One of the oldest and most trusted homeopathic healers is lycopodium, perhaps better known as wolf’s paw. It is believed to help those with digestive problems, anxiety, respiratory issues, sore throat, and even urinary problems. Here’s a breakdown of five types of ailments the homeopathic remedy could treat:
1. Digestive complaints: Lycopodium is advised for indigestion with belching and pressing pain in the stomach, often involving heartburn. These ailments can be caused by anxiety, late-night eating, or gas-producing foods. They may involve a bloated abdomen with rumbling, potential nausea, constipation, and vomiting. People who suffer from these problems typically feel worse after eating, especially onions, and when wearing tight clothing.
2. Anxiety: Lycopodium helps with the anxiety that strikes with fearfulness, mostly of failing, which hints at an unstable self-esteem. This type of anxiety often features unease about upcoming events, sleep disruptions, and avoidance of emotional commitment. Its sufferers feel worse in heat or cold, and feel a lack of energy in the evening.
3. Respiratory problems: Lycopodium is good for a cough, burning chest pain, rapid breathing, sore throat, bad congestion, and all symptoms of the common cold. These types of cough are dry, irritating, painful, and constant—bringing up lots of salty-tasting mucus. These colds bring up yellow nasal discharge, blocked sinuses, and the headache—and all symptoms seem worse at night.
4. Sore throat: Lycopodium is advised for sore throats that strike with swollen tonsils and a raw throat with a feeling of a lump. They can cause you to choke while eating and drinking, although warm beverages reduce pain.
5. Urinary problems: Kidney stones and an enlarged prostate could be helped by lycopodium, particularly in that case in which the symptoms will feel worse in heat and in the evening. Lycopodium may also treat the type of cystitis that brings a frequent need to urinate, and cutting pain.
Homeopathy’s success relies on the precise symptoms the user exhibits. Lycopodium works with physical symptoms that are largely connected to the digestive tract, with gas and bloating leading the way. Those complaints usually start on the right side, and may move to the left. Typically, the ailment affects people who are smart, but tend to be physically weak with poor stamina. While food is a common problem (lack an appetite or feel overly full after eating) in these cases, they often come with a strong desire for sweets. Other complaints can include poor concentration, anxiety, anger at being contradicted, irritability, restlessness, sensitivity, sluggishness, and moodiness.
People who might benefit from lycopodium tend to feel better with warm food and beverages, loose clothing, moving around, and applying something cold to the skin. Sufferers of ailments typically helped by lycopodium feel worse with warmth, tight clothes, eating, waking up, and the period between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sufferers of anxiety treated by lycopodium may use sarcasm and arrogance to cover up a poor self-esteem. There is a tendency among them to feel fearful, helpless, and angry in the morning.