Lycopodium is grown all over the world and has traditionally been used as a homeopathic remedy. The spores are the most commonly used parts of the plant. The powdered spores are highly flammable. Lycopodium's name is derived from the Greek words "lykos" and "pous" meaning "wolf's foot" or "wolf's claw".
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Lycopodium is a tasteless, odourless, yellow powder. Other names for lycopodium are club moss, vegetable sulphur and Lycopodium clavatum. Lycopodium is most often used as a tea; however, it can also be taken as pills or tinctures.
Lycopodium was once used for dusting and as a pill coating. Lycopodium is most commonly used as a homeopathic remedy. It is traditionally used to treat inflammation, urinary problems, heartburn, rheumatism, memory loss and skin irritation. Because of its flammability, the powder was once used in flash photography, fireworks and stage lighting. .
When used properly, lycopodium is considered non-toxic; however, allergic reactions from the spores or powder are possible. Prolonged use of lycopodium may irritate the mucous membranes, mouth, nose, throat and stomach. When taking lycopodium as a homeopathic remedy, you should not take peppermint and coffee since these may interfere with the treatment.
Alkaloids such as lycopodine, dihydrolycopodine and lycodine are some of the active ingredients in Lycopodium.
Lycopodium also contains flavonoids such as luteoline and chrysoeriol. It is available at health food stores, pharmacies, drugstores and grocery stores. Because the concentration and quality varies widely among different brands, it is important to find a reputable brand such as Rexall, or reputable retailers such as Walgreens or CVS.
This information is not intended to substitute medical advice. Since little research has been done on lycopodium's effectiveness, its interaction with other drugs or remedies are uncertain. Always ask your doctor before taking any medications or health remedies (including herbs).
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