Lycopodium becomes one of the most indispensable antipsoric remedies, especially in chronic diseases where the following symptoms also are a cause of trouble :
Melancholy ; grief ; anxiety, with sadness and disposition to weep ; fear of being alone ; fatigue ; irritability ; obstinacy ; sensitiveness ; peevishness ; peevish, disagreeable thoughts ; impeded mental activity ; ailments from mental labor ; vertigo, especially when stooping ; headache from vexation ; pressive, tensive headache ;
Fits of tearing on the top of the head, in the forehead, the temples, the eyes and the nose, and extending into a tooth, usually accompanied with lying down ; tearing to and fro in the forehead, every afternoon ; nocturnal external headache ; tearing, boring and scraping ; heaviness of the head ; rush of blood to the head ; rush of blood to the head, in the morning when rising up in bed, followed by headache ;
Pressure in the eyes ; erosion of the eyes ; smarting, burning pain in the eyes, in the evening ; itching burning in the upper eyelid ; shooting in the eyes, in the evening, by candle-light ; inflammation of the eyes, with nightly closing by suppuration, and lachrymation by day ; lachrymation of the eyes in the open air ; sticky moisture in the eyes, interfering with the sight ; eyes closed by suppuration ; short-sightedness ; far-sightedness ; dim-sightedness, like feathers before the eyes ; flickering and blackness before the eyes ; fiery sparks before the eyes ; irritation of the eyes by candle-light ;
Excessive sensitiveness of the hearing ; music, sounds and the organ affect the mind ; hardness of hearing ; ringing in the ears ; roaring in the ears ;
Scabs in the nose ; nightly closing of the nostril by suppuration ; ulcerated nostrils ;
Epistaxis ; swelling and tension of the face ; frequent fits of heat in the face ; itching eruption in the face ; freckles in the face ; toothache, with swelling of the cheeks ; grumbling toothache after a meal ;
Dryness about and in the mouth, so that these parts are tense, the tongue moves with difficulty, and the speech is indistinct with adipsia ; coated, unclean tongue ; chronic sore throat ; ulcers in the throat, from abuse of mercury ; dryness in the fauces ; burning in the fauces, with nocturnal thirst ; hawking up of mucus ; slimy taste in the morning ; sensation as of putrid smell from the mouth ; loss of sense of taste ; bitterness in the mouth, in the morning, with nausea ;
Excessive hunger ; rabid hunger ; lack of appetite ; the appetite ceases with the first morsel ; distaste for cooked warm food ; distaste to rye bread or to meat ; too much inclination for sweet things ; milk causes diarrhœa ; cannot digest heavy food ; palpitation during digestion ; severe eructation in the afternoon ; fatty eructation ; sour eructation ; heartburn ; nausea, while driving in a carriage ; frequent, constant nausea ; rising as of a hard ball from the pit of the stomach into the fauces (globulus hystericus) ; qualmishness in the stomach in the morning ; waterbrash ; pressure in the stomach, also after meals ; swelling of the scrobiculus cordis and pain when touching it ; fullness in the stomach and abdomen ; tension about the hypochondria, as from a hoop ;
Pains in the liver after eating to satiety ; pain above the navel when touching it ; troublesome inflation of the abdomen ; induration in the abdomen ; griping pinching and clutching pain in the abdomen, checking the breath ; shooting, pinching pain in the hypogastrium, as if in the bladder, extending to the urethra, in the evening in bed ; pinching in the abdomen ; pinching in the right side of the abdomen ; colic ; colic in the epigastrium ; tearing in both sides of the hypogastrium and the groins, extending into the thighs ; burning in the abdomen ; incarceration of the flatus ; lack of emission of flatus ; rumbling in the left side of the abdomen ; gurgling in the abdomen ; ineffectual urging to stool and very hard stool ; difficult stool, evacuated only with much straining ; constipation for several days ; costiveness ; ascarides ; pains in the anus after eating and stool ; itching in the anus ; tension in the anus ;
Cutting in the rectum and the bladder ; urging to urinate ; too frequent micturition with urging ; renal gravel ; hæmorrhage from the urethra ; itching in the urethra, during and after micturition ; weak erection ; want of erections ; lack of pollutions ; old swelling of the testes ; excessive pollutions ; lack of sexual impulse ; impotence of several years’ standing ; aversion to coitus ; too ready excitation to coitus, by the mere thought of it ; excessive impulse to coitus, every night ; too quick emission of semen ; menses too long and too profuse ; the menses long suppressed by fright ; sadness and melancholy before the menses ; itching, burning and erosion on the pudenda ; pressing outward above the pudenda, even into the vagina, on stooping ; shooting pain in the labia on lying down ; passage of flatus from the vagina ; leucorrhœa ; discharge of leucorrhœa, with previous cutting in the hypogastrium.
Coryza of every kind ; fluent coryza ; coryza and cough ; stuffed coryza ; stoppage of both nostrils ; cough after drinking ; dry cough, day and night ; dry morning-cough of many years’ standing ; difficulty in coughing up anything ; cough, with concussion of the chest ; cough, with expectoration ; cough, with purulent expectoration ; ulcerative phthisis ; short breathing in children ; constant oppression of the chest, with shortness of breath during any work ; constant pressure on the left lower ribs ; stitches in the left side of the chest ; bruised pain of the chest ; burning, rising upward in the chest, like heartburn ; anxious palpitation ; shooting in the sacrum on straightening up from stooping ; nocturnal pain in the back ; tearing in the shoulders ; drawing and clutching together in nape, extending up into the occiput, day and night ; stiffness of the nape ; stiffness of one side of the neck ; hard swelling on the one side of the neck ; swelling of the glands under the jaw ;
Drawing pain in the arms ; twitching of the arms in the afternoon-nap ; nocturnal pain of the bones in the arms ; the arms go to sleep, even on merely raising them ; nocturnal spasmodic falling asleep of the arms ; lack of strength in the arms ; nocturnal pain of the bones in the elbow ; wrist stiff from gout ; numbness of the hands ; dryness of the skin of the hands ; tearing in the finger-joints ; redness, swelling and gouty tearing of the finger-joints ; fingers stiff, as from arthritic nodosities ; rigidity of the fingers when at work ; the little finger goes to sleep ; nocturnal tearing in the lower limbs ; tearing in the knee ; tearing in the hough, in the evening ; tearing in the knee, extending across the tibia and the dorsum of the feet ; stiffness of the knee ; swelling of the knee ; burning on the legs ; burning, smarting itching of the houghs ; contractive pain in the calves, when walking ; old ulcers on the legs, with nocturnal tearing, itching and burning ; swelling of the ankle ; cold feet ; cramp in the feet ; cold, sweaty feet ; profuse sweat of the feet ; swelling of the soles of the feet ; pain in the soles, while walking ; the toes give way in walking ; cramp in the toes ; corns ; pain in the corns ; dryness of the skin ; the skin cracks here and there and is chapped ; itching every day, on being heated ; itching in the evening, before lying down ; painful eruption on the neck and the chest ; itching and erosion on the arms and legs ; furuncle ; cramp in the fingers and in the calves ; spasmodic contraction of the fingers and toes ; tearing in the arms and legs ; tearing in the knees, the feet and the fingers ; pain in the bones from abuse of mercury ; drawing pain in the limbs ; restlessness of the feet, in the evening ; all the limbs, the arms, hands and lower limbs go to sleep, by day and by night ; insensibility of the arm and the foot ; varices, distended veins with the pregnant ; readiness to strains and consequent painful stiffness of the nape ; jerking and twitching of single limbs or of the whole body, in sleeping and waking ; difficulty in lying on the left side, on account of palpitation and stitches ; readiness to take cold ; after a short walk, weariness of the feet and burning of the soles ; internal debility ; lassitude in the limbs ; weariness on awaking ; frequent yawning and drowsiness ; drowsiness by day ; restless sleep by night ; with frequent awaking ; sleep full of dreams ; sleep full of fancies ; frightful, anxious dreams ; late in going to sleep ; he cannot sleep for rush of thoughts ; at night, twitching and restlessness of the feet ; nocturnal headache ; starting up from sleep ; lack of bodily warmth ; flushes of heat ; fever lasting three days, with sour vomiting after the chill, and bloatedness of the feet and hands ; feverish perspiration by day ; sweat by day, especially in the face, from moderate work or with slight exercise.
Camphor usually moderates the excessive effects of Lycopodium, but the feverish states which are caused by it in a great degree, are best allayed by Pulsatilla, while the ill-humor, taking things ill, mistrust and making of reproaches, are best removed by Causticum. Drinking coffee impedes the action of Lycopodium and extinguishes it.
A moderate dose operates for forty to fifty days and longer. It may be repeated after the intermediate use of other antipsoric remedies, but with much less effect.
It is especially efficacious, when it is homœopathically indicated after the previous use of Calcarea.
The abbreviations are : Gff., Dr. Baron v. Gersdorff ; Gll., Dr. Goullon ; Htb., Dr. Hartlaub ; Rl., Dr. Rummel ; Sr., Dr. Schréter ; Whl., Wahle ; Th. Rkt., Theodor Rueckert.
Reference: The Chronic Diseases, their Peculiar Nature and their Homœopathic Cure. Dr Samuel Hahnemann