Magnesia Carbonica

Last modified on January 17th, 2019

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


      This remedy produces a catarrhal condition of stomach and bowels, with marked acidity; sour; smell of the body (esp. children); vomiting; regurgitation; stools etc. It affects the nerves (facial and dental), causing sharp shooting pains along them; must walk about. Numbness, and a feeling of distension in various parts. Affections of malar bones. Whole body feels tired and painful esp. legs and feet. It is suitable to ailing, worn out, nervous, flatulent and flabby persons esp. women, children, nurslings. Sensitive to slight causes. Emaciation. Marasmus; children will not thrive in spite of feeding and medicines. Cannot bear hands covered, yet chilled by uncovering. Spasms. Epileptic attacks; while walking or standing he frequently falls down suddenly, with consciousness. Ill effects of shocks, blows, mental distress, vexation, fit of passion, pregnancy, excess of care and worry. Dentition, injudicious feeding; milk. Dryness; of mucous membranes, skin. Children, disposed to boils. Glands enlarged.


      Cold; wind; drafts.Change of weather. Night. Food, starchy; milk. Rest. Slight causes, touch etc. Uncovering. Every second day; every three weeks.


      Motion. Walking about; in open air. Warm air.


      Trembling; anguish and fear as if some accident would happen; all day; better when going to bed. Least touch causes starting. Sad and taciturn. Dazed feeling; packs and unpacks her clothes, without consciousness of having done so.


      Vertigo worse when kneeling. Pain in the head; as if the hair were pulled, worse mental exertion, stooping. Itching of scalp worse in damp weather. Brain heavy. Sinking of occipital bone, in marasmic children.


      Black motes before the eyes. Eye-balls feel enlarged and sensitive to pressure. Opacity of cornea. Cataract, lenticular.


      Deafness, comes suddenly and varies. Feeling of distension, in middle ear. Ears numb. Deafness; on taking cold; cutting wisdom tooth.


      Coryza and nasal stoppage before menses. Dry coryza, breathes through mouth. Chronic affections of nose.


      Tearing, digging, boring pain on one side; must move about. Pain and swelling of the malar bones worse cold wind. Tumours of the malar bones. Waxy pallor. Slovenly expression. Tension, as of white of an egg, dried on it.


      Tearing, digging, burning toothache, worse during pregnancy; motion of carriage; cold and when quiet. Ailments from cutting wisdom teeth. Teeth feel too long. Mouth dry, at night. Taste; bitter; sour. Frequent sudden stammering speech.


      Sore throat; worse before menses. Hawks up cheesy masses from throat. Sticking, pain in the throat worse talking and swallowing.


      Craving for meat; fruits, acids; vegetables. Nibbling appetite. Sour eructations. Heartburn. Vomits, undigested milk or bitter water. Violent thirst. Aversion to green food. Cabbage, potato disagree. Milk is refused or if taken causes pain in stomach.


      Cutting, gripping; pressing colic, followed by thin green stools, which worse. STOOLS frothy; GREENISH, LIKE WATER, LIKE A SCUM OF FROG POND. Milk passes undigested in nursing children. Sour stools. Constipation after mental shock or nervous strain. Stools; lienteric, with gelatinous fatty masses; grass green; or dry, hard, crumbling, white clay, putty like. Colic followed by leucorrhoea. Cutting about navel better passing flatus.


      Involuntary urination while walking or rising from a seat.


      Discharge of prostatic fluid when passing flatus.


      Menses; like thick dark molasses; tarry; viscid; too late; or scanty; flow only in sleep; at night and on rising or when lying down; ceases when walking, or by pressure on abdomen and on stooping. Leaves a fast stain. Leucorrhoea; white acrid, preceded by colic, regularly after the menses. Falls down in a dead faint at each menstruation period.


      Craves open air. Cough, paroxysmal; with difficult thin salty, bloody expectoration. Chest sore, constricted. Cough from tickling in the larynx; at night.


      Heavy, weary feet. Right shoulder painful; cannot raise it. Cannot bear hands covered, yet chilled by uncovering. Cannot put left foot on ground when walking. Swelling in poplitea.


      Unrefreshing; more tired in the morning than on retiring. Awakes at 2 or 3 a.m. and cannot fall asleep again. Sleepiness during the day, sleepless at night.


      Sore, dry, sensitive to cold. Nodosities under the skin. Hair and nails unhealthy.


      Chilly; takes cold; before menses. Fever at night. Sour, greasy, indelible 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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