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Arsenicum Album - Generalities symptoms - T.F. Allen

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

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HPUS indication of Arsenicum Album: Vomiting
Common symptoms: Vomiting, Worry, Chills, Diarrhea, Bruises.

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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Easily fatigued, so that she dreads exertion,

Becomes pale and easily tired on slight exertion,

In general, more fatigued mornings than evenings,

In the evening, general feeling of fatigue, which increased to a very distressing degree,


Great lassitude, etc.

General lassitude,

Great lassitude; he had to go home and lie down,

Lassitude, so that he could not leave the bed,

Very weary and exhausted,

Great weariness after dinner, and excessive yawning,

Found in bed yawning and retching a little, and complaining of headache, sickness, and pain in the bowels. Thirst, a sense of coldness, and a little vomiting. Four hours later she suddenly became blue in the face, made one or two inspirations, and expired without a struggle,

In one case (Flecker), if he intermits it for fourteen days, he feels stiff in the feet, with general lassitude and craving for another dose. If he takes a full dose he brings a great deal of wind off his stomach,

Felt weary, could not sit up,

Lassitude (soon),


Slept a little at times; when awake, was inclined to converse in a quiet and agreeable way, more particularly in reference to her own history; this continued for the next forty-eight hours, she being all the while in a state of extreme prostration (first day),

The little patient slept, except when awakened by vomiting,

Slumber and slight delirium,

At night, sleep, alternating with raving and different visions,

He lies on his back during sleep, with his left hand under the occiput,

Quiet sleep,

Startings of various kinds, when falling asleep, in the evening,

Much violent starting while asleep,

Frequent starting from sleep,

General sick feeling, in sleep, two successive nights,

Uneasy nights; felt as if a chill was coming on,

Disturbed sleep,

Sleep uneasy, and disturbed by dreams,

Restless sleep, ,

Sleep restless; disturbed by attacks of cough, anxiety, and general heat, until 1.30 P.M.

After midnight (from 3 o'clock on), she tosses about, and sleeps only at times,

Loud moaning in the evening, while asleep,

Moaning, while asleep, with tossing about in bed, especially about 3 o'clock in the morning,

He talks and quarrels while asleep,

During sleep, loud talking and indistinct murmuring, with half-closed eyes,

During sleep, he complains of headache, now in the forehead, now in the occiput,

The pains are felt in the night, during sleep,

Sleep very restless, she wakes very early,

The pain of the affected part wakes him in the night from time to time, especially before midnight,

She is awakened from sleep by vomiting,

He wakes while dreaming, and while an emission is taking place, without being able to remember what he dreamed of,

In the morning, she feels as if she had not slept enough,

Feels as though she had not slept enough, mornings; eyes are weary; she cannot get out of bed,

Cannot go to sleep, although fatigued,

Sleeplessness till 3 A.M.,

No sleep,

Sleeplessness (), , and others.

Sleepless for forty-eight hours, then had a good night's sleep, which quite refreshed her; felt comfortable for twelve hours,

Sleepless, with restlessness and moaning,

Sleepless, tossing about, nights, with creeping in the abdomen,

Sleeplessness, with fainting fits from time to time,

(Nightly fancies),

During his morning slumber he hears every sound and noise, yet continues dreaming withal,

Heavy dreams,

Heavy dreams and nightmare; the dreams hovered before his mind even during the day, and disquieted him,

Dreams full of fatiguing thoughts,

Sleep disturbed by anxious dreams,

Dreams full of care; he wakes, and when asleep again continues his dream,

Anxious dreams while falling asleep; he wants to cry out, but cannot utter his cry, and is suddenly waked by that cry, which he hears yet,

Vivid, vexatious dreams,

Frightful, anxious dreams,

Nightly dreams full of threats, apprehensions, or repentance,

Dreams full of care and danger; he wakes with a cry, and, when asleep again, dreams of something else,

Dreams full of care, sorrow, and fear, disturb his sleep,

Uninterrupted dreams about thunderstorms, fire, black water, and darkness,


Drowsy, but easily roused (after six hours),


Somnolence (thirteenth day),

Occasional light sleep, with muttering delirium,


Sleep and dreams

Yawning and Sleepiness.


Frequent yawning,

Yawning almost uninterrupted,

Yawning and stretching as though he had not slept enough,

Yawning and weakness after eating, so that he must lie down and sleep,

Inclined to sleep,

No sleep, but inclination to slumber,

She became sleepy, without being able to sleep or rest,

Sleepiness, , etc.

Frequent attacks of somnolence in the daytime, when sitting,


Excessive drowsiness; he falls asleep again immediately after taking; for four days,

Drowsiness interrupted by uneasy dreams and great anxiety,

Irresistible desire to sleep, alternating with great restlessness,

Soporous condition, from which she often awoke, but only for a short time,


Convulsions, and others.

Slight convulsions,

Convulsions, most violent,

Fearful convulsions; stiff, with body bent backward,

Convulsions, with foam at the mouth,

Epileptic convulsions,

Slight convulsions, which lasted several minutes; afterwards renewed violent vomiting,

Tetanic convulsions, the body bent backward and the chest distended high up; he uttered at the same time, a miserable wail,

Convulsions, and horrible distortions of the limbs,

Convulsions, occasionally brought on by violent pains in the soles of the feet,

Convulsions, and complete loss of consciousness, with vomiting and horrible colic,

Convulsive attacks, which appeared from time to time, but seemingly only from an external cause, especially from vexation or other violent mental agitation. They were announced about an hour before their appearance, by drawings in the limbs, and longings to lie down, without finding sleep. When they came on, she experienced either a sudden jerk through the whole body, or an icy coldness running from the head down the back with lightning-like velocity. At the same moment, she loses consciousness, stretches and writhes, and then draws the limbs together, especially the arms. At times, also, convulsive distortion of the facial muscles and tetanus appear with it, when it has happened that the under lip or tongue had been injured by the tightly set teeth and has bled. More frequently, however, the spasm rages in the abdomen, which rises and falls very rapidly, with rumbling in the bowels. The attack is generally repeated, after a respite, before her return to consciousness. The whole lasts ten minutes, at most. On returning to consciousness, she calls for water, which, however, renews the convulsions,

Violent convulsions, afterward violent sweats, then sleep,

He dies with weakness, without vomiting, convulsions, or pain,

Such a high degree of sensitiveness that a mere draught of air caused cramps and convulsions,


General convulsions,

Convulsions with loss of consciousness, followed by colic,

One was seized with convulsions, and died in about five hours in a strong convulsive fit,

Found prone on the floor, body arched in a curve. As I took him by the hand and called him by name he instantly became so convulsed that three men could with difficulty restrain him. The paroxysm lasted thirty or forty seconds. The convulsive paroxysms were attended with wild, staring, bloodshot eyes, with imprecations and fearful ravings, and with maniacal fury. When the convulsions ceased he invariably sank into a temporary prostration. His pulse during the intervals was irregular, uneven, intermittent, and accelerated,


Profuse sweating on the least exertion,

Skin moist and temperature good (after five hours); moist and cool (after six hours),

Cold clammy sweat,

Skin covered with cold clammy sweat,

Clammy perspiration,

Cold sweat,

Whole body, and particularly hands and feet, covered with cold sweat,

Cold sweats broke out profusely over surface of body,

Fetid perspiration on the whole body,

Abundant perspiration (after eight days),



The incessant vomiting, the diarrhoea, the cramps in the calves, the livid appearance, and especially the liquids evacuated, showing no signs of blood, all defined the attack as a sort of sporadic cholera,


Gradual consumption (died within a year),

The effects produced by small doses of arsenic might have been mistaken for those of Merc Viv mercury,

He gathers himself together in bed, can scarcely move his limbs, and is with difficulty awakened from his delirious sopor,

The body crouched,

He lies in bed crouched together,

She lies bent over a trunk, supported on both arms, pale as a corpse, with the most violent retching,

Greatly swollen all over,

(Great swelling of the face and the whole body),


(Complete general anasarca),

(Elastic swellings in various parts of the body),

(Swelling of the whole right side of the body, down to the hip, with swelling of the left leg),

(Swelling of the face and feet, dry mouth and lips, distended abdomen, diarrhoea, colic, vomiting),


(Emaciation), , etc.

Great emaciation,

Progressive emaciation, without loss of appetite,

She became remarkably thin,

He becomes emaciated and sinks exhausted,

Dwindling of the whole body, with excessive sweats,

She becomes emaciated, with clay colored face, blue margins around the eyes, great weakness in all the limbs, want of disposition to do anything, and constant inclination to rest (after eight days),

General collapse,

Motor Symptoms.

Laxity of all the muscles,

Muscles lax, , etc.

After a year, the muscle was low compared with what it was formerly,


She trembled violently,

General trembling,

Trembling over the whole body, etc.

He trembles in every part of the body,

General tremor of the entire body,

In the morning, trembling of the whole body,

Tremor, with sweat on the face,

Trembling and formication of the whole body,

Anguish, trembling, and tremor, with cold sweat on the face,


Violent twitching of the whole body,

Subsultus tendinum,

Inclines to start,

Convulsive startings all over the body,

Several sudden and involuntary muscle-contractions,

Spasmodic starting of the whole body in bed (after twelve hours),

Startings, resembling concussive shocks, in the affected part, in the evening, when falling asleep; they are excited by a slight trouble felt in a remote part, such as a tearing, itching, etc.,

While rolling about in bed, he screams, "I am suffocating!" throws off the covering, opens his mouth wide, as if to draw breath, and remains fixed in this condition for several seconds,

From time to time he lies on his back, touching the region of the coccyx with his heel, while the knees are raised and widely parted. Suddenly he turns round spontaneously, and takes a different position,


Spasms, (),

Hysterical spasms, followed by great exhaustion,

Tetanic spasms,

(Attacks of tetanic spasms),


Great restlessness, , etc.

Marked restlessness,

Great inquietude,

Restless and tossed about,

Very great restlessness, so that she could not lie quiet a minute,

He continually threw himself about,

He threw himself restlessly hither and thither in bed,

Restlessness; throwing himself from side to side,

Rolling about in bed,

He lies now on the right, now on the left side, and changes position with incredible rapidity,

By paroxysms he started up, became very restless,

Restless, he changes from one bed to another,

He has no rest anywhere, and changes from place to place, from bed to bed,

Continual restlessness and contraction of the body,

The child is restless, moans and cries,

Marked restlessness and excitement, with wakefulness at night,

Restlessness and tossing about in the bed, with sadness and unquenchable thirst (after twenty-four hours),

Restlessness and anxiety,

Restlessness and anxiety, so that he alternately left the couch, and threw himself on the floor,

Restlessness and hypochondriac anxiety, as from continued sitting in a room, as if coming from the upper part of the chest, without palpitation of the heart (immediately),

Great restlessness; she threw herself about in bed, and tightly clasped a person standing near, in her anxiety and oppression,

(Restlessness, with pains in the abdomen, head, and knees),

Paralysis and Weakness.

Electro-muscular contractility remarkably diminished,

She becomes quite stiff, is not able to move or stir, is only able to stand,

She cannot move,

In the morning, the muscular stiffness is increased, and extends to the arm and forearm, which are painful when moved,

He could no longer sit upright, stand or walk, but, when lying, could make every motion,

Paralyzed, was no longer able to walk,

Paralysis of both motion and sensation,

Paralysis of the lower half of the body lasts nearly six months,

Local paralysis, preceded by numbness or tingling in the fingers or toes,

Incomplete paralysis,

Great laziness and dread of the least exertion,

Feels as heavy as lead,

Tire all over,

The slightest paroxysm of pain is accompanied with an excessive sinking of strength, obliging him to lie down,

He lies down all day,

He is obliged to keep to his bed,

Failing of strength,

Muscular power weakened, so that he could not hold an object after he had taken it,

Cannot support, or lift any rather heavy objects without letting it fall,

Entire loss of strength; cannot speak without great effort,

Loss of strength,



Great general weakness,

Excessive weakness,

Very great weakness, , etc.

Very marked weakness,

General debility,

Extreme debility,

Great debility, and exhaustion,

Fits of weakness,

Weakness as if he suffered from want of food,

General weakness, especially in the lower limbs; he is scarcely able to move them,

Great weakness, especially in the legs,

Great weakness; her gait was like one much intoxicated,

Weakness of the whole body for several days, with weak pulse; he had to lie down,

His strength fails him more and more,

Weakness in the muscular system, especially of the lower extremities, so that the gait was uncertain and stumbling,

Gait shaky and stumbling. On attempting to stand, he falls, if not aided. Also, when sitting, he holds himself with difficulty; still, the extremities can be moved in all directions, though not without effort,

She was so weak that she had to be led into the room,

He can scarcely walk,

He is so weak that he is scarcely able to walk; he feels as if he would fall over,

So weak that he is scarcely able to walk across the room without sinking down,

So weak that he was not able to walk alone, before the vomiting set in,

He falls down, when attempting to walk (having full consciousness),

For several days he felt so weak in the morning that he was scarcely able to rise from bed,

He endeavors to rise, but is unable to sustain himself on his feet,

After rising, he fell down on the floor,

He gets out of bed, falls down, and wounds the occiput,

When rising from bed, she fell down at once; from weakness and vertigo, and increased headache,

(He was unable to leave his bed, he felt so trembling and weak),

General weakness and paresis, which rapidly become paralysis (after one week),

He remained very weak for a long time,

Continued weakness and prostration,

Constant feeling of extreme weariness,

Great weariness after a meal,

General exhaustion,

Great exhaustion,

Frequent feeling of exhaustion,

Totally exhausted,


Great prostration,

Nervous prostration,

Excessive prostration,

Remarkable prostration; kneeling on the floor of her room, the head supported on the arms of her brother; she was not able to hold herself up,

Excessive and most unusual prostration of strength,

Remarkable prostration and discomfort,

Great prostration and bodily weakness, especially after vomiting, which still occurs at intervals,

A sense of sinking, so that he thought he was dying,

Condition resembling a mild form of collapse in cholera,

Nearly collapsed condition, with sluggish power of motion and afterward almost immobility,

In a state of collapse; extremities were cold, lips purple, face dusky,

Great general weakness and irritability,

Weak in body and soul; he says nothing without being peevish,

Faintness and Sensibility.




Attacks of fainting,

Fainting fits, (), (), and others.

Deep swoon,

Excessive swoons,

Faintness and depression,

Faint, anxious and weak, early in the morning,

Faintness when discouraged; her strength returns with her cheerfulness,

Great faintness and anxiety; she has lost the control of her senses, is scarcely able to attend to things, accompanied with reeling vertigo,

Frequent fainting fits, with vomiting and weak pulse (after three hours),

Sensation of faintness, burning and nausea,

Faint, when she became cold over the whole body,

The organs of sense are morbidly active,

Senses morbidly acute, but mental faculties unimpaired,


Increased sensibility, so that the gentle opening and shutting of a door, or accidentally touching the bed-clothes, caused the patient to start, and a careless closing of the door drew tears from her, and gave her pain,

Sensibility diminished,

Apparent insensibility to external objects,

Emaciation, etc.

Extreme emaciation,

When seen at the end of three months she was in bed, looking pale and haggard,

Arsenical poisoning, which begins with conjunctivitis, sparkling eyes, and anasarca, simulating increased fat; ending with a hidebound skeleton slowly sinking to the tomb,

They all appeared suffering from the same complaint, nor could they well explain how they felt. At night they were worse than in the daytime, and always very restless, the muscles of the face being marked by a kind of twitching,

After spending some time in her room, she would come out thoroughly exhausted; was very "logy," became bloated, and was generally running down. For some time she had had an ulcer on the face, which had not yielded to medical treatment,

His case was similar to that of the lady first mentioned, was marked, however, by more violent febrile manifestations and delirium, and he was for some time in danger of his life. One eye was lost by the sequelae of conjunctivitis, and the other permanently injured. He was for a long time unable to sleep,

Found lying on stairs apparently in great agony, and complaining of a burning pain in the stomach, with violent retching, headache, and great thirst (first night). In the morning much better, her face flushed and swollen, and she complained of burning pain in the stomach, headache, and dizziness (second day),

She was found in bed early in the evening suffering much from sickness, vomiting, and purging. Continued to get worse all night. Next morning the symptoms were much like those of cholera, except that the vomited matter was like thin coffee-grounds. She was extremely sullen and silent, would not answer any question, and would rather suffer thirst than ask for drink. Pulse feeble, tongue white, epigastrium tender. Next day symptoms much aggravated. Countenance had assumed a sunken aspect and dark leaden hue. Everything taken into the stomach was immediately rejected, and the purging was also frequent, with pain and straining. This state continued with little variation till next morning, when she died convulsed, sixty hours after the first symptoms were noticed,

Involuntary twitching of muscles,

Constant jactitation,


Nervous twitchings,

Universal tremors,

Tremblings and spasms of extremities,

Convulsive spasms,

Three spasms within an hour, the first one very severe, the second and third consecutively lighter (after six hours); slight spasm, confined to the muscles of the thighs and legs (after seven hours),

Violent spasms, and what she termed cramps in the legs,

Convulsive tremors, "so that the bed shook under him," accompanied by sensations of cold and extreme faintness,

Fits resembling epilepsy, except in the absence of frothing at mouth,

Convulsion followed convulsion in rapid succession, and so stiff and rigid was the entire muscular system that no sort of external muscular force could have succeeded in producing the least amount of flexion of either arm, leg, or other joint of the body, without producing lesion. So clenched were the teeth as scarcely to admit of the escape of the forth and contents of the mouth and stomach,

Great muscular activity and aptitude for walking,


Restlessness, , etc.

Restless and anxious,

Tossing about the bed in a sort of anguish,

General restlessness, worse at night,

Uneasiness over the whole body, especially in arms and legs,

The patient experienced an unusual immobility of the eye and extremities, while the muscles of the head and face seemed normal,

Two had partial paralysis (in one, of sensation in fingers, and in the other, of motion of the lower extremities),


Extreme weakness,

Gradually diminishing strength,


Great languor,

Great exhaustion (second day),

Loss of muscular power, which assumed the form rather of great general debility than that of a partial or paralytic affection; and existed in such a degree that she professed inability to walk,

Extreme exhaustion, feeble whispering voice, pulse scarcely perceptible,

Prostration, , etc.

Internal irritation, after three weeks I became completely prostrated, almost losing the use of my left side,

Extreme prostration, etc.

Faintness, etc.

Affections of the tactile sensation,

Complained of a disagreeable numbness and tingling,

Cramps general,

Constant cramps,

Much pain throughout the whole system,

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