Calcarea carbonica is a very well-known and well-described remedy. It is so familiar that it is easy to miss the Calc-c. patient! How can that be? It is because we approach Calc-c. with all the prejudges and biases that come with familiarity. What if the child is not the sweaty headed plumb child who is delayed with his teething? What if the exhausted woman is not “fat, fair, flabby and forty”? As useful as our ‘remedy pictures’ are, they do come with limitations. They limit our mind to the variety of possibilities. Here is some information that will help you understand Calcarea- carbonica better.
“PROTECTION & ORGANISATION – Calcium carbonate “seems to be the builder of solid ground in the organism out of the flowing waters.” The main theme is protecting the individual physical and mental structure against external and internal influences leading to disorder. The remedy is prepared from the middle layer of the inner, snow-white part of the oyster shell. The oyster is symbolic of the remedy picture: inhabiting 2 realms: the hard shell of the external world and the softer shell of the inner world.
This essential nature of calcium can be expressed as: [a] protection [against external influences]. [b] stability and organisation [against influences from the inside]. On the one hand, therefore, there is the unorganised inner world – the weak oyster without structure – and on the other hand the threat of the disorganising outer world. Calcium’s task is to build up a stable balance out of a yet unorganised inner world and, at the same time, to protect against external influences which are too strong, without excluding them altogether. This is the fundamental base of every human organism and leads, if undisturbed, to independence, self-realisation and self-support. If anything goes wrong the result will be: dependence, withdrawal and loss of social relationships.”
Quoted from Prisma Reference by Frans Vermeulen