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Carbo Vegetabilis
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HPUS label indication: Exhaustion
Carbo Vegetabilis

Below are the strongest indications of Carbo Vegetabilis in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.

Disintegration and Imperfect oxidation is the keynote of this remedy. The typical Carbo patient is sluggish, fat and lazy and has a tendency to chronicity in his complaints. Blood seems to stagnate in the capillaries, causing blueness, coldness, and ecchymosis. Body becomes blue, icy-cold. Bacteria find a rich soil in the nearly lifeless blood stream and sepsis and typhoidal state ensues. A lowered vital power from loss of fluids, after drugging; after other diseases; in old people with venous congestions; states of collapse in cholera, typhoid; these are some of the conditions offering special inducements to the action of Carbo Vegetabilis. The patient may be almost lifeless, but the head is hot; coldness, breath cool, pulse imperceptible, oppressed and quickened respiration, and must have air, must be fanned hard, must have all the windows open. This is a typical state for Carbo veg. The patient faints easily, is worn out, and must have fresh air. Hemorrhage from any mucous surface. Very debilitated. Patient seems to be too weak to hold out. Persons who have never fully recovered from the effects of some previous illness. Sense of weight, as in the head (occiput), eyes and eyelids, before the ears, in the stomach, and elsewhere in the body; putrid (septic) condition of all its affections, coupled with a burning sensation. General venous stasis, bluish skin, limbs cold.
BETTER, from eructation, From fanning, cold.
WORSE, evening; night and open air; cold; from fat food, butter, Coffee, milk, warm damp weather; Wine.
Antidotes: Spirits Nitre; Camph.; Ambra; Arsenic.
Compare: Carboneum - Lamp black ( Spasms commencing in tongue, down trachea and extremities. Tingling sensation.) Lycop.; Ars.; China.
Complementary: Kali-carb.; Dros.

    EXPECTORATION (click for more)

Bloody, spitting of blood (see chest haemorrhage); brown



    MIND (click for more)

Aversion to darkness

Fear of ghosts

Delusions, imaginations, hallucinations, illusions; desire for open air

Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; indifference, apathy, etc.
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; indifference, apathy, etc.; to everything
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; irritability

Insecure, uncertain, scared; anxiety
Insecure, uncertain, scared; anxiety; evening
Insecure, uncertain, scared; anxiety; evening; in bed
Insecure, uncertain, scared; anxiety; on closing eyes

Intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; confusion
Intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; confusion; forced to arouse himself
Intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; difficulty concentrating
Intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; dull, sluggish

Sudden loss of memory.

    HEAD (click for more)

Hair feels sore, Falls off easily; scalp itches when getting warm in bed

Aches from any over-indulgence

Hat pressed upon head like a heavy weight

Head feels heavy, constricted

Coldness; from being heated

Congestion (see pulsation)

Constriction, tension (see also pulling, pressing)
Constriction, tension (see also pulling, pressing); as if in love
Constriction, tension (see also pulling, pressing); like wearing a skull cap
Constriction, tension (see also pulling, pressing); pressure of hat
Constriction, tension (see also pulling, pressing); when heated

Hair; falling

Heaviness (see pain; pressing)
Heaviness (see pain; pressing); back of head (occiput)

Pain, headache; back of head (occiput)
Pain, headache; back of head (occiput); pressure of hat
Pain, headache; back of head (occiput); shaking head
Pain, headache; dull pain; back of head (occiput)
Pain, headache; from certain movements; movement in general
Pain, headache; from emotions; from becoming heated
Pain, headache; from suppressed perspiration
Pain, headache; from warmth; summer
Pain, headache; pressing (see bursting, pulling)
Pain, headache; pressing (see bursting, pulling); back of head (occiput)
Pain, headache; pressing (see bursting, pulling); temples
Pain, headache; pressing (see bursting, pulling); top of head (vertex)
Pain, headache; pressure; from pressure of hat
Pain, headache; pulsating
Pain, headache; sides; right
Pain, headache; stunning
Pain, headache; tearing, rending; back of head (occiput)
Pain, headache; warm room
Pain, headache; while lying down

Sensitive; head sensitive to cold air; while walking in cold air

Skin and scalp; perspiration; forehead; cold

Pimples on forehead and face.

Vertigo with nausea and tinnitus

    EYE (click for more)


Burning in eyes

Pain; burning, smarting, gnawing, biting

Tears; with running nose

Muscles pain.

Vision of black floating spots

    EAR (click for more)

Discharges from ear
Discharges from ear; after scarlet fever
Discharges from ear; following disease
Discharges from ear; suppressed

Noises in ear; ringing
Noises in ear; roaring

Stopped sensation

Ears dry

Malformation of cerumen with exfoliation of dermoid layer of meatus.

Otorrhoea following exanthematous diseases

    HEARING (click for more)

Impaired; after scarlet fever

    NOSE (click for more)

Bleeding after straining, with pale face; tip of nose red and scabby, itching around nostrils

Epistaxis in daily attacks, with pale face

Coryza with cough, especially in moist, warm weather

Eruption in corner of alae nasi

Ineffectual efforts to sneeze.



Dryness; inside

Nose bleed
Nose bleed; dark, black blood
Nose bleed; night

Running or blocked nose (coryza)
Running or blocked nose (coryza); blocked
Running or blocked nose (coryza); with inflammation larynx

Sneezing; difficult to sneeze
Sneezing; frequent

Varicose veins on nose

    FACE (click for more)

Appearance as if dead (see sunken)


Heat; during anxiety

Inflammation; parotid gland (gland in front and below ear lobe)

Lips; chapped
Lips; cracked lips

Pain; jerking
Pain; jerking; cheek bone
Pain; jerking; cheek bones
Pain; pulling; jaws
Pain; tearing
Pain; tearing; cheek bone

Perspiration; cold

Skin; discoloration; bluish
Skin; discoloration; greenish (see iron deficiency anaemia (greenish-yellow discoloration))
Skin; discoloration; pale
Skin; discoloration; sallow
Skin; out-breaks on skin; acne
Skin; out-breaks on skin; acne; chronic, especially nose and cheeks
Skin; out-breaks on skin; acne; forehead
Skin; out-breaks on skin; red; erysipelas (inflamed from infection, deep red colour); gangrenous


Twitching; lips; upper lip

Pale, hippocratic, cold with cold sweat; blue ( Cup.; Opium.) Mottled cheeks and red nose.

Puffy, cyanotic

    MOUTH (click for more)

Teeth very sensitive where chewing; gums retracted and bleed easily

Blood oozing from gums when cleaning teeth

Bleeding; gums
Bleeding; gums; easily
Bleeding; gums; when sucking them

Cold breath
Cold breath; during chill

Discoloration; tongue; black
Discoloration; tongue; bluish-white; and bleed easily


Gums; teeth detached from gums
Gums; teeth detached from gums; and bleed easily
Gums; teeth detached from gums; scurvy-like

Odour (halitosis, bad breath); offensive

Pain; palate (roof of mouth)
Pain; pressing; palate (roof of mouth)
Pain; sore; gums

Sensation of coldness; tongue

Taste; bitter
Taste; putrid

Teeth; looseness
Teeth; pain; pulling
Teeth; pain; tearing
Teeth; pain; upper teeth


Tongue coated white or yellow brown, Covered with aphthae

    THROAT (click for more)


Irritation; larynx
Irritation; larynx; cold air
Irritation; larynx; recurrent
Irritation; trachea (wind pipe)

Pain; sore; air passages

Roughness; air passage
Roughness; larynx

Voice; deep
Voice; hoarseness
Voice; hoarseness; evening
Voice; hoarseness; painless
Voice; hoarseness; with running nose
Voice; lost
Voice; lost; evening
Voice; lost; on physical exertion
Voice; rough

    ABDOMEN (click for more)

Flatus hot, moist, offensive

Pain as from lifting a weight; colic from riding in a carriage; excessive discharge of fetid flatus

Stool and Rectum.

Epigastric region very sensitive.

Faint gone feeling in stomach, not relieved by eating

Pain in liver.

Abdomen greatly distended; better, passing wind

Acrid, corrosive moisture from rectum

Contractive pain extending to chest, with distention of abdomen

Digestion slow; food putrefies before it digests

Flatulent colic

a musty, glutinous moisture exudes

Bladder; urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); anxious

Bloated; after dinner
Bloated; after eating
Bloated; trapped wind

Flatulence; behind lower ribs

Kidneys; suppression of urine

Noises from abdomen; rumbling; passing flatulence

Pain; during the heat of fever
Pain; extending to other parts; to leg
Pain; extending to other parts; to lower limbs
Pain; extending to other parts; to lower limbs; left
Pain; spleen; during heat

Sensation of fullness

Skin; ulcers

Stomach; burping, belching
Stomach; burping, belching; after eating butter
Stomach; burping, belching; after eating
Stomach; burping, belching; after rich food
Stomach; contraction
Stomach; desires, cravings; salt things
Stomach; disordered
Stomach; distended (swollen from inner pressure)
Stomach; distended (swollen from inner pressure); after eating
Stomach; distended (swollen from inner pressure); burping, belching
Stomach; fullness; after eating
Stomach; indigestion
Stomach; nausea; morning
Stomach; pain; burping, belching
Stomach; retching; with cough
Stomach; tension
Stomach; vomiting; blood


Ailments accompanying intestinal fistulae

Aversion to milk, meat, and Fat things

BLUISH, burning piles, PAIN after stool.

Burning at anus, burning varices ( Mur-ac.) Painful diarrhoea of old people

Burning in stomach, extending to back and along spine

Cannot bear tight clothing around waist and abdomen

Crampy pains forcing patient to bend double

Discharge of blood from rectum

Distress comes on a half-hour after eating

Eructations after eating and drinking

Frequent, involuntary cadaverous-smelling stools, followed by burning

Gastralgia of nursing women, with excessive flatulence

Itching, gnawing and burning in rectum

Nausea in the morning

Rancid, sour, or putrid eructations

Sensitiveness of epigastric region

Soreness, itching, moisture of perineum at night

sour, rancid belching

Stomach; Eructations, heaviness, fullness, and sleepiness; tense from flatulence, with pain; worse lying down

Temporary relief from belching

the simplest food distresses

Water brash, asthmatic breathing from flatulence

White hemorrhoids; excoriation of anus

    RECTUM (click for more)



Flatulence; during diarrhoea
Flatulence; offensive

Haemorrhoids; bluish

Moisture; scratching

Skin and lining; excoriated (as if grazed, chaffed)
Skin and lining; excoriated (as if grazed, chaffed); must rub anus until raw
Skin and lining; fistula (additional hole)

    STOOL (click for more)


Odour; like a dead body
Odour; offensive
Odour; putrid

    URINE (click for more)

Albuminous (white, thick); after alcohol abuse


Odour; offensive

    GENITALS (click for more)

Female; Premature and too copious menses; pale blood

Female; metrorrhagia (non-menstrual bleeding); passive
Female; pain; sore, tenderness
Female; period; frequent
Female; period; offensive smell
Female; period; offensive smell; strong
Female; period; protracted
Female; vaginal discharge; greenish

Itching and moisture at thigh near scrotum.

Leucorrhoea before menses, thick, greenish, milky, excoriating ( Kreos.) During menstruation, burning in hands and soles.

Male; Discharge of prostatic fluid at stool

Vulva swollen; aphthae; varies on pudenda

    RESPIRATION (click for more)

Hemorrhage from lungs

Asthma in aged with blue skin.

Cough, with burning in chest; worse in evening, in open air, after eating and talking

Hoarseness; worse, evenings, talking; evening oppression of breathing, sore and raw chest

Breath cold; Must be fanned

Cough with itching in larynx; spasmodic with gagging and vomiting of mucus

Deep, rough voice, falling on slight exertion

Occasional spells of long coughing attacks


Difficult (dyspnea)
Difficult (dyspnea); burping, belching
Difficult (dyspnea); from wind
Difficult (dyspnea); wants to be fanned
Difficult (dyspnea); while lying down

Impeded, obstructed; from wind



Spasmodic cough, bluish face, offensive expectoration, neglected pneumonia

Wheezing and rattling of mucus in chest

Whooping cough, especially in beginning

    COUGH (click for more)

Comes on suddenly
Comes on suddenly; night




Loose; morning

Night; before midnight


Sensations in throat and air passages (either from coughing, or causing coughing); scraping; from larynx




    CHEST (click for more)

Anxiety; region of heart

Constriction, tension

Heart; palpitations; visible

Inflammation; lungs

Lungs; tuberculosis; last stage

Oppressed feeling
Oppressed feeling; burping, belching

Pain; burning
Pain; during a cough
Pain; sore, bruised; from coughing

Paralysis; heart
Paralysis; lung

Weakness; morning on waking
Weakness; on waking

    BACK (click for more)

Pain; tearing; neck

    EXTREMITIES, LIMBS (click for more)

Toes red, swollen

Cold from knees down

Burning pain in bones and limbs.

Cramp in soles; feet numb and sweaty

Coldness; lower limbs; foot; icy cold
Coldness; lower limbs; knee
Coldness; lower limbs; knee; during chill
Coldness; lower limbs; knee; night
Coldness; lower limbs; leg
Coldness; upper limbs; hands

Cramps; foot; sole

Heaviness; lower limbs
Heaviness; lower limbs; while walking

Numbness (see tingling)
Numbness (see tingling); while lying down; on limbs

Pain; pulling
Pain; pulling; lower limbs
Pain; pulling; lower limbs; paralytic
Pain; pulling; night
Pain; pulling; upper limbs; night
Pain; pulling; upper limbs; on the one lain on
Pain; sore, bruised
Pain; tearing; during fever
Pain; tearing; fingers
Pain; tearing; forearm
Pain; tearing; wrist

Perspiration; foot
Perspiration; foot; cold

Pulling up limbs

Skin; chicken pox (see swelling); leg
Skin; chicken pox (see swelling); lower limbs
Skin; chicken pox (see swelling); lower limbs; during pregnancy
Skin; discoloration; blue
Skin; itching; lower limbs
Skin; out-break on skin; hand
Skin; out-break on skin; hand; fine
Skin; out-break on skin; hand; itching
Skin; ulcers; leg
Skin; ulcers; lower limbs
Skin; ulcers; lower limbs; black base
Skin; ulcers; lower limbs; bluish with red circle
Skin; ulcers; lower limbs; burning
Skin; ulcers; lower limbs; mottled
Skin; ulcers; lower limbs; offensive smelling

Weakness; after least exertion

Heavy, stiff; feel paralyzed; Limbs, go to sleep; want of muscular energy; joints weak

Pain in shins

    SLEEP (click for more)


Dreams; frightful
Dreams; vivid

Sleepiness, tiredness

Sleeplessness, insomnia; night; from before midnight

Waking; from cold limbs

    CHILL (click for more)

Chilliness (see also whole body; temperature)

Icy coldness of the body
Icy coldness of the body; the whole body, with cold breath

Periodic, recurring; annual chill

Sides, one-sided
Sides, one-sided; left

When heated, overheated

    FEVER (click for more)

Burning in various places

Chill begins in forearm

Coldness, with thirst

Continued fever
Continued fever; dazed from fever
Continued fever; night
Continued fever; night; before midnight

External heat; desire to be fanned in place of thirst during the heat

Yellow fever
Yellow fever; third stage, haemorrhages, with great paleness of face, violent headache, great heaviness of limbs and trembling of the body

Hectic fever, exhausting sweats.

Perspiration on eating

    PERSPIRATION (click for more)

After eating




Odour; putrid


While eating

With difficulty breathing

    SKIN (click for more)

Marbled with venous over distension

Blue, cold ecchymosed

Varicose ulcers, carbuncles ( Ars.; Anthrac.)

Falling out of hair, from a general weakened condition

Ichorous, offensive discharge; tendency to gangrene of the margins

Indolent ulcers, burning pain

Itching; worse on evening, when warm in bed

Moist skin; Hot perspiration; senile gangrene beginning in toes; bed sores; bleed easily


Abnormal growths; ulcers
Abnormal growths; ulcers; black
Abnormal growths; ulcers; burning
Abnormal growths; ulcers; discharges; greenish
Abnormal growths; ulcers; discharges; offensive
Abnormal growths; ulcers; mottled with red circle
Abnormal growths; ulcers; phagedenic (spreading, obstinate ulceration)
Abnormal growths; ulcers; surrounded by pimples

Coldness; icy

Discoloration; bluish

Inflammation; skin erysipelas (inflamed from infection, deep red colour); gangrenous



Out-breaks on skin; discharging, moist
Out-breaks on skin; discharging, moist; yellow
Out-breaks on skin; rash (see granular); scabies

    INJURIES AND ACCIDENTS (click for more)

Poisoning; poisoning by mercury
Poisoning; poisoning by quinine

    GENERALITIES (click for more)

After measles

Before sleep

Blood vessels; blue discoloration (from lack of oxygen in blood)
Blood vessels; septicaemia (blood poisoning - chills, fever, must lie down, inflammed lungs, liver, kidneys and other organs)
Blood vessels; varicose veins

Collapse; after diarrhoea


Desire for open air

Eating and food; butter
Eating and food; fat
Eating and food; pork
Eating and food; rich
Eating and food; while eating


Faintness, fainting; morning; on rising
Faintness, fainting; on waking


Inflammation; indurated (hard from inflammation)

Lack of irritability

Lack of reaction


Mucous secretions increased

Night; before midnight

Pain; burning externally
Pain; gnawing, biting
Pain; pressing; internally
Pain; pulling
Pain; sudden, sharp; downward
Pain; tearing; internally
Pain; tearing; muscles
Pain; tearing; muscles; pressing in muscles

Pulse; imperceptible
Pulse; small
Pulse; soft
Pulse; weak


Swelling; glands

Wet weather
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Entries on a white background are from Boericke's Materia Medica. Entries on a green background are from a reversed Kent's repertory, with some alterations to modernise the language. Uses are based on traditional homeopathic practice and have not been reviewed by the FDA.