Ammonium carbonicum


KEY SYMPTOMS mental sluggishness • fatigue • fainting and weakness • breathlessness • sense of compression in the chest • person feels worse for cold and damp

For many centuries, ammonium carbonate was used in the West to treat "blood poisoning" arising from scarlet fever infection. From the 19th century, however, its main medicinal use was in smelling salts (also called sal volatile or salts of ammonia), which were used to revive and stimulate those who had fainted. Hahnemann proved and published the remedy in his Materia Medica Pura (1821-34). It is considered particularly useful for states of collapse.

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