Gelsemium sempervirens (Jasmine) is a plant kingdom remedy commonly known as Yellow Jasmine or Woodbine. It is a flowering plant native to Tropical America.
It belongs to the family Loganiaceae, the same family from which Ignatia and Nux vomica belongs. The flowers of Gelsemium are yellow sometimes orange and they are borne in clusters.
In ancient times it is used as a folk remedy to treat many health conditions and used as a substitute for Opium as narcotics. It came into the homeopathic existence after the proving done by Dr. W. E. Payne.
The medicine is by the tincture of the bark of the root. Gelsemium is a deep-acting medicine and is suggested to treat a variety of disease conditions.
Gelsemium is suited for children, young people, and women of nervous hysterical temperament.
The people who require Gelsemium are very excitable, irritable, and sensitive. They are very anxious and nervous type people.
Gelsemium is suitable for the nervous affections of onanists of both sexes. It is also suited for people having dullness, drowsiness. Dizziness and trembling along with all health conditions.
The sphere of action of Gelsemium is well defined. It is a highly effective medicine in the motor nerve paralysis of both voluntary and involuntary muscles, and is also known as the ‘King of Polio’.
There is a lot of muscular weakness in the patients of Gelsemium with complete relaxation and prostration. There is a lack of coordination in muscles.
Tremor is the keynote of Gelsemium. There is a lot of trembling of extremities, fingers sometimes whole body indicates toward Gelsemium. Due to a lack of muscular coordination, the patient is unable to walk and write.
Gelsemium is a children’s remedy who have fear of falling with a desire to cling to everyone, and also for women who are affected by hysteria. It is indicated in hysterical dysphagia or aphonia, after emotions.
It is a highly indicated medicine for seizures and convulsion in children accompanied by vertigo. There is excessive weakness and trembling with dizziness and dim vision.
The complaints of the Gelsemium are more insidious and come with the degree of slowness. Their reactions are very slow and they take cold and fever of low malarial type.
It is indicated to the patients who are liable to cling or very clingy people. They hold on to people in fear, excitement, and anger.
Gelsemium is used mostly in acute troubles and all the complaints of this medicine are of congestive type. It is especially indicated in the fever of remitting type that gradually develops toward a congestive chill.
It is a nervous remedy; many neurological cases require Gelsemium. It is also a very effective remedy for tremors and twitches of single muscle like paralytics’ effects on eyelids, neck, and extremities.
This article will cover from head to toe all the complaints body. And wherever the symptoms are matched, this medicine can be used-
Gelsemium is indicated when the ailments come from bad news or exciting news, fright, fear, and sudden emotions. It is very important to remedy mental health issues, anxiety disorders, psychological disorders, and depression.
There is a lot of anxiety, apprehension, and anticipation. An extremely unpleasant and difficult experience from something rare or out of ordinary thing anticipates them a lot.
They are very nervous because they are the people who want everything under their control. Everything in their life is controlled and clocked by time.
The mental symptoms get affected so much after bad news, after a strong emotional setback in their family or their personal life. They start developing an aversion to people, desire to be quiet, do not wish to speak or have anyone near them.
Gelsemium is an effective medicine that is highly indicated to treat depression in patients, who cannot think or fix their attention in anything.
It is used when the control and coordination between the brain and muscles get stopped. There is confusion of the brain and the patient feels that the muscles refuse to obey the will.
Gelsemium is a reliable remedy for occipital headaches accompanied by vertigo. The characteristic features are languor, dullness, and laziness. Patients always want to lie down and rest.
It is a good remedy for morning headaches and one-sided headaches (migraine). Headache mostly begins from the nape of the neck passes up and settled down in the eye.
The headache is almost preceded by the dimness of vision and gets better by urination. There is a heaviness of the head, patients feel band around the head above eyes. They want to have heads raised on a pillow.
Gelsemium is a very important remedy for intracerebellar hemorrhages when there is bleeding in the brain. It is also indicated in cerebrospinal meningitis.
Gelsemium is highly indicated in ptosis (drooping of the eyelids) due to paralysis of the muscle of the eyes. There is the inability to raise eyelids with lots of heaviness and congestion.
There is the spasmodic movement of the eyeballs with continuous twitching of the eye muscle. It is indicated in the paralysis of the muscle of the upper eyelid and eyeballs.
Gelsemium is a very effective remedy for glaucoma, cataract, and retinal disorders. There is a dimness of vision with vertigo that gets ameliorated by profuse urination.
It is also used in diplopia or double vision. The constant form of diplopia occurs only in the upper half of the field of vision. It is also indicated in asthenopia to the muscular weakness of the eyes.
Gelsemium is indicated in otalgia or earache that ascends from back to occiput.
Clinically it is indicated in sudden and temporary loss of hearing and deafness, due to the result of catarrh of the middle ear and eustachian tube.
Gelsemium is used in nasal catarrh with excoriating discharge and sore throat associated with physical weakness. There is tingling in the nares and the patient often complains of excessive sneezing.
It is indicated to the person having the disposition to take cold at the slightest change in the weather resulting to develop hay fever sometimes and watery discharge from the nose.
There is a sensation of fulness in the nose, the mucus accumulates in the nose and the upper part of the trachea often develops into sinus it is and dull headache.
Gelsemium is a top-listed medicine for muscular paralysis and weakness therefore it is highly indicated in the paralysis of the tongue, the tongue feels numb and heavy, and it feels too thick that the patient could hardly speak.
There is a thick yellow coating on the tongue, saliva is yellowish as from blood. There is foaming in the mouth with a foul smell and discharge of bloody brown mucus during the fits.
It is also used in the disorders of dentition in children with fever and frightening feelings.
Gelsemium has been indicated in the neuralgia of the face, especially trigeminal neuralgia. The pain is generally sharp, the face usually congested with a dusky hue and often associated with vertigo.
Face becoming flushed and hot to touch having a heavy and besotted appearance.
It is used to treat the quivering of the chin in children during convulsion and seizures.
Gelsemium is used in various forms of sore throat mostly catarrhal and rarely ulcerative. There is difficulty in swallowing from the soreness when the pain extends to the ears sometimes due to paralysis of the pharyngeal muscles.
It is a valuable remedy for the throat following diphtheria. There is a feeling as if there were a lump in the throat that could not be swallowed.
There is a spasmodic sensation in the gullet with cramp-like pains, a lot of dryness, and burning in the throat. The patient also complains of hawking the bloody matter while clearing the throat. These symptoms are highly indicated towards Gelsemium.
Gelsemium is indicated in the threatening paralysis of the lungs, especially in old people. There is a great weakness in the chest and heaviness upon the chest.
There is short paroxysmal pain in the superior part of the right lung on taking a long breath and sticks from above downward. This pain is one of the prominent symptoms of Gelsemium.
It is used in catarrhal affections of the air passage, with the relaxed and debilitated condition of the respiratory system. There is distressing fullness in the chest causes dyspnoea, cold extremities threatening suffocation, and patient desires for fresh air.
Gelsemium has marked action on the circulatory system of our body. It is one of the most important remedies for hypotension and hypertension.
It is used in palpitation and oppression about the heart with heavy breathing due to the effects of grief.
There is an irregular beating of the heart with trembling of the body. Sounds can be heard from far distant. The action of the heart is feeble, the pulse is soft and weak with cold extremities.
Gelsemium can be given when the patient feels the heart would stop beating if they don’t move about. The pulse becomes slow in old age people.
Gelsemium is used in gastralgia with colic and intoxicated feeling. There is the sensation of emptiness and weakness feeling in the stomach and bowels.
Gelsemium is indicated in chronic cases of hiccough after eating with eructation of sour, bland fluid in the mouth.
It is also used to treat acidity and heartburn with constant retching. Patients feel a heavy load in the region of the stomach and the sensation of something wanting in the epigastric region.
There is a pain in the stomach, nausea, and dimness of the vision, succeeded by ineffectual efforts to vomit, great restlessness, and free perspiration over the body. The pain gets passed off after taking a biscuit and coffee.
Gelsemium is indicated to treat the gastrointestinal catarrhal with a jaundiced hue. There is frequent sharp drawing pain through the left hypochondriac region with rumbling and dull aching in the umbilical region.
There is pain in the bowel, with nauseated feeling, heaviness, and palpitation in the bowels. There is rumbling and rattling in the abdomen with emission of flatus above and below.
Gelsemium can be given to the patient if any exciting news causes urging to stool. Bowels loose with great difficulty in discharging anything, there seems to be a great strength in the sphincter muscle.
It is indicated when the stool is bilious, tea-colored, and semisolid, preceded by threatening diarrhea, exciting news, and flatulence.
Gelsemium is indicated in incomplete paralysis of the urinary bladder so that there was constant dribbling of urine, the blow is intermittent and the patient seems not to empty the bladder. There is a loss of power of the bladder, especially in old people.
It is a very effective remedy for treating urinary complaints and is often indicated in the retention of urine in old women when the muscle of the bladder refuses to obey the will and loses coordination with nerves.
The frequent micturition of clearly limpid urine is reliving the dullness and heaviness of the head. It is one of the characteristic symptoms of Gelsemium. The symptoms of Gelsemium are better after urination.
Gelsemium is indicated to treat many male sexual-related disorders where there is a great weakness of the sexual organ so that men have emission without an erection. It is a very useful remedy for a lot of seminal fluid loss.
There is irritation on spot on the mucus membrane of prepuce at night with surrounding congestion. In connection with general prostration, there is always much flaccidity with the coldness of the genitals
Gelsemium is indicated in female sexual-related diseases where there is severe, sharp labor-like pain in the uterine region extending to the back and hips. It is highly indicated in medicine in dysmenorrhea or painful menses.
It is a very effective medicine in inefficient labor pains, which do not force downward but shoot upward.
It is used in the suppression of menses with congestion of the head. There is threatening puerperal convulsion with stupidity, twitching of muscle with albuminuria, and sharp cutting pain in the neck of the uterus upward.
Gelsemium is the king of paralytic remedies, there is a lack of muscular coordination well marked, muscles refuse to obey the will. Gelsemium produces a general state of paresis. The limbs are so painful that the patient can hardly move them.
It is used to treat locomotor ataxia and paraplegia. There is a lot of weakness in the muscles of the extremities with reduced sensation to touch or uncomfortable tingling and burning in the hands and legs.
There is loss of power in extremities, gait staggering and legs feel too heavy to move.
Gelsemium is also indicated in rheumatic pain of the legs, there is sharp crampy pain in the leg that becomes worse while walking.
Gelsemium is indicated in rheumatic pain in the left side and contractive sensation in the right side of the neck. It is one of the best remedies indicated to treat cervical spondylosis.
There is soreness in the trapezius muscle of the back on the motion. There is aching in the loins, in the lower lumbar and sacral region that gets aggravated by eating and on entering a warm room.
Gelsemium is indicated in erythema of the face and neck, it helps to treat the suppressed skin eruptions and provides a complete cure in such conditions.
The skin of the Gelsemium patient is hot, dry itching, and has measles-like eruptions. It is also a very suitable medicine for treating measles.
There are painless vesico-pustules on the sides of the thighs. It is also used when there is sudden stinging in the whole skin, as before an eruption, greenish color with burning and itching and profuse sweat.
Gelsemium is an extremely valuable remedy for fever. It is indicated in eruptive fevers especially measles with catarrhal symptoms of eyes, nose, and throat with cough and great prostration, and lack of thirst.
In malarial fever, the fever is periodic, pure intermittent and there is a chill in the back especially along the spine running up down with wave-like succession from sacrum to occiput.
Gelsemium is also used in an early stage of typhoid fever with vertigo and tired feeling in the limbs with great weakness. The patient desires to be over the fire in the catarrhal fever, indicating towards the Gelsemium.
Modalities are the factors that, increase or decrease the complaints in a patient.
They are categorized as aggravating factors and amelioration factors.
Aggravating factors make the condition of the illness worst, while the amelioration factor makes the condition of the disease better.
It can be time, any part of the day, season, position, or any applications, etc.
The condition of Gelsemium sempervirens is aggravated in damp weather and before a thunderstorm. This is the remedy highly indicated when the patient gets affected after exciting or bad news resulting in mental emotion and shock.
The patient also can’t tolerate the smell of tobacco smoking.
The condition of this medicine becomes worse when the patient thinks of his ailments or when spoken to of his loss.
The gastric troubles are aggravated by indigestible food and very rich fatty foods.
The menstrual troubles become worse by getting the feet wet.
Almost all the conditions of Gelsemium get better after profuse urination and by sweating. The release of discharges makes the patient better.
This remedy completes the process of cure that is started by the first medicine given.
The remedies complementary to Gelsemium are Argentum nitricum and Sepia.
These are the remedies that are suitable to be used together.
The bad effects of Gelsemium are antidoted by China, Coffea, Digitalis, and Nux moschata.
Gelsemium antidotes Mag phos.
Ignatia; Mur. Acid; Natrum mur and Sepia.
The dosage and potency of the medicine depend on the individual case.
Lower potency is given when very few symptoms of the patient match with Gelsemium and help the doctor only to diagnose the disease condition.
This potency requires frequent repetition, 3-4 times a day, till the expected result is seen.
This is considered as higher potency; they are given when the majority of mental symptoms and physical symptoms of Gelsemium sempervirens are matched with the disease individuals.
Higher potencies are advisable to be not repeated very often; they act for a long duration of days, so the second dose is repeated every 7-days or every 15-days once.
This is very high potency. One should give it only after careful case analysis, where all medicinal symptoms of Gelsemium and that given by the patient match perfectly.
One should not repeat 1 M potency. It is given 30 days once and waiting for symptoms to disappear.
The mother tincture of Gelsemium is used by many homeopaths to relieve the mental symptoms associated with emotional distress, effects of grief, and sadness after the loss of their personal.
It has marked action on the nervous system and is highly effective to treat the lack of coordination in the muscles. It is also helpful in hypertension, cold and flu, nervousness in children to reduce anxiety and many menstrual-related disordered like suppressed menses and dysmenorrhea.
Take 10 drops of mother tincture of Gelsemium in half a cup of water three times a day till the improvement occurs.
This lower potency of Gelsemium works well to treat the conditions like migraine, depression and anxiety, muscle pain, drooping of eyelids, seminal loss, and many heart and respiratory diseases.
Take 2-3 drops of dilution directly on the tongue thrice a day for 3 months.
- Epilepsy and seizures
- Facial neuralgia
- Cervical spondylosis
- Nasal catarrh
- Earache and Otorrhea
- Hypertension and hypotension
- Liver pathologies
- Heartburn and acidity
- Gastric troubles associated with nausea.
- Diarrhea and constipation.
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of seminal fluid
- Menstrual disorders
- Threatened abortion
- Locomotor ataxia
- Intermittent Fever
Homeopathic medicines are prepared by potentization where the dynamic curative power of the medication is aroused, so homeopathic medicines produce negligible side effects.
If any side effects of Gslsemium are seen then it can be antidoted by Coffea or Nux moschata.