Club Moss / Wolfsclaw

Lycopodium clavatum

Club moss (scientific name Lycopodium Clavatum) is an herb that is also known by several other names, such as Lamb's Tail and Fox Tail, Wolfs Claw, Stag's Horn Moss and Vegetable Sulphur as well as Running Pine and Witch Meal. Since the Middle Ages, this herb has been used medically and even to this day people continue to use it for treating several conditions and their related symptoms.

Since the roots of this plant are similar to a wolf's foot, it has been traditionally named 'wolf's claw'. However, this herb seems to have derived its Latin name from the Greek terms 'lykos' denoting 'wolf' and 'podos' meaning 'foot'.

The stems of club moss plant bear forked branches and are usually faced down and covered up with leaves that resemble scales. The shape of the leaves of this plant vary from being lance-shaped to oblong or lean, getting thinner to linear in appearance. The edges of the leaves are minutely jagged.

The moss with the creeping stems (club mosses) is diminutive, creeping, and earthbound or land dwelling and grow on other adjacent plants for support (epiphytic).

The sporophyte (plants bearing a zygote and spores for reproduction) comprises true roots, a stem that grows above the ground and leaves resembling scales that are microphylls (a type of tiny leaf found on club mosses and horsetails having a solitary midrib that is not branched). These microphylls are small and arranged in a spiral manner on the stretched out stem.

As aforementioned, people have been using the lycopodium plant for medicinal purposes since the Middle Ages. From the 17th century onwards, herbal medical practitioners have been administering only the spores to treat gout as well as heal the problem of urine retention by the bladder.

However, present day herbalists use the spores of lycopodium for external applications to heal wounds as well as eczema. In 1828, Hahnemann proved that the herbal medication prepared from club moss is effective for treating digestive problems as well as nervous anxiety.

The homeopathic medicine is generally prescribed when preventative nervous anxiety strongly appears in the psychological symptoms of an individual. In such cases, the patients generally conceal their lack of self confidence by making a façade of overconfidence or even disdain. They suffer from a peculiar situation. Such people usually do not like the company of others and, at the same, also dislike being left on their own.

The main physical symptoms endured by lycopodium people are digestive disorders accompanied by too much bloating and formation of gas in the gastro-intestinal tract. Most of these symptoms usually affect the right side of the sufferer, but then they also move from the right part of the body to the left.

Poor physical resilience or stamina that generally becomes worse during the afternoons is another major physical problem endured by such people. Moreover, such people usually have a keen desire to consume sweet foods. In addition, the homeopathic medicine lycopodium is also prescribed to treat problems of the kidneys as well as the prostate. Some homeopaths also recommend this medicine to treat headaches as well as infections in the chest.

In homeopathy, the medicinal properties of the lycopodium plant were recognized long ago and since then it has been a wonderful remedy for treating various conditions. While the spores of this plant are exclusively used for various other purposes, the homeopathic medicine prepared from them is much more widespread or all-embracing.

To prepare the homeopathic medicine lycopodium, the spikes of the plant are harvested during the summer and the spores are collected from them. Subsequently, the spores are drenched in alcohol for a minimum period of five days. Later, the resultant solution is filtered, watered down and stirred up.

The end product obtained by this process is lycopodium, the homeopathic medicine that has helped to provide relief to numerous people from their ailments. Even in this age of allopathic medication, this homeopathic remedy is as useful and popular as it was before.

Parts used

The homeopathic medicine lycopodium is prepared using the spikes of the plant. The spikes of the plant lycopodium are cut during the summer to collect their spores. Subsequently, the spores are drenched in alcohol for a minimum of five days. Later, the resultant solution is filtered, watered down and stirred to obtain the homeopathic medicine lycopodium, which does not contain any trace of the original plant.


As aforementioned, the spores of the lycopodium plant are steeped in alcohol for a period of five days, before the solution is filtered and diluted to desired levels by adding milk and sugar.

Lycopodium is used to treat numerous conditions and most commonly for curing digestive disorders and symptoms associated with them. For instance, this homeopathic medicine is very effective in treating symptoms like vomiting, nausea, inflated and bloated abdomen with intestinal gas, voracious hunger that is followed by uneasiness after the person has eaten only a small amount of food, constipation as well as bleeding hemorrhoids.

This homeopathic medicine is particularly beneficial for men who have enlarged prostate and pass reddish urine containing sand-like sediments as a result of kidney stones. In addition, lycopodium is also prescribed to treat sexual problems in men.

For instance, this medicine is useful for people who have a low libido and are suffering from erectile dysfunction. In other words, lycopodium helps men to regain their normal libido as well as achieve and sustain their penile erection during sexual activity. It may be said that this homeopathic medicine not only restores the self confidence of such men, but also make their as well as their partner's sex life satisfactory.

In addition, the homeopathic remedy lycopodium is also useful in treating headaches that are of neuralgia type, tender throats that worsen when the sufferer consumes any cold drink, exhaustion owing to flu, chronic dry coughs, hair loss, chronic fatigue syndrome (a viral ailment of the immune system, generally distinguished by weakening, tiredness and flu-like symptoms) as well as psoriasis (a widespread persistent, inflammatory skin ailment distinguished by flaking patches) on the hands.

Besides being an effective medicine to cure several physical conditions and their related symptoms, the homeopathic medicine lycopodium has also proved to be useful in curing emotional disorders due to insecurity, for instance, cowardice, anxiety, nervousness, intolerance, insomnia, worries about being alone, night fears as well as talking and laughing during sleep. This medicine is also beneficial for people who are gripped with fear when they wake up.

Below is a brief discussion on the condition specific use of the homeopathic medicine lycopodium, which may be useful information for you, if you are suffering from any of the conditions discussed here.

Digestive disorder

The homeopathic medicine lycopodium is extremely useful in treating various types of digestive disorders. For instance, administration of lycopodium helps to cure digestive disorders caused by eating late in the night; indigestion owing to anticipatory fretfulness; consumption of foods that may enhance the production of gas in the gastro-intestinal track, such as cabbage, onions and beans, helps to provide relief from bloating and flatulence.

In such situations, people may experience a bloated abdomen owing to acidity as well as voracious hunger followed by discomfort after an individual has ingested only a small amount of food. In addition to the above mentioned conditions and symptoms, this homeopathic medicine has also been found to be useful in treating other problems, such as nausea and hemorrhoids in the gastro-intestinal tract.

Anxiety or nervousness

Lycopodium is also effective in treating a number of emotional problems, including anxiety or nervousness. Use of this homeopathic medicine in cases of anxiety caused by apprehension of weakness and of failing; despite a façade of calm self-confidence has found to be useful.

It may be noted that often anticipatory nervousness like apprehensions of speaking in the public, worries over examinations or stage fright also results in various types of digestive problems. Poor memory or dyslexia (any reading disorders related to harming the ability to interpret spatial relationships) may also be responsible for very poor self-confidence.

In addition, some people may be averse to any changes in their life since they usually bring along with them several challenges. Such people may also try to keep away from the demands of emotional obligations, which, in turn, may lead to sexual problems, for instance, frigidity, promiscuity and/ or erectile dysfunction and low libido.

Such people may also have a feeling that they can not do anything to boost up their self-confidence and self-respect. This, in turn, again may result in a feeling of helplessness and apprehension. It has been proved that using the homeopathic medicine lycopodium is very useful for alleviating the above mentioned conditions and symptoms.

Chest infections

As discussed earlier in this article, use of lycopodium is beneficial in preventing as well as healing all types of chest infections. This homeopathic medicine prepared from the spores of the lycopodium plant is especially effective in treating dry, tender and tickling cough; rapid and labored breathing that may worsen when the individual is lying on his/ her back, and a burning sensation during chest pain.

It also helps to cure sore and swollen throats, especially when the problem is on the right side. In such cases, dense, yellowish catarrh is likely to result in more acute congestion of the respiratory system. It is needless to say that administering lycopodium helps in alleviating all the problems discussed above and provides comfort and relief to the sufferer.

Urogenital problems

The homeopathic medicine lycopodium is also helpful in healing problems related to the urogenital system. Homeopaths usually recommend this medicine for people who have problems in passing urine; whose urine contains sandy sediments caused by kidney stones or genital herpes. As mentioned earlier, lycopodium is essentially beneficial for men who may have an enlarged prostate or be suffering from erectile dysfunction and low libido.


Lycopodiaceae or the lycopodium plants are cosmopolitan by nature and are found growing in different parts of the world. They may be found growing in diverse climatic conditions and geographical locations - spreading from the arctic to the tropical climatic regions. There was a time when lycopodium was a very dominant plant, but presently it does not take over any of the members of the plant kingdom. Lycopodium plants growing in the arctic and temperate climatic regions have club mosses that are surface dwelling or terrestrial, while the plants of this species that are found in the tropical regions are generally epiphytes growing on other plants for support. Thus, they are mostly seen on some adjacent tree tops, otherwise they mostly remain out of view or are seen rarely.


From Geof B - Dec-21-2011
Lycopodium is recommended in homeopathy for digestive problems. It is used by a few for treatment in hepatitis C.
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