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

      Sodium carbonate HAHNEMANN. Na2 Co3 10H2 O.


      Inability to think, or to perform any mental labor; the head feels stupefied if he tries to exert himself.

Difficulty in grasping and connecting thoughts, when reading or listening.

Aversion to man and society.

Sadness: depression of spirits: hypochondriacal mood.

Irritable, excitable mood.



Restlessness with attacks of anxiety, especially during a thunder storm.

Anxiety, trembling and sweat during the pains.

In the evening, restlessness of body, unless he exerts himself mentally.

Affected by playing on piano for short time with painful anxiety in chest, trembling of body and weariness; must lie down.


      Vertigo: from drinking wine, or from mental exertion.

Dulness of the head when at rest or when in the sun.

Inner Head

      Head feels too large.

Tension and obstruction in head as if forehead would burst.

Frontal headache when turning the head rapidly.

Shooting pain in left frontal eminence, to left lower occiput.

Stitches in the head and out of the eyes.

Pulsating headache in the vertex every morning.

Tearing pain in forehead, returning at certain hours of day.

Stupefying and pressing headache in forehead, with nausea, eruptions, and dimness of sight, in evening: worse in room.

Headache from the sun.

Outer Head

      Pains on the head at certain hours of the day.


      Black spots before the eyes when writing.

Dazzling flashes before the eyes, on awaking.

Sensation as of feathers before the eyes.

Dim eyes; has to wipe them constantly.

Cannot read small print.

Stitches in the eyes from within outward.

Ulcers on cornea.

Dermoid swelling on conjunctiva.

Inflammation of eyelids, with photophobia.

Heaviness of the upper eyelids.


      Sensitive to noise.

Hard hearing, as if the ears were closed up.

Otalgia, with sharp, piercing stitches in ears.


      Loss of smell and taste, with coryza.

Coryza fluent; violent sneezing; worse at night, when nose is obstructed; worse from least draught of air, or any change of clothing; worse on alternate days; better after sweat.

Thick, yellow, or green discharge: nose stopped at night.

Hard fetid clots, from one nostril; nostrils ulcerated, high


Humid herpetic eruptions and ulcers on nose, around mouth and on lips.

Peeling off of dorsum and tip of the nose, painful when touched.

Red nose, with white pimples on it.


      Pale face, with blue rings around the eyes, swollen eyelids.

Burning heat and redness of face, cheeks swollen.

Bloated face.

Yellow blotches on forehead and upper lip.

Freckles in face.

Lower Face

      Lips swollen and tettery; burning rhagades on lower lip.


      Digging, boring toothache, especially during or after eating sweetmeats or fruit.

Great sensitiveness of the lower teeth.

Nightly pressing toothache, with swelling of lower lips and of gums. Toothache lessened by smoking.

Tongue etc.

      Bitter or metallic taste in mouth.

Dry tongue and dislike to talk.

Stuttering on account of heaviness of the tongue.

Burning about tip of tongue, as if it were cracked.


      Saliva generally increased.

Flat ulcers and blisters inside of mouth, burning and painful when touched.

Slight redness of mucous membrane of mouth and fauces, with rawness and scraping; desire to hawk and hem; mucus collects at night, and is hawked up in morning.

Dry mouth and throat, inclination to drink.


      Throat and oesophagus feel rough, scraped and dry, Accumulation of mucus in throat, and in posterior nares.

Throat painful when swallowing and gaping.

Desires Aversions

      Incessant thirst: great desire for cold water a few hours after dinner.

Increased and ravenous hunger in forenoon, from sensation of emptiness in stomach.

Aversion to milk, and diarrhoea from it.

Eating and Drinking

      Bad effects from a cold drink while overheated.

After milk, diarrhoea.

Cold drink:. Drink:. Milk: Eating: 9, After eating: hypochondriacal; weak digestion; pressure in stomach; eructations: distress and tenderness, with palpitation (may also follow abuse of soda-crackers).

Nausea and Vomiting

      Continuous qualmishness and nausea.

Vomiting of bile, bitter.


      Gnawing and pressure in stomach, better from eating.

Pit of stomach sensitive to touch and when talking.


      Stitches in left hypochondrium; worse after drinking very cold water.

Stitches in hepatic and splenic regions (chronic hepatic inflammation).


      Colic, with constriction around stomach; or, contraction of navel and hardness of integuments of abdomen.

Hard, bloated, swollen abdomen.

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.