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Lycopus Virginicus - General symptoms - Clarke

Bugle-weed, Lycopus Lycps.


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HPUS indication of Lycopus Virginicus: Wheezing

Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Lycopus Virginicus in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.


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GENERAL

General

Lycopus Virginicus. Bugle-weed. Virginia horehound. (Shady and wet places in U.S.) N. O. Labiatae. Tincture of fresh plant in flower.

According to Hale Lycopus is mentioned by Rafinesque as "partaking of the properties of Digitalis Purpurea Digitalis, Sanguinaria Nitrica Sanguinaria, Cimicifuga Racemosa Cimicifuga, and Spigelia Anthelmia Spigelia," and as being "one of the mildest and best narcotics in existence." He commends it specially as a substitute for Digitalis Purpurea Dig., as having the advantage over it of being non-poisonous.

as useful in haemoptysis and "wherever it is required to quell inordinate motions of the blood." This gives a very good picture of the Lcps. place and action, which homoeopathy has made good use of and developed.

The association of Lcps. with Digitalis Purpurea Dig., Act. r., and Spi. particularly shows a very clear insight into the action of the remedy, which an experience of mine seems to confirm.

Miss S., 25, came to me in October, 1899.

About three years previously she had manifested the first symptoms of exophthalmos, which was ascribed by her mother to a prescription of Macrotyn, in low potency, taken for pains in the eyes and continued for a long period.

The first symptoms were sore throat with ulcerations, then the goître appeared, and the heart became painful, its action intermittent, with breathlessness and inability to take exertion.

After a course of Thyroidinum Thyroidin, and later of Thuja Thuja 30 (she had been much vaccinated), Lcps. 12 was given, and this tool, away all the heart pains.

Attacks of Influenzinum influenza complicated the case later on, and other remedies had to be given.

Now the patient is doing very well under Spigelia Anthelmia Spig. 30, as far as the heart is concerned, though no impression has been made on the goître, which is small.

The heart sounds are normal.

Stammers Morrisson made an extensive proving of Lcps., and developed unmistakable heart symptoms.

Two cases by Proell (H. W., xxiv. 546) bring out a very important feature of the action of Lycopus Virginicus, namely, on the consequences of suppressions, in his cases, of suppression of haemorrhoidal flux.

The patients were each 60 years of age, a man and a woman, both fair with light eyes, tall, very irritable, with weak innervation of the heart without decided organic disease.

Both had had, years before, haemorrhoidal flux which stopped suddenly.

Both were hypochondriacal and had noise in left ear.

Lycopus Virginicus last symptom was the chief thing the man complained of, along with throbbing in the head preventing sleep.

Neither Cactus Grandiflorus Cact., Kalmia Latifolia Kalm., nor Gelsemium Sempervirens Gels. helped radically (though Cactus Grandiflorus Cact. had once given prompt help when he had had blood-spitting).

The night after taking Lcps. he was a little better, and in the forenoon came a bleeding from the rectum (about three tablespoonfuls, after defecation), with great general relief.

The lady had glycosuria, cataract of left eye, and every third night was restless.

Lcps. 1x (same dilution as in the other case), one drop in evening.

The following night was excellent, and in the morning came an abundant bleeding from the rectum with great relief.

In a case cured with Lcps. by Morrison (of U.S.)., quoted by Hale, the sufferings were associated with the menstrual period, which was exactly regular but intermittent in flow.

The first symptom appeared within three or four hours of the onset of the flow, and was a deep-seated pain with heat in occiput.

Then followed a train of symptoms, among them nausea, and when the nausea came on the occipital pain was better.

Lycopus Virginicus is quite a feature of Lcps. the symptoms shift about.

In Proell's cases there was a shift from rectum to heart and head.

Pains also shift from heart to eyes, from head to heart, from heart to left wrist and right calf, and back to wrist and heart.

The characteristic heart is a feeble heart, with distress and weak pulse.

Cardiac irritability with depressed force.

Lycopus Virginicus may be found with organic disease as well as without.

When this condition exists and has other symptoms associated with it.

Lcps. will most likely be needed. If in addition there is a history of suppressed discharge the indications will be all the stronger. Lcps. is a remedy of accompaniments. The heart condition has many associated symptoms not directly referable to the heart. When pulmonary complaints are associated with loose stools Lcps. will very likely be the remedy. There is a characteristic cough with haemoptysis associated with feeble heart action, deep, violent in evening and night without waking, expectoration sweetish, renewed by change to cold weather and cold winds. Stanley Wilde (H. W., xxv. 108) cured a desperate case of pericarditis associated with bronchitis with Lcps. Ø; also a case of palpitation with darting pain in heart in a young woman, following an attack of acute rheumatism two years before. Briggs of Fort Lovell (St. Louis Periscope, ix. 329), relates the cure of a patient of Tarentula Hispanica Tarentula bite by application of a liquid made of Lycopus. He says the Cherokee Indians allow themselves to be bitten by rattlesnakes, centipedes, and tarentulas, chewing as an antidote large quantities of Lycopus and swallowing the juice. H. W. Felter, an eclectic, is quoted (H. R., xv. 430) as commending Lcps. in passive lung haemorrhages.

wild, tumultuous beating of heart (which often precedes lung haemorrhage).

cough of phthisis. It does not disorder the stomach, he says, but acts as a tonic and appetiser. Motion, exercise, walking, ascending, all agg. At the same time lying down = cardiac depression.

and lying on right side agg. constriction of thorax. There is restlessness, must change position in spite of weakness. By friction. agg. In morning.

(aching down spine, amel. after rising). agg. Towards sunset and in evening. At night, violent cough. The muscular pains are amel. in warm room and in bed.

but not amel. by direct warmth. Open air = faintness and slight nausea.

change to cold weather and cold winds = renewed cough. Cold air agg. rheumatoid pains. Pains shift generally r. to l.

Menses appear regularly, begin with deep pain and heat in occiput, and, later, pain in forehead and temples.

faintness and nausea follow and occipital pain is amel.

aversion to smell of food.

exophthalmos. menses intermittent.

during menses, stupid.

pubes swollen, vagina hot, amel. by ice locally.

constipation, stools dry, clay-like, with exophthalmos, heart tumultuous and swelling of parts agg.

when heart quiet oedema of pubes amel.

urine scanty, thick, muddy.

all symptoms amel. after menses (Lcps. cured).

Characteristics

in the head, throat, eyes, and elsewhere