Feb 01

Ruta Graveolens A Homeopathic First Aid Remedy

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Ruta Graveolens A Homeopathic First Aid Remedy

Ruta graveolens is another one of my favorite remedies and creams, because when I need it it doesn’t disappoint me. I actually had a call to use it recently after twisting my waist too hard in my Latin American dance class. I endured the pain for about a day and then I decided to see if the Ruta cream would help. I applied the cream to my waist at night and when I woke up in the morning the pain was gone.

I had another similar experience about four years ago when I twisted my upper thigh doing T’ai Chi Ch’uan exercises. I lived with that pain for about six months, and then I decided I had had enough of it and applied Ruta cream to the thigh.  The pain left within a day and I never had a recurrence of that pain. These are two personal testimonials of the power of this cream to relieve pain. In both instances the type of injury was a twisting injury, and the sensation I was experiencing was a twisting pain, which is characteristic of this remedy.

I also use the cream from time to time when I strain my shoulder by pushing a shopping cart that is too heavy for me. I just apply the Ruta cream and my shoulder feels better soon afterward.

One of the most dramatic experiences I had with the Ruta cream was with my eldest son. He broke his forearm when he was sixteen years old while trying out his friend’s skateboard. At the emergency room they bandaged the arm, but did not set it, telling us to make an appointment with an orthopedic doctor to set the bone. The emergency room doctors did not give him anything for pain relief. That night he woke me up saying that the pain was too intense and he couldn’t take it anymore. I studied his symptoms and decided to give him a dose of Ruta 30C. The remedy helped him with the pain very quickly. He was able to get to sleep and woke up pain free in the morning.

I have given Ruta many times to clients with knee injuries from playing sports when they have pulled a ligament or a tendon or torn the miniscus. The remedy has a reputation in these kinds of injuries and it unfailingly lives up to that reputation.

From the case examples I have listed above, you can see that this is a great remedy for sports injuries. Wouldn’t it be great if all nurses offices, hospitals and gymnasiums kept a jar of this little cream and the remedy pellets in their first aid kits for muscle pulls, strains, twists and other mishaps that frequently happen when one exercises too vigorously?

In the new method of case taking and analysis taught by Rajan Sankaran, he teaches that when selecting a remedy from the plant kingdom, you have to match the sensation of the patient’s pain to a remedy that has a similar sensation. He has developed a chart of plant sensations to help practitioners find the plant family that matches the patient’s sensations the best. Looking at the chart I see that Ruta graveolens is a member of the Rutaceae family, and the sensations common to these plants are squeezed and then broken or crushed, squeezed and compressed, constricted and squeezed, twisted and broken and crushed. It also has choking and strangling sensations. The patient is usually ameliorated by stretching. Matching the sensation of the patient’s pain to a remedy with a similar sensation is a good way to confirm the prescription. From the examples I gave above you can see the twisting sensation that I was experiencing matched the twisting sensation of the Rutaceae family.

Now I would like to talk about the types of conditions that Ruta graveolens can help with.

1)        First and foremost think about Ruta graveolens for injuries to the ligaments, tendons and the periosteum or lining of the bones. This remedy is of use in areas where the skin is close to the bone, and in injuries to cartilage and fibrous tissue. (Remember Hypericum is for injuries to nerve tissue, Arnica to muscle  tissue, and Bellis perennis to soft tissue.) Ruta is for fibrous tissue such as ligaments and tendons. Keeping these few essential facts about the remedies in mind will help you greatly in knowing which one to select in a trauma situation.

Consider Ruta in fractures, or bruising of the bone and the periosteum from injuries such as a blow from a hammer. The injuries can be slow to heal from, and there can be a lot of pain in the bones as well as bruising.

Under this category of injuries you can think of muscle pulls and strains. Injuries where the parts are twisted, such as in the thigh and waste injury I mentioned above. Ruta is well known for injuries to the thigh. Knee or ankle injuries where the ligaments or tendons are pulled and torn fall under this category of complaint and can be greatly helped by this remedy.

2)            Overstrain, overuse, overexertion are all words that apply well to Ruta. Examples of overuse types of injuries that Ruta is well known for are:

Tennis elbow. Ruta is a specific for this situation.

 Carpal tunnel syndrome. Ruta is of great benefit for overuse injuries of typists, musicians, computer programmers and other people who use their wrists excessively.

Eyestrain. Ruta is the remedy you need to think of for non-inflammatory injuries of the eye that are caused from overexertion of the ocular muscles. Seamstresses, people working at the computer for hours at a time, or anyone else doing fine work with the eye can benefit from this remedy for their eyestrain. It is also good for headaches and vision disturbances caused by overuse of the eye. I would suggest dabbing the cream around the eyes to help relieve this symptom, or you can take the remedy in potency.

3)            Hardened or thickened areas or nodules over the bones, periosteum or tendons caused by overuse or injury. Construction workers, mechanics and farmers who develop these thickenings or nodular growths on their hands from holding their tools all day long can benefit greatly from Ruta. This remedy can help when there has been permanent flexing of the hands or feet caused by overuse or exertion of the hands or feet.

One of my husband’s relatives has permanent flexing of the fingers of his hands and of his toes. At a family reunion one day, he complained about his arthritic pains and I asked him if he would like to try some Ruta cream to see if it would help. It turned out that this cream helped him a great deal with the pain, and I have been mailing him bottles of the cream ever since.

4)        Back Problems. Think of Ruta the remedy and Ruta the cream for helping to relieve back pain. The characteristic Ruta back pain would be a bruised sensation, as though the person had fallen on the back or received a blow to the back or coccyx. Ruta also has weakness and lameness of the back and lower extremities from overstrain, lifting or spraining the back.

Other back problems that Ruta addresses are herniated disks with characteristic Ruta causation, such as overstrain and overextertion. The remedy helps people who strain their backs easily, or where the vertebrae slip out of place easily. Think of Ruta for morning back pain and for wounds to the spine.

5)            Dental and Mouth Problems. This remedy has a wide field of action where it comes to dental problems. You should consider Ruta for the following conditions:

a)    Trauma to the tooth, where the tooth is loosened in the socket or knocked out of position.

b)    Bone and periosteal pain following dental surgery, or pain after injection of a local anesthestic.

c)     Pain of dry socket, at the beginning of an infection.

d)    To help reduce the pain and trauma of tooth extraction, if Arnica does not help sufficiently.

e)    To ease the discomfort associated with fitting and adjusting braces.

f)     To help heal jaw fractures.

6)            Sciatica. Ruta can help with very severe sciatic pains with the characteristic Ruta pain sensation listed above, as well as bruised and darting pains. The pains are often aggravated at night when the patient lies down, and are worse on first motion like Rhus tox. The pains begin in the back and extend to the hips and thighs. 

7)            Prolapsus ani. Ruta is good for prolapsus ani and many other symptoms pertaining to the rectum, including constipation. It has pain in the rectum when sitting, and is a good remedy for hemorrhoids and strictures of the rectum where the symptoms fit with Ruta.

8)            Lameness after sprains, especially of ankles, wrists and

 knees. Ruta is one of the first remedies to be thought of for injuries to the knees. It is good for bursitis of the knee, and is useful where the knees give way on going up and down the stairs, and the foot turns under from weakness of the ankles. The hamstrings feel shortened and weak.

9)            Surgery. Ruta should be given after joint surgery to assist in healing.

10)          Ganglion on the wrist.

11)           Pain in the feet. Ruta can help with pain in the bones and tendons of the feet. The pains are aggravated on stepping, standing and walking. The pains in the feet are often described as bruised, sore, raw and tender.

12)          Other things to know about Ruta. Ruta is a rheumatic remedy, meaning that the patient is aggravated by cold, wet and stormy weather. Ruta helps with the bruised bone pains from injuries, strains or dislocations.

As you can see there is a great deal to be said about Ruta graveolens as it has a very wide range of usefulness. This is a remedy and cream that would not sit idle in your medicine chest.


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  3. Kathie Marshall

    I have used Ruta Grav on a frozen shoulder after creams and steroid injections did not work. I put on Ruta at night and held hot water bottle over and it healed. Now I have had bad shoulder, upper arm pain from over-use, pain like a trapped nerve. Anti-inflammatory cream no good. Ruta has relieved the pain in 3 days. Will continue use until pain gone. Brilliant remedy.

  4. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Kathie,
    Thank you very much for your testimonial about Ruta gaveolens. I am so happy to hear what a good experience you had with this remedy. If you don’t mind, I would appeciate it if you could put your testimonial on the http://www.firstaidcreams.com website on the Ruta page or the testimonial section. I wish you all the best.
    Warm regards,
    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  5. Maggie

    Just fyi: suggested this along with Rhus Tox for my son in law who had been having hip and leg pain for many months. AFTER JUST ONE DAY DOSING, HE SAID “IT’S LIKE I NEVER HAD ANY ACHE OR PAIN” Like a miracle! The same remedies had been suggested for me many years ago when I had a broken ankle, had no pain after the first day….unbelievable remedy.

    thanks so much Boiron for many great remedies!

  6. Lourdes

    Is the Ruta cream more effective than the pellet for acute wrist injury or can they both be used in conjunction? I cannot find the cream anywhere in Toronto, Canada.

  7. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Lourdes,
    I am sorry for my delay in responding. The remedy, Ruta graveness, in let’s say a 12C, or 30C, is stronger that the Ruta graveness cream. The reason for this is that the cream is made from the mother tincture, whereas the remedies are potentized the homeopathic way. Potentized remedies are much stronger than the cream made from the mother tincture.

    Nonetheless the cream is also very effective, and has the same properties as the potentized remedy. The potentized remedy is usually deeper and longer acting. I have articles on this website about homeopathy, how remedies are potentized, and how to determine when to repeat the remedy.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  8. Goldi

    Hello :)

    I fell about a month ago and injured my left upper arm and shoulder.
    I was in Japan at the time and had with me only arnica and hypericum both c30.

    When I got back the doctor send me to X-ray plus ultrasound,
    And now it appears that I hv a very small fracture and partly torn tendon (and tendinitis).

    I understand the cream can help, but I’ve another question:
    Can ruta c30 can be used even though a month passed?


  9. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Goldi,
    Thank you for your question. Yes Ruta 30C can help with your injured arm and shoulder. Another remedy to consider, which is possibly better for this type of injury is Rhus toxicodendron, and also Sympthyturm.

    A guiding symptom to Rhus tox is that the pain is worse on beginning motion, and better as you warm up, and better from warm showers.

    Sympthytum is a good a remedy to heal fractures. It is listed in bold for injuries to the arm. Hypericum is also listed in bold for injuries to the arm.

    Hypericum is good for injuries to areas rich and nerves. If the pain has extension, that is a good guiding symptom.

    I hope this information is helpful. I wish you all success in healing your injuries promptly.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  10. Shawn

    This is a message in response to Lourdes:

    You can buy Ruta cream in Toronto from Thompson’s Homeopathic Supplies Ltd.
    Address: 239 Wallace Ave, Toronto, ON M6H 1V5
    Phone:(416) 922-2300

  11. vishwas

    My aunt (43)broke her radial head after fallen from scooter. The ortho kept immobilised her hand for 5 weeks. After removal of the plaster we got to know that she could not move her hand niether extend not flex.
    There was a great stiffness in the elbow joint. Then I gave her Ruta 200c and after 2 days she was able to do flexion and extinction to some extent. After 7 days of Ruta she can now able to do both flexion and extentions. Now she’s taking Symphytum 200 and improving day by day.

  12. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Vishwas,
    Thank you for sharing your aunt’s recovery story from her scooter accident. I am happy to hear that she is feeling better, and that the homeopathic remedies are helping her. You may also want to consider Hypericum perforatum for her, if she has a lot of pain, which extends up and down the arm with numbness.

    You can watch slideshows about the first aid creams that you are mentioning at http://www.firstaidcreams.com.

    I wish you all the best.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  13. Michelle

    my 16 year old daughter is having to have her jaw expanded for orthodontic reasons and is in a lot of pain. It is affecting her teeth, she has a lot pain in her nose, bridge of her nose and forehead. She also has pain in her ears when she swallows.
    Will Ruta help alieviate these pains and also is it safe for her to take? I read that women of child bearing age should not take Ruta.

    Thanks for your help


  14. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Michelle,
    Yes, Ruta should be fine for your daughter to take. She may benefit from a single dose of Ruta 30C taken only one time and not repeated. She can dissolve 2 to 3 pellets of the 30C in 4 oz. of water, and drink 4 TBSP and discard the rest of the water.

    Ruta should not be used if she is pregnant, as it can cause expulsion of the fetus, but if she is not pregnant, it should be safe for her to use.

    If she would rather just apply the Ruta cream to her jaw, she can do that instead of taking the remedy orally, though the oral dose will be much stronger. You can order the cream from firstaidcreams.com or on Amazon.com.

    I hope your daughter feels better soon.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  15. jenny ambrose

    Can I use this product for damaged nerves in my feet? Aka dressmakers feet. And if so is it available in Durban South Africa. I really can’t stand the pain any longer.
    Thank you,
    Jenny Ambrose

  16. Mahmood

    Hi. I am using ruta graveolnes 30 by 2 months for eyesight but it is not working my eyesight is still weak so what should I do. …

  17. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Mahmood,
    Ruta graveolens is not specifically for weak eyesight.It is for eyestrain from overuse. If the remedy is not helping you, then it is not homeopathic to your case. I would suggest working with a classical homeopath, who can look at you as a whole and not just for the eyesight.

    I wish you all the best.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  18. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Jenny,
    The main remedy for injury to the nerves of the feet is Hypericum perforatum. I sell a Hypericum perforatum cream at http://www.firstaidcreams.com. It may be a good idea to see how you respond to the remedy in the cream form, and then if you need something stronger, you can take a single dose of Hypericum perforatum 30C.

    I hope your feet feel better soon.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  19. Louise

    I have had a muscle spasm in my back for the last two days and have been in dreadful pain mostly in the lower back, but now after holding myself tense because of the pain, my neck and shoulders now feel stiff and are becoming very painful too. I have ruta grav 30c. Will it help and how should I take it please. Thank you for your help.

  20. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Louise,
    Thank you for your question.There are 35 remedies listed in my materia medica search program for muscle spasms in the back. Ruta graveolens is not listed for spasms specifically, but it is listed for back pain. I would recommend that you consult a homeopath who can make sure the remedy you take is well selected, and guide you in the administration of the remedy, and case management. I hope that your back pain gets better very quickly.

    Warm regards,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

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