Antimonium Tartaricum (Ant-t)
Clinically, its therapeutic application has been confined largely to the treatment of respiratory diseases
Antimonium tartaricum (Ant-t.) is a useful remedy for weakness with rattling respiration – the person is too weak, and their coughs too feeble, to clear the mucus from their chest. When symptoms suit, this remedy can be used for congested chests at any stage of life but it is more often needed during infancy and old age, or at the end-stage of disease. The person will be weak, drowsy, sweaty, and want to be left alone. Their tongue may have a heavy, white coating and if eating or drinking, acids, sour drinks, apples, or juicy things are preferred.
- Weakness with overwhelming sleepiness.
- Want to be left alone.
- Don’t want to be looked at.
- Frequent yawning.
- Rapid breathing.
- Shortness of breath.
- Loose, rattling cough but scanty expectoration – unable to cough it out.
- Cyanosis (blueness from lack of oxygen) in babies.
- Suffocative cough and wheezing, especially in the elderly or those at the end stage of disease.
- Types of bronchitis, from simple to severe – symptoms must match.
- Types of pneumonia – symptoms must match.
- White-coated tongue with respiratory complaints.
- Craving for acidic, sour, juicy things.
While the above self-limiting, acute complaints are suitable for home treatment with Apis, see your healthcare provider if your symptoms worsen or fail to improve. Apis is also useful for a range of chronic or persistent complaints not listed; these are best managed by a qualified homeopath for good results.
Dosage Instructions (suitable for babies to adults)
Take 3-5 pellets of the remedy every 1 to 4 hours (1 hour for intense symptoms, 4 hours for milder ones). Once an improvement is noticed, stop dosing and repeat the remedy only if symptoms return. If there is no improvement at all by three doses, choose a different remedy or seek professional guidance.