Anacardium orientale

Anacardium orientale signs and symptoms of the homeopathy medicine from the Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by J.H. Clarke. Find out for which conditions and symptoms Anacardium orientale is used…

      Semecarpus Anacardium. Marking Nut. *N. O. Anacardiacae. (East Indies.) Preparation: layer of nut between shell and kernel triturated.


Alcoholism. Apoplexy. *Brain-fag. Constipation. Cough. *Debility. Dysmenorrhoea, *Dyspepsia. Eczema. *Elephantiasis. Examination funk. Haemorrhoids. Headache. Heart, affections of. Hypochondriasis. Hysteria. Insanity. *Memory, *loss of. *Mental *weakness. Nervous ailments. Palpitation. Paralysis. Pemphigus. Rheumatism. *Self-abuse. Skin, disease of. Smell, illusions of. Spine, affections of. Stiff-neck. Vomiting of pregnancy. Whooping-cough. Warts. Writer’s cramp.


*Anacardium has many features in common with its botanical relatives, the different species of *Rhus, especially in its action on the skin, muscles, and joints, but it has also very distinct features of its own. A very characteristic sensation is a pressing or penetrating pain as from a *plug, which may occur in any locality in connection with neuralgias and ear affection, piles etc., and whenever present *Anacardium will probably be the remedy. Sensation of a hoop or band around the body or about any part is a leading symptom. It has been used with success in

diseases of the spinal cord with this sensation and the feeling of a plug in the spine, worse by any motion which causes a pain as if the plug were sticking still further in. Paralysed feeling in knees. Sensation as if knees were bandaged.

The nut is heart-shaped (hence its name), and perhaps this may be taken as the “sign” of its courage-imparting properties. It has at any rate won for itself a reputation in “examination funk” and allied conditions. Brain-fag. Loss of memory is very marked. Deafness with loss of memory. Headache worse by mental exertion, better by eating. The *Anacard. patient has many mental aberrations, is clairaudient, hearing voices of persons for away, or dead, voices behind her. Seems to have two wills. Is as if in a dream. A curious symptoms is a great propensity to swear and blaspheme in persons not usually addicted thereto. Irritability. There is also a tendency to suicide by shooting (*Ant.crud.). Fixed ideas of various kinds: that mind and body are separated, that he is double, that a demon sits on his neck telling him most offensive things, that he sees everybody’s face in a glass except his own. The senses are either too weak or too acute, and there are sense illusions: a light has a halo, optical illusions in dark colours, illusions of hearing, illusions of smell: burning tinder, pigeon’s dung.I cured with it a man who had a smell of burning wood in his nose, remaining after influenza. There is a headache proceeding from before backward. Stiffness in nape of neck. Stiff-neck worse beginning to move. Whooping-cough with gaping and drowsiness after the cough. Morning sickness of pregnancy better by eating, but returns soon after. The *Anacard. indigestion contrasts with that of *Nux in a striking way. With *Nux the pain is worst for two or three hours after a meal, *during stomach-digestion, and is better when that is over, whereas with *Anacardium it is just then (when digestion is complete) that the pain is worst, and it lasts until the next meal, which again better for a time.

E. S. Breyfogle narrates a striking case (an involuntary proving) illustrating the nerve and skin effects of the remedy. Acting on Bayes’ indications, “funk before examination, ” “nerve- exhaustion from over-study. ” “nervous prostration from seminal emissions,” or sexual excess, Breyfogle has used the remedy with much success. To a patient, for excessive nervousness, he gave the 1st dilution in discs. He took two discs every four hours till eight were taken. Then a sore mouth suddenly developed, mucous membrane inflamed, burning, and acutely sensitive. Vesicles appeared on roof of mouth, and a dirty membrane peeled off easily. Gums were next affected. Mouth dry, taste offensive: at the same time a papular eruption on wrists and ankles, later on inside arms and legs, chest, neck, back, especially defined in bends of knees and elbows, and worst of all about anus. Scratching worse, but was compelled, to scratch all the same. Water as *hot as could be borne better instantly. Simultaneously the nervousness disappeared. “I haven’t had a nerve since. It has made a profound impression on my nervous system.” Later came a sudden sense of complete prostration: knees gave way, had to keep a flask of whisky by him to relieve it. Later: cold chills ran over body at least exposure, even putting arms out of bed, feared he was going to be ill, slept with hot bottles on chest all night. As eruption in mouth disappeared salivary flow increased, it ran from his mouth on pillow during sleep. “Feels as if a particles of food were in oesophagus, swallows constantly to get rid of it.”

John Henry Clarke
John Henry Clarke MD (1853 – November 24, 1931 was a prominent English classical homeopath. Dr. Clarke was a busy practitioner. As a physician he not only had his own clinic in Piccadilly, London, but he also was a consultant at the London Homeopathic Hospital and researched into new remedies — nosodes. For many years, he was the editor of The Homeopathic World. He wrote many books, his best known were Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica and Repertory of Materia Medica