Lycopodium Clavatum (Lyc)

Lycopodium Clavatum (Lyc)

Homeopathic Remedy Lycopodium Clavatum (Lyc)

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Lycopodium Clavatum (Lyc) also know as Stag’s-horn Club moss, Ground Pine, Wolf’s foot. it belongs to Plants Kingdom.

Stage:  Chronic;

Side: Right, U.Rt.Low Lt., Rt. to Lt. ;

Miasm: Psoric, Sycotic, Tubercular, Syphilitic;

Thermal State: Hot;

Action: OnlyPolycrest;

Thirst: Thirsty, Thirstless, Small Quantity;

Appetite: Increased, Easy satiety, Reduced;

Sensitivity: Low, High;

Moon Phases: First Quarter, Full Moon, Last Quarter, New Moon;

Gender : Male, Female,

Child. Lycopodium Clavatum (Lyc) is indicated for Inferiority complex. Egotism. Bullying, domineering, arrogant. Lack of discipline. Fears commitment and responsibilities. Weeps when thanked or from sentimental events. Stage fright. Right sided. Deep furrows of the brow, prominent glabella. Loud rumbling in abdomen. Bloated, distended abdomen. Easy satiety. Impotence. Sexual promiscuity, adultery.

Physiological Action

This agent in the powder or pollen form is employed as a dusting powder for chafing. When triturated and the spores with their dense cellulose covering ruptured, the oil within them is liberated and an agent of great therapeutic value is liberated, which acts upon the digestive organs, retarding their action; there is flatulence, constipation and congestion of the liver. There is pain under the ribs and around the waist, shooting pains under the shoulder blades. Pain in the gastric region.

There is nausea and vomiting of a sour, bitter material. The bowels are constipated, the hemorrhoidal veins are distended and may bleed, the extremities are cold. The skin presents a dirty appearance and the complexion is pale, jaundiced, or there are “liver spots”. The mucous membranes take on an atonic condition; congestion, catarrhal inflammation results with flatulence and distension of the intestines, urination is painful, the urine contains a brick dust sediment, and an excess of uric acid.


This remedy is indicated in those whose intellectual development over – balances the physical. The complaints are deep – seated and develop gradually. The GASTROINTESTINAL and URINARY symptoms are prominent in many cases. The complaint start on the right side and go to the left are worse from 4 to eight PM. The patient finds relief in the open air, the urine contains a heavy, red sediment of uric acid and there are pains in the region of the kidneys and bladder, in the limbs and joints.

It is of service in various derangements of the DIGESTIVE ORGANS when there are large accumulations of flatulence; he may feel hungry but a few mouthful fills him, and he feels distended, but belching does not bring any relief.

It is an important remedy during the ACID STAGE of CHRONIC GASTRITIS when there is a sensation of burning on the stomach, with sour acid eructations; the epigastric region is distended and sensitive to touch. The patient feels sleepy after eating. There is mental depression, the bowels are usually constipated.

It should be remembered later in the history of the case when there is a CHRONIC ATONIC INDIGESTION, solid food causes great pain, there is slowness of digestion, great accumulation of flatus and at times the vomiting of undigested food long after it has been eaten.

It is indicated in HYPERCHLORHYDRIA when there is a large amount of FLATULENCE and CONSTIPATION. The appetite may appear excessive but while eating there comes a feeling of fullness and distension when he has eaten but little. There are acid eructations and the urine contains uric acid deposits. In some of these cases there is hiccough after meals.

It is indicated in CHRONIC CONGESTION of the LIVER when there is pain and distress and heaviness in the hepatic region. There is fermentation and rumbling of gas. The complexion is jaundiced, yellowish gray or of a dingy yellow hue. It will at times relieve symptoms that are dependent upon chronic congestion of the liver.

It is of service in HEMORRHOIDS; these may bleed, they are painful when the patient is sitting, there is the intestinal fermentation and mental despondency present.

There is usually a condition of CONSTIPATION the stools hard and dry and there is but little desire for stool and a spasmodic stricture appears whenever there is such a desire.

It is indicated in the URIC ACID DIATHESIS when there are deposits of uric acid crystals in the urine, which is scanty, cloudy, has a foul odor and causes a burning sensation when it passes.

It should be remembered in the DYSURIA of children when they cry before urinating, the diaper is stained yellow and the urine flows in “fits and starts”.

It is an important remedy early in the case to prevent the formation of RENAL CALCULI, also in INTERSTITIAL NEPHRITIS when the gastric, hepatic and urinary symptoms correspond.

It is a useful remedy in CORYZA and NASAL CATARRH when the nose is stopped, especially at night; the discharge is often purulent and consists of crusts and plugs. There may be a tendency to recurrent polypi of the nose.

It is of service in tonsillitis and DIPHTHERIA, especially when the disease starts on the right side and extends to the left. There is a fan – like motion of the alae nasi; a 4 p. aggravation and renal symptoms are present.

It is a valuable remedy in the BRONCHIAL CATARRH of the aged when there is dyspnoea on the least exertion, and violent attacks of coughing from the least provocation or inhalation of anything that is irritating. The symptoms are worse later in the afternoon and are usually attended with renal and gastric symptoms of the remedy.

It is an important remedy in CHRONIC PNEUMONIA or cases of delayed resolution when there is a muco – serous or mucopurulent expectoration; there is difficult breathing, fan – like motion of the alae nasi, the condition is worse during the late afternoon; the intestinal distension and urinary finding indicate this remedy.

It has been of great service in CHRONIC RHEUMATISM and gout when the afternoon aggravation, gastric and urinary findings are present.

It has yielded fine service in GOUTY and uric acid conditions when the eyes are involved.

PREPARATION of Lycopodium Clavatum (Lyc):

-The dust like powder, which is yellowish, smooth to the touch are the spores obtained from the ears of a moss which grows in Russia, Finland, North America a Great Britain. This has been called as “Vegetable Sulphur” probably on account of their use for producing stage lightning at theatres.
The spores are triturated or tincture is made.

A/F [ Aliment From / Causation ]:

– Fright, chagrin, mortification or vexation with reserved displeasure (Staph)


– Fevers

– Riding in carriage

– Masturbation, Tobacco chewing, Wine


< Pressure of clothes Lycopodium Clavatum (Lyc)

< Warmth

< Awakening

< Eating

< Indigestion

< 4-8 p.m.

< Wet, weather stormy weather

< Fasting

< Before menses

< From suppressed menses

< Milk, vegetables, beers, bread, pastry

< Missing a meal

> After midnight

> Warm drinks, food

> Cold application, open air

> Being uncovered

> Motion

> Eructations

> Urinating

MIND symptoms of Lycopodium Clavatum (Lyc) :

-Cowardice, feels weak and inadequate. Incapable of fulfilling their responsibilities in life so they avoid responsibilities.

-Due to this patient develops inferiority and becomes very shy, introverted, soft and rather a loner.

-Or to compensate this the patient becomes egoistical, bragging, acting extrovered, assertive, domineering (so comes the “love of power”).

-Such people have “low self esteem”, “low confidence”.

-Patient has “dread of appearing in public”.

-Anticipation, he is obsessed with the idea that he will make a mess of it, but when he undertakes the task he goes through this with ease, but he will face the same terror next time. Apprehensive.

-Wants to be alone with someone in the next room, because he fears to be alone.

-Patient dreads the presence of new persons or visitors.

-Desire for sexual gratification, without wanting to face the personal responsibilities with are implicit in such intimacy, such relationship to sex is superficial one.

-Due to this fear of responsibility, of commitment, patient often faces sexual dysfunctioning in married life.

-Fear of ghosts, cancer, of being alone at night, people, claustrophobia, public speaking, agoraphobia, commitment and marriage.

-Anxiety about health, about career, cancer.

-Irritable, peevish and cross on waking. Kicks and screams.

-Easily angered, cannot endure opposition or contradiction.

-Avaricious, greedy, miserly, malicious, pusillanimous.

-Weeps all the day, cannot calm herself, very sensitive, even cries when thanked. Weeping aloud ameliorates.


-Constitution:Especially suited in the extremes- children and old people.

-For persons intellectually keen but physically weak.

-Old persons, where the skin shows yellowish spots, pale, earthy complexions, with deep furrows.

-Children precocious, weakly.

-Upper part of the body emaciated, lower part semi-dropsical.

-Lymphatic constitution with catarrhal tendencies, predisposed to lung and hepatic affections.

-Right sided affections, complains go from right to left.

-Symptom generally worse between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

-Repeating or alternating symptoms- flexion the extension, flushing then pallor.
Relapses, sudden symptoms.

-In general > Uncovering, loosening the garment > Warm drinks.

-Suddenness of complaints sudden flashes of heat. Lightning-like pains, sudden satiety. Burning pain > heat.

-Dryness of parts, of mucous membranes, vagina, skin especially palms.

-Nose-Sensitiveness to strong smells, to noise.

-Fanning of wings of nose.

-Nose stopped at night, child starts from sleep, rubbing its nose root of nose, frontal sinuses.

-Eyes-Eyes half open.

-Hemiopia. Sees sparks.

-Face- Copper-coloured eruptions of face.

-Dropping jaw in typhoid fever (Lach, Op)
Throat -Complaints go from right to left.

-Dryness of throat without thirst.

-Food, drink regurgitates through mouth.

-< cold drinks > warm drinks.

-Tubercular laryngitis.

-Stomach -Food tastes sour.

-Excessive hunger, but eating ever so little creates fullness.

-Wakes at night feeling hungry.

-Incomplete burning eructations rise only to pharynx.

-Sour eructations due to farinaceous or ferment-able food, cabbage, beans, oyster.

-Aversion – Bread.

-Desire – Sweet.

– Abdomen bloated, full < immediately after a light meal, and especially the lower abdomen.

-Hepatitis, atrophic form of nutmeg liver – dropsy.

-Pain shooting across lower abdomen from right to left.

-Flatulence much noisy < lower bowel.

-Urinary system -Pain in back before urinating > after flow.

-Flow slow, must strain, scanty.

-Child cries before urinating (Especially children, who wake up from pain, screaming, toss the limbs about).

-Red sand in urine.

-Male genitalia -Sexual exhaustion, impotence, erection feeble.

-Impotence of young men from onanism.

-Old man with strong desire, but imperfect erections.

-Falls asleep during an embrace. Premature emission.

-Female genitalia- Vaginal Dryness. Burning during and after coition (Lyc).


-Leucorrhoea acrid, periodical < before full moon.

-Fetus appears to be turning somersaults.

-Respiratory system-Pneumonia, neglected or maltreated, at base of lung.

-Cough deep, hollow, with expectoration.

-Craves air, but is chilled by it.

-Fanning of alae nasi.

– < 4-8 p.m.


1. Complaints < 4-8 p.m.

2. Excessive hunger, but little food overfills. Wakes up at night feeling hungry.

3. Noisy flatulence < lower bowels.

4. Red sand in urine, child cries before urinating.

5. Baby cries all day, sleeps all night.

6. Cries when thanked.

7. Fan like motion of alae nasi with all complaints.

8. Discharge of blood from genitals with every stool.

9. One foot hot, the other cold. One foot or hand much colder than the other.

10. Eyes half open during sleep.

11. Craves everything warm, intolerant to cold drink.

12. Backache > urination.

CONFIRMATORY SYMPTOMS of Lycopodium Clavatum (Lyc) :

1. Right sided remedy.

2. < 4-8 p.m.

3. Easy satiety, a few mouthful fill him up.

4. Bloated, full of gas, especially lower abdomen.

5. Urinary complaints, with red sand in urine.

6. Apprehensive. Anticipation. Lack of self confidence.

CLINICAL symptom of Lycopodium Clavatum (Lyc):

-Should not be repeated frequently after improvement begins.

-Useful in some cases of insulin shock -Dr. Roberts.

Amenorrhoea with non-development of breast -Dr. Leon Renoud.

-Post diptheric paralysis of soft palate- Dr. D.N. Gibson.

-Lycopodium is a master remedy for infantile eczema -Dr. Leon Renard.

-Half open condition of the eye points to Lycopodium.

-It is a wonderful remedy for the anticipatory fears of children going up for exams – Dr. Sir John Weir.


Complementary : Chel, Ign, Iod, Ip, Kali-i, Lach, Puls.

Followed Well By : Graph, Lach, Led, Phos, Sil.

Follows Well : Bell, Bry, Calc, Carb-v, Graph, Hyos, Lach, Led, Merc, Nux-v, Phos, Puls, Rhus-t, Sep, Sil, Stram, Sulph, Verat.

Inimical : Coff.

Compare : Acet-ac, Aesc, Aloe, Alum, Am-c, Anac, Ant-t, Apis, Arg-n, Arn, Ars, Aur-s, Bar-c, Bell, Bism, Bor, Bov, Brom, Calc, Camph, Cann-i, Caps, Carb-an, Carb-v, Caust, Cham, Chel, Chlf, Cinch, Coloc, Con, Cur, Cycl, Eupi, Ferr, Fl-ac, Gad, Glon, Graph, Hell, Ign, Ind, Iod, Ip, Jug-r, Kali-c, Kali-i, Kreos, Lac-c, Lach, Lil-t, Lith-c, Mag-c, Mag-p, Nat-c, Nat-m, Nit-ac Puls, Nux-m, Nux-v, Phos, Phyt, Pic-ac, Plat, Pso, Rhus-t, Rob, Samb, Sang, Sars, Sep, Sil, Staph, Stram, Sulph, Tarent, Thuj, Titan, Vacc, Verat.

Similar : Ars, Calc-s, Carb-an, Euph, Hep, Merc, Nat-m, Nit-ac, Nux-v, Rhus-t, Sabad.

Antidoted By : Acon, Camph, Caust, Cham, Cinch, Coff, Graph, Puls.

It Antidotes : Chlor, Cinch, Merc.

Duration Of Action : 40-50 Days.