Lycopodium is one of the pivotal remedies of the materia medica, and an intimate acquaintance with its properties and relations is essential to a proper understanding of the materia medica as a whole. The spores from which the attenuation are made have been called "vegetable sulphur" (probably on account of their use for producing stage-lightning at theaters), and Lycopodium ranks with Sulphur and Calcarea in the central trio around which all the rest of the materia medica can be grouped. The Lycopodiums stand between the mosses and the ferns, and in past eras occupied a most important place in the world's vegetation as fossils show.
LYCOPODIUM is the club moss whose spores are shaped like a wolf's paw; hence the origin of the Greek name: lyco (wolf) and podos (foot). Moss is one of the oldest surviving plant life forms on earth, having existed since the Silurian period some 350 million years ago.
Yet, it has survived essentially unchanged despite all the intervening geological and climatic cataclysms and upheavals. The associations evoked by the moss family are serenity and stability. It’s lovely green is restful to the eye and soothing to the spirit; its resilient softness is cooling to the touch, and Its pertinacious growth throughout the ages suggests an indestructible nature. As we seek correspondences between the plant and the man (if only for mnemonic purposes), we find that Lycopodium possesses a pleasant and self-contained personality, soothing in its composure and reserve and, at least outwardly, cool and restrained.
Lycopodium is prescribed when anticipatory anxiety features strongly in the psychological symptoms. Lack of confidence is often hidden by a veneer of arrogance or sarcasm. There is a dislike of close company, but also of being left alone.
Central Threat is Inadequate capacity, Weakness in self Situation
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