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Lycopodium Clavatum - General symptoms - Hahnemann

Club Moss, Lycopodium, Lycop, Lycopod, Lyc.

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Lycopodium Clavatum

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

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Lycopodium Clavatum 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.

irritability. obstinacy.

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.

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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.