Homeopathic Rheum Palmatum | Sour, Capricious & Unhappy

Homeopathic Rheum Palmatum | Sour, Capricious & Unhappy

‘It is difficult to understand the rare remedies in depth, but when we prescribe them correctly, they can perform miracles and help people out of the most difficult situations. At the present time, much research is being done on these rare remedies, which are in fact major remedies for those who need them.”

D. Grandgeorge, The Spirit of Homeopathic Medicines

Latin: Rheum palmatum

Common: Rhubarb

Affinity: Muscles of bile duct, duodenum and intestines; Liver

Causation: Eating unripe fruits or prunes; Dentition

Rheum palmatum is rarely prescribed, though it stands on a separate position amongst the homeopathic remedies. It is an interesting remedy, sometimes difficult to recognize in a child, for it has some characteristics prone to Chamomilla, and others which are inherent to Magnesium carbonicum (R. Sankaran, The Soul of Remedies). Still, Rheum is unique small remedy, and very helpful for certain conditions of the childhood.

The chief groups this remedy is beneficial to are: the children in period of dentition, the pregnant and the nursing women. Rheum affects the stomach, liver, gallbladder and intestines. It is most effective in diarrhea, dysentery, cramping pains and spasms in the abdomen, vomiting and sore taste in mouth. In ailments during dentition where the infants are nervous, shriek all the time, demand many things and suffer constantly from pains in the navel area, we should study the possibility to prescribe Rheum.

Mental State

There is a certain contradiction about the child in a state of Rheum.

Part of the time it is capricious, vehement, discontented with everything; irritable and shrieking constantly about everything and anything. Asking and demanding for many things but rejecting those things when offered.

Then we see same child not demanding anything, asking for nothing, not playing with the other kids. Indifferent to anything and weeping, the child has brooding disposition.

Both states may alternate in the child daily. The symptoms aggravate during the teething periods. Then children complain constantly from colicky pains about the navel, have sour diarrhea and are very irritable. Their mood is changeable; children become quarrelsome, restless, weeping and shrieking, and whimpering. Babies desire to be carried. All children put their fingers in mouth.

They toss all night, weep and start during sleep. The respiration during sleep is impeded, loud, snoring.

These children are prone to convulsions and convulsive movements in general during dentition.

Physical Symptoms

The whole body of the child smells sour, even after bath.

These children often suffer from diarrhea, accompanied by cramping pains before going to stool. The diarrhea smells sour.

There is great urging after stool; cutting pain and tenesmus in rectum and anus long after stool. The diarrhea aggravates from fruit, especially unripe.

The bladder is affected too. The children cannot pass urine before stool. They suffer from nightly incontinence in bed.

The dentition period is very difficult. The children are thin, tall, emaciated. They sweat profusely on the head, in the roots of hair, from the slightest motion. The hair is frequently wet; becomes greasy. Same perspiration from slight motion goes also on the face around the mouth, nose or upper lip.

The eyes might be agglutinated in the morning after sleep.


The remedy should be differentiated from Magnesium carbonicum, Chamomilla, Kreosotum and Colocynthis.