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Hura is one of the unique remedies from our materia medica. The main conflict lies at the level of society and relationships. Feeling as if he is been outcasted by others is the central trait. We will try to understand this remedy with the help of some rubrics.


MIND - DELUSIONS - despised; is

Despised: You dislike them and have a very low opinion of them.

Treated with contempt.

Look down on with disdain (lack of respect and feeling of intense dislike).

Look down with scorn and contempt.

Scorn: Refuse to have it or accept it because you think it is not good enough or

suitable for you.

Contempt: No respect, think that they are not important.


MIND - DELUSIONS - repudiated; he is - relatives; by his


If you repudiate someone you show that you strongly disagree with them and do not

want to be connected with them in any way. Cast off. To refuse to acknowledge,



MIND - DELUSIONS - forsaken; is


Not looked after, not lived. To leave them when you should have stayed or you stop

helping them or looking after them.

To desert or to abandon.

To leave without intending to return. Thing or person left may be helpless without



Someone who is not accepted by a group of people or by society. Rejected from a

society or home. Refuse acceptance.


You are not with any other people. Feel alone means that nobody who is with you or no


Human society, human affairs. To be important or be precious to them.His world has shattered. We live in different worlds.

MIND - DELUSIONS - confidence in him; his friends have lost all

Confidence: You feel that you can trust them, feel sure about abilities, feel certain it is correct,

freedom from doubt. A state of confident hopefulness that events will be favourable.a

trustful relationship. The confidence that comes from long experience.

Friend: Is someone who you know well and like him. A person you know well and regard with

affection and trust. Who provides cooperation and assistance. Who shows loyalty and

affection. The one that is not hostile. The one who favors or promotes.

MIND - DELUSIONS - friend - affection of; has lost the

Affection: Feeling of love or fondness. A positive feeling of liking. Tender attachment.

Lost: No longer possessed, ruined, destroyed physically or morally. Taken away or beyond

reach. No longer visible. Lacking assurance or self confidence. Hopelessly unattainable.

MIND - DELUSIONS - forsaken; is - care for her; no one would


 If you care about something, you feel that it is important and are concerned about it.

You feel lot of affection for them. If you care for someone you look after them and keep

them in a good state or condition. To do more willingly or more often. You look after

and prevent them from being harmed or damaged.

Feel concern or to show interest. Attention and management implying responsibility for



Anguished uncertainty or fear of misfortune or failure – self doubt.


Fretting (cause to suffer emotional pain) over matters that may or may not be real cause

for anxiety.



 Something unpleasant or unlucky that happens to someone. Unnecessary and

unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event. An unfortunate state resulting

from unfavorable outcome. Bad luck.



 Unwilling to enjoy themselves. Depressingly dark. Sullen or moody- brooding ill humor.



Deeply or seriously thoughtful sitting on eggs so as to hatch them by the warmth of thebody. Persistent morbid meditation on a problem. Think anxiously about something.



An unpleasant situation. The salvation of someone or something is the act of saving

them from harm, destruction or an unpleasant situation.



A shadow is a dark shape on a surface that is made when something stands between a

light and the surface. Shadow is darkness in a place caused by something preventing

light from reaching it. If you live in the shadow of someone or in their shadow their

achievements and abilities are so great that you are not noticed or valued. An

unilluminated area. A sense of gloom, trouble. A weakened person or thing which has

wasted away to almost nothing. To cloud or darken.

Distance of a loved one is catastrophic and they never get over it. Here in this case the

patient has always missed his mother and her love and also has been neglected by his

family. His achievements and abilities went unnoticed and not valued with very little

recognition and always made him appear small by comparions. A weakened person who

has been wasted away to almost nothing. Feels sad and in despair feels left alone in the

world and is lost.

Allen T F Encyclopedia of Pure MM:

Much oppressed or excited, as if by some great misfortune. Sadness, melancholy, she

thinks despondency of the future. Depression, wants to do nothing, nothing pleases her.

Sadness, despair, he fancies he is repudiated and deserted by his relations. She fancies

she is left alone in the world and is lost.

Clark J. H. Dictionary of Practical MM:

Distance of a loved one is catastrophic and they never get over it.



MIND - MENTAL EXERTION - aversion to

MIND - INDIFFERENCE - pleasure, to


MIND - DULLNESS - mental exertion, from

MIND - DESPAIR - recovery, of

MIND - DELUSIONS - unfortunate, he is

MIND - DELUSIONS - repudiated; he is - relatives; by his

MIND - DELUSIONS - lost; she is - salvation; for

MIND - DELUSIONS - friend - lose a friend; she is about to

MIND - DELUSIONS - friend - affection of; has lost the

MIND - DELUSIONS - forsaken; is - care for her; no one would

MIND - DELUSIONS - forsaken; is

MIND - DELUSIONS - despised; is

MIND - DELUSIONS - confidence in him; his friends have lost all

MIND - DELUSIONS - alone, being - world; alone in the

MIND - ANXIETY - salvation, about

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Its a good addition to our knowledge about another lesser used medicine. It gives us an opportunity to apply this knowledge sooner than later. Homeopathy lives on;

I offer my notes from Will Taylor's article on Hura from his Materia Medica Studies .

Hura brasiliensis / Hura crepitans

Hura crepitans known as Hura brasiliensis in our literature and in older botanical literature is an evergreen tree native to tropical rainforests in central and south America.  


This study focuses on ferreting out and correcting misconceptions found in our contemporary literature. Consider it in part a study on Hura brasiliensis and in part a study on how to critically work with the Proving and derivative literature, in developing and the understanding of a remedy.

Hura was introduced to our materia medica by Dr. Benoit Jules Mure (1809-1858), a French homeopath who studied with Hahnemann in Paris.  Mure was credited with introducing homeopathy to Brazil, as well as Egypt, Sudan and Malta.  Mure spent 7 years in Brazil between 1840 and 1847, and introduced 38 remedies in his 1849 collection of Brazilian provings, translated in 1853 by Charles Hemple as 'Provings of the Principal Animal and Vegetable Poisons of the Brazilian Empire'

  • Hura wood or Possumwood (Rakuda)

  • Mure Benoît Jules HURA

  • In Botanical classification Hura is a Rosid in the Order -  Malpighiales and Family -  Euphorbiacceae, commonly referred to as The Spurge Family, Genus - Euphorbia

  • Spurge comes from Middle English espurge - to purge.  Many plants in this family are used as purgatives. 


You will find information by the following homeopathic authors who all appear to  pull their data directly from the proving and toxicologic reports reported in Mure and in Allen.

  • (Allen, Blackie, Boericke, Bradford, Clarke, Farrington, Grandgeorge, Gupta, Hansen, Lilienthal, Master, Murphy, Neesgaard, O'Conner, Paul, Pulford, Samuel, Sankaran, Schroyens, Siverman, Tyler, Varma and Vermeulen.  As well as a number of homeopathic journals: Homeopathic Links, Homeopathic Recorder, Int'l Hahnemannian Assoc., and The Pacific Coast Journal of Homeopathy.)
  • Material of substance is found only in Allen, Boericke and Clarke.

Notably there is no reference to Hura in:

  • Hughes, Hering, Kent's 'Lectures', Dunham, Farrington, Lippe, Boger, Phatak, van Woensel, Morrison's small remedy seminars (Vithoulkas), Nash or Roberts.



  • Kent did include Hura in 598 rubrics in 'Kent's Repertory', 102 rubrics listed under the Mind and Dreams chapters.
  • 'The Synthesis Repertory' expands the number of rubrics to 778, 167 rubrics under Mind and Dreams.
  • The 2003 'Complete Repertory' lists 1352 rubrics, with 189 under Minds and Dreams.


THE MYTH OF HURA FOR LEPROSY | Much has been made in our literature that Hura saw traditional use in the treatment of Leprosy, a disease deeply endemic in Brazil.  However all of this information comes from Mure's second hand report of a single case which reportedly benefited from the sap of this tree in botanical formulation, despite Mure's report that it was a singular event and despite that it was questionable at that.  A great many substances have been employed experimentally over the years in efforts to treat Leprosy, very few of these successfully.  Despite the frequent references in our north American homeopathic and eclectic medical literature, Hura was not commonly employed, and does not appear to be successful for this purpose.  This is a myth regarding the medicinal properties of Hura which we need to dispel if we wish to objectively investigate the properties of this remedy. 

  • Despite this we see inferences drawn in contemporary literature suggesting that a supposed
    relationship to Leprosy might offer us some understanding of the medicinal properties of Hura.

  • In case discussions offered in "Links" 1996, "A young woman's long way home A case of Hura brasiliensis"  by Andrea Schiesbuhl, Austria

  • "Links" 1998 An Insight Into Plants Vol. I page 263, by Rajan Sankaran

  • Hura Case "An unwanted Child" by Deborah Collins

  • "Simillimum" 1995 by Shandor Weiss





Perhaps it is time for a reproving of hura?

I think you have misunderstood the connection between Leprosy and Hura in modern homoeopathic understanding. It is the MIASM of Leprosy the remedy is connected to, not the disease itself. Hura is in fact one of the main remedies of this miasm, because of the symptoms (primarily mental and emotional) it produces. Someone with the miasm does not have to have, or have had, the disease connected to it. They simply must have the pattern of the disease.

A patient with Leprosy may experience the feelings in a common way, since those with the disease are actually treated this way in many communities. This would make such feelings inappropriate for choosing the remedy. In a Hura patient WITH leprosy, these natural feelings would be exaggerated far beyond what you might expect.

Adding some interesting information about "leprosy" and not "hura" in relationship to animals and transmission.

Some British red squirrels were found to carry the bacterium Mycobacterium leprae after scientists tested DNA on more than 100 road kill specimens. There is less contact with these shy animals since the time when Europeans used to trap red squirrels for meat and fur. Nine other squirrels gathered in Ireland and Scotland were found to harbor Mycobacterium lepromatosis, a more dangerous form of leprosy discovered in 2008 and previously known to infect only humans in Mexico and the Caribbean.

The bacteria that cause leprosy can survive for months inside amoebae that are common in water and soil, and even in human eyes and noses, say scientists at Colorado State University. We wonder why the number of new leprosy cases around the world not decrease even though thousands of victims are now on drugs that make them less infectious and eventually will cure them? There are about 200,000 new infections each year in Brazil, India, Angola, Madagascar, Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines and a few other countries.

Leprosy is caused by Mycobacterium leprae, slow-growing bacteria related to tuberculosis that target nerve cells beneath the skin. They cannot be cultured in the laboratory, and exactly how they infect is unclear. Because leprosy spreads in families and among people in prolonged contact, researchers have long assumed that it always moves between human hosts. “But we do get novel cases that don’t seem to be related to others," said William H. Wheat, a microbiologist at Colorado State University and one of the study’s authors. M. leprae are engulfed by five kinds of common amoebae, including some that can live in mucus and eye fluids and can resist being digested. When the amoebae form cysts to avoid drying out, the study found, the bacteria can survive inside them for months and then still infect laboratory mice. That, Dr. Wheat said, may explain how the bacteria persist and turn up even where no infected humans are found.


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