back Antimonium Crudum

Synonym. - Tersulphuret of Antimony.

Preparation. - Triturations made from the crude antimony after it has been pulverised under water.

Acts powerfully upon all the mucous membranes and upon the skin, but its intensity seems to be upon the intestinal mucous lining, which it tends to disorganize. Its action does not go on to inflammation, but seems to produce a depressed vitality. The mucous membranes are loaded with mucus, thus interfering with digestion as its pathogenesis indicates.  A thick, milkywhite coating on the tongue is its chief characteristic.  The fretful, peevish disposition is also important.

 

Mind.- Child delirious, drowsy, with nausea; hot and red face; pulse irregular; feverish heat; cries when washed in cold water; better washed in warm water.  Child is fretful and peevish; does not wish to be touched (Cina.) or looked at.  oGreat sadness and woeful mood; in intermittent fever; loathing of life.  Sulky;  does not wish to speak with anyone.

Head.- Heaviness of the forehead; vertigo; nausea (Lob.); nosebleed (Bry. ).  Slight, dull headache, and vertigo, increased by ascending stairs (Calc. c).  Violent headache, after bathing in the river, with weakness of the limbs and aversion to food.

Eyes.- Eyes red, inflamed, with itching and nightly agglutination; morning photophobia (Lyc., Sulph., Natr. m.).  Redness and inflammation of eyelids (Arg. n., Graph., Merc, Lyc., Sulph.). Soreness of outer canthi.  Gum in canthi.

Nose. - Sore, cracked, and crusty nostrils (Ailanth., Graph., Kali bi., Nitr. ac, Puls.).  Nose painful when breathing, as if from inspiring cold air (Hydras., Psor.), or inhaling acrid vapors.

Face.- Sore places with honey-colored granules here and there. Cracks in corner of mouth; painful-like sores (Arum, Graph., Lye, Merc, Nitr. ac, Zinc.) Suppurating and long lasting eruptions on cheeks (Graph., Mez.).

Mouth.- Toothache in hollow teeth; worse at night (Bell.); worse after eating (Lach., Nux v.), and from cold water (Calc c, Coccul., Staph., Sulph.); touching the tooth with the tongue causes pain, as if the nerve were torn. Stitches in tooth when inspiring air.  Bleeding.  Gums stand off from the teeth and bleed easily.  Dryness of the mouth (Ailanth., Ars., Bry., Nux m., Hyos., Kali bi.).  Much saltish saliva in the mouth (Cycl., Merc. cor., Sep., Sulph.).  Bawness of the palate, with expectoration of much mucus when clearing the throat.  Tongue coated thick white (Acon., Ailanth., Bry., Merc, Nux v., Sulph.).

Stomach. - Violent thirst, with dryness of the lips (Acon., Ars., Bry.); evening and night.  Belching with taste of what has been eaten (Carb. an., Calc. c, Cinch., Graph., Puls.);  vomiting of mucus and bile. Nausea; after a glass of wine (Ars., Nux v., Zinc); with convulsions (Nux v., Zinc); with diarrhoea.  Aversion to food (Arm, Ars., Coccul.); longing for acids (Ant. tart., Cinch.).  Pain at stomach after too much eating, with distended, but not hard, abdomen (Cinch., Lyc.).  Cramp-like pains at stomach (Ars.).  Loathing nausea, and desire to vomit (Ars., Ant. tart., Ipec).  Stomach weak; easily disturbed digestion (Ars., Puls.).  Burning at pit of stomach (Ars.), like heartburn, with good appetite.  Painful sense of fullness of stomach, which is sore to pressure (Ars., Bry., Lyc., Nux v.).

Abdomen.- Abdomen very much distended; much rumbling (Lyc.).

Stool and Anus. - Stool watery, with little hard lumps, or containing undigested food (Calc. c, Cinch., Podo.). Diarrhoea, worse from vinegar and other acids, sour wine, overheating, after cold bathing, at night and early mornings.  oAlternate diarrhoea and constipation (Cimic, Card, m., Natr. ars., Nux v., Podo.), of old people. Difficult hard stools; faeces too large (Bry.).  Constipation. oMucous piles, pricking and burning; continuous mucous discharge from the anus; haemorrhage from haemorrhoids.  Pain in the rectum during stool; feeling of soreness as if an ulcer had been torn open. Itching of the anus (Nux v., Sil., Sep., Sulph.).

Urinary Organs.- Frequent and profuse urination; burning in urethra during urination (Acon., Canth., Can. sat.).

Female Organs.- Pressure in uterus as if something would come out.  Suppression of the menses from cold bathing. oLeucorrhcea, watery and containing little lumps. oNausea, vomiting and diarrhoea during pregnancy.

Respiratory Organs. - Loss of voice (Carb. v., Caust., Phos.) from getting overheated; better after rest.  Feebleness of voice.  Violent spasms in the larynx and pharynx, as if the throat were filled with a plug, which becomes alternately thicker and thinner, accompanied by a feeling of soreness. 

Cough after rising in the morning, in paroxysms;  as if arising from the abdomen; the first paroxysm always most severe ; the subsequent ones weaker and weaker, until the last only resembles a hacking.

Burning with dry cough and dyspnoea ; at every cough with hot breath. Pain in the chest with heat.

Generalities.- Worse in warm weather, exhaustion witli night sweats; sleepiness; nausea; vomiting.  oCannot bear the heat of the sun. oAfter the sweat is over heat and thirst return.  Heat at night in bed, with sweat.  Getting fat (Kali c, Graph.).  Convulsions with vomiting.

Upper Limbs.- Arthritic pains in the fingers.  Finger nails do not grow as fast as formerly; skin beneath the nails painfully sensitive.  Discolored nails.  oCrushed finger nails grow in splits, and like warts, with horny spots.

Lower Limbs.- Rheumatic pains in legs.  Drawing pain in left hip joint in evening.  Numbness of legs during rest and while sitting. Large, horny places on the soles, close to the toes.  Great sensitiveness of the soles when walking (Alum.);  worse on a stone pavement;  fine prickings in soles.

Sleep.- Great sleepiness during the day.  Waking frequently at night as from fright.

Skin. - Eruptions like boils and blisters.  Horny excrescences; smooth warts.  Pimples and vesicles as from stings of insects (Apis, Arn, Led.), especially on face and joints.  Measley-like eruptions (Coff. c, Puls.).  Pustules here and there with brown scurf.

Aggravation. - After eating; from, wine (Ars., Glon., Lyc., Nux v., Zinc);  after bathing; ofrom cold water internally or externally; from motion ; from heat of sun (Bell.).

Amelioration. - During rest; in open air (Lyc., Puls.).

Conditions.- Children ; young people who grow fat; old people; bad effects from getting cold; from washing or bathing, particularly in cold water.

Compare. - Apis. Ant. tart., Ars., Cham., Lyc., Graph., Kali bi., Hep. s., Ipec, Merc, Nux v., Petrol., Puls., Sulph.. Zinc.

Antidotes.- Hep. s., Merc, Puls.

 

THERAPEUTICS. Antimonium crudum is particularly useful in affections of the mucous membranes characterized by an excessive secretion with a depressed, tor bid state of the membranes rather than an irritated inflamed condition.  A mucous flux without fever; this may appear as a nasal, bronchial, gastric or enteric catarrh, though gastric catarrh predominates, a milky-white coating on the tongue being the most characteristic symptom, also a loathing of food and continual nausea and tendency to vomit. In the gastro-enteritis of nursing children with the above symptoms, the child Admits curdled milk after nursing (Aethusa) and refuses to nurse again; is very peevish and cross.  It is an excellent remedy for indigestion from overloading the stomach, also from fat or indigestible foods, sweet things, sour wines, etc.  Alternate diarrhoea, and constipation of old people.  Mucous piles.  Antimony is also of great service in some forms of skin disease, when pustules or pocks arise, and when there is pricking and itching of the skin; eczema of face, ears, nose, cheeks, etc. Corns and callosities which are thick and horny.  Nails grow in splits and like warts with horny spots. Split hoof in horses.  Farrington reports a case of diphtheria cured by Antimony, the child being peevish and having the characteristic crusts about the nostrils and corners of mouth.  Menses suppressed from cold bathing, with other symptoms agreeing. Suppression of menses with characteristic gastric and mental symptoms. Leucorrhoea, watery, containing lumps. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea during pregnancy.  Acute rheumatism in fingers, with gastric symptoms; also chronic arthritis. Chronic blepharitis with soreness, eyes red and agglutinated at night.  Obesity, especially in young people.


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