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NATRUM CARBONICUM

(nat-c)

(Carbonate of Sodium) All the Natrums stimulate cellular activity and increase oxidation and metabolism. Great debility CAUSED BY SUMMER HEAT; chronic effects of sunstroke: exhaustion; anaemic; milky, watery skin; very weak ankles, are all peculiar Natrum carbonicum conditions.

Mind
Unable to think; difficult, slow comprehension. Mental weakness and depression; worries; very sensitive to noise; colds, change of weather. Anxious and restless during thunder storm; worse from music. (AMBRA.) Marked gayety. Sensitive to presence of certain individuals.

Head
Aches from SLIGHTEST MENTAL EXERTION, worse from SUN OR WORKING UNDER GAS-LIGHT. (GLON.) Feels too large. Oversensitive of hearing. Headaches with return of hot weather. Vertigo from exposure to sun.

Nose
All troubles of external nose which may attain a morbid size-pimples and pumness. Constant coryza; obstruction of nose. CATARRH; BAD SMELL OF NASAL SECRETION. Many troubles of external nose. (CAUST.) POSTERIOR NASAL CATARRH. HAWKING MUCH MUCUS FROM THROAT; WORSE, SLIGHTEST DRAUGHT.

Face
Freckles, YELLOW SPOTS, PIMPLES. Swelling of upper lip. Pale, with blue rings around eyes and swollen lids.

Stomach
Feels swollen and sensitive. Ill effects of drinking cold water when overheated. Waterbrash. Hungry at 5 a. m. VERY WEAK DIGESTION, caused by slightest error of diet. Averse to milk. Depressed after eating. Bitter taste. Old dyspeptics, always belching, have sour stomach and rheumatism. Dyspepsia relieved by soda biscuits. Bowels. Sudden call to stool. Escapes with haste and noise. YELLOW SUBSTANCE LIKE PULP OF ORANGE IN DISCHARGE. Diarrhoea from milk.

Female
Induration of cervix. Pudenda sore. Bearing-down sensation. (SEP.; MUREX.) Heaviness; worse, sitting; better, by moving. Menses late, scanty, like meat-washings. (NITRIC. AC.) Leucorrhoeal discharge, offensive, irritating, preceded by colic.

Respiratory
Dry cough, when coming into warm room from out of doors. Cough with coldness of left side of breast.

Sleep
Wakes too early in morning. Amorous dreams. Drowsy during day.

Extremities
Old sprains. Great weakness of limbs, especially in morning. EASY DISLOCATION AND SPRAINING OF ANKLES. Foot bends under. (CAUST.) Soreness between toes and fingers. Heel and tendo-Achilles affected. Chapped hands. The hollow of the knee is painful on motion. Icy cold up to knees.

Skin
Inclination to perspire easily, or dry, rough, cracked skin. Eruption on finger-tips, knuckles and toes. Vesicular eruption in patches and circles. Veins full. Soles of feet raw and sore.

Modalities
WORSE, sitting, from music, summer HEAT, mental exertion, THUNDER STORM. Least draught, changes of weather, sun. BETTER, by moving, by boring in ears and nose.

Relationship
Compare: SODII BICARBONAS (in vomiting of pregnancy with acetonuria, 30 grains in water spread over twenty-four hours); NAT. SULPH.; CAUST.; NATR. CACODYL. (Foul breath and mouth with bad odor. Dry dermatitis of the skin of abdomen. Malignant growths. (In phthisis, 5 centigrams hypodermically, daily. Increase number of red blood corpuscles to double. Also in MALIGNANT DISEASE). ARSYNAL-(Disodium methylarsenate). Introduced by M. A. Gautier, for phthisis in the second stage 4 to 6 centigrammes per day for one week followed by a week's intermission. But much smaller doses, i.e., 1x to 3x are followed by improvement, lessened fever, night sweat and haemoptysis ceasing. Antidote: ARS.; CAMPH.

Dose
Sixth potency.