Arsenicum Album

Arsenicum Album homeopathy medicine – drug proving symptoms from Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica by TF Allen, published in 1874. It has contributions from R Hughes, C Hering, C Dunham, and A Lippe….


Arsenious oxide, As2O3. (Arsenious acid; white oxide of arsenic; white arsenic). Preparation for use, Triturations with sugar of milk.


Cerebral excitability. Rage; he had to be bound; he endeavored to escape. Attacks of madness and sorrow. Mania; headache; excessive anguish; noise before the ears, as of many large bells, and when opening his eye he constantly saw a man who had hung himself in the garret, and who requested the other by signs to cut him down; the former ran up to the latter with a knife, but not being able to cut him down, he became desperate, and attempted to hang himself; this attempt being foiled, he became so restless that he could scarcely be kept quiet; he lost his speech, though he had his full understanding; and when attempting to express himself in writing, could only write down unintelligible signs, trembling and weeping all the while, the forehead covered with the sweat of anguish, kneeling down and while, the hands as if praying. Disposition to suicide. After midnight, a frequent desire to kill himself, by stabbing his heart through and through. When alone, he thinks about disease and similar things, from which he finds it difficult to force his mind. Delirium etc., etc. High delirium unmanageable. Delirium; he arose to visit his daughter (absent, as he knew), and could with difficulty be quieted, but spoke rationally. Loss of reason, returning from time to time. Very violent delirium, especially at night, with great restlessness.

Violent delirium during the last three or four days. Delirium a few hours before death. Violent delirium, with tetanic convulsions. He often raved during the course of the disease. He raves, making motions with his hands, as if measuring with a rule, so that his ravings mostly related to his business. Raving and carphology. Delirious thoughts with the eyes open, without being in delirium either before or after. Delusions alternating with half-confused sleep. Alternating lively phantasies. In the night he talked sensibly at times. He likes to converse with others. Foolish answers. Her desire exceeds her need; she eats and drinks more than is good for her; she walks further than she needs to do. Indisposition to reply to questions. Rather cheerful and disposed to busy himself. Mind energetic and fresh, inclined to gayety. Loud wailing. Moaned grievously. She lies crouched in bed, groaning and moaning. She spends the night in moaning and groaning. Frequent screaming from pain. He cried and howled, and spoke little and abruptly. (Piercing lamentations, interrupted by attacks of weakness). Piteous complaining, that an extremely unpleasant sensation in the abdomen and excessive mental anguish took away his breath, and forced him to bend double in this or that direction, or to rise and walk about. Precordial anxiety for a long time. Anxiety and restlessness in the whole body (after nine hours). Continued sobbing, with childish spells of crying. Very low- spirited, and crying at the slightest provocation. Exceedingly sensitive, despondent, sad, and weeping; the least trifle fills her with care and solicitude. Sad mood. Great seriousness.

Spirits depressed. Much depressed. She is despondent about her condition. Grief. Sad and depressed. Melancholic, sad, after eating, with headache (after eighty hours). (Religious melancholy and reserve). (* “Not found,” in reference. *) Excessive melancholy. He despairs of his life. (* “Not found.” *) He despairs and weeps, and imagines no one can help him, that he must die; he is cold and chilly, and afterwards generally weak. Anguish. Excessive anguish, with oppression of the chest, and difficult breathing. Internal anguish. (Deathly anguish with vomiting). Anguish and despair driving from one place to another for relief. Anguish from the heart, interrupted by attacks of weakness. Anguish, so that he several times fainted. With great anguish he turns and tosses to and fro in his bed. Talks but little, only complains of anguish. Great anguish, trembling, and tremor, with violent tearing in the abdomen, trembling, and tremor, with violent tearing in the abdomen. With inexpressible mental anguish and increasing pain, he seemed to be at his last gasp. Mental anxiety. Indescribable anxiety, etc. Extreme anxiety. (Most intolerable anxiety).

(* “Not found.” *) Real deathly anxiety. Excited and anxious. Impatient and anxious. The anxiety and restlessness are indescribable; “Kill me,” he cried, “or relieve my pains!”. Great anxiety and oppression. Anxiety and breaking out of cold sweat. Anxiety, with sweat. Continued anxiety, a mental anguish, as if he had not done his duty, without, however, knowing wherein. Anxiety and heat do not permit her to fall asleep before midnight, for many days. Anxiety in the evening after lying down; at 3 o’clock after midnight, after waking. Violent anxiety at 3 o’clock in the night; he now felt not, now as if he would vomit. Anxiety and fear; he sees an absent acquaintance lying dead upon the sofa, and has great dread of him. Fear. Sense of deadly fear. Apprehension. Constant dread of death. Dread of death coming on suddenly when left alone, or on going to bed. The greatest fear and anguish; sees ghosts day and night. (He is anxious and trembling, and is afraid he shall not be able to prevent himself from killing a person with a knife). He imagines that the whole house, and the space under the bed, are full of thieves, which causes, from fright, anxious cold sweat to break out over his body. He has so much fear that he jumps out of his bed, and hides himself in the wardrobe, which he can hardly be induced to leave. He sees thieves in his room. and therefore hides himself under the bed. He sees vermin and bugs crawl about his bed, from which he wants to escape, and constantly throws away whole handfuls of them. Her disposition has changed very much since the poisoning (four months ago); her natural cheerfulness was quite banished, she was afraid of solitude and death; the slightest cause was sufficient to put her into anger and rage, which especially occurred when one spoke of her complete recovery, which she considered wholly impossible. At times also an indescribable melancholy attacked her. Not until after a year did her wanted cheerfulness return (Roth).

Fretfulness, even amounting to anger. Very fretful and sensitive; the least thing made him angry. Very fretful, indignant, capricious; every word offends her, and makes her very angry, when she should answer. Very fretful and contented with nothing; she finds fault with everything; every conversation, noise, even the light, is disagreeable to her. Ill-humor, when waking in the morning; she knew not what to do with herself from ill-humor; pushed the pillows and bed-cover away, and would not look at or talk to anybody. Inclines to jest in a malicious manner. Indignation in the morning when in bed; pushes the pillows about indignantly, uncovers himself, sees no one, and does not want to be spoken to. She becomes furiously mad when offered something to eat, without having the least appetite. Crying at the slightest provocation. Excessive irritability, and quarrelsome inclination. (This latter feature was very remarkable, for during the two years we were free from arsenical paper, the boys were always happy together, and remarked for their gentleness to each other). Great sensitiveness. Cannot bear the slightest noise. Very easily made to cry or laugh. The mind was much affected by trifling things.

Vexed about trifles. He is vexed about every trifle, and constantly talks about other people’s faults. Discontented; has no desire for anything. Dissatisfied the whole day, and very fretful at himself for not having done enough. Indignation, alternating with mildness; in her indignation she looks at nobody, and does not want to hear anything; she also cries. Irresolution by repeated moods; desires something, and when everything is done to fulfil his wish, the least trifle is sufficient to change his mind, and he will not have it. Quiet, with haggard expression, without complaining. In the first minutes, great tranquillity of soul and cheerfulness; half an hour after, excessive anxiety and restlessness; he imagined that the effects of the poison would be terrible, and desired that he might continue to live (in the case of a man who had poisoned himself with Arsenic and despaired on that account). Great indifference. Indifference to life. Calm indifference; without caring about their approaching death, they neither expected nor desired to recover (secondary effect, in two suicides who had taken Arsenic). Calmness of mind (in the case of a despairing melancholy person). (* “The calmness was rather mental, from his determination, than physical.” *) INTELLECTUAL: Calm and equable mood; no event disturbed his equanimity, She retained her mental faculties, clear consciousness, and an un shaken quiet disposition. Involuntary mental excitement, towards morning, hindering sleep, although he feels very drowsy. Ideas crowd upon him; he is too weak to repel them in order to dwell upon one idea alone. Confusion.

Confusion of mind. Stupid and confused in his head, as in violent coryza, and when out of humor; the head feels like a lantern. Feels as if she would lose her senses when thinking long about anything. Absence of mind. Answers slowly. He returns very short answers when questioned. (Weakness of the understanding). (* “Result of suppression of Ague by A.” *) At last perfectly unable to perform any mental work, afraid of his fellow-men, irritable and passionate; he got so downhearted from continued sleeplessness (from October 6th, 1855, to November, 1856), that he committed suicide. Absence of the understanding and of the external and internal senses; he saw nothing, said nothing for many days, heard nothing, and understood nothing; when one shouted into his ears, he looked at those present like one waking from deep sleep. Want of memory. Diminished memory. Forgetfulness memory. Forgetfulness; thoughts leave him. Very imperfect memory for a long time. From having had a remarkably good memory, she lost her memory completely. Does not recognize objects. Did not seem fully conscious of his condition. (Chronic weakness of sense).

(* “Doubtful how much in ague and how much A.” *) Self- consciousness disappears of becomes very indistinct.

Unconsciousness. Loss of consciousness, etc. They lay unconscious and insensible. Loss of sensation and of consciousness. Lies unconscious, and is aroused with difficulty. Senseless. (She lay on her bed senseless, muttered unintelligible sounds, with staring eyes, and cold sweat on the forehead; tremor of the whole body; small pulse, hard and very quick). Loss of consciousness and speech. Loss of consciousness and convulsions. Stupor and pervading sleepiness. Comatose stupefactions. After vomiting and diarrhoea, condition of stupor from which it was difficult to wake her. Stupor with staring eyes.


VERTIGO: Vertigo, etc. Vertigo; felt whole room go around. Excessive vertigo, so that she had to hold herself. Excessive vertigo and dulness in the head. Vertigo on arising.

Vertigo every evening; she has to hold on to something when closing her eyes. Vertigo, only when walking, as if he would fall to the right side. Vertigo, when sitting. Vertigo, with vanishing of thought when rising up. (Vertigo, with headache). Vertigo, with obscuration of slight. Vertigo, with transient loss of sight. Vertigo, with quiet features. Violent vertigo, with inclination to vomit when lying down; he has to sit up to be relieved. Much vertigo, especially with rush of blood to the heart. Vertigo and trembling,. So dizzy, that he could not keep his head erect. Dizzy in the head when going into the open air; the dizziness increased on re-entering the room (after half an hour). Dizziness, attended with mental confusion Giddiness. Reeling sensation in the head during vomiting. Reeling and stupid sensation in the head, especially the forehead, when walking in the open air, as if intoxicated, so that he staggers from side to side, and threatens to fall every moment (after nine and half hours). CONFUSION, ETC.: Confused feeling in the head. Confusion of the head. Great confusion of the head. Great confusion of the head, evenings (third day). (* “Not found.” *) Confusion and somnolence. Dull head, without pain. Stupid and dizzy in the head; he was unable to thank. Stupid feeling in the head, as if he had not slept enough, from eleven in the forenoon till six in the afternoon. Stupid and weak in the had towards noon. Stupefied feeling in the head, as if he had done an excessive amount of work with precipitate haste, accompanied with internal uneasiness (after second day). (Stupefaction of the head, with loss of sense, and vertigo). (* “Not found.” *) Gloominess in the head. Weakness of the head, with weakness and qualmishness in the pit of the stomach, so violent that she was quite sick, (Heaviness of the head, with aching pain, in the morning), (after seventy-two hours). Heaviness in the head, etc. Heaviness of the head, without pain. Heaviness of the head all day (as after sexual excess). (Heavy and confused feeling in the head, so that he cannot stand still; he must lie down. (Great heaviness in the head, especially when standing or sitting). (* After an antidote. *) Heaviness of head, with confusion. Heaviness and pressure in the hand. Great heaviness in the head, with humming in the ears; it goes off in the open air, but returns again as soon as he enters the room (after sixteen hours). HEAD IN GENERAL: (Swelling of the head). (Swelling of the veins of the whole head, after violent vomiting. (Swelling of the head and face). (Excessive swelling of the head and face).. Oedema of the head, face, eye, neck, and chest, having a natural color. Palsied shaking of the head. Incessant to and-fro movement of the head. Grasping the head and throat (in a child). Ringing noise in the head. Noise and confusion in head. Strange sensations in her head. Sensation in the head, over the ear, when walking, as of two marbles striking each other. Headache, etc. Violent headache, etc. Excessive headache. Severe headache, getting worse all day, with very decided feeling of constriction at the temples, as if from intoxication (immediately). Stupefying headache, especially in the right side of the forehead, directly over the right eyebrow, with sore pain when knitting the brow. Headache, which lasted days. Headache at uncertain times, mostly in the night. On rising in the morning, violent headache, worse on the left side; he was obliged to return to bed; it lasted several days, though with less intensity. Increase of headache at 11 P.M., with cold hands and face. Headache nearly constant, aggravated by vomiting Headache for several days, relieved by applying cold water, but becoming much worse if taken away, (periodical headache). Intense headache, increased by light and noise. Headache and vertigo (a long time). Headache and vertigo. Headache and stomachache. Violent headache, with fever and sensitiveness of the region of the stomach. Burning pain in the head. Heat in the head, when coughing. Tensive headache. Contractive pain in the head. Stupefying, aching pain, especially in the forehead, with fine stitches in the left temporal region near the outer canthus, when walking and standing, going off when sitting (after two and a half hours). Dull headache, in the morning, when waking, going off when rising. Drawing and throbbing in head. Violent pressive headache. Violent pressing in the head from six to eight o’clock in the evening, entire want of appetite, transient sweat, and great anguish. Excessive heaviness in the head, as if the brain were oppressed by a load, with humming in the ears in the morning after rising (after twenty- four hours). Stupefying pressive headache, especially in the forehead, in every position. Pain as if the brain were being torn out. Tearing throbbing headache, especially at night. Frequent attacks of tearing throbbing headache, sometimes on one side, and extending over whole head. Tearing in the head, and at the same time in the right eye. Headache, consisting of tearing and heaviness, with drowsy faintness in the daytime (after four days). Pain as if bruised, in the external head, worse when touched. Wavering sensation in brain, especially when moving the head. When moving the head, while walking, the brain seems to flap, with pressure upon it. Sensation, during motion, as if the brain moved and beat against the skull. Violent throbbing pain in the whole head, especially the forehead, with desire to vomit, when raising himself in bed. Sharp, hard throbbing, like a hacking, in the whole head, as if the skull were pressed asunder; at night, sweat breaking out. FOREHEAD:. Inflammation of frontal sinuses, with aggravation at the same time, each day. Cold sweat of the forehead. Hard swelling, on both frontal eminences, like a nut; the swelling increases in the evening (Sr).. Frontal heaviness all day, becoming quite troublesome in the evening, with pulsations rather more painful in the forehead and temples. Frontal headache. The most agonizing pains were about the forehead and temples. Intense pains in the frontal region, accompanied by vertigo. During sleep, he complains of headache; now in the forehead, now in the occiput. Drawing pressive pain in the right side of the forehead (after two and three quarter hour). (Headache over the left eye, very violent in the evening and night). Constrictive (drawing together) pain above eyes and in temples. Pain as if bruised or sore, over the nose and in the forehead, going off for a short time by rubbing. Sensation as if he had been knocked on the forehead. Throbbing headache directly over the root of the nose. Violent throbbing pain in the forehead, during motion, TEMPLES: Swelling of the superficial veins of temples. Unpleasant feeling in the region of the temples. Pain in temples. All day pressive headache in both temples. Pressive pain in the right temporal region, in every position of the body (after three hours). Stitch like pressive pain in the left temple, not going off by contact (after two and a half hours). Stitching pain in the left temple, going off touch. Tearing stitches in the left temple. Painful hammering in the temples, at noon and midnight, for half an hour, after which her body feels paralyzed for two hours. VERTEX: Pain in the region of the vertex. Burning at a spot on the scalp the size of a dollar, on the vertex. The burning pain in the region of the vertex has not yet quite disappeared (after ten days), and she complains of a sore pain in the scalp, when touched. Drawing headache, under the coronal suture, a few hours every afternoon. In the head, now a pressing confusing, now a violent throbbing, or a burning pain in the region of the vertex which grew less on gentle rubbing. Headache, as from a heavy weight pressing on vertex. PARIETALS:. ( Hemicrania). Bruised pain in one side of the head, in the morning when rising (after twelve hours). Dull beating pain in one half of the head, as far as above the eye. The pains in the head and face are especially severe on the left side, so as to prevent leaning or resting on that side; she was obliged to sit up all night, keeping the head erect. Violent neuralgia on left side of head, followed by lame feeling. Dull pain on left side of head. Tearing pains on left side of head. OCCIPUT; Headache in the occiput. Head painful, especially in the occiput. Tearing pains in the occiput. EXTERNAL HEAD: (Corroding ulcers on the scalp). (Ulcerated crust on the scalp, of the thickness of a finger, falling off in a few weeks). (Ulcer-crust on the scalp extend as far as the middle of the forehead). Scalp covered with hard, isolated pustules. Moist discharge from scalp. Behind the right ear a circular elevation of the size of a penny piece, with reddened base, burning, twitching, and stitching. (Burning pain in the scalp). Scalp painful when touched. Pain of the scalp when touched, as of ulceration. The scalp was painful, on applying the head to it. (Gnawing itching on the head). Disagreeable formication in the head, every other night. Creeping in the integuments of the occiput, as if the roots of the hair were moving. Itching all day on the hairy scalp, compelling him to scratch. Corrosive itching over the whole head, obliging him to scratch. Painful itching, as of an ulcer, in the whole scalp, which is painful all over as if ecchymosed, but mostly in the region of the occiput (after seven hours). ( Burning- itching in the scalp). The hair is painful when touched.

Falling out of the hair, etc. The hair falls off from the left side of the head. The hair which had come out grew again, but was stiff and brittle, and of a gray color; but it soon fell off again, and gave place to healthy brown hair, which grew as thick and long as formerly.


EYES IN GENERAL: Lively, penetrating look. Eyes bright and glistening, and vessels of cornea much injected. (Inflammation of the eyes). Inflammation of eyes, violent, frequently recurring. Weak look of the eyes. Dim eyes. Suffused, languid eyes. Eyes look veiled, and minutely injected. Blue circles around the eye, and pale appearance of the eyeball. Yellow eyes, as in jaundice. Eyes injected, etc. Eyes injected, as in the beginning of an eruptive fever. Weak and inflamed eyes, the conjunctiva was fiery red. The eyes red. The eyes very red. Bloodshot eyes. Red, inflamed eyes. Eyes red, as after weeping. Wild look. Staring eyes. Staring look, without dilatation of the pupils. Protruding eyes. Eyes protruding and quite red. Protruding and watery eyes. Sunken eyes and pale face. Swelling of the eyes. ( * Compare S. 199, authority 18. *) Eyes greatly swollen. (Swelling of the eye and lips). Painless swelling under the left eye, partly closing the eye, and very soft (after five days). Distortion of the eyes. (* “Not found.” *) Distortion of the eyes and cervical muscles. Distortion of the eyes in a horrid manner. Rigid eye, turned upward. From time to time the eyes turned upward and squinting, but only transiently. Eyes retracted. Eyes often feel moist and as if full of tears, but without lachrymation. Stiffness of the eyes. Eyes stiff, heavy, rather sensitive. In evening, feeling as of sand in eyes. (In evening, feeling as of sand in the eyes, obliging him to rub them. Feels as if there were a blood boil below each eye. Deep internal pain of the right eye, with violent stitches when turning it, so that she was scarcely able to turn it. Violent pain in the left eye. Violent pain in left eye during the night. Burning in the eyes. Severe and constant burning in the eyes. During the day, slight sensation of heat in both eyes. Burning in the eyes, nose, and mouth. Eyes hot and burning sore in the balls. Sensation of burning and smarting (in eyes. Several times in the evening, and especially when lying down, a distinct feeling of burning and slight pricking in the eyes, Drawing pain in the eyes and twitching in the lids. Heavy pressure in the eyes. Pressure in the left eye as from sand (after two hours). Pressive pain under the right eye, lasting for hours, at night, causing so much anguish that she was unable to remain in bed. Tearing in the eye, occasionally. Tearing pains in left eye. Somewhat painful sensitiveness of both eyes. Stitches and burning in eyes. Pulsative throbbing in the eyes, and at every pulsation a stitch; after midnight. Jerking in the left eye. Severe nightly itching in both eyes. Biting, gnawing itching in both eyes, obliging him to rub (after three hours). Eyes feel worse when moving them, or looking steadily. All the eye-symptoms I have felt the more acutely, as I have never before had the slightest trouble with those organs. BROW AND ORBIT: All the parts around the orbits are swollen. Suborbital pain on the left side, with pricking as with needles, sometimes quite severe. Pinching aching pain over the eyes, going off soon. Itching around the eyes and temples, as if pricked with innumerable red-hot needles. LIDS: Blepharitis excessively aggravated. Blepharitis, IL and ulcerosa. Lower lid externally excoriated where the burning was most severe. Lids and lips blue. Eyelids injected and half shut. Redness of margin of lids. Edges of lids very red. Extremely redness of the inner surface of the eyelids, with uneasy sensation, rather than pain, often obliging him to rub the eye. In the morning, much gum on the eyelids. Swelling of the lids. The lids swollen and red. Eyelids oedematous, often completely closing the eyes. Edematous, painless swelling of the eyelids. Swelling of the upper, and, after that, of the lower left eyelid, afterwards of the forehead, head, and neck, without pain and without secretion of mucus; the swelling of the head and neck reached a frightful size. Oedema of the left eyelids. Great oedema of upper lid, with a bright red flush. Continual trembling of the upper eyelids, with lachrymation. Spasms of the eyelids. Spasmodic closure of the lids. The oedematous eyelids are firmly and spasmodically closed, and look as if distended with air. The left eye cannot be opened. His eyelids closed; he feels tired. Agglutination of the eyelids, in the morning. The eyelids are not closed during sleep. Kind of difficulty in moving the eyelids. Slight stiffness of the eyelids. From time to time, stiffness in the eyelids. Stiffness of eyelids, as if he had been smoking all night; lasted fifteen days. Marked and constant stiffness of the eyelids, for four days. Dryness of the eyelids, as if the eye were rubbed by them, when reading by candlelight. Pain of the margin of the eyelids, during motion, as if dry and rubbing against the eyeballs, both in the open air and in the room. 1 P.M., Sudden severe pain in the eyelids, with very painful pricking and lachrymation, which lasted ten minutes. Burning in the margin of the upper eyelids. Pressive pain over the left eyelid, increasing when raising the eye, and also in the upper half of the eyeball. Smarting in the eyelids, like that felt on entering a room filled with smoke; lasted all day. LACHRYMATION: Swimming of the eyes. The eyes watery, half opened, red. Watering from the eyes, and a dazzled sensation. Watering and itching of the eyes, with a little pus in the eyes in the morning. Lachrymation, etc. Slight lachrymation in the morning, with some fluent coryza. Corrosive tears, making the cheeks and eyelids sore. Constant watering of the right eye, for eight days (after second day). CONJUNCTIVA: Inflammation of the conjunctiva. Chronic conjunctivitis, not severe, but obstinate, with itching and depreciation of vision. Conjunctivitis palpebralis. Inflammation of the conjunctiva, with suffusion of the eyes and intolerance of light. Yellowness of conjunctiva. The white of the eye yellow. Yellow white of the eye as in jaundice. Conjunctiva somewhat red. The white of the eye becomes red. Redness or soreness of the conjunctiva. Conjunctiva injected. The conjunctiva intensely injected. Conjunctiva minutely injected, with diffused, pale redness. Conjunctiva minutely injected and ciliary vessels greatly enlarged. BALL AND PUPIL: Eyeballs very protruding. as if out of their sockets. The eyeballs fixed upwards. Yellowness of sclerotica. In the albuginea and at the edge of the reddened cheeks a slight icteric flush. Pupils dilated, etc. Pupils strongly dilated. The pupils from being minutely contracted become exceedingly dilated. Pupils contracted. Contracted pupils (after one and a half hours). Alternate dilatation and contraction of pupils, more in the night, in rather rapid and extreme degree, increased by presenting a lighted candle, or moving the tip of then finger to and fro. Pupils insensible to light. VISION: Eyes weak. The eye weak, without lustre, and generally closed. Weakness of the eyes. Weak slight, for a long time. (* See S. 128, and note. *) Disturbance of vision. The sight is indistinct. Obscuration of sight.

TF Allen
Dr. Timothy Field Allen, M.D. ( 1837 - 1902)

Born in 1837in Westminster, Vermont. . He was an orthodox doctor who converted to homeopathy
Dr. Allen compiled the Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica over the course of 10 years.
In 1881 Allen published A Critical Revision of the Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica.