Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Arsenicum Album in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.
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The white oxide of Arsenicum Metallicum Metallic Arsenic, As2 O3. Solution and trituration.
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Arsenic is the horse's remedy.
as Pulsatilla Puls. is the sheep's, and Antimonium Arsenicicum Antim. crud. the pig's. The reprehensible fashion of "doctoring" horses with Arsenic is merely an abuse of a therapeutic fact. The horse is an animal on whose power of endurance and "wind" enormous demands are made, and Arsenic is the remedy for the effects of feats of prolonged endurance. The Arsenic habit of the Styrian mountaineers has arisen from the discovery of its power of strengthening the muscles both of the limbs and of the breathing apparatus. But in another way the horse typifies the Arsenic temperament. The mental symptoms of my drug, when pronounced, carry precedence of all others. The horse is an exceedingly nervous animal, constantly moving about, restless to a degree, and very prone to take fright.
quite a picture of the Arsenic temperament.
According to Teste Arsen. acts much more powerfully on vegetable-eating animals than on carnivora (opp. Nux Vomica Nux v.); and it is suited to the effect's of excess of vegetable diet, melons, strawberries, and fruits in general, especially watery fruits.
The arsenic-eaters of the Tyrol can take as much as six grains of white arsenic, or the sulphide, every two days.
They maintain that it imparts a sense of invigoration and enables them to carry enormous loads up perpendicular mountains.
According to one account it is resorted to by populations who live on vegetable food almost exclusively. "It strengthens the muscles," an old indulger in the habit is reported to have said, "helps to digest our coarse bread and potatoes, and allows us to breathe freely and easily.
Meat-eaters have no need for such a thing, but with us it is a necessity." It is difficult to say how far this is a directly "tonic," effect, and how far curative of the dyscrasia generated by the conditions of life.
The fine skin and glossy hair of the young women among the arsenic-eating populations is remarkable, and is comparable to the fine coats of arsenic-fed horses.
On the other hand, "staring coat" in animals, and "dry, rough, scaly, unhealthy-looking skin" in human beings are keynote indications for the remedy.
In this connection may be mentioned the effects on the crew of the ship Zion, which carried arsenic as a portion of its cargo.
Arsenicum Album was exposed somewhat to the sun's rays, and the crew noticed a peculiar smell.
Soon they all began to notice themselves growing stout, and on reaching Philadelphia from England they had all gained much, one to the extent of two stones in weight.
Restlessness is one of the grand characteristics of Arsenic.
Even the stupor of Arsenic is interrupted by fits of restlessness with anxious moaning.
Hence the applicability of the drug in many nervous affections, notably chorea.
Jerks and starts on falling asleep.
Irritability, desperately angry; almost furious.
Despair, hopelessness, unutterable misery.
Inflammations of great intensity with tendency to destruction of tissue.
Burning, lancinating pains.
Burning is another of the leading characteristics of Arsenic.
No other remedy has it in more pronounced degree.
The peculiarity of the "burnings" of Ars. is that they are amel. by heat (herein comparing with Capsicum Annuum Capsic.).
The burning in the throat is amel. by eating or drinking hot things.
On the other hand cold food and cold drinks agg. stomach irritations; hence Ars. is of signal use for effects of eating ices and drinking ice-water.
Arsen. affects the entire alimentary tract.
The lips are so dry and parched and cracked that the patient often licks them to moisten them.
The mouth is aphthous, ulcerated, or gangrenous.
The stomach is so irritable that the least food or drink causes distress or vomiting, or stool or both together.
Abdominal pains are intense, causing the patient to turn and twist.
Hćmorrhoids are exceedingly painful as if burning needles plunged in.
States of lowered vitality.
The Prostration of Arsen. is remarkable.
With it there is the desire to move or be moved constantly.
The patient is exhausted from the slightest exertion.
Exhaustion is not felt while lying still, but as soon as he moves he is surprised to find himself so weak.
The prostration seems out of proportion to the rest of his illness.
Must lie down. Exhaustion from hill-climbing, breathless, sleepless.
Before and after the cough of Arsenic there is an attack of asthma (Phosphorus Phos.) Arsen. has a great place in acute coryza and hay-fever.
Also it is agg. out of doors, and amel. in warmth, which distinguishes it from Allium Cepa Cepa especially.
Arsenic is predominantly right-sided.
The neuralgias affect the right side most; the right lung ("acute, sharp, fixed or darting pain in apex and through upper third of right lung") is more affected than the left; also the right side of the abdomen, hence typhlitis.
Many dropsical conditions are controlled by Arsen.
Especially has it done brilliant work in cases of hydrothorax.
It has been called the "liquid trochar," on account of the expeditions way in which it will remove a watery effusion.
The patient cannot lie down; must sit up to breathe; anxious; restless; agg. about 1 a.m.
It is suited to the full plethoric habit.
Puffiness in one of its characteristics; and from this to dropsy.
All mucous membranes are irritated.
The skin is cold and clammy.
Scurfy eruptions. Bran-coloured scales on head coming down to forehead.
When the subjective symptoms of Arsen. are present, it will cure in the potencies.
Arsenic is a hćmorrhagic it acts on both blood and blood-vessels.
Varices burn like fire.
Anćmia, chlorosis, pyćmia all come within the scope of Arsenic, which corresponds also to states resulting from losses of blood, as venesection, metrorrhagia, hćmoptysis.
The Conditions, especially of time and temperature, are all-important with Arsenic.
Unless these correspond in the patient, failure will be more frequent than success.
Arsenic is one of the greatest of periodics.
I once treated some members of a family who all had attacks of fever of short duration, recurring regularly every six weeks, from living in rooms papered with arsenical papers.
Its periods are every day; every third or fourth day; every fortnight; every six weeks; every year.
There is pronounced night aggravation, the pains are unsupportable with restlessness. agg.
Midnight and after (Aconite Acon. is rather before midnight); agg. 3 a.m.
There is agg. from cold and damp; amel. warmth.
Arsen. loves warmth like Nux Vomica Nux v., Psorinum Psor., Hep Sulph Calc Hepar, Silica Marina Silic., Magnesia Muriatica Mag mur. and other hydrogenoids, and herein is differentiated from Sulphur Sul., Antimonium Crudum Ant. crud., Iodium Iod., Apis Mel Apis, and Pulsatilla Puls.
Arsen. hugs the fire and likes warm wraps. agg.
Lying on affected side, or with head low. amel.
Lying with head high.