Lycopodium

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Lycopodium signs and symptoms of the homeopathy medicine from the Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by J.H. Clarke. Find out for which conditions and symptoms Lycopodium is used

      Lycopodium clavatum. Mucus terrestris repens. Pes ursinus. Club moss. Wolf’s-claw. (Hilly pastures and heaths in Central and Northern Europe, Russian Asia, and North America. Common in Great Britain, especially the North.) *N. O. Lycopodiacee. Trituration of spores. Tincture of spores. Tincture of fresh plant. Ethereal tincture of spores (ether dissolves the spore cases).

Clinical

*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. Dysmenorrhea. *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. Goitre. *Gout. *Gravel. Hematuria. Haemorrhoids. 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. *Naevus. Nymphomania. Otorrhea. 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.

Characteristics

*Lycopodium is one of the pivotal remedies of the materia medica, and an intimate acquaintance with its properties and relations is essential to a proper understanding of the materia medica as a whole. The spores from which the attenuations are made have been called “vegetable sulphur” (probably on account of their use for producing stage-lightning at theatres), and *Lycopodium ranks with *Sulphur and *Calcarea in the central trio around which all the rest of the materia medica can be grouped. The *Lycopodium stand between the mosses and the ferns, and in past eras occupied a most important place in the world’s vegetation as fossils show. In the old school the function of *Lycopodium has dwindled into its use as an “inert” coating for pills and an “inert” powder dusting on excoriated surfaces. Earlier practitioners did not consider it as by any means inert. Teste mentions that it is recorded of a decoction of the plant that it has caused vomiting. The use of the powder in intertrigo was not regarded as a physical one but as medicinal. It was praised by Wedel, Lantilius, Gesner, and others in (1) cardialgia and flatulent colic of children and young girls, (2) diseases of children, (3) nephritic colic and calculi. Which is about as much

as some homoeopathists know about it at the present day. But Merat and de Lens speak of its internal use in: Rheumatism, retention of urine, nephritis, epilepsy, and pulmonary diseases. In Poland it is used for powdering the hair in “plica polonica,” a decoction being used internally and also externally at the same time. The comparative fruitfulness of the two schools of medicine may be accurately measured in the history of this drug: in the old school it has dwindled into an “inert” power, in homoeopathy, by means of the scientific methods of developing and investigating drug action it possessed, all the old virtues of *Lycopodium have been confirmed and precisionised, and a new world of medicinal action added to them. Teste puts *Lycopodium at the head of a group containing *Natrum mur., *Viol. *tric., and *Ant-c. Among the common characters he attributed to them are: Primary action on digestive organs and adjoining glands, on liver and larger intestines rather than stomach. Aversion to bread and worse from eating bread and foods made of fermented and fermentable dough. Frequent and painful eructations. Sour eructations, vomiting, distension, alternate diarrhoea and constipation. Pale, whitish, cloudy mucous urine, often fetid. Premature and profuse menses. Peevishness. Rush of blood to head. Falling of hair, with crusty scalp eruption. Inflammation of eyes and lids. Deficiency of vital heat. Contraction of tendons, especially hamstrings. These are general features common to the group. *Lycopodium acts profoundly on the entire organism, on solids and fluids. It causes paralysis and paralytic weakness of limbs, of brain, suppurative conditions, even gangrene. It is *particularly suited to: Persons of keen intellect, but feebler muscular development, upper part of body wasted, lower semi-dropsical, lean and predisposed to lung and hepatic conditions, herpetic and scrofulous constitutions, hypochondriacs subject to skin diseases, lithic acid diathesis, much red sediment in urine, urine itself transparent, sallow people with cold extremities, haughty disposition, when sick, mistrustful, low of comprehension, weak memory, weak children with well-developed heads but puny, sickly bodies, irritable, nervous, and unmanageable when sick, after sleep cross, pushing every one away angrily, old women and children. In my experience it has been more indicated in persons of dry temperament and dark complexion: but this is not by any means exclusive. Undernourished states suggest it. But it is impossible to get the best therapeutic results for this great remedy without an intimate knowledge of certain leading characteristics. *Lycopodium will cure any case in which the totality of symptoms correspond with symptoms of the remedy, but it will be found that in a large proportion of cases in which this is the case, there will be present some symptoms which are peculiarly characteristic of the remedy, constituting what are called keynotes. Practice on keynote symptoms alone is an absurdity, but the right use of keynote symptoms is an immense saving of labour. The *Lycopodium keynotes are very pronounced, and though I cannot say that one is more important than another, I give them in this order. (1) worse From 4 to 8 p.m. (In one case cured by *Lycopodium it was: “Bad from 4 to 6, better at 8, gone at 9.”) In any case, when the symptoms are worse from 4 to 8 p.m., the chances are very great that the rest of the case will correspond to *Lycopodium, no matter what the disease may be. The times may be not accurately at these hours, and still *Lycopodium may be the remedy worse At 4 p.m. or from 4 to 6, and the condition may continue into the night without the 8 p.m. alleviation. But the grand characteristic is 4 to 8. (2) The second keynote is in *direction, right to left. Any affection commencing on the right side and spreading to the left is likely to require *Lycopodium, whether it be headache, sore throat, chest affection, abdominal affection, pains in ovaries. If the affection begin on the right side and spreads to the left *Lycopodium must be studied. Cutting pains shooting from right to left in any part indicate *Lycopodium In this it is complementary to *Lachesis, which has just as characteristically the opposite direction. *Lycopodium is a right-side medicine, but right-sidedness is not so characteristic as the direction right to left. These two features are perhaps the most valuable keynotes in the materia medica. After them in importance, and scarcely less important, come other. (3) better From uncovering. This is general, but it applies to sufferings in the head more particularly. If a patient complains of headache, no matter of what kind, and if the headache is distinctly better by taking off the hat or other covering, *Lycopodium will probably be the remedy. This is the great dividing line between this remedy and *Silicea, another great headache medicine: in *Silicea cases the patient must warp up the head. better From loosening the garments is in the same category. (4) The next characteristic is somewhat of an opposite kind: better From warm drinks, worse from cold food and drink. This does not refer to gastric complaints alone, but to headache, sore throat, and any other condition. (5) Fan- like movement of alae nasi occurring in cerebral, pulmonary, and abdominal complaints. The movements are usually rapid, never slow, and are not synchronous with the breathing. In the same order with this are spasmodic movements of facial muscles: angles of mouth alternately drawn up and relaxed, and spasmodic movements of tongue, it cannot be protruded, rolls from side to side like a pendulum. One prover had a kind of cramp in the tongue when speaking, cutting off the end of every sentence. Nodding and side to side movement of the head. Loosvelt (*H. W., xiv 396) has found that “half-open condition of the eyes during sleep” is a strong indication for *Lycopodium, and has led him to make cures in cases of bronchitis, pneumonia, and typhoid when other remedies have failed. The “fan-like movement” of the alae nasi led Halbert to the cure of a case of nervous asthma (*H. W., xxxiii. 545): Mrs. S., 28, had periodic attacks of spasmodic asthma, always ushered in by unusual excitement and attended by peculiar mental depression. The attack for which Halbert saw her was induced by a violent fit of anger, and persisted longer than usual. Extreme despondency and melancholy, would have nothing to do with her friends. Fan-like motion of alae nasi. Constriction of throat, like globus, but always induced by regurgitation of food. Excessive appetite easily satisfied. Fullness of abdomen with flatulence. Constipation, dry, hard stools. dyspnoea. Slight cough with chest constriction, better in open air. All symptoms worse 4 to 8 p.m. *Lycopodium 6x trit. cured. (6) Suddenness, sudden flashes of heat, lightning-like pains, sudden satiety. Pains and symptoms come and go suddenly, as with *Belladonna (7) Sensation as if a hand were in the body clutching the entrails (also as with *Belladonna). (8) Restlessness better by motion. (9) Right foot hot, left foot cold. (10) Burning pains better by heat, burning like hot coals between scapula. Burning stinging in breasts. (11) Dryness of parts: of mucous membranes, of vagina, of skin, especially palms. Prominent among mental symptoms is. *Fear: of being alone, of men, of his own shadow. *Apprehensiveness: susceptible to natural causes of fear which make a profound impression on bodily organs, as the liver, mental states resulting from fear. Profound sadness and inclination to weep. Peevish. Forgetful. Avaricious. Imperiousness. *Lycopodium is a remedy for misers. The headaches are in great variety, but the modalities will generally decide: worse 4 to 8 p.m., from eating, from warmth of bed, from becoming heated during a walk, from heat in general, from mental exertion, better in open air, in cool place, by uncovering. Hair falls out. Ophthalmia: conjunctiva looks like red flesh. *Lycopodium has cured desperate cases of facial neuralgia with the general characteristics of the drug. The facial appearance is pale and yellow, deeply furrowed, looks elongated. Sordes in teeth. *Lycopodium is in the front rank among flatulent remedies. Incarcerated flatulence, more in intestines than stomach, painful with better by eructations. There is the sinking sensation at epigastrium, and it is worse in the night, waking up the patient, or worse in afternoon. This sensation becomes translated into canine hunger, but as soon as a morsel of food is swallowed there is distension and fullness to the throat, preventing him eating any more. Sour stomach, sour taste, sour vomiting. Thirst for little and often, but drinking cold water causes nausea. Great weakness with the vomiting. Cord-like tension across hypochondria. Flatulence incarcerated, pressing outward, sensation as if something moving up and down in bowels. Great sensitiveness in liver region. (This sensitiveness is a characteristic of *Lycopodium, as it is of its complementary remedies, *Lachesis, Kali-i., and *Iodium It has led me to cure many cases of sciatica having this characteristic: cannot bear to lie on painful side it is so sensitive. Especially in case of right-side sciatica of this description. Gums, epigastrium, abdomen, right side of chest, eruption round anus, all soft parts are sensitive. Touch and pressure worse all these, only better tearing in head.) The flatulence presses on rectum and bladder. There is out-pushing also in right inguinal ring, and *Lycopodium has cured many cases of right inguinal hernia, especially in children. *Lycopodium is one of the great remedies for constipation where purgatives have been abused. Spasmodic constriction of rectum. Constipation of infants. The urinary symptoms present no less important characteristics than the gastric. *Rental colic, with stinging, tearing, digging pain in right ureter to bladder, as if some small calculus was tearing its way to bladder. Aching in back before micturition. Child cries before micturating, red sand is found on diaper. Aching in kidneys worse before better after urinating. The catamenia are too early and too profuse. Extreme sadness and irritability before, ceasing with the flow. Cutting pain right to left. Left leg colder than right. Borborygmi under left ribs in front. Ill- humor. Bearing-down pains and headache. Intolerance of tight clothing. Sensation as if a hand were in body clutching the entrails. Though a right-side remedy, it must not be supposed that *Lycopodium is exclusively so. It has cured left ovarian pain, dull aching, worse on raising the limb or turning in bed. It is of great service in pregnancy (nausea, varices, excessive fetal movements), and in labour (unsatisfactory pains). The “burning” of *Lycopodium is exemplified in the cure of a case of puerperal fever having these symptoms: Feels as though hot balls dropped from each breast through to back, rolling down back, along each leg, and dropping off heels, this alternated with sensation as it balls of ice followed same course. Phlegmasia dolens. *Lycopodium has a very large range in respiratory affections. Salt sputa, milky, greenish yellow, thick yellow mucopus. Dry burning catarrh of nose, larynx, throat, chest. A very characteristic cough of *Lycopodium, which I have verified, is this: “Dry teasing cough in emaciated boys. The cough of *Lycopodium is provoked by: Irritation from deep breathing, stretching out throat, and by empty swallowing. A patient of mine to whom I gave *Lycopodium 30 developed this symptom: “Pain under sternum as if food lodged there and she could not breathe through it.” Cough worse on waking. All the blood-vessels from the heart to the capillaries are affected by *Lycopodium It has cured both naevus and aneurism, and relieved many conditions of disordered heart. It is also one of the most important remedies in varicosis. Excessive sensitiveness is a note of *Lycopodium: Cannot bear any strong smells. Cannot endure noise. Sensitiveness to sound has a curious development in this symptom: In the evening she continues to hear the music she has heard during the day. “Heaviness of the arm” is a special feature among the general paralysing effects of *Lycopodium Skinner cured with *Lycopodium c.m. this case: A lady had burning in right arm with paralysis, preventing her grasping anything with the right hand. Had had much worry. Irritability before menstrual period, better by the flow. Worse From 6 to 7 p.m. With the burning was a sharp pain shooting up the arm, but it was not the pain which caused the paresis. Nash mentions that the sphere of *Lycopodium in impotence is considerable. It covers the case of old men who marry again and find themselves impotent, and the case of young men who have become impotent from masturbation or sexual excess. The desire is strong but the power is absent, penis small, cold, relaxed. ***P.C. Majumdar records (*Ind. Hom. Rev., x. r) the case of a boy, 14, who had general dropsy and anasarca consequent on the subsidence of an enlarged spleen under allopathic medication. There was afternoon fever ( worse 4 to 8 p.m.), slight chilliness, but no thirst, difficult breathing on lying down, urine scanty and high colored, bowels constipated, heart’s action weak but regular. *Apis caused the urine to be more free, but a troublesome diarrhoea set in. *Apocy. 6x removed the diarrhoea, but had no effect on the dropsy. *Lycopodium 30 was now given purely on the symptoms, and quickly cleared up the case. ***S. A. Jones (*Amer. Hom., xx. 283) calls attention to the irritability of *Lycopodium, and instances the cure of a boy of typhoid with excessive tympanites when the case seemed almost hopeless, the guiding symptoms being: “When awake exceedingly cross, irritable, scolding, screaming, behaving disagreeably,” which was quite different from his usual nature. *Lycopodium 30 was given. The same writer (*H. R., xi. 351) relates an involuntary proving of *Lycopodium from inhalation of the fumes in the course of chemical experiment, *Lycopodium powder being added to a boiling mass. The writer (apparently a medical man) had at times while engaged in the experiments: Frightful headaches (occiput, vertex, and through right eye), always better by *Mag-phos. In addition he discovered 12.5 per cent. of albumen in his urine, which had been tested a short time previously and found normal. Other characteristic symptoms of *Lycopodium were present, and all disappeared, including albuminuria, when the experiments were abandoned. ***H. Goullon (*H. R., vi. 155) cured this case of cystitis: A man, 55, subject to attacks of enteralgia, was seized two days after such an attack with a severe cystitis, with fever and palpitation of the heart. The calls to micturate were increased, and he could hardly reach the vessel quick enough to prevent premature escape of the urine, so severe and sudden was the urging. During and sometimes after the passage there was intense burning pain, “as if molten lead were flowing through the urethra.” During the height of the pain he grasped the penis to obtain relief. The urine, which was discharged in very scanty quantities, looked turbid, almost loamy, had a dirty brownish-red color, and a peculiar odor of malt. *Lycopodium 12 was given, six drops in half a wine glassful of water: a teaspoonful every three hours. Cured in twenty-four hours. ***J. E. Winans (*Medorrhinum Adv., xix. 499) points out the appropriateness of *Lycopodium to the effects of chewing tobacco. Allen records under *Tabac. this symptom: Convulsions, head firmly drawn back, with rigidity of muscles of back of neck, *constantly recurring rigid tetanic spasms, muscles of back being principally affected, till death a week after he chewed the tobacco.” Winans had a very similar case from the same cause _ clonic, opisthotonic spasms as of cerebrospinal meningitis _ which he cured with *Lycopodium CM. and m.m given after each tetanic seizure. Other *Lycopodium symptoms verified by him are: “Forehead *cold, but *becomes warm if lightly covered” (*Silicea), and, in pernicious intermittents “a long-lasting chill coming on 9 a.m., and generally passing off *without subsequent heat or sweat.” Drysdale has recorded (*B. F. H., xlii. 203) the cure of a young woman whose hands were covered with warts. One 2 gr. tablet of *Lycopodium 6 trituration was given at bedtime. The warts soon began to shrivel, and in less than six weeks were all gone. The sphere of *Lycopodium in metrorrhagia is illustrated by a case of Waszily’s (quoted *H. W., xxviii. 320): Mrs. O., 44, menses after being absent eight months has come on and lasted fourteen days. She felt particularly well, and had walked out, when a violent flooding came on, and she had to be taken home in a carriage and put to bed. Dark blood with large clots flowed from her, worse every movement, no pain. Previous day had much flatulent distress. *Lycopodium 30, two globules on the tongue. After that one large clot passed and nothing more. Rapid recovery followed. Among the *peculiar sensations of *Lycopodium are: As if everything was turning round. As if temples being screwed together. As if brain vacillating to and fro. As if head would burst. As if head opened. Pain in head as if caused by wrong position. As if eyes too large. As if hot blood rushed into ears. As if sulphur vapor in throat. Front teeth as if too long. Vesicles on tip of tongue as if scalded and raw. As if a ball rose up in throat. As if hard body lodged in back of throat. As if everything eaten was rising up. As if esophagus was being clutched and twisted. As if steam rising from stomach to head. As if something were moving up and down in stomach. As if suspensory ligament of liver would tear. As if stomach would fall down. As if drops of water were falling down. As if heart hung by a thread. As if gimlets were running into spine. As if dogs with sharp teeth were gnawing her. Tension as from a cord in diaphragm. As if chest constricted with tight waistcoat. (Cramps in chest accompanying stomach affections is a strong indication for *Lycopodium) Burning as of hot coals between scapula. As if hot balls dropped from each breast through to back, rolling down back, along each leg and dropping off heels, alternating with balls of ice. As if water spurted on back. As if lying on ice. The symptoms are worse by touch, pressure, weight of clothing. Riding in carriage causes nausea. Worse Morning on waking, worse afternoon, 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 4 to 6 p.m., 4 to 8 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., worse evening before midnight. Worse After eating, even if ever so little. Worse Wrapping up head, even wearing hat or bonnet. Worse In warm room. Worse Getting warm by exercise. Warmth of bed worse headache and irritation of skin, but better toothache, rheumatism, and other symptoms. Great desire for open air. Better In open air, by uncovering. Must be fanned, especially wants to be fanned on the back (burning between shoulders). better By warm, worse by cold food and drink. Worse By wet weather, by stormy weather, especially by wind. Worse From moistening diseased parts. Rest worse, motion better. Lying down better headache, pain in epigastrium. Lying on back better cough. Worse Lying on right side in liver affection. Worse Lying on painful side (sciatica). worse Lying on left side. Worse By rising from a seat, better after. Worse From lamplight; from looking fixedly at any point. Worse From eating cabbage, vegetables, beans and peas, with husks, bread, especially rye bread and pastry. Worse From wine. Worse From milk. Worse Before menstruation. Worse From suppressed menstruation. (*Lycopodium is very prone to cause aggravations, especially when highly attenuated, and hence it is necessary to give it with caution. Unless the indications are quite clear it is better to start a case on an allied remedy. I gave Miss E. *Lycopodium 30 for constipation. Soon after taking it she had pains in upper abdomen in all directions, urging to stool without ability to pass it, much flatus which could neither be got up nor down. *Lycopodium 1M. was now given, a few globules dissolved in water, a teaspoonful at bedtime. All symptoms vanished. On rising a second teaspoonful was taken, and after this the bowels were well relieved. On another occasion she took *Lycopodium 1M. in the evening, and immediately felt her throat tight and uncomfortable, but this passed off and she went to bed. At 5 a.m. she woke with choking, had the greatest difficulty in getting her breath. She managed to reach a bottle of *Belladonna 3, and a dose of this relieved her at once. A patient for whom *Lycopodium 5 had, to her great delight reduced the gouty swellings about her finger-joints, till she could get rings on she had not been able to wear for years, was obliged to discontinue it on account of the distressing headaches it caused. ***MR. W. had every Sunday afternoon attacks of pain like biliary colic. They came on at 5 p.m. and lasted till I a.m. The pain started from right of gall bladder, travelled to middle line, and then passed downwards. In the attack he was cold and yet sweated. Bowels constipated. *Lycopodium 1M., one dose every alternate day. A powder of the same was given to be dissolved in water, of which a teaspoonful was to be taken every twenty minutes in the vent of an attack. During the week he felt better, but on the next Sunday he had the worst attack he had ever had, and the *Lycopodium given to be taken frequently did not relieve at all. *Nux 30 was next given night and morning. The next Sunday was passed without any pain, and he felt much better generally. Cases of this kind could be multiplied indefinitely, and I have known some very good prescribers almost abandon this remedy on account of unexpected aggravations.).

Relations

*Antidoted by: Aco., Camph., Causticum, Chamomilla, Coffea, Graphites, Nux- v., Pulsatilla, Coffee. It *antidotes: Chi. (yellow face, liver and spleen swollen, flatulence, tension under short ribs worse right side, pressure in stomach and constipation), Mercurius, Chlorine (effects of the fumes when they cause impotence). *Compatible: Belladonna, Bryonia, Carb-v. (a dose of Carb-v. every eighth day facilitates action of Lycopodium), Calcarea (predisposition to constipation, hard stools evacuated with difficulty, or urging ineffective), Graphites, Hyo., Lachesis, Ledum, Pho., Pulsatilla, Sepia, Silicea, Stramonium, Sul., Verbascum *Follows well: Sul., Calcarea, Lachesis Is *followed well by: Graphites, Lachesis, Ledum, Pho., Silicea *Incompatible: Coffee. *Complementary: Iodium, Chelidonium (K-i., Lachesis, Ignatia, Pulsatilla), Ipecac. in capillary bronchitis, worse right side, sputa yellow and thick. “Unless undoubtedly indicated the treatment of chronic diseased should not be commenced with Lycopodium, it is best to give first another antipsoric remedy.” *Compare: Desires fresh air, desire to be uncovered, Sul., Pul. Terrible sadness during menses, Nat- m., nitricum acidum, Sepia Action on veins, Pulsatilla, Sepia Thirst for little and often, Arsenicum (wants it cold and vomits it immediately), Ant-t. Sinking at epigastrium worse at night preventing sleep, Ignatia, (Sul. Nausea fasting, Pul., Calcarea, Silicea Moth spots or liver spots, Thuja Canine hunger, especially at night, Ignatia, Chi. Hungry but cannot get food down, Silicea Worse Every other day, Chi. Fan-like motion of alae nasi, Chlorof. (slow), Gadus and Kreosotum (rapid). Apprehension of losing senses, Calcarea, Nux-v., Sul. Acquisitiveness, Arsenicum, Pul. Fear of being alone, Kali-ca., Lilium (Arsenicum, Bism., fear and forgetfulness when alone, Pho., fears something is going to happen when alone in room, especially at night, Arg-n., fears to remain alone lest he should harm himself, anxiety compels moving about, fears to go on a lofty place lest he should throw himself down _ Anacardium also). Fear of darkness, Calcarea, Stramonium Imperiousness, Platina (haughtiness). Cursing, Anacardium, Iodium, Jug-r. Nervous before undertaking anything, Arsenicum, Arg-n. Shaking head, Ant-t., Arsenicum, Aurum sul., Cannabis indica, Eupion., Nux moschata, Sepia, Tarent. Head drawn to one side, Camph., spasmodically to right side in diphtheria, Lachn. Burning pains better by heat, Arsenicum, Caps., Alumina. Bloody sweat, Calcarea, Lachesis, Lycopodium, Nux moschata, Nux-v., Arnica Hoarseness 4 to 6 or 8 p.m., hell. (Coloc. and Pul. at 4 p.m., Colocynthis, and Mag-p. 4 to 9 p.m., Carb-v. 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.) Constipation when from home (when on journey, Platina). laughs at serious things, Pho., Anacardium, Natrum mur., Platina Laughs and cries alternately, Aurum, Pul., lam Stramonium, Bovista, Caps., Graphites, Pho., Sepia, Sul., Verbascum Globus hystericus, Ignatia, Lachesis, Pul. worse Ascending, Arsenicum, Sul. Restlessness better by motion, Rhus (Rhus generally in recent Lycopodium in old cases), Pulsatilla better slow motion. Emaciation from above down, Natrum mur. Burning as if hot coals between scapula, lo. (burning as if hot water whole length of spine), Pho. Head symptoms better cold, Arsenicum (Arsenicum has general better by warmth, Lycopodium worse by warmth). Flashes of heat, Lachesis, Sepia, Sul. Feet cold and damp to knees, Calcarea Sore throat right to left (Lachesis left to right), less sensitive than it looks (Lachesis more), worse cold drink (Lachesis Better ), Inguinal hernia, Nux (Nux more left, Lycopodium more right). Piles, Aesculus, Nux-v., Causticum, Alo., Sul. Child screams before passing urine, just as it begins to pass better by flow, red sand (Sarsa. cries before and during flow, grey sand). Sufferings of widowers from unsatisfied desire, etc., Conium, Pic-ac., Platina, Calcarea Physometra, Br., Lac caninum, Nux-v., Sanguinaria Burning in vagina during coitus, Kre., Sul. Dryness of vagina with painful coitus, Bel., Ferrum, Natrum mur., Sepia Burning and stinging in breasts, Apis, Carb. a., Pho., Lauro. Milk in breasts when it should not be there, Cyclamen, Pul., Pho., (unhealthy milk, Chamomilla, Phytolacca, Acet-ac., Calcarea, Lachesis, Pul.) better Fanning (Carb-v. and Sul. in collapse, Lycopodium wants the back fanned). Acid dyspepsia, Mag-c., Robin. Better By warm drink and food (Pul. and Phosphorus better by cold food). Catarrh of chest after badly treated pneumonia, Sul. Chest rattling, full of mucus, Ant- t. Child sleeps with eyes half-open, Sul. Black boils, Lachesis Distress in stomach immediately after eating (Nux some time after). In labour and threatened miscarriage, pains fly from right to left (Actea r. from side to side, Ip. from left to right with nausea). Ordinary amount of food causes full sensation, Arsenicum Diphtheria, nose obstructed, excoriating discharge, patient picks and bores nose, Ar. t. (but Lycopodium has right to left, worse after sleep, even a short nap, irritable and peevish, urine stains red). Large tonsils studded with small indurated ulcers, Barayta carbonica Aneurism, Barayta carbonica, Carb. an., K-i. Naevus, Fl-ac., Arnica, Thuja, Vacc. Tympanites, Carb-v. (Carb-v. rancid belching, Lycopodium sour). Fan-like motion of alae nasi, one foot hot, one cold, Chelidonium (Lycopodium and Chelidonium are much alike and complementary, Lycopodium favors dark, Chelidonium fair people, Lycopodium pains more dull, Chelidonium lancinating, Lycopodium rumbling of flatus in left hypochondrium, sour taste, Chelidonium bitter). Distension after eating with great accumulation of flatus, Graphites (Graphites has rancid or putrid eructation, Lycopodium has not, Lycopodium has constriction, Graphites none). Intermittent fever, syphilis, ulcers, flatulent dyspepsia, worse after sleep, Lachesis Ulcers on instep (Nat-c. ulcers on heel). Half sight, Natrum mur., titan., Aurum, Lithium carb. Dyspepsia with thick urine, Sepia (Lycopodium repletion after eating, Sepia emptiness of epigastrium), ball in anus, Sepia Yellow-brown spots, Sepia, Nux-v., Curar., Sul. Cough excited by talking, Silicea Impotence, Tabacum (Lycopodium cured impotence caused by indulgence in tobacco). Ailments from fright, anger, or mortification with reserved displeasure, Staphysagria Nose stopped at night, Ammonium carb., Nux-v., Sambucus Red sand on child’s diaper, Phosphorus Cries before urinating, Borax Dryness of vagina, Hydrophob. One foot hot, the other cold, Chi., Digitalis, Ip. Waking at night hungry, Cin., Pso. enforced sexual abstinence, Conium Proctalgia, Pho. Craving for sweets, Arg-n., Sul. Pain in head during stool, Indium. Fullness after a meal, Chi. (Chi. after a full meal, Lycopodium after ever so little. The Lycopodium fullness is full right up into the throat). Colic, etc., better bending over, Coloc. Crampy pains, worse night, Nux. After-effects of fevers, Pso.

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John Henry Clarke

John Henry Clarke

John Henry Clarke MD (1853 – November 24, 1931 was a prominent English classical homeopath. Dr. Clarke was a busy practitioner. As a physician he not only had his own clinic in Piccadilly, London, but he also was a consultant at the London Homeopathic Hospital and researched into new remedies — nosodes. For many years, he was the editor of The Homeopathic World. He wrote many books, his best known were Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica and Repertory of Materia Medica

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