Calcarea arsenicosa is a mineral remedy of the cancer miasm. In Arsenicum there is a feeling: “I need people but I cannot trust them – they may rob me”. The patient cannot trust anyone. In Calcium there is a need for security and support. So we see in Calcarea arsenicosa a person who feels insecure as well as mistrustful.
In Calcarea arsenicosa the need for people is almost a dependence, and this along with the mistrust, makes him highly anxious and insecure. He feels: “I may be cheated, let down (mistrustful – Arsenicum) by the people on whom I depend for protection (Calcium)”.
Calcarea arsenicosa is full of anxiety, extremely insecure. I had a case of a menopausal woman who came with the complaint of severe palpitation, which came on from the least anxiety, fright or bad news.
She had a son and a daughter. The son went abroad and she got the feeling that he might never come back. All her complaints were worse when he left, especially after her husband fell ill. She felt that her future source of support (in case her husband died) had become untrustworthy.
This created extreme anxiety in her, and she would call her son over the phone every week. I gave her Calcarea arsenicosa on these features of mistrust and insecurity. Also Phatak’s Materia Medica gives: “Complaints of fat women around the climacteric, when the least emotion causes palpitation”.
Later, they may become extremely sad (Kent’s Lesser Writings). In the compensated state, Calcarea arsenicosa may be very careful and cautious. He is very independent.
- Chilly patient.
- Palpitation from least emotion.
- Breathlessness on ascending.
- Desires soup.
- Ailments from excitement, emotional.
- Anxiety, future, about.
- Anxiety, health, about.
- Heart, palpitations, emotions, slight, aggravates.
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