Gelsemium

GELSEMIUM

(Gelsemium sempervirens)

What is Gelsemium?

The root of this plant is toxic if taken in large enough amounts, affecting the nervous system and causing paralysis and occasionally death.

In homeopathy, it is used to treat nervous and respiratory disorders, as well as fear and phobias. In acute situations it is a remedy par excellence for the flu.

Other names : Yellow jasmine, false jasmine, Carolina jasmine, wild woodbine.

Description and places it grows in :

A climbing plant with a woody stem and large, bell-shaped, yellow flowers. It grows in coastal areas, woodlands and on riverbanks.

Parts used : The root.

Homeopaths may use this remedy for :

  • Nervous system disorders. Displaying the following symptoms: Headaches (made worse by bright light and movement), multiple sclerosis, eye pain (especially on the right side).

  • Respiratory system disorders. Displaying the following symptoms: Influenza-type symptoms, chills, shivering, feverish muscular aches, sore throat.
  • Menstrual disorders. Displaying the following symptoms: Pain.

  • Fear/phobias (including pre-examination/interview nerves or stage fright). Displaying the following symptoms : Tiredness, weakness, shaking, sleeplessness, tachycardia (faster than normal heart beat).
People requiring this remedy will feel worse :

In the sun, in the warmth, in moist, humid, damp or foggy weather, in a smoky environment, when excited, stressed or told bad news.

People requiring this remedy will feel better :

In the fresh air, after sweating, after drinking alcohol or other stimulating drinks, after urinating.

People suitable for this remedy :

Are often stocky, but with an inclination towards fatigue, general weakness and fear (so much so that it interferes with a normal, active social life).

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