Carbo Vegetabilis ( Carb-v )

Carbo Vegetabilis (Carb-v)
Carbo Vegetabilis (Carb-v)

Homeopathic Medicine Carbo Vegetabilis (Carb-v)

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Carbo Vegetabilis (Carb-v);

Common Name: Vegetable Charcoal, Wood Charcoal;

Kingdom: Minerals;

Stage: Acute, Chronic;

Side: Left, U.Rt.Low Lt.;

Miasm: Psoric, Sycotic, Tubercular, Syphilitic;

Thermal State: Hot;

Action: OnlyPolycrest;

Thirst: Thirsty, Thirstless, Small Quantity;

Appetite: Increased, Easy satiety, Reduced;

Sensitivity: Low, High;

Moon Phases: Full Moon, Last Quarter, New Moon;

Time Phases: Morning, Noon, Afternoon, Forenoon, Evening, Night;

Carbo Vegetabilis(Carb-v) is used for Disintegration and imperfect oxidation, General venous stasis, Coldness (but aversion to being covered), blueness, burnings (internal burning with external coldness, with desire for fanning rapidly and closely) with prostration, Coma, Collapse, Fainting from indigestion, flatus, sunstroke, infection, etc. Weak, exhausted with haemorrhages of dark blood, Flatulent dyspepsia in upper abdomen with all complaints.

Physiological Action of Carbo Vegetabilis (Carb-v) :

This agent has the property of absorbing gases which it does to an extent varying with the grade of charcoal and the gas absorbed. Generally speaking 1 volume of charcoal will absorb 10 volumes of oxygen, 35 volumes of carbonic acid gas, 55 volumes of hydrogen sulphide and 100 volumes of ammonia. Lethal doses cause a precordial distress, suffocation, hippocratic countenance, icy coldness of the body, blueness, collapse and death.

The blood is disorganized and a sepsis results that is similar to a low grade of ulceration and inflammation. The lymphatics are inactive and the glands are enlarged and degeneration resulting in ulceration and suppuration follows. There is a general torpor, chilly creeping sensation and finally an icy coldness with cyanosis; the natural secretions are deteriorated, with nervous forces are lowered, and there is a general sinking of the energies. The secretions of the mucous surfaces are increased with marked acidity and fermentation. The bronchial secretions are also increased.


This remedy is indicated in CACHECTIC SCROFULOUS PERSONS who do not react well to disease. There are indications of IMPERFECT OXIDATION, the skin is blue and the extremities are cold. The vitality is about exhausted an the patient is in a state of partial collapse and desires to be fanned. The digestion is impaired so that all food taken distresses the patient an there is an excessive accumulation of gas in the stomach, and the patient is exhausted as a result of loss of vital fluids, hemorrhages, sweats, diarrheas and seminal losses.

It is of service in the STAGE OF COLLAPSE that is observed in different diseases, the patient faints and desires to be fanned constantly. The exhalations and discharges from the patient are fetid. There is an imperfect oxidation of the blood, the veins are distended and livid, the patient is blue and there is blueness and coldness of the extremities, especially the knees.

It is to be thought of in FERMENTATIVE DYSPEPSIA. There is an atonic condition, the slightest food disagrees and causes the stomach to become distended with gas to such an extent that it is distressing. The gas exhibits an offensive taste and odor. There is complete loss of appetite, and often a history of an over indulgence in rich food and debauchery.

There is a dislike for meats, fat foods and milk, and the stomach refuses to digest the simplest articles of diet. This condition is often accompanied by diarrhoea rather than by constipation. The patient gives indications of defective circulation and imperfect oxidation.

It should be remembered in the ACID STAGE of CHRONIC GASTRIC CATARRH. The patient complains of heart – burn with coldness of the surface of the body and feeble pulse, there is flatulence, sour and rancid eructations, faintness and a sensation of burning is referred to the stomach. This may extend to the back, many of these patients eat hurriedly when tired.
There is a DIARRHOEA in which it is often of service.

The stools are of a brown color, are watery, slimy and have a putrid cadaverous odor. They show partially digested food, are painless and are attended with much flatulence. The abdomen is markedly distended, this is partially relieved by belching and the passing of flatus.


It has been found of service in respiratory diseases. The BRONCHITIS of the aged when the expectoration is profuse, yellow, fetid ad yet difficult to raise, there is dyspnoea, rattling and a sensation of burning in the chest and indications of an impaired circulation, and digestive disturbance, also CHRONIC APHONIA, with a sensation of great roughness of the larynx with a deep rough voice which fails on the slightest exertion. There is a sensation of weakness, fatigue and burning of the chest.

It is an important remedy in diseases of the SPLEEN, when the general indications of the remedy are present.

It has helped the cases of TYPHOID FEVER when you had about given up. The patient is in a state of collapse, there is stupor from which they cannot be aroused, the eyes are lusterless, the face sunken, cold and Hippocratic. The circulation is greatly impaired, the body is purple. There is bleeding from the orifices. The stool contains blood. There is distension of the abdomen and rumbling of gases. The whole picture is one of torpor.

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A/F [ Aliment from / Causation ] :

– Loss of vital fluids

– Quinine, suppressed intermittents

– Abuse of mercury salt, meats, salted-spoiled fish, fats

– Bad effects of being overheated

– Bad effects of exhausting diseases

– Bad effects of a long ago injury


[< – Aggravation]

< Warmth

< Depletions

< Loss of vital fluids

< Cooling off

< Exhausting diseases

< Overlifting

< High living

< Rich foods

< Walking in open air

< Pressure of clothes

< Cold night air

< Frosty; humid climate

< Suppressions

< Air – wind on the head

< Lying flat

< Weather, extreme temperature

[>– Amelioration]

> Eructations

> Cool air

> Elevating feet

> Sitting up

MIND Symptoms of Carbo Vegetabilis (Carb-v):

-Mentally as well as physically much SLUGGISHNESS, laziness, slowness of thoughts, comprehension, dullness, sudden loss of memory. Concentration difficult.

-INDIFFERENCE, hears everything without feeling about it. Indifference to music which he loves.

-Great IRRITABILITY, especially directed at the family.

-Harsh and cutting remarks.


-Anxiety in the evening accompanied by shuddering. Anxiety on closing eyes.

-Easily frightened or startled. Fear of ghosts; of darkness, of accidents, of people.

-Restlessness. Oversensitiveness to noise. Timidity appearing in public.

-Peevish irritable angry. Child bites, strikes and kicks. Confusion > mental exertion.

-Sensation of being smaller before an epileptic fit.

-Sees frightful images in the dark.


-Wood charcoal by itself is a product of imperfect oxidation and therefore IMPERFECT OXIDATION and DISINTEGRATION are keynotes of this remedy. It contains a small quantity of Kali carb. It has deodorant disinfectant and antiseptic qualities, and has a chief action on venous circulation.

-Useful at the extremes of life, in old persons, or prematurely old individuals with a puffy bluish cachexic look, with coldness of the body, anaemia. Persons who have never recovered from the exhausting effects of the previous illness, typhoid, tuberculosis, asthma.

-A chronic, deep acting anti-psoric medicine with imperfect oxidation and blueness. Ecchymoses and passive haemorrhages.

-Prostration and exhaustion at all levels from previous illness or loss of vital fluids. A state of collapse. Last stage of diseases.

-Surface of body very cold to touch, COLDNESS of sweat, breath, skin, tongue, etc. Cold knees even in bed. Air hunger – GASPING FOR AIR, wants to be fanned hard.

-BURNING pains, burning heat in internal parts in veins, chest, lungs, skin, stomach.

-Burning in gangrenes.

-DECOMPOSITION – Ulcerations, gangrenes, relaxation of tissues. Humid gangrene in cachexic persons.

-Putrid or septic phenomena, associated with burning sensation. FOULNESS of discharges – cadaverous smelling stools. Acrid and corrosive discharges.

Haemorrhage from any mucous outlet, in broken down debilitated subjects, with thin foetid, black blood, passive flowing.

-BLUENESS of parts – venous stagnations. Varicosites, piles.

-Desire to be FANNED rapidly and from a CLOSE distance.

-Flatulence and fullness with weak digestion, accompanies all complaints. Simplest food disagrees. Flatulence upper abdomen.

-Craving for coffee; acids; sweets and salted things, alcohol.

-Aversion to meat; fats; milk.

-G.I.T.-Looseness of teeth with early bleeding gums.

-Simplest food disagrees with much bloating of upper abdomen.

-Sour and rancid erucations.

-Flatulence obstructed. Loathes even the thought of food. Cannot bear tight clothing around the waist >eructations of flatus < lying down.

-Faeces escape with flatus, frequent, involuntary, cadaverous smelling stools.

-Moisture on perineum.

-Painful diarrhoea of old people. Soft stools passed with great difficulty; with burning in the rectum.

-Respiratory system-HOARSENESS < EVENINGS, damp air, warm wet weather, with roughness in larynx.

-labourious, quick, short breathing with burning in chest with haemoptysis.

-Expectoration thick, sticky, yellowish, profuse, with desire to take a deep breath.

-Cold breath, cold tongue and lost voice.

-Skin-Blueness, ecchymoses.

-Varicose ulcers, burnings.

-Wounds which open up again after healing, gangrenes boils, carbuncles with putridity.


1. Craves things which make him sick.

2. > rapid fanning wants to be fanned.

3. Hoarseness in the evening.

4. Coldness of the body especially the legs.


-Useful in the old or prematurely old; debilitated, broken down persons, with lack of reaction who have never been well since a previous exhaustive illness.

-Disintegration and imperfect oxidation are the cause of most of the symptoms.

-General venous stasis.

-Much coldness, blueness, burnings and prostration in late stages of disease with decomposition.

-Weak, exhausted, with haemorrhages of dark blood.

-Flatulent dyspepsia in upper abdomen with all complaints.


1. Internal burning with external coldness, with desire for fanning rapidly.

2. Flatulence in upper abdomen with temporary relief from eructations.

3. Great debility and decompositions.


-Asthma, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Collapse, Coma, Congestive heart failure, Cyanosis, Fainting, Gangrene, Gastritis, Obesity, Pneumonia, Post-surgical, Syncope, Varicose veins and ulcers.

An excellent remedy for the terrible dyspnoea of chronic aortitis especially when the patient has become very anaemic, dropsical etc. (Dr. Farrington)

When the patient is a barbiturate addict Carb-v is an almost sure antidote-Dr.T.K.Moore.


Complementary : Chin, Dros, Kali-c.

Follows Well : Ars, Bell, Bry, Dros, Kali-c, Nux-v, Ph-ac, Sep, Sulph.

Compare : Graph, Other carbons.

Antidoted By : Ars, Camph, Coff, Ferr, Lach, Nit-s-d.

It Antidotes : Chin, Lach, Merc.

Duration Of Action : 60 Days.

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