Lycopodium - Homeopathic Veterinary Materia Medica
Lycopodium, Veterinary Materia Medica
Lycopodium Clavatum

Homeopathic remedy for

Liver disease - Bowel problems - Kidney and Bladder disease

  • Lycopodium is usually indicated in chronic disease and best prescribed by a professional as it can cause an aggravation if it is repeated too frequently, especially at the beginning of treatment.
  • Lycopodium is a great acute remedy for the liver and gastrointestinal tract. For example, it is indicated for constipatition, especially if it accompanied by great bloating below the navel (they look 5 months pregnant after eating a meal), even after a few bites of food. Gas and fermentation in the intestines is another indicator.
  • Chronic liver problems, possibly with jaundice and tenderness over the liver region.
  • Stomach involvement with indigestion and bloating (usually below the navel), which may be accompanied by vomiting.
  • Lower bowel: Lycopodium has a marked effect on the colon, with much rumbling and production of gas. There may be difficulty passing hard stools, followed by diarrhea.
  • Kidneys and bladder; retention of urine due to poor bladder action. The formation of kidney stones or gravel leading to renal colic.

Lycopodium seems to be particularly appropriate if
two or more of the above symptoms are present. There may also be skin involvement with skin ulcers or chronic eczema.


  • These animals usually have a great sense of hierarchy but can be subservient to those who they know are above them. However they may be bullies to those who are below their level. They often behave nicely at home for their guardians, but may pick on other animals in the house. Especially if there are younger animals at home.
  • The emotional picture of this remedy (for animal's who need it in chronic diseases) is one of very low self-confidence, especially for any new task or anything out of their ordinary routine. The low self-confidence exhibited by this type often stems from a humiliation, fear, fright or betrayal situation.
  • Flatulence is another keynote among the common symptoms when this remedy is needed.
  • Animals needing Lycopodium may be chilly or warm.
  • Rapid aging, you may start noticing a premature grey muzzle on a young animal.
  • Symptoms are mainly right sided but often move from right to left.
  • Lycopodium animals seem to like company in the house, or in the same room but do not like to interact with the company.
  • Adversion, to her own young.


>Better: after midnight, from cold water bathing, in the dark, may improve from being outside in the open air.
< Worse: Worse: from 4-8 p.m. sunlight, wind, being indoors and in the warmth.


Iod., Kali-C., Lach.
Follows well after: Calc., Carb-V., Chel., Graph., Iod., Lach., Nux-V., and Sulph.

In chronic disease Lycopodium may work more beneficially when it follows Sulphur, used before it as a 'clearing' remedy (this should be handled by a professional homeopath).


Camph., Caust., and Puls.
Lycopodium antidotes: Chin.

6c to 200c potency. In not to frequent doses.

The name Lycopodium is from Greek, lykos, wolf, and podus, foot, in reference to the rhizomes which resemble a wolf's paw. The specific name clavatus means club-shaped and refers to the shape of the stems.

The part of the plant employed in homeopathic medicine are minute spores which, as a yellow powder, are shaken out of the kidney-shaped capsules or sporangia growing on the inner side of the bracts covering the fruit spike. The capsules are of such hardness that in the preparation of the remedy, trituration of several days duration is needed, using a special mill, in order to release the soft inner contents.

For detailed
treatments and dosing instruction in veterinary homeopathy, we recommend using Pet Remedy Charts, 'Homeopathy to the Rescue' for dogs, cats, horses or birds.

Please Note: Any information given in this website is not intended to be taken as a replacement for medical advice. Anyone with an animal with a medical condition requiring veterinary attention should consult a qualified DVM practitioner or veterinary emergency care clinic.
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