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Know Your Remedies: Arsenicum Album (Ars.)


Common Name: Arsenic; White arsenic.

General Information

Arsenic is a toxic chemical element, historically used as a poison. It is safe to use with infants through to the elderly when prepared in homeopathic potencies. Those who need Arsenicum are prone to hypochondriasis and are intolerant of untidiness and disorder. They are anxious, critical, and restless, and dislike being alone but may be irritable with company. Restlessness may be followed by exhaustion which is out of proportion to their illness. They fear illness and disease, death, and being alone. Discharges tend to be acrid and burning. Burning pains paradoxically feel better for heat (except the headache which is better for cold applications). Thirst is for sips of warm drinks but cold drinks worsen. Symptoms worsen between midnight and 2 AM.

Mental-Emotional Symptoms

  • Anxiety, especially about health matters. Hypochondiasis.
  • Irritable and intolerant, especially with family members. Critical.
  • Anxious when alone.
  • Overly fussy about cleanliness and order.
  • Restlessness leading to mental and physical exhaustion.

Colds and Hayfever

  • Red, puffy, burning eyes that feel better for hot compresses.
  • Watery, nasal discharge that burns and reddens the nostrils and lip.
  • Frequent sneezing with no relief.


  • Worsened by cold air or cold drinks.
  • Rapid, difficult breathing, with wheezing (asthma).
  • Coughs or wheezing worse for lying down and better for sitting upright.
  • Burning, throbbing pain.
  • Worsened by heat and relieved by cold applications or cool air (though rest of body will be chilly and rugged up).

Skin Problems

  • Eczema with burning, itching, dry skin.

Digestive Problems

  • Thirst for frequent small sips of water.
  • Burning stomach pains eased by drinking milk.
  • Offensive, burning, scalding diarrhoea.
  • A key remedy for food poisoning or gastroenteritis.


  • Hot head and cold body.
  • Chilly and want to be rugged up.


  • Restless and anxious – insomnia between midnight and 2 AM
  • Dreams of robbers

For Pets

  • Chilly, anxious pets.
  • Itchy, dry skin eruptions in chilly, anxious animals.

Where do I find it?

Arsenicum Album (Ars.) is available from our online store as a single remedy and is also included in the following Complexes (combination remedies): Anxiety; Common Cold – Watery; Hay Fever; Insomnia; Mouth Ulcer; Panic Stop; Sinus Pain; Winter Defence.


While above self-limiting or acute complaints are suitable for home treatment, also contact your healthcare provider during emergency situations or if symptoms worsen or fail to improve. Chronic or persistent complaints, which may or may not be mentioned above, require a different treatment and dosage protocol so are best managed by a qualified homeopath for good results.

Dosage Instructions

For acute and self-limiting complaints, take one pill or five drops of the remedy every 30 minutes to 4 hours (30 minutes for intense symptoms, 4 hours for milder ones). Once an improvement is noticed, stop dosing and repeat the remedy only if symptoms return. If there is no improvement at all by three doses, choose a different remedy or seek professional guidance. Chronic symptoms or complaints require a course of professional treatment to manage the changes in potencies and remedies that will be required.

More Information

Guidelines on which potency to use

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