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1. Description

Latin Name:
Guaiacum officinale
Guaiacum, Guaiacum officinale, Guaj, Guaiac, Guajacum guaiacum, guajakbaun, Guayacan, lignum benedictum, Lignum vitae, lignum-vitae tree, palus sanctus, pockholz

2. Source & History

Guaiacum wood has been an article of trade since 1508, when it was introduced, via Spain, to the medical profession of Europe as a specific for many of the most serious diseases of mankind. The name lignum-vitae (wood of life) originated from the supposition that the material was possessed of extraordinary remedial powers

In addition to its medical uses the wood (which is extremely hard and will easily sink in water) was used for various mechanical purposes such as the wheels of ships' blocks, cogs, bearings, sports equipment, police truncheons etc as well as electrical insulators where it has been used as such in the San Francisco tram system for over 100 years.

The Homeopathic tincture is made from the gum resin of the tree.

3. Mentals & Generals

Dull and sluggish, difficulty in thinking and comprehending, thoughts vanish, lack of ideas. Memory weak, forgetful for names, for what has just been read .
Inclination to sit with a fixed look, indisposed to talk, taciturn and silent. Critical of others, censorious, contemptuous, obstinate, defiant, disobedient.
There is a general lack of heat, lack of reaction, great lassitude with an inclination to lie down. Aggravations occur upon rising, towards evening, by cold, by movement and in the open. Rheumatic and arthritic shooting and tearing pains in entremities with numbness.

4. Particulars

Eyes protrude, pupils dilated. Amourosis (temporary loss of vision).
Burning, sore and dry throat. Sharp stitching pains with inability to swallow. Cough with foetid expectoration
Red and painful face. Knife like pain in left cheek.
Lack of appetite. Nausea. Aversion to food and milk in particular. Stomach burns. Much flautus. Morning diarrhoea.
Ovaritis (inflammation of the ovaries) with soreness, hypopgastric heaviness and fever.
Rheumatism and arthritis in limbs with numbness.
Gouty inflammation of joints (ears, nose,  neck, back, shoulders, shoulder blades, elbows, wrists hands, thighs, hamstrings, knees, leg bones, ankle, foot, toes)

            <     5. Modalities     >

Upon rising, evening
Motion & touch
Heat & cold open air

Sitting & pressure

6. Keywords

Memory weakness
Thirst with much eructations
Stitching pain in the nape of the neck extending from the scapul to the occiput.
Rheumatic stiffness left side of the back, from the nape of the neck down to the sacrum.
Tearing stitching pains in extremities

7. Clinicals

Facial neuralgiaCarpel tunnel syndrome
Rheumatism, arthritis, gout.
Amenorrhoea, dysmenorrhoea

8. Constitutional Prescribing

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Guaj is usually used empirically and hence its employment is traditionally reserved to symptomatic non constitutional prescribing

Notwithstanding the above, high potency Constitutional prescription may be used as background together with a concurrent lower potency symptomatic remedy administered according to the Law of Similars in situations where two or more symptoms occur together eg Rheumatism and Phlegmatic, mentally dull individuals of censorious temperament.
Ovaritis and Arthritis 

In terms of Nebel's Constitutional classification it enjoys a shared gouping. The inflammatory physical conditions of rheumatism, arthritis and ovaritis together with eye and throat symptoms present a picture of general infiltration corresponding to that of the  Phosphoric group. At the same time the static, fixed, weary, inert, mentals are characteristic of the carbonic group.

9. Relationships

up to 40 days
Bry, Graph, Merc-
Bry (Rheumatism), Caust (neck), Merc (Rheumatism) 
Remedies that Follow Well
Cal-c, Merc.

10. Posology

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11. Further Information

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Sylvian Cazalet Homeopathe International Reversed Kent's Repertory
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Guaiacum tree
Guaiacum tree

Guaiacum leaf
Guaiacum leaf

Guaiacum flower
Guaiacum flower

Kingdom: Plant
Latin Name: Guaiacum officinale 
Common Name: Lignum vitae 
Homeopahtic: Guaiacum  

Getting the Best from 
Dr Peter's 
Tabular Materia Medica

Materia Medica (MM) is Latin for medical material. MMs are a listing of remedies together with their respective symptoms and differ from Repertories which are a listing of symptoms and illnesses.


This Tabular MM is not presented as an exhaustive comprehensive list of all that is known about a remedy. Rather the opposite. It is intended to be used only as an aid memoire to highlight the foundation upon which by further study and experience a fuller knowledge of homoeopathics can be obtained. Consider the Tabular MM as a word picture showing a black and white sketch of the remedys main essential characteristics upon which colour, shade and tone has still be painted.


Remember to rank case symptoms according to their hierarchy giving first priority to
Mentals & Generals when comparing the MM remedy picture of one remedy against another.

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The Hierarchy of Symptoms

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Remember also that you don't need to match everything listed under a remedy to benefit from the remedy. All that is required is to find the closest remedy match for those case  symptoms which rank the highest and are the most troublesome. The easiest way to find remedy matches is by Repertorisation. 


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Once the main case symptoms have been captured in say 4 - 6  remedies fine tune the final remedy selection manually by refering to the MM, or clicking the Further Information tabs or looking up any other approriate reference manual.  


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