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Rhus Glabra - General symptoms

Smooth Sumac, Rhus-g, Rhus-g.

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HPUS indication of Rhus Glabra: Fatigue
Common symptoms: Fatigue, Diarrhea, Headache, Wheezing.

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Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Rhus Glabra in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.



Rhus Tox Rhus glabra, Linn.

Natural order, Anacardiaceae.

Common names, Smooth Sumach.

Preparation, Tincture of the bark.

Authority. Dr. A. V. Marshall, Hale's New Remedies, 2d ed., p. 872, took 30 drops of tincture once and 60 drops twice, first day; 90 drops once and 120 drops twice, second day; 120 drops twice, third day.

Occasionally during the afternoon a diarrhoea, increasing in constancy 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 the morning.

another, hard and dry, in the evening (sixth day).

stool nearly normal (seventh day).

slight diarrhoea of short continuance (ninth day).

Epistaxis and Occipital headache. fetid flatus. Ulceration of mouth. Dreams of flying through the air ( Sticta Pulmonaria Sticta.) Profuse perspiration arising from debility ( China China.) It is claimed that Rhus Glabra will so disinfect the bowels that the flatus and stools will be free from odor. It acts well in Putrescent conditions with tendency to ulceration.

R. carolinensis. R. elegans. R. virginica. Common Smooth Sumach. Pennsylvania Sumach. Upland Sumach. (Rocky or barren soils in North America.) N. O. Anacardiaceae. Tincture of fresh bark; of root; of berries.

Rhus Tox Rhus glabra, R. tryphina, and R. coriaria have acid fruit and astringent bark, which is used in tanning. Rh. g. is a deciduous shrub with stem 2 to 12 feet high, and has terminal flowers, and fruit clothed with acid crimson hairs, like the other non-poisonous Rhoes. The tincture of the bark was proved by Dr. A. V. Marshall on himself with very substantial doses. The symptoms of the Schema are his, and they bear out the traditional uses of the remedy. One of these is, "profuse perspiration arising from debility" (Scudder).

and Marshall had "profuse sweat during sleep" and such a degree of debility that he was obliged to leave off the proving. Hale mentions that an infusion of the root has a popular repute in diarrhoea and dysentery, especially when the discharges are fetid.

and that the berries are used for chronic cough, wheezing cough, and laryngeal asthma. A tincture made of the whole pannicle ("Sumach-bobs") cured a patient of his who had every spring an attack of laryngeal cough with dyspnoea and almost complete loss of voice. Farmers place "bobs" in the mangers of horses who have "heaves." Cooper observed an aggravation in a case of psoriasis the patient felt irritable and despondent, and the skin became irritable. In the proving there were dull, heavy headaches, amel. by exercise. (Hale says it has cured occipital headaches.) There was agg. of stomach symptoms by either food or drink. agg. By touch (abdomen; ulcers in mouth). agg. After sleep. amel. By movement.


Tincture. Usually locally to soft, spongy gums, aphthae, pharyngitis, etc. Internally, first potency.


Debility. Diarrhoea. Dreams, annoying. Dysentery. Epistaxis. Haemorrhage. Head-ache. Mouth, ulcers in.