A 38 year old woman came for palpitations, in
October 2005. In the past, she had responded well to Staphysagria 200K for
recurrent cystitis. The palpitations are worse at night, especially around 4:00
am; they wake her up. They are also worse after exciting experiences; they
start quickly, stop quickly, and give the feeling as though she has been
In the past, she has been treated with
carbimazol for hyperthyroidism. The palpitations remind her of this period,
since they have the same symptoms. She calls it a “hyper-feeling”, as though
she is dissociated, standing outside of herself.
She has a busy job; she and her partner
have their own business in the design and export of wooden products.
Desires: cheese, French cheese, clove cheese, red
wine, bread, chocolate
Aversions: meat, coffee
Thirst: very thirsty
Menses: irregular cycles; sometimes they come every two weeks and then
sometimes not for 6 months. When she has a period, it lasts for 2 – 7 days,
sometimes with profuse blood loss, sometimes with very little. Sometimes, she
has hot flushes with palpitations and perspiration, with pressure in her
occiput, followed by a desire for herb tea, especially lemon verbena or mint.
She is very creative; she does a lot with oil paint
and ceramics and makes her own paint with various pigments. She is very
sensitive to the moods of others and picks up on things; this is something she has
learned as the daughter of a deaf mother. She likes to touch people when talking.
She is happy and cheerful and she does not like arguments, much preferring to
be in agreement. She loves to travel.
She is the only child of a mother who had suffered
from a war trauma. After the September
11 attacks in New York, her mother packed her bags and disappeared for weeks
until she was finally found again. She does not want to have contact with
anyone, not even with her own daughter, so the patient waits until her mother
takes the initiative.
She is very lively, open, and communicative;
cheerful and laughing a lot. She often wears black clothing. I have noticed
that she creates an almost euphoric atmosphere; I often find myself dissolving
into helpless laughter.
This is a case of Lycopus virginicus (American
wolf's paw) from the Lamiaceae family (formerly called the Labiatae, or lip
flowers). A characteristic of Lycopus is hyperthyroidism with palpitations.
According to Jan Scholten, patients needing Lamiales remind us of
Phosphorus: sensitive and communicative. There is often a certain exhilaration,
sometimes sensuality. The plants themselves stimulates the senses, especially
through their smell and taste: thyme, lavender, peppermint, basil, oregano,
lemon verbena, sage, etc. Sometimes, they are a “lust for the eyes”; one thinks
of the lavender fields of Provence.
Remarkable in her case is the desire for, and the improvement from, tea from
mint or lemon verbena, which are both from the lamiales family.
When I told her which plant I had
prescribed for her, she said enthusiastically that her whole balcony is full of
pots of basil, verbena, and mint. Her whole story is filled with the atmosphere
and the scent of the lip-flowers. The euphoria during the consultation, both
for her and for me, confirmed this prescription.
After the remedy, her palpitations
disappeared completely; she had not felt that good for years, ever since the
hyperthyroidism. She has remained well for the last five years.
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Lycopus europaeus. Gouda, Netherlands
Keywords: hyperthyroidism, palpitations, happy, cheerful, euphoria
Remedies: Lycopus virginicus
This article was originally published in www.interhomeopathy.org