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Lycopodium Clavatum

Dr. S. Varma

Lycopodium is a remedy most often selected by homoeopaths for treating chronic diseases and has rarely disappointed them in getting relief to the patients. Lycopodium clavatum-first proved by Hahnemann is reputed to act on the entire organism-from head to toe. The remedy has proved of much use in chronic ailments.

Lycopodium clavatum-first proved by Hahnemann is reputed to act on the entire organism-from head to toe. The remedy has proved of much use in chronic ailments.

The general features that run throughout the remedy and accompany most of the complaints are numerous and very characteristic. Complaints are right sided or travel from right to left side or from above downwards. The patient is chilly and the complaints are better from warmth. There is a general aggravation between 4 to 8 P.M..

Great flatulence and belching are the marked symptoms of this remedy. Everything eaten turns to wind and patients may feel full and distended after only a few mouthfuls, with momentary relief from belching.

The patient desires warm things and warm drinks and is better by them. There is a great craving for sweet things.
Nervous excitement and prostration are marked. The patient is extremely restless and must keep turning which makes him feel better.

Lycopodium Personality
We can best describe Lycopodium people as 'Intellectually keen but physically weak'. Lycopodium subject is diffident, conscientious, meticulous but self-conscious, fearful of the future and of failing. They generally try to avoid undertaking any type of responsibilities. They dread public appearances and may take offence easily and harbour grudges. The person has unsustained bouts of anger or temper tantrums. The black moods of melancholy are also common.

A strange characteristic of Lycopodium personality is his aversion to company and yet a dread of solitude. The person wants the company of only those people who are constantly surrounding him, he dreads meeting friends-visitors or strangers.

Lycopodium person has a tired state of mind, a chronic fatigue, forgetfulness and aversion to undertaking anything new. Such is the personality of a Lycopodium patient.

Guiding Symptoms

  • Right sided remedy
  • Suits dark complexioned people
  • Intellectually keen but physically weak
  • Aversion to company yet a dread of solitude
  • Aggravation from 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Canine hunger but fullness after a very few mouthfuls
  • Flatulence and belching
  • Desire for warm things
  • Craving for sweets
  • Red sand in urine

Lycopodium is an excellent remedy for periodical headaches and those with gastric ailments. Headache comes on if a meal is missed and is better after eating. Headache may also come from suppressed nasal discharge. Headache is better for cold air and motion. It is worse for lying down, noise and warm wraps (unlike all other complaints of Lycopodium that are better by warmth).

Gastric Ailments
Gastric symptoms accompany most of the complaints of Lycopodium. There is great flatulence and belching. Everything eaten seems to turn to wind and the patient feels full and distended after only a very few mouthfuls with momentary relief from belching. Gnawing pains with gastritis and ulcers that are better for warm drinks. There is constant fermentation of gas going on in the abdomen, which produces a loud croaking and rumbling. There is a sour taste in the mouth with a white-coated tongue. The stomach is sour with sour vomiting and sour diarrhoea with sour eructations that are acrid and burning like strong acid.

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