Homeopathic Carbo vegetabilis

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Carbo vegetabilis is a remedy that is often used in debilitated or collapsed states, with systems primarily on the physical level but it can included mental and emotional symptoms. It is also the primary remedy used in cases of acute fainting.[1]


  • Origin: Plant charcoal; Vegetable charcoal
  • Short Form: Carb-v; Carbo veg


The following are the main indications for Carbo vegetabilis.[2], [3]

  • Fainting and collapse. Carbo veg is the most common remedy for these conditions, especially in acute fainting episodes where a person feels like there is a lack of air
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease with sluggish, stagnant circulation. Veins congested, easy bruising, skin ulcers or gangrene. Deeply exhausted and weak. Burning heat internally. Chilly, icy cold limbs, knees, feet, hands, nose. Numbness of parts lain on. Blueness or paleness of skin. Lack of oxygen.
  • Emphysema with wheezing, rattling mucus in the chest, choking on phlegm. Burning in chest. Short of breath. Bluish or dusky face. Rattling, gagging cough, hoarseness. Exhausted and weak, emaciated. Icy cold, cold breath
  • Fatigue Exhaustion with low vitality. Listless, sluggish, sleepy, inert, indifferent and irritable. Desires coffee.
  • Gas/Bloating in upper abdomen. Loud belching which relieves feeling. Fermentation (rancid/putrid risings, foul gas). Worse half hour after food.
  • Varicose Veins with congested blue vein network under the skin. Varicosities tend to ulcerate. Icy cold, blue limbs but burning pain.

Other common conditions: Asthma (elderly), Drug detox (anesthetics, smoke, air pollution), Food poisoning, Indigestion, Mumps


  • Triggers: Never well since a previous ailment, chronic diseases, surgery, blood or fluid loss, toxicity.
  • General: imperfect oxidation, "air hunger", weakness in which the person is blue and the pulse is faint, cold, weak vital force , weakness of the digestive system
  • Worse: lying down, rich food (fatty foods, butter, coffee, milk, wine), warmth
  • Better: being fanned or exposed to a draft, feels better after belching
  • Psychological: indifference, apathy, sluggish, anxious, irritable especially towards family members, negative
  • Other symptoms: even a small amount of food causes abdominal discomfort, belching, burning in the stomach with a cold feeling, can't stand tight clothing around the waist, cold sweat
  • Food and drink: desire for salty food

Prescribing Considerations

Homeopathic remedies are prescribed based on homeopathic principles and after a detailed case taking. The prescription recommendations below are provided only as a guide. It is always recommended to consult with a naturopathic doctor or homeopathic practitioner prior to taking any homeopathic remedies, especially if your health is compromised or if your symptoms due to resolve in a timely fashion. The general recommendations for Carbo vegetabilis include:[4]


  1. Morrison Roger (1993) Desktop Guide, to Keynote and Confirmatory Symptoms Hahnmann Clinic Publishing.
  2. Hershoff Asa (2000) Homeopathic Remedies, A Quick and Easy Guide to Common Disorders and their Homeopathic Treatments Avery Publishing Group, New York.
  3. Ullman Robert, Reichenberg-Ullman Judyth (1997) Homeopathic Self-Care, the quick and easy guide for the whole family. Prima Publishing.
  4. Boericke W (1996) Pocket Manual of Homoeopathic Materia Medica and Repertory, a Chapter on Rare and Uncommon Remedies, B. Jain Publishers, India.