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Brought to you by: Author Simon King Lycopodium
Lycopodium is one of the most fundamental remedies
and is classed with Sulphur and Calcarea as part of the triad (Lyc -
Sulph - Calc). The word which Vithoulkas uses to describe the
essence of Lycopodium is "cowardice". The patient often has marked
feelings of inferiority which he constantly tries to overcome. This
liability is faced in different ways.
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Headers 1. - Lycopodium >>>>
<<Inferiority.>> One type of Lycopodium
feels this lack in himself and becomes very shy, introverted, soft
and often becomes rather a loner. This type has many fears and even
phobic states such as agoraphobia or develops anxiety about health,
fear to be alone at night, fears about death and survival. Often,
however, the main fear is of people.
<<Egotism.>> Another type of
Lycopodium takes a sort of counter-phobic response to this inner
lack of confidence. Thus the patient becomes bombastic, egotistical,
bragging, acting extroverted and assertive. Lycopodium is the main
remedy under the rubric, "love of power".
Lycopodium is displayed by lack of discipline. For example,
Lycopodium is the remedy that most craves sweets and eats them to
the extent that it is detrimental to his well-being. The same is
true in the sexual sphere. The Lycopodium patient will often be
promiscuous, making passes at any potentially available woman, even
the receptionist. It is not that the patient has a stronger sex
drive than the average person but rather that he has a superficial
interest which he constantly seeks to satisfy.
Lycopodium patient may fear forming long-term relationships. He
fears the responsibility of commitment. One aspect of this lack of
commitment is a fear of impotence. The patient functions normally
with a new partner but later notices he lacks the original
excitement and finally develops impotence. Meanwhile he can easily
be aroused by other women. Finally he announces to her that he "just
doesn't find her attractive." And he may try to convince himself he
never really loved
V)<<Children>> Both types
l) and ll) described above can be seen in Lycopodium children. Many
of the children are angry, bossy, and rude to parents who are too
"permissive". The parents are often perplexed to find that at school
the child gets good conduct scores because this bullying attitude is
not tolerated. But the more usual Lycopodium child is extremely shy.
He has an inner sense of weakness and in many cases he does in fact
lack the normal child's stamina. Rough physical games are
frightening and exhausting and in no way attractive to him. The
features are usually fine or even delicate. His head may be overly
large for his body. The parents describe the child as being
"cautious" or fearful of rough games, bikes, slides, or swimming. As
the child develops he turns more of his energies to intellectual
pursuits such as reading, hobbies, or computers.
Vl)<<Physical>> On the
physical level, the most affected organ system is the
gastrointestinal tract and the liver. Lycopodium covers a wide
variety of chronic conditions and is also an important remedy for
acute illness. Though often considered an anti-psoric remedy,
Lycopodium covers all miasms. It should also be remembered that as
in all of our polycrests, many cases which need Lycopodium will show
little or none of the personality described above.
Mind. PROBLEMS OF SELF-ESTEEM AND
LOW CONFIDENCE. BULLYING, DOMINEERING, ARROGANT BEHAVIOR TO
FAMILY AND THOSE WITH LESS AUTHORITY, OBSEQUIOUS TO
SUPERIORS. <<Intellectual and withdrawn.
Depression.>> <<Anxiety: about health, about
conflicts, about career.>> WEEPS FROM SENTIMENTAL EVENTS OR
UPON BEING THANKED. <<Reverses letters and words while
reading and speaking.>> STAGE FRIGHT. Fears: Ghosts.
Cancer. Alone, at night. People. Claustrophobia. Commitment and
marriage. Public speaking. Agoraphobia. Averse to company yet
dreads being alone.
General. RIGHT-SIDED PROBLEMS OR
RIGHT GOING TO LEFT. GENERAL AGGRAVATION FROM 4 TO 8 PM OR 3 TO 7
PM. <<General aggravation in morning on
waking.>> <<General amelioration in the evening or at
midnight.>> <<Generally worse from missing a meal or
from fasting.>> <<Generally better open air>>
<<(even though he may be chilly).>> Usually chilly
patients although many are warm-blooded. Appearance: Fine
features, deep furrows at jowls or brow, anxious appearance,
baldness, obese or heavy only in thighs and buttocks.
Acutes. Pharyngitis, often
right-sided or begin on the right side and travel to the left,
better from either warm or cold drinks. Tonsillitis. Pneumonia,
great dyspnea, prostration, frothy sputum, rattling chest uses
accessory muscles, flares nostrils, forehead
furrowed. Cholecystitis. Kidney stone colic, right side, may
note a reddish sand in the urine.
Head. Headache, worse right side,
worse 4 to 8 PM, worse heat of the bed. Cracks in the canthi of
the eyes. Eruptions of the scalp, behind the ears; acne; eczema;
psoriasis. Nasal obstruction, worse at night in bed; snuffles of
newborns. FLARING OF THE ALAE NASI IN ASTHMA OR
PNEUMONIA. Right facial neuralgia. Right-sided otitis
media. DEEP FURROWS OF THE BROW OR JOWLS. GREY HAIR (head or
beard) in streaks or patches, mainly right side.
Throat. Right-sided pharyngitis or
begins on right side and moves to left. Throat pain better warm
drinks, but some cases better cold drinks.
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SWEETS. Alcohol. Warm drinks. Aversion: Oysters. COLD DRINKS or
food. Disordered by oysters, onions, cabbage,
etc. <<Loud rumbling in the abdomen.>> BLOATED AND
DISTENDED ABDOMEN, AMELIORATED BY ERUCTATION AND FLATUS, WORSE
EATING EVEN SMALL AMOUNTS OF FOOD. <<Early
satiety.>> <<Huge appetite; ravenous; appetite
increases while eating.>> WAKES AT NIGHT TO EAT.
BULIMIA. Stomach pains better by rubbing the abdomen. Abdomen
sensitive to the weight of clothing. Stool begins hard or
constipated and then turns soft or liquid. Hepatitis, acute or
chronic cases. Cholecystitis with pains worse from eating and
deep inhalation. Inguinal hernia. <<Heartburn. Sour
eructations>> (Rob, Sulph).
Urinary and Sexual
Organs. Painful urging for
urination. Right-sided kidney stones. Reddish sediment in the
urine. Enuresis. Prostatitis. Prostatic hypertrophy. Right
ovarian cysts or tumors. <<Sexual promiscuity,
adultery.>> Frigidity is also common. <<Premature
ejaculation.>> IMPOTENCE, especially with his
wife. <<Herpes>>, especially right-sided and
extending down thigh.
Chest. Asthma; chronic dry
tickling cough. Pneumonia, especially
right-sided. Palpitations, worse evening in bed, worse
indigestion or over-eating.
Extremities. Back pain better from
urination. Torticollis (Lachn, Caust, Nux-V, Strych,
Rhus-T). Sciatica, worse lying on the side, better
walking. Hip pain, worse first walking but better from
motion. Podagra, especially right-sided. Uncovers the feet in
bed. Eczema. Psoriasis. Warts. Tinea. CRACKS ON HEEL. ONE
HAND OR FOOT MUCH COLDER THAN THE OTHER. <<Feet
Sleep. <<Sleeps only on the
right side.>> <<Waking from hunger>>.
Waking as from a fright. <<Extremely unrefreshed in the
Relationships. Complementary. Puls.
Lach. Nat M. Sulph. Sep. Iod. Chel. Comparisons. Thuj - Low
self-esteem, worse from onions, chilly, eczema, herpes, offensive
feet. Ars - Anxiety, chilly, thirsty in sips, desires warm
drinks, needs some company, right-sided complaints, asthma. Arg-N
- Craves sweets, bloated, eructations, anxious, claustrophobia,
generally better open air. Sulph - Anxious and intellectual,
desires sweets, extroverted and arrogant, worse fasting, offensive
feet, feet uncovered, general worse from fasting, gastrointestinal
complaints. Mag-M - Liver and gastrointestinal problems, worse in
morning, unrefreshed sleep. Med. Carb-V. Graph. Nat-M.
Kingdom:n Plant Latin
Name: Lycopodium clavatum Common Name: Club
Moss Homeopahtic: Lycopodium to Homeopathics Level
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1. Patients intellectually keen but physically
weak ; emaciation upper part of body
; sedentary habit ; mentally absorbed ; complexion often sallow ;
prematurely old in appearance. Children precocious,
. Mental powers failing ; fatigue and
forgetfulness ; uses wrong words, etc. ; hypochondriasis with
irritability ; emotionally sensitive ; lachrymose ; apprehensive of
the future ; lacks
self-confidence yet "gets through" ;
dislikes company yet dreads solitude ; in women dread of
. Chronic gastro-intestinal disorders ; general sourness of alimentary tract ; appetite
good but a few mouthfuls-satiate ; flatulence excessive,
much borborygmus, > dejections ; craves sweets, delicacies ;
dislikes oysters and often meat ; < coffee, wine, smoking, onions
; constipation predominates.
. Uric acid diathesis ;
red sand in urine, child cries before micturition ; or increased
quantity of pale urine
. Dryness of skin (especially, palms)
and mucous membranes ; stoppage of nose with discharge of crusts or
. Fan-like motion of the alae nasi,
of a twitching nature and independent of respiration (in respiratory
. One foot hot (usually the right)
the other cold.
. Irritability after uninterrupted
. Complaints right-sided or travel
from right to left.
. Modalities ; < both extremes of
temperature but especially heat ; heat of exertion ; < 4-8 p.m., sometimes continuing
later (Helleborus niger) ; sleep ; constriction ; in open air especially with
uncovering and gentle motion ; gastro-intestinal symptom >
Note : In deep-seated, progressive, chronic diseases.
Remedy Headers 2. Brought to you by: Author Sava Tang
1. Observe if
you have a tendency to be very fearful of being alone at home. While
you might like to keep to yourself, you prefer to have other people
at home, in a separate room as that gives you a sense of
security. Lycopodium is often recommended for mild states of
2. Notice if you have a somewhat heightened fear of
getting ill to the point of almost being a hypochondriac. You might
actually really fear any kind of pain of any sort, even minor pain
of being sick. When you do become ill, your gastrointestinal
tract is where you manifest your symptoms.
if you also fear confrontation of any kind. You might be given a
routine evaluation at work, for instance, but it creates such
anxiety for you that you find yourself imagining the worst possible
outcome, even to an unrealistic scenario of being fired for a minor
4. Evaluate your self-esteem. Those who benefit from
Lycopodium may present a very strong faade of confidence and
tolerance. As they do not allow themselves to express their full
range of emotions, they may actually feel very insecure and have an
explosive temper privately.
5. Notice if your physical
complaints tend to be on the right side of your body. You may not be
sleeping well and when you wake in the morning, you do not feel
well-rested. If these symptoms describe how you feel, you might