Musk Deer

Moschus moschiferus

An aromatic substance produced by an abdominal gland of the musk deer (moschus moschiferus) forms the homeopathic remedy moschus. While this odorous substance is used in the manufacturing of perfumes, both as a scent and a fixative, the aroma is said to be so potent that some individuals may even lose consciousness simply by smelling it.

This aromatic substance obtained from the musk deer has been used traditionally for centuries to prepare a scent that was administered to people who were on their death bed. German physician Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann, who is the founding father of the alternative medicine practice called homeopathy, had cautioned that people who were using musk as a perfume were actually weakening their immune system. In other words, such people were becoming more susceptible to several ailments.

Hahnemann had emphasized the fact that the aroma of musk persisted for several years and that people who have been enduring chronic aliments ought to keep away from this aromatic substance obtained from the musk deer.

The abdominal gland that produces and exudes this oily aromatic substance is only present in the male deer. The gland is usually of the size of a hen's egg resembling a hairy bag and placed just behind the navel of the musk deer, which is found in the mountainous terrains of Asia.

The secretion or musk is greenish in color having a consistency like honey and has a potent scent which is believed to work as a sexual appeal for the animal. When the solidified musk is dehydrated, it becomes granular, which is available commercially. In trade, the musk pouches are known as musk pods, while the dehydrated secretion is known as 'musk grains'.

To prepare the homeopathic remedy moschus, the good quality 'musk grain' is pulverized or triturated with thrice the quantity of 100 grains of milk sugar for three hours equal to the million times powder diminution. The solution of one grain of this attenuated powder is added to 100 drops of watered down alcohol.

Following two successions, this solution is brought through an added 25 dilution vials (each one filled to two-thirds, by 100 drops of alcohol equal to decillion-fold power). The rough homeopathic dosage of this comprises a small globule moistened with the final solution. The primary action of the homeopathic remedy moschus is to stimulate the sexual function.

In fact, people who use this aroma or musk to make them smell pleasingly, actually weaken their resistance to diseases owing to continuous influence of this potent perfume on their nerves and this may, in turn, result in several nervous stimulations.

The potent aroma of musk is passed on to clothes as well as vessels and it remains for several years. Moreover, it is difficult to dispose of this potent smell despite using heat. Hence, it is important that such things should be cautiously eradicated from the patients who have been suffering from chronic ailments.

Parts used

Dried musk.


The homeopathic remedy moschus is generally administered to individuals suffering from frenzied exhilaration as well as people who are said to be hypochondriacs (individuals who are preoccupied with their health). In addition moschus is an effective remedy for dizziness, fainting, exhaustion and vertigo (light-headedness).

This homeopathic remedy is also effective for treating neurotic (mentally maladjusted) ailments. People who respond well to the homeopathic remedy moschus are those who talk breathlessly, have a feeling that they are being opposed by all and sundry, and are hurried as well as inept.

Usually, such people are unpleasantly cold; however, they may have a warm feeling within and frequently require taking deep breath. Such people experience more tiredness when they are resting compared to when they are moving around. It is interesting to note that such individuals have a strange feeling - one side of their body may feel hot, while the other may have a cold feeling.

Moschus is also very beneficial for people who have been suffering from asthma and are susceptible to attacks that come along with acute nervous anxiety. In addition, such people may also have a sensation that they may choke. This homeopathic remedy is effective for people who are usually described as being nervous or worried.

People who respond well to the homeopathic remedy moschus usually have significant amounts of coughing up phlegm that is stringy when they have an attack. Moschus is also useful in treating tension of the mind, body and skin.

In homeopathy, moschus is reputed for its effectiveness in treating fainting or loss of consciousness. Physicians practicing homeopathy may prescribe several other medicines to cure hysterical attacks that are accompanied by fainting. As far as homeopathic medicines are concerned, they have a plenty of options and may prescribe Ignatia, asafoetida, Cocculus or Nux moschata.

However, in majority of the cases, administering moschus would be the most appropriate homeopathic medicine. The homeopathic medicine moschus is the most effective remedy for treating paroxysm (sudden outburst of emotions or symptoms).

Moschus has also been found to be extremely beneficial for people who may be enduring stimulation of spasms caused by tetanus and experience unconsciousness or regular swooning. In fact, in homeopathy there is no other medicine that is as effective as moschus to treat this particular condition and it is practically an essential remedy for hysteria.

People suffering from hysteria experience shuddering or convulsions of the muscles and fierce seizure or constriction of the chest. The complexion of the face of such people may even change to blue, froths may form at the mouth and they may feel chilly.

The other symptoms experienced by Moschus patients include abundant release of pale urine, headache, globus hystericus (formation of lumps in the throat owing to muscle contraction) and flatulence. Occasionally, such people faint or lose consciousness actually owing to the pressure of gas in the abdominal region (solar plexus).

In such cases, the patients get relief following violent expulsions of gas. Such patients also experience rapid mood swings from being joyful at one moment to becoming morose on the other. Some Moschus patients may even experience an increase in sexual desire or libido and it is possible for some of them to turn nymphomaniacs.

The homeopathic remedy moschus is also effective in curing hysterical attacks and hiccough and this is considered to be the most appropriate medicine for treating strident eructations endured by people suffering from nervous hysteria. One of the mental symptoms experienced by Moschus patients is their penchant for reprimanding and often these people sold themselves into a paroxysm.

In addition to moschus, palladium is another homeopathic remedy that is effective in treating strong language and scolding symptoms in such patients. To wrap up the uses of moschus, it may be emphasized that this homeopathic remedy is indicated for treating fainting or loss of consciousness caused by stifling attacks, globus hystericus (formation of lumps in the throat), plentiful discharge of pale urine, unexpected attacks of unconsciousness and crying as well as laughing.

Like moschus, castoreum is another homeopathic remedy that is derived from animal source. Castoreum is also effective in treating an assortment of nervous symptoms. In fact, administration of this homeopathic remedy is appropriate in curing several symptoms that occur before a hysterical attack, for instance, an irritable weakness. Individuals who are on the fringe of hysteria are likely to benefit immensely by turning to castoreum.

In homeopathy, moschus is also indicated for treating nervous anxiety, deep fright and a suffocating sensation. Moschus is an appropriate remedy for individuals who are susceptible, extremely organized and have a nervous personality. This homeopathic remedy is also beneficial for people who are fearful or phobic types when they experience heightened anxiety and uneasiness.

Such people are generally afraid of people and have an intense desire to be left alone. Moschus is also very useful for people who suffer from moist asthma accompanied by expectoration of huge amounts of gristly mucus and become exhausted very quickly. The expectoration is usually yellowish or pale colored.


The potently aromatic substance or musk secreted from a hairy abdominal bag of the male musk deer forms the basis of the homeopathic medicine moschus. These musk deer are found inhabiting the mountainous terrains of Asia.


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