Potassium Carbonicum in homeopathy: properties, benefits and uses (all you need to know)

What is potassium carbonicum?

Potassium carbonicum can be used in many ways as a homeopathic remedy. The range of treatments includes the musculoskeletal system, the digestive and cardiovascular systems, the respiratory tract and the genitals.

It is used for back and hip pain, absent menstrual bleeding, oedema, myocardial insufficiency and bladder insufficiency. Potassium carbonate is used to treat depression, anxiety and states of exhaustion that occur after infections.

Leading symptoms

  • weakness
  • back pain
  • Sweating with the slightest exertion
  • Nightly waking between 2am and 4am
  • swollen eyelids
  • stabbing pains
  • Sensitive to touch
  • Can’t be alone
  • Spasmodic cough with choking or vomiting
  • Complaints from changes
  • Picky about little things
  • Fear is felt in the stomach
  • Shortness of breath from exertion and at night between 2 and 4 a.m

Information about the agent

How do you recognize patients who need potassium carbonicum?

The patients are emaciated and appear prematurely aged. They are very sensitive, self-protective, irritable, moody, argumentative and uncompromising, nagging about trifles. You have a strong aversion to bread, milk and meat, craving sour and sweet. They yawn and sleep a lot during the day, avoiding noise and smells. At night they wake up with constantly changing complaints. You sweat all over your body, combined with stabbing back pain, the sweat on your feet smells bad.

Painful blisters form in the mouth, the tongue has a gray coating, and the breath smells cheesy; Tendency to periodontal disease and aching teeth when eating. The excretions are acrid, frothy, sticky-tough. Kali carbonicum shows accumulations of water (edema), especially over the upper eyelid. One is constipated, has a hard, swollen stomach due to severe constipation.

Stomach pains in the back, chest and legs. Urination is burning and dribbling. A pulling, stabbing pain, often on the left side, with simultaneous dryness of the mucous membranes is characteristic of Kali carbonicum. The cough is hard, with bloody, salty, fetid expectoration. Throat feels like a foreign object is stuck. Food is thrown out again halfway. The nasal mucous membranes are dry, crusty, irritated, there is a runny nose with sneezing fits. Breathing is associated with razor-sharp pain and tightness in the chest. The heart races when excited or hungry, shows shooting pains that radiate to the left shoulder. Neck pain shoots into the shoulder blades, back pain makes you want to lean on it. Arms and legs are numb, fall asleep quickly, the left foot swells. Joints, fingertips and toes hurt.

Women suffer from white discharge and painful menstruation with abdominal colic and are prone to miscarriage. Men have pulling pains in the testicles and spermatic cords. The sex drive is hardly developed. Sexual intercourse causes weakness that lasts up to two days.


Kali carbonicum is indicated for all typical symptoms that improve or worsen through the following modalities:


  • warmth
  • Bent sitting position with elbows on knees


  • cold
  • after intercourse
  • between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m
  • draft
  • weather change

What are typical areas of application for Kali carbonicum?

  • upset stomach
  • colds
  • asthma
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • sleep disorders
  • back pain
  • exhaustion
  • anxiety states

Areas of application in detail

Lose weight

water retention

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6


Low back pain during bleeding. Dark bleeding that starts too early and lasts for a long time. Aggravation 3-5 o’clock and cold. amelioration from heat.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6 

Cough/ bronchitis

In the context of bronchitis or bronchial asthma, a hard, dry cough that is difficult to resolve. The patient quickly becomes out of breath. Slimy hoarseness.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6

Body odor/sweat

Sweating all over the body after the slightest physical exertion, in connection with back pain and a sudden feeling of weakness. Cold, fetid foot sweat.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6


Tendency to water retention in the tissue. The upper eyelid is most affected, where sac-like edema forms.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6


Rheumatic complaints and arthritis in all joints, especially in the back. The patient has a constant need to lean.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6

Back pain

lower back pain and sciatica. The right side is particularly often affected. The back pain is particularly bad at night and makes it difficult to turn over in bed. Aggravation when walking and sitting. Ameliorated by firm pressure.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6 

Mucous membranes

The mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract are extremely dry and show a burning pain.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6 


Constant constipation due to sluggish bowels with simultaneous urge to defecate. The body is greatly distended. Flatulence is discontinued with colicky pain, and nausea or nausea often occurs.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6

Application information

Dosage forms of potassium carbonicum

Potencies from D3 to D30 are given, with ampoules D4

Potassium carbonicum dosage

How often Kali carbonicum should ideally be taken is to be determined on the basis of the symptoms and the drug picture (appearance). For immediate relief, the remedy is given with five globules D6 every hour until the symptoms show an improvement. Potassium carbonicum can be administered in higher potencies to promote the constitution. You give classic five globules D30 once a week with a matching appearance.

Potassium carbonicum effect

Potassium carbonicum acts on the joints, the digestive tract, the respiratory tract and the central nervous system.

Potassium carbonicum during pregnancy

The versatile potassium carbonicum is often used during pregnancy for deep-seated back pain, nausea and constipation. It is important to use it during childbirth. Here it is given for very painful but unproductive labor pains, the pain of which extends deep into the thighs, combined with the deep exhaustion of the woman giving birth.

It helps soften the cervix.

The remedy is used as an alternative to the homeopathic Magnesium carbonicum in the postpartum period for feverish conditions, weakness and exhaustion. Potassium carbonicum is indicated in the event of a miscarriage in the first trimester of pregnancy.

Potassium carbonicum for the baby

Potassium carbonicum is mainly given to very anxious and skittish children. They often sleep very restlessly, waking up between 2 and 4 a.m. and only calming down when they are carried around. The babies are typically very ticklish. The upper eyelids are also often swollen.

The homeopathic remedy is given for many digestive problems in babies. After eating, there is belching, abdominal pain and flatulence. The babies are writhing in pain. Heat and warm applications relieve the symptoms.

Potassium carbonicum for dogs, horses and cats

Potassium carbonicum is often used for pneumonia in young animals. The animals suffer from a dry cough, especially at night between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. The cough worsens after eating and drinking.

The remedy is often indicated in states of exhaustion after infections. The animals are sensitive to touch and sound. Swelling is noticeable on the upper eyelids.

Potassium carbonicum side effects

There are no known side effects, side effects or interactions when taking other medications.

Expertise for homeopaths

Supplemental Funds

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  • Carbovegetables
  • sodium chlorate
  • Acidum nitricum
  • Nux vomica
  • Phosphorus

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Typical potencies: Potassium carbonicum is often administered in the potencies 6X and 12X.

fabric type: mineral salt


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