Arsenicum album is a homeopathic remedy that is sometimes known simply as 'arsenicum' and as 'Arsen. alb'.
The homeopathic remedy arsenicum album is generally used in cases of gastro-intestinal and respiratory problems and is a common first choice for food poisoning.
Examples of conditions for which the arsenicum album remedy is sometimes used include:
- abdominal cramps
- breathing difficulties
- diarrhoea (there are various causes of diarrhoea)
- food poisoning
- head colds
- runny nose
- stomach cramps
Arsenicum album is especially indicated when restlessness, anxiety and weakness occur together with other symptoms.
More about the substance used to prepare arsenicum album homeopathic remedy:
White arsenic, also known as arsenic oxide and as arsenious oxide, is an odourless, almost tasteless, soluble white powder that is highly toxic and a notorious poison.
The homeopathic remedy derived from this substance should be safe to use due to the process of dilution resulting in little or no physical arsenic remaining in the solution from which the pills or drops are produced. However, the highly dangerous nature of this original (source) substance is such that it is extremely important to source such remedies from a reputable manufacturer.
Homeopathic preparations are usually supplied in either liquid or pill form. Regardless of the physical form in which the remedy is taken, its preparation will have involved a series of dilutions during which the original substance was repeatedly diluted and succussed (shaken) in a solvent such as water and/or alcohol.
There are very many (over 2,000) homeopathic remedies, some of which are available from chemists and health food shops. These pages feature some of the most popular homeopathic remedies and are for general interest only: This is not medical advice. Consult a qualified homeopathic practitioner for advice about use of this and any other homeopathic remedy. Bear in mind that homeopathic remedies are very dilute; even if a homeopathic remedy is beneficial, the substance from which it is derived may be harmful.
More about Homeopathy:
- Introduction to Homeopathy
- List of pages about specific Homeopathic Remedies
- Bach Flower Remedies, including a list of the Bach Flower Remedies and the Latin names of the Bach Flower Remedies
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