This is how Calc Carb appears in the Materia Medica under the heading ‘Children’s Types’.
Children are slow in teething and walk late.Complaints of teething children, convulsions, sour diarrhoea, tardy teething and late walking. Children do not put their feet down on the ground. Emaciated children with big head and big belly. Patients are susceptible to cold. Cold moist air chills through and through, takes cold easily especially in chest. Dull lethargic children who do not want to play. Children are self willed. Child is afraid of everything it sees. Nightmares and poor sleep. Imagines someone in their room. Fear of monsters. Obstinate. Irritable, cries about trifles, borrows trouble. Visions of fire, murder, rats and mice in delirium. Feels as if she would run up and down and scream.
History and Background
Common name: CALC CARB ostrearum, Oyster shells, Carbonate of Lime
Family: Chemical symbol CaCO3
Mol weight 100.08
Description: The substance used by Hahnemann was an impure carbonate of lime as it exists in the oyster shell.
Full name : CALC CARB
The oyster is a flabby, sessile, slow creature, which moves very slowely and secretes it’s own shell. The character of CALC CARB is fat flabby, constipated, fair, forty, perspiring and damp. There is flesh of quantity with diminished quality.. Defective nutrition. They are unable to absorb Calcium. Unable to calcify themselves. Teeth are late and prone to decay. They tend to be soft boned, big headed, sweaty. Clamminess and sourness. Perspiration. Stools are sour. Handshake is clammy and boneless. (Ref: M. Norland 1989)
CALC CARB is described as one of the greatest monuments of Hahnemann’s genius. This great anti-psoric is a constitutional remedy of great value. One of the polycrest remedies it ranks with Sulphur and Lycopodium at the head of the anti-psorics. It is absolutely essential to a correct appreciation of the homeopathic Materia Medica that these three medicines should be thoroughly known, as these are in a sense the standards around which the rest are grouped. All three have a very wide range and deep action. They have many symptoms in common, but CALC CARB is somewhat sharply distinguished from Sulphur in that it is a chilly remedy, the patient seeking warmth, while the Sulphur patient is worse by heat and better by cold.” Ref:Clarke Materia Medica