ARSENICUM ALBUM symptoms of the homeopathy remedy from Plain Talks on Materia Medica with Comparisons by W.I. Pierce. What ARSENICUM ALBUM can be used for? Indications and personality of ARSENICUM ALBUM…



      This remedy is “one of the oldest of Hahnemann’s provings, but published in the Fragmenta, not in the first volume of his Materia Medica. The reasons for this omission he gives in 1816, in the second volume. The ignorant, maltreated, easily frightened, people, seeing the great effect of small doses, cried him out a `poison doctor’ (Hering).

Hahnemann has, naturally, a good deal to say concerning the old school physicians who “evidently vie with one another who shall prescribe the largest possible doses of these drugs.

“But if the homoeopathic medical art employ the same drugs, not at random, like the ordinary method, but after careful investigation, only in suitable cases and in the smallest possible doses, it is denounced as a practice of poisoning.

” If Homoeopathy now make a fuller explanation-if she condemn (as from conviction she must) the monstrous doses of these drugs employed in ordinary practice-and, if she, relying on careful trials, insist that very much less of them should be given for a dose, then see the adherents of the ordinary school who denounce the homoeopathic healing as a system of poisoning,

see how they laugh aloud at that they call childishness, and declare themselves convinced (convinced without trial?) that such a small quantity can do nothing at all, and can have no effect whatever is, indeed, just the same as nothing” (Mat. Medorrhinum Pura).

Hahnemann also says: “But when I have finished with the wiseacre, who, never consulting experience, ridicules the small dose of homoeopathy as a nonentity, as utterly powerless, I hear on the other side the hypocritical stickler for caution still inveigh against the danger of the small doses used in homoeopathic practice, without a shadow of proof for his reckless assertion.

“A few words here for such persons” (Mat. Medorrhinum Pura).

The “few words” are too many for quotation and you are referred to his Mat. Medorrhinum Pura for them.

Hahnemann advised the 30th dilution of Arsenicum, made from the 3rd trituration.


      Dunham after nothing the effects in acute poisoning by the drug, which reads like a review of its characteristic symptoms, says: “A summary review of the effects of Arsenic leads us of conclude:

“1. From the fact that, after death from poisoning by it, it is found in almost every tissue and secretion of the body, that it is universally diffused throughout the body and acts upon every part.

“2. From the fact that its action and diffusion are uniform, however it be introduced into the body, whether through the skin or by the alimentary canal, that its action is specific and not local.

“3. From its effects in chronic poisonings, producing anaemia, exhaustion, emaciation, etc., that it acts upon the blood composition, as well as directly on the tissues and on the nervous system.”

Arsenicum is a tissue remedy, with a wide range of action and an especially affinity for the skin and mucous membranes.

It is a remedy with pronounced characteristics, making it one that is easily kept in mind, for one or more of these characteristic symptoms are found every time the remedy is prescribed.


There is a tendency to “periodic complaints,” says Hering, “return of complains when the year come round.” In all conditions calling for the remedy there is apt to be an aggravation after midnight; ” the pain and uneasiness return at regular hours as in fever and ague,” reads one symptom and Allen tells us that Arsenicum “produces well-marked intermittent fever, with incomplete resolution.” IRRITABILITY.

The physical body is in a constant state of irritability.

Willard Ide Pierce
Willard Ide Pierce, author of Plain Talks on Materia Medica (1911) and Repertory of Cough, Better and Worse (1907). Dr. Willard Ide Pierce was a Director and Professor of Clinical Medicine at Kent's post-graduate school in Philadelphia.