Album (Arsenic Oxide)
What does Arsenicum Album do?
Arsenicum Album is a homeopathic treatment
problems brought on by eating too much fresh fruit
and vegetables or drinking too much alcohol. It may be used to treat numerous
complaints such as food poisoning.
complaints may be accompanied with a loss
of appetite, indigestion, diarrhea,
vomiting, and dehydration
and may further manifest
as inflammation of the
intestines and stomach (stomach flu, gastroenteritis).
Children suffering form these
complaints along with a fever
are often prescribed this remedy. People suffering from fatigue
or a feeling of being constantly
tired due to an illness or
physical and/or mental
exertion will sometimes also be given this remedy.
Arsenicum Album usage is considered effective in treating conditions
that are aggravated by cold, dry, windy weather: Conditions s.c.
as: asthma, inflamed eyes that water
and sting, headaches with vomiting
and dizziness, inflammation of the mucous
membranes, and mouth ulcers.
It is also utilized for illnesses that are accompanied with chills and
fevers that produce a feeling
of either being cold while being
hot to the touch, or feeling hot
while being cold and clammy to
Another main focus
for Arsenicum Album usage is in treating fear
and anxiety that may be accompanied with chills, restlessness, fatigue
and an increase in pulse rate.
These fears are often derived from a feeling of insecurity
and an oversensitive nature. They may manifest
in numerous ways s.c. as the
tendency to hoard for fear of
being without, extensive planning for the future, elaborate safety precautions,
extensive health worry, and a for need
Should my health care professional
be advised before I take Arsenicum
It is always good to keep your health
care practitioner updated
on medications, herbals, supplements or other therapies you may be participating
in. They should be consulted first if you have any of these:
- A tendency towards allergic
reactions to other medicines, herbs, foods, lactose, dyes, or preservatives.
Are there other times my health
care professional needs
to be advised before I take Arsenicum
As a homeopathic remedy, Arsenicum Album is considered safe however it
is always good to inform your health
care professional if
- Pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I take this product?
Arsenicum Album can be derived by extracting Arsenic oxide
from the mineral ore Arsenopyrite.
Homeopathic Arsenicum Album remedies are taken by mouth
and usually come in the following formats: - lactose
tablets, pillules, powder, granules, and as a liquid.
Generally, for most homeopathic remedies the following apply:
Do not take more than one homeopathic
remedy at a time
unless otherwise recommended by a qualified homeopathic practitioner.
Do not take with food
or liquids. Allow 30 minutes before or after eating before taking.
Do not handle the preparation
with your hands (may cause contamination),
rather use a clean spoon to
administer the preparation.
What should the dosage
Dosages and lengths of administration
are usually based on the individual, problem, symptoms, cause
and its onset.
See a qualified homeopathic practitioner
for more information.
The following are general dosages for some of the applications of a homeopathic
Arsenicum Album preparation
where c = a centesimal (dilution factor 1:100). This is by no
means supposed to take the place
of a qualified diagnosis and treatment.
Generally: Fear - 6c every 2 hours for up to 10 doses. Anxiety - - 6c
every 2 hours for up to 10 doses. Stomach Flu w/ vomiting
and diarrhea - 6c every hour for up to 10 doses. Fatigue w/ restlessness-
30c 2x daily up to 14 days. May be repeated.
What other medicines may interact with a Homeopathic Arsenicum Album
What are side effects of
Homeopathic Arsenicum Album usage?
If you experience any
uncomfortable side effects, stop
usage immediately and report
them to your health care professional.
It should be understood that in homeopathic medicine
a patient under treatment
may experience an "aggravation"
or in other words, their symptoms may seem to worsen during treatment.
If you experience an aggravation
it is usually thought that your body's "vital force" has been
stimulated and the remedy is
working. Generally, the worsening of the symptoms will
only last several hours and it is recommended that you stop taking the
remedy at this point
and let your b.d. take
over in the healing process.
I have heard that Arsenic is poisonous. In
taking Arsenic Oxide as a Homeopathic remedy, shouldn't I be concerned
Arsenic is considered highly poisonous. However, due to the dilution
process used in homeopathy
the amount of Arsenic in a preparation
is so small that it is not considered a risk.
Side effects that usually do not require medical
attention (stop usage and
report it to your health
care professional if
they are continuing or bothersome):
- Allergic response to
lactose (stop using and
switch to a lactose
free liquid product)
What do I need to watch out
for with Arsenicum Album?
Generally, for most homeopathic remedies the following apply:
It is usually recommended that usage of caffeine, coffee, alcohol,
spicy foods, tobacco and mint
(including mint toothpaste
and gum) be avoided during treatments.
It is usually recommended that usage of strong perfumes, soaps, and cleaning
supplies be avoided during treatments.
It is usually recommended that usage of some essential
oils s.c. as rosemary, thyme,
camphor, mint, eucalyptus, and lavender (solution > than 2%) be avoided
What else should I be aware of?
As with herbs, care should be taken with purchasing. Incorrectly labeled
products and/or the presence of contaminants, adulterations, or substitutions
have all been reported in conjunction with alternative medicines.
Where can I keep my homeopathic product?
Keep out of the reach of children in a container
that small children cannot open. Store in a cool, dark, dry place preferably
in an airtight, dry, and light
resistant container. Also, homeopathic remedies should never be stored
where anything with a strong smell
s.c. as certain foods, perfumes,
deodorants, etc. reside.
The life of a properly handled
and stored homeopathic remedy
is usually several years however if there is an expiration
date listed on the product, throw away the unused portion after the expiration
Can you tell me a little more about Arsenicum Album?
Arsenic in the form of Arsenopyrite
ore can be found in Europe and North America. It was at one time
utilized medicinally as a treatment
for syphilis. It is a well-known and highly toxic
substance. Symptoms of arsenic
poisoning are vomiting, severe
pain in the abdominal
region, and convulsions which often lead
In making a homeopathic remedy, this mineral
should only be handled with the awareness and monitoring of an experienced
health care professional.
Homeopathic Arsenicum Album: In
homeopathic medicine, remedies are usually associated with a certain "constitutional
type". A persons "constitutional" typing is based on their
emotional, physical, and mental
make-up. Individuals that fall
within a certain constitutional type
will usually benefit
from using the associated remedy.
This does not mean that you
must always know your constitutional type before taking a homeopathic
remedy. Acute illnesses (like colds, flu, etc) may be treated based on
the symptoms only and not the individuals constitution. However, in treating
chronic illness, the knowledge
of the individuals constitutional type
is vital to treating the symptoms
and the cause.
Adults and children who fall
into the category of Arsenicum Album constitutional types usually have
the following characteristics: They tend to be thin with fine features,
and have an aristocratic bearing. They are careful to fastidious
in their appearance and
lifestyle. They are usually quite stylishly dressed... Restless, tense,
pessimistic, and high strung, they tend be very critical
and intolerant of others. They constantly worry and are especially focused
on the health of their family
and themselves. They are prone
to be perfectionists. Their anxiety
sometimes leads to extremes in saving money and they may devise elaborate
systems to insure their future safe from poverty, illness, threats of
crime, etc. Generally they dislike or fear
being alone, darkness, long term
terminal illness, and being
They tend to prefer warm, fatty, sweet, and/or sour foods, plus coffee
and alcohol. They respond best to warm environments. When illness
or acute conditions occur they tend to manifest
on the right side
of the body.
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