Antimonium Tartaricum (Ant-t)

Antimonium Tartaricum

[Materia Medica of Homeopathic Medicine Antimonium Tartaricum (Ant-t) Health benefits, uses, warnings, safety precaution, side effects, interaction, complementary and dosage]

Antimonium Tartaricum (Ant-t) , Tartarus Stibiatus  comes in colorless, transparent rhombic crystals which become opaque on exposure to the air.

Common Name : Tartar Emetic, Antimony Potassium Tartrate;

Chemical Formula : C8H4K2O12Sb2, 3H2O;

Kingdom: Minerals;

Stage : Acute, Chronic;

Side: Left, U.Rt.Low Lt.;

Miasm: Psoric, Sycotic, Tubercular, Syphilitic;

Thermal State : Hot;

Action: OnlyPolycrest;

Thirst : Thirsty, Unquenchable, Thirstless;

Appetite: Increased, Easy satiety, Reduced ;

Sensitivity: Low, High;

Moon Phases : First Quarter, Full Moon, New Moon;

Time Phases: Morning, Noon, Afternoon, Forenoon, Evening, Night,

Gender : Child ;

Element : Hydrogen(H, 1), Carbon(C, 6), Oxygen(O, 8), Potassium(K, 19), Antimony(Sb, 51)

Physiological Action of Antimonium Tartaricum (Ant-t) :

This agent when applied to the skin produces a papular eruption which becomes vesicular, then pustular with a central umbilication, while later desiccation takes place. When administered internally there is an increased flow of the saliva, the gastric and intestinal juices, with a degree of nausea. Large doses excite vomiting with diarrhoea, producing cramps and pain in the epigastric region. They depress the heart’s action, render the ventricular contractions slower and weaker, and as a result the arterial tension is lowered.

Small doses increase the secretions of the bronchial mucous membrane, while large doses render the respiration irregular, and greatly increase the bronchial secretions. The temperature of body is lowered. It depresses the spinal centers and muscular system, and paralyzes both the motor and sensory centers, diminishing reflex excitability.

THERAPEUTICS of Antimonium Tartaricum (Ant-t) :

This remedy is indicated in those who are of a slow phlegmatic constitution, who are melancholy, bad humored, and despair of their recovery. It should be studied in those suffering from sub – acute BRONCHITIS with cough, fine sub crepitant rales, hoarseness, and tenderness of the larynx, capillary bronchitis of the aged, and in infants during the stage of relaxation, when the secretions fill the bronchial tubes, but the patient lacks the power to expectorate.

It is observed in cases of bronchitis when the heart’s action is enfeebled, breathing is attended with loud rattling or wheezing in the chest, and the patient is cyanotic. Much the same group of symptoms is prominent in BRONCHO – PNEUMONIA, when there is difficult breathing, loud rales, enfeebled heart’s action and cyanosis. It is of service in cases of small – pox, where it covers the symptoms at all periods of the case.

It should be remembered in cases of GASTROENTERITIS that are characterized by great anxiety, nausea, vomiting of a green watery, frothy material that contains particles of food. Purging is frequently associated with vomiting. The stools are profuse and watery, and indications of collapse are present. There is coldness of the surfaces, the hands and feet are like ice. It is indicated in lumbago when the pain is intense and the slightest move gives rise to retching and a cold, clammy sweat.

A/F (Aliment From / Causation):

-Anger, vexation.


-Damp basement



-After eating

MODALITIES of Antimonium Tartaricum (Ant-t) :

< In evening

< Lying down at night

< From warmth

< In damp cold weather

< Sour things and milk

< Morning

< Sitting down

< When seated

< From rising from a seat

< Change of weather in spring

> Sitting erect

> Eructations

> Expectoration

> Vomiting

> Lying on right side

> Motion

> Cold, open air
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MIND symptoms of Antimonium Tartaricum (Ant-t) :

-Fear of being alone.

-Bad humour. Despondent.

-Frightened at every trifle.

-Muttering delirium.

-Stupid on awakening.

-Apathy or easily annoyed; wants to be left alone.

-Peevish; whining and moaning.

-Despair of his recovery.

-Child continuously wishes to be carried erect, unwilling to be looked at, or touched.

-Clings to attendants.

-Consciousness wanes on closing eyes.

-Melancholy, complains of numerous sufferings.

-Fretfulness, whining and crying before the attack of sickness.

-Restlessness in children > being carried about.

GUIDING INDICATIONS of Antimonium Tartaricum (Ant-t) :

-Adapted to persons of hydrogenoid constitution of Grauvogl, torpid, phlegmatic persons. It is suited to old people and children to gouty subjects and drunkards with respiratory affection.

-Ill-effects of vaccination when remedies fail and Silicea is not indicated.

-All complaints are attended with irresistible to desire to sleep.

-Entire absence of thirst.

-Nausea, vomiting, coldness and drowsiness.

-Sweat runs through the whole of this remedy.

-Lack of reaction.

-Head-Vertigo alternates with drowsiness, with dullness and confusion.

-Band like feeling in forehead.

-Head hot and sweaty.

-Eyes-Eyes are sunken with dark rings around them, the lips pale and shriveled.

-Nostrils are dilated and flapping with a dark sooty appearance inside them.

-Upper lip drawn up.

-Expression is that of suffering, anxious despairing.

-Face-Cold, blue, pale, covered with cold sweat.

-Incessant quivering of chin and lower jaw.

-Mouth-Tongue-coated, pasty, thick while with reddened papillae and red edges, or red in streaks.

-dry in the middle.

-flow of saliva during pregnancy.

-mouth remains open after yawning.

-imprints of teeth on border after the tongue.

-G.I.T.-Craving for apples, acids, acid fruit, sour things, strong liquor.

-Aversion to milk and tobacco.

-Nausea, retching and vomiting especially after food with deathly faintness and prostration.

-Nausea comes in waves.

-Nausea produces fear with pressure in precordial region, followed by headache with yawning and lachrymation.

-Vomiting in any position except lying on right side.

-Vomiting forcible, then exhaustion and sleep.

-Eructation like bad eggs.

-Spasmodic colic, much flatus.

-Cholera morbus. Diarrhoea in eruptive disease.

-Respiratory system-Ant-t affects the mucous membrane especially of bronchi and lungs.

-Causing great accumulation of mucous with coarse rattling and bubbling rales in the chest- coarse, like the death rattle; thereby respiration is impeded and heart’s action becomes laboured, defective oxygenation in the circulation of blood occurs.

-All these conditions cause cyanosis, depression of vital power.

-Great rattling of mucus when very little is expectorated.

-Chest seems full, yet less and less in raised.

-Bronchial tubes overloaded with mucus.

-Rapid, short, difficult breathing, abdominal breathing, seems as if he would suffocate, must sit up to breathe or cough.

-Cough followed by vomiting or sleep.

-Emphysema of the aged.

-Oedema and impending paralysis of lungs.

-Coughing and gasping consecutively.

-Cough excited by eating, with pain chest and larynx < 3 a.m.

-Dyspnoea relieved by eructation, by lying on right side.

-Asphyxia neonatrum, child breathless and pale when born.

-Nursing infants let go the nipple and cry out as if out of breath.

-Child coughs when angry.

-Child bends backward with cough.

-Expectoration thick and white.
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-Thirstlessness with all these bronchial troubles with copious discharge of mucus and great rattling in the chest.

-C.V.S.-Palpitation with uncomfortable hot feeling.

-Pulse rapid weak and trembling.

-Back-Violent pain in sacro- lumbar region < lifting.

-Slightest effort to move may cause retching and cold, clammy sweat.

-Sensation of heavy weight at the coccyx, dragging downward all the time.

-Vertebrae seems to rub against each other.

-Extremities- Trembling of whole body.

-Chills and contractures and pain with music.

-Skin- Convulsions when eruptions fail to appear.

-Pustular eruptions, leaving a bluish red mark.

-Small pox.

-Warts on glands penis.

KEYNOTES of Antimonium Tartaricum (Ant-t) :

1. Extraordinary craving for apple.

2. Great rattling of mucus but very little is expectorated.

3. Coarse rattling, like death rattle.

4. Vomiting in any position except lying on the right side.



-Through the pneumogastric nerve, it depress the respiration and circulation, causing great accumulation of mucus, great rattling of mucus. Death rattle, but very little is expectorated.

-Nausea, vomiting, coldness, drowsiness, prostration, sweat runs through the whole of this remedy.

CONFIRMATORY SYMPTOMS of Antimonium Tartaricum (Ant-t) :

1. All complaints are attended with irresistible desire to sleep.

2. Nausea, vomiting, coldness, drowsiness, prostration, sweat, runs through the whole of this remedy.

3. Great accumulation of mucus, very little expectoration.

4. Extraordinary craving of apple.

5. Tongue thick, white, pasty, with reddened papillae and red edges and red in streaks.

6. Nausea and vomiting in any position except lying on right side.

7. Complete absence of thirst with bronchial troubles.

8. Violent pain in sacro-lumbar region < lifting, slight effort to move, may cause retching and cold clammy sweat.

9. Pustular eruptions like small pox.

CLINICAL condition of Antimonium Tartaricum (Ant-t) :

-Bronchitis, Chicken pox, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Congestive heart failure, Cyanosis, Impetigo, Pertussis, Pneumonia, Respiratory infections, Sepsis.

Ant-t 30X almost a specific for babies who had diarrhoea and also vomited- Dr. Starr.

Ant-t 30 or 200 almost specific for impetigo-Dr. Foubister.

-Ill-effects of vaccination when Thuja and Silicea are not indicated.


Follows Well : Bar-c, Bell, Bry, Camph, Caust, Ip, Merc, Nux-v, Phos, Puls, Rhus-t, Sep, Sulph.

Compare : Acon, Ars, Bar-c, Brom, Camph, Ferr-p, Hep, Iod, Ip, Kali-i, Lach, Lyc, Phos, Puls, Ter, Verat.

Antidoted By : Asaf, Chin, Cocc, Con, Ip, Laur, Op, Puls, Sep.

It Antidotes : Bar-c, Bry, Camph, Caust, Puls.

Duration Of Action : 20-30 Days.