Latin, Zoological, Botanical and mineralogical name/s:
||Club Moss, Wolf's Claw, Stag
horn Moss, Fox Tail, Running Pine, Lamb's Tail.
General description and domicile:
Lycopodium is an evergreen plant native to Europe and North America. It is a
slender, trailing plant.
The roots of this moss resembles a claw - hence the name Wolf's Claw. Lycopodium
grows wild in most of the northern hemisphere. In summer the plant produces
spore cases at the tips of the stalks.
Part used and extraction:
In summer the spores are harvested by cutting the spikes and shaking the
spores from the end of the spikes.
The spores are soaked in alcohol for a week or more before it is filtered to
obtain the mother tincture.
This plant has been used medicinally since the middle ages when the spores
were given to people suffering from gout, digestive disorders, kidney stones and
water retention. The spores were also used as a coating on pills because of the
water resistance of the spores. The spores are very flammable and were used in
Good for chronic insecurity or fear of an upcoming event. Best for people
that have a low self esteem and tend to hide this behind overconfidence and
brashness. Night fears, sleeplessness, nightmares and headaches.
Physical symptoms are digestive disorders tending to bloating and wind. Low
energy levels specifically in afternoons. Kidney stones, impotence and prostate
disorders benefit men. Complaints often originate in the right of the body.
Bloat, low self esteem, dread of upcoming event, constipation, insecurity.
Craving for sweet comforting foods.
Used for treatment of:
Bloat and constipation as well as nausea, heartburn, effects of overeating and
Anxiety and fear:
Particularly fear of failure and a sense of inferiority. People that tend to
hide a sense of inferiority by exaggerating their achievements and project an
aura of false confidence. Aversion to change and fear of upcoming events
typically those that are in the limelight like public speaking. Fear of failing
in exams can lead to fear of exams or being tested. Fear is often accompanied by
Prostate and kidney
Enlarged prostrate, sand like gravel in urine, blood in urine, mostly in men.
Psoriasis, nettle rash and other allergic reactions of the skin.
General Symptoms Worse for:
Factors/Conditions that make the symptoms worse
After 4pm and before 8pm,
Hot, stuffy rooms,
General Symptoms Better for:
Factors/Conditions that improve symptoms
Cool, fresh air
Hot meal and drink
See also our
Herbal page on Lycopodium.
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