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Arsenicum Album - Generalities symptoms

Arsenious Acid, Arsenic, Arsenicum, Ars. Alb, Ars Alb

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Below are the strongest indications of Arsenicum Album in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.

BETTER from heat; from head elevated; warm drinks.
WORSE, wet weather, after midnight; from cold, cold drinks, or food. Seashore. Right side.
Complementary: Rhus; Carbo; Phos.; Thuja; Secale. Antidotal to lead poison.
Antidotes: Opium; Carbo; China; Hepar; Nux. Chemical antidotes: Charcoal; Hydrated Peroxide of Iron; Lime Water.
Compare: Arsenicum Album. stibiatum 3x (Chest inflammations of children, restlessness with thirst and prostration, loose mucous cough, oppression, hurried respiration, crepitant rales). Cenchris Contortrix; Iod.; Phosph.; China; Verat. alb.; Carbo; Kali-phos. Epilobium (intractable diarrhoea of typhoid). Hoang Nan. Atoxyl. - Sodium arseniate 3x, sleeping sickness; commencing optic atrophy. Levico Water - (containing Ars., Iron and Copper of South Tyrol) ( Chronic and dyscratic skin diseases, chorea minor and spasms in scrofulous and anaemic children. Favors assimilation and increases nutrition. Debility and skin diseases, especially after the use of higher potencies where progress seems suspended. Dose. Ten drops in wine glass of warm water 3 times a day after meals ( Burnett). Sarcolactic acid (influenza with violent vomiting).



Abscesses; burning

Affects of alcohol
Affects of alcohol; brandy

After sleep

After sleep

After undressing

After vaccination

Afternoon; 3 p.m.

Anaemia; as from iron deficiency - greenish yellow skin

At beginning of sleep

Aversion to movement

Bathing; sea
Bathing; the affected part

Before sleep

Blackness of external parts

Blood vessels; blue discoloration (from lack of oxygen in blood)
Blood vessels; blue discoloration (from lack of oxygen in blood); in infants
Blood vessels; congestion of blood; internally
Blood vessels; leukaemia
Blood vessels; septicaemia (blood poisoning - chills, fever, must lie down, inflammed lungs, liver, kidneys and other organs)
Blood vessels; thrombosis ( clot in blood stream)
Blood vessels; varicose veins
Blood vessels; varicose veins; burning
Blood vessels; varicose veins; burning; night
Blood vessels; varicose veins; inflamed
Blood vessels; veins and arteries swollen from inner pressure

Bones; decay of bone
Bones; necrosis in bones (death of cells)

Cancers; encephaloma
Cancers; epithelioma
Cancers; fungus haematodes
Cancers; hard
Cancers; noma
Cancers; ulcer like lesions, leaving scars, spread over body

Change of position

Change of temperature

Change of weather

Collapse; after diarrhoea
Collapse; after vomiting
Collapse; during vomiting
Collapse; sudden

Constriction; externally
Constriction; internally
Constriction; of orifices
Constriction; sensation of a band

Convulsions; after drinking
Convulsions; convulsive movements
Convulsions; draft
Convulsions; during chill
Convulsions; epileptic
Convulsions; epileptic
Convulsions; epileptic; coldness running down spine
Convulsions; epileptic; pulling in limbs
Convulsions; epileptic; shocks
Convulsions; epileptic; warm air streaming up spine
Convulsions; evening; 8 p.m.
Convulsions; from cold air
Convulsions; from stress
Convulsions; hysterical
Convulsions; in women; from childbirth
Convulsions; internal
Convulsions; movement
Convulsions; night
Convulsions; periodic
Convulsions; rapid muscle spasm
Convulsions; with consciousness
Convulsions; with falling
Convulsions; with outbreak suppurating (producing pus)
Convulsions; with tetanus rigidity
Convulsions; without consciousness


Desire for open air


Dry weather

During sleep

Eating and food; after breakfast
Eating and food; after eating
Eating and food; after eating
Eating and food; bad meat
Eating and food; beans and peas
Eating and food; beer
Eating and food; before eating
Eating and food; butter
Eating and food; cabbage
Eating and food; cheese, old
Eating and food; coffee
Eating and food; coffee
Eating and food; cold drinks
Eating and food; cold drinks
Eating and food; cold food
Eating and food; eating quickly
Eating and food; eating to satiety
Eating and food; fat
Eating and food; foods which cause flatulence
Eating and food; frozen food
Eating and food; fruit
Eating and food; milk
Eating and food; milk
Eating and food; odour of cooking meat
Eating and food; pastry
Eating and food; pepper
Eating and food; pork
Eating and food; raw
Eating and food; rotten fish
Eating and food; rotten sausages
Eating and food; salad
Eating and food; salt
Eating and food; sauerkraut
Eating and food; smell of all food
Eating and food; sour
Eating and food; symptoms while fasting
Eating and food; veal
Eating and food; vegetables (green)
Eating and food; vinegar
Eating and food; warm drinks
Eating and food; while eating

Electric-like shocks
Electric-like shocks; before epilepsy
Electric-like shocks; during sleep
Electric-like shocks; on going to sleep

Emaciated (extremely thin)
Emaciated (extremely thin); children (marasmus)
Emaciated (extremely thin); parts affected with disease
Emaciated (extremely thin); with insanity


Evening; lying down after
Evening; twilight

Faintness, fainting
Faintness, fainting; after diarrhoea
Faintness, fainting; after stool
Faintness, fainting; after vomiting
Faintness, fainting; before diarrhoea
Faintness, fainting; before stool
Faintness, fainting; drowsy
Faintness, fainting; during chill
Faintness, fainting; during cough
Faintness, fainting; frequent
Faintness, fainting; from speaking
Faintness, fainting; hysterical (see hysteria)
Faintness, fainting; in a crowded street
Faintness, fainting; morning
Faintness, fainting; on moving
Faintness, fainting; on physical exertion
Faintness, fainting; when discouraged
Faintness, fainting; while perspiring
Faintness, fainting; while walking

Flabby feeling

Fluid build up; excess of blood, or other fluids
Fluid build up; external
Fluid build up; internal

Formication (like insects crawling around); external parts
Formication (like insects crawling around); internally

From getting wet

From partying

From sea air

From wind
From wind; cold wind

Full feeling; externally
Full feeling; internally

General physical anxiety

Glanders (boils spread by flies, occuring mainly in middle east or africa)

Glands; withered glands

Haemorrhage; blood does not clot

Heaviness; externally
Heaviness; internally

Illusions of touch

In aged people

In winter

In women; symptoms during period
In women; symptoms when breast feeding children

Inflammation; blood vessels
Inflammation; bones
Inflammation; bones; around the bone
Inflammation; externally
Inflammation; glands
Inflammation; indurated (hard from inflammation)
Inflammation; indurated (hard from inflammation); glands
Inflammation; internally
Inflammation; internally; gangrenous
Inflammation; nerves
Inflammation; thin, watery membranes

Insensitive to pain (see irritability); inner parts

Jar, stepping

Jerking; as in convulsions
Jerking; during sleep
Jerking; internally
Jerking; muscles
Jerking; on going to sleep

Knotted sensation internally (see ball, sensation of)

Lack of irritability

Lack of reaction

Late morning

Lethargic, tired
Lethargic, tired; evening

Lying down; after lying down
Lying down; after lying down
Lying down; inclination to lie down
Lying down; lying down
Lying down; lying down
Lying down; lying in bed
Lying down; lying in bed
Lying down; lying on abdomen
Lying down; lying on back
Lying down; lying on side
Lying down; lying on side; on painful side
Lying down; lying on side; on painless side

Morning; 11 a.m.


Movement; after
Movement; movement of affected part
Movement; of affected part

Mucous secretions increased

Must sit up in bed with knees pulled up, resting head and arms upon knees


Night; 1 a.m.
Night; 2 a.m.
Night; after midnight
Night; before midnight
Night; until noon


Numbness; externally
Numbness; internally
Numbness; internally; in single parts
Numbness; internally; of suffering parts
Numbness; internally; parts lain on

On first sitting down

On waking

On waking

Open air

Open air

Pain; appear gradually; and disappear gradually
Pain; bones
Pain; boring
Pain; burning externally
Pain; burning externally; blood vessels
Pain; burning externally; bones
Pain; burning externally; glands
Pain; burning externally; internally
Pain; constricting; internally
Pain; cutting; internally
Pain; digging up (burrowing, rooting sensation)
Pain; glands
Pain; gnawing, biting
Pain; gnawing, biting
Pain; gnawing, biting; internally
Pain; jerking; externally
Pain; jerking; internally
Pain; paralysed parts
Pain; paralytic
Pain; pinching
Pain; pinching; internally
Pain; pressing; as from load
Pain; pressing; bones
Pain; pressing; externally
Pain; pressing; glands
Pain; pressing; internally
Pain; pressing; together
Pain; sore, bruised; externally
Pain; sore, bruised; glands
Pain; sore, bruised; internally
Pain; sudden, sharp; bones
Pain; sudden, sharp; externally
Pain; sudden, sharp; internally
Pain; sudden, sharp; internally; burning
Pain; sudden, sharp; muscles
Pain; sudden, sharp; muscles; burning in muscles; like hot needles
Pain; sudden, sharp; muscles; tearing in muscles
Pain; sudden, sharp; upward
Pain; tearing; as if tearing apart
Pain; tearing; bones
Pain; tearing; downward
Pain; tearing; externally
Pain; tearing; internally
Pain; tearing; muscles
Pain; tearing; upward
Pain; twisting
Pain; ulcerative; externally
Pain; ulcerative; internally
Pain; wandering

Paralysis; after diphtheria
Paralysis; extends upwards
Paralysis; internally
Paralysis; of organs
Paralysis; one-sided; left
Paralysis; one-sided; with coldness of the paralysed part
Paralysis; painless

Periodic, recurring
Periodic, recurring; annually
Periodic, recurring; fourteenth day

Perspiration gives no relief

Perspiration; after perspiration

Physical exertion



Pulsation; internally

Pulse; abnormal
Pulse; bounding
Pulse; contracted
Pulse; feverish
Pulse; fluttering
Pulse; frequent, accelerated, elevated, exalted, fast, innumerable, rapid
Pulse; frequent, accelerated, elevated, exalted, fast, innumerable, rapid; and intermittent
Pulse; frequent, accelerated, elevated, exalted, fast, innumerable, rapid; and small
Pulse; frequent, accelerated, elevated, exalted, fast, innumerable, rapid; morning
Pulse; frequent, accelerated, elevated, exalted, fast, innumerable, rapid; strong and small
Pulse; full
Pulse; hard
Pulse; hard
Pulse; heavy; and slow
Pulse; imperceptible
Pulse; imperceptible; almost
Pulse; intermittent
Pulse; irregular
Pulse; irritable
Pulse; slow
Pulse; slow; evening
Pulse; small
Pulse; soft
Pulse; spasmodic
Pulse; tense
Pulse; thready
Pulse; trembling
Pulse; undulating
Pulse; weak
Pulse; wiry

Relaxation of muscles




Room full of people (see fear of a crowd)





Sensation of a hair

Sensitive; bed feels hard
Sensitive; excessive physical irritability
Sensitive; externally
Sensitive; internally
Sensitive; to pain



Sour wine



Stretching; before chill
Stretching; during chill
Stretching; during shuddering
Stretching; morning

Swelling; glands
Swelling; glands; bluish
Swelling; glands; cold
Swelling; glands; hard
Swelling; glands; inflammatory
Swelling; glands; painless
Swelling; in general
Swelling; inflammatory
Swelling; of affected parts
Swelling; puffy
Swelling; swollen sensation

Symptoms after perspiration

Symptoms after sexual intercourse; symptoms after sexual excesses

Symptoms from masturbation

Symptoms from suppression of perspiration

Symptoms not symmetrical; crosswise, left upper and right lower
Symptoms not symmetrical; right
Symptoms not symmetrical; symptoms on one side


Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); after becoming cold
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); cold air
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); cold feeling; blood vessels
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); cold feeling; bones
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); cold feeling; inner parts
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); cold feeling; lack of vital heat
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); cold in general
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); cold, dry weather
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); cold, wet weather
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); entering a cold place
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); from becoming cold
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); hot feeling; flushes of heat
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); hot feeling; flushes of heat; alternating with chills
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); hot feeling; flushes of heat; like warm water; poured over
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); hot feeling; flushes of heat; upwards
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); hot feeling; flushes of heat; with chilliness
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); hot feeling; sensation of heat
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); hot feeling; sensation of heat; in blood vessels
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); tendency to catch cold
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); warm bed
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); warm heater

Tension; externally
Tension; internally
Tension; muscles

Tobacco; chewing


Touch; slight touch

Trembling; after stool
Trembling; during fever
Trembling; externally
Trembling; from anxiety
Trembling; late morning
Trembling; morning

Twitching; during sleep
Twitching; of tendons
Twitching; on going to sleep
Twitching; twitching, involuntary movements (chorea)
Twitching; twitching, involuntary movements (chorea); right side

Ulcers, at glands (see skin)
Ulcers, at glands (see skin); cancerous


Vaults, cellars, etc.



Walking up stairs or hill




Walking; beginning of walk
Walking; in the wind

Warm bed

Warm heater

Weakness (see lethargic, weariness)
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); after convulsions
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); after convulsions; hysterical
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); after dinner
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); after eating
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); after stool
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); after stress
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); as of approaching death
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); before chill
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); during chill
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); during fever
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); during period
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); evening
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); from ascending stairs
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); from diarrhoea
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); from exposure to dampness
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); from listening to people
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); from movement
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); from pain
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); from perspiration
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); from perspiration; night
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); from slight exertion
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); lying
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); mental exertion
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); morning
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); nervous weakness
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); on rising
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); paralytic
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); paralytic; sliding down in bed
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); rapid
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); sitting
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); sudden
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); sudden; after the out-break on skin comes out
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); trembling
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); trembling; after stool
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); walking
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); wine

Weariness (see weakness)
Weariness (see weakness); after eating
Weariness (see weakness); morning

Wet weather

When asleep long

While sitting

While travelling

While travelling

Windy and stormy weather


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Entries on a white background are from Boericke's Materia Medica. Entries on a green background are from a reversed Kent's repertory, with some alterations to modernise the language. Uses are based on traditional homeopathic practice and have not been reviewed by the FDA.