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Gelsemium sempervirens

Primary use: Neurologic weakness, weakness and exhaustion from infection, trembling or paralysis in the older dog. Anticipation anxiety.

The hallmarks of Gelsemium are weakness, dullness, and a kind of trembling collapse.  This can be seen in many acute conditions when the dog becomes too weak and exhausted from fighting the illness.

Because of weakness the dog needing Gelsemium might become frightened or anxious in new situations. Gelsemium can greatly help dogs that become afraid of going to the vet or the groomer.  This can become a downward spiral in which emotional anxiety will cause more weakness that then causes the dog to become even more timid and unsure.

Older dogs benefit greatly from this remedy as they become too weak to support their weight and the hind ends begins to falter.  Gelsemium is also indicated for loss of muscular control and paralysis. The limbs might tremble with weakness and the dog might be too tired to go for his daily walk.  This might cause great anxiety for the dog.


General indications or modalities:

✦  Weakness, infection, trembling, paralysis chills and lack of thirst

✦  Emotional anxiety and timidity due to weakness or age

✦  Sluggishness that appears like intoxication, rapid heart rate

✦  Worse damp weather, fog, before a thunderstorm

✦  Better from walking in open air, better after urination


Conditions that respond to Gelsemium:

Infections with exhaustion, degenerative myelopathy,  muscular rheumatism.  Ptosis, weakness of the muscles of the eye.  Relaxation of the anal sphincter leading to incontinence.  Paralysis of the back legs.  Trembling from weakness or fright, anticipation anxiety.  Fear during a thunderstorm or earthquake.  Heatstroke if the dog becomes weak and trembling.

Dosage:  Give one dose per day for paralysis.  The remedy can be repeated three times a day in an acute infection. Stop when you see improvement and do not repeat again until symptoms recur.