Summary of the Characteristic of Various Groups
Below I am highlighting the results of my studies of the various groups of Carbon remedies. Very few carbon remedies are made exclusively of carbon: Adamas. Carbo Animalis. Carbo Vegetabilis. Graphites. The rest of the remedies (over 150 remedies) are compounds including some amounts of Oxygen, Nitrogen, Hydrogen, Sulphur. What is fascinating is that some Carbon remedies can include for example just three elements:
Carbon, Oxygen and Hydrogen. With these same elements a carbonyl (Camphor) or a carboxylic (Acetic Acid) or an alcohol (Carbolicum Acidum) can be constructed. And each of these remedies — with identical elements — can have vastly different characteristics. Luckily, all Carboxylics (and all Alcohols or Carbonyls, etc.) have reliable similarities. Thus in Carbon remedies, we can not predict the characteristics by the chemical formula — instead the exact structure, how the elements combine — gives us the possibility to predict the symptoms of a remedy. Through provings and cured cases, I have been able to gain some insight into these various groups. This information is summarized below.
The main characteristic of the alcohols is extreme inhibition (or conversely, disinhibition). The patient appears withdrawn and unable to express himself. Other patients have just the reverse, with immoderate laughter and gesticulation. He may become ﬂagrantly egotistical. These two characteristics can alternate, giving the patient a sort of “manic” appearance. In the disinhibited state, the patient loves everyone, acts overly familiar in an offensive or uncomfortable way. He does not understand your personal space. At other times the patient ﬂares up over long-held grudges which he had been harboring. He abuses especially those who are close family or friends and those who have helped him. The dependency the patient feels toward his close associates is also threatening – they may let him down or abuse him. Furthermore, there may be a type of almost childish bravado, blustering or egotism which the patient feels is punctured by those who have seen his weaknesses too clearly. This creates an external aggressiveness. Internally, the patient feels a desperate need to be understood and valued but feels that this need will never be truly fulfilled. Thus there is an alternating attempt to cover up or overcome his ﬂaws followed by aggressiveness when his needs are not heard. It is interesting to note that many of these remedies are used in the treatment of alcoholism. Most of these remedies appear to be in the Sycotic miasm.
Abusive: Alco. Carb-Ac. Ferr-Pic. Gall-Ac. Lac-Ac. Sac-Alb.
Abusive of family and friends: Alco. Ferr-Pic. Gall-Ac. Lac-Ac. Affectionate, distasteful: Carb-Ac.
Dipsomania: Alco. Carb-Ac. Chlol. Kreos. Lac-Ac. Sac-Alb. Egotism/selfishness: Alco. Gall-Ac. Sac-Alb. Forsaken feeling: Alco. Sac-Alb. Sac-L. Gesticulating: Alco. Kres. Sac-Alb.
Guilt/embarrassment/shame: Alco. Kreos. Immoderate: Alco. Carb-Ac.
Loquacity: Alco. Kres. Lac-Ac. Sac-Alb. Thymol. Shame: Pic-Ac. Sac-Alb. Shameless: Alco.
Talkativeness, by which untimely confessions are drawn from him: Alco.
Provings and Cases
Alco: The modest blush of shame vanishes, and improper, undignified acts are committed.
Alco: “My mother was an alcoholic. I was made to take care of her. I was invisible.” Morrison
Carb-Ac: “I hold grudges. I take a lot of guff for a long time then I explode inappropriately. I once kicked my foot through a door. I can be bold and audacious. If people are mean and nasty I can be obnoxious. I chew them up and spit them out.” Reichenberg-Ullman
Kres: Loquacious; abundant gesticulation. Wants to embrace the whole world.
Kreos: “Guilt has been a big motivation for her in the past. When her mother was dying of cancer, the patient gave up her schooling and career to care for her.” Baker
Lac-Ac: Intense ugliness and hatefulness; writes to her best friends all sorts of mean and contemptible things.
Pic-Ac: “I decide not to push too much since I notice how the patient is feeling very embarrassed and sullen and, furthermore, I really don’t think the answers are very free and truthful.” Mangialavori
Sac-L: Cross and faultfinding, could not speak a pleasant word to anyone.
Alco. Carb-Ac. Chlol. Chrys-Ac. Cit-Ac. Gall-Ac. Glyc. Guajol. Kres. Kreos. Lac-Ac. Menthol. Meth-Sal. Naphtol. Pic-Ac. Res. Sac-Alb. Sac-L. Sal-Ac. Salin. Salol. Sarcol-Ac. Tann-Ac. Tart-Ac. Thymol. Ur-Ac. Vanil.
Related Remedies: Menth. Ol-Sant. All Citrates. Picrates. Tartrates. All Sugars.
There are over twenty aliphatic compounds used in homeopathy. The best known of these include Aceticum Acidum, Aetherum, Alcoholus, Amyl Nitrosum, Chloralum, Glonoinum and Oxalicum Acidum. The main homeopathic characteristic of these remedies is passivity. Naturally when there are moieties on the chemical, this passivity may be more or less disguised. For example, Aceticum Acidum is known for its desperate anxiety and irritability which arise from its carboxylic moiety. Despite this, when a patient requiring an aliphatic remedy comes under stress, the deepest instinct seems to be utter passivity. This passivity may be described as a lack of reactivity – both mentally and physically. (This stands in strong contra-distinction with the aromatic remedies who confront stress by excessive mentalization.) The passivity is also related to the general theme of organic compounds concerning lack of self-worth and invisibility. They seem to desire a personal invitation to participate in life. For example, one of the common complaints of those needing the remedy Alcoholus is that they were never heard or listened to. This demonstrates some of the passive quality.
There may be a marked inability to assert. The general organic characteristic of confusion and slowed thinking is even more emphasized in this group of remedies, probably because most are quite small, lipid soluble molecules and thus readily pass the blood-brain barrier. Physically, the patients are especially prone to circulatory dysfunction: pulsations, arrhythmia, ecchymosis. Faintness and syncope are also prominent physical pathologies in the aliphatic group.