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Arsenicum album

Synonyms/Common Names/Related Substances:

  • A-a, arsenic trioxide, arsenius acid, white arsenic, white oxide of metallic arsenic.
  • Select multi-ingredient product containing Arsenicum album: Canova Method (homeopathic dilutions of Aconitum napellus, Arsenicum album (arsenic trioxide), Bryonia alba, Lachesis muta venom, and Thuja occidentalis).

Clinical Bottom Line/Effectiveness

Brief Background:

  • The theory of homeopathy, developed by Samuel Hahnemann in the 18th Century, advocates extreme dilutions of drugs to treat disease. The homeopathic compound Arsenicum album (A-a) is a highly diluted (typically to at least 1 in 1024) preparation of arsenic trioxide (As2O3).
  • A-a has been advocated for a multitude of diseases and disorders of virtually all organ systems and etiologies, including mental illness. There are insufficient data to permit identification of the most common uses of this compound.
  • The uses of A-a to treat anxiety (one case report) and suspected chronic arsenic poisoning (several hundred cases) have some support from a few published studies of poor quality (1;2;3). Some subjects were reported to have had decreased blood arsenic levels and increased urinary excretion of arsenic, but this was not confirmed in the placebo controlled subgroups. Published animal studies suggest that A-a may be a promising therapy for acute arsenic poisoning (4).
  • There are no reports of toxicity from the use of Arsenicum in nonpregnant adults. Its safety in children and pregnant or lactating patients has not been established.

Dosing/Toxicology

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Interactions

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References

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