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Gelsemium Sempervirens

Yellow Jasmine, Gelsemium Sempiverens, Gels, Gelsemium

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HPUS label indication: Lethargy

Below are the strongest indications of Gelsemium Sempervirens in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.

Centers its action upon the nervous system, causing various degree of Motor paralysis. General prostration. Dizziness, drowsiness, dullness, and trembling. Slow pulse, tired feeling, mental apathy. Paralysis of various groups of muscles about the eyes, throat, chest, larynx, sphincter, extremities, etc. Post-diphtheritic paralysis. Muscular weakness. Complete relaxation and prostration. Lack of muscular coordination. General depression from heat of sun. Sensitive to a falling barometer; cold and dampness brings on many complaints. Children fear falling, grab nurse or crib. Sluggish circulation. Nervous affections of cigar makers. Influenza. Measles. Pellagra.
BETTER, bending forward, by profuse urination, open air, continued motion, stimulants.
WORSE, damp weather, fog, before a thunderstorm, emotion, or excitement, Bad news, tobacco-smoking, when thinking of his ailments; at 10 A.m.
Compare: Ignatia (gastric affections of cigar makers); Baptisa; Ipecac.; Acon.; Bell.; Cimicif.; Manges. Phos ( Gelsemium Sempervirens contains some Magnes. phos.) Culex - (vertigo on blowing the nose with fullness of the ears.)
Antidotes: China; Coffea; Dig. Alcoholic stimulants relieve all complaints where Gelsemium Sempervirens. Is useful.
Tincture, to thirtieth attenuation; first to third most often used.

    EXPECTORATION (click for more)

Hawked up; bloody; water

Mucous; bloody

    MIND (click for more)

“Discernings are lethargied.” Apathy regarding his illness

Absolute lack of fear

Dullness, languor, listless

Bad effects from fright, fear, exciting news

Child starts and grasps the nurse, and screams as if afraid of falling ( Bor.)

Delirious on falling to sleep

Desire to be quiet, to be left alone

Emotional excitement, fear, etc., lead to bodily ailments

Aversions, dislikes; company

Desires, wants; desire for light (see dark)

Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; cowardice
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; sensitive, oversensitive
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; unhappy; sadness, mental depression

Excitement; after bad news
Excitement; ailments from emotional excitement


Insecure, uncertain, scared; fear; of death
Insecure, uncertain, scared; fear; of public places
Insecure, uncertain, scared; timidity
Insecure, uncertain, scared; timidity; appearing in public

Intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; dull, sluggish

Quiet, peace (or lack of); wants to be quiet

Symptoms follow intense emotions; bad news

Stage fright

    VERTIGO, DIZZINESS (click for more)

From head; at back of head (occiput)

While standing; with staggering

With obscuring of vision

    HEAD (click for more)

Pain in temple, extending into ear and wing of nose, chin

Vertigo, spreading from occiput

Delirious on falling asleep

DULL, heavy ache, with heaviness of eyelids; bruised sensation; better, compression and lying with head high

Cerebral haemorrhage

Congestion (see pulsation)
Congestion (see pulsation); during convulsions
Congestion (see pulsation); from suppressed period

Constriction, tension (see also pulling, pressing)
Constriction, tension (see also pulling, pressing); as if by string
Constriction, tension (see also pulling, pressing); like band or hoop

Heaviness (see pain; pressing)
Heaviness (see pain; pressing); profuse urination

Movements of head; falling (see heaviness); unable to hold up head

Pain, headache
Pain, headache; affected by certain foods and drinks (improved, brought on or aggravated); from wine
Pain, headache; back of head (occiput)
Pain, headache; back of head (occiput); extending to other parts; forehead
Pain, headache; back of head (occiput); extending to other parts; to head
Pain, headache; back of head (occiput); extending to other parts; upward
Pain, headache; dull pain; back of head (occiput)
Pain, headache; from certain movements; on moving head
Pain, headache; from emotions; nervous
Pain, headache; maddening; pains
Pain, headache; sore bruised, sensitive to pressure
Pain, headache; sore bruised, sensitive to pressure; back of head (occiput)
Pain, headache; sore bruised, sensitive to pressure; in brain
Pain, headache; urination; profuse
Pain, headache; with other pains; pain in nape of neck
Pain, headache; with other pains; pain in neck

Sensitive; brain

Headache preceded by blindness; better, profuse urination

Headache, with muscular soreness of neck and shoulders

Heaviness of head; Band-feeling around and Occipital headache

Scalp sore to touch

Wants to have head raised on pillow.

    EYE (click for more)

Albuminuric retinitis

Bruised pain back of the orbits

Hysterical amblyopia.

Orbital neuralgia, with contraction and twitching of muscles

Serous inflammations

Corrects blurring and discomfort in eyes even after accurately adjusted glasses

Deep inflammations, with haziness of vitreous

Detached retina, glaucoma and descemetitis

Disturbed muscular apparatus

Double vision

Discoloration; redness; lids

Heaviness; lids

Lids; eyes closed; hard to keep open
Lids; falling of lids
Lids; hard to keep open
Lids; opening eyes difficult
Lids; opening eyes difficult

Paralysis; lids; upper
Paralysis; of muscles of eyeball
Paralysis; optic nerve, total blindness, without eye damage (amaurosis)

Photomania (must be in light)

Pupils; dilated

One pupil dilated, the other contracted

Ptosis; EYELIDS heavy; patient can hardly open them

Vision blurred, smoky ( Cycl.; Phos.) Dim-sighted; pupils dilated and insensible to light

    VISION (click for more)

Accommodation, movement of eyeball; slow


Confused vision

Dim; during vertigo, dizziness

Double vision


Objects seem distorted; objects seem distant

    NOSE (click for more)

Acute coryza, with dull headache and fever.

Dryness of nasal fossae

Sneezing; fullness at root of nose

Swelling of turbinates

Watery, excoriating discharge

    FACE (click for more)

Hot, heavy, flushed, besotted-looking ( Bapt.; Op.) Neuralgia of face

Chin quivers

Dusky hue of face, with vertigo and dim vision

Pain; profuse urination
Pain; wandering pain

Facial muscles contracted, especially around the mouth

Lower jaw dropped.

    MOUTH (click for more)

Numbness; tongue

Paralysis; tongue

Speech; difficult
Speech; difficult; heaviness of tongue
Speech; thick

Tongue; tongue feels thick

Putrid taste and breath

Tongue numb, thick, coated, yellowish, Tremble, paralyzed.

    THROAT (click for more)

Tonsillitis; shooting pain into ears

Feeling of a lump in throat that cannot be swallowed

Pain from throat to ear.

Post-diphtheritic paralysis


Difficult swallowing, especially of warm food

Itching and tickling in soft palate and nasopharynx

Pain in sternocleidomastoid, back of parotid

Swallowing causes pain in ear ( Hep.; Nux.) Difficult swallowing

Throat feels rough, burning

Inflammation; larynx

Larynx (voice box); spasm in vocal cords, stopping breathing

Tonsils swollen

    ABDOMEN (click for more)

Bladder; paralysis
Bladder; urination; frequent; with headache

Stomach; hiccup; convulsive
Stomach; without thirst
Stomach; without thirst; during heat

Hiccough; worse in the evening

Sensation of emptiness and weakness at the pit of the stomach, or of an oppression, like a heavy load.

Stomach; As a rule, the Gelsemium Sempervirens patient has no thirst

    RECTUM (click for more)

Diarrhoea; from emotions; after a fright
Diarrhoea; from emotions; from exciting news
Diarrhoea; from emotions; on going into battle


    STOOL (click for more)

Partial paralysis of rectum and sphincter.

Cream-colored (Calc.), Tea-green

Diarrhoea From emotional excitement, fright, bad news ( Phos-ac.) Stool painless or involuntary

    URINE (click for more)

Profuse, clear, watery, with chilliness and tremulousness


Partial paralysis of bladder; flow intermittent ( Clematis.) retention.

Clear as water




    GENITALS (click for more)

Male; Spermatorrhoea, Without erections

Genitals cold and relaxed ( Phos-ac.) Scrotum continually sweating

Dysmenorrhoea, with scanty flow; menses retarded

Aphonia and sore throat during menses

False labor-pains; pains pass up back

Female; Rigid os ( Bell.) Vaginismus
Female; miscarriage
Female; miscarriage; from excitement
Female; pain; labour pains; distressing
Female; pain; labour pains; spasmodic
Female; pain; labour pains; weak
Female; pain; labour-like
Female; pain; labour-like; extending to back and hips
Female; rigidity of neck of womb during labour

Gonorrhoea, first stage; discharge scanty; tendency to corrode; little pain, but much heat; smarting at meatus.

Pain extends to back and hips

Sensation as if uterus were squeezed ( Cham.; Nux-v.; Ustilago.)

    RESPIRATION (click for more)

Aphonia; acute bronchitis, respiration quickened, spasmodic affections of lungs and diaphragm.

Spasm of the glottis

Dry cough, with sore chest and fluent coryza

Oppression about chest


Shrill grating sound

Slowness of breathing, with great prostration

    CHEST (click for more)

Slow pulse ( Dig.; Kalm.; Apoc

Weak, slow pulse of old age.

CAN.) Palpitation; pulse soft, weak, full and flowing

Heart; fears unless constantly on the move the heart will cease
Heart; A feeling as if it were necessary to keep in motion, or else heartS action would cease

Pulse slow when quiet, but greatly accelerated on motion

    BACK (click for more)

Coldness; travelling up and down the back

Congestion, neck

Inflammation; membranes; in spinal meningitis
Inflammation; spinal cord

Pain; aching; base of spine
Pain; aching; lumbar (lower half of back)
Pain; aching; neck
Pain; dorsal (shoulder level); shoulder blades; left; under
Pain; in women; during labour
Pain; neck
Pain; neck; extending to other parts; head; all over
Pain; neck; extending to other parts; head; back of head (occiput)
Pain; neck; extending to other parts; top of head (vertex)
Pain; neck; extending to other parts; upward
Pain; sacrum (base of spine)
Pain; travels upwards
Pain; travels upwards; during labour

Complete relaxation of the whole muscular system

Dull aching in lumbar and sacral region, passing upward

Dull, heavy pain

Every little exertion causes fatigue

Languor; muscles feel bruised

Pain in muscles of back, hips, and lower extremities, mostly deep-seated.

Pain in neck, especially upper sternocleidomastoid muscles

    EXTREMITIES, LIMBS (click for more)

Cramp in muscles of forearm

Excessive Trembling and weakness of all limbs

Coldness; lower limbs; foot; during headache

Heaviness; during fever
Heaviness; leg; exertion
Heaviness; lower limbs
Heaviness; lower limbs; after exertion
Heaviness; lower limbs; while walking
Heaviness; tired limbs
Heaviness; upper limbs

Movements and positions; trembling

Numbness (see tingling)

Pain; aching; lower limbs

Paralysis; painless

Weakness; lower limbs
Weakness; lower limbs; after exertion
Weakness; lower limbs; after walking

Fatigue after slight exercise.

Hysteric convulsions

Loss of power of muscular control

Professional neuroses

Writer’s cramp

    SLEEP (click for more)

Cannot get fully to sleep

Delirious on falling asleep

Insomnia from exhaustion; from uncontrollable thinking; tobacco

Sleepless from nervous irritation ( Coffea.)


    CHILL (click for more)

After excitement

Beginning in particular area; feet
Beginning in particular area; hands

Dangerously cold

From emotions; from fright

    FEVER (click for more)

Bilious remittent fever, with stupor, dizziness, faintness; thirstless, prostrated

Pulse slow, full, soft, compressible

Nervous chills

Wants to be held, because he shakes so

Chill, without thirst, along spine; wave-like, extending upward from sacrum to occiput.

Chilliness up and down back

Dumb-ague, with much muscular soreness, great prostration, and violent headache

Burning heat
Continued fever
Fever without chill

Fever without chill; late morning
Fever without chill; late morning; 10 a.m.

Intense heat

Localised; cerebro-spinal fever

Long lasting heat

No perspiration

Remittent; afternoon
Remittent; infantile

With shivering

Heat and sweat stages, long and exhausting

    PERSPIRATION (click for more)

Cold; afternoon

Other symptoms relieved while perspiring

    SKIN (click for more)

Retrocedent, with livid spots

Measles, catarrhal symptoms; aids in bringing out eruption


Hot, dry, itching, measle-like eruption

Scarlet fever with stupor and flushed face.

    GENERALITIES (click for more)

Extreme emotion

Heaviness; externally
Heaviness; internally

Inflammation; internally

Lack of irritability

Lack of reaction

Lethargic, tired

Numbness; internally

Pain; sore, bruised; internally

Paralysis; painless

Perspiration; after perspiration

Physical exertion

Pulse; frequent, accelerated, elevated, exalted, fast, innumerable, rapid
Pulse; full
Pulse; imperceptible; almost
Pulse; slow
Pulse; weak

Relaxation of muscles

Swelling; of affected parts

Symptoms from masturbation

Trembling; externally

Weakness (see lethargic, weariness)
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); paralytic

Weariness (see weakness)
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Homeopathic remedies are prescribed on the basis that in a tiny dilution like cures like, so while the very dilute homeopathic remedy may help, the raw product is often best avoided.

Entries on a white background are from Boericke's Materia Medica. Entries on a green background are from a reversed Kent's repertory, with some alterations to modernise the language. Uses are based on traditional homeopathic practice and have not been reviewed by the FDA.