Exploring Rumex: Insights from Materia Medica by Dr. K. N. Mathur

Unveiling the Characteristics and Indications of Rumex

Understanding the distinctive traits and indications of different remedies is crucial for effective Homeopathy practice. One remedy that holds its unique place is Rumex, as elucidated by Dr. K. N. Mathur in his notable work. In this blog, we delve into the insights offered by Dr. Mathur’s Materia Medica about Rumex.

Dr. Mathur in his Materia Medica has tried to portray a multifaceted presentation embodying the glimmer witnessed by the great stalwarts in homeopathy. He has dug deep into available literature in homeopathy and availed himself of the experience of his predecessors and presented it in his own pragmatic style, thus adding a new dimension to the study of Materia Medica and making it a good reference textbook.

Rumex from Dr. K. N. Mathur’s Perspective:


Yellow Dock or Curled Dock.


It is a common British weed. It belongs to the natural order of Polygonaceae.


Introduced from England to North America where it grows wild.


Mother tincture is prepared from fresh roots.

Proved by Dr. H. A. Houghton, student of Hahnemann Medical College, Philadelphia, in 1852; Dr. B. F. Joslin in 1858.

Introduction :

  • Cold air. Exposure to cold. Catarrh of nose, throat, larynx, trachea, bronchi.
  • Capillary bronchitis. Pneumonia. Pulmonary tuberculosis.
  • Influenza with violent catarrh followed by bronchitis.
  • Hoarseness and aphonia due to accumulation of tough, gelatinous mucus; after exposure to cold.
  • Rheumatic affections of joints from cold.
  • Valuable in advanced phthisis (Seneg, Puls, Ars a, Lyc, Arn, Pyrog, Dros).

AFFINITIES: Mucous Membrane. Nose. Throat Larynx. Trachea. Bowels. Skin. Nerves.

Extremely sensitive to open air. Chilly. Susceptible to cold and catarrh. Tubercular diathesis. Low- spirited, sad, irritable, mental excitability. Nervous sensitiveness to open air (Nux v).

It is a CONSTITUTIONAL remedy for patients

  1. Who are extremely susceptible to cold air; they want to cover the whole body even the head to make the air warmer.
  2. Ailments from slightest inhalation of cold air; cough; catarrh of nose; throat, larynx, trachea; hay fever, hoarseness, aphonia; urticaria.
  3. Allergic to meat: causes eructations; pruritus.

It is a SPECIFIC remedy in the following conditions:

  1. Cough: dry, incessant, fatiguing; worse from the change of air or room; exposure to cold; slightest inhalation of cold air; with tickling in throat; hoarseness; aphonia; involuntary urine with cough; involuntary stool with cough; relief from covering the whole body with warm clothes; worse reading, touching larynx.
  2. Early morning diarrhea; from 5 to 10 AM; sudden urging driving out of bed in the morning; stool painless, profuse, offensive; in patients suffering from advanced phthisis.
  3. Itching of skin: worse from cold or exposure to cold while undressing; better from warmth.
  4. Advanced state of tuberculosis: cough worse from talking; lying down, especially on the left side; inspiring cold air; better from covering the whole body and the head to make the air warmer and bearable; sharp stitching pains through left lung; morning diarrhea; passes urine or stool with a violent cough.
  5. Asthma of consumptives: worse at two AM, cold.
  6. Ailments: from tea; meat; exposure to cold; cough only during the day; left-sided complaints; distension after meals; aching in left chest; lump in the throat; worse by cold; better by warmth; worse lying on the left side; better charge of offensive flatus.
  7. Catarrh: from nose or throat and other mucous membranes; thin, watery, copious mucous discharge; followed by tough, stringy, tenacious, gluey mucus, with morning diarrhea.
  8. Cough:
  • Dry, incessant fatiguing; worse changing air or room (Phos, Spong). The evening after lying down; touching or pressing the throat pit; lying on the left side (Phos); from the slightest inhalation of cold air; coveringthe head with bedclothes to make the air warmer; little or no expectoration.
  • Dry teasing cough from tickling in the throat (Dros).The sensation of a lump in the throat; descends on swallowing but returns immediately.
  • Raw sensation in the Larynx and trachea when coughing (Caust). Involuntary urine with cough. (Caust, Puls, Sil). Involuntary stool with cough.
  1. Early morning diarrhoea; from 5 to 10 AM (Aloe, Nat s, Podo, Sulph): sudden urging, driving out of bed in morning: stools painless, profuse, offensive.
  2. Skin; itching of various parts; when undressing; uncovering, or exposing skin to cold air. (Hep s, Nat s, Olean); from eating meat.
  3. Hay fever: coryza fluent, with sneezing headache; worse in the evening and at night, early morning tubercular diarrhoea.


Warmth. Covering mouth. Wrapping up the head.


Cold air Change of room. Exposure to cold. Lying down. Lying down on left side. Undressing. Uncovering.


Dosage: 3rd to 30th.

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