Kali carbonica

Nash gives the symptoms of homeopathy drug Kali Carbonica in relation to Catarrh, Laryngitis, Croup, Bronchitis, Asthma, Pertussis, Pneumonia, Pleuritis, Tuberculosis & Cough. Leaders in Respiratory Organs by E.B. Nash, 1909….

Respiratory organs

Kali carb. also has stitching pains running through lower part of right side, and the cough is worse toward 3 A.M., there is wheezing and rattling breathing, pulse often intermitting. It is often a complementary to Bryonia when that remedy has only partially relieved the stitching pains. Of course Mercurius and Kali carb. cases are oftener the ones in which bilious or pleuritic complications are markedly present. Pneumonia.

Kali carb. may be indicated in the first or incipient stage when after pleurisy or pneumonia there remains a pain or soreness in the right lower lobe, the pain may be dull or stitching in character. This remedy comes in particularly well after Bryonia, if that remedy did not remove all the trouble.

No two remedies oftener complement Bryonia in such cases than Sulphur and Kali carb. The stitching pains of Bryonia are relieved by rest and pressure or lying on the affected side.

But with Kali carb.the pains are not so relieved, and occur in different parts as well as in the chest. Other remedies having marked action on lower right chest are Mercurius and Chelid. ( Nat. sulph. – left). The COUGH is at first dry, hard and fatiguing, and characteristically worse at 3 or 4 A.M. Later it becomes loose with much expectoration. These are a few only of the symptoms that may appear in a Kali carb. case. It is certainly a great remedy. Kali carb. and Carbo veg. complement each other well, of course only when indicated.

Kali carbonica has done beautiful work, especially in elderly people, where the patient had to sit bent forward to breathe, and the cough was decidedly worse at 3 A.M. Anaemia with bag – like swelling of upper eyelids is strongly corroborative.


Cough character – Dry, hard, exhausting; sometimes with purulent expectorations, mixed with blood and thin mucus; or white masses fly from the mouth ( Badiaga.)

Cough aggravated by – worse warm food, exercise, lying on left side; 3 a.m. all symptoms.

Cough ameliorated by – better after breakfast.

Accompaniments – Stitching pains everywhere, but especially in right lower chest through to back. Sac like swelling of upper eyelids. Chilliness at noon, at night heat, weakness of the chest. Much inclined to take cold ( Tuberc. ). Adapted especially to anaemic or dropsical constitutions.

This remedy, or which Hahnemann said “persons suffering from ulcerations of the lungs can scarcely get well without this antipsoric,” is certainly one of our very best. The location of the pain, lower right chest, is very valuable. Mercury and Chelidon. also act here, while Sanguinaria and Calcarea act on the middle lobe, same side. Arsenicum, upper right to back. Upper left, Therid., Anis., Pix liquida, Sulphur and Tuberculin. etc., of course other indications agreeing. The stitching pains occur everywhere. Even temples, eyes, teeth, etc., but are not necessarily worse and by motion as are those of Bryonia, except in pleurisy where they may be.

Suppressed or delayed menses in young women, with much pain and weakness in the back, may be saved from consumption by this remedy.

If you do not have the Mercurial mouth in pleuritis and the point is in the same locality running through to the back, or it may be in the left side, and the cough is worse at 3 A.M. Kali carbonica will out rank Mercury and is complementary to Bryonia.

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.