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Arsenicum album – White Arsenic

Primary Use: A great remedy for acute digestive problems.  Gastrointestinal disorders such as vomiting, diarrhea, ulcers, colitis, especially when accompanied by anxiety, fear and mental or physical restlessness. The symptoms might come on suddenly.

The symptoms of pain in the GI tract, especially when vomiting or diarrhea occur.  Arsenicum is a remedy that corresponds to food poisoning. The type of stomach problems that respond to Arsenicum may be brought on by eating contaminated or poor-quality food.  Arsenicum is also a good remedy for toxic conditions—those that follow the used of drugs or vaccines.

The dog that needs Arsenicum might have a watery, foul-smelling diarrhea.  Additionally, the stool might burn or break down the tissue around the anus.  The smell is described as cadaverous—like a dead animal.  The diarrhea can be dark or contain blood.  The discharges associated with Arsenicum are putrid and excoriating—meaning they irritate the healthy tissue that comes in contact with the discharge.  The dog will often be thirsty but will only take frequent small amounts of water.

The dog that needs Arsenicum gets up and down and frequently changes positions. If the dog is in an advanced Arsenicum state he may be weak but fidgety (the restlessness is so typical of this remedy). The dog might come to her bowl and smell the food but will typically not eat. In order to calm themselves in the anxious state the dog might obsessively lick, bite or groom himself.  Dogs that need Arsenicum can be very anxious and are calmed by the presence of people or other dogs.  They do not want to be alone.  They are comforted by help and attention from others. Arsenicum symptoms are generally worse from 11:00 PM to 3:00 AM.

 

General indications or modalities:

✦ Worse from sight or smell of food

✦ Worse from around midnight to 3:00 am

✦ Worse from cold water, watery fruits; infections; exertion.

✦ Better from warm food or drink, warm blankets, warm bed

✦ Better from gentle walking, the company of humans or dogs; lying with head raised.

Conditions that respond to Arsenicum:

Ulcers of the GI tract, especially in nervous dogs;  Stomach disorders  particularly when brought on after eating contaminated food, intussusception of bowel; diarrhea, vomiting.  In most cases of Arsenicum the dog will be restless, fearful, thirsty and chilly.  Think of Arsenicum in kidney and liver disease where the filtration of toxic waste is compromised.

Dosage:  Give one dose every three hours for diarrhea, pain and restlessness.  For severe, acute conditions the remedy can be given every fifteen or twenty minutes.  Stop when you see improvement and do not repeat again until symptoms recur.

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