Anthracinum (Anthr)

An alcoholic extract of the anthrax poison prepared from the spleens of affected sheep

Clinical: Acne. Boils. Carbuncles. Cynanche cellularis. Erysipelas. Gangrene. Malignant pustule. Parotitis gangrenosa. Phlegmonous inflammation and ulceration. Small-pox. Splenic fever. Ulcers. Whitlow

Characteristics: Anthracinum is indicated in all conditions of boils and boil-like eruptions (as acne in some forms, and in carbuncles). It was introduced into homœopathic practice by Lux the veterinarian long before the experiments of Pasteur. The keynote for its employment is "succession of boils" or carbuncles, but it is also of the greatest use in other cases. "Terrible burning" with carbuncle. The potentised virus is the best remedy for the disease from which it is obtained "Splenic fever" in animals, and "Malignant pustule" in human beings. Erysipelas of a foul kind, and gangrenous erysipelas; cellulitis. "Hard, stony" swelling in region of right lower jaw and submaxillary gland. Anthrax-quinsy. Whitlow and sloughing. Glands painfully swollen. Induration of cellular tissue. Black or blue blisters. Horribly offensive gangrenous ulcers. A number of symptoms have been recorded from human patients affected with the anthrax disease

Relations: Compare: Anthracinum bovumAnthracinum bovum, Anthracinum suumAnthracinum suum, Lachesis mutaLach, Tarentula cubensisTarent-c, Arsenicum albumArs, Carbo vegetabilisCarb-v It follows well: Arsenicum albumArs (burning and ulceration), Phosphoricum acidumPh-ac Is followed well by: Aurum muriaticum natronatumAur-m-n (periosteal swelling of lower jaw), Silicea terraSil (cellulitis). Antidoted by: Camphora officinalisCamph, Arsenicum albumArs, Rhus toxicodendronRhus-t, Silicea terraSil, Lachesis mutaLach, Carbo vegetabilisCarb-v, PulsatillaPuls, KreosotumKreos, Carbolicum acidumCarb-ac, Salicylicum acidumSal-ac, Apis mellificaApis.


2. head: Headache, as if a smoke with a heating pain was passing through the head. Headache with chill. Swelling of head

6. face: Parotitis gangrenosa. Stony swelling around lower jaw. Gland under chin painfully swollen

12. abdomen: Sensation as if diaphragm were pushed forward. Enlargement of spleen. Bellyache with chill

13. stool and anus: Vomiting followed by a painless, often bloody diarrhœa. Diarrhœa with fever. Cholera-like collapse

19. heart and circulation: Heart-beats frequent but weak. Cyanosis. Blood does not coagulate

20, 21. back and limbs: Axillary glands swollen. Severe pains in limbs and joints with the fever. Œdema; ulcers; gangrene; sloughing whitlows

24. generalities: Restlessness. Clonic and tetanic spasms (marked rigor mortis after death). Exhaustion and collapse. Terrible burning pains

25. skin: Crusty oozing eruption. Itching with dry skin. Black or blue blisters. Carbuncles. Boils. Sloughing ulcers. Small-pox