Materia Medica

Natrum carbonicum

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Written by Elaine Lewis

Natrum carbonicum materia medica.

Elaine Lewis

These are the nicest people in the materia medica.  (Hey, this must be my remedy!) Sweet, selfless, concerned about others, sympathetic…it all fits!  Worse from heat and the sun, ailments from sun exposure–I hate the sun!  Easily chilled and over-heated like Mercurius–that’s me!

Nat-carb.’s big issue is assimilation!  They can’t assimilate certain people, they can’t assimilate certain foods…certain foods just don’t digest, they sit there.  Gas and bloating is the result.  Milk is the worst (I’ve never liked milk!).  They may have gas and bloating or diarrhea from milk.  They may crave starchy foods but develop gas and bloating from them.  You may be thinking, “This case must be Lycopodium!”  But you don’t see the 4-8 PM aggravation time, and Nat-carb. could never be the braggart and bully that Lycopodium can be!

They can’t “stomach” certain people either.  Certain people–obnoxious people, offensive people, aggressive people–offend them.  They do their best to avoid stressful people and stressful situations.  Nat-carbs monitor the environment for things that might distress them so they can avoid them.

They are very refined, delicate, polite, soft, philosophical, composed, intellectual, stoic, dignified, unobtrusive, quiet, all the things that I am, basically.  There’s a narrow range of things they can tolerate, whether it’s temperature, food, friends or music.  They’re easily put-off.  They can’t tolerate certain stimuli, like noise or a certain kind of music…. “Turn it off!” they might say, or, “Hey!  You call that music? What’s the matter with you?  Those aren’t even real instruments!  The record label was too cheap to hire musicians, and where’s the arrangement?  They were too cheap to hire arrangers, or writers!  Why are people putting up with mediocrity, allowing themselves to be duped by big business interests, perpetuating an ‘anything-for-money’ fraud in popular music?”  

Hello?  Is anybody there?

Elaine, Elaine, quick, breathe into a brown paper bag and concentrate on this picture of Dionne Warwick!

OK.  Good idea, Dr. B.   Dionne Warwick…Dionne Warwick….


Now, repeat after me:


Do you know the way to San Jose…

I’ve been away so long, I might go wrong and lose my way.  Do you know the way to San Jose

I’m going back to find some piece of mind in (Take it, Dr. B!)

LA is a great big freeway, put a hundred down and buy a car…

In a week, maybe two, they’ll make you a star,

weeks turn into years, how quick they pass

and all the stars that never were are parking cars and pumping gas!

You can really breathe in San Jose

Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa

Can’t wait to get back to San Jose

Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa—-whoa!

Wow, Dr. B, I didn’t know you could sing, and hitting those high notes too….wow!  I’m fine now.

Are you sure?

Yes, I’m back to being myself.  Now, where was I?

They don’t like noise, and you might want to try Sulphur for yourself.

Are you sure?  I could have sworn I was Nat-carb!  Anyway, they’re easily offended.

I think we’ve assimilated that.

It’s their narrow range of tolerance that’s thematic here.

You might look at Nat-carb. as a combination of Calc-carb., Nat-mur., Lycopodium and Mercurius.  They are mild, down-to-earth, sensible and practical and loving and giving with their family like Calc-carb.  They have the sensitivity, introversion and perfectionism of Nat-mur., the gas and bloating of Lycopodium and the narrow range of temperature tolerance of Mercurius.

They’re cheerful.  If anything is troubling them, they won’t tell you.  They don’t want to be a burden.

The digestion is weak and the ankles are weak too with easy dislocation and spraining.

Always eating, always nibbling.  Eating ameliorates.

(Is there anything to eat in here?)

Let’s close now with the one and only, Miss Dionne Warwick, accompanied on the piano by composer and arranger Burt Bacharach, with, “Do You Know The Way To San Jose”:


Burt Bacharach and Dionne Warwick


Elaine Lewis, D.Hom, C.Hom.

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About the author

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at [email protected]
Elaine is a graduate of Robin Murphy's Hahnemann Academy of North America and author of many articles on homeopathy including her monthly feature in the Hpathy ezine, "The Quiz". Visit her website at: and


  • One thing that will clinch the matter if you are in doubt about it being Natrum carb. is this: if you have a big book on your desk and let it drop on the floor with a bang, they will fairly damn you. if you don’t get that reaction to a sudden noise, it is not Natrum carb.

    – Dr. Margery Blackie

    Elaine take it once again! Three cheers!!! 🙂

  • Dr. B, you’re just now seeing this article from 8 years ago? Then you’re probably not aware that I’ve written other articles too! (that you may find that you participated in!)

  • I have been treated homeopathically for more than 18 years and I have learned to be very good at treating myself. However I think I have been ‘missed’ as a natrum carbonicum and always considered a mix of pulsatilla-which is less than I am and natrum muriuaticum-which is more than I am. My question is on which potency would you give and how frequently to a natrum carbonicum with chronic anxiety, IBS and overactive bladder? Would you go for 1m or 200c and how often?

  • Holy cow! Anastasia, I can’t answer that question without taking your case. Because your question, by itself, shows you don’t know what you’re doing. I don’t mean that to sound harsh; but similarly, if I tried to treat myself allopathically, with no medical training, I wouldn’t know what I was doing either. Why do people think that homeopathy is so easy they can do themselves? For acutes, yes. For chronic disease? No. Every student in homeopathy school knows how hard it is. If you think that regardless of what’s wrong with you, you just have to find the remedy that matches your personality? No. My contact info is at the bottom of the article if you’re interested.

  • I don’t know if people think it is easy to treat homeopathically but I don’t, that’s why I didn’t say it was. Thank you for providing your details; I live in the UK so I am not able to come and see you face to face.

  • I love your articles Elaine! Also this one. I started thinking that I am Natrum carb myself. I have to investigate this. 😎
    By the way, just today I discovered Cole Williams, black singer from New Orleans I think. Do you know her music? I recommend.

  • What a helpful article, Elaine! And I always enjoy your humor. I’ve started taking it in 30c. About half an hour after taking it, my whole body became hot, then started perspiring. I love it when I can feel a remedy doing something. Thank you for writing this interesting article, Elaine!

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