Respiratory symptoms of homeopathic remedy Arsenicum Album, described by Van Denburg in his book, Therapeutics of Respiratory system, cough & coryza, published in 1916….



Fluent coryza with Profuse, watery, excoriating discharge; Smarting and burning of the nostrils; sneezing and hoarseness.

Distressing stoppage at at bridge of the nose, Alternating with fluent coryza.

Burning and throbbing, with thick, yellow nasal discharge.


Fluent, watery, acrid, abundant; or alternately scanty and fluent.

Yellow, thick, acrid.


Burning, smarting, biting in nostrils.

Distressing stoppage of nose.

Soreness, smarting, and swollen feeling in nose.


Nostrils look red and inflamed.

Mucous surfaces highly inflamed.

Patient much depressed, and very irritable.

WORSE – Coryza.

From cold, and in cold weather.

At night, nose stopped; restlessness.

Sudden catarrh, threatening suffocation at night.

BETTER – Coryza.

From moderate warmth, and well covered up.


Coryza and catarrhal troubles from Being chilled while sweating.

Checked or non-appearing eruptions; simulating croup; especially hives or urticaria.

Influenzas from Exposure to dust, or from the pollen of plants.



Incessant, short, distressing cough, With rawness and burning in throat and chest.

From feeling of smoke in larynx.

With constant tickling in larynx.

With frothy sputa and wheezing, anxious breathing.

From suffocative feeling when walking in open air.

Short, crowing cough (in anasarca), with anxious difficult inhalation.

Short, hacking cough, with rawness and soreness from pit of stomach upward, and short breathing.


Scanty, salty, watery, frothy, often blood-streaked (first stage).

Purulent, whitish, yellowish; or Yellow, thick, difficult (second stage).

Much streaked with blood.

Gray-green, bitter, salty, thick.

Sometimes only by day, none at night; or Day and night.

Frothy; wheezing, anxious breathing.

Bright fluid blood, and burning in chest, with hacking cough.


From inhaling cold air.

Coming into warm room (change of temperature).

Inhaling dust, or smoke.

From motion.

Lying down, must sit up as soon as cough begins.

At night, especially at midnight, and after midnight.

Mental emotion brings on coughing spells, preceded by great anxiety. (Whooping cough.)

After eating or drinking.

From talking; laughing; every little excitement.

From stormy, damp weather; sudden changes form warm to cold weather.

From tight clothing.

Worse from talking; laughing; every little excitement; coughing walking in open air; change from warm to cold; stormy weather, at night, especially about midnight and after midnight; warm and tight clothing; lying on back.

Better from sitting up; drinking something; as coffee; inclining the chest forward.


From even warmth; and well covered up.

From sitting when cough begins.

Dyspnea worse from sudden motion; cannot lie on back or sides; must sit up bent forward. (Anasarca).


Burning and constriction.

Tonsils inflamed and burn like fire; When swallowing, pain and burning.

Feels dry, swollen, constricted and very painful, with feeling of suffocation.

Feeling as of something digging in throat causes cough.


Wheezing, anxious breathing; cough with bloody sputa; not relieved by coughing.

Loss of breath immediately after lying down at night, With whistling and constriction in trachea.

Air passages seem constricted, cannot breathe fully.

Great dyspnea, face cyanotic: great anxiety (emphysema).

Oppressed, short and anxious.

Sudden attacks of great dyspnea, with constriction of chest. (acute).

Burning and rawness in chest.

Heavy aching and constriction of chest.


Feeling as of inhaled dust; as from inhaled smoke.

Rawness and burning in throat and chest.

Feeling of suffocation; burning and constriction in the larynx; cough with arrest of breathing.

Throat feels dry and swollen. Cough wakens him as if he would be suffocated.

Cough as from something digging in throat.


More or less; often high fever, and great restlessness and anxiety.

Quick, small, irritable pulse, with much prostration.


Great anxiety, restlessness, and exceeding irritability.

Asthma, emphysema; fatty heart.

M.W. Van Denburg
M. W. (Marvin W.) VAN DENBURG, A.M., M.D.
Author of "A homoeopathic materia medica on a new and original plan ... A sample fascicle containing the arsenic group."
"Therapeutics of the respiratory system, cough and coryza, acute and chronic : repertory with index, materia medica with index"