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

      Vegetable charcoal. HAHNEMANN.


      Confusion of head, making thinking difficult; morning on waking; he had to make great exertion, as if arousing himself from a dream.

Ideas flow slowly.

Stupor, collapse.

Anxious, as if oppressed, with heat in the face.

Nightly fear of ghosts.

Indifference: heard everything without feeling pleasantly or unpleasantly, and without thinking of it.

Very irritable, excitable and inclined to anger.

Peevish, wrathful.

Restless, anxious; 4 to P.M.


      Vertigo: had to hold on to something; also when stopping; from flatulence; venous stasis; specially after a debauch; whirling in head, the whole day.

Fainting after sleep, after rising, or while yet in bed, mornings; belching; caused by debilitating losses, or abuse of mercury.

Inner Head

      Head feels heavy as lead.

Rush of blood to head, nosebleed.

Congestion to head, with spasmodic constriction, nausea and pressure over eyes, feeling of coryza : from overheated rooms.

Painful throbbing in the head, during inspiration.

Pressive headache just over the eyes, with tears; eyes pain on moving them.

Aching and beating over eyes, or in whole head, commencing at nape of neck; worse evening; after a meal, with congestion to head, after a debauch.

Pressure in both temples and on top of head.

Violent tearing on forehead, at small spot near temple.

Dull headache in occiput; violent pressive pain in lower portion of occiput.

Tearing and drawing in left side of occiput.

Headache like from constriction of the scalp.

Outer Head

      Head painfully sensitive to pressure, especially of the hat; worse from taking cold and from getting warm in bed.

Scalp painful to touch.

Hair falls out; worse on back of head; scalp itches in evening when warm in bed.


      Eyes dull, lustreless, pupils do not react to light.

Shortsighted from overexerting eyes : eyes become weak from overwork or fine work.

Black spots float before the eyes.

Heavy weight seems to rest on the eyes; must make exertion to distinguish letters when reading.

Burning in the eyes.

Hemorrhage from eyes, with congestion to head Whooping cough.

Muscles of eye pain, when looking up.

Margins of lids itch; morning.


      Ringing in ears : buzzing.

Something heavy seems to lie before the ears; they seemed stopped, hearing not diminished.

Deafness after acute exanthema : abuse of mercury: ears too dry.

Offensive otorrhoea.

Deficient or badly-smelling cerumen, also with exfoliation of dermoid layer of meatus.

Left ear hot and red every evening.

Pain from right ear down the neck on turning the head.

After itch like eruptions.

Parotitis, swelling grows hard.


      Nose pointed; hippocratic face.

Frequent and easy epistaxis; worse at night or in forenoon, followed by pain over the chest.

Nosebleed : several times daily for weeks; face pale before and after every attack; after straining at stool; small, intermittent pulse; after debauch; in old or debilitated people.

Frequent sneezing with constant and violent crawling and tickling in the nose.

Fruitless irritation to sneeze, with crawling in left nostril.

Severe coryza, with hoarseness and rawness on the chest.

Dry coryza.


      Face : Very pale : greyish yellow; greenish; hippocratic.

Cold sweat on face; face cold, tongue cold, contracted.

Cheeks red and covered with cold sweat.

Tearing in left cheek; jerking-tearing in right upper maxilla.

Facial and maxillary bones sore.

Lower Face

      Quivering in the upper lip.

Swelling of upper lips and cheeks, with jerking pain.

Brown, or blackish-looking cracked lips.


      Drawing and tearing pain in the molars.

Tearing in teeth from hot, cold or salt food; worse when touched with tongue; whole row too long and tender.

Teeth decay rapidly, Gums : bleed, also when sucking them; pain as if sore; recede from (lower) incisors; sensitive when chewing; gum-boils.

Tongue etc.

      Bitterness on palate, tongue dry.

Bitter taste before and after eating; salty taste.

Glossitis when tongue becomes indurated.

Tongue heavy, with difficult speech.

Tongue : white; coated with yellow-brown mucus; lead colored, blue, sticky, moist : dry, parched, fissured.

Tip of tongue raw and dry; heat in mouth.

Tongue turns black.


      Mouth and breath cold.

Increase of saliva.

Mouth hot, tongue almost immovable, saliva bloody; edges of gums yellow, indented; gums loose, receding, ulcerated.

Hemorrhage from nose and mouth.


      Scraping, rawness, burning in throat.

Sloughing of some parts of swollen fauces; fetid ichor, Swallowing, coughing or blowing nose, cause pain in posterior nares and fauces; as if sore.

Food cannot be easily swallowed, throat seems constricted, no pain.

Swelling and inflammation of uvula, with stitches in the throat.

Desires Aversions

      Want of appetite; eats only dinner; feeling of relaxation and weakness of muscles of limbs.

Longing for coffee; acids, for sweet and salt things.

Aversion to meat and fat things; to milk, which causes flatulence.

Eating and Drinking

      After eating : acidity in mouth; plainest food disagrees; heaviness, fulness (more after supper), sleepiness : nausea, vomiting; feels as if the abdomen would burst; worse after debauch; from rich living.

After milk, sour eructations.

Dreads to eat because of pains, burning in epigastrium and deep in abdomen.

Gastric symptoms from wine; coffee : too much milk; excessive use of butter, or from rancid butter, from fats in general; fish, especially if tainted; from ice water or different waters; from flatulent vegetables.

Bad effects from abuse of salt or salt meats.

Hot, cold or salt food :. Least food : Eating or drinking :.

Nausea and Vomiting

      Frequent, empty eructations, also when preceded by pinching in the abdomen.

Pyrosis, great flow of water. Catarrh.

Sour or rancid eructations.

Nausea in morning, with qualmishness in stomach.

Vomiting : of blood; of food, in evening; of sour, bilious or bloody masses.


      Aching in pit of stomach.

Burning in stomach, spreading down to small of back and up to the shoulders.

Contractive cramp, also at night, extending to the chest; abdomen distended; must bend double, worse lying down; pain paroxysmal, takes away the breath.

Feels acidity in stomach while lying on the back and when walking; stomach feels very heavy and as if hanging down.

Tense, full feeling; flatulence.

Haematemesis; body icy-cold; breath cool; pulse thready, intermittent; fainting; hippocratic face.

Pain in stomach from nursing, or other loss of fluids.


      Painful to touch; clothing oppresses him, is unendurable.

Tension, or stitches in region of liver.

Jaundice : after too much or too rich food; from abuse or mercury.

Pressing, pinching in region of spleen; quick, lightning like stitches; abdomen bloated.


      Colic from flatulence, abdomen full to bursting; pain worse about bladder, or left of epigastrium; worse from least food; better from passing flatus, or hard stool.

Abdomen distended, better from passing wind upwards or downwards. Burning, lancinating in epigastrium and deep in abdomen; worse from eating; with anguish, flatulency, diarrhoea.

Abdomen feels as if hanging heavily; walks bent.

Meteorism, with loud rumbling; fetid or odorless flatus.

Stool etc.

      Acrid, corrosive moisture from the rectum.

Gnawing in the rectum when not at stool; crawling.


Flatus, hot, moist, offensive.

Stools : burning, light colored, fetid, watery, bloody, with tenesmus; covered with filamentous yellow mucus, last part bloody; putrid, cadaverous smelling, involuntary; dysenteric, terribly offensive; thin, pale mucus; in fragments, tough, scanty, with urging and tingling in rectum, and pressure on bladder and uterus.

Even soft stool passed with difficulty.

Cholera asiatica, stage of collapse.

Hemorrhoids : protrude; blue; suppurating and offensive; with burning; after debauchery; cause dysuria.


      Morbus Brightii, from abuse of alcohol.

Blenorrhoea vesicae; old people.

Urine : reddish turbid; as if mixed with blood; with red sediment; bloody, with varices of anus and bladder; copious, light yellow, diabetic; milky.

Wetting bed at night.

Male Sexual Organs

      Onanism during sleep.

Seminal discharge too soon, during coitus, followed by roaring in the head.

Prostatic discharge, while straining at stool.

Swelling of testicles from metastasis of mumps.

Female Sexual Organs

      Menses : too early, too profuse; blood pale or thick, corrosive, acrid-smelling.

Menorrhagia, burning across sacrum, passive flow.

Leucorrhoea : thin in morning on arising, not through day; milky; excoriating; thick-yellow.

Vaginal fistula, burning pains.

Erectile tumors, blue, hard, pricking.

Varices of vulva, itching of vulva and anus; cause dysuria.

Red, sore places on pudenda; aphthae; also during leucorrhoea.


      Labor pains weak, or ceasing, with great debility; especially after violent disease or great loss of fluids.

Debility from nursing.

Lumps in the mammae, with induration of axillary glands, and with burning pains, anxiety, want of breath; whining mood.

Brown, foul-smelling lochia.


      Deep voice, failing if exerted, no pain.

Hoarseness and rawness, worse evenings; aphonia : mornings; in damp, cool weather; chronic; worse from damp evening air, warm, wet weather, and from talking.

Dingy, purplish, swelling of the lining of the larynx.

Ulcerative pain or scraping and titillation in larynx.

Unusual feeling or dryness in trachea, not relieved by hawking.


      Breath cold.

Breathing short, with cold hands and feet.

Desires to be fanned, must have more air.

Difficult breathing, fulness of chest, and palpitation on slightest motion.

Asthma of old people, weakness, trembling; looks as if dying : full of wind, but cannot raise it; better in cold air; worse in morning.

Cheyne-stokes breathing in organic heart disease.

Loud, rattling breathing; cough ceases; oedema pulmonum impending.

Great dyspnoea, great anxiety, but not restless; cough in violent spells, watery, profuse expectoration. Emphysema.


      Cough : spasmodic, hollow; in short, hard spells; caused by a feeling as of vapor of sulphur; worse evening or before midnight; at times dry, painful; at others with purulent, slimy, offensive sputa; with copious sputa night and morning; and vomiting after other symptoms and whooping-cough are gone; with painful stitches through the head; worse going from warm too cold places; motion; walking in open air after lying down; evening in bed; eating or drinking, especially cold food or drink; talking.

Sputa : yellow-green or purulent; brown, bloody; or less often tenacious, whitish mucus, or watery : of sour or saltish taste; or, of unpleasant odor.


      Burning in chest, as from glowing coals; rawness and soreness. Congestion to chest and head.

Weak, fatigued feeling of chest.

Burning under sternum; rattling of large bubbles; dyspnoea; cold knees in bed.

Bronchial catarrh, hoarse, mucous rales : chest and ribs feel as if bruised.

Oppressive tearing in the left chest.

Pressive pain in the upper right chest, through to scapula.

Haemoptysis, burning in chest, paroxysms of violent cough, hoarse; face pale; skin cold; slow, intermittent pulse; wants to be fanned.

Heart Pulse

      Palpitation : excessive, for days, after eating; when sitting.

Blood stagnates in capillaries, cyanosis; cold face and limbs, cold sweat; complete torpor : impending paralysis of heart.

Pulse thread like; weak and small; intermittent.

Outer Chest

      Brown-yellow blotches on chest.

Neck Back

      Cervical glands swollen and painful, especially those near the nape.

Tearing in cervical muscles.

Drawing in nape, up into head, with nausea and rush of water from the mouth.

Rheumatic drawing in back, worse when stooping.

Stiffness of back.

Severe pain in small of back, she was unable to sit; then sensation as of a plug in back, had to put a pillow under it.

Pinching, pressive pain near lowest portion of spine. Pressive, sore pain beneath the coccyx.

Upper Limbs

      Burning on right shoulder.

Drawing in the arm on which he is lying at night, Bruised pain in both elbow-joints.

Arms weary when writing.

Drawing, tearing in left forearm, from elbow to hand.

Tearing : in either wrist : in finger of left hand.

Hands : burn; icy-cold; tip of fingers covered with cold sweat.

Paralytic weakness of fingers when seizing anything.

Lower Limbs

      Heaviness in the lower limbs.

Severe laming, drawing pain from abdomen down left leg.

Tearing near and beneath left hip, extending to sacrum.

Hip disease, third stage; back, ichorous, offensive discharge; great weakness.

Ulcer on leg burns at night; discharge offensive; skin around mottled, purple.

Left lower leg feels paralyzed, Toes red, swollen, stinging, as if frosted.

Cramp in soles, evening after lying down.

Tips of toes ulcerated.

Limbs in General

      Limbs : feel bruised; numb; “go to sleep” when lying on them.

Drawing pain in limbs.

Burning : in limbs; in hands and soles, during menses.

Rheumatic pains, with flatulency.

Position etc.

      Motion : Moving eyes : Walking :,; in open air : Sitting : Lying :; on back : : limbs : Stooping : Must bend double :. Must stretch legs : In bed : After rising : Overexertion : Reading : Legs drawn up :.


      Vital force nearly exhausted, cold surface, especially below knees to feet; lies as if dead; breath cold; pulse intermittent, thready; cold sweat on limbs.

Want of nervous irritability, of susceptibility to medicines.

Weary after a short walk.

Faint-like weakness in attacks.

Indolent, weary, in the morning, in bed.

Prostration towards noon, head feels empty, sensation of hunger.

Worse from loss of fluids.

Uneasy feeling in the legs, in the evening, in bed : had to stretch them often.


      Yawning, stretching.

Sleepiness in forenoon while sitting, and when reading : removed by motion.

Sleepy during day; had to sleep before and after noon, at night, sleep full of fancies.

Legs drawn up during sleep, which is restless and disturbed by frequent waking.

Sleepless, from uneasiness in the body; from orgasm of blood.

Does not fall asleep until 1 A.M.

Awakens often from cold limbs, especially cold knees.

Night full of dreams.


      Morning : Forenoon : Noon : Afternoon : — P.M. : Evening : Night : Before midnight : After midnight : Day : 1 A.M. :.

Temperature and Weather

      Worse in changes of weather, especially warm, damp weather.

Warmth : Overheated room : Cold air : Wants to be fanned : Open air : Going from warm to cold : Damp weather : Taking cold :.

Chill Fever Sweat

      Shivering in the evening, with weariness and flushes of heat before sleep.

Chill, generally with thirst; mostly evenings, at times left- sided.

Chill with icy-coldness of the body.

Heat, after or independent of the chill.

Flushes of burning heat, evening; generally without thirst.

Hectic fever.

Heat and sweat commingled.

Exhausting night or morning sweats.

Sweats easily, especially about the head and face.

Sweat : profuse; putrid or sour.


      Right :, Left : Nape to forehead : Above downwards :.


      Pains fly all over the body. Neuralgia.

Drawing and tearing pains in various part of the body.


      Sepsis, sunken features, sallow complexion, hectic, typhoid symptoms.

Blood stagnates in capillaries, causing blueness, coldness; ecchymoses.

Anaemia after summer complaints; feeble pallid, white skin.

Atrophy, body cold, lies as if dead, yet conscious.

Gangrene : humid; senile.

Lymphatic glands swollen, indurated or suppurating; burning pains.

Chlorosis, with itch-like rash and fluor albus (leucorrhoea); scorbutic gums; so weak, can scarcely stand.

Contact Injuries etc.

      Worse from overlifting.

Touch :,. Pressure : Chewing :. Grasping anything : Must hold on to something : Riding aggravates : soreness in limbs; colic. Swallowing :.



Dry rash, like itch.

Fine moist rash, with burning at spots where there is no eruption.

Folds of skin become raw and ulcerated.

Ulcers : varicose; scorbutic; livid, easily bleeding, fetid.

Decubitus in typhus, from decomposition of the blood.

Aneurisms bright red, round, flat, bleeding violently from least wound.

Single, scattered, red spots on the neck.

Itching and soreness in the axillae.

Stages and States

      Vital powers low, venous system predominant.

Old people.

Children, after exhausting diseases.


      Carb. veg. follows well : after Sulphur and Mercur., when itch is dry; after Veratr. in beginning of whooping cough; after Laches., Kali carb., Sepia.

After Carb. veg : Arsen., Cinchon. Drosera, Kali carb., Phosph. ac. are frequently indicated.

Ailments from quinine, especially suppression of chill and fever.

Ailments from abuses of mercury, salt or salt meats.

Carb. veg. antidotes :–effects of putrid meat or fish, rancid fats : Cinchon., Laches, Mercur.

Antidotes to Carb. veg.; Arsen., Camphor., Coffea, Laches, Spir. nitr. dulc.

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.