Lycopodium Clavatum - General symptomsClub Moss, Lycopodium, Lycop, Lycopod
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.
Below are the strongest indications (i.e. symptoms) of Lycopodium in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.
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(Morning), *When and after rising, vertigo.
dizzy. on waking, rush of blood to head.
on rising, pain in head.
on waking, pressive headache.
stitches in eyes.
sneezing. mucus in mouth.
on waking disgusting taste.
on waking, sour taste.
bitter taste. nausea. after rising, especially on walking about room, nausea, etc.
dry cough, etc. on waking, disappearing after rising, relaxation, etc., of limbs.
on waking, numbness of fingers.
on rising, pain in hips.
stitches in little toe.
weariness. on rising, weary, etc.
restlessness, etc. chilliness.
on waking, orgasm of blood.
in bed, perspiration. perspiration on the joints..
(Afternoon), During a walk, coryza.
at 2 o'clock, nosebleed.
jerking in lower gum. pressure in pit of stomach.
while riding in carriage, pressure in stomach, etc.
from 4 o'clock on, distension of abdomen.
especially in cool air, colic.
while walking, colic. hoarseness, etc.
every other day, drawing in limbs.
at 4 o'clock, the symptoms,.
excited mood. inability to fix thoughts, etc.
stitches in head. after lying down, throbbing in head.
jerking headache. worse when reading and writing, headache on left side.
dryness on eyes, bruised pain in eyes.
at twilight, biting in canthi, etc.
jerking pain in lower jaw.
after lying down, feeling of dryness in mouth, etc.
nausea. in bed.
relieved by rubbing, pressure in stomach.
sticking in right side of abdomen.
cough, etc. in bed, hacking, etc.
in bed, palpitation of heart.
drawing in back. in bed, drawing in shoulder.
after lying down, tearing in shoulder.
in bed, trembling. bruised feeling over whole body.
itching of chin. chilliness.
every other day, febrile paroxysm.
in bed, chill, etc. at 7 o'clock, febrile paroxysms.
after lying down, chilliness in back.
tearing, etc., headache.
jerking headache. sticking, etc., in occiput.
dryness of eyes. agglutination of eyes.
toothache. bitter taste.
thirst. while lying on back, disappearing while lying on side, pressure in stomach etc.
cutting in epigastric region.
sticking in right side of abdomen.
cramp in abdominal muscles.
limbs fall asleep. jerking in arm.
tearing in right shoulder.
under the feather covering, tearing in hand, etc.
cramp in calves. drawing in legs.
tearing in left leg. before midnight, tearing from knee to foot.
cramp in feet. burning in soles.
sweat. perspiration on trunk..
(Eating), Pressure in forehead.
sticking in forehead. black spots before eyes.
redness of face. drawing in lower jaw.
bad taste. acidity in mouth.
heartburn. pressure in stomach.
distension of abdomen.
fulness, etc., in abdomen.
colic, heaving through body.
dread of open air. hot hands..
He is unable to read, because he does not recognize and confounds letters.
he sees and is able to copy them, but has no idea of their significance.
he knows, for example, that z is the last letter of the alphabet, but has forgotten what it is called.
he is able to write whatever he wishes, writes the proper letters, but cannot read what he has written,.
Accumulation of water in the mouth commencing a quarter of an hour after the first dose, gradually increasing and seeming to come especially from the submaxillary glands.
two hours later there was a feeling of tension in the submaxillary region, which was rather more sensitive to touch than usual.
the increased secretion continued all day.
in the evening the usual neckband was irksome, it seemed to press too much upon the submaxillary glands, which speedily became more sensitive (first day).
the secretion was increased and the sensitiveness of the glands also increased, so that neckband could hardly be tolerated, pressure upon the glands immediately increased the secretion, with drawing and a feeling of tension in the glands (second day).
the increased secretion continued (third day),.
Several brown spots in the skin on the inner sides of both thighs, close to the scrotum, extending from the inguinal canal backward to the perineum (along the bend of the thighs), (seventh day).
spots much inflamed with violently burning pain, so that walking was very painful (eighth day).
spots fiery red, swollen with great burning pain, especially when touched and on walking (ninth day).
this lasted two days, and gradually disappeared,.
Violent stitches in the chest, especially a hand's breadth below the left clavicle on every pulsation, aggravated by coughing, deep inspiration, and motion.
could scarcely change his position in bed, with chilliness, cough, headache, fever, lasting about an hour in the evening.
followed by heat of the head, dreamy sleep, and perspiration after midnight,.
Cough, with difficult respiration, and stitches in the right side of the chest, constantly increasing in the evening, with great chilliness and trembling of the limbs, obliging him to go to bed.
on stooping, the pain in the chest could scarcely be endured, the breath was short and difficult.
worse on motion and lying on the right side.
better from keeping quiet,.
Violently pressive pains in the back, sometimes over its whole extent, sometimes in one place, as though one's fist were pressed against the lower vertebrae, when it was accompanied by a similar pressure on the lower extremity of the sternum, so that I was obliged to hold the breath.
while sitting and writing, in the morning (second day),.
Violent colic, disappearing during a carriage ride, from 10 to 12 A.M., but an extremely distressing sensation of fulness and distension continued.
after a very moderate meal, griping in the abdomen, and especially a pain in the stomach continued with great violence, and did not leave him while, riding in a carriage for a quarter of an hour.
he felt very sick and irritable (every trifle made him angry), (eleventh day),.
Suddenly, an extremely violent pain as if sprained in the left shoulder, so that he could scarcely guide the horse.
after a quarter of an hour the pain left this place, and just as suddenly appeared in the right shoulder-joint, where it continued for some time, but less violent.
after an hour, the left knee-joint also became very painful (a drawing-tearing pain), (twentieth day),.
A smarting pain on the inner side of the right knee while walking, seemingly caused by something in the clothes rubbing against the leg.
on examination the skin was found quite normal, but the spot was painful on touching it even lightly with the hand.
during the night the pain became intolerable if the order leg pressed upon it when lying upon the side.
sleep was restless, with many dreams, and next day the pain extended down the inner side of the calf (eighth day),.
Emaciation during the proving,
On getting the feet cold, the glands become thickened and hardened,
It seems to have a beneficial effect upon the softening and curvature of the bones,
Trembling, without a sensation of coldness, in the afternoon,
Attack of trembling, in the evening in bed,
Involuntary jerking, now here, now there, affecting her very much,
Involuntary extension and contraction in the muscles in various parts of the body, without pain and with complete consciousness, in paroxysms, returning regularly every seven days for eight weeks,
Involuntary turning and twisting of the whole body, on account of which he gasped, and the face became red and hot,
Epileptic attack, with screams and frothing at the mouth; he beat about in unconsciousness with his arms and legs; then he thought he would die, and complained of great anxiety at the heart (after thirty-nine days),
Epileptic attack; the left arm was bent backward and the fingers clenched, for a few minutes; then he became unconscious, tore and beat about with his arms and legs; cried violently and frothed from the mouth, for a quarter of an hour; then lay motionless, as if dead; then began to make foolish sounds,
Epileptic attack. visible jerking of the muscles of the whole right leg, extending to the pit of the stomach, and he began to cry out, without consciousness.
beating about with the arms and legs, with frothing from the mouth, for a quarter of an hour.
then he lay motionless for half an hour, and after cold water was put into his mouth he ejected it, and returned to consciousness,.
A kind of faintness, while standing (in church) during the menses, she sees and hears nothing, with a feeling of great internal heat, especially in the head, great paleness of the face.
she is obliged to sit down immediately.
remains stupid the whole evening, and continues to have confusion of the head the next day (after three days),.
Violently tearing pain in second joint of right thumb, suddenly shifting to left shoulder, then to left elbow, then again to right thumb, left knee, left chest, in region of sixth rib (all these places were successively and suddenly attacked during a quarter of an hour; the left shoulder and elbow and right hand continued to pain until 9 P.M.), in the evening (twenty-third day),.
Very weary, sick, and dizzy in the morning, with chilliness and nausea, and colic in the abdomen.
during the forenoon diarrhoea twice, in the afternoon chilliness, shivering, especially over the back, abdomen and thighs, with head.
could scarcely get warm in bed.
the pain continued over the whole abdomen.
the hernia was painful and tense when protruded and when touched.
frequent yawning. while lying down, pain as if beaten in the nape of the neck, shoulders, and limbs.
scarcely able to rise.
after going to bed some sleep, and after rising again shivering with heat in the head, emission of flatus.
and after a glass of wine again diarrhoea,.
The child was very weak and could not hold his head up.
could stand upon his feet only with great crying, fear and trembling, and wished to be carried.
the muscles seemed flabby and relaxed.
very ill-humored, the slightest worry caused weeping and sobbing.
night very restless. the child breathed rapidly, talked in his sleep, and frequently started up in fright (fourth night).
the weakness was worse, so that he could no longer sit up, but on attempting it sank down, cried if any one touched his thighs, was noticeably emaciated (fifth day),.
Seemed to have taken cold during the night, and woke in the morning with violent coryza.
after an hour pain in the frontal sinuses, some vertigo, a feeling of fulness in the chest.
hands and feet cold and sweaty.
a sensation in the tendo Achillis as though he had taken a long walk the day previous.
after half an hour tension in the tonsils, extending in a few minutes into the parotids and lower jaw.
with this the secretion in the nose ceased, and the mucous membrane seemed covered with dry mucus.
the coryza passed off after three hours after taking a dose in the morning, and the symptoms gradually disappeared excepting the vertigo.
the same day took a powder of the 1st trit. without noticing any special change.
during the next night a similar attack occurred, and I suffered again from a violent coryza.
the next morning the coryza continued, with bloody secretion from the nose.
after two hours, I experienced a drawing pain in the tensor fasciae latae (tensor vaginae femoris) of the right thigh, which was most violent on the crest of the ilium and lasted a quarter of an hour, followed by tension in the fifth and sixth dorsal vertebrae.
towards noon while walking I experienced a cramplike pain just above the internal malleolus, lasting five minutes.
in the evening a prickling sensation in the lower lip.
the coryza increased during the day, the next day affecting the upper lip, bronchi, and Eustachian tubes, so that I experienced pains in the ears.
the secretion of ear-wax was increased.
on the seventh afternoon, violent headache, with full hard pulse.
the coryza disappeared that evening while dancing,.
Chilliness, the extremities became cold, gooseflesh over the whole body, at 4.30 P.M. (ninth day).
at 4 P.M. a similar paroxysm, with incessant yawning, nausea, inclination to vomit, chilliness starting from the back and extending over the whole body, with coldness of the hands and feet, no sweat, no thirst, but heat, which was confined to the face.
the chill lasted two hours and a half, and ended with excessive weakness and weariness of the feet, inclination to sleep, and slight drawings in the wrists and fingers of both hands.
she slept well through the night and woke well the next morning (eleventh day).
at 4 P.M. attack repeated.
the chilliness lasted three hours.
the weakness and drawings in the wrists and fingers were worse than on the day before, however the sleep at night was quiet and refreshing (twelfth day).
the same paroxysm at 3.30 P.M. (thirteenth day).
a paroxysm at 3 P.M. the chill was more severe, and accompanied by shaking.
there was greater nausea and inclination to vomit, with a bitter bilious taste, also the tearing pains in the fingers and wrists were more violent.
(these symptoms, together with the mild temperament of the patient, induced me to prescribe Pulsatilla Pulsatilla, 4th dil.), (fourteenth day).
at 3 P.M. slight chilliness, also all the other symptoms, but much less severe (fifteenth day).
a still lighter attack (sixteenth day).
no indications of fever.
the gastric symptoms had also entirely disappeared, and the patient was quite well (seventeenth day), ;.
Chilliness in the evening (sixth day).
at 6 P.M., starting from the back, with a feeling as if water were spurted upon the back (seventh day).
at the same hour again chilliness over the whole body (eighth day).
at the same hour again chilliness, with stupefying sleep, followed by uneasy sleep, interrupted by heavy dreams (ninth day).
at the same hour, chilliness over the whole body, lasting two hours, with stupefaction of the head, sleepiness, tearing in the limbs, no thirst, and no sweat (tenth day).
at 7 P.M., shaking chill, commencing in the back, with coldness of the hands and feet, she cannot get warm in bed for two hours.
the tearing in the limbs is worse, with nausea and inclination to vomit.
(the paroxysm ends after two hours, with stupid, extremely restless sleep, from which she wakes in the morning with excessive weakness), (eleventh day).
at 7 P.M. a similar attack (twelfth, thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth days), the whole ends with a very slight attack,.
Stitches in the left side of the pit of the stomach, apparently externally. In talking, all the words of a sentence were spoken completely and distinctly except the last, which were stammered.
it seemed as through the tongue were affected by a peculiar cramp.
no amount of attention to this was of any avail.
it lasted four weeks, and gradually disappeared of itself,.
(Nos. 1 to 8, from Hahnemann, Chr N/A . K-n.) 1, Hahnemann; 2, v. Gersdorff; 3, Goullon; 4, Hartlaub; 5, Rummel; 6, Schreter; 7, Wahle; 8, Rückert; 9, Dr. J. J. Schelling, A. H. Z., 25, 357, proving with 19th dil., taken twice at intervals of four days (doubtful symptoms in brackets); 9a, same, second proving with same; 9b, same, proving with 23d dil.; 9c, same, A. H. Z., 82, 121, proving with 8th dil., one dose; 9d, same, proving with 20th dil.; three doses in one forenoon; 9e, same, 20th dil., 3 drops a day; 9f, same, repeated doses; 9g, same, proving with 24th dil.; 9h, same, took Lyc., a year after last proving, for itching on scrotum and turbid urine; 9i, same, subsequently, in good health, took 200th dil. (Jenichen); 10, Dr. Segin, Hygea, 19, p. 11, took 2 drops of 18th dil. every morning; 10a, same, proving with 30th, and afterwards with repeated doses of 18th dil.; 10b, same, took 3d trit., no symptoms for two days, then 30th dil. daily for five days; 10c, same, seven years after, took 1st dil., 10 drops after breakfast; 10d, same, ten days later, took 10 drops of tincture; 10e, same, took 1 drop of the oily residue from evaporated tincture; 10f, same, took 50 drops of 3d dil. in the morning, fasting; 11, Dr. Genzke, Hygea, 22, p. 446, took 3d dec. trit., 2 grains morning and evening, increasing 1 grain a day to 14 grains; 11a, same, proving with 20 drops of tincture (first day), 28 drops (second day), 40 drops (third day), 54 drops (fourth day), 76 drops (fifth day), 100 drops in two doses (eighth day), 130 drops in two doses (ninth day), 160 drops in two doses (tenth day); 11b, same subsequently took large doses, 300 drops (first day), 400 drops (second day), 500 drops (third day), the dose of each day taken in four parts at morning, 10 A.M., 6 P.M., and before retiring at night; 12, from last, Rusch, 24 years old, took 3d trit. daily for twelve days, beginning with 2 grains and increasing 1 grain each day; (Nos. 13 to 23, from Martin's provings, Vierteljahr-schrift für Hom., 10, p. 52); 13, Blaufuss, took one dose of 1 grain crude (first day), two doses (second day); 13a, same, took 1 grain of 1st trit.; 14, Graefe, took 1 grain crude (first day), two doses, each 1 grain (second day); 15, Gunther, took 1st trit. (first, second, and third days); 16, Hilpert, took 1 grain crude twice (first day), 1 grain (third and fourth days); 16a, same, took 1st trit. (first, second, third, and fourth days); 17, Horn, took 1 grain crude (first day), 2 grains (second day); 17a, same, subsequently took 1st trit. (first and second days); 18, Kuntzmann, took 1 grain pure (first, second, and third days), also a dose of 1st trit. on third and fourth days; 18a, same, took susbsequently 4 grains pure twice in one day; 19, Dr. Martin, took 1 grain triturated with 4 grains of Sacch N/A . lac., afterwards repeated on two successive days; 19a, same, took 1st trit.; 19b, same, took 4 grains crude; 19c, same as last, repeated; 20, Oehler, took 1 grain (first day), 2 grains (second day); 20a, same, took 1st trit. three days in succession immediately after last proving; 20b, same, subsequently took a dose of 1st trit.; 20c, same as last, dose repeated third and fifth days; 21, Reichmann, took 1 grain, repeated after several days; 21a, same, subsequent dose of 1 grain; 22, Vulpius, took repeated doses of crude drug, 1 to 3 grains; 22a, same, 1st trit. on first, second, and fourth days; 22b, same, subsequent proving, repeated doses of 4 grains crude; 23, Werther, took 1st trit. (first, second, and third days); (Nos. 24 to 33, Dr. Huber's provings, Zeit. d. ver. hom. Aerste Oest., 1857, 1, p. 333); 24, Dr. Huber, took 5 grains of 5th trit. morning and evening for eight days; 25, Elizabeth Huber, 24 years old, took same; 26, O. Huber, aged 1 year, took 2 grains of 5th trit. morning and evening for five days; 27, Theresa Herold, maid, 15 years old, took same as Dr. Huber; 28, Maria Weber, aged 23, took same; 29, Emil Koller, took 6th dec. trit., 20 grains (first and second days), 30 grains (third day), 60 grains (fourth day), 90 grains (fifth day), 5th dec. trit., 60 grains (sixth and seventh days), 90 grains (eighth and ninth days), 4th dec. Trit., 90 grains (tenth, eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth days), 3d dec. trit., 90 grains (fourteenth, sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth, and twentieth days), 2d dec. trit., 90 grains (twenty-first to twenty-sixth day), 1st dec. trit., 90 grains (twenty-eighth to thirty-first day); 30, Johann Huber, aged 33, took 6th dec. trit., 20 grains (first, second, fifth, sixth, and seventh days), 5th trit., 30 grains (eighth, ninth, and tenth days), 4th trit., 30 grains (eleventh and twelfth days), 60 grains (thirteenth and fourteenth days), 3d trit., 60 grains (fifteenth to nineteenth day), 2d trit. (twenty-first to twenty-fifth day), 1st trit., 60 grains (twenty-sixth, twenty-seventh, twenty-ninth, thirtieth, thirty-first, and thirty-second days); 31, Dr. Koller's daughter, 6 years old, took 15 grains of 6th trit. (first, second, third, and fourth days), 12 grains of 5th trit. (fifth, sixth, and seventh days), 20 grains of 4th trit. (eighth, ninth, eleventh, thirteenth, and eighteenth days), 20 grains of 3d trit. (twentieth, twenty-second, twenty-fifth, and twenty-sixth days), 20 grains of 2d trit. (twenty-eighth, thirtieth, thirty-third, and thirty-fifth days), 20 grains of 1st trit. (thirty-sixth, thirty-seventh, thirty-ninth, and fortieth days); 32, Kathrina Herzig, aged 16, took dilutions from 30th to 1st, in various doses and at various intervals, with only one effect; 32a, same, afterwards took triturations, 60 grains of 6th (first day), 20 grains (second and third days), 60 grains of 5th (fourth, fifth, seventh, and eighth days), 60 grains of 4th (ninth day); 33, Theresa Pell, aged 17 (had never menstruated), took 60 grains of 6th dec. trit. (first, second, third, and sixth days), 60 grains of 5th trit. (seventh, ninth, and tenth days); 34, Dr. Baumgartner, Zeit. d. ver. hom. Aerzte Oest., 1862, 1, p. 166, took one dose of 100 drops of 30th dil.; 34a, same, took like dose of 24th dil.; 34b, same, two similar doses of 18th dil., with interval of a week; 34c, same, took 100 drops of 15th dil. (first and second days), of 12th dil. (fourth day), of 9th dil. (sixth and seventh days), of 6th dil. (ninth and tenth days, of 3d dil. (thirteenth day), of 2d dil. (fourteenth day), of 1st dil. (fifteenth day), 10 drops of tincture (sixteenth day), 30 drops of tincture (seventeenth day), 100 drops of tincture (eighteenth and twentieth days), 1 1/2 ounces of tincture (twenty-fourth day); 34d, same, subsequently took 5 grains of 1st trit. morning and evening for twenty-nine days; 35, Dr. Robinson, Br. J. of Hom., 24, 515, proving in a young woman, glob. 1/1000 (1000th dil.) (Epps), in 8 ounces of water, a teaspoonful every third morning; 36, same, proving in a middle-aged woman, gtt. 1/18 (18th dil.), three times a day; 37, same, proving in a middle-aged man, gtt. 1/12 (12th dil.), three times a day; 38, Dr. Berridge, N. Am. J. of Hom., N. S., 1871, p. 71, a "patient" took one dose of cm Fincke (expunged, T. F. A.); 39, Berridge, a man took in water 200th dil., repeated doses (first and second days), on third and fifth days 30th dil., 40, same, proving in same man with 5000th (Jenichen), one dose; 41 and 42, same, in patients (expunged, T. F. A.); 43, Berridge, N. Am. J. of Hom., 1873, p. 500, a man took a dose of 6000th (Jenichen), repeated twice with same result; 44, Berridge, N. Am. J. of Hom., July, 1874, p. 296, effect of a high potency on self in health; 45, Berridge, N. E. Med. Gaz., September, 1874, p. 401, effect of 5m (Jenichen), repeated for twelve days.
This drug is inert until the spores are crushed. Its wonderful medicinal properties are only disclosed by trituration and succussion.
In nearly all cases where Lycopodium Clavatum is the remedy, some evidence of urinary or digestive disturbance will be found. Corresponds to Grauvogle’s carbo-nitrogenoid constitution, the non-eliminative lithemic. Lycopodium is adapted more especially to ailments gradually developing, functional power weakening, with failures of the digestive powers, where the function of the liver is seriously disturbed. Atony. malnutrition. Mild temperaments of lymphatic constitutions, with catarrhal tendencies; older persons, where the skin shows yellowish spots, earthy complexion, uric acid diathesis, etc.; also precocious, weakly children. Symptoms characteristically run from right to left, acts especially on RIGHT side of body, and are worse from about 4 to 8 P.M. In kidney affections, Red sand in urine, backache, in renal region; worse before urination. Intolerant of cold drinks; Craves everything warm. Best adapted to persons intellectually keen, but of weak, muscular power. Deep-seated, progressive, chronic diseases. Carcinoma. Emaciation. Debility in morning. Marked regulating influence upon the glandular (sebaceous) secretions. Pre-senility. Ascites, in liver disease. Lycopersicum Lycop. patient is thin, withered, full of gas and dry. Lacks vital heat; has poor circulation, cold extremities. Pains come and go suddenly. Sensitive to noise and odors.
Weak from digestive disturbances
Repeating or alternating symptoms; flexion, then extension; automatic acts; flushing, then paling, chill after chill, etc
Relapses Sudden symptoms
Pains cause anger, jerking, etc
ACIDITY; sour taste, eructations, vomitus, etc
Calculi; gall-stones, gravel, tophi
Thin, withered and FULL OF GAS
Poor circulation; it seems to stand still; limbs feel dead; numb spots
Descending symptoms; emaciation, etc
Confused over daily affairs Mentally active, but grows weaker Can't think
Miscalls or omits words, etc
Paralysis of brain
AWAKES ANGRY, sad or anxious
Sensitive and fearsome Averse to being alone
Hateful, cranky, domineering, exacting, reserved or despairing
Headache; pain goes to other side, where it is worse; pulsating in occiput at night; worse if hot
Hair falls; comes in gray
Eyes half open
FANNING OF WINGS OF NOSE
Nose stuffy; dry posteriorly
Face yellowish; pale, gray; wrinkled forehead; frowning; twitching
Mouth hangs open (Mercurius Corrosivus Merc-c)
Tongue; puts it in and out rapidly; trembling; swelled; heavy; lolling; stiff; cracked; painful vesicle on tip
A ball rises and sticks in throat
Sorethroat [right]; worse cold drinks
Hunger, but quick satiety; A LITTLE FOOD OVERFILLS
Averse to soups
Incomplete eructations Epigastric anxiety, pressure, etc
Gnawing in stomach
As of a band about waist
Sensitive, congested liver
MUCH, NOISY FLATULENCE, worse lower bowels Meteorism
Flatulence, pressing out
Abdomen; sore, worse lower; alternating sides; brown spots on and on chest
Colicky babies, worse in evening
Stool, most seems to remain, after; contains sand
Alternate diarrhoea and constipation
Piles, better hot bathing
Frequent urging to urinate, better riding in cars, etc
Urine scanty; cries before urinating; red sand in; suppressed
Sexual exhaustion Pollutions
Violent dysmenorrhoea, with fainting
Menses of clots and serum; worse stool
Acrid or periodical leucorrhoea Painful coitus
Gas from vagina
Craves air, but is chilled by it
Short, rattling breathing
Salty, green-yellow, lumpy or foul expectoration
Dry, teasing cough, with emaciation
Mammae, achy N/A ; sore; nodes in [left]
Axillary abscess [right]
Bubbling at scapulae
Hands numb; cramps in, and in feet
Fingers twitch during sleep; sticky sweat on
Pains jerk legs upward
As of a stone under heel
Feet asleep, worse heels; acrid sweat on
DRYNESS; palms, vagina, skin, etc
Rawness in folds, nipples, anus, etc
Receding boils, erysipelas, etc
Erectile tumors; worse before menses
Rapid pulse, worse eating; evening
Coldness; icy; head, throat, stomach; of one foot; worse coughing
Chill, then vomits; after first sleep
Burning, between scapulae
Foul viscid axillary or foot sweat; like onions
Lycopodium clavatum. Muscus terrestris repens. Pes ursinus. Clubmoss. Wolf's-claw. (Hilly pastures and heaths in Central and Northern Europe, Russian Asia, and North America. Common in Great Britain, especially the North.) N. O. Lycopodiaceae. Trituration of spores. Tincture of spores. Tincture of fresh plant. Etherial tincture of spores (Ether ether dissolves the spore cases).
of ear. of nose. Proctalgia. Prostatitis. Pylorus, affections of. Quinsy. Renal colic. Rheumatism. Rhagades. Sciatica. Sleep, abnormal. Speech, disordered.
stammering. Strains. Sunstroke. Taste, abnormal. Throat, sore. Tongue, coated.
Lycopodium is one of the pivotal remedies of the materia medica, and an intimate acquaintance with its properties and relations is essential to a proper understanding of the materia medica as a whole. The spores from which the attenuations are made have been called "vegetable Sulphur sulphur" (probably on account of their use for producing stage-lightning at theatres), and Lyc. ranks with Sulphur Sulphur and Calc Carb Calcarea in the central trio around which all the rest of the materia medica can be grouped. The Lycopodiums stand between the mosses and the ferns, and in past eras occupied a most important place in the world's vegetation as fossils show. In the old school the function of Lyc. has dwindled into its use as an "inert" coating for pills and an "inert" powder for dusting on excoriated surfaces. Earlier practitioners did not consider it as by any means inert. Teste mentions that it is recorded of a decoction of the plant that it has caused vomiting. The use of the powder in intertrigo was not regarded as a physical one but as medicinal. It was praised by Wedel, Lantilius, Gesner, and others in ($51$) cardialgia and flatulent colic of children and young girls.
(2) diseases of children.
(3) nephritic colic and calculi.
which is about as much as some homoeopathists know about it at the present day.
But Mérat and de Lens speak of its internal use in Rheumatism; retention of urine; nephritis; epilepsy; and pulmonary diseases.
In Poland it is used for powdering the hair in "plica polonica," a decoction being used internally and also externally at the same time.
The comparative fruitfulness of the two schools of medicine may be accurately measured in the history of this drug in the old school it has dwindled into an "inert" powder.
in homoeopathy, by means of the scientific methods of developing and investigating drug action it possesses, all the old virtues of Lyc. have been confirmed and precisionised, and a new world of medicinal action added to them.
Teste puts Lyc. at the head of a group containing Nat Mur Nat. m., Viol. tric., and Antimonium Crudum Ant. c. Among the common characters he attributed to them are Primary action on digestive organs and adjoining glands; on liver and larger intestines rather than stomach.
Aversion to bread and agg. from eating bread and foods made of fermented and fermentable dough.
Frequent and painful eructations.
Sour eructations; vomiting; distension; alternate diarrhoea and constipation.
Pale, whitish, cloudy, mucous urine, often fetid.
Premature and profuse menses.
Peevishness. Rush of blood to head.
Falling of hair; with crusty scalp eruption.
Inflammation of eyes and lids.
Deficiency of vital heat.
Contraction of tendons, especially hamstrings.
These are general features common to the group.
Lyc. acts profoundly on the entire organism, on solids and fluids.
It causes paralysis and paralytic weakness of limbs, of brain, suppurative conditions, even gangrene.
It is particularly suited to Persons of keen intellect, but feebler muscular development.
upper part of body wasted, lower semi-dropsical.
lean and predisposed to lung and hepatic conditions.
herpetic and scrofulous constitutions.
hypochondriacs subject to skin diseases.
lithic acid diathesis, much red sediment in urine, urine itself transparent.
sallow people with cold extremities, haughty disposition, when sick, mistrustful, slow of comprehension, weak memory.
weak children with well-developed heads but puny, sickly bodies, irritable, nervous, and unmanageable when sick, after sleep cross, pushing every one away angrily.
old women and children.
In my experience it has been more indicated in persons of dry temperament and dark complexion; but this is not by any means exclusive.
Undernourished states suggest it.
But it is impossible to get the best therapeutic results for this great remedy without an intimate knowledge of certain leading characteristics.
Lyc. will cure any case in which the totality of symptoms correspond with symptoms of the remedy; but it will be found that in a large proportion of cases in which this is the case, there will be present some symptoms which are peculiarly characteristic of the remedy, constituting what are called keynotes.
Practice on keynote symptoms alone is an absurdity; but the right use of keynote symptoms is an immense saving of labour.
The Lyc. keynotes are very pronounced, and though I cannot say that one is more important than another, I give them in this order. ($51$) agg.
From 4 to 8 p.m. In any case, when the symptoms are agg. from 4 to 8 p.m., the chances are very great that the rest of the case will correspond to Lyc., no matter what the disease may be.
The times may not be accurately at these hours, and still Lyc. may be the remedy. agg.
At 4 p.m. or from 4 to 6; and the condition may continue into the night without the 8 p.m. alleviation.
But the grand characteristic is 4 to 8. (2) The second keynote is in direction, right to left.
Any affection commencing on the right side and spreading to the left is likely to require Lyc., whether it be headache, sore throat, chest affection, abdominal affection, pains in ovaries.
if the affection begins on the right side and spreads to the left Lyc. must be studied.
Cutting pains shooting from right to left in any part indicate Lyc.
In this it is complementary to Lachesis Lach., which has just as characteristically the opposite direction.
Lyc. is a right-side medicine; but right-sidedness is not so characteristic as the direction right to left.
These two features are perhaps the most valuable keynotes, in the materia medica.
After them in importance, and scarcely less important, come others. (3) amel.
From uncovering. This is general, but it applies to Sufferings in the head more particularly.
If a patient complains of headache, no matter of what kind, and if the headache is distinctly amel. by taking off the hat or other covering, Lyc. will probably be the remedy.
From loosening the garments is in the same category. (4) The next characteristic is somewhat of an opposite kind amel.
From warm drinks; agg. from cold food and drink.
This does not refer to gastric complaints alone, but to headache, sore throat, and any other condition. (5) Fan-like movement of alae nasi occurring in cerebral, pulmonary, and abdominal complaints.
The movements are usually rapid, never slow, and are not synchronous with the breathing.
In the same order with this are spasmodic movements of facial muscles angles of mouth alternately drawn up and relaxed; and spasmodic movements of tongue, it cannot be protruded; rolls from side to side like a pendulum.
One prover had a kind of cramp in the tongue when speaking, cutting off the end of every sentence.
Nodding and side to side movement of the head.
The "fan-like movement" of the alae nasi led Halbert to the cure of a case of nervous asthma (H. W., xxxiii. 545) Mrs.
S., 28, had periodic attacks of spasmodic asthma, always ushered in by unusual excitement and attended by peculiar mental depression.
The attack for which Halbert saw her was induced by a violent fit of anger, and persisted longer than usual.
Extreme despondency and melancholy, would have nothing to do with her friends.
Fan-like motion of alae nasi.
Constriction of throat, like globus, but always induced by regurgitation of food.
Excessive appetite easily satisfied.
Fulness of abdomen with flatulence.
Constipation, dry, hard stools.
Dyspnoea. Slight cough with chest constriction; amel. in open air.
All symptoms agg. 4 to 8 p.m.
Lyc. 6x trit. cured. (6) Suddenness; sudden flashes of heat, lightning-like pains; sudden satiety.
Pains and symptoms come and go suddenly, as with Belladonna Bell. (7) Sensation as if a hand were in the body clutching the entrails (also as with Belladonna Bell.). (8) Restlessness amel. by motion. (9) Right foot hot, left foot cold. (10) Burning pains amel. by heat.
burning like hot coals between scapulae.
Burning stinging in breasts. (11) Dryness of parts of mucous membranes; of vagina; of skin, especially palms.
Prominent among mental symptoms is Fear of being alone; of men; of his Own shadow.
Apprehensiveness susceptible to natural causes of fear which make a profound impression on bodily organs, as the liver; mental states resulting from fear.
Profound sadness and inclination to weep.
Peevish. Forgetful. Avaricious.
Imperiousness. Lyc. is a remedy for misers.
The headaches are in great variety, but the modalities will generally decide agg. 4 to 8 p.m.; from eating; from warmth of bed; from becoming heated during a walk; from heat in general; from mental exertion; amel. in open air; in cool place; by uncovering.
Hair falls out. Ophthalmia conjunctiva looks like red flesh.
Lyc. has cured desperate cases of facial neuralgia with the general characteristics of the drug.
The facial appearance is pale and yellow; deeply furrowed; looks elongated.
Sordes in teeth. Lyc. is in the front rank among flatulent remedies.
Incarcerated flatulence; more in intestines than stomach; painful with amel. by eructations.
There is the sinking sensation at epigastrium; and it is agg. in the night, waking up the patient; or agg. in afternoon.
This sensation becomes translated into canine hunger, but as soon as a morsel of food is swallowed there is distension and fulness to the throat, preventing him eating any more.
Sour stomach, sour taste, sour vomiting.
Thirst for little and often, but drinking cold water = nausea.
Great weakness with the vomiting.
Cord-like tension across hypochondria.
Flatulence incarcerated, pressing outward, sensation as if something moving up and down in bowels.
Great sensitiveness in liver region.
The flatulence presses on rectum and bladder.
There is out-pushing also in right inguinal ring; and Lyc. has cured many cases of right inguinal hernia, especially in children.
Lyc. is one of the great remedies for constipation where purgatives have been abused.
Spasmodic constriction of rectum.
Constipation of infants.
The urinary symptoms present no less important characteristics than the gastric.
Renal colic, with stinging, tearing, digging pain in right ureter to bladder, as if some small calculus was tearing its way to bladder.
Aching in back before micturition.
Child cries before micturating; red sand is found on diaper.
Aching in kidneys agg. before amel. after urinating.
The catamenia are too early and too profuse.
Extreme sadness and irritability before, ceasing with the flow.
Cutting pain right to left.
Left leg colder than right.
Borborygmi under left ribs in front.
Ill-humour. Bearing-down pains and headache.
Intolerance of tight clothing.
Sensation as if a hand were in body clutching the entrails.
Though a right-side remedy, it must not be supposed that Lyc. is exclusively so.
It has cured left ovarian pain, dull aching, agg. on raising the limb or turning in bed.
It is of great service in pregnancy (nausea; varices; excessive foetal movements); and in labour (unsatisfactory pains).
The "burning" of Lyc. is exemplified in the cure of a case of puerperal fever having these symptoms Feels as though hot balls dropped from each breast through to back, rolling down back, along each leg, and dropping off heels; this alternated with sensation as if balls of ice followed same course.
Phlegmasia dolens. Lyc. has a very large range in respiratory affections.
Salt sputa; milky; greenish yellow; thick yellow muco-pus.
Dry burning catarrh of nose, larynx, throat, chest.
A very characteristic cough of Lyc., which I have verified, is this "Dry teasing cough in emaciated boys".
The cough of Lyc. is provoked by Irritation from deep breathing; stretching out throat; and by empty swallowing.
A patient of mine to whom I gave Lyc. 30 developed this symptom "Pain under sternum as if food lodged there and she could not breathe through it." Cough,agg. on waking.
All the blood-vessels from the heart to the capillaries are affected by Lyc.
It has cured both naevus and aneurism, and relieved many conditions of disordered heart.
It is also one of the most important remedies in varicosis.
Excessive sensitiveness is a note of Lyc.
Cannot bear any strong smells.
Cannot endure noise. Sensitiveness to sound has a curious development in this symptom In the evening she continues to hear the music she has heard during the day. "Heaviness of the arm" is a special feature among the general paralysing effects of Lyc.
Skinner cured with Lyc. c.m. this case A lady had burning in right arm with paralysis, preventing her grasping anything with the right hand.
Had had much worry. Irritability before menstrual period, amel. by the flow. agg.
From 6 to 7 p.m. With the burning was a sharp pain shooting up the arm; but it was not the pain which caused the paresis.
Nash mentions that the sphere of Lyc. in impotence is considerable.
It covers the case of old men who marry again and find themselves impotent; and the case of young men who have become impotent from masturbation or sexual excess.
The desire is strong but the power is absent; penis small, cold, relaxed.
P. C. Majumdar records (Indium Metallicum Ind. Hom. Rev., x. 1) the case of a boy, 14, who had general dropsy and anasarca consequent on the subsidence of an enlarged spleen under allopathic medication.
There was afternoon fever (agg. 4 to 8 p.m.), slight chilliness, but no thirst; difficult breathing on lying down, urine scanty and high coloured, bowels constipated, heart's action weak but regular. Apis Mel Apis caused the urine to be more free, but a troublesome diarrhoea set in.
Apocy. 6x removed the diarrhoea, but had no effect on the dropsy.
Lyc. 30 was now given purely on the symptoms, and quickly cleared up the case.
Lyc. 30 was given. The same writer (H. R., xi. 351) relates an involuntary proving of Lyc. from inhalation of the fumes in the course of chemical experiment, Lyc. powder being added to a boiling mass.
The writer (apparently a medical man) had at times whilst engaged in the experiments Frightful headaches (occiput, vertex, and through right eye), always amel. by Magnesia Phosphorica Mag. phos.
In addition he discovered 12.5 per cent N/A . of albumen in his urine, which had been tested a short time previously and found normal.
Other characteristic symptoms of Lyc. were present, and all disappeared, including albuminuria, when the experiments were abandoned.
H. Goullon (H. R., vi. 155) cured this case of cystitis A man, 55, subject to attacks of enteralgia, was seized two days after such an attack with a severe cystitis, with fever and palpitation of the heart.
The calls to micturate were increased, and he could hardly reach the vessel quick enough to prevent premature escape of the urine, so severe and sudden was the urging.
During and sometimes after the passage there was intense burning pain, "as if molten lead were flowing through the urethra." During the height of the pain he grasped the penis to obtain relief.
The urine, which was discharged in very scanty quantities, looked turbid, almost loamy, had a dirty brownish-red colour, and a peculiar odour of malt.
Lyc. 12 was given, six drops in half a wineglassful of water a teaspoonful every three hours.
Cured in twenty-four hours.
J. E. Winans (Med. Adv., xix. 499) points out the appropriateness of Lyc. to the effects of chewing tobacco.
Allen records under Tabacum Tabac. this symptom Convulsions, head firmly drawn back, with rigidity of muscles of back of neck.
which he cured with Lyc. c.m. and m.m. given after each tetanic seizure. Other Lyc. symptoms verified by him are "Forehead cold, but becomes warm if lightly covered" (Silicea Sil.).
and, in pernicious intermittents "a long-lasting chill coming on 9 a.m., and generally passing off without subsequent heat or sweat." Drysdale has recorded (B. J. H., xlii. 203) the cure of a young woman whose hands were covered with warts. One 2 gr. tablet of Lyc. 6 trituration was given at bedtime. The warts soon began to shrivel, and in less than six weeks were all gone. The sphere of Lyc. in metrorrhagia is illustrated by a case of Waszily's (quoted H. W., xxviii. 320) Mrs. O., 44, menses after being absent eight months had come on and lasted fourteen days. She felt particularly well, and had walked out, when a violent flooding came on, and she had to be taken home in a carriage and put to bed. Dark blood with large clots flowed from her, agg. every movement.
no pain. Previous day had much flatulent distress. Lyc. 30, two globules on the tongue. After that one large clot passed and nothing more. Rapid recovery followed. Among the peculiar sensations of Lyc. are As if everything was turning round. As if temples being screwed together. As if brain vacillating to and fro. As if head would burst. As if head opened. Pain in head as if caused by wrong position. As if eyes too large. As if hot blood rushed into ears. As if Sulphur sulphur vapour in throat. Front teeth as if too long. Vesicles on tip of tongue as if scalded and raw. As if a ball rose up in throat. As if hard body lodged in back of throat. As if everything eaten was rising up. As if oesophagus was being clutched and twisted. As if steam rising from stomach to head. As if something were moving up and down in stomach. As if suspensor ligament of liver would tear. As if stomach would fall down. As if drops of water were falling down. As if heart hung by a thread. As if gimlets were running into spine. As if dogs with sharp teeth were gnawing her. Tension as from a cord in diaphragm. As if chest constricted with tight waistcoat. (Cramps in chest accompanying stomach affections is a strong indication for Lyc.) Burning as of hot coals between scapulae. As if hot balls dropped from each breast through to back, rolling down back, along each leg and dropping off heels.
alternating with balls of ice. As if water spurted on back. As if lying on ice. The symptoms are agg. by touch, pressure, weight of clothing. Riding in carriage = nausea. agg. Morning on waking.
agg. afternoon, 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 4 to 6 p.m., 4 to 8 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m.
agg. evening before midnight. agg. After eating, even if ever so little. agg. Wrapping up head, even wearing hat or bonnet. agg. In warm room. agg. Getting warm by exercise. Warmth of bed agg. headache and irritation of skin, but amel. toothache, rheumatism, and other symptoms. Great desire for open air. amel. In open air.
by uncovering. Must be fanned, especially wants to be fanned on the back (burning between shoulders). amel. By warm, agg. by cold food and drink. agg. By wet weather.
by stormy weather. especially by wind. agg. From moistening diseased parts. Rest agg.
motion amel. Lying down amel. headache.
pain in epigastrium. Lying on back amel. cough. agg. Lying on right side in liver affection. agg. Lying on painful side (sciatica). agg. Lying on left side. agg. By rising from a seat.
amel. after. agg. From lamplight.
from looking fixedly at any point. agg. From eating cabbage.
vegetables, beans and peas, with husks.
bread, especially rye bread and pastry. agg. From wine. agg. From milk. agg. Before menstruation. agg. From suppressed menstruation.
Anacardium Anac. also).
Imperiousness, Platinum Metallicum Plat. (haughtiness).
Constipation when from home (when on journey, Platinum Metallicum Plat.).
Emaciation from above down, Nat Mur Nat. m.
Burning as if hot coals between scapulae, Glo. (burning as if hot water whole length of spine), Phosphorus Pho.
Feet cold and damp to knees, Calc Carb Calc.
Sore throat right to left (Lachesis Lach. left to right) less sensitive than it looks (Lachesis Lach. more); agg. cold drink (Lachesis Lach. amel.) Inguinal hernia, Nux Vomica Nux (Nux Vomica Nux more left, Lyc. more right).
Child screams before passing urine, just as it begins to pass amel. by flow, red sand (Sarsa. cries before and during flow, grey sand).
Dryness of vagina with painful coitus, Bel., Fer N/A ., Nat Mur Nat. m., Sepia Sep. Burning and stinging in breasts, Apis Mel Apis, Carb. a., Phosphorus Pho., Laurocerasus Lauro. Milk in breasts when it should not be there, Cyclamen Europaeum Cycl., Pulsatilla Pul., Phosphorus Pho.
Acid dyspepsia, Mag. c N/A ., Robin. amel.
Catarrh of chest after badly treated pneumonia, Sulphur Sul.
Chest rattling, full of mucus, Antimonium Tartaricum Ant. t.
Child sleeps with eyes half-open, Sulphur Sul.
Black boils, Lachesis Lach.
Distress in stomach immediately after eating (Nux Vomica Nux some time after).
In labour and threatened miscarriage, pains fly from right to left (Act. r. from side to side; Ipecacuanha Ip. from left to right with nausea).
Ordinary amount of food causes full sensation, Arsenicum Album Ars.
Diphtheria, nose obstructed, excoriating discharge, patient picks and bores nose, Ar. t. (but Lyc. has right to left; agg. after sleep, even a short nap; irritable and peevish; urine stains red).
Large tonsils studded with small indurated ulcers, Bar. c. Aneurism, Bar. c., Carb. an., Kali Iodatum K. iod.
Fan-like motion of alae nasi.
one foot hot, one cold, Chelidonium Majus Chel. (Lyc. and Chelidonium Majus Chel. are much alike and complementary; Lyc. favours dark, Chelidonium Majus Chel. fair people; Lyc. pains more dull, Chelidonium Majus Chel. lancinating; Lyc. rumbling of flatus in left hypochondrium, sour taste; Chelidonium Majus Chel. bitter).
Ulcers on instep (Natrum Carbonicum Nat. c. ulcers on heel).
Cough excited by talking, Silicea Sil.
Impotence, Tab. (Lyc. cured impotence caused by indulgence in tobacco).
Ailments from fright, anger, or mortification with reserved displeasure, Staphysagria Staph.
Red sand on child's diaper, Phosphorus Pho.
Cries before urinating, Borax Bor.
Dryness of vagina, Hdrfb.
Pain in head during stool, Indium.
Colic, &c., amel. bending over, Colocynthis Coloc.
Crampy pains, agg. night. Nux Vomica Nux.
After-effects of fevers, Psorinum Pso.
A very severe pain is felt in the back every time before urinating.
causing patient to cry out.
retention of urine. patients will get into position to urinate, but wait a great while before the water comes, accompanied by the characteristic pain in the back, which ceases when the urine flows.
children often cry out with pain before urinating.
LYCOPODII POLLEN. SPORULES OF CLUB-MOSS.
This yellowish powder, smooth to the touch and resembling dust, is obtained toward the end of summer in the forests of Russia and Finland from the spikes of the club-moss (), which are dried and then beaten.
It has been used hitherto to make artificial lightning, by blowing it through the flame of a candle, also to sprinkle over pellets which else easily stick together, and also to sprinkle it on excoriated folds in the human body to protect them against painful friction. It floats on liquids without being dissolved, is without taste and smell, and in its ordinary crude state almost without any medicinal effect on the human body. The accounts given by the ancients as to its effects, have at least not been confirmed by modern investigators, but rather drawn into doubt.
But when the pollen of the club-moss is treated in the mode by which the homoeopathic art unveils the crude substances of nature, according to given above , there arises a wonderfully effective medicine in its thirty different degrees of dynamization.
When thus prepared Lycopodium becomes one of the most indispensable antipsoric remedies, especially in chronic diseases where the following symptoms also are a cause of trouble
Melancholy. grief. anxiety, with sadness and disposition to weep.
fear of being alone. fatigue.
sensitiveness. peevish, disagreeable thoughts.
impeded mental activity.
ailments from mental labor.
vertigo, especially when stooping.
headache from vexation.
pressive, tensive headache.
fits of tearing on the top of the head, in the forehead, the temples, the eyes and the nose, and extending into a tooth, usually accompanied with lying down.
tearing to and fro in the forehead, every afternoon.
nocturnal external headache.
tearing, boring and scraping.
heaviness of the head.
rush of blood to the head.
rush of blood to the head, in the morning when rising up in bed, followed by headache.
baldness. smarting, burning pain in the eyes, in the evening.
itching burning in the upper eyelid.
shooting in the eyes, in the evening, by candle-light.
, and . lachrymation of the eyes in the open air.
sticky moisture in the eyes, interfering with the sight.
. short-sightedness. far-sightedness.
and . fiery sparks before the eyes.
irritation of the eyes by candle-light.
excessive sensitiveness of the hearing.
music, sounds and the organ affect the mind.
hardness of hearing. ringing in the ears.
roaring in the ears. scabs in the nose.
nightly closing of the nostril by suppuration.
ulcerated nostrils. epistaxis.
swelling and tension of the face.
frequent fits of heat in the face.
itching eruption in the face.
freckles in the face. toothache, with swelling of the cheeks.
grumbling toothache after a meal.
, so that these parts are tense, the tongue moves with difficulty, and the speech is indistinct with adipsia.
coated, unclean tongue.
chronic sore throat. ulcers in the throat, from abuse of Merc Viv mercury.
dryness in the fauces.
burning in the fauces, with nocturnal thirst.
hawking up of mucus. slimy taste in the morning.
sensation as of putrid smell from the mouth.
loss of sense of taste.
, in the morning, with nausea.
excessive hunger. the appetite ceases with the first morsel.
distaste for cooked warm food.
distaste to rye bread or to meat.
too much inclination for sweet things.
milk causes diarrhoea.
cannot digest heavy food.
palpitation during digestion.
severe eructation in the afternoon.
fatty eructation. sour eructation.
heartburn. nausea, while driving in a carriage.
frequent, constant nausea.
rising as of a hard ball from the pit of the stomach into the fauces ().
qualmishness in the stomach in the morning.
, also . swelling of the scrobiculus cordis and pain when touching it.
. tension about the hypochondria, as from a hoop.
pains in the liver after eating to satiety.
pain above the navel when touching it.
. induration in the abdomen.
griping pinching and clutching pain in the abdomen, checking the breath.
shooting, pinching pain in the hypogastrium, as if in the bladder, extending to the urethra, in the evening in bed.
. colic. colic in the epigastrium.
tearing in both sides of the hypogastrium and the groins, extending into the thighs.
burning in the abdomen.
incarceration of the flatus.
. rumbling in the left side of the abdomen.
gurgling in the abdomen.
ineffectual urging to stool and very hard stool.
difficult stool, evacuated only with much straining.
. ascarides. pains in the anus after eating and stool.
itching in the anus. tension in the anus.
cutting in the rectum and the bladder.
. too frequent micturition with urging.
. haemorrhage from the urethra.
itching in the urethra, during and after micturition.
weak erection. want of erections.
lack of pollutions. old swelling of the testes.
. lack of sexual impulse.
impotence of several years' standing.
aversion to coitus. too ready excitation to coitus, by the mere thought of it.
excessive impulse to coitus, every night.
too quick emission of semen.
. the menses long suppressed by fright.
. itching, burning and erosion on the pudenda.
pressing outward above the pudenda, even into the vagina, on stooping.
shooting pain in the labia on lying down.
passage of flatus from the vagina.
. discharge of leucorrhoea, with previous cutting in the hypogastrium..
. fluent coryza. coryza and cough.
. cough after drinking.
dry cough, day and night.
dry morning-cough of many years' standing.
difficulty in coughing up anything.
cough, with concussion of the chest.
cough, with expectoration.
cough, with purulent expectoration.
ulcerative phthisis. in children.
. constant pressure on the left lower ribs.
stitches in the left side of the chest.
bruised pain of the chest.
burning, rising upward in the chest, like heartburn.
anxious palpitation. shooting in the sacrum on straightening up from stooping.
nocturnal pain in the back.
tearing in the shoulders.
drawing and clutching together in nape, extending up into the occiput, day and night.
stiffness of the nape.
stiffness of one side of the neck.
hard swelling on the one side of the neck.
swelling of the glands under the jaw.
. twitching of the arms in the afternoon-nap.
nocturnal pain of the bones in the arms.
the arms go to sleep, even on merely raising them.
nocturnal spasmodic falling asleep of the arms.
. nocturnal pain of the bones in the elbow.
wrist stiff from gout.
numbness of the hands.
dryness of the skin of the hands.
tearing in the finger-joints.
redness, swelling and gouty tearing of the finger-joints.
fingers stiff, as from arthritic nodosities.
rigidity of the fingers when at work.
the little finger goes to sleep.
nocturnal tearing in the lower limbs.
tearing in the knee. tearing in the hough, in the evening.
tearing in the knee, extending across the tibia and the dorsum of the feet.
. swelling of the knee.
burning on the legs. burning, smarting itching of the houghs.
. old ulcers on the legs, with nocturnal tearing, itching and burning.
swelling of the ankle.
cold feet. cramp in the feet.
cold, sweaty feet. profuse sweat of the feet.
swelling of the soles of the feet.
pain in the soles, while walking.
the toes give way in walking.
cramp in the toes. corns.
pain in the corns. the skin cracks here and there and is chapped.
itching every day, on being heated.
itching in the evening, before lying down.
painful eruption on the neck and the chest.
itching and erosion on the arms and legs.
. cramp in the fingers and in the calves.
spasmodic contraction of the fingers and toes.
tearing in the arms and legs.
tearing in the knees, the feet and the fingers.
pain in the bones from abuse of Merc Viv mercury.
drawing pain in the limbs.
restlessness of the feet, in the evening.
all the limbs, the arms, hands and lower limbs go to sleep, by day and by night.
insensibility of the arm and the foot.
varices, and consequent painful stiffness of the nape.
jerking and twitching of single limbs or of the whole body, in sleeping and waking.
difficulty in lying on the left side, on account of palpitation and stitches.
readiness to take cold.
after a short walk, weariness of the feet and burning of the soles.
. lassitude in the limbs.
weariness on awaking. frequent yawning and drowsiness.
drowsiness by day. restless sleep by night.
with . sleep full of dreams.
sleep full of fancies.
frightful, . he cannot sleep for rush of thoughts.
at night, twitching and restlessness of the feet.
nocturnal headache. starting up from sleep.
lack of bodily warmth.
flushes of heat. fever lasting three days, with sour vomiting after the chill, and bloatedness of the feet and hands.
feverish perspiration by day.
, especially in the face, from moderate work or with slight exercise.
Camphora Camphor usually moderates the excessive effects of Lycopodium, but the feverish states which are caused by it in a great degree, are best allayed by Pulsatilla Pulsatilla, while the ill-humor, taking things ill, mistrust and making of reproaches, are best removed by Causticum Causticum. Drinking coffee impedes the action of Lycopodium and extinguishes it.
A moderate dose operates for forty to fifty days and longer. It may be repeated after the intermediate use of other antipsoric remedies, but with much less effect.
It is especially efficacious, when it is homoeopathically indicated after the previous use of Calc Carb Calcarea.
The abbreviations are ., ; ., ; ., ; ., ; ., ; ., ; ., .
A pathogenesis of Lycopodium in Vol. III of the 1st ed. of this work contains already 891 symptoms from Hahnemann's own observations (on patients -see note to S. 82 and 85). Some of the additions here are from the seven fellow-workers he acknowledges, presumably obtained (save perhaps in Hartlaub's case) with the 30th potency.
but the majority of them are his own. .
Symptoms practically identical with these are recorded by in a case published in Vol. VII. of the as the result of the extirpation of a wen on the head. They were "much improved by antipsoric medicine," among which Lycopodium may have been included though it is not so stated. (See Monthly Hom. R Review XXXIV., 669, and XXXV., 42). At the best, however, the symptoms are clinical only.
Symptoms practically identical with these are recorded by in a case published in Vol. VII. of the as the result of the extirpation of a wen on the head. They were "much improved by antipsoric medicine," among which Lycopodium may have been included though it is not so stated. (See Monthly Hom. R Review XXXIV., 669, and XXXV., 42). At the best, however, the symptoms are clinical only.
During the menses, while standing (in church), a sort of fainting.
she neither heard nor saw anything, with a sensation of great heat in the interior, especially in the head, with great paleness of the face.
she had to sit down at once, and remained the whole evening, as it were, stupefied, and also on the following day her head seemed occupied by numbness (aft. 3 d.).
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Epileptic attack The muscles on the whole of the right lower limb twitched visibly, the scrobiculus cordis was affected, he commenced to scream without consciousness, foaming at the mouth, he beat about him with arms and legs, for a quarter of an hour.
then he lay motionless for one-half hour.
and when cold water was given him in his mouth he blew it out, and his senses returned.
Club Moss. Hahnemann. Lycopodiaceae.
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Lycopodium is an antipsoric, anti-syphilitic and anti-sycotic, and its sphere is broad and deep. Though classed among the inert substances, and thought to be useful only for rolling up allopathic pills, Hahnemann brought it into use and developed its power by attenuation.
It is a monument to Hahnemann It enters deep into the life, and ultimate changes in the soft tissues, blood-vessels, bones, liver, heart, joints. The tissue changes are striking; there is tendency to, necrosis, abscesses, spreading ulcers and great emaciation.
There is a predominance of symptoms on the right side of the body, and they are likely to travel from right to left or from above downward, e. g., from head to chest.
The patient emaciates above, especially about the neck, while the lower extremities are fairly well nourished. Externally there is sensitiveness to a warm atmosphere when there are head and spine symptoms. The head symptoms also are worse from the warmth of the bed and from heat, and worse from getting heated by exertion.
The patient is sensitive to cold and there is a marked lack of vital heat, and worse in general from cold and cold air and from cold food and drinks. The pains are ameliorated from warmth except of the head and spine.
Exertion aggravates the Lycopodium patient in general. He becomes puffed and distressed, and dyspnoea is increased by exertion. He cannot climb, he cannot walk fast. The cardiac symptoms are increased as well as the dyspnoea by becoming heated from exertion. The inflamed parts are sometimes relieved from the application of heat. The throat symptoms are generally relieved from the application of heat, from drinking hot tea or warm soup. The stomach pains are often relieved by warm drinks and taking warm things into the stomach. Nervous excitement and prostration are marked.
In the rheumatic pains and other sufferings the Lyc patient is ameliorated by motion He is extremely restless, must keep turning, and if there is inflammation with the aches and pains the patient is better from the warmth of the bed and relieved from motion, and he will keep tossing all night.
He turns and gets into a new place and thinks he can sleep, but the restlessness continues all night. He wants cool air, wants to be in a cool place with head symptoms. It is true that the headache is worse from motion enough to warm the patient up, but not from the motion itself. The headache is worse from lying down and from the warmth of the room, and better in cold air and from motion until he has moved and exercised sufficiently to become heated, when the headache becomes worse. That is quite an important thing to remember concerning Lycopodium, because it may constitute a distinguishing feature.
The head symptoms are worse from warm wraps and warm bed,
The complaints of Lyc are likely to be worse at a fixed time, viz., from four till eight o'clock in the evening. An exacerbation comes on in the acute complaints and often in the chronic complaints at this time.
"Everything I eat turns into wind."
After a mere mouthful he becomes flatulent and distended, so that he cannot eat any more. He says a mouthful fills him up to the throat. While the abdomen is distended he is so nervous that he cannot endure any noise. The noise of the crackling of paper, ringing of bells or slamming of doors goes through him and causes fainting, like Ant. crud., Borax Borax and Nat Mur Natr. mur.
These general conditions go through all complaints, acute and chronic. There is an excitable stage of the whole sensorium in which everything disturbs. Little things annoy and distress.
The Lyc patient cannot eat oysters; they make him sick. Oysters seem to poison the Lyc patient, just as onions are a poison to the Thuja Thuya patient.
The Oxalic acid patient cannot eat strawberries. If you ever have a patient get sick from eating strawberries, tomatoes or oysters, and you have no homoeopathic remedies at hand, it is a good thing to remember that cheese will digest strawberries or tomatoes or oysters in a few minutes.
The hives come out either in nodules or in long and irregular stripes, especially in the heat, and itch violently. Lyc has eruptions upon the skin, with violent itching. Vesicles and scaly eruptions, moist eruptions and dry eruptions, furfuraceous eruptions, eruptions about the lips, behind the ears, under the wings of the nose and upon the genitals.
fissured eruptions, bleeding fissures like salt Rheum rheum upon the hands.
The skin becomes thick and indurated. The sites of old boils and pustules become indurated and form nodules that remain a long time. The skin looks unhealthy, and it will slough easily.
wounds refuse to heal. Surface wounds suppurate as if they had contained splinters, and this suppuration burrows along under the skin. Ulcers bleed and form great quantities of thick, yellow, offensive, green pus. Chancres and cancroids often find their similimum in Lyc.
The Lyc state when deciphered shows feebleness throughout. A very low state of the arteries and veins, poor tone and poor circulation. Numbness in spots. Emaciation of single members. Deadness of the fingers and toes. Staggering and inability to make use of the limbs. Clumsiness and awkwardness of the limbs. Trembling of the limbs.
He is tired. He has a tired state of the mind, a chronic fatigue, forgetfulness, aversion to undertaking anything new, aversion to appearing in any new role, aversion to his own work. Dreads lest something will happen, lest he will forget something. A continually increasing dread of appearing in public comes on, yet a horror, at times, of solitude.
Often in professional men, like lawyers and ministers, who have to appear in public, there is a feeling of incompetence, a feeling of inability to undertake his task, although he has been accustomed to it for many years.
A lawyer cannot think of appearing in court.
he procrastinates, he delays until he is obliged to appear, because he has a fear that he will stumble that he will make mistakes, that he will forget, and yet when he undertakes it he goes through with ease and comfort. This is a striking feature also of Silicea Silicea No medicines have this fear so marked as these two.
Lyc also has a religious insanity, which has a mild and simple beginning, a matter of melancholy. This religious melancholy grows greater and greater until he sits and broods. He has very often aversion to company, and yet he dreads solitude.
"Dread of men and dread of solitude; irritability and melancholy."
This dread of men is not always a state of dread in women. It is a dread of people, and when that is fully carried out in the Lyc patient you see that she dreads the presence of new persons, or the coming in of friends or visitors she wants to be only with those that are constantly surrounding her does not want to be entirely alone.
wants to feel that there is somebody else in the house, but does not want company.
does not want to be talked to, or forced to do anything.
does not want to make any exertion, yet at times when forced to do so she is relieved.
"Taciturnity, desires to be alone."
Now, let us follow that out a little further. The taciturnity is because the patient does not want to talk, wants to keep silent, yet, as I have said already, very glad to feel there is somebody else in the house and that she is not alone. She is perfectly willing to remain in a little room by herself, so that she is practically alone, yet not in solitude. If there were two adjacent rooms in the house you would commonly find the Lyc patient go into one and stay there, but very glad to have somebody in the other.
The Lycopodium patient often weeps in the act of receiving a friend or meeting an acquaintance. An unusual sadness with weeping comes over this patient on receiving a gift. At the slightest joy she weeps, hence we see that the Lyc patient is a very nervous, sensitive, emotional patient. Here it is
"Sensitive, even cries when thanked."
When lying in bed suffering from the lower forms of fevers, there is delirium and even un consciousness. He picks at imaginary things in the air, sees flies and all sorts of little things flying in the air.
"Excessively merry and laughs at simplest things."
A condition of insanity.
The Lyc patient wakes up in the morning with sadness. There is sadness and gloom. The world may come to an end, or the whole family may die, or the house may burn up. There seems to be nothing cheering, the future looks black. After moving about a while, this passes off. This state precedes conditions of insanity, and finally a suicidal state comes, an aversion to life.
See how this remedy takes hold of the will and actually destroys man's will to live. That which is first in man is his desire to be, to exist, and to be something, if ever so small. When that is destroyed, we see what a wonderful thing has been destroyed. The very man himself wills then not to be. It is a perversion of everything that makes the man, the destruction of his will.
"Apprehensiveness, difficult breathing and fearfulness."
"Anxious thoughts as if about to die."
"Want of self-confidence, indecision, timidity, resignation."
"Loss of confidence in himself and in everything."
"Misanthropic, flies even from his own children."
"Distrustful, suspicious and fault finding."
"Oversensitive to pain; patient is beside himself."
Cactus Grandiflorus Cactus has a congestive headache which becomes extremely violent with flushed face if he does not eat at the regular time. One distinguishing feature is that with the Lycopodium headache, if he eats something, the headache is better while the Cactus Grandiflorus Cactus headache is worse from eating. Lyc. and especially Phosphorus Phos. and Psorinum Psorinum have headaches with great hunger.
At or about the beginning of the attack there is a faint all-gone hungry feeling which eating does not satisfy. Such is the nature of Phosphorus Phosphorus and Psorinum Psorinum when the appetite and headache are associated.
The Lycopodium headache is worse from heat, from the warmth of the bed, and from lying down, better from cold, from the cold air, and from having the windows open. Lean, emaciated boys are subject to prolonged pains in the head. Every time this little fellow takes cold he has a prolonged, throbbing, congestive headache, and from day to day and from month to month he becomes more emaciated, especially about the face and neck. This same trouble is present when a narrow chested boy has a dry, teasing cough, without expectoration, and emaciates about the neck and face.
This remedy is especially suitable in these withered lads, with a dry cough or prolonged headache. In children who wither after pneumonia or bronchitis, emaciate about the face and neck, take cold on the slightest provocation, suffer with headache from being heated, have nightly headaches, and a state of congestion that affects the mind more or less, in which they rouse out of sleep in confusion.
The little one screams out in sleep, awakes frightened, looks wild, does not know the father and mother, or nurse or family until after a few moments, when he seems to be able to collect his senses and then realizes where he is and lies down to sleep again. In a little while he wakes up again in a fright, looks strange and confused. That repeats itself.
The headaches are throbbing and pressing, as if the head would burst.
but this is not so important as the manner in which they come on, the circumstance of their cause, the things that the child does and the fact that they are better from cold, worse from noise and talking, worse from 4 to 8 P.M., and he emaciates from above downward.
These are more important than the quality of the pain that the patient feels, but if he describes the quality of the pain it is spoken of as a throbbing, pressing, bursting or as a fullness.
Upon the scalp we find eruptions in patches, smooth patches with the hair off. Patches on the face and eczematous eruptions behind the ears, bleeding and oozing a watery fluid, sometimes yellowish watery.
The eczema spreads from behind the ears up over the ears and to the scalp. Lyc is a very important remedy to study in eczema of the infant.
Eczema in a lean, hungry, withering child with more or, less head trouble, such as has been described, with a moist oozing behind the cars, red sand in the urine, face looking wrinkled, a dry teasing cough, in a child that kicks the covers of a child whose left foot is cold and the other warm, with capricious appetite, eating much, with unusual hunger at times and great thirst, and yet losing steadily, will often be cured by Lyc
It will throw out a greater amount of eruption at first, but this will subside finally and the child will return to health. The head in general is closely related to one symptom, viz., red sand in the urine. A long as the red sand is plentiful, the patient is free from these congestive headaches, but when the urine becomes pale and free from the red pepper deposit.
then comes the bursting, pressing headache, lasting for days.
It might be said that this is a uraemic headache; but it does not matter what you call it, if the symptoms are present the remedy will be justified. In old gouty constitutions, when the headache is most marked, the gout in the extremities will be better and vice versa
The headaches is present only in the absence of pain in the extremities. Again, when there is a copious quantity of red sand in the urine the gouty state, either in the head or extremities, will be absent, but whenever he takes cold the secretion seems to slacken up with an worse of the pain.
There is another feature of the Lyc headache related to catarrhal states. The headache is worse when the catarrh is slacked up by an acute cold. The Lyc subject often suffers from thick, yellow discharge from the nose.
The nose is filled with yellow, green crusts, blown out of the nose in the morning and hawked out of the throat. Now, when the patient takes cold the thick discharge to a great extent ceases, and he commences to sneeze and has a watery discharge. Then comes on a Lyc headache, with great suffering, with pressing pains, with hunger, and finally the coryza passes away, and the thick yellow discharge returns and the headache subsides.
We have many eye symptoms in Lycopodium, but most prominent are the catarrhal affections of the eyes. The symptoms are so numerous, they describe almost any catarrhal condition of the eyes, so that you cannot discriminate upon the eye symptoms alone. Inflammatory conditions with copious discharge, with red eyes, ulceration of the conjunctiva and lids, and granular lids.
If the suitable remedy be given in a case of scarlet fever, there will be no ear trouble left, because ear troubles do not necessarily belong to scarlet fever. They are not a part of scarlet fever, but are dependent on the constitutional state of the child. Lyc has also most painful eruptions of the ears, otitis media, abscess in the ear, associated with eczema about the cars and behind the ears.
The trouble often begins in infancy. The little infant will lie at first with a peculiar rattling breathing through the nose, and finally it will breathe only through the mouth, as the nose is obstructed. This goes on for days and months. The child breathes only through the mouth, and when it cries it has the shrill tone, such as is found when the nose is plugged up. If you look you will see the nose is filled up with a purulent matter and hanging down the throat is a muco-purulent discharge. Much stuffing up of the nose is a chronic state of Lyc
The child will go on with this trouble until it forms into great cruse, yellow, sometimes blackish, sometimes greenish, and the nose bleeds. It is most useful in those troublesome catarrhs associated with headaches.
in such patients as lose flesh about the neck. It may seem strange and unaccountable that Lyc can cause emaciation about the neck and shriveling of the face when the lower limbs are in a very good state of preservation. In old chronic catarrhs of adults they must keep continually blowing the nose.
He cannot breathe through the nose at night, as crusts form in all portions of the mucous membranes. Crusty nostrils with eczema, with oozing eruptions about the face and nose. The mucous discharge is almost as thick and tenacious as in Kali Bich Kalium bichromicum
In deep-seated chest troubles, bronchitis or pneumonia, where the chest is filled up with mucus, it will be seen that the face and forehead are wrinkled from pain, and that the wings of the nose flap with the effort to breathe.
This occurs with all forms of dyspnoea. We see something like it in Antimonium Tartaricum Ant. tart, the sooty nostrils being wide open and flapping. In Antimonium Tartaricum Ant. tart the rattling of the mucus is heard across the room and the patient is seen to be in distress, but if you see the patient lying in bed with the nose flapping and the forehead wrinkled, with rattling in the chest, or a dry, hacking cough and no expectoration, you will often find the particulars of the examination confirm your mind that it is a case for Lyc
The Sulphur Sulph patient is cold; there is no tendency to reaction; he feels the load in the chest, and examination of the chest shows that hepatization is marked. He wants to lie still and is evidently about to die. Sulphur Sulphur will help him.
It does not have the flapping of the nose, nor the wrinkles upon the forehead, like Lyc In the brain complaints of Stramonium Stramonium, the forehead wrinkles, and in the chest complaints of Lyc the forehead wrinkles, and their wrinkles are somewhat alike. You go to a semi-conscious patient suffering from cerebral congestion and watch him.
he is wild, the eyes are glassy, the forehead wrinkled and the tendency is to activity of the mind.
That is not Lyc but Stramonium Stram By close observation these practical things will lead you to distinguish, almost instantaneously, between Stramonium Stramonium in its head troubles, and Lyc in the advanced stage of pneumonia.
You will see by the study of the face that his face conforms to his sensations. lie is an oversensitive patient and at every jar or noise, such as the slamming of a door, or the ringing of a Belladonna bell, he wrinkles his face. He is disturbed, and you see it expressed upon his countenance. He has a sickly wrinkled countenance, with contracted eyebrows in complaints of the abdomen as well as in chest complaints.
It was mentioned when going over the general state that the striking feature of Lyc in regard to direction is that its symptoms seem to spread from right to left; we notice that the right foot is cold and the left is warm; the right knee is affected; if the pains are movable they go from right to left.
Most complaints seem to travel from right to left, or to affect the right side more than the left. This is also true of sore throats; a quinsy affecting the right side will run its course, and when about finished the left tonsil will become inflamed and suppurate if the appropriate remedy be not administered.
The common sore throat mill commence on the right side, the next day both sides will be affected, the inflammation having extended to the left side. This remedy has all kinds of pains in the throat and fauces. It is useful in cases of diphtheria when the membrane commences on the right side of the throat and spreads over towards the left.
Patches, will be seen one day on the right side and the next day on the left side. We have noticed also that complaints in Lyc spread from above down, so it is with these exudations.
They often commence in the upper part of the pharynx and spread down into the throat. Lyc has cured many such cases. It is the case sometimes that Lyc is better lay holding cold water in the mouth, but the usual Lyc sore throat is better from swallowing warm drinks. It is a feature whereby it is possible to distinguish Lachesis Lachesis from Lycopodium. Lachesis Lachesis is better from cold and has spasms of the throat from attempting to drink warm drinks, while Lyc is better from warm drinks, though sometimes better from cold drinks. Lyc does not sleep into the suffocation and constriction of the throat and dyspnoea as in Lachesis Lach The throat is extremely painful, it has all the violence of the worst cases of diphtheria. It has the zymosis.
There is a sense of satiety, an entire lack of appetite. He feels so full that he cannot eat. This sense of fullness may not come on until he has swallowed a mouthful of food.
he goes to the table hungry, but the first mouthful fills him up. After eating he is distended with flatus, and gets momentary relief from belching, yet he remains distended. Nausea and vomiting.
gnawing pains in stomach as in gastritis.
pains immediately after eating.
vomiting of bile, coffee ground vomit, black, inky vomit.
Under Lyc. apparently malignant cases have their life prolonged. The case is so modified that, instead of culminating in a few months, the patient may last for years. Right hypochondrium swollen as in liver troubles.
Pain in liver, recurrent bilious attacks with vomiting of bile. He is subject to gall stone colic. After Lyc. the attacks come less frequently, the bilious secretion become normal and the gall stones have a spongy appearance as though being dissolved.
Lyc patients are always belching; they have eructations that are sour and acrid like strong acid burning the pharynx.
"Sour stomach," sour vomiting, flatus, distension and pain after eating, with a sense of fullness.
Awful goneness," or weakness, in stomach, not relieved by eating (Digitalis Purpurea Digit).
The stomach is worse by cold drinks, and often relieved by warm drinks. In the stomach and intestines there is a great commotion, noisy rumbling, rolling of flatus as though fermentation were going on.
The stomach symptoms are worse or brought on from cold drinks, beer, coffee or fruit, and a diarrhoea follows. Old chronic dyspeptics, emaciated, wrinkled, tired and angular patients, everything eaten turns to wind. Lycopodium is useful in old tired patients with feeble reaction and feebleness of all the functions, with a tendency to run down and not convalesce.
This patient has most troublesome constipation. He goes for days without any desire, and although the rectum is full there is no urging. Inactivity of intestinal canal. Ineffectual urging to stool. Stool hard, difficult, small and incomplete.
The first part of the stool is hard and difficult to start, but the last part in soft or thin and gushing following by faintness and weakness. Lyc patients have diarrhoea and all kinds of stool. So you will see from reading the text that the characteristic of Lyc is not in the stool. Any kind of diarrhoea, if the other Lyc symptoms are present, will be cured by Lyc It has troublesome hemorrhoids, but they are nondescript. Any kind of hemorrhoids may be cured by Lyc if the flatulence, the stomach symptoms, the mental symptoms, and the general symptoms of Lyc are present, because the hoemorrhoidal symptoms are numerous.
Kidneys The kidneys furnish any symptoms and may be the key to Lycopodium in many instances.
There seems to be the same inactivity in the bladder as in the rectum. Though he strain ever so much, he must wait a long time for the urine to pass. It is slow to flow, and flows in a feeble stream. The urine is often muddy with brick dust, or red sand deposits, or on stirring it up it looks like the sediment of fermenting cider. We find this state in febrile conditions. In acute stages of disease.
where the red sand appears copiously, Lyc is often the remedy.
A marked feature of Lyc and one of the most prominent of all remedies, is polyuria during the night. He must arise many times at night and pass large quantities of urine, although in the daytime the urine is normal. Enormous quantities of urine, very clear and of light specific gravity.
Persons of feeble vitality, overwrought persons, overtired persons, with feeble genital organs, seldom need Phosphorus Phosphorus, but Lycopod is a typical remedy where the young man has abused himself by secret vices and has become tired out in his spine, brain and genital organs.
If this patient makes up his mind that he will live a somewhat decent life and marries, he finds that he is impotent sexually, that he is not able to obtain erections, or that the erections are too feeble, or too short, and that he is not a man.
"Moist condylomata on the penis, enlargement of the prostate N/A gland."
The neuralgia especially affects the right ovary, with a tendency to the left. Inflammation of the ovaries, when the right is more affected than the left. It has cured cystic tumors of the right ovary.
Lycopodium produces and cures dryness in the vagina in which coition becomes very painful. Burning in the vagina during and after coition. It has disturbance of menstruation. Absence or suppression of menses for many months, the patient being withered, declining, pale and sallow, becoming feeble.
It seems that she has not the vitality to menstruate. It is also suitable in girls at puberty when the time for the first menstrual flow to appear has come, but it does not come. She goes on to 15, 16, 17 or 18 without development, the breasts do not enlarge, the ovaries do not perform their function.
When the symptoms agree Lyc establishes a reaction, the breasts begin to grow, the womanly bearing begins to come, and the child becomes a woman. It has a wonderful power for developing, and in that respect it is very much like Calc Carb Calc. Phosphorus Phos.
"Discharge of flatus from the vagina."
"Varices of the genitals."
Dyspnoea and asthmatic breathing in catarrh of the chest. The colds settle in the nose, but nearly always go into the chest, with much whistling and wheezing, and great dyspnoea.
The dyspnoea is worse from walking fast, after exertion and from going up a hill. Throbbing, burning and tickling in the chest. Dry, teasing cough.
Dry cough in emaciated boys After coming out of pneumonia, the dry, teasing cough remains a long time or there is much whistling and asthmatic breathing.
The extremities are cold while whistling and face are hot, with much coughing and troubles in the chest. He wants to go about with the head uncovered, because there is so much congestion in the head.
This patient has a feeble reaction. There is no tendency to repair and the history of the case is that The troubles have existed since an attack of bronchitis or pneumonia. Besides the dry, teasing cough, Lyc goes into another state in which there is ulceration, with copious expectoration of thick yellow or green muco-pus, tough and stringy. Finally night sweats, with fever in the afternoon from 4 to 8 o'clock, come on. Its use in the advanced stage of pneumonia, in the period of hepatization, with the wrinkled face and brow, the flapping wings of the nose and scanty expectoration, we have already spoken of.
Then it has marked catarrh of the chest with much rattling, especially in infants.
Rattling in the chest flapping of the wings of the nose and inability to expectorate.
The right lung is most affected, or more likely to be affected than the left, or it is affected first in double pneumonia and troubles that go from one side to the other. Think of Lyc among the remedies for neglected pneumonia, in difficult breathing from an accumulation of serum in the pleura and pericardium.
I have mentioned sufficiently the gouty tendencies of the limbs and the nerve symptoms. But there is a restlessness of the lower limbs and which comes on when he thinks of going to sleep and this prevents sleep until midnight.
Much like Arsenicum Album Arsenicum It is often a very distressing feature. Numbness of the limbs Drawing, tearing in the limbs at night.
better by warmth of bed and motion. These pains are sometimes found in chronic intermittent fever and are cured by this remedy. Sciatica that comes on periodically, better by beat and walking. Varicose veins of the legs. One foot hot the other cold. Oedema of the feet.
It has all manner of fevers, continued intermittent and remittent. It is especially suitable in old age, and in premature old age, when a person at 60 years appears to be 80 years, broken down, feeble and tired.
It is eminently suited in complaints of weakly constitutions. It is suitable in various dropsies, associated with liver and heart affections. Scabs remain upon the skin, do not separate; they crust over and the crust does not fall, or may become laminated like rupia.
Sulphur Sulphur, Graphites Graph. and Calc Carb Calc. are not longer acting or deeper acting than Lyc These substances that seem to be so inert in their crude form come out strongest when potentized and form medicines of wonderful use.
The skin ulcerates There are painful ulcer, sloughing ulcers beneath the skin, abscesses beneath the skin, cellular troubles. The chronic ulcerations are indolent with false granulations, painful, burning, stinging and smarting, often relieved by applying cooling things and aggravated by warm poultices. It is somewhat a general in Lycopodium that warm poultices and warmth ameliorates.
warm applications ameliorate the pain in the knee, the suppurating condition and the gouty troubles. in an unusually warm bed, and in a warm room hives come out.
Depression of mind and sensorium, stupid; lower jaw drops; chronic conditions, memory fails; uses wrong words to express himself; mixes up things; failing brain power.
Right-sided complaints, or begins on right and travels leftward; throat, ovaries, uterine region, kidney and skin troubles; hernia.
Sense of satiety, or hunger, but soon fills up.
Great flatulence with rumbling, mostly intestinal and pressing downward.
Lithic acid diathesis; red sand in clear urine; better pains in back or kidneys after passing.
Dark-complexioned people; emaciated in face and upper parts, bloated or swollen in lower; keen intellectual but feeble muscular development.
Modalities worse 4 to 8 P. M., after eating, in warm room; better in cool open air, on motion.
Irritable; peevish and cross on waking; ugly, kick and! scream; easily angered; cannot endure opposition or contradiction; seeks disputes; is beside himself.
Complexion Pale, dirty, unhealthy; sallow; looks. Older than he is.
One foot hot and the other cold.
Great thirst after the sweat.
Chill on left-side of the body (Causticum Caust., Carbo v.).
Sour vomiting between chill and heat; must uncover (Lachesis Lach.).
Perspiration immediately after the chill. Thirst after sweating stage.
In intermittents, the flatulence, sour eructations, sour taste, sour sweat, sour vomiting.
The remedy with Sulphur Sulphur and Calc Carb Calcarea forms the leading trio of Hahnemann's anti-psoric remedies. This makes a good starting point, as the boy said when he set a pin in a vacant chair. They all act very deeply. Each finds its affinity in a certain class of people or temperament. Lycopodium acts favourably in all ages, but particularly upon old people and children. It acts upon persons of keen intellect, but feeble muscular development; lean people, leaning towards lung and liver troubles. Such people are apt to suffer from lithic acid diathesis for which this is also great remedy. The Lycopodium subject is sallow, sunken, with premature lines in the face.
This is one of the leading trio of flatulent remedies, Carbo Veg Carbo veg. and China China being the other two. With Lycopodium there seems to be an almost constant fermentation of gas going on in the abdomen, which produces a loud croaking and rumbling. Remember, while China China bloats the whole abdomen Carbo Veg Carbo veg. prefers the upper and Lycopodium the lower parts. With Lycopodium this flatulent condition is very apt to occur in connection with chronic liver trouble. Again this rumbling of flatulence is often found particularly in the region of the splenic flexure of the colon or left hypochondria.
A feeling of satiety is found under this remedy which alternates with a feeling of hunger of a peculiar kind. The patient sits down to the table very hungry, but the first few mouthfuls fill him right up and he feels distressingly full; in a Pickwickian sense "too full for utterance." This alternation of hunger and satiety is not markedly found under any other remedy.
Constipation predominates under Lycopodium, and like Nux Vomica Nux vomica there may be frequent and ineffectual desire for stool, but while that of Nux Vomica Nux vomica is caused by irregular peristaltic action that of Lycopodium seems to be caused by a spasmodic contraction of the anus, which prevents the stool and causes great pain.
Lycopodium should be thought of in anal troubles associated with chronic liver troubles, especially if with much flatulence.
Lycopodium is of use in right sided hernia. It has cured cases of long standing without the aid of a truss.
The liver troubles of Lycopodium are more apt to be of the atrophic variety, while those of China China are hypertrophic, both being equally useful in their sphere.
Lycopodium has almost, if not quite, as marked action upon the urinary organs as upon the liver. It is the chief remedy for "red sand in the urine." This not simply the reddish sediment which is generally termed "brick-dust sediment," and which is found under many remedies, but is an actual sandy, gritty sediment that settles at the bottom of the otherwise perfectly clear urine. Unless thus condition is removed we have sooner or later renal calculi, or gravel forming, and terrible attacks of renal colic. In children this sand is sometimes found in the diaper after severe crying spells, and in adults much pain in the back in region of kidneys, which is relieved after the discharge of urine containing the sand. (See Borax Borax, Sarsaparilla Sarsaparilla and Sanicula Aqua Sanicula). No one remedy helps these cases more promptly or permanently than Lycopodium.
Lycopodium is also one of our best remedies for impotence. (Agnus Castus Agnus castus). An old man marries his second or third wife and finds himself not "equal to the occasion." It is very embarrassing for the whole family. A dose of Lycopodium sets the thing all right and makes the doctor a warm friend on both sides of the house.
Young men from onanism or sexual excess become impotent. The penis becomes small, cold and relaxed. The desire is as strong as ever, and perhaps more so, but he can't perform. (Selenium Selenium, Caladium Seguinum Caladium). I have known apparently hopeless cases of this kind cured by the use of this remedy, high single doses at intervals of a week or more. Give it low, however, if you want to, but do not blame me if you don't succeed.
Lycopodium affects the right side most, or. at least the troubles begin on the right side. Swelling and suppuration of the tonsils I have aborted more than once in old quinsy subjects by an early dose of this remedy. In fact, I have had such success with Lachesis Lachesis, Lycopodium, Lac Caninum Lac caninum and Phytolacca Decandra Phytolacca that some who employ me for nothing else come for those powders that "break up quinsy" so quick. In diphtheria, if the disease begins in the nose or right tonsil and extends to the left, you will think of Lycopodium, but remember that Mercurius Iodatus Flavus Mercurius protoiodide also begins on the right side, but there is no difficulty in choosing between the two. (Bromium Bromine diphtheria begins below and comes upward, just the reverse of Lycopodium). Pains in the abdomen, ovarian and uterine regions also begin in right side, running from right to left; right foot gets cold while the other remains warm, eruptions begin on right and travel across to left side. Sciatica the same.
Upon the respiratory organs this remedy also has a strong influence. It is one of our best remedies for chronic dry catarrh of the nose, which becomes completely closed, so that' the patient has to breathe through the open mouth, especially at night. Here the choice often lies between this remedy, Ammonium Carbonicum Ammonium carb. and Hepar Sulphur N/A ., other symptoms, of course, deciding the choice. In infants Sambucus Nigra Sambucus comes in for a share of attention.
Lycopodium has often saved neglected, mal-treated or Imperfectly cured cases of pneumonia from running into consumption. It may even come into the later stages of the acute attack itself, and here as usual the disease is apt to be in the right lung, and especially if liver complications arise. The disease has passed the first or congestive stage, and generally the stage of hepatization, or is irk the last part of this stage, and is trying hard to take a favourable turn into the breaking-up or third stage, the stage of resolution. Just here is where many cases die, neither free expectoration, nor perfect absorption of the disease product taking place. There is extreme dyspnoea, the cough sounds as if the entire parenchyma of the lung were softened; even raising whole mouthfuls of mucus does not afford relief, the breath is short and the wings of the nose expand to their utmost with a fan-like motion. Now is the tame when Lycopodium does wonders. Again, even when this stage is imperfectly passed, and the patient still coughs and expectorates much thick, yellow, purulent or greyish-yellow, purulent (sometimes foetid) Matter, tasting salty, with much rattling in the chest, Lycopodium is indispensable Here the choice may have to be made between this remedy and Sulphur Sulphur, Causticum Kali hydroiod. or Silicea Silicea. The characteristic aggravation as to time, of this remedy is from 4 to 8 o'clock P. M. Colocynthis Colocynth has 4 to 9 aggravation of abdominal pains, and Helleborus Niger Helleborus Niger, of the headache, with coryza.
Many more things might be written of this wonderful polychrest, but I have given the most important. Its strongest curative powers are not developed below the 12th potency, hence neither the old school nor the homoeopaths who confine themselves exclusively to the low preparations know much about it. Like Carbo Veg Carbo vegetabilis, Silicea Silicea and Sulphur Sulphur its best powers are only developed by Hahnemann's peculiar process of potentization.
"prove all things. hold fast that which is good.".
NUTRITION DIGESTIVE TRACT
Portal system Skin
RIGHT SIDE to left THROAT
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