Anacardium Orientale – Marking Nut Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathic Remedy Anacardium Orientale (Marking Nut) is indicated in case the person is full of strange notions and ideas.

The mind appears to be feeble, seems as if in a dream; everything is strange and slow to comprehend. The patient is irritable, disturbed by everything, and cursing. He cannot settle between doing this and that, he hesitates and often does nothing. He cannot decide, especially in an action of good or evil. He hears voices commanding him to do this or that and see it to be between a good and evil will. The Anacardium patient is found mostly among the neurasthenics, such have a type of nervous dyspepsia, relieved by food; impaired memory, depression, and irritability, diminution of senses (smell, sight, hearing). There is a Sudden loss of memory, everything seems to be in a dream. The patient is greatly troubled about his forgetfulness, confused, unfit for business.

It is given in many conditions. It is for syphilitic patients, exam fearing students, weakening of senses, aversion to work lacks self-confidence, irresistible desire to swear and curse, the sensation of a plugin various parts – eyes, rectum, bladder, etc., empty feeling in stomach; eating temporarily relieves all discomfort, Hallucinations, profound melancholy and hypochondriasis, with a tendency to use violent language, Absence of all moral restraint, etc.

Full name: Anacardium orientale

Botanical name:

Semacarpus Anacardium Linn.

Common names:

English: Marking nut

French: Acajau’a Pommes

German: Caschnuss

Scientific classification

  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Clade: Angiosperms
  • Clade: Eudicots
  • Clade: Rosids
  • Order: Sapindales
  • Family: Anacardiaceae
  • Genus: Anacardium
  • Species: A. occidentale

It is a tropical evergreen tree that produces the cashew seed and the cashew apple.

Its English name derives from the Portuguese name for the fruit of the cashew tree cajú (Portuguese which itself is derived from the Tupian word acajú, literally meaning “nut that produces itself.

In traditional Maya medicine, the leaves or bark of cashew trees can be made into a tea to treat diarrhea.


  • Anacardium latifolium lam
  • Anacardium officinarum gaerth
  • Marking nut tree
  • Malacca bean

Family: Anacardiaceae.

Description of plant

It is an evergreen tree about 7m in height. It has rough and ash-colored bark and has numerous spreading branches. The fruit is borne on a pear-shaped receptacle and it ripens in January and February. The nut is heart-shaped, black, glossy, and somewhat reddish tinge. The nut contains a corrosive resinous juice in cells. At first, the juice is light in color but becomes blackish-brown on drying. The juice is not soluble in water and only soluble in 90% of alcohol.

Native to Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Indian subcontinent, and found growing in dry, mountainous forest areas.

Parts used:

  • Resinous juice in the seed.
  • Bark
  • The oil obtained from the fruit
  • Kernels
  • Fruits consist of any oily fluid which has anti-diarrhoeal properties.
  • Bark consists of an astringent substance. Tar obtained from the bark is applied in leprosy, corns, and in ulcers. Tincture of the bark is given orally to lower blood pressure.
  • The root is used as purgative.
  • Its kernel is nutritious.

Active principle:

  • Niacin
  • Protein
  • Anacardic acid
  • Cardolfatty oil
  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • Steroid palminc


It is commonly seen in India and in mountainous forests in Asia, in the West Indies, and other parts of Tropical America.

Prover of remedy:

Dr. Hahnemann.

Preparation of remedy

The ripe, dried fruit is macerated in alcohol for at least five days, before being filtered and then repeatedly dilute and succussed.

Anacardium Orientale Uses

It is used as Bhallatak and Kaju in the Ayurvedic system of medicine and in Unani.

The nuts from this tree have been used by Hindus for all kinds of skin complaints. The acrid juice was used to burn off warts and to clean leg ulcers. It is known as marking nut, as Hindus mixed it with chalk to make an ink for marking line.

Arabians used the juice for mental illness, loss of memory, for paralysis, and spasms.

Word meaning:

Anacardium: means: resembling.

Cardia: Heart.

As its fruit is heart-shaped.

The action of remedy:

  • On gastrointestinal system
  • Nervous system
  • On respiratory system
  • On Skin
  • On reproductive system

Cause of symptoms:

  • From overeating
  • From emotions like anger and fright
  • From over study
  • From excessive utilization of bran for purposeless thoughts
  • From checked eruption
  • During examination
  • From noise
  • From overuse of brain

It cures complaints which are seen on the right side Symptoms often goes from right to left

Anacardium Orientale Suited to:

It is suited for old men with a loss of memory. It can be given to women during pregnancy with gastric disturbance. It can also be given to students who give up their studies due to memory loss. It cures exhaustion caused by overstudying. It is given to a person who has a pale, sickly face, with hollow eyes, sunken eyes, with dark rings around eyes. It cures eczema of the face and neck. A patient has a very hasty in swallowing food and drinking.

It is given when a patient has a tense face which is a reflection of the internal struggle.

It is helpful in curing conditions like:

  • Cures constipation, rheumatism, and duodenal ulcer
  • In poor memory
  • In weak digestion
  • Insanity
  • It cures anxiety and breathing difficulty
  • Lack of self-confidence
  • Morning sickness of pregnancy
  • Piles and kidney problems
  • The tiredness of brain from over study
  • warts on palms

Indication of Anacardium Orientale

It is given when a patient has felt as if he is living in a dream. He feels everything is strange. It is a very good remedy for irritability and weak memory. He forgets things in his mind. The patient is in a continuous controversy with himself. He cannot settle between doing this and that. He hesitates and does nothing. The patient is controlled by negative thoughts which compels him to do violence and injustice. He thinks that he has a dual personality, as of two wills acting in opposition. It cures a strange temper which involves symptoms like-he laughs serious matters and is serious over laughable things. It cures irresistible desire curses and swears. It cures symptoms in which he has fixed ideas. He feels as if nothing is real. He thinks he is in double. One moment he sees a thing and another moment he does not understand it. It is a very good remedy for Autism, where the child busy in the self.

It is given when a patient has a loss of appetite and fever with a skin problem. At times he feels violent hunger, at others no appetite. It is given when a patient has the heaviness of the tongue and sensation as if swollen. His tongue is white and rough.

It is given when physical symptoms include a feeling of constricted pain, as if bands are wrapped tightly around the body, or as if the gut or anus is plugged.

It is given when a patient’s toothache is worse by open air.

It is given when a patient has spells of sleeplessness lasting for several nights. It is very useful when the patient could not sleep well because of itching. He has dreams of fire, dead bodies, and a tomb.

It is a very good remedy when a patient has a headache from noise, from the strong smell, from mental exertion. The patient feels a tearing headache due to hard work. Pain is seen in the forehead and back part of the head. Pain is seen after eating. It is worse from physical exertion, from coughing, from cold, from motion. He feels better: after taking food and applying pressure over an eye. Headache is often seen with pain in the abdomen, with fullness and distension. It cures when the headache is present with dimness of vision, black spots before the eyes.

It is a very good remedy for an inferiority complex, depression, manic depression, or schizophrenia.

It cures when the patient feels pressure in the eyes with dim vision. Objects appear too far. It seems as if a light appears to be surrounded by a halo in the evening. Symptoms are worse in the evening and he feels better by warm application.

It cures pressing pain in the ears as from a plug. It also cures the hardness of hearing. It is given for pain in-ear with tearing and deafness. The patient feels pain in the ear when biting the teeth together. The patient feels worse in the evening, from cold. He feels better after eating.

It cures frequent sneezing with difficulty in smelling. His smell sense is changed. It cures loss of smell of a short duration. The patient feels worse from taking cold and from anger. He feels better from eating.

It cures conditions like difficulty indigestion, pain in the stomach, peptic ulcer. It is very useful in the vomiting food during pregnancy. It is a very good remedy when a patient has weak digestion with fullness and distension of the abdomen. This feeling is worse from 2-3 hours after eating. He feels better while eating.

IT is a very good remedy for hemorrhoids where stools are pale in color. He has the ineffectual desire as if plugged up with constriction of the sphincter. The patient has difficulty in passing soft stool. It also cures itching at the anus. It is a good remedy for painful hemorrhoids with inactivity of the rectum. The patient is worse from cold and feels better in dry weather and warm application.

It cures frequent seminal emission without dreams. It is given for increase itching with increased desire. He has seminal emissions without dreams.

It is a very good remedy for leucorrhoea with soreness and itching. The patient feels worse without food and better by eating.

It is a very good remedy for asthma which is seen in hysterical individuals when paroxysm ends in tears. His breath stops on coughing or swallowing. It cures oppression of chest with pressure in chest as from a dull plug. The patient is worse from emotion, temper, eating. He feels better from fasting.

It cures palpitation of the heart in the aged associated with coryza.

It cures pain in the thumb and fingers. It is given when a patient has warts on the palms of hands with swelling in fingers.

It cures intense itching seen eczema with mental irritability. It cures urticaria, lichen palms, warts on palms, an ulcer on the forearm.

The patient gets worse:

  • After eating
  • From cold
  • From eating
  • From emotions, anger, and fright
  • From evening to mid-night
  • From least movement
  • From strong smell
  • In the morning

The patient feels better:

  • From fasting
  • Dry weather
  • In warm room
  • Rubbing
  • Lying on stomach
  • From lying on the painful side

Dosage of Anacardium Orientale

30, 4 drops, 2 times a day for 10 days.


  • Schwabe
  • Reckeweg
  • SBL

Contraindications: No known contraindication of Anacardium Orientale.

Interactions: No known interaction of Anacardium Orientale

Side-effects: No known side effects of Anacardium Orientale.

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