Agaricus muscarius is a polycrest remedy that is very useful in treating nervous affections.
It is found to be very important in today’s generation as we encounter more people with anxiety that corresponds to the psychological state of the remedy.
It is a type of fungi, commonly known as Toadstool, fly fungus and it belongs to the vegetable kingdom.
Agaricus muscarius was first proved by Schbeter and Stapf.
To render it proper for homeopathic therapeutics, Agaricus is collected in summer and air-dried. Later, stalk and cap are used to make the mother tincture based on homeopathic principles.
The remedy’s primary sphere of action is on the nervous system and brain.
It affects the nerves and brain producing epileptic fits and exaggerated reflexes.
The remedy is best suited for dependent, weak-willed individuals, who cannot make decisions on their own.
It is adapted for those persons who have lax skin, light hair, and weak circulation.
Psora and syphilitic miasms run in the background of the cases.
Agaricus patients’ have a nervous temperament.
It is best suited for dependent, weak-willed individuals who cannot make decisions on their own and rely upon a mentor/stronger person to make decisions.
It is very useful in twitchings, chorea, and involuntary spasm cases.
Twitching and trembling of any body part occur commonly.
Complaints appear diagonally for example- left hip and right shoulder affection or vice-versa.
There is tremendous anxiety about health and fear of cancer running through the remedy.
All neurological affections such as chorea, twitching, and convulsions aggravate from coition.
Coldness is felt in spots on various body parts like the head, face, and legs.
Ailments occur from suppressed eruptions, sexual excesses, and indolent circulation.
Agaricus symptomatology can be triggered by the fear caused due to the death of a spouse and grief.
This article will discuss all the complaints under headings from head to toe. Homeopathic prescription requires thorough expertise in the subject and proper investigation of the case to arrive at a remedy.
When studied carefully and given, Agaricus muscarius will help in curing neurological disorders such as meningitis, multiple sclerosis, bell’s palsy, etc
The psychological pathology of Agaricus typically manifests in weak-willed and dependent individuals.
Due to a lack of willpower, they always devote themselves to a stronger person and depend on them to make life decisions.
For instance, a child devoted to their mother or a student devoted to his mentor. This dependence is because of the inability to take up the responsibility
It appears as though there is a paresis of willpower which is very analogous to the paralytic state of the nervous system.
These individuals repress their anger because of fear of facing consequences and they appear as very sweet people.
However, muscles of their face twitch involuntarily to show anger suppression.
There is hypochondriacal anxiety about health, particularly fear of cancer is very strong in the remedy.
When faced with near-death situations or unprepared events concerning health, they get overwhelmed by the fear of death.
They imagine that similar things might happen to them. They are buried with thoughts of death.
Symptoms like chorea, twitching, and paralysis may appear after punishment or being scolded.
Agaricus children are late in learning to walk and talk. Their mind appears to be tardy and hence they make a lot of mistakes in writing.
These children are very clumsy and drop things often as there is incoordination in the brain and spinal cord.
The head symptoms are associated with neurological dysfunction. Headache is coupled with twitching, spasms, and jerkings.
Head pains as if pierced by sharp cold needles.
Icy coldness of the head after scratching the head, especially during the morning is a keynote of the remedy.
Agaricus also produces marked eruptions on the scalp. Eczema appears with crust on the scalp.
pain in the head as from a nail when sitting quietly and getting better from walking alone.
Vertigo while walking in the open air and under the sun. The person tends to fall backward during vertigo.
There is trembling and jerking of eyes. Agaricus patient will try hard to fixate his eyes towards one point but his eyes oscillate back and forth like a pendulum.
eyelids twitch especially before a thunderstorm and get better during sleep .this is a great keynote of the remedy.
Another characteristic symptom of Agaricus is that there are delusions of colors and visions before eyes. He finds it very difficult to read.
A sensation of black flies, cobwebs before eyes. Double visions. There is massive flickering before their eyes and the letters appear to swim in front of him.
It is also a great remedy for the redness of canthi.
Chilblains occur on ears during menses and are a characteristic symptom of the remedy. The ear feels frozen. It is also a very good remedy for frostbites.
There is a remarkable redness in areas with cartilaginous tissues such as ears, and nose.
Twitching of ears about the ears. there is trembling and quivering of ears.
Burning pain in ears during menses.
The tip of the nose appears red. It helps in curing frostbites. The nose appears icy cold.
Agaricus is one of the leading remedies when a prolonged cough ends in sneezing. There is a paroxysmal sneeze.
Pain in the root of the nose during a headache is a characteristic symptom of the remedy.
Epistaxis in old people has been extensively cured by this remedy
Tongue quivers and twitches rapidly. The twitching of the tongue affects speech and causes inarticulate talking.
It is a great remedy for phagedenic ulcers of the franeum of the tongue. It also cures syphilitic aphthae in the roof of the mouth.
This remedy also produces indurations of tonsils. Mouth smells offensive like horseradish.
Teeth feel very long and sensitive to touch.
An epileptic fit with frothing of the mouth with the drawing of muscles of the face.
Every little muscle of the face quivers. One group of muscles quiver and stop, then another group starts to twitch, driving the patient crazy.
There is major twitching of facial muscles during anger or any stress. The person doesn’t express anger due to fear of consequence and his facial muscles twitch.
Facial neuralgia is as if cold needles were pierced through and it causes involuntary grimaces.
It is also a great remedy for frostbite. Affected parts feel cold and burn.
Dry fauces cause difficulty in swallowing. the throat feels very tight. The thyroid gland feels tense during the evening.
It also cures the induration of the thyroid gland.
Agaricus potentially cures catarrhal symptoms and throws solid lumps of mucus.
Agaricus is a strong tubercular remedy. It has cured consumption many times.
In bronchitis, the remedy cures convulsive cough with profuse night sweats.
It is a great remedy for paroxysmal cough ending in sneezing. The cough and sneeze are so violent that patients can seldom differentiate between them.
It is a leading remedy when the disappearance of milk in nursing women causes the subsequent appearance of neurological disorders.
There are nervous palpitations in the remedy which are worse in the evening and after passing stool.
It is also known to cure catarrhal conditions of the chest by producing mucus.
There is excessive thirst and appetite which feels very abnormal to the patient. However, the appetite drops after coition.
Empty eructations alternate with hiccoughs. Another characteristic symptom of the remedy is that eructations taste like apples or rotten eggs.
Agaricus patients have a strong desire for eggs and salty things.
They have an aversion to bread, meat, and wine.
The stomach complaints get worse from cold food and drinks
There is massive distension of the abdomen, especially in the morning after breakfast.
It affects the liver and the spleen, and it especially cures people who suffer from pain in the liver, and who run regularly.
Agaricus is indicated in liver affections such as hepatitis when associated with quivering or twitching of the abdominal muscles, especially in the evening in bed.
There is gurgling of the abdomen after stool, worse from pressure. Strong tenesmus before, during, and after stool.
Agaricus patients may also sometimes suffer from severe constipation, with a lot of straining without result. Rectum feels unable to expel contents.
It is also a great remedy for constipation during pregnancy.
The patient suffers from morning diarrhea with hot flatus and burning in the rectum. Involuntary straining before, during, and after stool. Even soft stools are difficult to expel.
Sensation as if rectum would burst, after stool.
Patient experiences cutting pain in the abdomen before passing the stools.
During stool, there is terrible colic and passing of hot flatus due to which there is smarting and cutting pain in the anus. Patients may even experience headaches during stool.
Headache is relieved after stools. However, he feels heaviness in the abdomen and around the navel, and pain in the chest.
May have constipation and a paralytic state of the rectum. Stools are hard and require straining but it’s not fruitful.
It is useful in treating constipation during pregnancy.
Urine feels cold on passing. Milky urine in the afternoon.
Agaricus patients experience a urine urgency. He feels that he must run to the toilet or he may urinate on the spot.
Urine is very scanty in women.
Urine passes slowly in a stream or drops, and has to be pressed to promote the flow.”
“Urine is watery, clear, lemon-colored, bright yellow. Urine appears watery in the forenoon and milky in the afternoon with white sediment urine.
Genital organs are very cold and shrunken.
In the male, symptoms are aggravated after coition. Complaints appear after sexual excitement and debauchery.
The trembling, quivering, and twitching get worse after coition as the sexual functions are coordinated by the spinal cord.
Males experience a burning sensation in the urethra during coition. Seminal fluid excoriates when ejaculated. There is a burning sensation in the prostate during a sexual act.
Old men have gleety discharges with tingling and discomfort in the urethra.
It is a very good remedy for spasmodic dysmenorrhoea. Menses are increased and appear early.
Middle-aged women get bearing down pains during menopause.
Female complaints start after sexual intercourse. There is a general aggravation of all symptoms after coitus.
Agaricus leucorrhoea is dark and burns. It brings a lot of itchiness and excoriation to the clitoris.
Women tend to masturbate however, the mental and physical states aggravate.
There are twitchings in the upper and lower limbs. The legs become numb. Choreic movements are noticed.
Patients also complain of the coldness of extremities in spots. Coldness in the elbow is a characteristic symptom of the remedy.
Trembling limbs, hands, the awkwardness of all limbs. Patients drop all the things due to incoordination of the brain and spinal cord.
It is a good remedy for rheumatism and gout of joints. When complaints aggravate after coition.
Paralysis of the lower limbs. Trembling especially during pregnancy.
Agaricus has incoordination of limbs and the person walks awkwardly. He stumbles often while walking or climbing stairs.
Twitching in the buttocks is a keynote of the remedy.
Burning and itching of extremities are seen after sexual intercourse.
We can spot a few general guiding symptoms in the back region. The whole spine feels stiff and the patient feels it may break when he bends down. Tightness in the muscles of the back.
The usual characteristic of coldness appearing in different spots is seen on the back. The patient complains of descending coldness in the back, as though the water was poured.
Pain in the spine gets worse on stooping. Sensation as if cold air is spreading along the back before a convulsion is often noted
It mainly affects the neck and the lumbosacral region. Pain in the back gets worse from coitus. Pain in the lumbar-sacral region aggravates from exertion and sitting.
Epilepsy from the suppressed eruption and sexual excesses.
involuntary movements during daytime and cease during sleep.
single body parts jerk and quiver and gets better during sleep.
A very good remedy for ataxic gait. Incoordination of limbs makes the patient stumble while walking.
It is a great cure for chilblains and frostbites. Affected parts become red and burn causing itchiness.
Chilblains, especially in the face, itch intolerably. The condition is worse from the cold air.
There is a cold sensation in spots. It feels as though ice touched needles were pierced through the body parts.
Cartilaginous tissues become red, especially the nose and ears. they burn and itch.
Skin becomes easily ecchymosed.
People feel very chilly when in the open air. There is trembling in the whole body. Heat increases during the evening.
There is sweat even from slight exertion. Burning in spots on skins.
Modalities are the factors that alter (increase or decrease) a patient’s symptoms.
They are divided into aggravating and ameliorating factors.
Aggravating factors make the symptoms of the illness worse, whereas ameliorating factors make the symptoms better.
A few examples of factors are time, seasons, applications, or positions.
- after coition and sexual excesses
- pressure and touch
Here, we must stress that general aggravation of Agaricus is caused after coition.
Neurological symptoms are worse during the daytime and cease during sleep.
Generally, patients feel worse from cold weather and air.
- moving about slowly
- During rest
Agaricus patients feel headache is better after stools. Extremities complaints are better by rest or moving about slowly.
When many new symptoms appear without any general improvement in the case, one must study the new symptoms and combine them with the old symptoms to form a totality.
This totality points to the second remedy which is the antidote.
Agaricus is antidoted by coffee, camphor, remedies like Calcarea carbonica, Pulsatilla
These are medicines given before this medicine finishes its action.
Agaricus follows well: Belladonna, Calcarea carbonica, Opium, Pulsatilla, Rhus toxicodendron, Silicea
These are medicines given after the first medicine finishes its action.
Agaricus is followed well by Tuberculinum and Tarentula hispanica.
The remedy can be used from 12 CH potencies to the highest potencies like 10 M and CM potencies.
Agaricus muscarius 30 CH potency can be used in treating skin conditions like angioneurotic edema, chilblains, and brain conditions like epilepsy.
The potency can be repeated frequently as per symptomatology.
It is a moderate potency generally used in cases of emotional origin and when the degree of similarity of the selected remedy with the patients’ symptomatology is high.
On giving 200C potency, it’s advisable to wait and watch for one month.
When the remedy picture is clear in the patient, one dose of Agaricus muscarius 200 CH will stimulate the immune system towards a cure.
One should not repeat 1 M and 10M potencies frequently. It is given 30 days once, only when symptoms perfectly match, and wait until it completes its action.
It has been found that the use of higher potencies has yielded good results in cases of anxiety and fear.
It is a lower potency and works well as a therapeutic dose for neurological disorders.
A repeated intake of 3-4 times a day is advised when a person has symptoms of Agaricus muscarius.
- Twitchings, jerkings
- Multiple sclerosis
- Bell’s palsy
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Enteric fever
Clinically no major side effect of Agaricus muscarius in homeopathic form is observed.
Excess intake, in crude form, can cause twitching and jerking.
In such a case, consulting a homeopathic doctor and taking coffee or camphor may help in antidoting and reversing the adverse effects.
To avoid the polycrest remedy’s adverse consequences, always seek treatment from an experienced homeopathic practitioner and avoid self-medication.