Arsenicum Album

Arsenicum Album

Arsenicum is a frequently indicated medicine.
It affects every part of our body.
Characteristics: Anxiety, restlessness, prostration, burning and cadaveric odors.
The surface of the body is pale, cold, clammy, and sweating, and the aspect is cadaveric. 
Chronic sickness: great debility, anaemia, from long exposure to malarial influence, in the poorly fed.
Anxiety intermingled with fear, with impulses, with suicidal inclinations, with sudden freaks and with mania.
Delusions and insanity. Sadness to a great extreme, full of suicidal tendencies.
Restlessness: constantly moves, if he is able to get up, keeps moving from one place to another, and when thoroughly exhausted, he gets back into bed again; prostration takes the place of anxiety and restlessness, and s/he appears like a cadaver. Child goes front nurse to mother, and from one person to another.
When so weak that s/he is unable to sit up, the patient tosses and turns from side to side.
Burning: in throat, in all the mucous membranes in stomach, bladder, vagina, lungs (threatened gangrenous inflammation, pneumonia), feels as if coals of fire were in the parts.
Burning in the brain - sensation of heat in the inner head with pulsation is ameliorated by the cold bathing.
In rheumatic state that affects the scalp and outward nerves, when there is burning, it is ameliorated by heat.
Headache: congestive  with sensation of heat and burning inside the head, feeling as if the head would burst, face is flushed and hot, > from cold applications and in the cool open air (Arsenic patient is chilly so in congestive headaches the patient may be sitting in the room with clothing piled on to keep the body warm and with the window open to relieve the congestion of the head).
There is relief of all the complaints of the body from wrapping up and from warmth in general, and relief of the complaints of the head by cold, except the external complaints of the head (neuralgias of face and eyes, and above the eyes), which are better from heat and from wrapping up. 
Skin : All night the itching and burning alternate, burning for a minute, scratches it until it is raw, but soon the itching begins again and it seems that s/he has no rest.
Acridity: secretions and excretions are acrid; excoriate the parts, causing burning. Discharge from the nose, eyes and all the fluids from the various orifices cause redness around the parts.
Ulcers: burning, thin, bloody fluid discharged excoriates the parts round about, odor of the discharge is putrid.
Putridity: menstrual flow, leucorrhoea, faeces, urine, expectoration, all the discharges are putrid. Ulcer is so putrid that it smells like decomposing flesh.
Stool: putrid, like decomposed flesh, putrid blood. 
Uterus: menstrual flow, leucorrhoea are putrid.
Tendency to bleeding: bleeds easily; may bleed from any place. Vomiting of blood; bleeding from lungs and throat. Bloody discharge from mucous membranes, haemorrhage from bowels, kidneys, bladder and uterus. Haemorrhage of black blood and discharges that are offensive.
Gangrene and sudden inflammatory conditions like gangrenous and erysipelatous inflammations. Parts suddenly take on erysipelas; parts that are injured suddenly take on gangrene. Sudden inflammation that tends to produce malignancy.
Bowels: Inflammation , horribly offensive discharge, vomiting of clots of blood, great burning  with tympanitic condition, a gangrenous inflammation, violent, sudden and malignant; has anxiety, prostration, fear of death, chilliness, the patient wanting to be covered warmly.
Secale: patient wants to be uncovered, wants things cold, wants the windows open.
Thirst for small quantities often, just enough to wet the mouth.
Bryonia has thirst for large quantities far apart, but Arsenicum little and often, or violent unquenchable thirst.
Thoughts of death and of the incurability of his complaints.
Thoughts crowd upon him; he is too weak to keep them off or to hold on to one idea.
There is either thirst for ice cold water, only enough to moisten the mouth, or there is thirst for water in large quantities and yet it does not quench the thirst; but this thirsty stage goes on to another in which there is aversion to water, and hence we see that in chronic diseases.
Arsenicum is thirstless (chronic cases). In mania (chronic disease); patient is tranquil, if we go in the past history of such patients we find that  in the earlier stages, in order to be an Arsenicum case, he must have gone through the Arsenicum restlessness, anxiety and fear.
Fear , fear to be alone. Fears something is going to injure him/her when alone. Dreads solitude and wants company (because in company he can talk and put off the fear;thinks he is going to die and wants somebody with him) but if not cured as this insanity increases s/he fails to appreciate company and the fear comes in spite of it. Fear and horror < in the dark and many complaints come on in the evening as darkness is coming on.
Pains and aches <in the morning, < from 1-2 P.M. and from 1-2 A.M. 
Cardiac dyspnoea, asthma (in the evening in bed or after midnight; from 1-2 o'clock there is attack of mental anxiety, dyspnoea, fear of death, coldness, and patient is covered with, cold sweat}.
Patient is chilly feels freezing, hovers around the fire, cannot get clothing enough to keep warm, a great sufferer from the cold.
Dropsical conditions {extremities; cavities; swelling about the eyes (lower eyelid; in Kali carb. the swelling is more in the upper eyelid than the lower, between the lid and the brow), face}  pits upon pressure. 
Periodicity: Malarial affections. Every other day, fourth day, seven days, two weeks. 
Alternation of states. In bodily complaints patient sits over the fire and shivers, wants plenty of clothing, and wants to be in a warm room in headache while he wants the body warm he wants the head washed in cold water, or wants the cold air upon it.
(Phosphorus- complaints of stomach and head are > from cold, i. e., he wants cold applications upon the head with head sufferings, and wants cold things in the stomach with stomach complaints, but in all the complaints of the body he is > from heat).
On going in cool air, s/he commence to cough (chest troubles). Neuralgia and rheumatic affections when affect the head, then patient wants the head wrapped up, > from heat.
In congestive conditions of the head, s/he is better with his head very cold. 
Alumen - pressure in the top of the head >from hard pressure ; alternates with constant urging to urinate (irritable bladder alternates with pain on top of the head).
Many anti-psoric remedies have an alternation of states. Head symptoms alternate with physical symptoms.
Podophyllum - headaches alternate with diarrhea.
In Arnica the mental symptoms alternate with uterine symptoms.
Nat. mur. has congestive headaches from walking and becoming heated; especially from walking in the sun.
Head pain of a congestive character in intermittent fever, as if the head would burst. There is no thirst during the chill except for hot drinks; during the heat there is thirst little and often for water enough to moisten the mouth (almost no thirst), during the sweat there is thirst for large drinks.
Thirst begins with the beginning of the heat and increases as the dryness of the mouth; he desires only to moisten the mouth until he breaks out in a sweat, and then the thirst becomes a desire for large quantities very often, and the more he sweats the more desire he has for water.
Headache during the chill and heat; this grows better towards the end of the heat as the sweat breaks out, it is ameliorated by the sweat.
Skin: Tendency to shrivel; a prematurely old, wrinkled appearance of the skin comes on (chronic headaches, congestive headaches, malarial complaints). The mucous membrane of the lips and mouth often shrivels and becomes wrinkled (diphtheritic membrane and exudation in the throat is leathery looking and shriveled; malignancy, putridity, gangrenenous odor).
Oedema of face and scalp, pits upon pressure and there is a little crepitation under it from pressure; eruptions on scalp, very sensitive (hair cannot be combed).
 Sensitiveness is a feature of Arsenic, over sensitiveness of all the senses. Over sensitiveness to the circumstances and surroundings of the room.
Extremely fastidious patient. The gold headed cane patient. A person sick in bed is in great distress if every picture on the wall does not hang perfectly straight.
Morbid fastidiousness.
Discharges from the eyes (conjunctivitis) acrid, discharge that excoriates the eye, making the canthi red and causing granulation with burning. The burning is > from washing in cool water,  also > from dry heat. Corneal ulcers. Hypertrophy beginning in patches , form scars, and in old ulcerated patches little growth similar to a pterygium growing towards the centre of the eye and threatening blindness. Inflammations with swelling, burning and excoriating discharge;  bag-like swelling , baggy lids and little bags forming under the eyes.
Face: waxy, pale, appearance of a broken down constitution , dropsical condition.
Sneezing from every change in the weather, always chilly and suffers from drafts, < in cold, damp weather; always freezing, chilled through.
Pale, waxy, broken down constitution, catarrhal discharges from nose, <looking at a bright light (become almost blind).
Coryza: Sneezing, inflammatory condition of nasal cavity, throat, larynx and chest, cold begins in the nose and goes down into the throat; old, chronic catarrhal troubles of  the nose, bleeds easily, patient is always sneezing and taking cold, chilly, pallid, tired, restless, full of anxiety in the night (troublesome dreams).
Tendency to ulcerate: sore throat, eyes, nose.
Syphilis,  malaria, blood poisoning of some kind (dissecting wound, from erysipelas, typhoid fever, zymotic states improperly treated, poisoning with quinine and like substances) that break down the blood and establishes a state of anaemia. If  any discharge is established the patient is relieved thereby (if an ulcer comes upon the leg, if a leucorrhea comes on).
Chronic state  from retained secretions (a form of blood poisoning: suppressed ear discharges, throat discharges, suppressed leucorrhea and ulcerations), anaemic state that follows each suppression (results of the cautery, of local applications to stop leucorrhoea and other discharges and to heal up ulcers and skin eruptions); patient becomes waxy and pallid, sickly looking; these catarrhal discharges come on as a means of relief because of the suppression of some other condition ( on suppression of  leucorrhoea comes thick, bloody or watery discharge from the nose; when an ulcer has been dried up by external applications; ear discharge has been stopped by the outward application).
Sulphur, Calcarea and Arsenicum are suitable for the catarrhal discharges that come from suppressions, in broken down constitutions.
Conditions  brought about from the absorption of animal poisons, symptoms brought on from a dissecting wound (Arsenic and Lachesis).
Always take cold easily (sensitive to cold); attackes of cold  on the slightest provocation; when s/he has thick discharge s/he is better, but when s/he takes a little cold it becomes thin; the thick discharge that is necessary to comfort slacks up, and then s/he gets headache, thirst, restlessness, anxiety and distress.
Epithelioma of nose and lips.
Inflammation of the throat and tonsils with burning, <by cold and > by warm drinks. Red and a shriveled  mucous membrane. Diphtheria, exudate is gray and mucous membrane shriveled, patient is prostrated, anxious, sinking, weak, feverish, much dryness of the mouth.
Pneumonia , rusty expectoration (excoriating), burning in chest , bleeding and liver-colored expectoration.
Tendency to bleed , blood bright red , parts take on a gangrenous state and the hemorrhages become black and there are little clots like portions of liver (in the vomited matter and in the stools). Expectoration (thin, watery fluid intermingled with clots) horribly offensive (state of gangrene); patient has gone through the period of restlessness and is now prostrated, sinking, pallid, and likely enough covered with a cold sweat.
Gastritis, vomiting of everything taken, even a teaspoonful of water, great prostration and anxiety; dry mouth; > from drinking warm water (very little at a time) which soon is vomitted; cold fluids are vomited immediately. 
Extreme sensitiveness of stomach, does not want to be touched > applied heat, temporary relief from warm drinks; peritonitis; distension of the abdomen, tympanitis; cannot be handled or touched, but s/he will keep moving due to restlessness, cannot keep still, finally becomes so weak that exhaustion takes the place of restlessness.
Dysentery: involuntary passages of urine and faeces,  haemorrhage from the bowels and bloody urine. Cadaveric odor of stool, like putrid flesh, stool is bloody, watery, brown  or black and horribly offensive.
Gastro-enteritis:  thick, bloody discharge , horrible odor, all substances are vomited, the patient desires to be in a very warm room, be well covered, wants hot applications, warm drinks, looks cadaveric and smells cadaveric, (Secale: wants covers off, cool room, windows open, sponged with cold water, ice cold drinks).
Cholera: after the gushing is over and the vomiting and purging have passed, leaving a state of extreme exhaustion,  a state that appears like coma, patient looks almost as if dead.
Haemorrhoides : burning protrude when at stool, exhausted after stool, protruding lumps like grapes and burn like coals of fire are hot, dry and bleeding. Fissures of rectum, bleed at every stool.
THIRST: During the fever he wants little and often; during the chill he wants hot drinks.
Eruptions of the genitals with burning.
In little ulcers that burn,  syphilitic; herpetic vesicles , upon the foreskin and upon the labia; chancre or cancroids with burning, smarting and stinging, especially in those that are weak, no willingness to heal,  that spread,  phagedenic, those that eat from their outer margins, become larger and larger.
Male: Dropsical condition, dropsy of the penis, oedematous appearance, penis is enormously swollen and looks like a water bag; the scrotum, especially the skin of the scrotum, greatly swollen and humid.
Female: Labia are enormously swollen, burning, stinging pains, hard and swollen. Erysipelatous inflammation of these organs, ulcerations, of a syphilitic character; burning, smarting and stinging that extends up into the vagina, with great dryness and itching of the vagina. Leucorrhoea (whitish, watery, thin, copious sometimes it will run down the thighs) excoriates causing itching and burning with great suffering. 
Menses excoriating, copious, leucorrhoeal flow intermixed with menstrual flow,  profuse and acrid. During menstruation, stitches in the rectum.
After parturition no urine in the bladder; suppression, or the bladder is full and it does not pass.
Causticum  when woman has not passed the urine and it is time that she should and when there are no other symptoms to go on. Aconite if the infant has not passed the urine.
Cancer: Arsenic is a palliative in cancerous affections, in the uterus and mammary glands. Burning, stinging pains have disappeared, in incurable cases.
Asthma : Dyspnoea, long standing cases of asthma of a nervous character; asthma after midnight, patients who suffer from cold, are very pallid, dry wheezing cough, must sit up in bed and hold the chest, anxious restlessness with prostration.
Heart: great weakness, palpitation from the least exertion or excitement, anxiety; he cannot walk. Severe paroxysms of palpitation or attacks of syncope during endocarditis, most serious complaints of the heart,  dropsy of the pericardium, etc. Angina pectoris. Rheumatism affecting the heart. Hydropericardium with great irritability. Pulse frequent, small, trembling. Pulsation through whole body. Heart becomes weak, pulse thread-like, patient pale and cold, covered with sweat, pulse very feeble. 
Fever: Intermittent. Violence of the chill with excitement, headache, prostration, dry mouth, desire for hot drinks and to be covered up warmly, anxious restlessness and prostration. During the chill there is aching in the bones,  great head congestion with purple fingers and toes. Prostration with the awful anxiety.
Time of chill: irregularity; coming not twice alike, coming at any time. It has afternoon chill and after midnight chill, sometimes in the morning, sometimes at 3 or 4 P.M., sometimes at 1 P.M. During the chill, there is sometimes great thirst, has aversion to cold things, hence can take only hot drinks, hot teas, etc. During the fever the thirst increases , s/he has dry mouth, drinks little and often, just a teaspoonful to wet his/her dry mouth. Water does not quench thirst,  wants but a tablespoonful, little and often. This runs on into the sweat with prostration, increased coldness, desire for copious drinks, unquenchable thirst for cold drinks.

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