Arsenic Album is one of the important deep-acting remedies, useful in progressive chronic diseases.
It is commonly known as White oxide of Arsenic (AS2O3) and is proved by Dr.Hanemann.
It acts upon the vegetative system, especially on the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract, digestive system.
Arsenic Album Personality/Constitution
The patient is lean, thin, debilitated having a Hippocratic face, a dirty, waxy look of face. Patient is very fastidious, wants everything in a neat and clean place in order. Thermally chilly patient, there is internal chilliness, he craves heat, except the outer head.
Arsenic Album Uses
The arsenic patient has great anguish, anxiety, restlessness, and fear of death, thinks that he is suffering from an incurable disease, and it is useless to take medicines, thinks is surely going to die; dread of death, when alone, or, going to bed.
The patient is mentally restless but physically too weak to move still cannot rest in any place, changing places continually; wants to be moved from one bed to another, and lies now here now there.
Burning pains; the affected parts burn like fire as if hot coals were applied to parts better by heat, hot drinks, hot applications except for the head.
There is burning thirst without special desire to drink; the stomach does not seem to tolerate, because it cannot assimilate cold water it lies like a stone in the stomach, cold water is wanted, but he cannot dare to drink it.
Used to treat gastric derangements after eating cold fruits; ice cream; ice water; sour beer; bad sausage; alcoholic drinks; strong cheese patient cannot bear the smell or sight of food, with a great thirst for cold water; drinks often, but little at a time; seldom eats food.
Teething children are pale, weak, fretful, and want to be carried rapidly there is rapid emaciation, with cold sweat and great debility of affected parts, useful to treat marasmus, anasarca with skin pale, waxy, earth-colored face with excessive exhaustion from least exertion.
It is an important remedy in treating diarrhea, after eating or drinking, the stools are scanty, dark-colored, offensive, and whether small or large, followed by great prostration and weakness.
It is indicated in treating hemorrhoids with stitching pain when walking or sitting, not at stool; preventing from sitting or sleeping; there are burning pain that increase by heat; fissures make voiding of urine difficult.
It is indicated in breathing troubles like asthmatic conditions; one must sit or bend forward; springs out of bed at night, especially after midnight then unable to lie down for fear of suffocation; exhaustion and great weakness, all symptoms generally worse 1-2 p. m., 12-2 a. m.
Skin is dry and scaly, cold, blue and wrinkled; with cold, clammy perspiration; like parchment; white and pasty; black vesicles and burning pain.
It is useful in treating bad effects from decayed food or animal matter, whether by inoculation, olfaction, or ingestion and for complaints that return annually or periodically.
Arsenic patient exhibits peculiar mind symptoms like great anguish and restlessness mentally changes place continually, then realizes that he is physically weak to move about.
There are great fears of death with cold sweat, more marked by going to bed or being left alone.
Despair drives him from place to place, thinks he is having an incurable disease and thinks it is useless to take medicine.
He suffers so much that he decides to commit suicide, aversion to meet people, even acquainted ones because he imagines that he has offended them.
The patient is miserly, malicious, selfish, lacks courage, is sad, depressed, with sensibility increased in general.
Confusion of head due to weak memory, he is extremely fastidious wants everything neat, in order and clean, even a picture hanging on the wall slightly tilted must be adjusted properly.
The Head is in constant motion with headaches, throbbing, and burning relieved by cold, other symptoms worse by cold are peculiar of Arsenicum.
Periodical headaches with burning pains, restlessness, and cold skin.
In Hemicrania-the headache is so severe it makes the patient dazed, feels as if the skull would burst, with the icy feeling of the scalp and great weakness.
It is useful in treating dandruff-the scalp is very sensitive; cannot brush hair, itches intolerably; circular patches of bare spots; rough, dirty, and covered with dry scales there is nightly burning and itching in head.
It is used to treat corneal ulceration in which there is external inflammation, with extreme painfulness; burning, hot, and excoriating lachrymation the lids become red, ulcerated, scabby, scaly, granulated leading to intense photophobia; there is edema around eyes, better by external warmth.
It is used to treat ciliary neuralgia, with fine burning pain there is, burning in eyes, with acrid lachrymation.
The Skin within the ears is, raw and burning with thin, excoriating, offensive otorrhoea.
Used to treat tinnitus with roaring in ears, during a paroxysm of pain.
Used to treat Hay-fever and coryza, that is thin watery, excoriating; the nose feels stopped up. There is continuous sneezing without relief worse in the open air; better indoors.
Used to treat epistaxis with intense burning and bleeding with decayed blood blackish with clots.
It is used to treat a neuralgia of teeth, teeth feel long and very sore, sensitive; toothaches worse after midnight; better warmth:
It is useful in treating gingivitis the gums are unhealthy, gums bleed easily on touching.
Used to treat mouth ulceration of mouth with dryness and burning heat, ulcers in mouth bleed easily leading to bloody saliva; ulcers cause bad smell from mouth.
Epithelioma of lips is treated successfully with the Arsenicum album.
Tongue dry, clean, and red; stitching and burning pain in tongue, ulcerated with blue color with a metallic taste in the mouth.
The face has an expression of agony, due to anxiety and continuous suffering of fear of death.
The face is swollen, pale, yellow, cachectic, sunken, cold, and covered with sweat indicative of deep suffering, exhaustion. The lips are black and cheeks have an angry, circumscribed flush.
It is used to treat pharyngitis where a diphtheritic membrane is formed in the throat, looks dry and wrinkled. Throat looks swollen, oedematous, constricted, burning, unable to swallow food or liquids.
Important remedy in treating Asthma that is worse at midnight, the patient is unable to lie down on bed due to fears of suffocation at night as the air passages are constricted.
There is burning in the chest with suffocative catarrhal coughing; the cough is dry, as, from sulphur fumes, cough is worse after drinking, after midnight, and lying on the back.
In cough, the expectoration is scanty, frothy, but wheezing respiration is observed, this struggled breathing causes darting pain through the upper third of the right lung.
Wheezing and oppressed breathing over time cause hemoptysis with pain between shoulders; burning heat all over the chest wall.
Arsenicum album is used to treat Angina pectoris with pains that go to the back, neck, and occiput followed by severe palpitation, pain, tightness of heart, dyspnoea, faintness.
It is used to treat irritable heart in smokers and tobacco-chewers with a typical pulse more rapid in the morning.
Dilatation of the heart causes leakage of impure blood and this causes cyanosis of lips nails and the tip of the nose. It is used to treat fatty degeneration of the heart.
It is used to treat stomach complaints that come after taking ice-cream, cold fruits, decayed food or meat, sour beer, bad sausages, strong cheese, ill effects of vegetable diet, melons, and watery fruits generally; food has no taste, cannot bear the sight or smell of food.
There is burning pain with intense heat in the pit of the stomach, and pressure in the stomach, especially after eating, patient feels great anxiety about the stomach, becomes restless and rolls about, has great thirst; drinks much, but little at a time.
Used to treat nausea, vomiting, after eating or drinking with burning pain. Vomiting of blood, bile, green mucus, or brown-black mixed with blood. Stomach extremely irritable; seems raw, as if torn.
Used to treat Water brash, heartburn; in which there is burning pain, gulping up of acid and bitter substances which seem to excoriate the throat then there are long-lasting eructations, with everything swallowed seems to lodge in the esophagus, which seems as if closed and nothing would pass.
Used to treat Gastralgia, Dyspepsia from vinegar, acids, ice-cream, ice-water, tobacco, from slightest food or drink yet craves for acids, coffee, and milk, there is terrible fear and dyspnoea, with gastralgia; also faintness, icy coldness, great exhaustion.
Used in abdomen distension with gnawing, burning pains like coals of fire; relieved by heat, vomiting of black bile and blood, the vomitus is dark offensive, scanty and putrid.
Liver and spleen enlarged and painful, there is spasmodic colic with sensation as if the intestine becomes twisted with burning in abdomen, the patient is restless with fear of death, troubles are more during mid-day and mid-night., there is loathing for food but cannot eat as there is nausea and vomiting of eaten food.
Used to treat Ascites and anasarca, where there is abdominal swelling and pain, these pains areas from a wound in the abdomen on coughing.
It is used to treat cholera after taking ice cream, cold fruits, decayed food, sour beer, bad sausages; the stools in cholera are dark /black, watery, very offensive, rice watery stool with intense vomiting and profound debility, body cold as ice. There are cutting pains in bowels with tenesmus corrosive stools leading to burning in the anus and rectum during and after stools.
It is used to treat diarrhea-after eating and drinking, the stools are yellowish, black, offensive watery and bloody painful, spasmodic protrusion of rectum with tenesmus accompanied by burning pain and pressure in rectum and anus with much prostration. Diarrhea is worse at night(12-2 am), and after eating and drinking; from chilling stomach, alcoholic abuse, spoiled meat.
It is used to treat Dysentery dark, bloody, very offensive, with much prostration. It is used to treat hemorrhoids burn like fire; relieved by heat, with stitching pain, when walking or sitting, but not at stool, preventing sitting or sleeping, skin about anus is excoriated.
It is used in paralysis of the Bladder muscles are weak, urine passes in large quantities without sensation, after urinating, there is the feeling of weakness in the abdomen.
It is used to treat Bright’s disease, Diabetes in which the patient is anxious, fearful, restless, and full of anguish, urine is scanty, burning, and involuntary, urine is albuminous, urine contains epithelial cells; cylindrical clots of fibrin and globules of pus and blood in it as seen in various cases of diabetes. Diabetes leading to gangrene and ulcers are also treated by this remedy.
It is used to treat gonorrhea in which there is, itching, shooting, and burning in the glans, and in the prepuce, there is inflammation, painful and gangrenous swelling of the genital parts.
The Glans and testes are swollen, glans are cracked, and bluish with erysipelatous inflammation of the scrotum, there is flowing of the prostatic fluid during loose stools.
It is used to treat menses that are too profuse and too soon; Menorrhagia with stitching pain in the pelvis extending down the thigh and burning in the ovarian region.
It is used to treat leucorrhoea, acrid, burning, offensive, thin accompanied with weak digestion. Pain in the lower abdomen as from red-hot wires; worse from least exertion; causes great fatigue, weakness, and prostration; better in the warm room.
It is used to treat, rheumatic affections of the arms, there are acute drawing pains in the night, beginning from the elbow and extending to the armpits with acute pulling and shooting in the wrists, also cramps in the fingers.
At night, the sensation of fulness and swelling in the palms of the hands acute drawing pains in the arms and the hands, hard swelling of the fingers, with pain in the finger-bones.
It is used in the treatment of gout where there is swelling of the arms, with blackish pustules of a putrid smell, excoriation between the fingers. Ulcers at the extremities of the fingers, with burning pain, causing discolored nails.
Rheumatic pain in the legs, and esp. in the tibia, there is tearing in the shin-bones, intense fatigue in the legs and the feet, with contraction of the tendons of the hamstring muscles; cramps in the calves of the legs, pains in the fleshy part of the toes, as if they were galled by walking.
There are cramps in the legs, sudden acute drawing, tearing and stinging pains in the hips, extending to the groins, the thighs, and sometimes even to the anklebones, with uneasiness, which obliges the patient to move the limb constantly.
It is used to treat paralytic weakness of the thigh, Pain in the joints of the knee as from a bruise.
It is used to treat old ulcers on lower limbs, with burning and lancinating pains, burning ulcers in the leg, and itching herpes in the bends of the knee.
It is used in the treatment of Varicose veins, in which there is swelling of the foot, burning, hard, and shining, with burning vesicles of a blue-blackish color, corrosive and ulcerous vesicles on the soles of the feet, and the toes are formed
Arsenicum album is used to treat cervical spondylosis in which there is violent and burning pain in the back, powerfully aggravated by the touch, there are acute drawing pains in the back and between the shoulder-blades, which makes it inevitable to lie down.
There are painless swellings of the neck and the lower jaw causing pressure on neck bones.
Arsenicum album is used in eczema, the skin has a white pasty look, with painful eruptions, there can be pustules, vesicles, and desquamation of the skin. There is burning, itching in the affected skin followed by pain after scratching. It is used in treating pimples, carbuncles, boils, and abscesses that burn violently causing intolerable anguish, and very offensive discharge which is hot and burning but relieved by hot application.
It is used to treat gangrenes in which the burning pain is relieved by heat, ulceration with much heat.
It is used in the relapsing and remitting type of fevers, mostly typhoid and malaria due to abuse of quinine derivatives medicines. Intermittent fevers that anticipates every 14 days, every year. Fever paroxysms occur 1-2 am or 12-2 pm, there is sleeplessness during the night before paroxysms, this causes yawning, malaise, weakness leading to headache and vertigo due to high temperature. Nails and lips burn during chills that are without thirst and alternate with heat. In the heat stage, there is an inclination to uncover, as there is dry heat with thirst. At the end of the fever stage, there is cold and clammy sweat, that smells sour and offensive.
Modalities are the factors that, increase or decrease the complaints in a patient.
They are categorized as aggravating factors and amelioration factors.
Aggravating factors make the condition of the illness worst, while the amelioration factor makes the condition of the disease better.
It can be time, any part of the day, season, position, or any applications, etc.
Periodically after midday and mid-night12-2a.m/p.m, cold food and drinks, lying on the affected side with head low.
From the heat in general, except headache which is better by cold; better by hot drinks, hot application, motion, elevating the head, company and rest.
This remedy completes the process of cure that is started by the first medicine given.
Complementary to Arsenicum Album are-Carbo-veg, Sulphur, Thuja, Phosphorus, Secale.Cor.
When there appear of new symptoms, you should study the new symptoms combined with the old one, and a second remedy covering more of these new symptoms is given. This second remedy is the antidote.
Arsenicum Album is antidoted by-Camphora,Graphitis,China,Hepar-sulph,Nux-vomica.
These are medicines given after the first medicine finished its action.
The dosage and potency of the medicine depend on the individual case.
Arsenicum Album 30 Uses-
Lower potency is given when very few symptoms match the medicine to that of the patient. These symptoms help diagnose the disease condition only, given frequent repetition, 3-4 times a day, till the expected result is seen
It is higher potency; it is given when the majority of mental and physical symptoms match. Higher potencies are not repeated often; they act for a long duration of days, so the second dose is repeated every 7- 15-days once. On giving 200C potency, it’s advisable to wait for the symptoms to subside.
One should not repeat 1 M potency. It is given 30 days once only when symptoms perfectly match and wait for symptoms to disappear.
They are a crude form of medicine, can be used 3-4 times a day as an external application in skin disorders, epithelioma of the lip.
- Abdominal disorders
- Duodenal ulcers
Clinically no major side effect of Arsenicum Album in homeopathic form is observed.
Excess intake, in physiological dose, can cause nausea, vomiting, unpleasant taste in the tongue, weakness due to excessive secretion from the gastrointestinal tract. In such a case, one should seek medical help. Taking an antidote like Camphora is useful.