Therapeutic symptoms of homeopathic remedy Kali Carbonicum, described by E.B. Nash in his book, Leaders in Homeopathic Therapeutics, published in 1898….

STITCHING PAINS, very characteristic.

Pain in lower right chest through to back.

Anaemia with bloating, especially upper eyelids, which hang down like a bag of water.

Backache, sweat, weakness very great; drops down in chair.

Flatulence great; everything turns to gas.

Heart weak, irregular, intermits.

Modalities: worse at 3 to 4 a.m.

After loss of fluids or of vitality, particularly in the anaemic.

Asthma, better when sitting up or bending forward, or by rocking (ARS.); worse from 2 to 4 a.m.

Backache, before and during menses.

Complimentary to CARBO-VEG.

This remedy, like some others, finds its leading symptom in the character of its pains. It leads all the remedies for STITCHING PAINS. BRYONIA stands next, but there is a very marked difference. The stitching pains of BRYONIA come on with every movement, and only exceptionally when quiet, while those of KALI-C., come on independently of movement. Again, the stitching pains of BRYONIA are oftenest located in the serous membranes, while those of KALI-C., are found anywhere and everywhere, and in almost every tissue, EVEN to the teeth. One of the favorite localities, however, for this remedy is in the LOWER RIGHT CHEST.. This sharp stitching pain is likely to RUN RIGHT THROUGH TO THE BACK. If in pneumonia or pleuro pneumonia your BRYONIA has failed when you thought it indicated, and further examination reveals that the stitching pains come on independently of the respiratory movement, KALI-C., often helps, and follows well after BRYONIA. Often the fact is, that KALI-C., was all the time the remedy and ought to have been given first. Now, these stitching pains of KALI-C are not by any means confined to the right chest, but we may find them in the left, especially in pleuro pneumonia, peri or endocarditis. Remember, also, MERC., in these LOWER RIGHT CHEST pains. If there should be present at the same time sweat without relief, and the mercurial mouth and tongue, neither BRYONIA nor KALI-C., are “in it”.

Another kind of case in which this remedy has achieved signal success, being indicated by the stitching pains, is puerperal fever.

The pains are so sudden and so sharp as to make the patient cry out loudly, and then they are gone. KALI-C., has saved some desperate cases of this kind. But it makes no particular difference where the disease is located, if these stitching pains are present, KALI-C., should not be forgotten. We cannot too strongly emphasize this.

KALI-C., exerts a profound influence over the blood making processes. The blood lacks red corpuscles. The patient is anaemic, with great debility, skin watery or milky white. This condition is often found in puberty. They do not seem to be able to menstruate because of the poor quality of blood and general weakness. THey incline to bloat, particularly in face, around eyes especially upper eyelids, and have much pain and weakness in the lumbar region as well as general weakness. KALI-C., is in such cases sometimes successful after FERRUM or PULSATILLA have been wrongly prescribed.

This anaemic condition is also found at the menopause, and in old age, when the same dropsical tendencies appear and the same CHARACTERISTIC BAG LIKE SWELLING or rather bloating, in the UPPER EYELIDS APPEARS. In all these cases you will generally, or often, at least, find what is called “weak heart. “The heart action is irregular or intermittent from very weakness in correspondence with the general muscular weakness. One of the characteristic symptoms which makes us think of KALI-C., in these cases is the constant backache of such a nature that the patient feels all the time that the back and legs MUST GIVE OUT. She drops into a chair or throws herself on the bed completely exhausted. This aching often extends into the hips and down into the gluteal muscles. Patient sweats easily. Farrington says: “This particular sweat, backache and weakness as a combination is not found under any other remedy.”

I have already spoken of this remedy somewhat while writing of its stitching pains as an indication for its use in disease of the chest, but I did not there do it full justice. It is not only a great remedy for pneumonia, pleurisy and heart troubles, as there spoken of, but goes much further and becomes very useful in incipient and even with advanced cases of phthisis pulmonalis. I have seen a case pronounced incurable by several old experienced and skilful physicians, Dr.T.L.Brown among them, get well under a once in eight days of KALI-C., The disease was located mainly in the lower right lung, with profuse expectoration of matter of pus like appearance, pulse 120, greatly emaciated, no appetite, and quiet a large cavity in the lung. This man is still alive (twenty five years later), hale and hearty. Such service from any remedy makes a man fall in love with it. There is a TIME characteristic for this remedy which is very valuable in chest affections, viz., worse at 3 a.m. It may be found in cough, consumption, hydrothorax, asthma, and dropsies attending heart disease. The father-in- law of Dr.T.L.brown, an anaemic old men was apparently near his end with hydrothorax and general dropsy. Dr. Brown was a skilful prescriber, but in this case had utterly failed to even relieve. In consultation with Dr. Sloan, after carefully reviewing the case, the fact appeared, through the daughter of the patient, who had been his nurse all the time, that all his symptoms were worse at 3 a.m. Now KALI-C., 200 was given, and with such miraculous results that in an incredibly short time the old man was well and never had a return of the trouble. He lived for several years after, and, finally, did not die of dropsy at all. The day of miracles is not past yet. Hahnemannian Homoeopathy performs them still.

I cannot persuade myself to leave this remedy yet, although I have given its chief uses.

I must call attention still further, even at the risk of repeating somewhat, to some very important symptoms. In regard to the nervous system I have already spoken of the GREAT DEBILITY which I have called MUSCULAR DEBILITY, but there is a weakened condition of the nerves which renders them very sensitive which is well described in the symptoms found in the Materia Medica “Very easily frightened, shrieks about imaginary appearances; CANNOT BEAR TO BE TOUCHED; starts when touched ever so lightly, especially on the feet.” These are valuable indications for KALI-C., THEN DON’T FORGET THE “BAG LIKE OEDEMATOUS SWELLING IN THE UPPER EYELIDS.” It goes with many affections and is invaluable as a guiding symptom.” Stitching pain in the throat (pharynx), as if a fishbone were sticking in it ” (see HEPAR-S., DOLICHOS, NIT-AC., and ARG-N.,)

“Great sensitiveness of epigastric region, externally.”

“Stomach distended, sensitive, feels as if it would burst.”

“Excessive flatulency, everything he eats or drinks appears to be converted into gas.” “Fullness, heat and great distension in abdomen immediately after eating a little.” “Abdomen distended with wind after eating.” All these stomach and abdomen symptoms indicate the value in dyspepsia. They make us think of CARBO-V., CHINA., and LYCO., but remember KALI-C., and that it is especially adapted to BROKEN DOWN AGED PEOPLE WHO ARE ANAEMIC. “SITTING UP, LEANING FORWARD, better in chest affections.” The patient is also worse by lying on the affected side. Don’t forget this, for it may enable you to choose between it and BRYONIA, which has the reverse.

Now in what I have written I do not pretend to have told all, and if I thought that any young physician would be led to rely alone upon this work of mine or be led away from thorough study of the Materia Medica instead of to it I would stop writing.

Dr. E.B. Nash 1838- 1917, was considered one of our finest homeopaths and teachers. He was Prof. of Materia Medica at the N.Y. Homoeopathic Medical College and President of International Hahnemannian Assoc. His book Leaders in Homoeopathic Therapeutics is a classic. This article is from: :The Medical Advance - A monthly magazine of homoeopathic medicine - edited and published by H.C. Allen, M. D.