Homeopathic remedy Ammonium Carbonicum drug symptoms and indications from Condensed Materia Medica by Constantine Hering, published in 1877….

      Smelling Salts. HAHNEMANN. 2NH4O2 3CO2.


      Forgetful, makes mistakes in writing and speaking.

Absent minded.

Confusion and dulness of the head.

Aversion to work, not disposed for anything.

Gloomy, depressed with feeling of impending trouble, with sensation of coldness.

Anxious concern about one’s sickness.

Anxiety, with inclination to weep.

Hearing others talk, or talking himself, affects him.


      Frequent giddiness, as if the surroundings were turning with him in a circle, in the morning after rising, lasting the whole day, worse in evening; also at night, when moving the head.

Congestion of blood to the head at night and when awaking, heat of the face.

Inner Head

      Headache; in the morning in bed with nausea and rising in throat, as if to vomit; in the morning, but worse in the afternoon.

Boring, stitches headache at night.

Headache, thrusts in the forehead, as if it would burst.

Pulsating, beating and pressing in forehead, as if it would burst; worse after eating; while walking in open air; better from from pressure; in warm room.

Stitches in various parts of the head.

Tearing : in whole head; in temples; back of left ear, ascending to vertex.

Sensation of looseness of the brain; as if brain fell to the side toward which he leaned.

Outer Head

      Drawing pain in periosteum of forehead, wakens form sleep in morning, passes off after rising.

Severe itching of the scalp, especially on the occiput.

Sensation as if hair would stand on end, with crawling and cold feeling on head, after coming into room from open air.

Scalp, even the hair, painful to touch.


      Double vision.

Aversion to light, with burning in eyes.

Optical illusions, particularly in white or bright colors.

Large black spot floats before eyes after sewing.

Cataract of the right eye.

Pressure on eyelids, that he cannot open them. even though internally awake.

Pressure, cutting and stitching in the eyes.

Smarting in the eyes and itching on the margin of lids.

Stye on the right upper eyelid, with tension.

Inflammation of the eyes; vision obscured.

Eyes bloodshot, with lachrymation.


      Hardness of hearing; ear itches and discharges pus.

Humming before the ears.

Itching above the ears, spreads over the whole body.

Hard swelling of the right parotid gland.

Painful sensitiveness of the dull ear to loud noise.


      When stooping, blood rushes to tip of nose.

Nosebleed : when washing face in morning; after dinner.

Bloody mucus blown from nose frequently.

Burning water runs from the nose.

Stoppage, mostly at night, must breathe through the mouth, with long lasting coryza.


      Heat in face : with red cheeks; during mental exertion; during and after dinner.

Redness of left cheek.

Pale face, bloated.

Hard swelling of cheek, also of the parotid and cervical glands.

Pustulous eruption on forehead, cheeks, chin.

Small boils and indurations, emitting water and blood, on the cheek, at the corner of the mouth, and on the chin.


Lower Face

      Herpetic eruption around the mouth.

Itching eruption on the lips.

Upper lip pains, as if cracked.

Lower lip cracked in the middle, bleeding and burning.

Painful burning blister on inside of the lower lip.

Blueness of the lips.


      Feel too long, too dull.

Violent toothache, evenings, immediately on going to bed.

Stitching pain in molars when biting, can use incisors only.

Drawing toothache during catamenia, better from eating; worse from warm fluids.

Sensation as of an ulcer at the root of tooth Teeth fall out.

Gums very sensitive : bleed easily.

Tongue etc.

      Taste : Sweetish; of blood; offensive; bitter; of food sourish or metallic.

Painful vesicles on the tongue.

Talking difficult at times, like from weakness of the parts, also from pain.


      Redness and inflammation of the inner mouth and gullet; pain as if raw.

Sensation as if the mouth were swollen.

Great dryness of mouth and throat.

Much saliva must be ejected.


      Pain in throat, as if the right tonsil were swollen when swallowing.

Enlarged tonsils, bluish, much offensive mucus there.

Sensation as if something had lodged in throat, impeding deglutition.

Burning pain in throat.

Putrid sore throat.

Tendency to gangrenous ulceration of tonsils.

Desires Aversions

      Continual thirst, no appetite.

Appetite : only for bread and cold food; for sweets.

Great hunger and appetite, yet a small quantity satiates.

Eating and Drinking

      Cannot ear (noon) without drinking.

Worse during eating; heat in face, headache, nausea and prostration.

Worse after eating; nausea, pressure in stomach and forehead; speech becomes difficult.

Nausea and Vomiting

      Hiccough, morning after the chill.

Eructations : empty; imperfect; taste of the food; sour.


Nausea and vomiting of all that has been eaten; after-wards sour taste in mouth.


      Feels full. trembling.

Empty feeling in stomach.

Pressure in stomach after eating, or at night the clothes feel oppressive.

Heat in stomach, spreading through the bowels.

Pain in stomach, with tendency to water-brash.


      Pressure or sore feeling in right hypochondrium.

Stitches in left hypochondrium.

Splenic affections.


      Pressure above the navel, like from a button.

Pressive pain in the left side of abdomen.

Sudden painful contraction of the bowels, extending to the epigastrium; better from pressure; on lying down it ceases.

Cutting pain, with retraction of abdominal walls.

Colic and pain between the scapulae.

Stitches through the abdomen.

Elastic swelling (size of a first) in the lift groin, evenings;

bruised pain therein; cannot lie on left side; on awaking, both swelling and pain gone.

Stool etc.

      Painful diarrhoea.

Stool of feces and mucus.

Stools at first retarded, later soft.

Costiveness on account of hardness of feces.

Discharge of blood before and after stool.

Discharge of prostatic fluid after stool.

Protrusion of hemorrhoids after stool, with long-lasting pains, cannot walk; protrude also independent of the stool.

Burning at anus, prevents sleep at night; must rise from bed on account of this and tenesmus.

Itching at anus.


      Pressure of urine on the bladder, with cutting pain.

Frequent urination at night; involuntary, in sleep to-wards, morning.

Pale urine, with sandy sediment; whitish sediment.

Male Sexual Organs

      Forcing (wurgend) pain in the testicles and seminal cords; sensitiveness of testicles to touch, aggravated by erections.

Testicles and scrotum relaxed, necessitating a supporter.

Erections without sexual desire, mornings.

Violent sexual desire, almost without erections.

Seminal emission almost every night.

Itching of the genitals.

Female Sexual Organs

      Menses : premature, abundant, preceded by griping, colic, and want of appetite; too late, scanty and short; blackish, in clots, and passing off with pain in abdomen; acrid, makes the thighs sore; very slightly colored; copious at night, and when sitting and driving.

Cholera-like symptoms at the beginning of catamenia.

Leucorrhoea : watery, burning, form the uterus; acrid profuse from the vagina.

Violent tearing in abdomen and vagina.

Swelling, itching and burning of the pudendum; with leucorrhoea.


      Hoarseness, cannot speak loud word; aggravation from speaking; great dryness.

Larynx as if drawn shut from both sides of the throat.


      Great difficulty of breathing in going up even a few steps; less in the open air.

Dares not come into a warm room, in which he becomes deathly pale, and can do nothing but sit quiet.

Difficult breathing; causing short cough.

Asphyxia imminent in the course of a disease.

Shortness of breath and palpitation after every exertion.



      Cough : at night, about midnight violent, about 3 or 4 A.M.; dry, particularly at night, like from “feather down” in throat; short, asthmatic, from irritation in larynx, with painful sensation of spasmodic contraction of chest.

Cough : with asthma, evening in bed; each time with stitch in scrobiculum.


      Burning in the chest.

Stitches in right chest : when stooping; when walking; when raising up in bed.

Stitches in left chest, prevent lying on left side.

Lower part o chest most affected.

Heart Pulse

      Frequent palpitation, with contraction of epigastrium and weak feeling in the pit of stomach.

Audible palpitation, with attacks of great anxiety, as if dying; cold sweat; involuntary flow of tears; unable to speak; loud, difficult breathing and trembling of hands. Angina pectoris.

Pulse hard, tense, frequent.

Outer Chest

      Right mamma painful to touch.

Small pimple on the sternum; when touched feels as if a splinter was therein.

Red rash on chest.

Neck Back

      Lymphatic glands swollen.

Violent pain in small of back, with great coldness, Pressive, drawing pain in small of back and loins, only when at rest, during the day; passing off when walking.

Stitches at the coccyx, where before there was itching.

Upper Limbs

      Axillary glands painful and swollen.

Tearing, also bruised pains in the shoulder.

Weight and lameness in right arm; has no power in it, must let it hang; hand swollen.

Cramp in right arm, drawing it backward.

Cracking of elbow-joint when moved.

Boring pain in the olecranon depression.

Itching eruption on inside of the right forearm.

Pain in wrist; in back of hands; in fingers and thumbs.

Trembling of hands.

Cracking of skin of hands; peeling of skin from palms.

Hands look blue and veins distended, after washing in cold water.

Inflammation of finger ends, whitlow.

Lower Limbs

      Restlessness in the legs.

Great weakness and languor of lower limbs.

Soreness between the limbs of children.

Violent pain in the hip-joint when walking.

Blue spot, with great burning, above the knee.

Boring and drawing pains in the knees.

Leg frequent ” goes to sleep ” when sitting or standing, also when lying on it at night.

Cramp in the leg.

Severe pain in the heels when awaking in the morning, as if ulcerated to the bone.

Heel hurts when standing or walking much, as if festering; sometimes suppuration.

Tearing in ankle and bones of feet, ceases when warm in bed.

Cold feet, particularly when going to bed.

Trembling of the feet.

Ball of the great toe painful.

The great toe becomes red, swollen and painful, particularly in bed, evenings.

Limbs in General

      Pain in all the limbs at night, with gnawing pain in small of back.

Inclination to stretch the limbs.

Position etc.

      Dislike to move.

Rest : Lying : Must sit quiet : Sitting : Standing : Moving : Stooping : Raising up : Rising : Walking : (in open air), Ascending : Exertion :.


      Debility : must lie down; and soreness of the whole body.


      Must sleep in the afternoon, or the eyes pain.

Restless, unrefreshing sleep; tosses about.

Frequent, violent starting out of sleep, with great feat afterward, Nightmare every night, sometimes in a sweat when awaking.

Heart disease.

Somnolence, with blood over-carbonized.

Dreams : vivid; romantic; lewd; anxious; of danger and want; of ghosts; of dying; of dead persons, offensive; of lice; of scolding.

Talks during sleep.


      Morning : Afternoon: Evening : Day : Night : After midnight :.

Temperature and Weather

      In wet, stormy weather, ill humor, etc.

Very sensitive to cold air, out-doors.

Open air : Warm room : Worm in bed; Coming into room from open air : Washing : Children dislike washing. Worse from wet poultices.

Chill Fever Sweat

      Chill evening; frequently alternating with heat, till toward midnight.

Chill increased in open air, lessened in warm room.

Heat, evening, particularly of the face; with cold feet.

Hectic fever. Scurvy.

Sweat in the morning, mostly at the joints.

Sweat on lower part of body.

Continuous day or night-sweat.


      Worse during new moon.


      Right : Left :.


      Drawing tension, as from shortening of the muscles.

Pain as if joints were sprained.

Tearing in joints, better in warmth of bed.

Pain as from festering under the skin.


      Hemorrhage from nose, gums and bowels.

Muscles soft and flabby, emaciation. Scurvy.

Tendency to gangrenous degeneration of the parts. Inflammation of vulva.

Contact Injuries etc.

      Touch : Pressure : Scratching :.


      Violent itching; after scratching, burning blisters appear.

Itching lessened by scratching.

Upper half of body as red as scarlet.

Malignant scarlatina, with somnolence, starting from sleep; dark red or putrid sore throat; sticky salivation; parotitis; external throat swollen; stertorous breathing; involuntary stools with excessive vomiting; body red, with miliary rash, or faintly developed eruption threatened paralysis of brain.

Erysipelas of old people hen cerebral symptoms are developed; while the eruption is still out, debility and soreness of the whole body; tendency to gangrenous destruction.

Sometimes relieves the nightly pains of felons.

Desquamation; receding scarlatina.

Stages and States

      Scrofulous children.

Stout women, who led a sedentary life, have various troubles in consequence, and readily catch cold in winter.

Erysipelas of old people.


      Similar to its relatives. Ammonium mur. Ammonium phosph., etc., and to : Ant. tart. (emphysema, etc.; blood poisoned with carbonic acid); Arnic.; Arsen. (inflammations); Aurum. (heart); Apis (scarlatina, miliaria; burning, stinging); Bellad.; Coccul. (muscular asthenopia); Calcarea ostr. (parotitis in scarlatina; pale flabby, etc.); Hepar.; Kali bicr.; Kali carb.; Laches. (erysipelas); Lauroc.; Natr. mur. (muscular asthenopia); Phosphor.; Pulsat.; Rhus tox. (rash, scarlatina with parotitis, etc.); Ruta (muscular asthenopia); Staphis.; Sulphur; Veratr. (cholera-like symptoms during menses).

The presence of miliary rash may distinguish it from the sometimes similar [Bellad] in scarlatina.

Inimical to Laches.

Antidote to : poisoning with [Rhus tox]; stings of insects.

Antidoted by : Arnic., Camphor., Hepar. vegetable acids, fixed oils, as castor. linseed, almond and olive oils.

C. Hering
Hering got the degree of M. D. from the University of Wuezburg with highest honours. The theme of his thesis was "De'Medicina Futura" (The medicine of future). Hering left Germany for West Indies and finally arrived at Philadelphia in Jan, 1833. He established a homeopathic school at Allentown, Pennsylvania, commonly known as "Allentown Academy". Soon he became very popular as a physician. He is known as the 'Father of Homeopathy' in America.