Carbolicum Acidum

Last modified on January 17th, 2019


Dr. S.R. Phatak describes the clinically confirmed symptoms of the homeopathic remedy Carbolicum Acidum in his Concise Materia Medica, published in 1977.


      Carbolic Acid, is a powerful antiseptic, irritant and anaesthetic. It affects the mucous membranes; heart; blood and respiration. It is a languid, painless, foul and destructive remedy. PROSTRATION is very marked; even paralytic, with loss of sensation and motion. Discharges are foul, burning. Terrible pains coming and going suddenly. Acuteness of smell is a strong guiding symptom. Pricking, burning sensation. Malignant and septic conditions. Physical exertion brings on abscess somewhere. In cholera when Verat-alb is indicated but fails. Collapse. Bloody exudations. Unfit for study, as reading worse all symptoms. Trembling; uncertain, staggering walk.


      Jar. Reading. Pregnancy. Combing hair.


      Mental and bodily languor, disinclination to study or to do any physical work.


      Tight feeling as if compressed by a rubber band better green tea and smoking. As of a hot ball in forehead. Scalp tender. Headaches appearing at the time of menses.


      Severe orbital neuralgia over right eye.


      Smell very acute. Ozaena with great foetor and ulceration.


      PALE ABOUT NOSE AND MOUTH. Dusky face.


      Intensely foul breath, with constipation. Burning in mouth to stomach.


      Glazed. Uvula whitened and shrivelled. Diphtheria_foetid breath, regurgitation on swallowing liquids, but little pain.


      Nausea and vomiting; of pregnancy, sea sickness, cancer, dark, olive green. Heartburn. Sore stomach. Fermentative dyspepsia with bad breath and taste. Craving for stimulants or for smoking.


      Flatulence. Constipation with retraction of abdomen. Shreddy stools. Passes mucus from anus while urinating. Diarrhoea; rice water, foetid.

Urinary organs

      Urine, scanty, green or dark, almost black. Frequent urination at night in old men. Diabetes. Albuminuria.


      Leucorrhoea; thick, causing itching. Severe backache across loins, with dragging down thighs; uterine displacement. Foetid acrid discharges; erosion of cervix.


      Thready pulse.

Back and Neck

      Aching between scapulae.


      Burning, itching vesicles and pustules. Burns tend to ulcerate. Erysipelas. Bloody vesicles or pustules.


      Very sleepy.


      Profuse cold sweat.



About the author

S.R. Phatak

S.R. Phatak

A pioneer of Homoeopathy in Maharashtra, Dr Shankar Raghunath Phatak was born on 6th September, 1896. He did his MBBS from Grant Medical College, in 1924. Started his practice but somehow not satisfied with Allopathic Treatment.

He was convinced about Homoeopathy while going through Sir William Osler's writings on 'History of Medicine' so switched over to an entirely Homoeopathic Practice in 1932. He also started working on Homoeopathic literature along with his Practice.

He has contributed immensely to homoeopathic literature. He was an ardent follower of Dr Boger. His Repertory is based on Boger's ''A Synoptic key to Materia Medica'.

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