Lappa arctium (Lappa)

Source Information

Lappa officinalis. Lappa major. Arcion (Greek). Great Clote Burre. Burdock. N. O. Compositæ. Tincture of fresh root

Clinical: Acne. Bunion. Dupuytren's contraction. Eczema serpiginosa. Eruptions. Glands, affections of. Gonorrhœa. Gout. Impotence. Leucorrhœa. Phosphaturia. Rheumatism. Ringworm. Scrofula. Sterility. Ulcers. Uterus, prolapse of

Characteristics: Arctium lappa has been extensively proved, notably by Dr. Jeanes and Dr. S. A. Jones (H.R., 1893). The provings in the main confirm the teachings of antiquity in regard to this remedy. It has been given from the earliest times for prolapsus uteri, sterility, milky urine, and sores about the joints. A large number of the symptoms were observed in the skin (acne; eczema, especially scalp) and mucous membrane, eruptions and discharges. It is one of the remedies which have been successful in curing uterine prolapse. In skin affections it has been use externally as a glycerole, as well as internally. A writer in Amer. Homeop. recommended the local use of the seedling roots in acne. The roots are softened by soaking in water for two hours; then the blunt end is rubbed on each individual pimple. It is not to be repeated oftener than once a week. It was one of Culpepper's remedies for fetid sweat of axillæ

Relations: Compare: The Compositae, Arnica montanaArn, Calendula officinalisCalen, Cina maritimaCina, etc.; Bryonia albaBry (rheumatism); Fraxinus americanaFrax, Lilium tigrinumLil-t, and Sepia officinalisSep (in uterine prolapse); Calcarea phosphoricaCalc-p (phosphaturia); Vinca minorVinc, Viola tricolorViol-t (skin)


2. head: Pain in head in region of veneration. Eczema of scalp

3. eyes: Feeling as if the eye was small and constricted. Styes

6. face: Inveterate acne. Spreading vesicular eruption, great tearing and itching. Herpetic eruption on r. ala nasi

11. stomach: Flatulent dyspepsia, belching inodorous gas

13. stools: Frequent yellow stools in forenoon, with nausea. Diarrhœa alternating with rheumatic symptoms

14. urinary organs: Milky phosphatic urine

15. male sexual organs: Loss of sexual desire. Cutting, squeezed pain in whole length of urethra; scalding on micturition. Ringworm-like patch of eruption on thigh beside testicles; groins raw

16. female sexual organs: Prolapse of uterus with much bearing down (Arct. l. has been called the "uterine magnet"). Leucorrhœa

17. respiratory organs: Tickling in rima glottidis with loose-sounding cough, but no expectoration. Acute tingling, cutting pain under middle of sternum, extending across breast. Short breath on exertion

19. heart: Pain in heart with indescribable movement under sternum; exceedingly rapid pulse with frequent intermissions

20. back: Pains in back about eighth dorsal vertebra

21. limbs: Rheumatic and gouty pains. Soreness of muscles. Dull pains, all < by motion; with high-coloured urine; weary and sleepy. Rheumatic pains entirely relieved by onset of diarrhœa. Pains in joints. Sharp, darting, fugitive pains in tendons (Dupuytren's contraction). Bunion

24. generalities: Axillary glands suppurate. Œdema and dropsical swellings

25. skin: Boils. Moist, offensive eruptions, greyish white crusts; esp. when glands are swollen. Old sores, esp. about joints