Arum Triphyllum

Last modified on January 25th, 2019

Arum Triphyllum signs and symptoms of the homeopathy medicine from the Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by J.H. Clarke. Find out for which conditions and symptoms Arum Triphyllum is used

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Brain, inflammation of. Clergyman’s sore throat. Delirium. Diphtheria. *Glandular *swellings. Headache. *Jaw-joint *painful. *Mouth, *sore. *Scarlatina. *Tongue, *cracked. Typhoid fever. Voice, hoarse.


*Ar. *tri. is the most important of the Arums. Its irritating properties are well marked, excitable and irritable in mind and body. It is especially irritating to the nose and throat. This with its scarlet rash suggested its appropriateness in cases of scarlatina of malignant type, in which it has met with great success. An indication of its curative action in scarlatina is the urine becoming more abundant and watery. Raw, bloody surfaces appear on lips, on mouth, on nose, etc. With the rawness there is itching. “Picks lips till they bleed, corners of mouth sore, cracked, and bleeding” is a characteristic indication, also, “picking ends of fingers” and “boring nose” (especially *side of nose). Tongue cracked and bleeding. Urine scanty or suppressed. Patient passes into unconsciousness and slides down in bed. Dr. Lippe, who is one of the greatest authorities on this remedy, said it should not be given low or repeated often. “Bores head in pillow” is an indication when the brain is involved. Kent points out that almost all the discharges are acrid and cause irritation of orifices. He defines the hoarseness as that of public speakers who, after long exertion, get cold (as from a draught), and suddenly are unable to finish. (With *Rhus the hoarseness is at the beginning and passes off by using the voice.) *Ar. *t. prominently affects the left side. It has a headache worse from hot coffee and has cured headache worse from too hot clothing.


*It *is *antidoted *by: Butter-milk, Lac-ac., Acet-ac., Pulsatilla *Compare: The other Arums and Caladium, Ail. (scarlatina, depressing, stupid, drowsy sleep), Cina (boring nose), Am-c. (acrid discharge from nose in scarlatina, but right parotid more decidedly affected in Am-c., drowsiness is marked), Am-m. (scarlatina), Arg-n. (scarlatina, painful red blotches left side of tongue), Arsenicum, Cantharis, Caps., Castor. (nasal discharge watery and acrid but with violent tearing pain at root of nose), Causticum, Cepa, Crocus (elevated papillae, but tongue white), Hepar, Hydr- ac., Iodium, Kali-i., Lachesis, Lycopodium, Mercurius, Mez., Mur-ac., nitricum acidum, Phytolacca, Sanguinaria, Silicea, Sulphur *Useful *after: Hepar, nitricum acidum, Causticum, Seneg. *Incompatible: Caladium


Restlessness or irritability. In delirium bores in nose, picks at one spot or at dry lips. Great delirium. Absence of mind, giddy.


Child has headache, puts hand on back of head and cries, a raw spot appears on lip, corners of mouth, or on nose, emitting one drop of blood, urine scanty, this raw spot may occur on the hand when the child bores and digs at it. Dull headache, upper part feels cold, as if open and without covering. Violent headache, pressing on right or both sides, worse from hot coffee, better after dinner, and after breakfast. (Headache from too warm clothing, from becoming hot.) Head burning hot. Tinea capitis.


Aversion to light. Quivering of left upper lid. Catarrh of lachrymal sac, bores into side of nose.


Sore, discharge of burning ichorous fluid from nose, excoriating nostrils and upper lip. Nose stopped, can only breathe with mouth open, dry coryza. Right nostril open, left blocked.


Tongue sore, red papillae elevated, cracked and bleeding (strawberry tongue). Lips dry, swollen, cracked, corners of mouth sore, bleeding, cracked, picks them. Face swollen. Swelling of submaxillary glands.


Mouth burns and is so sore that he requires drink and cries when anything is offered. Extreme salivation, saliva acrid.


Throat sore, feels excoriated, cannot swallow. Clergyman’s sore throat, or sore throat of one who speaks a great deal.


Appetite, loss of.


Sensation of emptiness after breakfast in the abdomen, as after vomiting; with contraction in the abdomen, as from anxiety and fear. Severe aching between the navel and the hip, especially when standing upright, or lying on the side, or drawing a deep inspiration, with great sensitiveness of the part affected to external pressure.

Stool and Anus

Diarrhoea, typhoid-like. Stool like cornmeal mush. Stool dark brown, watery, thin, acrid. Thin faeces escape from anus, and keep the parts raw and burning.

Urinary Organs

Frequent discharge of abundant pale urine. Clear, watery urine and smelling like burnt horn, and depositing a cloudy sediment. Very scanty secretion of urine, sometimes passing none for a day.

Male Sexual Organs.

Tearing pain in right testicle, sometimes extending to abdomen, comes and goes suddenly. Smarting at end of penis.

Female Sexual Organs.

Cutting pain in either ovary. Menstrual blood darker. Menses checked for two months, returned.

Respiratory Organs

Hoarseness (clergyman’s sore throat), worse from talking. Voice uncertain, constantly changing (goes off into a squeak on attempting to speak or sing). Accumulation of mucus in trachea. Cough hurts the throat and annoys the patient.


Raw feeling in chest. Lungs (especially left) feel sore.

Neck and Back.

Stiff-neck, with intolerable pressing headache. Pain in region of atlas vertebra, extending to right side. Sore, moist places on coccyx.


Burning in many parts: ear, lips, tongue, palate, throat, anus, lungs, upper arms.


Erythema of scarlet rash, skin peels afterwards. Itching of scarlet eruption. One of the first indications for this drug is the appearance of raw, bloody surfaces, which may be on the lips, buccal cavity, nose, back of ear, etc.


Sleeplessness from soreness of mouth or itching of skin.


Dry heat of skin.

About the author

John Henry Clarke

John Henry Clarke

John Henry Clarke MD (1853 – November 24, 1931 was a prominent English classical homeopath. Dr. Clarke was a busy practitioner. As a physician he not only had his own clinic in Piccadilly, London, but he also was a consultant at the London Homeopathic Hospital and researched into new remedies — nosodes. For many years, he was the editor of The Homeopathic World. He wrote many books, his best known were Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica and Repertory of Materia Medica

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