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Lappa Major (Arctium) - General symptoms

Lappa Arctium, Arctium Lappa, lappa major, bardane, Lappa, Lappa officinalis, Allioni, Lappa-a.

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HPUS indication of Lappa Major (Arctium): Skin eruptions

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Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Lappa Major (Arctium) in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.



Lappa officinalis, Allioni.

Natural order, Compositae.

Common name, Burdock.

Authority. Jacob Jeanes, M.D., Hahn. Month., vol. iv, 1868, p. 151, I took, about 11 A.M., 2 or 3 drops of 2d cent. dil. in 1 ounce of water.

1. Immediately. Tickling in the rima glottis, with loose-sounding cough, but no expectoration.

2. Pain about the sixth and seventh ribs, on the left side.

3. Chilliness. Pain in the lower extremities, as if fatigued.

4. Severe tingling pain, with acute cutting pain, under the sternum, about on a line with the insertions of the fourth and fifth ribs, and extending across the breast.

5. Oppression of breath, especially in the sternal region, with shortness of breath on exertion.

Wishing to take a drink of water before retiring to bed, I took the tumbler out of which I had taken my dose in the forenoon, and allowed a strong stream of water to flow into it, shaking the glass strongly during this flow and overflow, to aid in the process of rinsing. I then drew and drank one or two tumblers of water. I had not taken it a minute before I was affected in the following manner

6. The symptoms of pain across the breast, mentioned above, in 4 and 5, but to these is added aching of the throat and violent constrictive feeling.

pain in the head. extremely rapid pulse, with frequent intermissions (about every second or third pulsation).

pain in the head, in the region of veneration, and pain in the region of the heart, with a indescribable movement in the chest, under the sternum, on a line with the third ribs. At the same time pain in the anterior muscles of the right thigh.


7. Pains in the back about eighth dorsal vertebrae.

8. The pulse becomes fuller and slower, but seldom more than three pulsations without any intermission.

9. Bowels opened two or three times as if purged, with some abatement in the violence of the symptoms.

11. The symptoms continued violent and distressing through the greater part of the night.

At the date of this occurrence I was about forty-five years of age, had never had an attack of this kind, and had never noticed any intermission of the pulsations of my heart. My pulse had been, for many years, and still continues to be, abnormally frequent, 84 in the minute. Within a few years I have had two or three attacks of febrile disorder, in which the pulse for some hours was exceedingly feeble, frequent, and irregular, but entirely different in character from the intermittent pulse I had after taking the Arctium lappa.

Heavy, sore aching; as if lying uncomfortably

Numbness; lumbar region

Numb, aching calves


Vertigo, with nausea and vomiting

Weight on vertex

Red about eyes and across nose

Face, worse touch

SOURNESS; sour taste to meat; all food turns sour, vomits it

Trembling in chest

Bruised, sore uterus

Front of thighs weak

Sores about joints

Eruptions; sticky; on head, face, etc

Moist, foul eczema

Many small boils

AXILLARY SWEAT; COLD, run down chest; foul

Lappa officinalis. Lappa major. Arcion (Greek). Great Clote Burre. Burdock. N. O. Compositae. Tincture of fresh root.

Acne. Bunion. Dupuytren's contraction. Eczema serpiginosa. Eruptions. Glands, affections of. Gonorrhoea. Gout. Impotence. Leucorrhoea. Phosphaturia. Rheumatism. Ringworm. Scrofula. Sterility. Ulcers. Uterus, prolapse of.

Arctium lappa has been extensively proved, notably by Dr. Jeanes and Dr. S. A. Jones (H. R., 1893). The provings in the main confirm the teachings of antiquity in regard to Lappa Major (Arctium). It has been given from the earliest times for prolapsus uteri, sterility, milky urine, and sores about the joints. A large number of the symptoms were observed in the skin (acne; eczema, especially scalp) and mucous membrane, eruptions and discharges. It is one of the remedies which have been successful in curing uterine prolapse. In skin affections it has been use externally as a glycerole, as well as internally. A writer in Amer. Homoeop. recommended the local use of the seedling roots in acne. The roots are softened by soaking in water for two hours.

then the blunt end is rubbed on each individual pimple. It is not to be repeated oftener than once a week. It was one of Culpepper's remedies for fetid sweat of axillae.