Antimonium crudum is a deep-acting remedy that can help with gastrointestinal problems.
It is commonly known as Sulphide of Antimony and belongs to the mineral kingdom and is proved by Dr.Caspari.
It is made from a mixture of Antimony and Sulphur and is used as a polycrest remedy in homeopathy.
The remedy’s primary action is on the mucous membranes of the stomach and intestines.
It mainly affects the pneumogastric nerve and helps in curing a wide range of gastric and respiratory conditions.
Recent research has shown the efficacy of Antimonium crudum in treating pediatric skin and gastric complaints.
The remedy belongs to rheumatic and gouty diathesis.
It helps in curing subjects belonging to the psoric miasma.
It is suited for children and young adults who tend to grow obese.
It is useful during extremes of life. It is also given to elderly individuals who experience alternate morning diarrhea and constipation.
It is most useful when a person’s emotional state is out of balance.
Sentiments are overwhelming and external experiences produce a deep impression on them.
Children are peevish, fretful, and cannot be bared to look at or to be touched.
Capriciousness and dissatisfaction, do not wish to be spoken to.
The first area to get affected by any external sensitive impression is the solar plexus. Emotions can be felt in the stomach.
The cause could be the disappointment of love or grief. Sentimental mood especially in moonlight.
Symptoms aggravate from external heat, the warmth of an open fire.
It is frequently used for affections of the stomach and digestion producing nausea, gastric headaches, and vomiting.
Gastric symptoms aggravate from sour (sour wine, pickles) and mother’s milk.
The tongue is milky and white-coated.
All symptoms are aggravated by cold bathing.
This article will cover all the complaints from head to toe. Prescription of the remedy requires a careful case study and a tactful experience to employ homeopathic principles and arrive at a totality.
When studied carefully and given, Antimonium crudum will help in curing a great range of gastro-intestinal diseases from functional pathologies such as vomiting, gastric dyspepsia, and GERD to deep pathologies such as duodenal ulcer, gastric ulcer, and stomach cancers.
Antimonium crudum affects the emotional level causing an irritable and fretful state of mind.
All emotions tend to affect the stomach causing conditions ranging from stomach neurosis to gastric dyspepsia and duodenal ulcers.
The patient feels highly sentimental in the moonlight and the emotional impressions strike the stomach.
Children have a great aversion to being looked at and touched. Children are extremely capricious and dissatisfied.
They get angry at the slightest provocation. Gastric complaints bring irritability to the child and it refuses to be nursed.
Ailments can be caused by love, disappointments, and grief.
Patients will complain of loathing in life due to a sense of great sadness.
Fantasies are overwhelming and the patient feels very sentimental while walking in the moonlight. Weeping and sentimental under the moonlight is also a keynote of the remedy.
There is a dread of people approaching them. Gastric complaints drive them into despair and cause anxiety about their health.
Headaches that can begin after cold bathing or swimming; from drinking sour wine, acids, or taking sour things.
Headaches are succeeded by pain in the lower limbs and ameliorated by walking in the open air and moonlight.
Gastric headaches-There is a strong connection between the head and the stomach.
Whenever the stomach gets upset, head pain occurs, and vice versa
The Head is sensitive to extremes of temperature-cannot tolerate heat and cold both.
The patient says he cannot tolerate the heat of the sun or warm fire.
Cold bathing causes violent headaches.
If you study the patient a little more deeply, you will discover that patients’ headaches and gastric complaints all belong together.
There is redness and swelling of the eyelids and conjunctiva.
It is especially useful in cases of inflammation of the lateral conjunctiva and chronic blepharitis.
The outer canthus is cracked and causes burning and soreness. The patient complains of a humid spot on the eyelids.
Pustules on eyelids.
Otitis media, ringing, and deafness as if the ear is tied with a bandage.
Ear complaints start after cold bathing or swimming. Deafness, as though a bandage is tied over the ears and the patient experiences continuous roaring in the ears.
Eczema of nostrils where the skin is dry and cracked with crusts. It further forms scabs and causes pain during inspiration.
There is thick white or yellow mucus accumulation in the nostrils.
Nose bleeding with vertigo.
This remedy tends to throw white exudations on mucus membranes.
As a result of this, a thick white coating on the tongue is noticed, which is the greatest keynote to identify the remedy.
The mouth has an offensive odor and marked salivation during the night.
There is drooling of saliva all over the pillow during sleep. Corners of the mouth are cracked and are very painful.
On further examination, the patient may also reveal severe bleeding in the gums.
Teeth pain from inhaling cold air is also a characteristic symptom of the remedy.
An Antimonium crudum child can be identified easily from its face. The cheek or chin has pustular yellow eruptions.
Nostrils are chapped and pustules occur on eyelids. Cracks appear on the corners of the mouth and lips appear dry.
A characteristic of this remedy is to bring out indurations and swellings which are analogous to the emotional state produced within.
One can notice skin eruptions on the face which suppurate easily and give yellow discharges.
A great remedy for pimples and boils on the face.
The tongue appears like snow and is white-coated.
Pimples appear on the upper lip and eruptions at the corner of the lips.
There is a great burning sensation on the chin.
Painless hoarseness/ aphonia from taking a cold bath at night gets better with rest.
The patient may complain that he took a cold bath at night and went to bed. When he woke up in the morning, he was voiceless and couldn’t speak a word.
Throat pain from a violent and hacking cough.
Throat symptoms are aggravated by cold bathing or warm open fire and get better with rest.
Dr. Kent writes that the cough is dry and the first few bouts shake the entire body and the following bouts diminish in severity.
The cough starts after looking into the open fire.
There is a sore, bruised pain in the chest from a shaking cough.
A wonderful remedy for pituitous tuberculosis producing large mucus.
The stomach is the weakest spot of the remedy. The solar plexus is very sensitive and all the emotions affect the stomach.
Gastric disturbances ranging from simple vomiting to duodenal ulcers are treated using this remedy.
Gastric disturbances occur from the consumption of sour wine, pickles, and acids. The stomach doesn’t agree with sour things.
Sour and external heat both aggravates the stomach conditions. Gastric complaints are often coupled with headaches.
Due to the vagal nerve affection, Antimonium crudum patients may experience a tightness in the stomach region.
Nausea and vomiting from overeating. The child vomits curdled milk and refuses to be nursed.
Vomiting of large amounts of mucus and bile causes great exhaustion in the patient.
Cravings for cucumbers and white-coated tongues confirm the remedy.
There is also an unusual craving for acids like pickles, and vinegar though they aggravate the symptoms.
Great thirst with dryness of mouth and lips, especially during the night.
My stomach gurgles and rumbles loudly. Eructations taste like food.
It is suited for old people who have diarrhea alternating with constipation.
Consumption of sour foods causes abdominal distention. The hypogastrium rumbles loudly.
Diarrhea occurs from drinking sour wine or consuming sour food.
Distention of the abdomen from overeating. patients may feel that there is a sensation of wind going up and down often.
Inflammation of the liver causes pain in the liver and gall bladder region.
It is a good remedy for jaundice with more or less gastric disturbances.
Diarrhea often alternates with constipation in old and exhausted people will often point to this remedy.
Diarrhea from a disordered stomach after eating sour food.
Stools contain mucus and are watery and mixed with lumps. Flatus causes mucus discharge.
Stools appear soft initially and when the person strains too hard, there is evacuation of hard lumps of stools causing violent pain in the rectum.
Hemorrhoids are sore and bruised from cold bathing and are constantly aggravated by drinking sour wine or taking sour food.
Also a very good remedy for prolapse of the rectum during stools.
Frequent urination with mucus discharge and intense burning in the urethra. Backache during sexual emission.
Urination causes a cutting pain in the urethra.
Leaking or involuntary urination during cough
Great sexual excitement combined with romantic dreams and nightly emissions.
Sexual organs are atrophied with loss of sexual desire. Impotency.
Great uneasiness and tiredness from sexual excitement.
Toothache before menses. Menses are suppressed from cold bathing, causing excessive sexual desire. Leucorrhoea is watery with lumps.
Pelvis feels greatly relaxed and feels as though the parts will expel out.
This remedy was found to be of great importance in the prolapsus of the uterus.
There is a feeling of pressure in the ovarian region. Very helpful in metrorrhagia cases.
Leucorrhea is offensive and comes in solid lumps causing sharp pain in the thighs.
It is also very helpful during pregnancy in cases of vomiting and diarrhea from taking sour food.
It suits best for gouty and arthritic complaints. Mainly affects finger joints.
Callosities on soles are very painful. Complaints are worse from wet weather and cold bathing.
Nails grow slowly and out of shape. Paralytic weakness causing trembling of hand when writing.
It is interesting to note that there are painless nodosities on finger joints.
As gout disappears, stomach complaints appear and take over the patients’ health.
Inflammation of tendons causes redness and swelling of joints from taking cold baths or getting wet.
Affected parts contract causing restriction of movements and is better by rest.
Rheumatic pain in the nape of the neck. Violent itching of the back.
Miliary eruptions on the nape of the neck and back, which suppurate and produce yellow discharges.
Cures pain in shoulder blades from taking cold winds.
Eczema coupled with a disordered stomach. Skin is sensitive to cold bathing.
The skin is sensitive and tends to become hard, thick, and sore whenever it is under constant pressure like in the soles.
There is a tendency to develop callosities insoles.
Pustular eruptions are sensitive and appear with a red base.
Sweating from the slightest exertion causes exhaustion.
A characteristic of this remedy is to produce swellings such as indurations, callosities, warts, and boils.
The eruptions suppurate and produce a lot of mucus and yellow discharges.
It is also the only remedy for the development of urticaria from consuming meat.
Great irritability with affections of the stomach and intestines is the main essence of the remedy during the acute condition.
TONGUE – heavily white coated
STOMACH– disordered stomach after consuming sour food/wine.
Vomiting curdled milk. Nausea and vomiting from getting overheated and after sour wine. A desire for cucumbers.
HEAD– gastric headache. Head pain alternates with stomach pain.
RESPIRATION– spasmodic cough that shakes the entire body which gets worse from entering a warm room.
ABDOMEN– Diarrhea after getting wet, cold bathing. Diarrhea in old people.
MENTAL PICTURE– great irritability. Aversion to being looked at, touched. Children are very capricious and dissatisfied
MODALITIES– remain the same (refer below)
Modalities are the factors that modify (increase or decrease) the complaints in a patient.
They are divided into aggravating and ameliorating factors.
Aggravating factors make the sickness worse, whereas ameliorating factors make the sickness better.
A few examples of factors are time, seasons, applications, or positions.
- Sour wine and sour food
- Warmth (warm stove, room, bed becoming warm)
Gastric disturbances and headaches are aggravated by drinking sour wine and consuming sour food such as sour fruits, and pickles.
Skin disturbances get aggravated from cold bathing and getting overheated from the sun and open warm fire.
Mind and emotional state, especially sadness and sentimental mood, however, magnify under the moonlight.
- During rest
Antimonium crudum patients feel much better in the open air. Headaches, gastric disturbances, and skin complaints get better when rested.
Complementary medicine is a remedy that stimulates the immune system and completes the action of the formerly administered remedy and brings about a cure.
Antimonium crudum remedy is complementary to Squilla.
When many new symptoms appear without any general improvement in the case, one must study the new symptoms and combine them with the old symptoms to form a totality.
This totality points to the second remedy which is the antidote.
Antimonium crudum is antidoted by – Calcarea carbonica and Hepar sulphuricum
These are medicines given after the first medicine finishes its action.
The dosage and potency of the medicine vary depending on every individual case.
Lower potency is used in cases of deeper pathologies and is repeated as per requirement based on the level of health of the patient.
Antimonium crudum 30 CH potency can be widely used in deeper and more destructive pathologies such as duodenal ulcers, gastric ulcers, and GERD.
The potency can be repeated frequently as per conditions.
It is a moderate potency generally used in cases of functional pathologies and when the degree of similarity of the selected remedy with the patients’ symptomatology is high.
On giving 200C potency, it’s advisable to wait for the symptoms to subside as it acts for a longer duration.
When the remedy picture is clear in the patient, one dose of Antimonium crudum 200 CH will suffice to stimulate the immune system and bring about balance and cure.
One should not repeat 1 M potency frequently. It is given 30 days once, only when symptoms perfectly match, and wait until it completes its action.
It is a lower potency and works well as a therapeutic dose for a disordered stomach.
A repeated intake of 3-4 times a day is advised when a person suffers gastric disturbances from taking anything sour.
- Arthritic conditions
- Digestive complaints with an emphasis on the stomach
- Catarrhal proctitis
- Prolapsus of rectum
- Pustular skin eruptions
- Chorea, spasmodic contractions
- Peptic ulcers
Clinically no major side effect of Antimonium crudum in homeopathic form is observed.
Excess intake, in crude form, can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
In such a case,consulting a homeopathic doctor and taking coffee may help in antidoting and reversing the adverse effects.
One must always consult an experienced homeopathic doctor for treatment and avoid self-medication to avoid such harmful effects of the polycrest remedy.