GELSEMIUM homeopathic remedy keynotes and indications from the Decachords by Gladstone Clarke, of the medicine GELSEMIUM …


      1. Neurotic, hysterical subjects esp. women and children. Nervous symptoms predominate in all complaints.

2. Mental and bodily lassitude, dull, drowsy, dizzy; wishes to be let alone; may be desire to throw herself from a height; or desire for expression in speech or writing with sense of increased power esp. of memory.

3. Complaints from mental emotions esp. psychic diarrhoea.

4. Complete relaxation of the whole muscular system with entire motor paralysis; general tremor; lack of muscular co-ordination.

5. Spasmodic conditions or partial and local paralysis; in groups of muscles; professional neuroses (e.g. writer’s cramp).

6. Dull, tired headaches at base of brain; or beginning nape of neck or occiput and extending over head to one eye (gen. right) or both eyes; commences with blurred vision and accompanied by vertigo. (<) 10 a.m., (>) profuse urination.

7. First stage of fevers; asthenic tendency; patient languid and listless, wishes to be let alone; frequent, soft pulse; prostration, vertigo more or less aching in back and limbs; little or no thirst; slight sweat; chills run up and down the back.

8. Acute catarrhal conditions with watery mucous discharges; much sneezing early a.m. influenzas with coryza.

9. Female disorders with severe neuralgic pains shooting into back, hips and down the thighs. Excellent at parturition in atonic conditions.

10. Modalities; (<) warm, moist, relaxing weather. Mental emotions; tobacco smoking; thinking of ailments; heat of sun and in summer yet locally heat often (>) pains; (<) motion except heart symptoms; (>) stimulants.

Keynote – Paralysis.

A. Gladstone Clarke
Arthur Gladstone Clarke, a christian missionary working with the North China Mission, made good practical use of the homeopathy. He learnt as a student at MSM. He published a short introduction to the use of over 100 commonly used medicines—Decachords—first published in 1925 and still in print today.