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Kali Arsenicosum - General symptoms

Fowler's Solution, Kalium Arsenicosum, Kali Arsenicum, Kali Ars, Kali-ar.

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Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Kali Arsenicosum in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.




Lassitude with febrile heat,


Agitation and alarm,

Neuralgic pains,

Aggravation from a slight cold,

The Kali Arsenicosum patient tends towards malignancy, and inveterate skin diseases. He is restless, nervous and anaemic.


Nights are filled with suffering

Aversion to open air

Palpitation; with nephritis

Burning, in throat, aching in stomach, etc

Passes much gas, then diarrhoea

Black leg ulcer, running bloody, foul water; with cutting, burning, itching and dyspnoea

Chilly and sensitive to cold

Can't get too warm, even in summer

Kali Arsenicosum Kali arseniatum. Potassium arsenite. KH2 ASO3. "Fowler's Solution," the form in which Kali Arsenicosum Kali ars. has been tested, consists of Arsenicum Album Arsenious acid 1 part, Carbonate of potash 1 part. Compound tincture of lavender 3 parts, distilled water 95 parts. Dilutions should be made from this.

It is not possible to separate entirely the pathogenesis of Arsenicum Album Ars. alb. and Kali Arsenicosum Kali ars. Kali Arsenicosum Kali ars. is the favourite form in which Arsenicum Album Arsenic is prescribed by the allopaths, consequently the bulk of observations from over-dosing are due to this preparation.

and as it is named Liquor arsenicalis it is considered as Arsenicum Album Arsenic and nothing else. However, a sufficient number of pure observations have been made to warrant a separate consideration. The cases of poisoning with massive doses present nothing to distinguish them from cases poisoned with other arsenical preparations. But Kali Arsenicosum Kali ars. has had a short proving, and a number of cases of medicinal provings in allopathic hands are on record. Jonathan Hutchinson has recorded a number of cases of right-side herpes. One of his patients observed that whilst taking Kali Arsenicosum Kali ars. her sclerotics became thick and yellow instead of clear and bluish. The Iriswhich was blue became more grey. Her skin instead of being fair and florid became muddy and older looking. This was a mystery to Hutchinson seeing that he usually gave Kali Arsenicosum Kali ars. to make the skin clearer, but he was compelled to record the homoeopathic fact, though, he did not apparently perceive the homoeopathic solution of the mystery. The same authority has put on record cases of epithelioma developing after prolonged medication with Kali Arsenicosum Kali ars. for psoriasis. The skin symptoms of Kali Arsenicosum Kali ars. are exceedingly well marked. In one case an attack of measles was almost exactly depicted. Itching was agg. at night.

and agg. on undressing, agg. by warmth. Among the peculiar symptoms of Kali Arsenicosum Kali ars. are "Head feels larger." "Protrusion of eyeballs." "Burning and numbness of tongue.

tongue feels too large." "Sensation of a ball rising from pit of stomach to larynx causing suffocation." "As if a red-hot iron were in anus." Periodicity was marked as with Arsenicum Album Ars.

symptoms were agg. every other day in the morning.

mind symptoms agg. every third day. The right-sidedness of Arsenicum Album Ars. was reproduced in the right-sided herpes, repeatedly noticed by Hutchinson, but there was a left-sided headache. A case of deafness of years' standing was cured with Fowler's Solution (gr. 1/60 of the salt), the accompaniment being constant sickness.

nothing could be kept down.

Eruption covering entire body except scalp, comes out in red papulae, varying in diameter from size of pin's head to that of a three cent. piece.

vesicles form on summit, suppurate, crusts form and fall off, leaving a sore which heals.

the places occupied by these sores are marked by a dark-coloured cicatrix, and the skin generally has a dusky look.

intolerable itching, stinging, and burning, esp. on undressing at night.

it is agg. on trunk, leg., and forearms.

mind much depressed.

Usnea Barbata Lichen confluens over whole body except face, palms, and soles, and part of chest.

the rest studded with papulae, particularly distinct about outer sides of thighs, arms, and back.

they are covered with very minute, flimsy, whitish scabs, causing a powdery appearance of skin.

head very scurfy. hair crisp and dry.

often irritation in skin, which becomes reddened and cracked, particularly about bend of arms and knees.

After taking it for three weeks, suddenly, after feeling ill for a few hours, a copious rash made its appearance on face, hands, and chest, like measles.

accompanied by catarrhal symptoms swelling of face, lips, eyelids, yellow-furred tongue, gastro-intestinal irritation, intense lameness of feet, standing giving great pain.

complete aphonia followed in a few days, desquamation commenced in tenth day.

redness lasted some weeks.

Dry chronic eczema. skin of arms thicker and rougher than natural, covered with flimsy exfoliations of epidermis.

very irritable, itching and tingling when she gets warm.

intensely fissured about bends of elbows and wrists.

occasional exacerbation, with eruption of distinct vesicles.

languor and lassitude.

pale, sallow complexion.

catamenia irregular.

The toxicological symptoms following the traditional abuse have furnished a broad beginning for the homeopathist to build upon.

How well it was known to the good old doctor that Fowler's Solution must be stopped if the patient became pale, waxy, puffed under the eyes and was weak.

Who does not know the "fattening" powers of Kali Arsenicosum! Horses become fat and shiny of coat after taking Fowler's Solution for a while.

The jockey knew this too well.

He traded off a broken-down horse as a fine animal, but the horse soon gave out ; his wind was short ; he would sweat easily, become weak and incapable of work.

It was then said "That horse must have been jockeyed up on Arsenicum Album arsenic." The old medical journals are full of effects of overdosing with Kali Arsenicosum.

A summary of old school drugging, a few pathogenetic symptoms, and extensive clinical observation with the use of Kali Arsenicosum in potentized form, have given the basis of this study.

Not too much reliance should be placed upon the writer's clinical opinion ; let the remedy be tested along the lines indicated until provings shall fix the finer action.

While it has morning and evening aggravation, the nights are full of suffering ; midnight especially, and from 1 to 3 a. m., there are many sufferings.

The chilliness is very marked.

Extreme sensitiveness to cold, and complaints ice aggravated from cold, from cold air and from becoming cold, from entering a cold place.

Aversion to open air. Takes cold from a draft, and from being heated.

Anaemia. Chlorosis. Pale, waxy, and covered with sweat.

Ascending brings on suffocation, cough, and manifests the weakness of body and limbs.

Glands dwindle and the extremities become numb and prickly.

It has cured lupus. The weakness that it has produced is much like that found in patients looking toward phthisis and Bright's disease Clonic spasms have been produced by it.

Convulsive action of muscles with full consciousness is not uncommon.

It has cured epilepsy and hystero-epilepsy.

It has caused abdominal dropsy and oedema of all the limbs, face and eyelids.

While taking it there is an increase of flesh and weight, but after stopping it the prover emaciates.

Most complaints are aggravated after eating and after exertion.

The muscles are flabby.

Faintness and fainting spells.

Eating ice cream when overheated brings on many complaints.

Aggravated from cold foods, cold drinks, milk and fat food.

There is formication all over the body.

It sets up inflammation in many organs and glands, especially the stomach, liver and kidneys.

Great dread of motion.

All mucous membranes become catarrhal.

It is a most painful remedy ; burning, stitching and tearing.

The most marked periodicity is every third day.

Pulsation felt all over the body.

It is a deep acting antipsoric, and often useful in rheumatic and gouty affections.

Some symptoms come on first falling asleep, but during and after sleep are also marked times of aggravation.

Rheumatic and gouty stiffness of all the joints with oedema of legs and feet.

Swelling from inflammation of joints and glands.

Trembling from noise, or sudden unexpected motion.

Tension of muscles. Twitching of muscles.

Extremely sensitive to touch.

Ulceration of skin, especially of legs and of mucous membranes, with burning and spreading.

Uncovering brings on the pains, and increases many complaints.

Symptoms aggravated on waking.

Walking fast aggravates most symptoms, especially the breathing and weakness.

Warmth ameliorates most complaints.

He is so weak he cannot sit up in bed.

The restlessness of Arsenicum Album arsenic is often present. Arsenicum Album Arsenicum is stamped upon the mental symptoms.

Anxiety even to great anguish, with great fear.

Anxiety in the morning on waking, but most marked in the evening and during the night.

He is anxious without cause, about his health ; anxious before stool ; wakens during the night with anxiety and fear.

He fears to go to bed.

Fear that something will happen.

Fear of people. He is very easily frightened and startled.

He has frightful delusions and sees images.

He despairs of recovery. he sees dead people in his nightly delirium.

He is very fretful, and dislikes to answer questions.

He behaves, like a crazy man.

Fickle-minded, with confusion.

Constantly discontented.

Very excitable. Mental exertion in- mental and head symptoms.

Always in a hurry, and very excitable.

Many hysterical symptoms, with cramps and fainting.

Indifference to all pleasure.

Cannot settle upon what he wants to do.

Wakens up in the morning very fretful.

He is irritable during chill, and during headache.

He has impulses to do violence to his friends, to kill somebody.

Lamenting and bewailing.

His memory is weak. He grows morose and quarrelsome, fault-finding, and scolds those about him.

He is restless of mind and body, evening and night ; anxious tossing all night, during chill and heat ; also during menses.

Sadness in the evening when alone, and during the fever.

Oversensitive to noises, and especially to voices.

Becomes so beside herself that she shrieks.

There are spells of silence in which she refuses to answer questions ; at these times she sits even with others near her and refuses to speak.

Easily startled from noise on falling asleep and during sleep.

Suspicious of all her best friends.

Persistent tormenting thoughts often keeping him awake at night, with feet and legs icy cold and head hot.

He becomes increasingly timid.

Weeping at night without cause.

Weeping in sleep. Vertigo in the evening, during headache, with nausea, and when walking in the open air.

The forehead perspires easily, and complaints and pains come on from uncovering the head.

There are congestive, pulsating, headaches, with electric shocks through the head.

The head feels cold, and is sensitive to cold air and to drafts.

The neck is stiff, and the head is drawn to one side.

During the headache the head feels heavy and enlarge.

Eruptions with crusts, dry or moist, form upon the scalp.

It has cured many cases of eczema.

From the suppression of eruptions on the scalp, many chronic periodical sick headaches have come, lasting a lifetime, or until cured with a similar remedy.

These headaches begin in the afternoon and evening, very severe after midnight, worse from cold air and from a draft.

Headaches caused by checking a chronic catarrh, or such as come with coryza, or with gastric disturbances.

Rheumatic headaches. Congestive headaches during chill, during fever and during menses.

All headaches of Kali Arsenicosum are aggravated after eating, while lying, during motion, from noise, after sleep, from standing, and walking in cold air ; ameliorated from sitting, external heat and hot drinks, and wrapping up the head.

The pains are paroxysmal, and the headaches are often periodical.

The pains come in the forehead, over the eyes and in occiput, and in parietal bones.

Sides of head become sore.

Burning, stitching and tearing are most common pains, Pressing outward over the eyes, and stitching on coughing.

Tearing over eyes and in occiput.

Many of these headaches come from suppressed malaria, and it will be stated that these headaches began after having been cured (?) of ague.

Kali Arsenicosum is an excellent antidote to the abuse of quinine.

Catarrhal conditions of the eyes, excoriating mucous discharges, and the lids stick together in the morning.

The veins are injected, the balls feel enlarged, and there is free lachrymation.

The eyes look glassy, pale, fishy.

Opening of the lids difficult because of dryness Oedema under the eye, and the lids are swollen.

Ulceration of the cornea.

The eyes are jaundiced, and tears acrid.

Staring, fixed, startled look.

Spots on the cornea. Redness of the eyes and lids.

Pains at night, worse from motion and reading, and ameliorated from warmth.

The pains are burning, tearing and pressing.

Sensation of sand in the eyes.

Smarting in eyes while reading.

There are colors in the field of vision, green and yellow.

Vision is dim and foggy.

Sparks before the eyes.

Asthenopia. Vision lost.

The cars tingle, and are hot Ears swollen.

Eruptions on ears. Ears cold.

Otorrhoea, bloody, fetid and yellow.

Itching deep in auditory canal.

Noises in the ears ; buzzing, cracking, humming, ringing, roaring, rushing ; after quinine.

Earache evening and night, ameliorated by heat ; aggravated in cold air.

The pains are burning, stitching and tearing.

The hearing is at first acute, later impaired, and finally lost.

Kali Arsenicosum cures chronic nasal catarrh that has lasted from childhood, when the discharge is excoriating, bloody, burning, greenish, thick, or yellow.

It is purulent and offensive.

Dryness in nose nights.

The nose is obstructed.

Epistaxis. Itching of nose, and inside of nose.

Sneezing, frequent and violent.

Cachectic, anxious, frightened look.

Pale, waxy and chlorotic.

Lips pale. Lips bluish, or even black.

Dark circles below the eyes.

The face is sunken and pinched.

Face covered with eruptions ; eczema, herpes, scurfs, vesicles.

Furfuraceous eruption in the beard.

Eruptions on nose and about the mouth.

The face is sickly, haggard and suffering.

Itching of the face. Inflammation of the parotid and submaxillary glands.

Much perspiration on face.

Twitching of the muscles of the face.

Ulcers on face and lips.

Epithelioma of lips. Oedema of face.

Swollen lips. Pain in face in cold air, ameliorated by heat.

Rheumatic and neuralgic pains, coming periodically.

The pains are burning, stitching and tearing.

Aphthae and ulcers in mouth.

Dryness of mouth and tongue.

Tongue is red, and coated white.

Inflammation of tongue.

Bleeding gums. Offensive odors from mouth.

Burning, raw mouth and tongue.

Excoriation of tongue.

Swollen gums and tongue.

Taste bad, bitter, insipid, putrid, sour, sweetish.

Vesicles in mouth and on tongue.

The teeth are sore, and there is pain on masticating.

Pain in teeth from cold, drinks, during menses, extending to car, head and temples ; ameliorated by warmth.

Pulsating, tearing pains in teeth.

Sensation in throat and larynx as if forced asunder.

Inflammation, with heat and dryness.

Lump rising from stomach to throat, like globus hystericus, ameliorated by eructations.

Choking, with copious flow of saliva.

Roughness, and scraping the throat Spasms of the oesophagus.

Swallowing is very difficult and painful.

There are burning, soreness and stitching in the throat.

Ulcers in throat. A multitude of sufferings is found in the stomach.

Great anxiety. An anxiety from stomach to spine, with palpitation.

Appetite ravenous, or wanting.

Aversion to food and meat.

Coldness in the stomach.

Desires sour things, sweets, warm drinks.

The digestion is poor and the stomach is easily disordered, with distension from flatulence.

Empty, sinking sensation and faintness.

Eructations after eating, bitter, empty, of food, of sour fluid ; waterbrash.

Fullness after eating.

Heaviness after eating like a stone.

Heartburn. The most obstinate form of gastritis, acute and chronic.

Loathing of food. With most cornplaints there is intense nausea.

It has nausea during chill, after cold drinks, during cough, after dinner, after eating, during headache, during menses, and during stool.

It has cured nausea during pregnancy.

The pains are burning, cramping, cutting, pressing, soreness, stitching ; and they come on at night and are worse after food, and cold drinks ; and ameliorated by heat.

Retching on coughing. Pulsating in stomach.

Tightness felt in stomach Thirst extreme during heat, and for warm drinks during chill.

In chronic complaints it is thirstless, like Arsenicum Album Arsenicum Vomiting bile, food, mucus, sour, watery ; aggravated morning and during night, on coughing, after drinking cold water, after eating, with headache.

Coldness felt in whole abdomen ; must have much warmth.

Distension of abdomen after eating.

Tympanitic distension and dropsy.

Flatulent distension. Inflammation of intestines with ulceration, and of peritoneum.

The abdomen is very painful at night.

Pain on coughing, during diarrhea, after eating, during menses, during stool.

Pains all paroxysmal and violent, ameliorated by warmth.

Pain in liver, hypogastrium.

Gall-stone colic. The whole abdomen burns.

Cramping before stool, and constant desire for stool.

Cutting in abdomen and liver.

Pressing pain in liver.

Soreness in abdomen and liver.

Stitching in abdomen, liver and groin.

Pulsating in abdomen. Great uneasiness in abdomen.

Rumbling before stool.

Twitching of the muscles of abdomen.

There is some constipation, alternating with diarrhea.

Constriction of the anus.

Violent diarrhea at night, after midnight, after cold drinks, after eating, after milk.

Much pain during and after stool.

Involuntary stool. Itching and excoriation about the anus.

Hemorrhoids, and bleeding from the anus.

External and internal piles, aggravated walking.

Burning as with a red hot iron, with piles, and diarrhoea, during and after stool.

The pains are cutting, pressing, soreness, stitching.

There is tenesmus during and after stool.

Paralysis and ineffectual urging for stool.

Catarrh of the colon. Stool is acrid, black, bloody, brown, copious, frothy ; or scanty, watery, white and frothy ; or hard, dry, dark, knotty.

Sometimes light colored, offensive, or purulent, yellow.

Inflammation of the bladder.

Retention of urine. Urging to urinate at night, constant, frequent, ineffectual.

Urination is dribbling, or difficult and painful.

Urination frequent at night.

Incontinence. He feels that lie had not finished.

Inflammation of the kidneys.

Pain, cutting and stitching.

Cutting along the ureters.

It has been of service in Addison's disease.

Hemorrhage from the urethra, and burning during urination.

Urine albuminous during pregnancy.

Urine bloody, burning, cloudy.

Color of urine is black, greenish or red.

Urine copious. Urine scanty with pellicle on surface.

Sediment copious, mucus, pus red.

Specific gravity diminished.

Urine watery and clear.

The testes are hard, painful and swollen.

Seminal emissions ; Erections feeble.

It is mentioned for cauliflower excrescence with putrid discharge.

Itching of vulva. Leucorrhea, excoriating, burning, offensive, putrid, yellow ; aggravated after menses.

Menses absent, acrid, bright red, copious, frequent, offensive, painful, pale, protracted, scanty, suppressed.

Uterine hemorrhage. Burning in the genitalia.

Pain in uterus. Stitching in ovaries.

Prolapsus. Catarrh of larynx and trachea.

Sensation in throat and larynx as if forced asunder.

Dryness in larynx. Rawness, soreness and scraping in larynx.

Hoarseness, and voice lost.

Respiration is rapid, anxious and asthmatic at night, aggravated from 2 to 3 a. m. Difficult evening and night, and aggravated 2 to 3 a. m., on coughing, on exertion, on lying, on motion, when walking.

Respiration rattling, short, suffocative, wheezing and whistling.

In the cold anaemic patient there is a morning cough with copious expectoration, and a night cough that is dry.

The cough is aggravated after midnight, and at 2 a. m., and 3 a. m. The cough is a hacking cough during the afternoon and evening.

The cough is aggravated in cold air, on becoming cold, after cold drinks ; aggravated lying in the evening, and on motion.

The cough comes during chill, and fever, and with coryza.

It is a choking asthmatic cough sometimes.

It is spasmodic and suffocative.

Irritation to cough is felt in the larynx and trachea, and he coughs until exhausted.

Expectoration morning and evening, bloody, copious, difficult, greenish, purulent, viscid and yellow.

It tastes bitter, sickening, putrid or sweetish.

In the chest there is great anxiety and oppression.

It has cured obstinate cases of catarrh of the chest.

It has constriction of chest and heart.

Effusion of the pleural sac.

Hemorrhage of the lungs.

Inflammation of bronchial tubes, endocardium, pericardium, lungs and pleura.

Cardiac and anaemic murmurs.

Oppression of heart and chest.

Anxious and violent palpitation.

Weak feeling in chest.

A most useful remedy, in threatened phthisis, and especially when there are cavities in the lungs, and the patient can not get warm even with warm clothing and in a warm room.

Cannot get warm in summer ; and when cold drinks bring on many symptoms.

The pain in the chest is aggravated from coughing, and from inspiration.

It is felt most in the sides of chest, and in the heart.

The pain is burning, cutting, soreness and stitching.

The stitching pains are aggravated on coughing, and on the left side.

The back is cold, and sensitive to cold air and drafts.

Pain in the back during heat, and during menses.

Pain in the cervical region, scapulae and between the shoulders.

Pain in lumbar region and sacrum.

Aching, bruised, burning, drawing in back.

Tender spine. Stiffness in the back.

Cold hands and feet. Cold feet evening in bed.

Cold extremities during fever.

Knees bent up by muscular contractions so he could not move his feet.

Corns on the palms, and soles.

Cramps in the thigh and calf.

Blueness of the nails during chill.

Herpes on the shoulders.

Pimples and vesicles on the extremities.

Fissures on the elbows and wrists.

Vesicles on the upper limbs.

Pimples and vesicles on the hands.

Eruption on thighs and legs.

Vesicles on the soles.

Excoriation between the thighs.

Formication of the limbs.

Burning heat of feet. Heaviness of lower limbs.

Insensibility of the fingers.

Itching of hands, lower limbs and feet.

Numbness of the extremities, hands, fingers and feet.

Rheumatic and neuralgic pains in the limbs during chill, in cold air, ameliorated by heat.

Aching in the shoulder.

Sciatica, extending downwards.

Pain in hips, thighs, knees and legs.

Pain in the knee as if bruised.

Burning in hands and fingers, feet and soles.

Drawing in lower limbs, knees, tibia, and feet.

Stitching pains in the limbs when the legs are cold ; especially knee, foot and heel.

Tearing pains in shoulders, upper arms, elbows, wrist, hand and fingers ; also in hip, thigh, leg and foot.

Paralysis of limbs, upper and lower.

Perspiration of feet. Restlessness of the lower limbs.

Stiffness of knees. Dropsical swelling of hands and knees, legs and feet.

Tension in the hollow of knee and hamstrings.

Trembling limbs. Twitching in the thighs.

Ulcers on the legs. Varicose veins on lower limbs.

Weakness of all the limbs, but greatest in lower limbs.

He is late falling asleep.

The sleep is restless ; he tosses and turns all night.

Sleepiness afternoon and evening.

Sleepless before midnight, but worse after midnight.

Sleepiness, but cannot sleep If he wakens cannot sleep again.

Wakens early and cannot sleep again.

Distressing yawning. Constitutional coldness is a marked feature of Kali Arsenicosum.

It has intermittent fever with chill, fever and sweat, The chill may come at any time, but most likely in the afternoon.

Chilliness from drinking cold water, from walking in the open air, and from motion.

The periodicity is not very regular.

It has chill with perspiration.

The paroxysm may be daily, tertian or quartian.

It has a violent shaking chill.

The time most common is 8 p. m., 4 p, m. and 1 a. m. Warm room ameliorates the chill Kali Arsenicosum has fever without chill.

It has fever with chilliness.

Dry external heat. Flushes of heat.

It has been helpful in hectic fever.

The heat is intense. It has internal heat with external chill.

The perspiration is often absent.

It is a very useful remedy in chronic intermittent fever.

He sweats copiously at night from, great weakness, as well as from fever.

He sweats while eating, from slight exertion and from motion, and during sleep.

The sweat is cold and offensive.

When the sweat has been suppressed, from entering a cold damp room or Main complaints come on much like Kali Arsenicosum.

There are blotches on the skin.

There are burning spots, and the skin burns after scratching.

It is an excellent remedy to be used against the spread of malignant disease, as so often the symptoms are found in Kali Arsenicosum.

The skin is cold. Desquamation, with or without eruptions.

Pale waxy skin, or yellow skin.

Liver spots, red spots and yellow spots.

The skin is dry and burning.

Inability to perspire.

The complaints of Kali Arsenicosum are often associated with eruptions.

It has moist, and dry eruptions.

Blisters, and bloody eruptions.

The eruptions burn. Eruptions that are furfuraceous and powdery, mealy.

It has cured eczema many times.

Itching, scaly herpes.

The eruptions itch and burn violently.

They are painful, and spread rapidly, often turn into phagedenic ulcers.

Psoriasis, must scratch until moist.

Pustules. Rash. Scabby, scaly eruptions.

Stinging in the skin after scratching.

Nodular urticaria. Vesicular eruptions.

Vesicles come after scratching.

It cures erysipelas, when the symptoms agree.

Intertrigo. Itching when undressing, and when warm in bed.

Itching, burning, crawling, and stinging.

Sensitive skin, sore to touch.

Sticking after scratching.

The dropsical swellings burn.

Pain in the skin as if an ulcer were forming.

Ulcers ; bleeding, burning, indolent phagedenic suppurating, with ichorous bloody discharges, and turned up edges.

Warts grow easily.


Third to thirtieth potency.


Cardio-vascular system