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This homeopathic remedy comes from the poisonous venom of the bushmaster snake. Lachesis mutus has potent effects on the blood and central nervous system.
The poison of the bushmaster, a greatly feared snake native to Central and South America, is deadly if it enters the human bloodstream. It can paralyze the heart and central nervous system and disrupt the blood-clotting process. If the poison is injected into a muscle, it can induce server swelling. These reactions are why many people find it surprising that this snake venom is used in homeopathic medicine to treat various circulatory and nervous-system disorders. But the remedy, Lachesis mutus, is so dilute that only almost undetectable amounts of the poison remain. Like other homeopathic remedies, it is considered most effective in people who have particular modes of behavior. Before prescribing Lachesis mutus, the homeopath will look for such personality traits as strong self-confidence and a tendency toward envy and vengefulness. In addition, the remedy is often prescribed when symptoms of any ailments start on the left side and worsen after waking.

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Lachesis mutus type
Two types of people are most likely to benefit from Lachesis mutus: One is slim and pale but energetic; the other is somewhat obese with a blotchy, reddish, complexion. Both types share a strong dislike of tight cloths, particularly around the neck.
To determine if you're a Lachesis mutus type, Check those characteristics that apply to you.
 You are afraid of water.
 You are very jealous.
 Your symptoms are aggravated by grief.
 You act erratically, can't concentrate or lose your train of thought.
 You sometimes feel as if you're suffocating or not getting enough air.
 Your symptoms are worse on hot days or in stuffy rooms.
If you checked more than 3 times, turn to the back of the card for additional information about the benefits of Lachesis mutus.

Therapeutic effect
The most important effect of Lachesis mutus is its blood-thinning, or anticoagulant, function. This action enbances blood flow and facilitates the bealing process by bastening the removal of toxins from the blood. The remedy is effective against many bleeding disorders.

Principal homeopathic uses
This remedy is prescribed to ease menopausal symptoms as well as to heal skin injuries, such as an insect bite, a blistering sunburn or a slow-healing wound. Such skin ailments typically produce intense fear and anxiety in patients-one of the hallmarks of the Lachesis mutus is given internally for skin injuries, as well as for anxiety-related conditions. It alleviates a wide range of maladies marked by bleeding or by an impaired blood-clotting ability.

Preparation of the remedy
The basis of the homeopathic remedy is the fresh poison of the bushmaster snake. Like all homeopathic remedies, Lachesis mutus undergoes an extensive series of successive dilutions before being used, so that only infinitesimal amounts of the poison remain in the final preparation. Because of this extreme dilution, commercially available homeopathic preparations of it are considered to be safe; but be sure to buy from a reputable source.

Symptom gauge
To determine if Lachesis mutus is the right remedy for you, your homeopath must know if your symptoms are affected by any of the conditions listed below.


Change in climate from cold to mild

Application of heat of stuffy room

Waking up

Being touched


Dischasrge of body fluids such as phlegm or sweat

Cold or hot drinks

Walks in fresh air


Prescribed for reliving depression, palpitations, migraines and other throbbing headaches, tonsillitis, anal fissures, hemorrhoids, rectal bleeding, nosebleeds, bleeding gums, prolonged menstrual periods, poor circulation, cold extremities, a swollen or inflamed tongue and all types of skin ulcers and wounds.

 Feeling as if you will suffocate and experiencing palpitations when entering a hot, stuffy room.
 Erratic thinking, loss of concentration or an inability to maintain a train of thought.
 Anxiety, restlessness or a sense of dread.
 Fear of poisoning.
 Pounding headache limited to the left side of the head.
 Headache caused by exposure to sunlight.
 Intense feeling of pressure inside the head, at times accompanied by throbbing headache pain.
 Sore throat, which is particularly painful when swallowing food.
 Coughing fits triggered by swallowing and accompanied by throat. irritation.
 Purple or bluish discolorations of the skin surrounded by small blisters.
 Slow-healing skin wounds with white cauliflower-like accumulations of pus.
 Poor blood circulation in the extremities.
 Swelling of the joints

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Doctrine of Signatures

Lachesis is derived from surucuccu (snake) venom and the Lachesis subject (whether menopausal or otherwise) will display certain signature symptoms.

Unlike other snakes the surucuccu will attack at will; humans are no exception. It is ruthless in search of prey.
Symptomology equates to egocentric, argumentative and quarrelsome behaviour. The venom is extremely quick acting and death ensues by haemorrhage if a blood vessel is pierced. 

Haemorrhaging is effected by blood cyanosis a condition which produces a purplish hue in the victim. In the case of the venom not entering the blood stream death is by paralysis of the central nervous system.
Symptomology equates to better on discharge (ie mensis, urination, stool, perspiration etc Aggravation from inaction, stasis and rest. This gives rise to one of its chief symptoms of aggravation following sleep. The subject feels worst on rising a condition which gradually improves following subsequent activity. Subjects may show a purplish skin discolouration particularly around the face.

The reptile has no ears. Instead it relies on its constantly flicking tongue to direct it by odour detection. Unusually for snakes it is a singer albeit in a monotonous rhythm of cucucucucu. As a result its tongue is constantly active.
Symptomology equates to loquaciousness (wagging tongue and also better on discharge)  and aggravation from the least noise. The viper consumes its prey whole with a left to right chewing action.

To facilitate passage of food down the alimentary tract nature has discarded any constrictions such as throat and abdominal sphincter muscles etc
Symptomology equates to left sided symptoms or symptoms going from left to right  with aggravation from tight clothing around the neck and waist. Relief from swallowing solids but not liquids.

The snake's habitat is  deep in the ground (it is a pit viper) where the atmosphere is cool, humid, shady and quiet.
Symptomology equates to aggravation from heat and sun with sensitivity to noise, better outside in cool moist air.



Photo Bushmaster
Kingdom: Animal
Latin Name: Lachesis muta
Common Name: Bushmaster
: Lachesis
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1. Dark, phlegmatic subjects ; or women with red hair and freckled complexion, especially at climaxis ; also broken-down constitutions.

2. Extreme alternations, mind and sensorium, (a) Mental activity with almost prophetic perception ; ecstasy ; loquacity with rapid change of subject especially when delirious ; hurry and flurry ; delusion of voices, etc. (b) Depression with anxiety ; patient silent, suspicious ; jealous ; weak memory, writing mistakes ; deranged time sense ; self-consciousness and selfishness.

3. Hyperaesthesia of the senses ; of body surface ; nervous intolerance of touch, pressure and constriction, even of clothing, especially about throat and abdomen.

4. Marked aggravation of all complaints from sleep ; patient sleeps into an attack ; sleep disturbed by frightful dreams, of dead and dying people, of suffocation, etc.

5. All distressing symptoms are > onset of discharges ; e.g. at menstrual period always > during flow.

6. Ailments left-sided or travel from left to right ; yet a special affinity for the appendix.

7. Adynamic fevers with low, muttering delirium ; face purplish, besotted-looking, dropped jaw ; offensive breath ; tremors especially of the tongue which is protruded with difficulty ; haemorrhages of dark, decomposed blood.

8. Septic states ; malignant ulcerations and suppuration ; with offensive discharges and bluish, livid appearance ; gangrene.

9. Tremors, cramps, spasms and even convulsions.

10. Modalities ; < heat especially heat of sun ; muggy weather ; must have air ; < spring ; throat symptoms < hot drinks and empty swallowing or liquids < than solids.

Note. The great trio of remedies for women at climaxis : Lachesis, Sepia and Sulphur.

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