Rue - Ruta Graveolens

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This Rue (Ruta graveolens) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA. The expanded 3rd edition materia medica, and additional herbal tidbits are also available as a kindle ebook at Amazon and details on this e-book are here.

Rue - Ruta graveolens in the Rutaceae or Rue family

Part used: Aerial parts in green seed pod stage.

Taste/smell: Bitter.

Tendencies: Cooling.

Dosage: Various homeopathic dilutions 1-3 times per day. The infused oil is used externally.

Mental picture and specific indications: Rue is indicated for sprains, especially flexor tendon sprains, deposits in joints, especially the wrist, bruised sensations, bruised bones, feeling of weakness and despair. It is beneficial for all injuries of the periosteum and cartilage. Symptoms are worse lying down and from cold and wet weather.

Use: (a) Antispasmodic activity on smooth muscles, (b) Abortifacient, (c) Antimicrobial.

Rue is used externally for tendonitis, sprains, strains and bruises. Internally it is often used as a homeopathic or extremely small doses. It has possible calcium antagonist activity.

Contraindications: Due to the abortifacient constituent, skimmianine, it is contraindicated in pregnancy. There is a potential for drug interaction with blood thinning agents. Internal overdose will cause gastrointestinal irritation, vomiting, renal irritation, liver degeneration, prostration and death. Externally, excess use of ruta can cause skin irritation resulting in burning, redness and vesiculation. Internal use of this herb should only be undertaken under the guidance of a trained health care professional.

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