Lycopodium: tyrannical and submissive

In homeopathy, the person affected by Lycopodium clavatum has two personalities – tyrannical and submissive. They could be described as the “sheep in wolf’s clothing”.

A lack of self-confidence is disguised with a proud and “know-it-all” outward appearance. When imbalanced, he wants to be alone but needs the presence and company of others.

This person ages prematurely, has grey hair and hair loss. His memory is poor, especially when it comes to remembering people’s names. Lycopodium individuals are capable of crying with joy when someone thanks them.

Lycopodium has a deep impact on complaints affecting the liver, the digestive system, the urogenital system, the skin, the mucous membranes and the metabolism.

These are people who have a medical history that includes kidney problems, gout, age spots and duodenal ulcers.

How do you recognise a Lycopodium clavatum individual?

His physical appearance is prematurely aged – with wrinkles, yellowish skin, under eye bags and prematurely grey hair.  He is slim but has a rounded stomach.

Lycopodium individuals tend to suffer from skin complaints, digestive complaints, urogenital complains and asthenia.

Their character is difficult; they seen to have two personalities. One of these is emotional and lacking in confidence, deeply anxious and fearful.

When they are unbalanced, the other personality is deceptively proud and he gives the impression that he is able to “do it all”.

He is irritable and does not lose his temper often, but when he does, he is violent, unpleasant, authoritarian and misanthropic.

He cannot stand contradictions and has a tendency to become depressed when he is faced with stressful situations. He seeks solitude but still needs the presence and company of others.

Although he is held back by his physical capabilities, he is confident in his intellectual capabilities and believes he is above average.

He is a self-appointed leader at school, and later on, in the workplace.

He is tyrannical towards those he considers to be beneath him and submissive towards those he believes to be superior to him. He plays up to his bosses.

What feelings do Lycopodium clavatum individuals have?

They have a good appetite that is easily satisfied. They eat very little and always at the same time of day.

Their stomach feels full after the first few mouthfuls. They feel bloated, which makes them have to loosen their belt – they cannot stand anything restrictive around their stomach. They often have an itch that bleeds easily and improves with the cold.

What are the Lycopodium clavatum individual’s likes and dislikes?

They symptoms are relieved with cold air. On the other hand, they worsen between 4 and 8pm, upon waking and when someone contradicts them. They like sweets and very hot food. They enjoy oysters and onions but don’t tolerate them well.

When do we use Lycopodium clavatum?

People who are sensitive to Lycopodium have digestive, urinary and skin complaints. These people are intolerant of oysters and onions in particular.

After eating their face becomes red and they become drowsy. They have lower abdominal flatulence.

They have hereditary and personal health issues. They tend to develop duodenal ulcers, migraines, atopic dermatitis, asthma and gout.

As a child, the Lycopodium individual may have suffered from atopic dermatitis that bleeds easily when scratched and acetonic vomiting.

Lycopodium is prescribed at certain stages of life, when physical limitations cause anxiety and when the person also has authoritarian tendencies. It is effective in:

  • Childhood, when the child is very dependent on his parents and has not yet reached a minimal level of independence.
  • Adolescence, when the teenager wonders whether he is “normal”.
  • Old age, when we are worried about medical tests and our general health.

Main clinical indications

Digestive system: It is effective for dispepsia, flatulence, gastritis, heartburn, digestive migraines, childhood anorexia, acetonemic vomiting, duodenal ulcers, and gall bladder pain.

The kidneys: It is effective for urolithiasis.

The skin: It is effective for eczema that bleeds easily, seborrheic dermatitis and chronic hives.

Others: It is effective for serous otitis, chronic nasal catarrh, respiratory allergy, anxiety, irritability, reactive depression, childhood and adolescence tics, urea and cholesterol.

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