Antimonium tartaricum


Dr. S.R. Phatak describes the clinically confirmed symptoms of the homeopathic remedy Antimonium Tartaricum in his Concise Materia Medica, published in 1977….


Generalities

      There is some similarity of symptoms between Ant-c and Ant-t esp. in mental and digestive sphere. Ant-t, affects the MUCOUS MEMBRANES esp. of Bronchi and Lungs, causing GREAT ACCUMULATION OF Mucus, with coarse rattling, thereby respiration is impeded and heart action becomes laboured; defective oxygenation in the circulation of blood occurs. All these conditions cause cyanosis, depression of vital power. Patient becomes INCREASINGLY WEAK, SWEATS, BECOMES DROWSY and RELAXED with LACK OF REACTION. It is suitable to old people and children; to gouty subjects and drunkards, with gastric affections. Trembling of whole body, great prostration and faintness. Sensation of weight or heaviness in many parts; head, occiput, coccyx, limbs. Convulsive twitching. Fretfulness, whining and crying, before the attack of sickness. Chronic trembling of head and hands (as in paralysis agitans). Chills and contractures and pain in muscles. Dropsy of synovial membrane. Convulsions when eruptions fail to appear. Child continuously wishes to be carried erect, unwilling to be looked at or touched. Complaints arising in digestive sphere. Effects of anger and vexation. Prostrated in mind and body. Nursing infants let go the nipple and cry out as if out of breath Children have convulsions if attention is thrust upon them. Ill effects of vaccination when Thuja fails and Silicea is not indicated. Sensation of coldness in blood vessels. Bilharziasis. Clings to attendants.

Worse

      WARM; room, wraps, weather. Anger. Lying. Morning. Overheating. Cold; dampness. On sitting down, when seated, from rising from a seat. Motion. Sour things. Milk.

Better

      Expectoration. Sitting erect. Motion. Vomiting. Eructation. Lying on right side.

Mind

      Fear of being alone. Bad humour. Despondent. Frightened, at every trifles. Muttering delirium. Stupid on awakening. Apathy or easily annoyed; wants to be let alone. Peevish; whining and moaning. Despairs of his recovery. Clings to attendants. Consciousness wanes on closing eyes. Melancholic; complains of numerous suffering.

Head

      Band like feeling in the forehead. Head hot and sweaty Trembling of head, while coughing. Vertigo; with dullness and confusion alternating with drowsiness. As of a lump in forehead. Vertigo from lifting head from pillow. Fits of vertigo with sparking before the eyes. Head better in open air, washing with cold water and motion. Head bent back.

Eyes

      Dim, swimming eyes. Collection of mucus in margins of lids (in Pneumonia). One eye closed. Pustular eruptions on the conjunctiva. Flickering; sparks before the eyes. Eyes staring.

Nose

      Pointed. Nostrils, dilated, black. Alae flapping.

Face

      Sickly, sunken. Pale, bluish or twitching with cough. Covered with cold sweat. Incessant quivering of chin and lower jaw. Upper lip drawn up. Anxious, despairing. Pustules, leaving ugly blue- red scars.

Mouth

      Flow of saliva; during pregnancy. Tongue; thick, white pasty very red or red in streaks; dry in the middle; papillae show through white coat. Mouth remains open after yawning. Taste; bitter, flat. Tongue flaccid, dry. Imprints of teeth on border of the tongue.

Throat

      Much mucus in throat with short breathing. Swallowing painful or impossible.

Stomach

      Craves apples, fruits and acids which disagree. NAUSEA; comes in waves; with weakness and cold sweat; Loathing, anxiety or fear, followed by headache, with yawning and lachrymation and vomiting. Vomiting forcible, then exhaustion and sleep. Violent retching. Sinking at stomach. Vomits with great effort. Thirst for cold water little and often. Eructations like bad eggs. Vomiting better lying on right side. Aversion to milk, to all kind of nourishment. Thirstless.

Abdomen

      Feels as if full of stones. Violent colic with drowsiness. Diarrhoea, of eruptive diseases. Stools_mucus, of grass green. Pain in the groins and cold creeps before menses. Palpitation during stools.

Urinary Organs

      Burning in urethra during and after urination. Last drop bloody, with pain in the bladder.

Male

      Pain in testicles after checked gonorrhoea. Orchitis. Warts on glans penis.

Females

      Leucorrhoea, of watery blood worse sitting. Puerperal convulsions better after the child is born.

Respiratory organs

      Unequal breathing, abdominal breathing, SUFFOCATIVE SHORTNESS OF BREATH; before cough or alternating with cough. A leaflet seems to close the trachea. COARSE, LOOSE, RATTLING COUGH. CHEST SEEMS FULL YET LESS AND LESS Is RAISED. Cough followed by vomiting or sleep worse anger. Must sit up to breathe or cough. Coughs and yawns alternately. Expectoration thick. Asphyxia Neonatorum, child breathless and pale when born. Paralysis of lungs, with oedema. Cough and dyspnoea better lying on right side, by eructations, worse warm drinks. Capillary bronchitis; pleuro-pneumonia. Emphysema. Velvety feeling in chest. Child bends backwards, with cough.

S.R. Phatak
A pioneer of Homoeopathy in Maharashtra, Dr Shankar Raghunath Phatak was born on 6th September, 1896. He did his MBBS from Grant Medical College, in 1924. Started his practice but somehow not satisfied with Allopathic Treatment.

He was convinced about Homoeopathy while going through Sir William Osler's writings on 'History of Medicine' so switched over to an entirely Homoeopathic Practice in 1932. He also started working on Homoeopathic literature along with his Practice.

He has contributed immensely to homoeopathic literature. He was an ardent follower of Dr Boger. His Repertory is based on Boger's ''A Synoptic key to Materia Medica'.