Author: Jan Scholten
Homeopathy and the Elements
5.15.1 Antimonium tartaricum
Antimonium tartaricum is quite a strange remedy because on the one hand we have been using it for years because of its very characteristic physical symptoms, and on the other hand we hardly know anything about the mind picture. We know even less about the influence of the tartaricum part because we don’t really know any other tartaricums.
My own experiences with Antimonium tartaricum in the past had been unusual in the sense that it seemed to bring relief to just about every case of chronic bronchitis, but it hardly ever really cured anything at a deeper level.
A proving was conducted but did not bring out many mind symptoms, so that did not help either.
Antimonium tartaricum contains some potassium. Its proper name is Kali Antimonium tartarate, or (KSbOC4H4O6)2H2O. The acid of the tartarate is sometimes called wine-stone acid.
Loss of creativity I
Disdain Insult Body
Observed or touched Possessions
Picture of Antimonium tartaricum
They have got all the characteristics of Antimonium, being easily insulted, angry and feeling left out. They like artistic and special things. One of the dreams during a proving was that they are preaching a sermon and then get stuck half way through (Stage 15).
We also see the themes of the Carbon series: I, values, self-worth and desire for protection from family and friends.
A typical symptom seems to be the amelioration when someone offers their apologies to them. Another characteristic symptom seems to be their desire that people speak plainly, with no hidden meanings or clever games.
Fears: heights, narrow spaces, shows, performances, speeches, suffocating, medical examinations, alone, disease, death, evil, being approached, touched.
Dreams: heights, falling,preaching and not knowing what to say anymore, fire, ghosts, historical, difficulties, visions, water; carrying on to the next dream.
Delusions: head is separated from the body, death, fire, ghosts, water.
Mood: haughty, happy,cheerful, coward, shy, excited, laughing, restless, changeable, discontented, indifferent, groaning, moaning, gloomy, suicidal, crying.
Irritability: cross, moody, grumpy, angry, quarrelsome,violent, < humiliation, pain, noise, disturbed, << looked at or touched, being held.
Mental: quick thinking, confused, dull, absent minded, chaotic, forgetful, aphasia mania, coma.
Contacts: ; alone, clinging.
Professions: artist, painter, writer, singer, musician, teacher, scientist, doctor, priest, vicar, bishop, shaman, governor, secretary, representative, advertising agent, public relations officer, top sports man, - woman.
Causes: disasters, humiliation, hurt, anger, excitement, looked at.
Weather: cold, cold feet, < cold (2), outside.
Time: < 11 pm; sudden (3); moonlight, full moon.
Desires: cucumber (3!), gherkins, sour (3), raw vegetables, fruit, alcohol, beer, brandy, pickles, eating.
Aversion: cucumber, gherkins, sour, raw vegetables, fruit, alcohol, fat, milk.
Food: < milk (2), sour (2), wine, alcohol, bread, starch, fruit, stone fruits, cherries, kiwi, strawberries.
Menses: profuse; < before menses.
Sleep: sleepy,sleepless; jumpy; grinding teeth.
Physical: < touch (3), < looked at (3), rest; > carried upright, > sauna.
Sensation of a plug. Cancer. Leishmania.
Coma; fainting << cough.
Weakness, bruised pains, itching.
Headache in forehead, temples and vertex.
Eye complaints: inflammations, visual disturbances.
Colds with thin, watery discharge.
Tongue thickly coated white.
Voice problems: hoarse, loss of voice, stammering.
Lung complaints. bronchitis, emphysema;< cough; breath holding spells << anger; feeling of rawness behind sternum.
Stomach problems, nausea, vomiting < cough.
Diarrhoea, constipation. Pain in abdomen, distension.
Problems of genitalia, testes, ovaries.
Neck problems, stiffness. Pain in arms.
Tension causes pain in shoulders, left side stiff and painful
Bilharzia, sleeping sickness, aleppo boils or oriental boils, black fever or kala azar, veneric granuloma.
Chickenpocks (3); warts, veruca on soles of feet (3).
Cracks in corner of mouth and nose.
DD: Silver series, Stage 15, Chamomilla, Cina, Cuprum, Ipecac, Magnesiums, Mercurius, Plumbum, Sarracenia, Vitis vinifera.