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Arsenic alb / Anacardium: A Comparative Study

Drs. Yogesh and Sanjay Sehgal do a comparative analysis of the mentals in Arsenicum and Anacardium

We must widen our knowledge of methods to individualize a remedy and distinguish it from another when we end with a rubric having two or more remedies. Suppose from the common symptom of a patient we arrive at the rubric Rest, when things are not in proper place, cannot. Earlier there were two remedies Arsenicum alb. and Anacardium (Now more drugs have been added like Carcinocin, Sepia, & Sulph.). How shall we differentiate between the two drugs Arsenicum alb. and Anacardium Arsenicum alb. we have already discussed in the earlier chapter (No. 5) of this book. Anacardium has the same KING PIN rubric REST, when things are not in proper place, cannot, which is also found in Arsenicum alb. The meaning and the interpretation of the rubric for both the drugs will be the same. The difference will be the way a patient is going to express it. Why can’t he be at rest? For this, the most important aspect is to keep our observation on:




WHEN HE SAYS (a new dimension for the observation of a patient)

This feeling comes when an individual becomes sick.

Anac (a peace of mind) (Cannot achieve rest while disorder is there)

A patient says, I wish to have rest (a peace of mind) which I can’t achieve while this problem is with me (a disorder). If you could remove this disorder from my life, I would be able to get my peace of mind.”

This patient finds so many disorders around him or her, which do not allow him to settle.


REST, desire for

aesc., alum., anac., arn., bell., brom., BRY., clem., coca., colch., eug., haem., kali-bi., lach., lyc., mez., morph., nux-v., op., ph-ac., sabad., stann., vesp.


+ REST, when things are not in proper place, cannot

anac., ars., carc., sep., sulph.

(Differential Study- I could only get settled if you can remove this disturbance. While this problem is causing disturbance I can’t be all right.

(In the above example a patient wants to settle down but the problem is not allowing him or her to settle down) A patient says, “I don’t like this situation of unsettlement. (DISTURBED, av. to being) A patient says, “I have come to you to have a permanent solution of this problem.” “I am tired (TORPOR, feeling) of facing this problem every day.” (EMBARRASSMENT, ailments, after). The medicine for this kind of expression would be Gelsemium

Anacardium has a desire for rest, which he cannot achieve when things are not in their proper place.

A patient says, “Doctor, you ask me to take rest and I also wish to have it, but how is it possible when there is so much disorder in my life. Like my son, he does not listen to me, my husband he never shows any affection to me. Also my problems are not getting cured. It is not possible for me to have rest when I see so much disorder around me.”

A patient says, “I will not rest till I come out of this problem. Please remove this disorder as soon as possible no matter how it could be possible. Any method, any strong medicine, I am ready to go for it.”


CARRIED, desires to be fast

acon, ARS, bell, brom, cham, lob, rhus-t, verat

+ REST, when things are not in proper place, cannot

Although there are many rubrics common and uncommon to the two drugs, for the finer understanding we have selected those rubrics, which show their predominance in most of the cases. (*It does not mean that we can ignore or should not use other rubrics. One should not limit oneself. He or she should keep on working on each and every rubric. We sincerely welcome whatever experiences our friends get in their practice for our future research.)


Some of the selected common and uncommon rubric of Arsenicum alb and Anacardium are :



SENSITIVE, external impressions, to all


AILMENTS, from mortification

MOOD repulsive

ABUSIVE, insulting

CRUELTY, brutality, inhumanity



ANGER, contradiction from



1) ANTICIPATION, complaints from

2) ANXIETY, health about

3) ANXIETY, hypochondriacal


5) ASKS, for nothing

6) BEGGING, entreating, supplicating


8) CARES, others about

9) CARRIED, desires to be fast

10) GREED, cupidity

11) INDIFFERENCE, recovery about his


13) PLAY, passion for gambling

14) QUIET, wants to be

15) REVERENCE, lack of


17) SHRIEKING, pain with the

18) WELL, says he is when very sick



1) ANTAGONISM, with herself

2) BUSINESS, averse to

3) CARESSED, caressing, husband and child, then pushes away

4) CONFIDENCE, want of self

5) CURSING, restrain himself in order not to curse, has to

6) DELUSIONS, right, does nothing

7) EGOTISM, self esteem

8) FORSAKEN, isolation, sensation of

9) GODLESS, want of religious feeling

10) HELPLESSNESS, feeling of

11) INDIFFERENCE, religion to his


13) RELIGIOUS, feeling want of

14) QUIETED, carried, only by being

15) REFUSES, treatment, every, sick, in spite of being very

16) SHRIEKING, must shriek, feels as though she

17) TALKING, agg. all complaints

18) THOUGHT two trains of thought

19) WILL, contradiction of


In the new repertories, under some rubrics, Arsenicum alb. has been added which originally was not present in Kent’s repertory, as in “helplessness. “


HELPLESSNESS, feeling of

aether, am-c, anac, ant-t, arg-n, ars. bamb-a, calad, cench, gels, germ, hecla, hell, hydrog, jasm, kali-br, lith-c, LYC, med, ozone, petr, phos, puls, rhus-t, sang, sep, stram, tax


If we study Arsenicum alb’s helplessness it comes when he feels helpless to manage the situation anymore, and then he has no other option but to take help – which otherwise he does not like to take from someone or from any therapy, to come out of the situation.

Whereas Anacardium feels helpless due to his health, which he thinks is not coming under control and he fears paralysis – total stagnation of mobility.

Another rubric, which is common to both, is:



alum, anac, androc, arg-n, ars, asar, aur, aur-ar, bar-ar, bufo, calc-p, calc-sil, CARC, con, cupr, graph, iod, kali-ar, kali-bi, kali-c, lac-ac, lac-c, lac-eq, lac-h, lob, med, morg-g, nat-ar, nat-c, nat-m, nat-p, nat-s, nux-v, oro-ac, phos, pip-m, plat, plb, PULS, sep, sil, sulph, thuj


An Arsenicum alb. patient is fastidious about maintaining the civil code – means they are very much conscious about their way of living in the society. (A standard which Chamomilla does not have). Like they feel that their house should be neat and clean, as it will carry a bad impression among people who visit them if they see their house in a bad condition. Arsenicum alb. is not eccentric. They believe in following the norms of living in a society. They become fussy about law and order. They bring to the notice of others their mistakes or errors, even if they are very minor. And they want others to amend their mistakes or errors immediately. They cannot tolerate any nonsense around them. They see much disorder around them (DISORDER, objects appear).

It does not mean that they want to project themselves to a higher position but they feel that it is the right conduct. They are highly conscious about their dignity. Nobody should come to know that they are sick; they feel bad about moving about in society with a sick face. It affects them badly and can cause depression in them with the fear that their status will be harmed if someone will come to know about their problem, so they hide. We have studied the Hiding of Belladonna Bell hides but they don t mind if they get exposed. They don’t feel depressed or have any kind of fear or consciousness about their status and morals. They believe they should not bother others, nor ask for any help for their problem. They feel guilty if they couldn’t maintain it or have to ask for help from others).

Anacardium is fastidious about his mobility (free movement). When he gets sick he is mainly concerned about MOBILITY of his body. He fears that due to the problem there can be danger to his mobility (meaning not been able to move freely or easily). (FEAR, paralysis of)

anac, am, asaf, bapt, bell, kali-p, med, syph

He has apprehension about his survival in the future once he becomes immobile. He suspects that no one will help him when due to the problem he gets bedridden or not able to help himself. He has lack of trust for his family members. (SUSPICIOUS, mistrustful)

ACON, act-sp, ambr, ANAC, anan, androc, ang, anh, ant-c, apis, arn, ARS, ars-s-f, aur, aur-s, bapt, bar-acet, BAR-C, bar-m, bar-s, bell, bor, BRY, bufo, cact, cadm-s, calc. calc-p, calc-s, CANN-I, cann-s, canth, caps, carb-v, carbn-s, carc, CAUST, CENCH, 1 cham, 1 chin, chin-ar, CIC, cimic, coca, cocc, con, crot-h, croto-t, cupr, DIG, dros, dulc, eup-a, graph, hell, hydrog, hyos, ign, ip, KALI-AR, kali-bi, kali-br, kali-p, LACH, lap-gr-m, 1 lap-mar-c, LYC, lycps, macrin, med, meli, meny, merc, mez, morph, mur-ac, nat-ar, nat-c, nat-p, nat-s. nit-ac, nux-v, op, pall, ph-ac, phos, plat, plb, psor, PULS, RHUS-T, 1 ruta, 1 sanic, sarr, SEC, sel, sep, seq-s, sil, spig, stann, staph, still, STRAM, sul-ac, sul-i, SULPH, syph, thuj, thyr, verat, verat-v, viol-t

About the author

Yogesh Sehgal

Yogesh Sehgal

Dr. Yogesh Sehgal is the younger of late Dr. M.L. Sehgal, the founder of Sehgal School of Revolutionized Homeopathy. He is an internationally well known speaker and a clinician with practice in New Delhi. He is also a co-author of several books of ROH series.

About the author

Sanjay Sehgal

Sanjay Sehgal

Dr. Sanjay Sehgal is the elder son of late Dr. M.L. Sehgal, the founder of Sehgal School of Revolutionized Homeopathy. He is an internationally well know speaker and a clinician with more than 38 years experience. He is also a co-author of several books of ROH series.

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