Ruta Graveolens. (Rue.)

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Preparation. —Prepare a tincture from the fresh plant, ℥viij. to Alcohol 76° Oj. Dose gtts. j. to gtts. x., largely diluted with water.

Though little used, this remedy will be found to possess valuable medicinal properties. It exerts a direct influence upon the nervous system, relieving irritation and pain, and in small doses, continued, improving nutrition of the nerve centers. It acts upon the urinary and reproductive apparatus, and has been employed with advantage as a stimulant to them. In large doses, it is capable of exciting menorrhagia, inflammation, and miscarriage. The Homoeopaths claim that it is a remedy "in eructations of hysteric females; prolapsus of the rectum, at every alvine evacuation; frequent urging to urinate, with scanty emission, also of green urine, or with renewed ineffectual urging after micturition; gravel; miscarriage; sterility; corrosive leucorrhoea after suppression of the menses."

Specific Medication and Specific Medicines, 1870, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.