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Lachesis mutus (Bushmaster snake)

This homeopathic remedy comes from the poisonous venom of the bushmaster snake. Lachesis mutus has potent effects on the blood and central nervous system.

The poison of the bushmaster, a greatly feared snake native to Central and South America, is deadly if it enters the human bloodstream. It can paralyze the heart and central nervous system and disrupt the blood-clotting process. If the poison is injected into a muscle, it can induce server swelling. These reactions are why many people find it surprising that this snake venom is used in homeopathic medicine to treat various circulatory and nervous-system disorders. But the remedy, Lachesis mutus, is so dilute that only almost undetectable amounts of the poison remain. Like other homeopathic remedies, it is considered most effective in people who have particular modes of behavior. Before prescribing Lachesis mutus, the homeopath will look for such personality traits as strong self-confidence and a tendency toward envy and vengefulness. In addition, the remedy is often prescribed when symptoms of any ailments start on the left side and worsen after waking.

Lachesis mutus type

Two types of people are most likely to benefit from Lachesis mutus: One is slim and pale but energetic; the other is somewhat obese with a blotchy, reddish, complexion. Both types share a strong dislike of tight cloths, particularly around the neck.

To determine if you're a Lachesis mutus type, Check those characteristics that apply to you.

  • You are afraid of water.
  • You are very jealous.
  • Your symptoms are aggravated by grief.
  • You act erratically, can't concentrate or lose your train of thought.
  • You sometimes feel as if you're suffocating or not getting enough air.
  • Your symptoms are worse on hot days or in stuffy rooms.

If you checked more than 3 times, turn to the back of the card for additional information about the benefits of Lachesis mutus.

Therapeutic effect
The most important effect of Lachesis mutus is its blood-thinning, or anticoagulant, function. This action enbances blood flow and facilitates the bealing process by bastening the removal of toxins from the blood. The remedy is effective against many bleeding disorders.

Principal homeopathic uses
This remedy is prescribed to ease menopausal symptoms as well as to heal skin injuries, such as an insect bite, a blistering sunburn or a slow-healing wound. Such skin ailments typically produce intense fear and anxiety in patients-one of the hallmarks of the Lachesis mutus is given internally for skin injuries, as well as for anxiety-related conditions. It alleviates a wide range of maladies marked by bleeding or by an impaired blood-clotting ability.

Preparation of the remedy
The basis of the homeopathic remedy is the fresh poison of the bushmaster snake. Like all homeopathic remedies, Lachesis mutus undergoes an extensive series of successive dilutions before being used, so that only infinitesimal amounts of the poison remain in the final preparation. Because of this extreme dilution, commercially available homeopathic preparations of it are considered to be safe; but be sure to buy from a reputable source.

Symptom gauge
To determine if Lachesis mutus is the right remedy for you, your homeopath must know if your symptoms are affected by any of the conditions listed below.

Discharge of bodily fluids, such as phlegm or sweet
Change in climate from cold to mild
Cold or hot beverages
Application of heat of stuffy rooms
Walks in fresh air
Waking up
Being touched

Prescribed for reliving depression, palpitations, migraines and other throbbing headaches, tonsillitis, anal fissures, hemorrhoids, rectal bleeding, nosebleeds, bleeding gums, prolonged menstrual periods, poor circulation, cold extremities, a swollen or inflamed tongue and all types of skin ulcers and wounds.



  • Feeling as if you will suffocate and experiencing palpitations when entering a hot, stuffy room.
  • Erratic thinking, loss of concentration or an inability to maintain a train of thought.
  • Anxiety, restlessness or a sense of dread. 
  • Fear of poisoning.


  • Pounding headache limited to the left side of the head.
  • Headache caused by exposure to sunlight.
  • Intense feeling of pressure inside the head, at times accompanied by throbbing headache pain.


  • Sore throat, which is particularly painful when swallowing food.
  • Coughing fits triggered by swallowing and accompanied by throat. irritation.


  • Purple or bluish discolorations of the skin surrounded by small blisters.
  • Slow-healing skin wounds with white cauliflower-like accumulations of pus.


  • Poor blood circulation in the extremities.
  • Swelling of the joints…