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Materia Medica by Allen



ARSENICUM ALBUM

(ars)

WHITE OXIDE OF ARNICA

Great Prostration, WITH RAPID SINKING OF THE VITAL FORCES; fainting.

The disposition is: <BR>a. Depressing, melancholy, despairing, indifferent. <BR>B. Anxious, fearful, restless, full of anguish. <BR>C. Irritable, sensitive, peevish, easily vexed.

The greater the suffering the greater the anguish, restlessness and fear of death.

Mentally restless, BUT PHYSICALLY TOO WEAK TO MOVE; cannot rest in any place; changing places continually; wants to be moved from one bed to another, and lies now here, now there.

Anxious fear of death; thinks it useless to take medicine, IS INCURABLE, IS surely going to die; DREAD OF DEATH, when alone, or, going to bed.

Attacks of anxiety at night driving out of bed, < after midnight.

Burning pains; the affected parts burn like fire, as if hot coals were applied to parts (Anthr.), > by heat, hot drinks, hot applications.

Burning thirst without special desire to drink; the stomach does not seem to tolerate, because it cannot assimilate, cold water; lies like a stone in the stomach. It is wanted, but he cannot or dare not drink it.

CANNOT BEAR THE SMELL OR SIGHT OF FOOD (Colch., Sep.).

Great thirst for cold water; DRINKS OFTEN, BUT LITTLE AT A TIME; eats seldom, but much.

Gastric derangements; after cold fruits; ice cream; ice water; sour beer; bad sausage; alcoholic drinks; strong cheese.

Teething children are pale, weak, fretful, and want to be carried rapidly.

Diarrhoea, AFTER EATING OR DRINKING; stool scanty, dark-colored, offensive, and whether small or large, FOLLOWED BY GREAT PROSTRATION.

Haemorrhoids: with stitching pain when walking or sitting, not at stool; preventing sitting or sleep; BURNING PAIN < BY HEAT; fissures make voiding urine difficult.

Breathing: asthmatic; must sit or bend forward; springs out of bed at night, especially after twelve o'clock; UNABLE TO LIE DOWN FOR FEAR OF SUFFOCATION; attacks like croup instead of the usual urticaria.

Rapid emaciation: with cold sweat and great debility (Tub., Ver.) ; of affected parts; marasmus.

Anasarca, skin pale, waxy, earth-colored (Acet. ac).

Excessive exhaustion from least exertion.

Exhaustion is not felt by the patient while lying still; when he moves he is surprised to find himself so weak.

Symptoms generally worse from 1-2 P.M., 12-2 A.M.

Skin: dry and scaly; cold, blue and wrinkled; with cold, clammy perspiration; like parchment; white and pasty; black vesicles and burning pain.

Bad effects from decayed food or animal matter, whether by inoculation, olfaction or ingestion.

Complaints return annually (Carbo v., Lach., Sulph., Thuja).

 

Relation
Complementary: Allium s., Carbo v., Phos., Pyr.

Ars. should be thought of in ailments from: CHEWING TOBACCO; ALCOHOLISM; sea bathing; sausage poisoning; dissecting wounds and anthrax poison; stings of venomous insects.

 

Aggravation
After midnight (1 to 2 A.M. or P.M.) ; FROM COLD; COLD DRINKS OR FOOD; when lying on affected side or with the head low.

 

Amelioration
FROM HEAT IN GENERAL (reverse of Sec.) except headache, which is temporarily > by cold bathing (Spig.); burning pain > by heat.