Anthracinum 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 Anthracinum is used…

      An alcoholic extract of the anthrax poison prepared from the spleens of affected sheep.


Acne. Boils. Carbuncles. Synanche cellularis. Erysipelas. Gangrene. Malignant pustule. Parotitis gangrenosa. Phlegmonous inflammation and ulceration. Small-pox. Splenic fever. Ulcers. Whitlow.


*Anthracinum is indicated in all conditions of boils and boil- like eruptions (as acne in some forms, and in carbuncles). It was introduced into homoeopathic practice by Lux the veterinarian long before the experiments of Pasteur. The keynote for its employment is “succession of boils” or carbuncles, but it is also of the greatest use in other cases. “Terrible burning” with carbuncle. The potentised virus is the best remedy for the disease from which it is obtained-“Splenic fever” in animals, and “Malignant pustule” in human beings. Erysipelas of a foul kind, and gangrenous erysipelas, cellulitis. “Hard, stony” swelling in region of right lower jaw and submaxillary gland. Anthrax-quinsy. Whitlow and sloughing. Glands painfully swollen. Induration of cellular tissue. Black or blue blisters. Horribly offensive gangrenous ulcers. A number of symptoms have been recorded from human patients affected with the anthrax disease.


*Compare: Anthracinum bovum, Anthracinum suum, Lachesis, Tarent.c Arsenicum, Carb-v. *It follows well: Arsenicum (burning and ulceration), Ph-ac. *Is followed well by: Aur-m-n. (periosteal swelling of lower jaw), Silicea (cellulitis). *Antidoted by: Camph., Arsenicum, Rhus, Silicea, Lachesis, Carb-v., Pulsatilla, Kreosotum, Carb-ac., Sal-ac., Apis.


Headache, as if a smoke with a heating pain was passing through the head.- Headache with chill. Swelling of head.


Parotitis gangrenosa. Stony swelling around lower jaw. Gland under chin painfully swollen.


Sensation as if diaphragm were pushed forward. Enlargement of spleen. Bellyache with chill.

Stool and Anus

Vomiting followed by a painless, often bloody diarrhoea. Diarrhoea with fever. Cholera-like collapse.

Heart and Circulation

Heart-beats frequent but weak.- Cyanosis. -Blood does not coagulate.

Back and Limbs

Axillary glands swollen.- Severe pains in limbs and joints with the fever. – Oedema; ulcers; gangrene;sloughing whitlows.


Restlessness.-Clonic and tetanic spasms (marked rigor mortis after death).- Exhaustion and collapse.- Terrible burning pains.


Crusty oozing eruption. – Itching with dry skin. Black or blue blisters.- Carbuncles. Boils.- Sloughing ulcers. Small-pox.

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