Arsenic Album

by H. C. Allen

Arsenic Album has Great prostration, with rapid sinking of the vital forces; fainting:

The disposition is:

a –
Depressing, melancholic, despairing, indifferent.
b –
Anxious, fearful, restless, full of anguish.
c –
Irritable, sensitive, peevish, easily vexed.
The greater the suffering, the greater the anguish, restlessness and fear of death.

Arsenic Album is Mentally restless, but physically too weak to move; cannot rest in any place: changing places continually; wants to be moved from one bed to another, and lies now here now there.

Anxious fear of death; thinks it useless to take medicine, is incurable, is surely going to die; dread of death, when alone, or, going to bed.

Attacks of anxiety at night driving out of bed, < after midnight.

Arsenic Album has Burning pains; the affected parts burn like fire, as if hot coals were applied to parts ( Anthracinum ), > by heat, hot drinks, hot applications.

Burning thirst without special desire to drink; the stomach does not seem to tolerate, because it cannot assimilate cold water; lies like a stone in the stomach. It is wanted, but he cannot or dare not drink it.

Cannot bear the smell or sight of food ( Colchicum, Sepia ).

Great thirst for cold water; drinks often, but little at a time; eats seldom, but much.

Gastric derangements; after cold fruits; ice cream; ice water; sour beer; bad sausage; alcoholic drinks; strong cheese.

Teething children are pale, weak, fretful, and want to be carried rapidly.

Diarrhoea, after eating or drinking; stool scanty, dark-colored, offensive, and whether small or large, followed by great prostration.

Haemorrhoids: with stitching pain when walking or sitting, not at stool; preventing sitting or sleep; burning pain < by heat; fissures make voiding urine difficult.

Breathing: asthmatic; must sit or bend forward; springs out of bed at night, especially after twelve o’clock; unable to lie down for fear of suffocation; attacks like croup instead of the usual urticaria.

Rapid emaciation: with cold sweat and great debility ( Tuberculinum, Verbascum ); of affected parts; marasmus.

Anasarca, skin pale, waxy, earth-colored ( Acid aceticum ).

Excessive exhaustion from least exertion.

Exhaustion is not felt by the patient while lying still; when he moves he is surprised to find himself so weak.

Symptoms generally worse 1-2 p. m., 12-2 a. m.

Skin: dry and scaly; cold, blue and wrinkled; with cold, clammy perspiration; like parchment; white and pasty; black vesicles and burning pain.

Bad effects from decayed food or animal matter, whether by inoculation, olfaction or ingestion.

Complaints return annually ( Carbo vegetabilis, Lachesis, Sulphur, Thuja ).

Relation. – Complementary: [Allium sativum], Carbo vegetabilis, Phosphorus, Pyrogen

Arsenicum should be thought of in ailments from: chewing tobacco; alcoholism; sea bathing; sausage poisoning; dissecting woulds and anthrax poison; stings of venomous insects.

Aggravation. – After midnight (1 to 2 a. m. or p. m.); from cold; cold drinks or food; when lying on affected side or with the head low.

Amelioration. – From heat in general (reverse of Secale ) except headache, which is temporarily > by cold bathing ( Spigelia ); burning pain > by heat.