Lycopodium Clavatum

Lycopodium Clavatum


Lycopodium is the Club Moss or ground pine.

We prepare Lycopodium to use as a medicine triturating spores severely for hours, first dry, then with alcohol enough to make a thick paste, then sufficient alcohol is added to make five parts, by weight, to each part of Lycopodium. Stand in well stoppered bottle eight days in dark, cool place. Decant, strain and filter. Drug power, 1/10. The tincture is straw colored.

Lycopodium is especially adapted to ailments gradually developing ; functional power weakened with failure of the digestive power ; and where the function of the liver is seriously disturbed. Urinary disturbances are marked.

General characteristics of Lycopodium are  < 4 to 8 P. M. , great aggravation from cold, complaints go from right to left, offensiveness of discharges, and heavy, red sediment in urine.

Mind: In Lycopodium there is weakness and relaxation, a tired mind ; patients are afraid to be left alone ; imperious and domineering or sad and melancholic ; weak memory, makes mistakes in speech.

Nose: In Lycopodium nose is stuffed up ; cannot breathe through it night or day ; discharge of yellowish-green matter from the nose ; fan-like motions of the alæ nasi.

Throat: Enlarged tonsils, which are studded with small ulcers.
It holds the same relation to the right side of the throat that Lachesis does to the left ; diphtheritic deposits on the right side of the throat ; tonsils and tongue are both swollen.

Digestive symptoms: In Lycopodium patient goes to meals with a vigorous appetite ; but a few mouthfuls fill him up full. Very sleepy after eating, great accumulation of flatulence in the intestines, which presses up and causes difficulty in breathing. Ravenous hunger, which, if not satisfied, causes a headache ; there is sour taste, sour belching and sometimes sour vomiting ; pit of stomach swollen, sensitive, and intolerant to tight clothing, belching of gas does not relieve ; desire for sweets.

Stools of Lycopodium: In Lycopodium there is constipation with ineffectual urging and a sensation as if something remained behind, due to constriction of rectum and anus. Bleeding piles.

Urinary symptoms of Lycopodium: In Lycopodium the urine is turbid, bad smelling and deposits a red sand ; child cries before passing water on account of lithic acid in the urine, the diaper is stained yellow.

In Lycopodium there is impotence, with cold relaxed sexual organs, and diminished sexual power.

Respiratory symptoms of Lycopodium: In Lycopodium there is rattling cough and dyspnœa ; accumulation of mucus in the chest. Pneumonia, with fan-like motion of the alæ nasi ; one foot warm and the other cold ; expectoration thick and yellow, and cough worse from 4 to 8 P. M.

Lycopodium in the back: Burning as of hot coals between the scapulæ.

Lycopodium in impending paralysis of the brain: The patient is in stupor, has fishy eyes, the lower jaw is dropped, the breathing is snorting (an act of forcible exhalation) and rattling, pulse intermittent, tongue swollen, patient cannot protrude it or it rolls from side to side and is dry.

It is frequently useful in dropsies of the pericardium, pleura and abdomen.

In general it is a remedy for conditions of malnutrition, and is more frequently useful for persons who are emaciated than for those who are well nourished.

It is very valuable for children who look wrinkled and prematurely old.

General relief in open air.

A remedy of great value in mental torpor, especially valuable for old people, for forgetfulness of words and syllables, and confusion of ideas generally.

Lack of mental steadiness; want of self-confidence.

Great mental and nervous weakness, with physical relaxation.


Hypocondriasis, often misanthropic and irritable.

Very easily frightened and startled.

It has been used in tubercular meningitis, sleep with half-open eyes and moaning.

Chronic hydrocephalus, with screaming out in sleep, but without general Apis symptoms.

Polypus in external canthus.


Catarrhal conjunctivitis.

Purulent ophthalmia, with associated inflammation of the cornea in the chronic stage.

Many cases of hemeralopia dependent upon chronic degenerative changes in the retina.

Cataract has been arrested.


Numerous cases of chronic deafness, with and without otorrhoea, especially after scarlet fever.


Eczema of external ear, especially behind ear (compare Graph.).

Influenza, with stoppage of the nose, sometimes excoriating.

Stoppage of the nose, when Lyc. symptoms are associated with a feeling of dryness posteriorly or with scanty excoriating discharge anteriorly, it is not only valuable in chronic catarrhs, but is too frequently overlooked in acute coryzas.

Stoppage of nose in diphtheria.

Polypus of nose.

Fanlike motion of wings of nose in pneumonia.

Tonsillitis, especially on r. side; tonsillitis assuming a diphtheritic character, beginning on r. side, patients worse about 4 P.M., especially with fanlike motion of wings of nose and stoppage of nostrils.

Diphtheria of r. side, with stoppage of nose, albuminuria, oedema of face, hands and feet (following scarlet fever).

Canine hunger, but the attempt to eat is followed by flatulent distention and inability to take more food, or sometimes the flatulent distention immediately takes away the appetite; or sometimes a feeling of constant satiety, he feels too full before he has eaten anything, and cannot eat.

Acid dyspepsia (Mag.c.), the region of the stomach becomes distended and extremely sensitive to touch.


Chronic dyspepsia, solid food causes excruciating pain and sometimes vomiting.

Atonic dyspepsia, with bloating.

Chronic gastritis, with burning pain and waterbrash.

Scirrhous indurations of pyloric orifice of the stomach, with vomiting of blood, burning and extreme flatulence.

Palliative in cirrhosis of liver.

Abdominal flatulence, with much rumbling and gurgling, and pains of various sorts.

Chronic inflammation of the liver, with enlargement, heaviness and pain.

It has proved palliative in strangulated hernia, with great distention and retching.

Gall-stone colic.

Abdominal dropsy from chronic hepatic disease.

Brown spots, particularly on abdomen.

Haemorrhoids which become very painful when sitting, with distention of abdomen and mental depression.

Haemorrhoids which frequently bleed, even when the patient is not constipated.

Rectal fistula is occasionally cured.

It is occasionaly indicated in diarrhoea, but usually there are obstinate constipation, hard stools and spasmodic constriction of anus; the attempt to evacuate the bowels causes severe pain in anus; anus and rectum seem constricted (Sil.).

Chronic cystitis, with a milky deposit of bad odor.

Tendency to formation of calculus in bladder.

Dysuria in children, especially with scanty deposit.

Haematuria, caused by gravel.

Retention of urine (Nux v.).

Renal colic of r. side.

Uric acid diathesis, if there are deposits of red sand.

Chronic inflammation of the prostate, with more or less inflammation of the bladder.

It is frequently indicated in chronic Bright's disease, with oedematous extremities and the gastric derangements characteristic of the drug.

Impotency in men.

Sexual exhaustion and loss of appetite, especially after chronic gonorrhoea or cystitis.

Inflamed ovaries.

Chronic inflammation of uterus, with discharge of gas from vagina.

Palliative in cancer of uterus.

Leucorrhoea, especially with burning in vagina.

Chronic vaginal catarrh, with dryness and burning.

Varicose veins of pudenda.

Occasionaly indicated in fibroid tumors of the uterus.

Occasionally useful,in suppression of menses, with great flatulence and other symptoms.

Dysmenorrhoea, with bloating, constipation, low spirits, etc.

Chronic bronchial catarrh, especially in old people, dyspnoea.

Chronic bronchial catarrh, cough < after 4 P.M.

Cough, with free expectoration.

Subacute pneumonia, with great difficulty in breathing, and fanlike motion of wings of nose, patient < when lying on back.

Hard, dry cough, day and night, with emaciation.

Cough rather worse when going down hill than up.

Many cases of phthisis pulmonaris, characterized by the persistent abdominal symptoms.

Carotid aneurism is reported to have been cured (Bar.c.).

In lumbago it is especially useful after Bry.

A valuable remedy in chronic rheumatism, always worse till evening and in warmth, pains < r. side.

Chronic gout, with chalky deposits in joints.

Chronic rheumatism of hands; hands and fingers swollen and stiff, etc.

Eczema; herpes; psoriasis; naevus (compare Fl. ac.); lupus; phagedenic ulcers; impetigo.

Varicose veins and ulcers, with oedema; carbuncles; intertrigo.

Chronic malarial fever, paroxysms recurring at 4 P.M., there is general nervous irritability, with thirst, red sand in the urine, enlargement of spleen, sour vomiting, teasing cough, the chill often beginning in the back.

Suppurating fever.

Occasionally indicated in typhoid fever, with distention of abdomen, red sand in the urine, great mental depression, lower jaw hanging down, etc.

Lycopodium is useful in :

Abdomen, distended. Abortion. Albuminuria. Aneurism. Angina pectoris. Aphasia. Asthma. Axilla, offensive perspiration of. Biliousness. Borborygmi. Bright's disease. Cancer. Cataract. Constipation. Consumption. Corns. Cough. Cramps. Cystitis. Debility. Diphtheria. Distension. Dropsies. Dysentery. Dysmenorrhœa. Dyspepsia. Ear, eczema behind. Eczema. Ephelis. Epistaxis. Epithelioma. Excoriation. Eye, inflammation of; polypus of canthus. Face, eruption on. Feet, perspiring. Fibroma. Flatulence. Gall-stone colic. Glands, swelling of. Goître. Gout. Gravel. Hæmaturia. Hæmorrhoids. Hair, falling out. Hands, chapped. Heartburn. Heart, diseases of. Hemiopia. Hernia. Hydropericardium. Hypochondriasis. Hysteria. Impotence. Influenza. Intermittents. Intertrigo. Irritation. Labour-pains, abnormal. Lip, cancer of. Liver, derangement of. Liver-spots. Locomotor ataxy. Lungs, affections of. Menstruation, disorders of. Metrorrhagia. Nævus. Nymphomania. Otorrhœa. Panaritium. Paralysis. Paralysis agitans. Peritonitis. Phlegmasia dolens. Physometra. Plica polonica. Pneumonia. Polypus, of eye; of ear; of nose. Proctalgia. Prostatitis. Pylorus, affections of. Quinsy. Renal colic. Rheumatism. Rhagades. Sciatica. Sleep, abnormal. Speech, disordered; stammering. Strains. Sunstroke. Taste, abnormal. Throat, sore. Tongue, coated; cramp in. Typhoid fever. Urine, abnormal. Varicosis. Warts. Water-brash. Whooping-cough. Worms. Yawning.

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