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What Is Kali Carbonicum?

Kali carbonicum has been used to treat symptoms of asthma.
Kali carbonicum has been used to help relieve pain associated with kidney stones.
Close-up view of potash, or kali carbonicum.
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Kali carbonicum, also known as potassium carbonate, potash, Kali. carb., or Kalium carbonicum, is a metallic compound that is easy to create either naturally or chemically. It is highly caustic, so it is rarely recommended for internal consumption, unless it is quite diluted. For medical purposes, it is most often applied to the body externally, as an ointment or lotion. Homeopathic medicine practitioners believe that it can treat the symptoms of joint pain, back pain, kidney disorders, insomnia, and even asthma.

Originally, this compound was prepared from the ashes that resulted from burning wood and then boiling it in iron pots. Now, potash can be made synthetically. While potash is black, kali carbonicum is white. It is also odorless and often ground up repeatedly with lactose sugar. The lactose sugar gives it the white color and also makes it water soluble.

People who suffer from frequent coughs, asthma, or other respiratory ailments may take kali carbonicum. It is specifically believed to work best if the respiratory issues are worse in the early morning hours. The compound is also thought to help people suffering from lower back pain. Many homeopathic medicine practitioners claim that it is among the best remedies for women who are suffering from lower back pain due to pregnancy, for example.

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Other uses of this compound include pain relief for people with kidney stones or kidney disease, and it is often used to relieve the shooting pains due to those ailments. In addition, many people believe that it can help a person affected with insomnia fall asleep and stay asleep. Many practitioners claim that it has a calming effect the helps battle insomnia and other sleep disorders.

Although it is most commonly used as an ointment or as a tincture that is applied to the body, kali carbonicum can also be used in capsule form. Since it can be caustic, a medical professional should be consulted, especially if it is going to be consumed. Most practitioners recommend it in small doses. In addition, many practitioners believe that it should never be given to people with fever, gout, or who are weak, as it can be particularly damaging to their bodies or even fatal.

For those individuals who do not want to use the compound for medical purposes, it also is used in the manufacturing of a wide array of products. It is most commonly used to make glass and soap, although some people use it as a water softener, as well.

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anon325158
Post 3

Keep in mind folks that potassium is in the same alkali family as Lithium and Lithium Carbonate is a very powerful anti-depressant psychoactive drug, so you may want to take that into account before using it in any fashion.

starrynight
Post 2

@indemnifme - I understand your concerns. I think you missed the part about kali carbonicum being taken internally as a homeopathic medicine.

In case you weren't aware, homeopathic medicine is usually made from a harmful substance. But it is diluted a lot. And when I say a lot, I mean that there is only a very small amount of the substance in the supplement. Homeopathic medicine is pretty harmless. The only bad thing that may happen to you is that it might not help your problem!

indemnifyme
Post 1

I think I would be a little bit leery of taking kali carbonicum as a supplement. How are you supposed to know if it is diluted enough? There isn't any regulation to the packaging and creation of most supplements! I think the only way to know if this stuff is going to be harmful would be to just take it and see what happens. I don't think that's a very good idea.

Also, there are plenty of medicines to help asthma, respiratory symptoms and back pains! I think I would go with something tried and true before taking kali carbonicum.

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