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Know Your Remedies: Antimonium Tartaricum (Ant-t.)


Common Names: Ant-tart; tartar emetic; antimony tartrate; antimony potassium tartrate.

General Information

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.

Mental-Emotional Symptoms

  • Weakness with overwhelming sleepiness.
  • Want to be left alone.
  • Don’t want to be looked at.

Respiratory Problems

  • 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.

Gastrointestinal Problems

  • White-coated tongue with respiratory complaints.
  • Craving for acidic, sour, juicy things.

For Pets

  • Rattling respiration and coughs, with tiredness.

Where do I find it?

Antimonium Tartaricum (Ant-t.) is available from our online store as a single remedy, and as part of the following Complex (combination remedy): Cough – Loose.


While above self-limiting or acute complaints are suitable for home treatment also contact your healthcare provider during emergency situations or if symptoms worsen or fail to improve. Chronic or persistent complaints, which may or may not be mentioned above, require a different treatment and dosage protocol so are best managed by a qualified homeopath for good results.

Dosage Instructions (suitable for babies to adults)

For the home treatment of acute and self-limiting complaints take one pill or five drops of the remedy every 1 minute to 4 hours (1 minute for intense or emergency symptoms (plus seek emergency help), 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.

Note: Chronic symptoms or complaints require a course of professional treatment by a qualified homeopath to manage the changes in potencies and remedies that may be required.

More Information

Guidelines on which potency to use

From Past Masters

Homeopathy is a 200-year system of medicine. Early medical homeopaths recorded initial provings, remedy relationships, and their early experiences with each remedy in great detail.

These writings were then shared with others to advance homeopathic knowledge and practice.

Today, these same writings give a fascinating insight into the symptoms and clinical conditions for which each remedy was used.

The following extract, with minor editing, is one example.

Leaders In Homoeopathic Therapeutics by E. B. NASH M.D.

Antimonium tartaricum (Ant-t.)

Great accumulation of mucus in the air passages, with coarse rattling with inability to expectorate; impending paralysis of lungs.

Face very pale or cyanotic from unoxidized blood.

Great coma or sleepiness in most complaints.

Vomiting, intense nausea, with prostration; general coldness, cold sweat and sleepiness.

Trembling; internal, head and hands.

Thick eruptions like pocks, often pustular; as large as a pea.

Modalities: > from expectoration.

Both ends of life, childhood and old age; clings to those around; wants to be carried; cries and whines if any one touches it; will not let you feel the pulse.

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Antimonium tartaricum is another powerful emetic. I can remember the time when the old allopaths used it almost as generally as the botanics did Lobelia inflata, to “clean out the stomach.” Now-a-days, washing out the stomach by lavage, and the rectum and colon by enemas, according to “Hall’s method,” is quite fashionable, and is withal much more sensible, inasmuch as they are so lame in their therapeutics.

Notwithstanding these improvements, there is still a great deal of “gut scraping” going on in the name of “cleaning out the system,” as though the alimentary canal was not a self-cleaning institution, if kept, or put into a healthy condition, but must be regularly “gone through” once in about so often, on the “house cleaning” principle.

To be sure it is folly, but they do the best they know. Neither Antimonium tart. nor any other emetic is used by us for emetic purposes from a therapeutic standpoint.

Our therapeutic uses of it are the same as those of any other remedy, on the principle of similia similibus curantur.

The nausea of this remedy is as intense as that of Ipecacuanha, but not so persistent, and there is relief after vomiting. I have found it nearest a specific (of course we know there is no absolute specific for any disease) for cholera morbus of any remedy. For more than twenty-five years, I have seldom found it necessary to use any other, and then only when there were severe cramps in the stomach and bowels, when Cuprum metallicum relieved.

It has the nausea, vomiting, loose stools, prostration, cold sweat, and stupor or drowsiness found in almost all bad cases of this disease, and I have seldom been obliged to give more than two or three doses, one after each vomiting, before the case was relieved. It is not generally recommended in the text-books for this ailment, but is a gem, as I know from abundant experience and observation.

If Antimonium tart. possessed only the one power of curing, that it does upon the respiratory organs, it would be indispensable. No matter what the name of the trouble, whether it be bronchitis, pneumonia, whooping cough or asthma, if there is great accumulation of mucus with coarse rattling, or filling up with it, but, at the same time, there seems to be inability to raise it, Tartar emetic is the first remedy to be thought of. This is true in all ages and constitutions, but particularly so in children and old people.

There is one symptom that is very apt to be present in these cases, and that is, great drowsiness or sleepiness, sometimes amounting to coma. This is found, not only in diseases of the respiratory organs, but in cholera infantum, cholera morbus and intermittent fever.

In pneumonia, both Tartar emetic and Opium may have great sleepiness but there is no need for any confusion here as to choice, for in Opium; the face is dark red or purple, and there may be sighing or stertorous respiration. With Tartar emetic the face is always pale, or cyanotic, with no redness, and the breathing is not stertorous.

Three remedies are remarkable for sleepiness, viz.: Opium; Tartar emetic and Nux moschata, but aside from this one symptom they are not alike.

Antimonium tart. is also one of our best remedies for hepatization of lungs remaining after pneumonia. There is dullness on percussion, and lack or absence of respiratory murmur, and shortness of breath, and patient continues pale, weak and sleepy.

If Sulphur should not promote absorption in such a case, Tartar emetic will often do it. I have used it from the 200th to the c. m. potencies with equally good results.