SYCAMORE SEED (Acer Pseudoplatanus)

From  one day seminar  with Colin Griffith HOMEOPATHY AND THE SPINAL COLUMN on 17th June  2005


The Sycamore is a variety of Maple. It is not indigenous to Britain having been introduced by the Romans. It is native to central and southern Europe as far north as Paris. It is found mostly in city streets, parks and gardens and is maintained in public places for the beauty and shelter of its large and generous canopy. The tree will grow up to more than 100 feet in some places. As timber it is used to make small items such as wooden spoons and other, decorative objects as well as violins. It is also used as a veneer. The tree flowers in April; they are formed in hanging spikes of up to 4 !/•>" long. The fruit have wings which may turn bright red in Summer. The leaves are characteristically 5 lobed or, on some older trees, three lobed.

Esoteric: This is a tree that has the energy of ancient knowledge. It is complementary to the Oak tree which is similar in being invested with the energy of wisdom from both the pre-Christian era and Atlantis. While the Sycamore represents fluid energy, the Oak represents earth energy. Earth and Water mix but also can be competitive with each other. Similarly, within the human spirit and psyche there can be conflict or friction between the aspects governed by the Earth and Water elements. Balance is necessary for a complete harmony of the body. Sycamore, in being associated with the Water element and thus with fluid movement, is the tree remedy closest to the energy that engenders the birth of awareness. Human awareness is characterised by duality: Ida and Pingala, Yin and Yang, in breath and out breath, sympathetic and parasympathetic. Awareness is also the necessary tool by which we determine our individual paths once we have incarnated into physicality. The double helix of DNA is what gives the individual his/her blueprint of uniqueness; what takes us from unity into duality. The energy that governs the formation of cell structures in the foetus so that the pituitary gland grows out and down into the throat centre (thyroid) and the coccygeal cells grow upwards to form the spinal column is similar to Sycamore. Hence, Sycamore Seed is a remedy that pertains to reminding the person of his/her intended soul purpose in being incarnated. By reminding the body of its original energy the past can be reconciled with the present and the future. The Oak and Sycamore meet at the point where the Base and Brow energies converge in each of the chakras. Works on the Pancreas to clear the karmic memory of the previous death when fear and disease might have set up such strongly negative energy that it has sent echoes into the present incarnation. (Here Sycamore Seed works well with Oak and Thuja.) Spiritual amnesia. A strong resistance to change; resistant to using the heart centre rather than the intellect: too much thinking and not enough heart. Is particularly useful in harmonising the disparate duality of Gemini patients; also works well with Sagittarius.

Generals: Sycotic and syphilitic miasms. Also leprotic. Loosens all bony structures; particularly the small bones in the head: the sphenoid, the stapes. Also useful in loosening the sinews that have become rigid around bony structures that have been traumatised: the spine, the ribs and the pelvis. Stimulates the endocrine glands to secrete their hormones in a balanced way. Most associated with the pituitary gland which can become sluggish through the poor movement of the sphenoid bone. Ailments from pituitary insufficiency. Establishes cleansing of the cerebrospinal fluid. Works to establish balance between the two hemispheres of the brain; integration of L and R sides so helps to improve learning difficulties in poorly co-ordinated children. Catarrhal states especially of the nasal sinuses. Water imbalances of the entire body: oedema; ascites. Menopausal problems with upset fluid balances and difficult temperature control. Prophylactic for viral infections; also useful when given post-virally. (Useful as a protective rx in all viral states including AIDS.) ME conditions. Stiffness in muscles and sinews esp. of the upper spine. Infertility. (Said to be useful in pregnancy of twins so that a balance is struck between the two before birth.) Often needed in the long-term constitutional treatment of children born through IVF. Diabetes. Low blood sugar. Thyroid problems: hyper and hypo. Pressure sensations in or around the endocrine glands including the Thymus area. Useful drainage remedy in low potencies as it encourages the elimination of toxicity through balancing the Water of the body. Heat and heaviness. Body has a sense of density. Sensations of pressure; of vertigo; of being 'knotted up'. Schizophrenia. Alzheimer's. Irregular sleep patterns. Profuse sweats. Burning sensations around the endocrine glands. The Rx works well with those who need cranial osteopathy. It encourages movement when there is reluctance on the part of the patient to respond to the treatment. Also works well on new-born babies who have just been given Arnica. Useful in states that result from calcified pineal glands. The Rx tends to uncover the syphilitic miasm. Can be used as cancer drainage remedy esp. in combination with other new remedies and Thuja.

Emotions: Poor self-esteem. A sense of being undervalued or unappreciated for their efforts. Tendency to be judgmental; to come to quick negative conclusions based on scanty evidence especially in those with low self esteem. Loses opportunities by being too critical. Pessimistic. Lack of self-awareness; lacks belief in self yet denies ability in others and wants to influence them to do things differently. Envy. For those who feel that they have lost their way but find great difficulty in admitting it. Can be hyperactive and in a whirl of activity with racing thoughts but have the sense of achieving very little. Restless, churning mind. Often said or seen to get into a 'flat spin'. Might review their life so far and see that there is a maze of wrong choices that has led them to the present state; they feel locked into the place they have created for themselves. Avoids issues of the heart and prefers to keep everything on a superficial level or on an intellectual basis. Constantly has the feeling of being in two minds; faced with endless decision making but has difficulty in making up their mind. Can be intellectually stimulated and excited by things but has an underlying sense of sadness and emptiness. Sensitivity: to other people's emotional states. Yet is often perversely egotistical and disinclined to see the other person's point of view. Antagonistic. Useful in healing rifts in relationships: calms and soothes emotions that go into turmoil when the balance of a loving and stable relationship is upset; where the equilibrium of life's rhythms are interrupted by focusing continually on doubts, anxiety and indecision after trust has been withdrawn. (Here S. S. works well with Ignatia and Nat. Mur.) Is very useful for those who are undergoing counselling: it helps to maintain the momentum of the therapy and prevents the person from being sucked into areas that may be more relevant to the therapist. For menopausal women whose children have left home and who are left feeling bereft of purpose. (They often start to put on more weight and take to comfort eating. Strong desire for chocolate.) Sense of loss. Deep sense of fear that seems to have no obvious cause. Fear of heights. Works well given repeatedly over an extended period for those whose sexuality is in doubt: homosexuality after a history of traumatised upbringing. Helps to soothe women who are desperate to conceive but who are unable to do so. Commonly useful in high potencies, even when there is no obvious physical pathology, in intellectuals who may be successful in a worldly sense but who are emotionally hobbled and inhibited. There is often a need to keep "pressing the buttons" until the deeply ingrained habit of operating from the intellect alone is broken. This will require regular doses (monthly, even) of S. S. (The result eventually may well be a physical aggravation as the spiritual and emotional bodies free themselves from the straight]acket and manifest their trauma on the physical level.) Patients can express themselves in terms of wanting to put behind them, root out, dig out, cut out something that has troubled them from the past; there is a strong disinclination to deal with a negative issue. A fear of facing that which needs to be addressed. S. S. is excellent as a remedy for those who continually make excuses for not persisting in their efforts to give up smoking. It is quite safe to give the remedy to a smoker. (It works well with Rainbow as support.)

Head: H/a: sense of pressure in the middle of forehead that spreads out towards the temples. Sick h/a with heat and dizziness. + pressure. H/a on vertex with sense of pressure coming outwards. H/a like a skullcap of metal pressing down. Feels faint with heat and dizziness. Sensation of buzzing in

head associated with ears. Head pains may spread out across eyebrows to the temples and the occiput often accompanied by tense neck and shoulders.

Eyes; Dimmed vision < h/a or ear ache. Objects seem to spin during vertigo. Peripheral vision becomes hazy and blurred. Arcus senilis.

Ears; Buzzing and whining sounds with tinnitus. Blocked ears with wax or catarrh. Hardness of hearing. Watery sounds in the ears; often one sided = a feeling of imbalance.

Mouth/throat; Dryness of the mucous membranes. Dry lips. Post-nasal catarrh which causes tickling cough > at night; < on rising in the morning (like Puls.).

Appetite: Very strong thirst for water. Can't drink enough to slake thirst. ++ chocolate; carbohydrates. The more one eats sweet foods, the thirstier one becomes. Can still eat in spite of nausea.

Stomach; Nausea < h/a, dizziness. Also nausea from tight diaphragm and twisted spine that < the coeliac plexus.

Abdomen; Bloating from retained water. Dropsical conditions. Gurgling and rumbling with discomfort esp. some hours after eating. Piles.

Female; Menopause: hot flushes and sweats. Parulous, waterlogged uterus; thickened tissues. Threatened hysterectomy. Infertility. Blocked fallopian tubes < R. Lack of libido. Strongly attracted by the promise of HRT. If already on it then is very reluctant to come off.

Male; Lack of libido. Too occupied in the head to feel physical desire strongly.

Kidneys and Bladder; Frequent call to pass urine with water retention and thirst. Urine is either clear or frothy with little colour and almost no smell. May pass copious amounts in small quantities.

Chest; Knotted up sensation in the heart area with a feeling of heat in the chest. Burning sensation in the heart or pericardium.

Back; Aching < cervical spine and sacrum. Twisted spine: rotated from previous injury pattern or from difficult birth pattern. Pain > from twisting in the same direction as the rotation.

Extremities; Oedema of the lower extremities with aching, tension and < of varicose veins. Oedema < R side. Joints feel tight and inelastic. Wants to rub affected areas. > massage.

Sleep; Poor sleep patterns. < hot flushes and sweats of menopause. Can't sleep due to chuntering thoughts. Dreams of falling.

Relationships; Close to Oak and Fagus Purp. Also very close to Thuja. Can work with All these remedies or follow them. Also very close to the compound remedies such as Mag-p., Mag-m., Calc-p., Calc-a., Calc-i., Calc-m., etc. After acute accident or trauma it follows well after Arnica, Bellis-p. and Nux Vom. The combination remedy of Sycamore Seed + Oak + Thuja is extremely deep acting indeed and will give the patient the potential to explore his/her awareness to the full if given when indicated. (Can be given in the 10m potency or in a triple LM.) Also S. S. + Pancreas + Purple 30.


©Colin Griffith