(Arsenicum album)

What is Arsenicum?

Arsenicum is actually a white oxide derived from metallic arsenic.

Apart from being the professional criminal's No.1 poison, arsenic has over the centuries had a variety of uses, ranging from being a component in dye, wallpaper, paint and food production to it's function as a muscle builder amongst mountain folk, improving their ability to carry heavy loads up steep inclines.

Other names : White arsenic trioxide.

Homeopaths may prescribe this remedy for:

  • Burning pains accompanied with a feeling of coldness.

  • Digestive upsets. Displaying the following symptoms: Diarrhoea and vomiting due to food poisoning; bad diet or too much alcohol; dehydration in children due to gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestine).

  • Asthma and dyspnoea (breathing difficulty). Displaying the following symptoms: Acute asthma; there may be cold sweat on the face.

  • Anxiety and fear. Displaying the following symptoms: Fear of being alone.

  • Skin problems. Displaying the following symptoms: Burning skin; shingles; psoriasis; carbuncles (a collection of boils); cracked; dry lips; cold sores.

  • Mouth diseases. Displaying the following symptoms: Mouth ulcers; candidiasis (fungal infection) of the mouth.

  • Sore throat. Displaying the following symptoms: Painful when swallowing; swollen; burning; dry; ulcerated.
People requiring this remedy will feel worse :

When cold (even dislike cold food and drink); between midnight and 3 a.m.; on the right side of the body; near the sea.

People requiring this remedy will feel better :

When warm; lying down with raised head; moving about gently.

Arsenicum-type people :

Are generally fussy, ordered and rather intolerant of those with differing opinions or a more laid back approach to life.

They tend to worry greatly about their health and finances, are often

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