Arsenicum Album (Arsen. Alb.) is a common remedy for both acute and chronic problems. It is found in homeopathic kits for good reason.
Arsenicum treats a variety of issues including tiredness due to anemia or asthma, weakness, restlessness, burning pains, irritating discharges, food poisoning, indigestion, diarrhea, gastroenteritis from overconsumption of ripe produce and excess alcohol, mouth ulcers, asthma, headaches with dizziness or vomiting and fluid retention especially around extremities.
Arsenicum is commonly used for:
Cold’s and Flu:
Arsenicum is useful for colds that leave you exhausted with burning mucous and skin around the nostrils that is red and sore. It helps the mucous membranes of the respiratory and digestive systems. Arsenicum is beneficial for hay fever with sneezing, coughing and watery, burning secretions. Arsenicum is used for illness and Flu with diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, burning in stomach.
Arsenicum is used for food poisoning, and can help with indigestion and heartburn. It can be used to relieve burning in rectum, involuntary diarrhea with frequent and burning stools and is useful for Colitis – that is worse after midnight. Arsenicum is used when symptoms include burning sensations, burning discharges. Arsenicum relieves symptoms that burn yet are improved by heat application.
Arsenicum also relieves feeling anxious and restless. Arsenicum helps when one desires small sips of water.
Arsenicum is considered an important skin remedy. It is helpful in various skin ailments, such as psoriasis, flakey scalp, and dry eczema.
Arsenicum’s Personality Profile:
Those that will respond the best to Arsenicum as a homeopathic remedy tend to show a great attention to detail. They work hard to combat insecurity; as this is something that tends to give them a lot of problems. They may be hoarders as they are constantly working to protect themselves against great misfortune and always want to be prepared if that should occur. They are perfectionists by nature and this can often cause them to feel isolated because of their actions.
Arsenicum’s Materia Medica:
Anxiety: Anxious & restless. Moves about all the time. Thinks it’s worthless to take remedy.
Asthma: Shortness of breath. Feeling of suffocation on lying down; Onset midnight or soon after.
Colds: Profuse, burning, watery nasal discharge with sneezing, irritating nose & upper lip; eyes & nose red; cold tends to go down into chest.
Diarrhea: Scanty, dark, offensive stool with burning pain in anus, followed by great weakness; after eating or drinking; from too much fruit or iced drinks
Eyes: Aching, burning and shooting pains in the eyes. Watering eyes worse in bright light or motion. Pink eye- red, swollen. Granulated lids; tears hot & burning with intense aversion to light
Flu: Chilly, restless, anxious, peevish; prostrated; fears death; burning pains relieved by heat; thirsty for sips of cold water; red hot, needle-like pains; feels as if ice-water or boiling water running through veins
Food Poisoning: Prime remedy in ptomaine poisoning; especially after tainted meat or spoiled food; vomiting & purging, “going both ways at once”
Skin: Top remedy for skin ailments-psoriasis, flakey scalp, dry eczema. Symptoms that burn yet improved by heat application. Feels better in the summer. Children who have skin that is dry and rough. Symptoms are often worse on the right side, with cold applications, and after eating offending foods or drinking alcohol. Itching, burning, swelling, skin eruptions. Dry, scaly skin.
Sore Throat: Burning in pharynx; difficulty swallowing; thirsty for sips of cold water, but stomach intolerant.
Stomach: Indigestion, heartburn with burning. Difficulty swallowing; with nausea & intense thirst, vomiting simultaneous with diarrhea.