Magnesium carbonicum Anhang


[Roger Morrison]

Mag-c. = dem häufiger verschriebenen Arzneimittel Mag-m. sehr ähnlich. Der Patient sieht aus, als hätte er lange gelitten; er wirkt sauer, müde, erträgt keinen Streit und braucht Frieden und Harmonie. Die Magnesia carbonica-Konstitution erscheint, wenn überhaupt noch möglich, noch mehr dem endgültigen Zusammenbruch nahe als Magnesia muriatica, dabei mit einem erdigen, kränklichen Aussehen. In fast allen Fällen klagt der Patient über Müdigkeit und Schwäche. Der Patient empfindet Angst und große Furcht vor der Zukunft. Diese Angst hält den ganzen Tag

über an und wird häufig besonders schlimm, nachdem er warme Speisen gegessen hat. Sobald der Patient jedoch zu Bett geht, verspürt er eine ungeheure Erleichterung, und die Angst verschwindet. Mag-c. ist eines der Hauptmittel bei „mangelhaftes Gedeihen“. Der Säugling nimmt nicht an Gewicht zu, die Entwicklung der Muskulatur ist verzögert, und er kann den Kopf nicht hochhalten.

Auch das Erlernen von Gehen oder Stehen ist verzögert. Der Teint ist blass und gelblich. Der Kraftmangel geht häufig mit einer Erkrankung der Leber oder des Verdauungsapparates einher.

Gemüt: Angst tagsüber, > abends im Bett

Friedensstifter; Streit, Konfrontationen oder Disharmonie sind unerträglich.

Furcht vor Aggression oder Gewalt

Zittern vor Angst


Ist morgens beim Erwachen nicht geneigt zu reden.

Allgemein: Saurer Geruch der Sekretionen und Absonderungen. Schweiß, Menses, Erbrochenes, Durchfall usw. (Hep./Rheum)

<: 3 h. oder von 3 – 4 h.

< durch Zugluft (Kali-c./Sil./Psor./Hep.)

< warme Speisen (Kopfschmerzen, Neuralgie, Angst)

Adipositasoder Schlaffheit der Gewebe

< während der Schwangerschaft (Zahnschmerzen, Kreuzschmerzen, Schläfrigkeit usw.)

< vor oder während der Menses. Bekommt jeden Monat eine Halsentzündung, Schnupfen und leidet an Schwäche.

Kopf: Trigeminusneuralgie, insbesondere linksseitig Neuralgie: > Hitze/Gehend/durch Druck; < Zugluft,

Bauch: Langsame Verdauung; Obstipation

Diarrhoe (nach Milch)/< nach dem Mittagessen. Kolitis

Bauchkolik < durch Milch

Hepatitis. Weißlicher oder blasser Stuhl bei Erkrankungen der Leber

Nahrungsmittelverlangen: Fleisch. Brot und Butter. Gemüse

Abneigung: Gemüse. Obst

Urinorganen: Mensesfluß nur während der Nacht; hört tagsüber auf.

Menses zu früh, alle 21 Tage

Glieder: Füße heiß, deckt sie ab.

Schlaf: Erwacht um 3 h. und kann nicht wieder einschlafen; Schlaflos von 3 – 4 h.

Unausgeruht am Morgen beim Erwachen, dieser Zustand hält eine Stunde oder länger an.


Klinisch: Chronische-Erschöpfung-Syndrom. Hepatitis. Mangelhaftes Gedeihen. Neuralgie. Obstipation. Prämenstruelles Syndrom. Schlaflosigkeit. Schwangerschaft


DD.: Mag-m.: Leberschwäche; unausgeruht nach dem Schlafen; Verlangen nach Obst; Neuralgie; ähnliche Gemütssymptomatik usw.

Lyc.: Konfliktscheu; unausgeruht nach Schlaf; deckt die Füße ab; schwache Leber

Calc. Rheum. Hep. Coloc. China.


[David Lilley]

When the universe was young, the first stars were born as vast spheres of hydro­gen, which over millions of years produced helium and then carbon, neon and oxygen, each alchemical step releasing more and more magnesium. The first substantial, non-gaseous elements fabricated in the process of stellar synthe­sis were magnesium and carbon, which, if joined together by means of oxygen, form the carbonate of magnesium: the first molecule – the mother molecule! This is a natural process, for when magnesium, a very light, soft, silvery-white metal, is exposed to air, a protective surface coating of the carbonate forms, preventing further oxidation. By the same analogy, Magnesium carbonate (Mag-c.) may also be considered the first child of the universe.

The shamanic perspective

Homeopathy is the art of unravelling mysteries and symbols, of interpreting in the light of external features of appearance and demeanour, and the lan­guage of symptoms and signs, the inner reality of the patient. The same analyt­ical process is used to unlock and under­stand the inner mystery or healing power of a remedy. The shamans of ancient and primitive cultures were weavers of myth, magic and medicine. They were aware that behind the tangible world of forms and events lies a deeper, unseen, time­less reality, embodying an absolute truth of which the manifest world is but a symbol. In contemplating an earthly object or happening, they were con­sciously in the presence of its spiritual counterpart. Similarly, homeopathic provings enable us to peer behind the veil of physical phenomena and view this higher dimension. Combining this knowledge with the insight of a medi­cine man of old, we are able to ponder the awful plight of the first, hypothetical molecule of the creation.

One alone

It is solitary, isolated and alone, exposed to an extremely hostile and unfamiliar environment. It has descended from the security and tranquillity of the oceanic field of energy from which all matter emerges. This is analogous to being cast out of a heavenly paradise, or a sensi­tive being’s experience of severance from mother at birth or, more traumatically, being snatched from the symbiotic bliss of the uterine, amniotic fluid by a pair of latex-gloved hands during Caesarean section. We can anticipate that the hold­ing environment into which the child is born is not consistently supportive, nurturing and caring. Unconsciously, the child will not feel that it can count on being protected, understood, loved and made to feel valuable. The child or adult may have a deep, inexplicable sense that they have been deserted and forsaken, or that they will be aband­oned. They may feel utterly friendless. Understandably, they often suffer from homesickness – a longing for the paradise that was. Highly significant are dreams of going on a journey; of fire burning brightly and of shrieking out with fear; of cheeks and back being burnt by a fiery light; being thrown from a moving vehicle into a grave; of going astray – of being lost in a forest, or at home; and of unsuccessful efforts to find the way in one’s own house. The cosmos is our home and each one of us is a unique expression of its oneness, but as the ego-personality develops as a compensatory defence structure to deal with the im­pingements of a seemingly unreliable, unfriendly environment, we lose our sense of immortality and oneness with the cosmos, and experience ourselves as discrete, solitary and mortal: we go astray – especially if we are a Mag-c.

Loss of basic trust

The dreams of Mag-c. reveal so much about the filters of doubt and fear that obscure a life perspective due to early life experiences in an unsupportive environment: dreams of unsuccessful attempts to do various things, of mis­fortune, difficulties, danger, quarrels, fights, robbers breaking into the house and attempting to kill them, of accidents, casualties, mutilation, body parts, dead bodies of relatives, graves and funerals. They also have awful fears of pain, suffering, disease, violence, misfortune, intruders and rape. All indicative of a fearful, troubled mind, filled with neg­ativity and lack of basic trust.

What experiences could have caused such forebodings?


These conflicting emotional pictures are predictive of an adolescent and adult tendency to swinging moods, charac­terised by periods of high energy, elation and often brilliant creativity, eventually lapsing into apathy, inertia and depres­sion. A fundamentally loving, caring, sweet nature, concerned about the wel­fare of animals, humanity and the planet, yet prone to attacks of rage/despondency. In the most pathological cases this may amount to a bipolar disorder and even manic-depressive psychosis. When we consider the properties of magnesium these seemingly incompatible contrasts become understandable. Metallic magnesium can be ignited in an ordinary, oxygen atmosphere, burning violently with a dazzling, blinding light and intense heat. It can be extremely destructive.

This highly inflammable quality is symbolic of an unpredictably volatile personality given to impulsive and reactive outbursts of anger. The phenomena intrinsic to magnesium are clearly energy and light, and this is true of its most creative function upon which all aerobic life depends: its role in photosynthesis. Central to the utilisation of solar, light energy lies the chlorophyll molecule and central to the chlorophyll molecule lies magnesium. Without magnesium there would be no chlorophyll, no oxygen-rich atmosphere, no protec­tive ozone layer and nature would not be green. The symbolic essence of green is peace, harmony, renewal, abundance, trust, joy, love and balance, the very antithesis of its obverse: instability, neg­ativity and destruction. In all cultures green is the colour of Mother Nature and of womanhood; it is universally associated with plant-life and is symbolic of planet Earth, the only green planet.

The mediator

Magnesium embodies all that green symbolises and is the element representing nature’s energising, nurturing and harmonising power. It is central to the homeostasis (balanced function) of all life forms, the essential activator (catalyst) of the enzymatic reactions that maintain function and life. As a catalyst it initiates, presides over and conducts reactions, yet remains detached: a char­acteristic of those who, whilst giving advice and support, maintain an imper­sonal, objective and unprejudiced stance; those who can mediate and arbitrate without partiality, bringing justice, reconciliation and peace through a Solomon-like wisdom. Magnesium, more than any other element, displays the sup­porting, nurturing and protective, yet objective and uncompromising love of the wise mother. No mother can be more wise and caring, yet more forbidding, stern and relentless than Mother Nature. Mag-c. is her material representative and as such shares her mythology.

The Eleusinian mysteries

The most sacred and solemn of all the religious ceremonies celebrated by the ancient Greeks was observed every fifth year at Eleusis in Attica. By way of their eminence, these initiatory rites were often simply referred to as “the mysteries”. For 2000 years the Eleusinian mysteries played a pivotal role in the spiritual life of the Hellenic world. The festival was sacred to the goddess Demeter (Ceres) and her daughter Kore.

Demeter was a fertility goddess, an Earth-mother goddess, equivalent to Mother Earth herself and specifically the goddess of grain and crops. Through union with her brother Zeus, high god of Olympus, Demeter had her only daughter Kore, whom her uncle Hades, god of the underworld, desired. Hades approached Zeus for leave to marry the beautiful Kore. Zeus, reluctant to offend his brother, yet knowing that Demeter would never forgive him if he committed Kore to an eternity in the under­world, deviously answered that he could neither refuse nor give his consent. Encouraged by his brother’s prevarication, Hades plotted to take her by force.

Whilst Kore was picking flowers in a meadow, he lured her away from her companions by creating an exquisitely beautiful narcissus. As she stooped to pick the blossom, the ground before her was rent asunder and out of the cavern­ous depths erupted a golden chariot drawn by four magnificent, black horses. Hades snatched her up and bore her struggling and screaming down into the abyss from which he had come. The earth closed over them leaving no sign of her abduction. Only the all-seeing Helios, the personification of the sun, had wit­nessed the crime.

For nine days and nights, the anguished Demeter sought her ravished daughter. On the tenth day, under the stern coercion of Hecate, goddess of the dark moon and the crossroads, a reluctant Helios divulged the truth. Filled with grief and outrage, Demeter demanded of Zeus the return of Kore. Zeus tried to placate her, advising that she should reconcile herself to what had happened because Hades was a power­ful god and a not unworthy son-in-law. Her anger and resentment became seething fury and she continued to fran­tically wander the earth, at night light­ing her way by torches fired in the flames of mount Etna. Eventually she reached Eleusis, and there retired into a state of silent, solitary, grieving depression. She ceased to function. Famine and sterility descended upon the earth, threatening all life with extinction.

To avert disaster, Zeus was forced to capitulate and sent his messenger son Hermes (Mercury) to Hades command­ing that he restore Kore to her mother. Unknown to Kore, she could only return to the world of the living if she had not a compromise was made. Kore would spend the four months of winter with Hades as Persephone, his queen of the underworld, and the remaining eight months with her mother. In the eternal cycle of the seasons, the story of Demeter and Kore is forever reenacted. Winter harshly denudes and freezes the Earth, bringing, especially in the most northerly climes, a sense of rejection, loneliness, abandonment, vulnerability and depression: the despondency of Demeter, the pining of Kore. Spring brings the bud­ding of new life and the uplifting energy of green, bringing hope and joy and restoring the Earth to us as both mother and nurse: the return of Persephone! These are the mysteries imbedded in the psyche of Mag-c., which they so often have to live out in their life experience.

The dark father/lover

This myth is multifaceted. It explicitly exposes the selfish, manipulative, oppressive and rapacious attitude of the patriarchy towards the feminine prin­ciple. In psychological terms, Hades represents the dark aspect of Zeus: the destructive, misogynistic father. Zeus is the accomplice in Kore’s abduction and subsequent rape by his brother. By his silent passivity and his indifference to her cries for help, he condones and vicariously participates in the act. In this role he is the perverted father.

Another myth relates that Zeus, himself, was the first to seduce and despoil partaken of the food of the dead. Whilst she pined for her mother, nothing had passed her lips, but as she approached Hermes’ chariot, the wily Hades prof­fered her some pomegranate seeds, seem­ingly as a token of goodwill. The innocent Kore accepted his offering and doomed herself to become her rapist’s bride. Demeter’s initial joy at the prospect of reunion was transformed into the deep­est despondency and despair. Yet again universal disaster threatened, until finally, his daughter, revealing himself as the incestuous father. In other myths he is depicted as an abusive father, psycho­logically cruel or, like his own father Kronos, a competitive, devouring one. This is often the partner that an arche­typal Demeter has to cope with and Kore/Persephone is often her daughter, subject to his abuse and the focal point of Demeter’s intense, nurturing and even sacrificial, maternal love. The two arche­types are frequently bonded by the powerful codependency of a needy or victim daughter and an over-solicitous, protective mother. They may be so entwined that they represent a single mother/ daughter archetype: Magnesium car­bonate. Although most often pertaining to a mother/daughter relationship, these Mag-c. bonds or bondage exist essen­tially between a parent and child, irre­spective of gender.

The trials of motherhood

Mag-c. often the remedy for a young woman in whom the biological need to be a mother is an intense long­ing and a driving force. Any tardiness in falling pregnant becomes a crisis and even a tragedy in her life, plunging her into depression and despair. Even the sight of a pregnant woman can stir feel­ings of resentment and envy. Once she is blessed with children, Mag-c. may become

a hovering mother, overprotective, always too concerned and worried about their welfare, and too involved in and vulnerable to the ups and downs of their lives. When they reach puberty, every suitor is seen as a potential Hades. Like the narcissus (the hubris of beauty), the ever dangerous and seductive pom­egranate seeds are symbolic of the emo­tions and situations, which can trap the innocent and unwary in an abusive relationship. They are the red of passion -a fatal attraction, and the fruit of passion- an unwanted pregnancy, but they may also be the spiked drink that leads

to date rape. Mag-c. can be the remedy for the rape victim and for her mother.

Significant dreams linking Mag-c. to the myth are: “picking flowers (gath­ering fruit) in a garden” and “dreams, after midnight, of marrying one she did not like” – a wedding to the dark lord of the underworld!

The empty nest

The Mag-c. mother needs her child to need her and she will foster dependency in her offspring by making herself indispensable to them. When her daughter is “lost” -through a relationship or marriage that distances her, by becoming independent, by moving away from home or living abroad- Mag-c. will suffer from empty-nest syndrome. Like the goddess, she ceases to function and descends into desolation and despair, her life becoming empty and barren. Her Mag-c. daughter, confined by marriage to a dominant, restrictive man, will pine for her mother. Her world freezes over, but the pomegranate seeds may still bind her. By erosion her love dies and so also her sexuality. If Mag-c. cannot react explosively, then passive aggres­sion is her mode of response: the with­drawal of her functions, her femininity and her compliance - an indirect expres­sion of her hostility and resentment.

The exhausted mother/housewife

If the archetypal drive towards mother­hood holds sway, particularly when for­tified by religious persuasion, the Mag-c. woman may go from one pregnancy to another. Mag-c., like Sepia, is a remedy for the worn out mother and housewife: a grown up Cinderella at everyone’s beck and call. The ugly sisters are her entire family. This is not living, it is surviving, coping, striving and enduring, often without acknowledgment or appreciation, taken for granted, taken advan­tage of and abused. They have to sacrifice their preferences, deny and suppress their needs in the service of husband and family. This is a state of negative green: unquestioning resignation, self-abnegation and hopelessness – the state of nature in many parts of the world.

Love and friendship

Green is the colour of the fourth or heart chakra, the spinning vortex of life energy in which the consciousness of love is seated. Green (and hence magnesium) lies at the heart or centre of the spectrum providing a bridge or gateway between blue and yellow, uniting respectively wisdom and clarity. Yellow provides the energy, will and confidence to communicate the wisdom of blue, and green applies it with skill, consideration and love. Likewise, Mag-c. acts as bridge or mediator, a reconciler of opposites, able to settle fun­damental divisions and smooth the way for accord and compromise; it provides a gateway for deep and lasting friendship - and the password is love!

Mag-c. stands at the interface between the conscious and the unconscious. The Magnesium archetype will repress, often out of memory, disturbing, intense and painful emotions. Perse­phone is the pre-eminent symbol of unconscious repression. The archetype is not at ease with its emotions and practices avoidance, maintaining a con­trolled and restrained demeanour even in situations of great adversity. This veneer of calm, unemotional composure and proud stoicism is the pseudo-har­mony of emotional stagnation, the worst state of negative green. This green is also the colour of putrefaction and decay, indicative of the erosive, destructive and even cancerous consequences of emotions denied or repressed. Just as there is a green of vigour and life, there is also a green of sickness and death.

Mag-c. can unlock the deep and the hidden. Through its bridging effect, it mediates the release of unconsciously repressed energy into the conscious. It causes inhibited and bottled emotions to surface and opens up the dream path­ways, providing insight into the cause and foundation of our physical and psychological illness. At its highest level, Mag-c. facilitates a descent into the personal underworld to set free the untapped powers that lie dormant and unrealised in the fathomless depths of the psyche. It restores a spiritual harvest which furnishes the supplicant with the most hallowed bread of all: an abiding trust that fears neither life nor death.


[Rajan Sankaran]

A sycotic remedy. This salt represents the essence of the Magnesium group of remedies. The Magnesium feeling is that the person doesn’t get the care, protection and nourishment that he needs.

It is the state of an infant dependent on the mother for nourishment, care, security and support, but who has been abandoned by his parents. It is the feeling of an orphan. Kent’s famous example

of treating orphaned children without any results, until he discovered Magnesium carbonicum should be read from his “Lectures on Homoeopathic Materia Medica”.

This feeling like that of an infant, i.e. dependent for care, nourishment, security and support, is very deep in Magnesium carbonicum. In the adult, this feeling seems so out of place that it is not expressed at all at a conscious level; it is repressed so that the patient is unaware of what he actually feels. These repressed emotions can be manifest in the form of a tremendous causeless anxiety, especially anxiety or fear that something will happen to the people the patient is close to. This anxiety usually involves the person on whom he is dependent for care and nourishment, and can be so great as to cause sleeplessness. It could be acute enough to be compared with the anxieties of remedies like Rhus toxicodendron, Stramonium, Argentum nitricum, etc. But such an anxiety or fear is found only in some cases of Magnesium carbonicum. In most Magnesium carbonicum patients there is a total repression – they feel that they should not make any demands on anyone, should not ask anyone for help. In this way, they may seem to be independent. They seem not to need any care from others, and in fact can be quite caring. But they are generally only superficially friendly, and don’t make emotional contact.

I have seen such patients to have low emotional experience and to be placid. They speak in a plain, impersonal manner – sometimes almost like a newsreader. Another aspect of Mag-c. is that they can become very reserved, indisposed to talk, and develop a very repulsive mood when they avoid people. They usually deny any sort of anxiety or tension but they may have many physical symptoms, or pathology that comes up for no obvious reason. For example, they may have psychosomatic conditions like ulcerative colitis or lichen planus, though there seems to be no major tension in the patient’s life.

Their repressed emotions can also be expressed in the form of dreams and these usually give the strongest confirmation of Magnesium. Magnesium patients have plenty of dreams. Often these dreams are symbolic, i.e. the real meaning of the dream is not clear. There may be dreams of houses, weddings, fruits, etc. Some of the dreams that recur in Magnesium patients are those of falling, of water, of dead relatives and of the death of relatives.

Some Magnesium patients, I have noticed, may have dreams of dangerous situations, without any feeling of danger in the dream. For example, they may dream that they are standing near a flood of water but they feel nothing – they are just watching it.

Another feature of the dreams of Magnesium is that in many of these, there is a feeling of being alone, of having to face a problem alone. Another theme is that of being left behind. Quite a few Magnesium patients that I have treated had the dream of being left behind, alone on the railway platform while the train departed with all their relatives in it. Among the pleasant dreams that Magnesium patients get are those of being with people, of going on a picnic with relatives, of meeting friends and relatives, and of being with relatives who are actually dead.

An interesting difference between Mag-c. and Mag-m. is that Mag-m. has dreams of being lost in a forest, i.e. outside the house, Mag-c. has dreams of being lost in his own house. This means that whereas the Mag-m. can find a home outside of his house if he makes the effort, the Mag-c. situation is such that despite being in his own house he is homeless, and no effort is going to help.

This contributes to the placid feeling one gets with Mag-c.

Conversely some Magnesium patients will say that they do not dream at all. This is also a strong indication of Magnesium. A total absence of dreams indicates that there is a strong barrier between

the conscious and the subconscious parts of the mind – a very severe repression. Patients who do not have any dreams usually have the most severe pathology. In such patients you may see two

other indications:

1.      sleeplessness without any apparent cause,

2.      an exhausted, unrefreshed feeling on waking in the morning, as if the mind had been active all night. This latter phenomenon, may also be seen in patients who do remember their dreams.

They will say to you: “I dream so much that I am completely exhausted in the morning.” This is an almost clear confirmation of Magnesium.

Physical symptoms:

o Chilly patients, though their feet may get warm, they have to be uncovered.

o Desires: fruits, meat and vegetables; also, aversion to vegetables.

o Unrefreshing sleep, more tired on waking than on going to sleep.

o Perspiration sour smelling, leaves indelible yellow stains on clothes.

o Menses: black as pitch, indelible stains.

o Children have a tendency to develop boils recurrently and in rapid succession (Phatak’s Repertory, p. 54).


o Fear, happen, something will.

o Besides oneself, being, anxiety from.

o Sleeplessness: causeless.

o Forsaken: beloved by his parents, wife, friends, feels is not being.

o Dream: Bathing in boiling water, child is.

o Dream: Graves, being thrown into.

o Dream: Lost, home, at.

o Dream: Embarrassment.


o Desires meat.

o Desires fruits.

o Desires bread and butter.


o Sleep, unrefreshing, awakes tired.

o Children disposition to boils.

o Constipation, mental shock, nervous strain, from.


To read about the philosophical approach to developing these remedy pictures, see Dr. Sankaran’s introduction to Soul of Remedies:



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