“The key to this remedy is in its clumsiness. It is as if some kind of mismatch has occurred between the body and the vital force that gives it life: either the vital force is in good order and the body is disabled, not allowing the full expression of the energy within, or the body is in good order but the internal energy is too intense.”
Didier Grandgeorge, The Spirit of Homeopathic Medicines
Latin: Agaricus muscarius, Amanita muscaria
Common: Toad-stool, Fly agaric
Agaricus was introduced as homeopathic antipsoric medicine from Samuel Hahnemann in the second edition of his book ‘Chronic Diseases’ as of 1835. The remedy has several provings which show many symptoms in the brain, spine, head, eyes, heart, liver, gastro-intestinal and uro-genital system. It has deep profound action on the human organism, marked with curing many twitching, spasms, convulsions, dizziness and weakness.
Clinical Practice, Constitution & General Remarks
Agaricus has cured tremors, convulsions, tic convulsif syndrome, cramps, chorea, general paralysis, epilepsy, liver and spleen disorders, chilblains, itching on different parts of the body and many eye affections like nystagmus, neuralgia, myopia, lachrymal fistula, blepharospasm etc.
The remedy is effective in sexual weakness in males; impotence with increased sexual desire but with relaxation of parts; nocturnal emissions and great weakness after sexual intercourse, followed by profuse perspiration.
The abuse of alcohol also indicates Agaricus. They have strong desire for alcoholic drinks. The remedy is a therapeutic for alcoholics, especially with affections on the spleen.
Agaricus is apt to people with hydrogenoid constitution, with light complexion, blond hair, and lax fibers. They are very chilly, quite sensitive to cold and humid environment. The change of weather from dry to wet aggravates them; they may have an attack of chorea before thunderstorm.
They suffer from clonic and tonic convulsions, convulsive movements, jerking of muscles, tics, twitching, trembling; fits of epilepsy. During the epileptic aura cold air is felt all over spine and body.
Numbness of extremities and of other affected parts, paralysis, and great relaxation of muscles are the opposite side of the coin.
Agaricus has diagonally situated pains, which are marked feature of this remedy. Pains and symptoms go crosswise – left upper and right lower. Most of the symptoms aggravate in sitting position; and again a contradictory inclination appears – the impulse to sit. Another key feature of the remedy is the aggravation from touch.
Disorders of the Eyes
The affections of the eyes which indicate application of Agaricus are united by involuntary contractions and movements of the lids, the eyeball, the retina and the muscles of the face bellow and aside the eyes. There are many twitching, quivering and spasms, often accompanied by pressure in the eyes, and by oppressive and stitching pains in the eyeballs.
The upper eyelids swell and cause half-closure of the eyes, more towards the inner canthus. There is burning pain in the inner canthus. The artificial light is obstructive to the vision, the eyes sensitive to touch.
The vision is dim, gradually diminishing when walking in open air. There is short-sightedness, objects are obscured and dim, as if one is looking through turbid water. Also there is sensation as if a cobweb is covering the eyes.
Spasmodic Closure of the Eyelids | Blepharospasm
This condition is often accompanied by photophobia and irritation of the conjunctiva. Agaricus is often indicated, when the lids are twitching and felt heavy at the same time. This symptom is temporarily alleviated during sleep, and from washing with cold water.
Oscillation of the Eyeballs | Nystagmus
The involuntary movements of eyes are rapid, rhythmical, at both sides simultaneously; might be permanent or periodical. The twitching of the eyeballs are absent during sleep but appear immediately after waking. Again, symptoms get better from cold wash.
This condition is accompanied by quivering and twitching of the eyelids, spasmodic closure of the lids, general chorea, and pressing pains in the eyeballs. The eyeballs are painful to touch.
Short-sightedness | Myopia
Myopia is the medical name of short-sightedness or near-sightedness of vision. The distant objects appear dim and blurred, and the near objects can be seen clearly. This defect can be corrected by homeopathy. For this purpose however it is necessary to find out the exact feelings and experiences of each patient with myopia, for they could turn out quite different.
The symptoms, which indicate Agaricus in this condition, reveal specifics. The pupils of both eyes get dilated and then contracted again, which in a patient is manifested by the peculiar need to approach the letters more and more closely to his eyes in order to recognize them distinctly, but afterwards he has to remove them again to a greater distance, otherwise the sight becomes dim again. The eyes are insensible to light. The vision is gradually decreasing on walking in the open air.
The vision of both eyes is impaired, dim, obscured. There is great weariness of the eyes, which makes the objects to look pale at longer look.
Reading aggravates the condition of the eyes. In some cases there is a loss of vision while reading. Dim-sightedness, everything appears obscured, as if looked at through by turbid water; one has to make an effort to recognize the thing looked at.
***Bibliography: S.Hahnemann, Chronic Diseases; A.B. Norton, Ophthalmic Diseases and Therapeutics; C. Hering, Guiding Symptoms of our Materia Medica