Lycopodium - The Homeopathic Remedy

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Remedy Name/s: Common Name/s: Latin, Zoological, Botanical and mineralogical name/s:
Lycopodium Club Moss, Wolf's Claw, Stag horn Moss, Fox Tail, Running Pine, Lamb's Tail. Lycopodium Clavatum

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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.

Remedy preparation:
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 fireworks.


Remedy profile:
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.

Key Symptoms:
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 bleeding hemorrhoids.

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 bowel disorders.

Prostate and kidney complaints:
Enlarged prostrate, sand like gravel in urine, blood in urine, mostly in men.

Skin disorders:
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 weather
Tight clothes
Hot, stuffy rooms,
Extreme cold
Cold drinks


General Symptoms Better for: Factors/Conditions that improve symptoms
Cool, fresh air
Late Night
Loose clothes
Hot meal and drink
Light exercise

See also our Herbal page on Lycopodium.


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