bruises, chest affections, constipation, enuresis, eye affections, facial paralysis, fracture, hemorrhage, injury, prolapse of the uterus, rheumatism, sciatica, etc.

Ruta Graveolens Personality/Constitution

There is no particular constitution of the patient as such. However, there are scrofulous exostosis and warts, especially on the palms of the hand.

Ruta is suited to the chilly patient. i.e. these individuals are easily affected by the cold as compared to the hot.

Psora and sycosis miasms are in the background of this remedy.

Ruta Graveolens Uses

This article will cover from head to toe all the organs of the body. And wherever symptoms are matched, this medicine can be used-

Mind Complaints

In homeopathy, the “mind” of a remedy refers to the emotional and mental symptoms that a person may experience when in need of a particular remedy.

The Ruta Graveolens patient suffers from anxiety, from a troubled conscience.

These individuals have the disposition to quarrel and they cannot stand contradiction.

Ruta patients are cross-minded and suspicious, they always imagine themselves being deceived.

The patient is dissatisfied with himself and others and is disposed to weep. There is melancholy and moral dejection (towards evening).

These individuals also suffer from the slowness of conception with the frequent absence of the mind.

Head Complaints

This remedy is indicated for head bewildered, as from too little sleep.

Ruta is used for treating whirling vertigo, which causes falling when rising in the morning, also when seated, and when walking in the open air. When sitting the individuals experience sudden vertigo, they feel everything around them turning in a circle which is followed by glowing cheeks.

This remedy is useful in treating headaches from stunning pressure on the whole brain, with great inquietude (physical or mental restlessness). During headaches, the patient experiences a sensation as if a nail was driven into the head.

This remedy is indicated for headaches after excessive use of intoxicating drinks. There is throbbing or tearing pain in the forehead, with confusion in the head, in the evening before lying down, and in the morning on waking.

The headaches are aggravated during menses, with pains in the backs of the eyes, with dyspepsia. The individuals cannot bear a bright light, eyes tire, ache and prick, and turn bloodshot when the patient uses glasses.

This remedy is also useful in treating gnawing itching on the scalp, for treating nodes and abscesses on the scalp, pain from excoriation when touched, for treating biting itching (ulcers) on the scalp, and small ulcers and running sores on the scalp.

Eyes Complaints

This remedy is indicated for pain in the eyes which occurs when viewing an object minutely.

Also indicated itching smarting in the canthus, for aching in the eyes.

The patient experiences sensations in the eyes as if they are hot like balls of fire, the eyes ache and feel strained.

Ruta is indicated in complaints of a burning sensation in the eyes when reading by candlelight. There is burning under the left eye with itching in the inner canthi and on lower lids, which becomes smarting after rubbing them, whereupon the eye becomes filled with water.

This remedy is also used in treating quivering and jerking in muscles of eyebrows with spasms in (lower) lids; the tarsus is drawn hither and thither, and when it ceases water runs from both eyes for an hour and a half. There is a tendency to stare accompanied by contraction of the pupil (Aitken).

This remedy is used for the treatment of conditions like asthenopia, and astigmatism, for obscuration of sight from reading too much, with clouds, or like a veil before eyes, for treating bad effects from over-straining eyes, from reading too much, especially fine work at night and for treating dancing spots before eyes.

Ears Complaints

Ruta Graveolens is used in the treatment of earache with scraping pressure with a sensation as if a blunt piece of wood were pushed about in it.

This remedy is indicated for itching lancinations in the ear and pain in the cartilage of the ear and under the mastoid process as from a bruise.

Nose Complaints

The remedy is indicated for acute and hard aching in the root of the nose.

For treating perspiration on the back of the nose and for treatment of epistaxis with pressure at the root of the nose.

Mouth Complaints

Ruta Graveolens is indicated for complaints of mouth when it becomes dry and glutinous, and for treating cramps in the tongue, with embarrassed speech.

This remedy is also useful in conditions where there is profuse salivation and swelling of the tongue.

Face Complaints

The Ruta Graveolens are useful in treating pains in the face, in the periosteum, as if caused by contusions or blows. There is spasmodic tearing in the cheekbone.

This remedy is can be indicated for itching and gnawing at the face and cheeks, for treating erysipelas in the forehead with swelling, for the eruption of pimples on the lips, and dry sticky lips and acne.

Throat Complaints

This remedy is indicated for sore throat, as if a tubercle were in the bottom of the gullet, during empty deglutition. The individual experiences sensation from excoriation and pressure on the velum palati when swallowing.

Chest Complaints

This remedy is indicated in bruised pain in the larynx.

Ruta is indicated for complaints of cough in the evening after lying down, with copious expectoration of viscid mucus, and heaving as if about to vomit, for croaking cough at night with scraping in the chest.

The cough is accompanied by copious expectoration of purulent matter. There is expectoration of thick, yellowish mucus, almost without cough, but with a sensation of fatigue in the chest. The individual is awakened at about midnight with a choking cough.

This remedy is indicated for shortness of breath with dyspnoea. There is aching at the chest with the sensation of fullness.

Ruta is useful in treating nocturnal compression in the lower part of the chest which is associated with lancinating pain in the chest, often with suspended respiration, principally when going upstairs.

This remedy is also useful in treating phthisis after mechanical injuries to the chest.

Heart Complaints

Ruta Graveolens indicated palpitation of the heart with anxiety.

Stomach Complaints

This remedy is indicated for complaints of empty risings or with the taste of food. The patient complains of a hiccough when smoking.

For the complaints of putrid risings after eating meat.

This remedy is used for treating nausea at the pit of the stomach accompanied by vomiting of food, and for treating pains in the stomach after having eaten uncooked or indigestible food.

There is pinching in the stomach after eating bread with gnawing (sensation from emptiness or hunger), burning, or pressure pains in the stomach.

Abdomen Complaints

This remedy is indicated for gnawing pressure in the hepatic region. There is gnawing and eating pain about the navel with a sick feeling in the abdomen followed by soft stools.

Ruta is used in treating painful swelling of the spleen. The individual experiences pain in the abdomen as from a bruise, with digging in the lumbar region with the sensation of pressure pinchings in the hypogastrium.

This remedy is also useful in treating colic from worms in children, and also useful in treating lancinations in the muscles of the abdomen, which compel retraction of the abdomen.

Rectum Complaints

Ruta Graveolens is a well-indicated remedy for difficult feces, as from inactivity of the rectum or impaction following mechanical injuries, the stools are evacuated only with straining.

This remedy is also indicated constipation alternating with mucous, frothy stools. Feces are scanty, hard, and knotty, like sheep dung.

This remedy is also useful in the treatment of slimy diarrhea alternating with constipation there is frequent want to evacuate but it occurs with scanty but soft evacuations.

Ruta is indicated in individuals who experience ineffectual want to evacuate, with prolapse of the rectum. Prolapse of the rectum occurs immediately on attempting a passage, from the slightest stooping, after confinement, with frequent unsuccessful urging. Prolapse of the rectum occurs at every evacuation whether hard or soft stool.

This remedy is also useful for pruritus ani with a smooth appearance of skin round anus with tearing pain in the rectum and urethra when not urinating.

Urinary Complaints

Ruta Graveolens is indicated in complaints where the individual wants to urinate, sometimes very urgently, with pressure on the bladder and scanty emission of green urine. There is pressure on the bladder as if continually full, sometimes also after the emission of urine and at other times.

This remedy is also indicated for frequent and profuse emission of urine, even at night. There is a feeling of want of urination, even immediately after an emission. Also useful in treating retention of urine, in complaints of involuntary emission of urine at night in bed and by day during movements.

Male Complaints

This remedy is indicated for increased sexual desire.

Female Symptoms

This remedy is effective for female complaints of irregular catamenia, these symptoms are relieved during the menstrual period. Catamenia is of short duration, preceded and followed by leucorrhoea. There is corrosive leucorrhoea after the catamenia.

Ruta is also indicated for the complaints of pruritus pudenda, for vaginal pruritus with irritation of skin elsewhere, for pruritus vulvae, very severe affecting external lips of the vulva which get swollen.

Hand Symptoms

The Ruta Graveolens is useful in treating wrenching pain in the shoulder joint, especially when permitting arms to hang down or when resting on them.

The individual experiences shocks in arms as if in bones. There is dull tearing pain in the bones of the arm and joints of the elbow. Pain as if from contusion in the joint of the elbow. There is a pain in the forearms as well as in the bones and joints of the hands as if they had been beaten.

This remedy is also indicated for paralytic stiffness of the wrist with wrenching pain or shooting in the wrists. There is a sensation from a sprain and stiffness in the wrist. The bones of the wrist and back of the hand feel painful as if bruised when at rest and when moving.

This remedy is also useful in treating warts with sore pains, and which are flat, smooth, on the palms of hands.

Legs Symptoms

Ruta Graveolens is useful in cases where the individual suffers from a fall from side to side when walking, the legs will not support him, and there is no power or steadiness in the thighs.

This remedy is indicated in individuals where the legs give out while climbing ascending or descending stairs.

Ruta is a well-indicated remedy for sciatica which is ameliorated by cold applications and in cold, wet weather. There is spasmodic drawing pain in the thighs, extending into the hip joint and sacrum.

This remedy is indicated for contusive pain in the hip-joint and bones of the legs, especially on touching and stretching them. These symptoms are accompanied by weakness in thigh-bones on rising from a seat as if they had been broken. There is also a weakness, trembling, and paralytic heaviness of knees and legs, which prevent the patient to stand firmly with fatigue and heaviness of legs after walking.

The patient experiences the sensation of contraction in the tendons of the knee as if they were shortened.

This remedy is also indicated in fistulous ulcers in the legs. There is lameness and pain in the ankles after a sprain or dislocation; as if ulcerated.

Back Symptoms

This remedy is indicated for complaints of drawing pain in the nape of the neck and the shoulder blades. There is pressure on the inside of the right scapula accompanied by pricking itching between scapulae.

Ruta is indicated for contusive pains in the back and loins, often with oppressed respiration, there is shooting pain in the loins when walking and when stooping, or only when seated, this pain is better by pressure and when lying down.

This remedy is useful in treating backache which is worsened on lying on back. There is a pain in the lumbar vertebrae as if bruised. Bruised pain in the spine and the iliac bones.

Ruta is useful in treating pain from the coccyx to os sacrum as from a fall or blow.

Skin Symptoms

This remedy is useful for treating complaints of gnawing itching on the skin, and for complaints of erysipelatous inflammation.

Ruta individuals have a tendency to excoriate in children, either when walking or riding on horseback.

This remedy is also indicated in skin complaints like inflamed ulcers, anasarca, and warts with sore pains which are flat and smooth on palms.

Fever Symptoms

Ruta Graveolens is indicated in fever when the pulse only accelerated during the heat. The heat occurs all over the whole body, mostly in the afternoon, without thirst, but with anxiety, restlessness, and dyspnoea. There is heat in the face, with red cheeks and cold hands and feet.

The coldness runs over one side of the head. The chilliness occurs principally in the back and runs up and down. There is cold perspiration on the face in the morning in bed. Perspiration all over when walking in the open air.

Sleep Symptoms

In Ruta Graveolens individuals there is frequent yawning and stretching. There is a strong disposition to sleep in the evening and after a meal, waking with a start, and piercing cries on least touch.

This remedy is also used for treating nocturnal agitation, with tossing and frequent waking.


Modalities are the factors that, increase or decrease the complaints in a patient.

They are categorized as aggravating factors and amelioration factors.

Aggravating factors make the condition of the illness worst, while the amelioration factor makes the condition of the disease better.

It can be time, any part of the day, season, position, or any applications, etc.

Aggravated By-

All the symptoms in Ruta Graveolens patients are worsened

from touch, rest, stooping, sitting, ascending, at night, and cold weather.

Amelioration By-

All the complaints are better by lying on the back, rubbing, motion, and scratching.

Relationship with Other Medicine

Complementary Medicines-

These remedies complete the curing process that is started by the first medicine given.

  • The medicine complementary to Ruta Graveolens is Arnica and Symphytum

Antidoted by-

When there is the appearance of new symptoms, the new symptoms combined with the old ones should be studied, and a second remedy covering more of these new symptoms than the old one is to be given; this second remedy is the antidote.

Ruta Graveolens is antidoted by Camphora.

It antidotes-

Ruta Graveolens antidotes Merc sol.

Ruta Graveolens Dosage & Potencies

The dosage and Potency of the medicine depend on the individual case.

Homeopathic medicines are prescribed based on symptom similarity, where the symptoms narrated by the patient are somewhat similar to the guiding symptoms of the treatment.

Your homeopathic doctor forms the totality of symptoms, and medicine identical to the disease condition is given; the more exact similarity, the earlier the curing process.

Ruta Graveolens 30 Uses-

Lower potency is given when very few symptoms match the medicine to that of the patient.

These symptoms help doctors diagnose the disease condition only; there is a minor symptom of Ruta Graveolens.

Lower potencies require frequent repetition. You should give them 3-4 times a day till the expected result is seen.

Ruta Graveolens 200 Uses-

This is considered as higher Potency; they are given when the majority of mind symptoms of Ruta Graveolens and the physical symptoms of Ruta Graveolens which are narrated by the patient get the perfect match.

Higher potencies are advisable to be not repeated very often; they act for a longer duration, so the second dose is repeated every 7 days or every 15 days once.

On giving 200C Potency, it’s advisable to wait for the symptoms to subside, which can be repeated until all signs in totality disappear.

Ruta Graveolens 1M Uses-

Ruta Graveolens 1 M should not be repeated; it is given once a month and waiting for symptoms to disappear.

This is very high Potency. It would help if you gave it only after careful case analysis, where all medicinal symptoms of Ruta Graveolens and those provided by the patient match with each other ideally.

Ruta Graveolens Q (Mother Tincture) Uses-

Ruta Graveolens in tincture form is used to treat severe backaches and sprains.

Ruta Graveolens 3X/6X Uses-

This lower potency of Ruta Graveolens works well as a therapeutic dose for sprains and injuries.

Ruta Graveolens Side Effects

The process of potentization prepares homeopathic medications. In this method, the raw form of the medicine is taken and worked upon, and diluted to such an extent that all the harmful effects of the raw material are gone. All that remains is the medicinal or curative powers.

Homeopathic medicines are gentle and safe. They can be taken in the correct dose and potency by people of all age groups without fear.

Side effects of homeopathic medicines are an infrequent phenomenon.

It may so happen that the symptoms may subside temporarily and then come back with a renewed strength and severity. This occurs when the medicine has been repeated more than what was required.

It may also happen that the person may come back saying that he has developed an entirely new set of symptoms while all his old symptoms are still present. This means that the remedy prescribed was the wrong one.

In both cases, it is advisable to give a suitable antidote to Ruta Graveolens.

You may have to re-work the case as a new totality has emerged. Based upon this new totality, you may have to prescribe Ruta Graveolens in a different potency or a new remedy altogether that matches the newly formed total.

Keep a lookout for these symptoms; they are the red flags on your path to recovery

  1. Worsening of any symptoms that you had before taking the dose.
  2. Appearance or worsening of mental complaints like melancholy, despair, depression, irritability, and emotional sensitivity.

It is important to keep in mind that along with selecting an appropriate remedy, the remedy must be in appropriate potency which requires the guidance of a licensed practitioner, as every person’s symptoms and health conditions are unique.

Homeopathic medicines should only be taken when prescribed by a homeopathic physician. Self -medications can aggravate the original conditions.

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