Gelsemium has traditionally been used for the symptomatic relief of flu with aches and pains when feeling droopy, drowsy, heavy and listless. It may also be helpful for symptoms related to anticipatory fear, stage fright and exam nerves.
Always read the label. Homoeopathic principles should be applied when using this remedy. If symptoms persist consult your health care professional promptly.
Gelsemium or Yellow Jasmine
Remedy picture as described in traditional homoeopathic texts.
Gelsemium is mainly used in home prescribing for cold and flu symptoms that leave a person with generalised aching, weakness and so tired that they can hardly be bothered taking a remedy. There is a slow onset of symptoms which often come on after a period of anticipation, fear or anxiety.
There is a kind a paralysis of the mind and body; the mind is sluggish, the muscular system is relaxed and the limbs feel so heavy the individual can hardly move them. Dizziness, dullness and trembling are characteristic symptoms of this remedy. The eyelids may droop, the muscles feel heavy, aching and weak.
Mental / Emotional Symptoms
Dazed and dull, apathetic, weary and slow with apathy about their illness. Dizziness, drowsiness, trembling and a general feeling of discomfort. Vertigo and dread of falling. Wants to lie down quietly, wants to be held. Suits children and people of nervous temperament, who tend normally to be irritable, sensitive, excitable, hysterical, or timid. Fear of doctors and dentists. Anxiety and stage fright resulting in emotional withdrawal and trembling.
Eyes: Heavy, drooping eyelids, blurred / double vision. Pupils dilated, or one dilated the other constricted. Visual disturbance before migraine. Pain with contraction and twitching.
Face: Hot, heavy, flushed, looking drowsy. Trembling or twitching of single muscles eg. Face, chin or tongue.
Head: Headache begins in the occiput and spreads over the head, settling in the eyes. Occipital headaches with a feeling of a tight band around the head. Headache preceded by visual disturbance and relieved by profuse urination. Dull, heavy, aching, accompanied by muscular soreness of neck and shoulders. Pain in temple, extending to the ear.
Throat: Sore throat, puffy and red. Painful swallowing with a sensation of a lump. Pain shoots from tonsil to the ear.
Back: Dull, heavy pain with chills up and down the back better for walking. Weary, deep, bruised feeling; relaxation of the whole muscular system; pain especially in the neck and shoulders.
Kidney: Profuse, clear watery urine with chilliness and trembling.
Female: Dysmenorrhoea with scanty flow, pain extending to back and hips. Uterus sore, feeling as if squeezed.
Rectum: Painless diarrhoea in nervous people after grief, fright, bad news or in anticipation of an event.
Temperature: Raised temperature, with muscle soreness and chills up and down the back. No thirst, cold hands and feet.
Muscles: Weak, trembling, heavy, sore. Motor weakness or loss of function especially about the eyes, throat, limbs, anus and bladder sphincters. Every effort causes fatigue.
Sensations: Light headed, as if the head were enlarged, as if there was a band around the head, as if there was a lump in the throat that cannot be swallowed, as if there was a load in the stomach, or the stomach was gone, as if the heart would stop pumping if body movement stopped.
- Colds and flu
- Fear and fright
- Anticipatory anxiety
- Bad news
- Alcohol or drugs
Better: For profuse urination; sweating; open air; movement.
Worse: For bad news; emotional upsets; 10am; tobacco; humid; damp weather; heat or warmth.
Compare: Aconite, Argent nit, Lycopodium.
Homoeopathy is an effective and scientific system of healing that gently and safely restores health and vitality to the mind and body by encouraging the natural tendency of the body to heal itself. This makes it an empowering tool for parents in the nurturing and health care of their children.
Homoeopathy recognises that all symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony and that it is the patient who needs treatment - not the disease.
Homoeopathic medicine is understood to act by stimulating a healing response in the body by way of its similarity to the existing complaint.
Homoeopathy follows definite scientific laws of preparation, prescription and cure.
Taking of Homoeopathic Remedies
- The remedies are absorbed in the mouth, so are best held in the mouth for several minutes before swallowing. In the case of pilules, allow them to dissolve under the tongue.
- Unless the dose is very frequent, half an hour before meals, or between meals, is the best time to take your dose. However, 10 minutes before or after a meal or taking a drink, is acceptable.
- Do not use peppermint toothpaste, or drink strong peppermint tea, or ordinary coffee as these may antidote your remedies.
- Do not smoke, brush your teeth or gargle, or drink alcohol, within half an hour of taking remedies.
- Do not touch the remedies with your hands. Liquids may be administered on a teaspoon, diluted with water. Likewise, when administering pilules to infants or small children, a teaspoon is helpful. Pilules can be rolled into the lid of the vial, and then dropped under the tongue.
- If any pilules are dropped, they should be discarded and not returned to the bottle.
- Store your remedies away from direct light and heat, and away from all strong smelling substances, particularly camphor, as the potency of the medicine will be weakened.
- When using Homoeopathic remedies, do not use products such as "Vicks" or "Deep Heat", as these will antidote the remedy. There are very effective Homoeopathic creams which you can use instead when needed.
- When taking more than one medicine, separate the doses by at least 10 minutes, preferably longer.
- Store your medicines away from electrical appliances such as fridge, TV, microwave, clock radio and stereo.