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 perforatum is for injuries to nerve tissue, Arnica montana to muscle tissue, and Bellis perennis to soft tissue.) Ruta graveolens 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 graveolens 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, and Injuries where the parts are twisted. Ruta graveolens 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 graveolens. Examples of overuse types of injuries that Ruta graveolens is well known for are:
Tennis elbow. Ruta graveolens is a specific for this situation.
Eyestrain. Ruta graveolens 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 eyes can benefit from this remedy for their eyestrain. It is also good for headaches and vision disturbances caused by overuse of the eyes. I would suggest dabbing the cream around the eyes to help relieve this symptom, or you can take the remedy in potency.
Carpal tunnel syndrome. Ruta graveolens is of great benefit for overuse injuries of typists, musicians, computer programmers and other people who use their wrists excessively.
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 thickenings or nodular growths on their hands from holding their tools all day long can benefit greatly from Ruta graveolens. 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 graveolens cream to see if it would help. It turned out that this cream helped him a great deal with the pain.
4) Back Problems. Think of Ruta graveolens for helping to relieve back pain. The characteristic Ruta graveolens 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 graveolens also has weakness and lameness of the back and lower extremities from overstrain, lifting or spraining the back. You can also think about Arnica montana in this situation, as both are good for overstrain injuries of the back.
Other back problems that Ruta graveolens addresses are herniated disks with characteristic Ruta graveolens causation, such as overstrain and overexertion. The remedy helps people who strain their backs easily, or where the vertebrae slip out of place easily. Think of Ruta graveolens 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 graveolens 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 montana does not help sufficiently.
e) To ease the discomfort associated with fitting and adjusting braces.
f) To help heal jaw fractures.
6) Sciatica. Ruta graveolens can help with very severe sciatic pains with the characteristic Ruta graveolens 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 toxicodendron. The pains begin in the back and extend to the hips and thighs.
7) Prolapsus ani. Ruta graveolens 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 graveolens.
8) Lameness after sprains, especially of ankles, wrists and knees. Ruta graveolens 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 graveolens should be given after joint surgery in potency to assist in healing.
10) Ganglion cysts. Ruta graveolens is listed in highest degree in homeopathic materia medicas for ganglion cysts of the wrist.
11) Pain in the feet. Ruta graveolens 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 graveolens. Ruta graveolens is a rheumatic remedy, meaning that the patient is aggravated by cold, wet and stormy weather. Ruta graveolens 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.