It is a comparatively inert substance
made medicinal and powerful and converted into a great
healing agent by way of potentisation . The old school
uses it in tablespoon doses to correct acidity of the
stomach. It is a deep and long acting anti-psoric
medicine. In its proving it develops symptoms that last
a long time. It cures conditions that are of long
standing that comes on slowly and insidiously .
Action: It affects the vascular system
especially the venous side of the economy- the heart and
the whole venous system. The blood stagnates in the
capillaries; venous turgescence, surface cold and blue.
Haemorrhages (nose,stomach, gums, bowels, bladder or any
mucous surface) with indescribable paleness of the
surface of the body.
In nut shell ,SLUGGISHNESS, LAZINESS,
TURGESCENCE are the words which comes in mind
frequently when examining the patho-genisis of Carbo
The appearance of the patient is that
their skin is dusky, face is purple. Anaemic
especially after acute diseases which have greatly
depleted the patient; chronic effects. MIND:- The whole
mental state like the physical is slow i.e. slow to
think, sluggish, stupid, lazy. Cannot whip himself into
activity or rouse a desire to do anything. Want to lie
down and doze. Indifference is a
very prominent symptom like inability to
pursue how to feel the impressions that circumstances
ought to arouse. His affections are practically bloated
out so that nothing that is told to him seems to arouse
or disturb him.
Heard every thing without feeling pleasantly or
unpleasantly and without thinking about it."
Horrible or pleasant things do not seem
to effect his much. He does not quite know whether he
loves his wife or children or not. This is the part of
the sluggishness,the inability to think and meditate ,
all of which is due to the turgescence. Though this
symptom of Indifference is also there in china but in
china this indifference is due to debility.
1.Running through the remedy there is
burning . Internal burning and external coldness .
Coldness , with feeble circulation,
with feeble heart. Icy coldness .Hands & feet cold & dry
,or cold & moist. Knees cold ,nose cold, tongue cold
2.Collapse with cold breath, cold tongue,
cold face .(looks like a cadaver) .In all the condition
of coldness the patient wants to be fanned.
3. In weakly persons who give out ,with
dyspnoea , coldness , copious sweat , exhaustion,
collapse & cadaveric aspect, Carbo veg must be given.
4.Craving for coffee, acids . sweets &
5. Aversion to the most digestible things
and the best of food. Aversion to meat & milk which
6.Persons who have never recovered from
the exhausting effects of some previous illness(typhoid,
weak digestion, etc.) or injury. His vital force is
nearly exhausted ; complete collapse.
The headaches are most occipital. His
whole head is turgid, full distended. He feels as if
the scalp was too tight . Everything is bound up in the
head. The Carbo veg. Patient takes short breaths
quietly, keeping just as still as possible, until
finally he is he is compelled to take a deep breath and
it comes out with a sharp moan. Headaches come on every
time he takes cold from cold damp weather; from going
into a cold damp place and becoming chilled Many of
these headaches are due to stopped catarrhal conditions.
The hair falls out by the handful.
School girls and boys, too, who are sluggish, slow to
learn, and suffer from night errors; they will not sleep
along, or go into a dark room without some with them.
They have headaches, < pressure of the hat.
EYE SYMPTOMS :The eye symptoms are
troublesome and they often occur along with the
headache. Burning pain in the eyes. Eyes become
lustreless, deepset, and the pupils do not react to
light. He feels sluggish mentally, and does not want to
think. Any mental exertion causes fatigue. The eyes
become weak from overwork for from fine work.
EAR SYMPTOMS: Carbo veg. Is one of the
medkicines for discharges from the ears. Old ear
discharges, when the patient has never been quite well
since she had the measles, or typhoid fever, or scarlet
NOSE SYMPTOMS;- One of the best
medicines for Nosebleed.
Epistaxis in daily attacks, with pale
Varicose veins on nose. Coryza < warm moist weather or
overheated room with sneezing,chest complaints and
catarrh which is sometimes accompanied with bleeding.
Mouth: Bleeding of the gums;
sensitiveness of the gums. Seperation of the gums from
the teeth. The teeth get loose.They get spongy and
bleed easily, and hence looseness of the teeth with
bleeding of the gums. Which are very sensitive. Teeth
decay rapidly. Teeth and gum affections from abuse of
STOMACH SYMPTOMS He has burning in the
stomach, distension of the stomach, constant
eructation,s flatulence, passing offensive flatus. In
reality he is in a foetid condition, a putrid
condition. He has heartburn, eructation, the stomach
regurgitates the food that he takes All the food taken
into the stomach seems to turn into flatus, he is always
belching, and is slightly relieved for a while by
.Amelerioration from belching seems quite
a natural event;but in case of China, you see that the
patient appears to be aggravated by belching. The idea
is that the patient gets relief from belching, from
eructation, but under Lycopodium and china it seems that
no relief comes. The Carbo veg. Patient experiences a
decided relief from eructation. This is a particular
symptom, but it becomes almost general .headaches are
relieved by belching, rheumatic pains are relieved by
belching; sufferings and distensions of various kinds
are relieved by eructations. Aversion to milk, meat and
fat things. The simplest food distresses. Epigastric
region is very sensitive.
ABDOMEN:- The symptoms of the flatulence
and fullness of stomach applies also to the
abdomen.Abdomen greatly distended > passing wind.
RECTUM AND STOOL: Diarrhoea, dysentry,
cholera, when there is a bloody, water stool.. Cholera
infantum; stool mixed with much; watery mucus mixed with
blod. The child sinks from exhaustion with coldness,
pallor and cold sweat. With all diarrhoeic troubles, the
prostration will indicate Carb veg. Bluish , burning
piles, pain after stool .
MALE: The male organs hang down.
Relaxation of the genitalia; cold and sweating
genitals. The fluid escapes involuntarily.
FEMALE: In the women the relaxation is
manifested by a dragging down sensation, dragging down
of the uterus, as if the internal parts would escape.
Premature and too copious menses it is like oozing. The
menstrual flow will ooze from one period almost to
another. The blood is putrid and dark, even black, with
small clots . Metrorrhagia from uterine atony.
RESPIRATORY: Asthma of the aged with
blue skin. The Carbo veg patient suffers very much from
difficulties of breathing. Suffocation; cannot lie
down. A feeling of weakness in the chest as if he could
not get another breath. Sometimes it is due to cardiac
weakness. And sometimes to stuffing up of the chest.
The latter is most common. Something the difficulty is
asthmatic. The remedy cures asthma. We will see the
patient propped up in a chair byu a open window., or
some members of the family may be fanning him as fast as
possible. The face is cold, nose pinched extremities
cold and he is as pale as death.
Sometimes you will find wheezing and
rattling of mucous. Occasional spells of long coughing
attacks. Cough with burning in the chest< in the
evening. Spasmodic cough , bluish face, offensive
expectoration, neglected pneumonia.
Lack of muscular energy; Joints week.
Pains in the shins. Cramps in soles; feet numb and
sweaty. Cold from knees down .Heavy stiff, feel
paralyzed., limbs go to sleep.
FEVER:-The fever is violent; it has a
violent rigor or chill. During the chill he is cold,
but there is one strange feature, he wants cold water
during the chill, and when the fever comes on he has no
thirst. That is strange ;it is uncommon.Low forms of
fever like yellow fever, and a very low type of typhus
and typhoid fevers. After the fever has somewhat
subsided he has prolonged cold spells with lack of
reaction. He does not seem to rally, but he is cold,
his knees are cold, his breath is cold, cold sweat, a
sort of paralytic weakness. Cadaveric aspect of the
face. Cyanotic face.
Varicose ulcers, Bed sores. Skin is blue,
cold and ecchymosis.. Itching is worse in the evening
Modalities: Worse evenings ,night and
open air; cold ,from fat food, butter, coffee, milk warm
damp weather, wine. Better from eructation, from
fanning, cold .