Remember the mushrooms inĀ Alice in Wonderland? The ones that could make Alice feel bigger than a tree or smaller than a mouse? These famous fungi (Amanita muscaria) were not only used by Lewis Carroll experimentally, they were also for centuries used by warriors in the northern lands for bravery in battle.

The most commonly seen color variation of Amanita

muscaria is this red-capped version. [Wikimedia


The thing is, they can be dangerous to eat, so the northern cultures learned to filter the toxins by feeding the mushrooms to reindeer first. The reindeer would become intoxicated, and once the reindeer's kidneys kicked in, the animal would pee a brew of intoxicating war juice that could be drunk without getting a horrible stomach ache.

The homeopathic preparation of Amanita muscaria is called Agaricus muscarius (after the common name of the mushroom, fly agaric). It grows all over the Northern hemisphere and will look quite familiar to anyone used to spending time in the northern woods.

The great characteristic symptom of someone needing Agaricus muscarius homeopathically is indeed the warped sense of size. Small things appear large, large things appear small, and the client's perception of emotional and mental reality will also be out of proportion. The distortion can be so intense as to make a person's movements clumsy. They reach too far, step too high and may injure tendons and ligaments when they exercise.

Same fungus, different hue. [Wikimedia Commons]

Agaricus is a terrific remedy for spasms, trembling and convulsive movements. As mentioned above, people who need the remedy may have exaggerated movements. Their walk is awkward. They may have facial tics.

People who need Agaricus muscarius are very sensitive to cold and often have an itching-pricking feeling as of frostbite (making this one of our best remedies for frostbite). They may suffer from recurring colds during the winter months.

Children needing this remedy will often be little daredevils, constantly climbing things and jumping off, running through traffic, and picking fights with bigger kids.

Adult patients will have a great anxiety about their health and possibly a fascination with death, dying and graveyards. Their physical symptoms will often be worse before a thunderstorm and after sex. Common Agaricus physical symptoms are severe lower back pain, sciatica and hay fever.

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