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Natrum Carbonicum - General symptoms

Carbonate Of Sodium, Nat-carb, Natrium carbonicum, Nat Carb, natcarb, Nat-c.

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Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Natrum Carbonicum in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.



(Morning), On waking, sensation of loss of will-power.

on waking, ennui. on waking, stupefaction.

headache on top of head.

on rising, swelling beneath eye, etc.

on rising, heat, etc., of mouth, etc.

bitter taste. on waking, eructations.

drawing in testicles, etc.

after beer, sexual desire.

cough. in bed, anxious respiration.

on waking, lameness of limbs.

trembling of hands. jerking on back of hand.

fingers swollen. in bed, cramp in calves.

puffiness of body. weakness.

on rising, heavy, etc.

on rising, eruption on nates, etc.


(Evening), While sitting in house, not noticed in open air, nor in bed, rush of blood, etc., in head.

after lying down, pressive toothache.

raw throat. rawness in chest.

after lying down, tearing in joints.

on lying down, drawing in elbow.

drawing in leg. on undressing, itching in vesicles on back.

on lying down, itching.

chilliness, burning in soles..

(Night), Aggravated by the slightest motion, on speaking a single word, vertigo, etc.

on waking, head heavy, etc.

after 9 o'clock, tearing toothache.

colic etc. cough.

pain in back. during perspiration, tearing in arms, etc.

uneasiness in lower extremities.

cramp of foot. in sleep, jerking, drawing, etc., in lower extremities, etc.

especially after midnight, dryness of skin.

It appears to dissolve the fibrin of the blood, and causes an excessive fluidity of it, produces a kind of leucoma, and finally ulceration of the cornea. The workmen who have to pound the crude article are the most exposed to its influence.

all day long they are covered with soda suspended in the atmosphere in the form of a fine powder.

it is chiefly among them that keratitis with ulceration occurs.

the ulcerative keratitis is always large and deep, and as often precedes as follows the other symptoms,.

A violent boring-burrowing toothache in a hollow tooth woke him at 4 A.M., aggravated by touch of the tongue, ceasing after half an hour, when he fell asleep.

it returned after breakfast, when he ate honey, also after eating sweets at dinner, and lasting very violent till 4 P.M., and then less till 7 P.M.

during this time he was in the open air, in cold, rainy weather.

the pain ceased during supper.

mesmerizing and smoking tobacco afforded no relief (twenty-sixth day),.

A piece of mucus collects in the throat at night, and wakes him in the morning by tickling and irritation, but he easily raises it.

after a short time a second piece collects, and irritation, but he easily raises it.

after a short time a second piece collects, and also is easily raised.

the rawness in the chest, however, remains, and gradually disappears, after rising from bed (twenty-second day),.

A swelling as large as a pea, constantly increasing in size, and very painful to touch, on the left side of the neck, wherewith she was hot.

her voice gave out while speaking.

the whole throat seemed raw as far down as into the chest.

the scraping in the throat was aggravated by coughing.

at the same time she had pressure on the vertex, so that she could not press upon it.

for five days (after eleven days),.

Rawness in the chest all day, worse in the evening, together with pressure beneath the sternum and oppression, and at times palpitation.

while eating the rawness disappeared, but soon returned, and at last a dry cough appeared, that gradually aggravated the scraping and sensation of rawness.

but after some mucus was loosened, the chest was relieved for a short time.

this was associated with thirst, some chilliness, fluent coryza, and a frequent, tense, hard pulse (twenty-first day),.

Violent raw sensation in the chest, after dinner, will ill-humor, and pressure in the pit of the stomach.

after the midday nap he felt better, and so long as he was lying down the scraping in the throat was very much relieved.

after rising it returned, and he was obliged with great exertion to hawk up some pieces of green tenacious mucus (twenty-second day),.

At first, suffocative dyspnoea, with a hoarse deep sound to the voice, and scraping in the pharynx and trachea, followed by cough, short during the day, fatiguing at night, rough and hollow, with sore pain at first in the chest and trachea, and a throbbing rush of blood to the vertex, with a whizzing and rattling on breathing.

relieved by sitting upright, afterwards with purulent bloody expectoration,.

Painful contraction about the stomach in the evening, extending afterwards also to both hypochondria, so that she was obliged to bend up.

relieved by stretching up and by walking, aggravated by stooping and sitting.

in the evening lasting in bed till the next morning, though less severe, together with a jerking in the right side, below the stomach, as if a worm were turning about (tenth day),.

The morning stool was harder than usual, especially very hard at first, so that he was obliged to make a great effort.

the last was tenacious, and freed itself from the anus with difficulty.

after dinner he was again obliged to go to stool, but the evacuation was insignificant, and soon followed by tenesmus in the rectum, that lasted some time (third day).

violent pressure and urging to stool.

but only a little discharge resulted, with a feeling as if much remained.

the colic that had existed previously, ceased after the evacuation (ninth day).

stool, with a straining, after dinner, followed by burning in the eyes and urethra, with remarkable voluptuous irritation.

the burning about he eyes returned, with heat of the head and perspiration on the forehead, during the approach of a storm (tenth day),.

Hard stool, with burning in the anus (eleventh day).

very hard crumbly stool with pressure, preceded by movements and griping in the abdomen (first three days).

urgent desire for stool, that was soft and of the usual amount, followed by rumbling in the abdomen, cutting below the navel, and constant urging, only once, however, resulting in a slight evacuation (second day).

after an interval of half an hour, during which the straining never entirely ceased, excessive urging, and a thin yellow stool with burning and tenesmus in the anus, also with pain about the navel (second day).

stool hard, coated with some blood, with stitches in the rectum, and followed by burning in the anus (second day).

stool first hard, then soft, mixed with bloody mucus, and followed by burning in the anus (second day).

urging to stool. a few small pieces, like sheepdung, are passed only after great straining, with burning (third day).

she woke at 3 A.M., with desire for stool, that was at first soft, then thin, with burning and tenesmus in the anus, and the evacuation of a piece of tapeworm two inches long, followed somewhat later by two thin stools (fourth day).

stool with small balls of mucus like peas (fourth day).

cutting and movements in the whole abdomen, followed by four thin stools, in half an hour (fifth day).

stools very hard, then soft, followed by burning (seventh and eighth days).

stools always very soft (after eight days).

hard stool, with straining (ninth day).

violent pinching in the abdomen, followed by a very soft, and then by a diarrhoea-like stool, with sore pain in the anus (eleventh day).

*such violent urging to stool, that he had hardly time to reach the closet.

there resulted a thin stool, that forcibly spurted from him (fifteenth day).

three thin stools, with burning like fire in the anus (fifteenth day).

stool two or three times a day.

the last usually with pressure in the rectum and tenesmus in the urethra, and evacuation of a little crumbly mucous stool, at times only flatus, for several weeks.

stool not hard, but causing cutting during the evacuation (nineteenth and twentieth days),.


Puffiness of the whole body in the morning, better in the afternoon,

Emaciation, paleness of the face, dilatation of the pupils, and dark-colored urine,

Violent starting, especially in the left leg, as from fright, in the evening, on falling asleep,

Jerking now of one finger, now of an arm, now of the facial muscles, now of the whole body, at night in sleep,

He is very awkward; things that he usually accomplishes easily, he cannot do at all (after twenty-three days),

Very indolent, with a feeling as if everything on her were tense, with face and hands swollen, during rest; relieved by motion (eighth day),

Weary and weak; she slept while sitting at her work, during the day,

Weakness in the morning (after nine days),

Walking is very irksome; she is weak and pale (after twenty-four hours),

Great weakness and sleepiness during the day (after two days),

Great weakness for a week, following toothache, with fever for three days (after five days),

Physical prostration, with nausea and aversion in the stomach, during the menses,

Great prostration, and heaviness of the whole body (sixth day),

Restlessness of the whole body, and fretfulness (after three days),

Restless all day, busy now with this, now with that, without fully accomplishing the least thing,

Restless and unsteady; does not exactly know what he wishes, nor what he should do,

Great restlessness in the evening during mental work, as, for example, reading,

Uneasiness (after three days),

Uneasiness in the body all night; she could not get to sleep till towards morning; she was also obliged to urinate an unusual amount,


Increased sensitiveness of the body; every touch is painful (seventh day),

Takes cold easily, and therefrom has colic and diarrhoea, or coryza (after ten days),

Frequent senselessness,

Inclined to lie down (after five days),

A disagreeable sensation in the whole body; she thinks she is very sick (seventh day),

Heavy and indolent in the morning on rising; while in bed awake she was bright,

Very heavy in the morning,

An anxious sensation at night, before falling asleep, as if his whole body had become excessively thick and heavy, for a long time,

Painful tension of all the nerves, especially in the head, with nausea,

Drawing and tension in the lower extremities and jaws, and drawing in the teeth, at night (after twenty-one days),

Sticking in the diseased spots,

During the menses, now a tearing, now a stitching, here and there in the whole body (fifteenth and nineteenth days),

Cramplike tearing, especially in the upper and lower extremities, also in the whole body; not affected by motion or rest (after six hours),

On rising from a seat everything hurts, disappearing on walking about,

Jerking and beating in the whole body, with a very sensitive mood,

Jerking and twitching in one or another part of the body, in the scapulae, calves, eyelids, and arms,

Affected, by playing on the piano a short time, with painful anxiety in the chest, trembling of the whole body, and weakness, so that she must lie down for a long time before she can recover herself (after twelve days),

A paroxysm in the evening.

it became black before the eyes, with paralytic tearing pressure in the head, eyes, and jaws, weak consciousness, and confused, distracted thoughts, lasting an hour and a half.

followed by crawling pain in the lips, right arm, and especially in the right hand and tips of the fingers, particularly in the thumb, with timidity (thirteenth day),.

For the first twenty days the dreams were mostly agreeable and anxious.

of marrying two women, of parties, walks, entertainments, and excursions on horseback.

afterwards they were frequently anxious, of going astray, of murders, having his ears cut off.

also vexatious dreams.

he would take a journey and could not get away from the place, and when he had reached the first station was obliged to turn back, on account of something he had forgotten, etc.,.

Something like a febrile paroxysm.

pressive pain in both temples, dulness of the head, and pressure in the eyes.

followed by inclination to vomit, with chilliness over the whole body, especially in the chest and arms.

in bed with warm coverings he was somewhat better, though there continued yawning and stretching, and stiffness of the nape of the neck, and at one time he was chilly, at another flushed with heat, without subsequent persistent heat or thirst, continuing for some time (after half an hour),.


1, Hahnemann, Chron. Krank-n.; 2, Gross, ibid.; 3, Hering, ibid.; 4, Langhammer, ibid.; 5, Rl., ibid.; 6, Hb., from Hartlaub and Trinks, R. A. M. L., 3, p. 290; 7, N---g., ibid.; 8, Schreter, ibid.; 9, Berridge, N. A. J., 1873, p. 503, effect in a patient (omitted); 10, Br. J. of Hom., 1857, p. 684, effects on workmen.

All the Natrums stimulate cellular activity and increase oxidation and metabolism. Great debility Caused by summer heat; chronic effects of sunstroke; exhaustion; anaemic; milky, watery skin; very weak ankles, are all peculiar Natrum Carbonicum conditions.

Irritable weakness

Puffy, relaxed, easily exhausted

Easy dislocation

Oversensitive; to open air, music, noise, dietetic errors, etc

Pains cause tremor, cold sweat, anxiety, etc

Cross and irritable

Gloomy Lively, yet fearful; worse thunder-storms

Averse to company

Vertigo, from wine

Hot weather headache

Head bent backward; pains out through eyes

Dazzling flashes or stars before vision

Swelled or peeling nose

Coryza, worse least draft; worse alternate days

Violent sneezing

Post-nasal discharge

Pale, wilted face

Mouth open

Must drink to swallow solids

Acidity, flatulence and rheumatism

Weak digestion

Averse to milk

Greedy, always nibbling

Gastric pain, better eating

Abdomen pouts here and there

Diarrhoea, from starches

Stools like orange pulp


Cough; loose; hollow; 9-11 AM

; worse entering warm room

Purulent, salty sputum

Cough from continuous tickle in throat, worse going from a cold into a warm room

Boring at tip of l


Painful popliteae

Heavy legs

Weak ankles Cramps from ankles into toes

Sleepy after meals

Blisters on small joints; tips of toes or fingers

Milky, watery or dry, rough skin; pustular eruptions

Cold between scapulae

Burning wrists and ankles

Sweats easily

Sodium carbonate. (The common "Soda" of the shops, purified; not the Bicarbonate of Soda, NaHCO3). Na2CO31OH2O. Trituration. Solution.

Albuminuria. Anidrosis. Ankles, weak. Burns. Cornea, ulcers on. Corns. Coryza. Deafness. Dysmenia. Dyspepsia. Goître. Hands, chapped. Headache. Heels, blisters on. Herpes Iris Versicolor iris.

circinatus. Hypochondriasis. Hysteria. Ichthyosis. Lisping. Moles. Nose, swollen.

eruptions on. red. Ozaena. Post-nasal catarrh. Presbyopia. Priapism. Rheumatism. School-headache. Scrofula. Stammering. Sterility. Sunstroke, chronic effects of. Throat, mucus in. Toothache. Warts.

vesicles, ulcers, catarrh.

In the eyes the irritation goes on to keratitis and ulceration of cornea.

The nose is swollen and ulcerated, with a thick yellow or green offensive discharge.

Thick, yellow, putrid leucorrhoea.

The predominant mental condition of Natrum Carbonicum Nat. c. is one of profound sadness, depression, and melancholy; constantly occupied with sad thoughts; though there is also the opposite, great gaiety and talkativeness.

The hypochondriacal mood is often an accompaniment of the condition of the digestive mucous membrane.

The depression and irritability is agg. after a meal, the aggravation diminishing as digestion advances, "as the food passes through the duodenum." Such patients, says Farrington, are decidedly averse to society, even that of their own family.

The indigestion is agg. from vegetables and starchy foods. agg.

From milk. The tongue has some characteristic symptoms, notably affection of the under surface and fraenum, and it is so heavy and unwieldy that the patient has difficulty in speaking.

The common practice of taking Bicarbonate of Soda for indigestion and heartburn is founded on a true relationship (though Natrum Carbonicum Nat. c. is the Carbonate and not the Bi-carbonate), but the indiscriminate and excessive use of it only intensifies the trouble.

The nearest analogue of Natrum Carbonicum Nat. c. in this and in the female sexual sphere is Sepia Sepia.

The nervous system is strongly affected, and symptoms of hysteria appear.

A leading note is agg. from exertion, mental or bodily.

Great debility from any exertion; unsteady walk, any little obstruction on pavement = falling; or he falls without any apparent cause.

There are contractions of muscles and tendons, and also relaxation of tissues.

Ankle-joints are weak and burn.

Twitching in muscles and limbs.

I have cured with Natrum Carbonicum Nat. c. "jerking of hands on going to sleep." Among the Peculiar Sensations are As if head too large.

As if forehead would burst.

As if head would be drawn back.

As if ears were closed up.

As of a bubble bursting in ear.

As if tip of tongue were cracked.

Dryness of mouth as if caused by heat of breath.

As if veins of right leg were bruised.

Motion as from a foetus in uterus.

Blisters on points of toes as if scalded.

Emaciation, anaemia, bloating are prominent effects of Natrum Carbonicum Nat. c.; as also is swelling and induration of glands. Natrum Carbonicum Nat. c. is suited to Light-haired people; persons of leuco-phlegmatic constitution with aversion to open air, and to exercise, mental or physical.

Stitches go from within out.

Right upper and left lower are particularly affected.

A peculiar symptom of Natrum Carbonicum Nat. c. is "discharge of mucus after an embrace" in the woman; and sterility as a result.

In Med. Adv., xviii. 248 and 370, are two cases in point, one cured by J. C. Guernsey and the other by W. Jefferson Guernsey.

In both cases the woman complained that she "could not retain the semen" after the embrace.

Some of the grand keynotes of the remedy are to be found in its modalities.

Prominent among these are agg. from sun; heat; gaslight. agg.

From mental exertion; from physical exertion or strain; from least effort. agg.

From music. Natrum Carbonicum Nat. c. has great debility from heat of summer; from chronic effects of sunstroke, every spell of warm weather = headache.

Headache from sun or working under gaslight.

At the same time there is great aversion to cold air, agg. from draught of air, change of clothing, getting wet, drinking cold water, agg. damp weather, change of weather. agg.

From storms. Natrum Carbonicum Nat. c. has extreme sensitiveness to electric changes.

There is great thirst for cold water, but agg. on drinking it (stitches in spleen). agg.

By rest; agg. lying on left side (palpitation; stitch in back to anus); agg. sitting.

Moving amel. Moving head = cracking in cervical vertebrae.

Moving = profuse sweat.

Most symptoms come on or are agg. in morning. "Sinking" 10 to 11 a.m. agg.

On alternate days. agg.

During full moon. Eating amel. sinking, agg. dyspepsia and hypochondriasis. agg.

From milk; from vegetable diet; from cold drink when over-heated. amel.

By pressure, rubbing, scratching, wiping with hand. amel.

Boring into ears and nose with fingers.


In the first edition Hahnemann published a pathogenesis of Natrum carbonicum, containing 308 symptoms. The salt was then proved by Nenning and SchréTerebinthina ter, and their results -making 625 symptoms in all-appeared in the third volume of the of Hartlaub and Trinks. These two symptom lists, with (presumably) provings of the 30th by Langhammer, Hering and Gross, and some fresh observations on patients by Hahnemann himself, form the present pathogenesis.

Dissolve the natrum of the shops (the basic part of common salt or of Natrum Sulphuricum Glauber's salt) in two parts of its own weight of distilled water, boiling-hot, filter the solution through blotting-paper, and cause it to crystallize in a cellar. These crystals consist of rhombic-octaedra and rhomboidal prisms. One grain of these crystals, dried on blotting-paper (before they fall into powder), is taken for the preparation of the various homoeopathic potencies, being treated in the manner of the other dry medicinal substances.

Natrum Carbonicum medicine will be found indicated where the following ailments are also present

Sadness. dejection. hypochondriac mood.

dread of men and of company.

anxiety. anxious palpitation.

anguish, trembling and sweat during the pains.

tendency to get startled.

despondency. indignation.

malevolence. difficulty in comprehending and combining thoughts, when reading and listening.

mental labor fatigues.

gloominess of the head.

vertigo. headache, when in the sun.

headache, stitches outward from the eye.

tearing, externally on the head at certain hours of the day.

inflammation of the eyelids, with photophobia.

little feathers seem to be floating before the eyes.

inability to read small print.

hardness of hearing. sensitiveness to noise.

heat in the face. yellow spots on the forehead and on the upper lip.

freckles in the face. swelling of the upper lip.

toothache, especially while eating.

bitter taste in the mouth.

taste in the mouth as after dissipating through the night.

thirst. wild hunger from a feeling of emptiness causing nausea.

ailments from cold drinking, stitches in the left hypochondrium.

constant weakness of the digestive organs, with ill humor and discomfort after even slight errors in diet.

nausea. constant qualmish nausea.

after meals. pressive drawing and fine cutting stomachache.

contractive cramps in the stomach.

painfulness of the scrobiculus cordis when touched.

accumulation of the flatus in the abdomen.

inflation of the abdomen.

. distended abdomen. shooting and burrowing in the abdomen.

insufficient stool. urging to urinate.

burning in the urethra after micturition.

bearing down on the genital parts, as if everything was coming out.

bad shape of the os uteri.

pains with the menses.

metrorrhagia. seems to promote conception.

after coitus, discharge of mucus from the vagina.

putrid leucorrhoea.

. coryza, every other day.

constant coryza from a slight draught, only ceasing after perspiration.

constant coryza and cough.

cough. shortness of breath.

. difficult breathing.

salty purulent expectoration, when coughing.

pressive shooting in the chest.

constant chill on the left side.

sore pain in the sacrum.

stiffness in the nape.

pressive pain on the top of the shoulder.

cutting pains in the hands and the feet.

lumpy spots on the legs.

cramp in the thighs. tendency to missteps and to spraining of the ankle.

pressive pain on the dorsum of the feet.

shooting in the soles of the feet on treading.

swelling of the feet. coldness of the feet.

chronic ulcers on the heels, from erosive blisters.

itch on the abdomen .

yellow rings from herpetic spots.

formicating shooting in the muscles of the thighs, below the scrobiculus cordis, etc.

. dislike of the open air.

. dryness of the skin.

warts. herpes. shooting, cutting and burning in wounded parts of the body.

unsteadiness of body and mind.

relaxed state of the whole body.

after a short walk, he is tired so that he is ready to drop down.

chronic weakness. late in falling asleep at night.

waking up too early. dreams at night.

coldness of the hands and feet.

. constant, cold sweat of anguish.

, alternating with dryness.

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Rawness and roughness on the chest, the whole day, worst in the evening, with pressure under the sternum, with oppression and palpitation.

while eating, there was a remission of the roughness, but it soon returned with a dry cough, which increased the scraping sensation, which was only transiently relieved by the detachment of mucus.

attended with thirst, chilliness, fluent coryza and hard, tense, quick pulse (21st d.).;.

First, asthmatic tightness of the chest, with hoarse, deep tone of voice, and scraping in the fauces and the larynx, then cough, short by day, at night fatiguing, rough and hollow, with sore pain in the beginning in the chest and windpipe, and throbbing rush of blood to the crown, with fermentation and rattling during respiration, relieved by sitting upright.

later with purulent, bloody expectoration.

Attack in the evening everything gets black before his eyes, with paralytic tearing pressure in the head, the eyes and the jaws, with weak consciousness and confused, incoherent thoughts, for one and a half hours.

then formicating pain in the lips, the right arm, and especially the right hand and finger tips, especially of the thumb.

he is readily startled (13th d.).

Attack of fever, with pressive pain, at first in the temples.

numb feeling of the head, and pressure in the eyes.

then urging to vomit, with coldness in the whole body, especially on the chest and the arms.

in bed, by covering warmly it is somewhat better.

but for some time stretching of the body, yawning, stiffness of the neck, with alternate chilliness and flushes of heat, without constant heat or thirst afterward continue (aft. ½ h.).;.

Sodium carbonate. Hahnemann. Na2 CO3 10H2 O.

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Proved by Hahnemann, Hering and others.

Persons who are in the habit of taking carbonate of soda for sour stomach get a proving of Natrum Carbonicum. I have met some of these people and been able to confirm many Natrum symptoms.

Old dyspeptics who are always belching and have sour stomach and rheumatism.

after twenty years they are stoop-shouldered, pale, sensitive to cold, chilly, aggravated by the least draft.

require much clothing.

unable to resist the cold or the heat.

require a medium climate.

are worse from the changes of the weather.

their digestive, rheumatic, and gouty troubles are all worse from the weather changes.

The rattling of paper causes palpitation, irritability and melancholy. Estrangement from family and friends. Aversion to mankind and to society; to relatives, to strangers; feels a great division between himself and them; sensitive to, certain persons.

Music causes a tendency to suicide, melancholy, weeping and trepidation; playing the piano is so exhausting that she must lie down; music causes great sadness which increases to religious insanity.

Natrum Carbonicum is true of all the Sodiums, but especially so of Natrum carb.; aggravation from the slam of a door, a pistol shot, which causes headache and complaints in general, aggravated from music.

Digestion The more soda these patients take, the more flatulent do they become.

they are stoop-shouldered.

digestion is difficult, and finally milk will not digest at all, bringing on a diarrhoea with undigested, lienteric stools.

also, starch causes flatulence and looseness of the bowels, Many symptoms from drinking cold water when overheated.

Borax Borax, Sepia Sepia, Arsenicum Album Ars., and Natrum carb are the remedies most inclined to produce ulceration of the tips and knuckles of the fingers, and also the toes.

Vesicular eruptions on the body in patches and circles.

the herpes family is especially, related to Natr. carb.

zona, herpes labialis, herpes preputialis.

patches as large as a dollar on the hips, thighs and back. Smaller patches show vesicles containing a white serum, burning, smarting and itching, better from scratching.

The eruption passes away with a crust, but will often ulcerate, it does not heal and an ulcer forms. Circulation feeble.

wounds suppurate. Feet and skin burn. Crusty eruptions on the skin that have not been vesicular.

but most Natr. carb. and Nat Mur Natr. mur eruptions are of the vesicular form. Tingling, biting, itching, changing place, now here and now there.

cold skin. sweaty body.

Book-keepers lose the ability to add up figures. In reading a page, the one previous to, it soon goes out of the mind. The memory will not hold out from the beginning to the end of a sentence. Forgets what he reads.

Confusion of mind follows and then he is unable, to perform any mental labor. Men become so fatigued from the details of business that a confusion of the mind comes over them, they get brain fag.

Oversensitive to heat, especially after sunstroke, even some years after.

has to be well shaded when walking in the sun, must seek a cool or dark place the patient has not had the proper acute remedy during the attack the remedy is aggravated by both cold and heat, but this is a special aggravation from the heat of the sun.

head troubles are not worse from cold in Natr. carb.

Old cases of brain fag with weakness and trepidation. The body troubles are aggravated from cold and in the winter; as cold as if he had no blood in the body, extremities cold, and he cannot get them warm; cold as ice to, the knees and elbows.

The body and extremities are worse in winter, the head in summer.

Anxious trembling and sweating during pains.

The senses are all disturbed; oversensitive to light pain in the eyes from a bright light.

Oversensitive hearing; little noises seem enormous, like thunder; the crumpling of paper seems like the crashing of a waterfall.

Taste perverted, too sensitive, so that the tasting of things ordinarily grateful becomes painful; sometimes loss of taste.

Loss of smell. Hay fever, catarrhal fever; where catarrhal conditions are present there is copious, thick, yellow, purulent discharge from the eyes, nose, vagina.

Otalgia, with sharp, darting, piercing pains when the mental state, the chilliness and other generals are present. The discharges are commonly offensive.

Coryzas trouble much; always has a cold in the head the watery discharge is of short duration and is soon followed by a thick copious flow of yellow mucus.

Ulceration, thick crusts.

sleeps at night with the month open.

dry, yellow crusts are blown out with pain and bleeding. The catarrh increases with each fresh cold, until it becomes foetid.

the bones of the nose are affected.

almost a constant headache over the eyes, in the forehead, at the root of the nose.

congestive headaches, worse from change of weather, cold room, damp weather.

increased by every storm.

Most foetid ozoena, mucous membranes ulcerated and destroyed.

Pale face with blue ring around the eyes, yellow blotches on the forehead, puffiness. There is puffiness in general; the hands, feet, face pit on pressure; infiltration of the cellular tissue; those states of the heart and kidneys that favor dropsies; old malarial cases, flesh doughy; urine albuminous.

Enlargement of the glands with induration, axillary, inguinal, abdominal, salivary. Especially suitable for enlargement of the prostate in old men. Chronic enlargement of the parotids, slow and of long duration; of the tonsils.

Ulcerations of the mouth.

nursing sore month in women.

thrush in infants. little white aphthous patches, especially in nervous, withered infants who cannot stand any kind of milk, who have diarrhoea from milk.

they thrive better on cereals.

when asleep the child jumps, cries, springs up and grasps the mother.

a nervous, cold baby, easily startled like the Borax Borax baby.

So are the Natrum babies in general.

Accumulation of mucus in the throat and posterior nares, generally yellow in color, while with Nat Mur Natr. mur. it is white; the latter spits up copious, thick, white mouthfuls.

Natr. carb. is ameliorated by eating.

when chilly, he eats and is able to keep warm.

the pains are ameliorated after eating.

he has an all gone feeling and pain in the stomach which drives him to eat.

he gets hungry at 5 A.M. and 11 P.M. 5 A.M. is the favorite time for the Natr. carb aggravation.

he becomes so hungry at this time that he is forced out of bed to eat something, which also ameliorates the pain.

Nervous hunger in pregnant women, who cannot sleep unless they get up at night and eat crackers, calls for Psorinum Psorinum

Locomotor ataxia with its fulgurating pains, amel. by eating; gnawing, all-gone, hungry feeling in the stomach. Soles numb, in males erections and priapism, sensitive thighs, hypersensitive spine; the results of too much excitement.

Emissions; ejaculation of semen premature.

Thirst in the afternoon, incessant; thirst between chill and heat great desire for cold water a few hours after dinner. Extreme aversion to milk.

Flatulency and accumulation of wind in the bowels; diarrhoea; stool yellow, soft with violent tenesmus and urging; a yellow substance like the pulp of an orange in the stool; diarrhoea from milk.

The most troublesome constipation; stool hard, dark, smooth and crumbling. All the Natrums take away the desire to go to stool; no ability to bear down; stool large and hard, great effort to pass it.

Prostatorrhoea after urinating and a difficult stool.

Sterility, a constitutional state in a woman where she is unable to, conceive; she is nervous, cold to the knees and elbows; cold body in winter, hot head in summer; always tired; relaxation of the sphincter vaginae causing the seminal fluid to gush out as soon as ejaculated by the male, thus causing sterility.

There may be a spasm of the sphincter, producing the same effect, or a clot of blood or mucus shoots from the vagina with noisy flatus. Nervous, fidgety, excitable, lean, dyspeptic women, not hysterical. Menses too soon or too late.

neuralgias, oversensitive to drafts and dampness, sensitive spine, legs numb.

leucorrhea yellowish-green, copious.

Paralytic states; ptosis or spasms of the lids; difficult swallowing, must drink much water to wash the food down on account of paralysis of the pharynx; paralysis of the bowels, cannot bear down at stool; stool like sheep's dung; paralysis of the left lower extremity with tingling.

Palpitation at night when ascending and while lying on left side. Many spinal symptoms. Goitre.

Stiffness of the neck, violent backache after walking. Rheumatic pains in the extremities. Jerking in all the limbs. Stumbling while walking. Weak ankles in children. Heaviness of the legs. Pains in the hollow of the knees on motion. Tension in the bend of the knee. Easy dislocation of the ankle.

The soles burn while walking. Ulceration of the heel from blisters. Icy cold feet. Weakness of the legs. Vesicles on tips of fingers and toes. Spots and tubercles on the skin. Skin dry and cracked. Itching and crawling.

One of the most frequently corroborated symptoms of Natrum Carbonicum is the modality -aggravated by mental exertion. The patient is unable to think or perform any mental labor without headache (Argentum Nitricum Argentum, nit., Sabadilla Sabadilla) vertigo or a sense of stupefaction. This symptom alone makes it an invaluable remedy, as we often come across that kind of patient. At least I have, and have frequently gained great credit by relieving them. I generally use the 30th potency here. Again this kind of headache is apt to be worse on exposure to the sun's rays or under gaslight. Persons suffering from over-heating from the sun may find relief from Natrum carb., Glonoin Glonoine, Lachesis Lachesis or Lyssin (Hydrophobinum) Lyssin. Like the other Natrums, the carbonate is greatly depressed in spirits, wholly occupied with sad thoughts. It is one of our best remedies for chronic catarrh of the nose, which extends to the posterior nares and throat. There is violent hawking and splitting of thick mucus that constantly collects again, (Corallium). Although never produced in the proving, clinical use has proved it a great remedy for "bearing down" pains. Here the concomitant symptoms of mind, sadness, over-sensitiveness to noise, especially music, etc., will confirm its choice. Weakness of the ankles from childhood finds a good remedy in Natrum carb. I cured a very bad case in a young man who was very fleshy and walked on the inside of his ankles, feet bending outward, from such weakness, his ankles refusing to support him, especially when a little over-fatigued. Those are the only uses of Natrum Carb. that I know from personal experience or observation.





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Natrum Carbonicum Nat. carb. is the typical salt of the Natrum group. It was proved by Hahnemann, and is one of the antipsoric remedies of the Chronic Diseases. In old-school practice its chief uses are as an external application in solution to burns and eczema, as a douche in nasal or vaginal catarrh. Natrum Carbonicum Nat. c. forms the alkaline basis in most soaps, and most persons know by experience the effect of using soap with an excess of alkali. It almost burns off the superficial layers of the epidermis, and leaves the skin dry and cracked. The provings, whilst developing in Natrum Carbonicum Nat. c. a remedy of polychrest importance, confirms its irritating action, and show Natrum Carbonicum Nat. c. to be a true remedy for chapped hands and faces, rough, dry skins, eczema, herpes, warts and scrofulous conditions of skin. On the mucous membranes the effects are no less irritating. The whole alimentary tract from mouth to anus is irritated


Itching over the whole body, as from fleas,

Violent itching over the body, in the evening on lying down till falling asleep (seventeenth day),

Burning on the back of the left middle finger, as if stung with nettles, in the morning (eighteenth day),

Burning and itching in the third joint of the right index finger, as if stung by a nettle; he also feels a small pimple under the skin, in the morning after rising, lasting several hours (tenth day),

Sensation as if a plaster as broad as the hand were lying on the upper surface of the right forearm, so that all the skin was drawn up, at 9 A.M.; it lasts with longer or shorter intervals till 4 P.M. (third day),

An itching stitch between the second and third phalanges of the right ring finger, that provokes scratching, and then disappears (third day),

The warts begin to pain on slight pressure,

Crawling and itching formication over the whole back (after two days),

Crawling in the middle joint of the right thumb, as if it would go to sleep, in the afternoon (eleventh day),

Crawling in the right foot, as if it would fall asleep, at 5 A.M., in bed (seventh day),

Crawling in the forepart of the right foot, as if it would fall asleep, in the afternoon, while sitting (fourth day),

Itching crawling above the ball of the right thumb, disappearing on rubbing, but returning (after three days),

Itching, here and there, in the face, immediately disappearing on scratching (second day),

Itching on the upper lip, as from a fine feather, and on drawing a finger across the lip a fine piercing stitch in the middle of it, as if a hair would be torn out, at 6 P.M. (second day),

Itching in the beard, obliging scratching, in the evening (sixth day),

Itching and violent stitches in the raphe of the perineum,

Itching on and about the genitals,

Itching on the prepuce,

Itching on the right side of the neck, disappearing on scratching (first day),

Itching on the back, was obliged to scratch, as if covered with fleas (sixth day),

Itching on the upper and lower extremities (after fifteen days),

Itching and biting in the bend of the elbow, so that he was obliged to scratch (twenty-fourth day),

Itching on the back of the hand, as from fleabites (sixth day),

Itching on the outer surface of the thigh, disappearing after scratching a long time (second day),

Itching on the outer surface of the right knee, disappearing on scratching a long time, and then burning,

Itching in the hollow of the left knee, that does not disappear on scratching (fourth day),

Itching on the right calf, disappearing on scratching (fourth day),

Itching on the soles, especially on the balls of the feet,

Itching and sticking in the soles and heels,

Frequent itching in the bend of the right knee, disappearing only after long scratching (third day),

Obstinate itching on the right side of the abdomen and hip, not disappearing on scratching (third day),

Violent itching in the beard, chin, and on the chest, as from fleas, so that he must scratch constantly (seventh day),

Violent itching and corroding in the abdomen, even during the day (after twelve days),

Violent itching in a small spot on the right index finger, towards the thumb, disappearing on scratching, in the morning (tenth day),

Intolerable itching over the whole back, disappearing on scratching, but returning (third day),

Burning itching in the face, in the region of the left lower jaw, that soon disappears after violent scratching (fourth day),

Painful burning itching on both great toes,

Biting, burning itching in the region of the pudenda,

Stitchlike itching on the lower abdomen and thighs, especially in the afternoon,

Stitchlike itching, as from vermin, on and about the genitals,