Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by J.H. Clarke

Natrum Carbonicum [Nat-c]

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Natrum Carbonicum [Nat-c] signs and symptoms of the homeopathy medicine from the Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by J.H. Clarke. Find out for which conditions and symptoms Natrum Carbonicum [Nat-c] is used

      Sodium carbonate. (The common “Soda” of the shops, purified, not the Bicarbonate of Soda, NaHCO3). Na2CO3 10H2O. Trituration. Solution.

Clinical

      Albuminuria. *Anhidrosis. Ankles, weak. Burns. Cornea, ulcers on. Corns. Coryza. Deafness. Dysmenia. Dyspepsia. Goitre. *Hands, chapped. Headache. Heels, blisters on. Herpes: 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.

Characteristics

      *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. *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, while developing in *Nat.c. a remedy of polychrest importance, confirms its irritating action, and show *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 _ 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 *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 mucus membrane. The depression and irritability is worse 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 worse from vegetables and starchy foods. Worse 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 *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 *Nat.c. in this and in the female sexual sphere is *Sepia. The nervous system is strongly affected, and symptoms of hysteria appear. A leading note is worse from exertion, mental or bodily. Great debility from any exertion, unsteady walk, any little obstruction on pavement causes 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 *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 Nat.c., as also is swelling and induration of glands. *Nat.c, is *suited to: Light-haired people, persons of leucophlegmatic 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 symptoms of *Nat.c. is “discharge of mucus after an embrace” in the woman, and sterility as a result. In *Medorrhinum *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 worse from sun, heat, gas-light. Worse From mental exertion, from physical exertion or strain, from least effort, worse From music. *Nat.c. has great debility from heat of summer, from chronic effects of sunstroke, every spell of warm weather causes headache. Headache from sun or working under gaslight. At the same time there is great aversion to cold air, worse from draft of air, change of clothing, getting wet, drinking cold water, worse damp weather, change of weather. Worse From storms. *Nat.c has extreme sensitiveness to electric changes. There is great thirst for cold water, but worse on drinking it (stitches in spleen). worse By rest, worse lying on left side (palpitation, stitch in back to anus), worse sitting. Moving better. Moving head causes cracking in cervical vertebrae. Moving causes profuse sweat. Most symptoms come on or are worse in morning. “Sinking” 10 to 11 a.m. worse On alternate days. Worse During full moon. Eating better sinking, worse dyspepsia and hypochondriasis. Worse From milk, from vegetable diet, from cold drink when over-heated. Better By pressure, rubbing, scratching, wiping with hand. Better Boring into ears and nose with fingers.

Relations

      *Antidoted by: Camph., Sp. nit. Dulcamara *It antidotes: Chi. *Complementary: Sepia, (Kali salts). *Compatible: Calcarea, Nux-v., Pul., Sepia, Sul. *Compare: Nat-sul. (Nat-sul. is preferable for yeast-like vomiting, with pallid, dirty, livid tongue). Natrum mur. (hypochondriasis. That of Nat-c. keeps pace with indigestion, that of Natrum mur. with degree of constipation, head and face better uncovering, leucorrhoea). Sepia (Indifferent to family, melancholy, apprehensive, worse by music, backache worse by sitting, bearing down, boring through from tip of left scapula, _ Sepia has more empty feeling, and it does not “fill up” till after supper, Nat-c. sinking worse 10 to 11 a.m., better eating, which causes distension). Pic-ac. (priapism, towards morning, emission and no desire). Nux (hypochondriasis: morning retching _ Nux-v., of pregnancy, or after debauch). Pho., Rho., Silicea, Pet., worse from thunder storm. Sul-ac., Sul., Causticum (falls easily). Lycopodium ( better uncovering, ulcer on heel. Lycopodium on instep, right upper, left lower). Am. C., Am-m., Bryonia (cough in warm room). Sepia (eruption on back of hands, Sepia ulcers about joints of hands). Calcarea (coldness in abdomen, _ Icy coldness in stomach, Calcarea, Colchicum, Arsenicum, Ambr., _ burning heat in stomach, Arsenicum, Apis). Sil

(intolerance of draft, cough from draft of air, _ worse open air, Calcarea, worse change of temperature, Lachesis). Agaricus, Naja. (ulcer on frenum linguae). Aco., Calcarea, Gloninum (headache from sun’s rays). Zincum met., Sul., Ind. (Weakness and goneness at stomach 11 a.m.). Calcarea (chapped hands). Kali-ca., chapped face. Debility from heat of summer, Ant-c. Headache from sun or gaslight, Gloninum, Lachesis Worse From music, Sabi. Catarrh, profuse discharge by day, stopped at night, Nux. Bearing down as if everything would come out, Agaricus, Lilium t., Murex. Easily sprained ankles, Ledum Foot bends under, Carb., an., Natrum mur. Boring fingers into nose, etc., Cina (the boring of Nat-c. better, that of Cina does not).

Causation

      Cold drink when over-heated. Milk. Sun’s rays (chronic effects). Gaslight. Heat. Change of temperature. Storms. Electric states. Over-study. Strains., Sweat, suppression of.

SYMPTOMS.

Mind

      Marked degree of gaiety. Joyous talkativeness. Inclination to sing. Sadness and discouragement, with tears, and inquietude respecting the future. Inquietude, with fits of anguish, especially during a storm, and while engaged in intellectual labour. Mind much agitated, every event (music) causes trembling. Timidity. Estrangement from individuals and from society. Hypochondriacal humour and disgust of life. Dejection. Disposition to take alarm. Irritable. Spite and malevolence. Disposition to be angry, and violent fits of passion. Difficulty in conceiving and combining ideas when reading or listening. Makes mistakes in writing. Difficulty of comprehension, which is unnatural to him when in health, imbecility, or weakness of intellect. Unfitness for intellectual labour and meditation, which fatigue the head. Infirmity of purpose.

Head

      Dulness and confusion of the head. Confusion of head especially in a room, and during repose. Vertigo, especially after drinking wine, and after intellectual labour. Headache, in the sun, or on turning head quickly. Sensation of pressive fullness in head, as if forehead were going to burst. Pressive headache, with nausea, risings, and cloudiness of eyes. Eructations and dimness of sight, in evening, worse in room. Cramp-like tearing in forehead, extending to eyes and point of nose. Headache, with shootings, sometimes across eyes (and stitches out of eyes). Shocks across head. Pulsative headache in vertex, every morning. Congestion and heat in head. Tearing in exterior of sinciput, every day at a certain hour. Drawing and tension in right side of occiput as if head would be drawn back. Profuse falling out of hair. Boil on occiput. Both occipital protuberances sore to touch.

Eyes

      Burning in eyes, especially when reading and writing. Stitches in eyes, from within outwards. Lancinations across eyes. Inflammation of eyes and lids, with photophobia. Heaviness lids of upper. Inflammatory swelling of right upper lid. Swelling of lids. Dim, eyes, has to wipe them constantly. Ulcers on cornea. Abscess in lachrymal gland. Frequent closing of lids, and difficulty in opening them. Confused sight, with black dancing specks, or bright sparkling before eyes. Dazzling flashing before eyes on awaking. Inability to read small print, as in presbyopia. Down before eyes.Pupils dilate:.

Ears

      Shootings in ears. Otalgia, with sharp, piercing stitches in ears. Great sensibility to noise. Sensation of deafness, as from stoppage of ears. Hardness of hearing. Tinkling, music, buzzing, bursting of a bubble, roaring, and throbbing in ears. Dryness and heat. (Old otorrhoea and deafness that has come from typhoid fever. Deafness with ozaena, thick feeling in throat and amenorrhoea in light-haired girls. Deafness with acne punctate. Deafness with recurring earache _ (cases cured by Cooper).).

Nose

      Red nose with white pimples on it. Great sensitiveness of nose. Desquamation of bridge and point of nose, painful when touched. Ulceration in bottom of nostrils. Obstruction of nose, sometimes with discharge of hard and fetid pieces of mucus. Hard, fetid pieces from one nostril. Coryza every second day. Coryza, fluent, violent sneezing. Intermittent coryza, with burning in eyes. Much nasal mucus passes through mouth. Continued coryza and cough, excited by a chill and the least current of air, disappearing only after perspiration. Thick green, or yellow, mucus in nose. Bleeding of nose. Troubles of external nose, which may attain a morbid size, puffiness of nose.

Face

      Heat of face. Bloatedness of face. Cheeks red and swollen. Redness and burning heat, or great paleness in face, with livid circle under eyes, swollen eyelids. Face alternately pale and red. Ephelis in face. Itching and humid eruption in nose and mouth. Yellow spots on forehead and upper lip. Yellowish colour of face. Swelling of lips. Swelling of upper lip. Burning rhagades in lower lip. Eruptions, tetters, and ulcers round mouth and lips. Engorgement of submaxillary glands.

Teeth

      Toothache, with digging, boring pain, especially after and during a meal, and particularly after eating things sweetened with sugar or fruits. Pressive toothache at night, with swelling of lower lip and gums. Excessive sensitiveness of lower teeth.

Mouth

      Constant dryness of mouth and lips. Vesicles and smooth ulcers, with burning, in the mouth. Burning about tip of tongue, as if it were cracked. Pimples on tip of tongue. Tensive blisters on right margin of tongue. Papular eruption beneath tongue, painful to touch. Pustule near fraenum. Ulcer on fraenum. Tongue not facile, speech difficult. Lisping. Stammering, from (dry tongue and) heaviness of tongue.

Throat

      Roughness, scraping, and dryness of throat and palate. Throat and oesophagus feel rough, scraped, and dry. Spasmodic contraction of oesophagus and stomach. Accumulation of mucus in throat. Violent hawking up of thick mucus which constantly collects again. Much nasal mucus passes through the posterior nares. Swelling of submaxillary glands.

Appetite

      Bitter taste in mouth. The food tastes bitter. Acid taste in mouth, while tongue is loaded with a thick coating. Incessant thirst, great desire for cold water a few hours after dinner. Violent thirst, and uneasiness after drinking anything cold. Extreme, voracious hanger, especially in morning, arising out of a sensation of faintness and emptiness. Empty eructations (after eating). Gluttony. Repugnance to milk and diarrhoea after partaking of it. Great weakness of digestion, with peevishness and hypochondriacal humour, after a meal, or the least departure from regimen. Distension, heaviness, and aching in stomach and epigastrium after a meal.

Stomach

      Stomach weak, easily disordered. Frequent risings during and after a meal. Water brash. Heartburn after fat food. Violent retching in morning, without actual vomiting. Painful eructations. Sensation of qualmishness in stomach, and continued nausea. Frequent hiccough, especially after a meal. Pyrosis and scraping in throat, esp., after partaking of fat food. Pressure in stomach, especially after a meal. Painful sensibility of region of stomach and epigastrium, on being touched and while speaking. Drawing, pressive, and incisive pains in stomach. Contractive cramps in stomach. Colic, with constriction around stomach. Sensation of emptiness in stomach, with nausea. Gnawing and pressure with gone feeling 10 or 11 a.m., better from eating. Distension of stomach and epigastrium.

Abdomen

      Pains in hypochondria. Very weak digestion, after eating, hypochondriacal humour. Lancinations in the left hypochondrium, sometimes after drinking anything cold. Lancinations in hepatic region (chronic inflammation of liver). Violent stitches in hepatic and splenic regions. Pain in abdomen, after waking in morning. Abdomen (hard) enlarged and distended. Nocturnal pains in abdomen, with tension in upper part of abdomen, and diarrhoea. Colic, with retraction of navel, and hardness of integuments of abdomen. Swellings on abdomen, as if intestines distended by wind here and there. Shootings and diggings in abdomen. Shootings and drawings sides in sides of abdomen. Accumulation, incarceration, and painful movements of flatus in abdomen. Abundant expulsion of flatus of a sour or fetid smell. Swelling of glands of groin and axilla, generally painful.

Stool & Anus

      Urgent want to evacuate, without result, or followed by a scanty and insufficient evacuation. Hard and difficult evacuation. Soft or liquid faeces, with strong and very urgent want to go to stool, and tenesmus ani. Loose, yellow evacuations. Diarrhoea which is marked by a sudden and obligatory call to stool, which escapes with great haste, noise, and rushing, often producing considerable commotion in abdomen, discharge almost involuntary, often a yellow substance like the pulp of an orange in the discharge which may sometimes be observed in women at change of life. Diarrhoea, with cuttings, after a chill, or after partaking of milk. The stool is watery and is discharged in a gush. Sanguineous evacuations. Stool spotted with blood. Stool like sheep’s dung, with great straining, balls of mucus like peas. Discharge of taenia during evacuation. Burning and incisive pains in anus and rectum during and after stool. Itching and tingling in anus. Lancinations in perinaeum.

Urinary Organs

      Frequent and urgent want to urinate, day and night, with scanty, or excessive, discharge. Involuntary micturition at night. Wetting the bed. Urine of a bright (or dark) yellow colour, of a sourish smell, or fetid and turbid, with mucous sediment. Mucus in urine. Urine smells like horse urine. Burning in urethra during and after emission of urine. Jerks, acute pullings, and smarting in urethra. Deep-coloured urine.

Male Sexual Organs

      Pain, as from a bruise, in testes. Heaviness and pressive drawings in testes. Excoriation of scrotum. Soreness between scrotum and thighs. Secretion behind glands, as in gonorrhoea balanic. Inflammation, swelling, and tendency to excoriation, of glans and prepuce. Increased sexual desire, almost like priapism, with continued and painful pollutions and erections. Incomplete coition. Emissions without erections. Glans penis easily becomes sore. Discharge of prostatic fluid when urinating, and during a difficult evacuation. Great tendency to perspire after coition.

Female Sexual Organs

      Pressure in hypogastrium as if everything were bearing down towards genital parts, and were about to protrude (and menses would come on). Catamenia too early, with headache, sacral and abdominal pains. Deficient menstruation in adults. Metrorrhagia. Deformity of cervix uteri. Excoriation at vulva, between thighs. Discharge of mucus from vagina, after coition (causing sterility). Profuse, thick, and yellowish, or fetid leucorrhoea, sometimes preceded by cuttings (ceasing after urination). Motion as from foetus in uterus. (Conception appears to be promoted by the action of *Natrum carb.) _ Expels moles, prevents false conception. Labor pains weak or accompanied by anguish and sweat, with desire to be rubbed.

Respiratory Organs

      Short cough, with rattling in chest. Hoarseness and roughness in chest, with coryza, febrile shivering, and scraping and painful cough. Continual catarrh, with coryza and cough, excited by least current of air or slightest chill, and disappearing only when perspiration supervenes. Cough excited by tickling in throat. Violent and dry cough on passing from cold to hot temperature. Cough, with expectoration which has a salt taste, or which consists of greenish and fetid pus. Expectoration of small substances, with rattling of mucus in chest. Cough, with expectoration of blood.

Chest

      Shortness of breath, sometimes with difficult respiration. Dyspnoea. dyspnoea and shortness of breathing, occasioned by tension of chest. Tension in chest during inspiration. Pressure of chest. Shootings in chest and sides of chest. Continual coldness in left side.

Heart

      Violent and anxious palpitation of heart, especially on going upstairs, or at night, when lying on the left side. Painful cracking in region of heart.

Neck and Back

      Rigidity of the nape. Cracking of the cervical vertebrae when moving head. Swelling in glands of neck. Hard swelling of thyroid gland. Goitre, pain, pressing. (Goitre decreased in size.) _ Boring pain in tip of left scapula, extends to point of ensiform cartilage. Pain, as from excoriation, in sacrum. Lancinations in sacrum when seated. Backache, violent pain in small of back after walking. Drawings and cramp-like tension in back and nape of neck. Tingling in back.

Upper Limbs

      Aching in shoulders. Drawing and tearing (rheumatic) in shoulders, arms, and elbows, with lassitude in those parts. Heaviness, rigidity, and pains in arms, which take away the power to lift them. The right arm and right hand become numb and painful to move from pain in muscles. Jerking and thrilling sensation in arms, hands, and fingers, especially on grasping an object. Drawing tension in forearms and hands. Warts on arms. Incisive pains in hands, _ Tearing and boring in metacarpal bones, especially in evening and morning in bed. Burning in joints of hands in evening. Swelling of hands (in afternoon). Trembling of hands (morning). Hands become numb, painful, and prone to ulcerate _ ***R.T.C.) _ Skin of hand dry, rough, and cracked. Warts (or herpes) on the back of hands. Red spots and tetters on hands. Jerking in joints of fingers. Distortion

(contraction) of fingers. Burning, itching, and burning blisters on fingers, as if stung by nettles.

Lower Limbs

      Tension in bend of knee, the muscles are shortened. Hollow of knees painful on motion. Great heaviness in legs and feet, with stiffness when seated and when walking. Jerking in thighs. Tettery eruption on the buttocks. Contraction of tendons of ham. Tetters on harm. Pressive and cramp-like drawing in legs. Cramp and pulling in calves of legs, as if too short. Legs swollen, red, inflamed, and covered with ulcers. Blotches (as in lepra) on legs. Incisive pains and cramps in feet. Burning in joints of foot in evening. Swelling of feet, or soles of the feet, with shootings, when planting foot on the ground. Tendency to dislocate and sprain joint of foot. The ankle is so weak that it give way, the foot bends under when stepping on it. Coldness of feet. Chronic ulcers in heel, proceeding from gnawing vesicles. Black, ulcerated pustule on heel. Throbbing and crawling in both heels. Cracks and excoriation between toes. Swelling of (big) toes, with tearing, and pain as from excoriation, which banishes sleep. Blisters on extremity of the toes, as from a burn. Boring, drawing, and shooting in corns.

Generalities

      Mucus in urine. Nocturnal erections, nocturnal pollutions. Bad smell of the expectoration. Troubles appearing in the back part of head, also heel. Cutting pain in the outer parts. Hysterics. Old sprains, one who is easily sprained, *i.e., a disposition to be sprained by any exertion. Exanthema purulent, or filled with pus. Falling out of the hair. Inclination to perspire, which may be caused by any exertion. Cramp-like tearing, principally in arms and legs, _ Paralytic drawings and tearings in joints, especially in evening and at night. Contractions of muscles (hands, bend of the knee, neck). Contraction of tendons. Jerkings in limbs, joints, and muscles. Tingling, stinging in muscles. Strong tendency to dislocations, and to strain back. Swelling and induration of glands. Symptoms worse during a storm. Most symptoms manifest themselves when seated, and are better by movement, pressure, or rubbing. Anguish, trembling, and sweat, during pains. Great agitation of whole body in evening. Excessive morbid sensibility, with trembling, also when playing the piano. Relaxation and want of stability in whole body (in morning). Unsteady gait. Heaviness and indolence, especially in morning, with fear of movement. It hurts to lie on the left side. Paralytic, contusive pain in morning, and great lassitude in limbs. Lassitude, so great as to cause sinking down, after a moderate walk. Prolonged weakness. Emaciation, with pale complexion, dilated, pupils, and deep-coloured urine. Repugnance to open air. Great tendency to chill, followed by coryza, or colic with diarrhoea.

Skin

      Ulcers, with swelling and inflammatory redness of affected parts. Skin dry, rough, and chapped. Red, hard blotches. Dryness of skin, with profuse sweat from least exercise or slightest labour. Itching over whole body, as from fleas. Tingling under the skin. Scabies. Tettery eruption. Herpes: iris, circinatus. The tetters spread and suppurate. Yellow rings, like remains of tettery sports. Leprous tubercles. Warts, painful to touch. Shootings, incisive pains, and burning in injured parts. Itch- like eruption in lower part of abdomen.

Sleep

      Irresistible disposition to sleep, with much yawning, by day, which deferred sleep in evening, and difficulty to wake in morning. Uneasy sleep, full of vivid dreams, sometimes confused and lascivious, with violent erections and pollutions. Dreams, pleasant, amorous. Anxious dreams, which, after waking, seem to be true. Frightful dreams of deaths, floods, quarrels, robbers, devils, thieves, etc. Dreams about travelling. At night, great uneasiness in body, ebullition of blood, palpitation of heart, and nightmare, toothache, colic, and vertigo with anguish. Jerking and shocks during sleep. Waking too early.

Fever

      Pulse accelerated mostly at night, with ebullitions. Febrile shuddering, with cold hands and hot cheeks, or *vice versa, but always without thirst. (Shivering fits between 3 and 4 a.m. induced by overfatigue and anxiety _ ***R.T.C). Coldness of hands and feet. Coldness and chilliness the whole day, more so in forenoon, with cold hands and feet with hot head, or the reverse, hot hands and feet with cold cheeks. Heart with great debility and sleep. Heat with perspiration over whole body. Burning hot perspiration on forehead when the hat presses him. Perspiration while eating. Burning in feet, especially soles, on walking. Sweats in morning. Nocturnal sweat, often alternating with dryness of skin. Cold and constant sweat, as form anguish, with trembling from the pains. Profuse sweat from the least physical exertion.

About the author

John Henry Clarke

John Henry Clarke

John Henry Clarke MD (1853 – November 24, 1931 was a prominent English classical homeopath. Dr. Clarke was a busy practitioner. As a physician he not only had his own clinic in Piccadilly, London, but he also was a consultant at the London Homeopathic Hospital and researched into new remedies — nosodes. For many years, he was the editor of The Homeopathic World. He wrote many books, his best known were Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica and Repertory of Materia Medica

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