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