Two of the most common symptoms on the planet are coughing and nausea. Both, if chronic and long-lasting, may be hinting at a serious underlying cause. But for the average healthy person who runs smack into these symptoms every so often, there is a homeopathic remedy built for relief. Let’s look at antimonium tartaricum.
Let’s call it “AT” for short. It is actually a poison used way back in the 1500s to disinfect and clean open wounds. Unfortunately, nobody knew that toxins quickly entered the blood and this treatment often lead to fatal side effects. AT was also used to induce vomiting, but sometimes it didn’t occur and the poisons remained in the stomach.
This is a good time to remind readers not to fret about homeopathic remedies derived from toxic substances; just be sure you get them from a reputable source. They are carefully distilled and diluted and, by the time you take a remedy like AT, the toxins are long gone. Here, it is the pure compound tartar emetic that gets dissolved in water.
What AT is best used for:
— Cough: This and other respiratory complaints can be helped with AT. It’s a loud rattling cough that may include labored breathing—almost asthmatic. It’s hard to bring up any mucus while vomiting and fatigue could be present. It doesn’t matter what the chest infection is; AT can be used to speed relief. One of the main symptoms is the difficulty in expelling mucus and the loud rattling inside your chest.
— Nausea, vomiting: You feel better belching and even vomiting, but worse when coughing. Vomiting may accompany a fever and may be brought on by eating or drinking. It difficult to vomit and there’s a sour taste when you do. Nausea is like a weight on the chest and is rather intense. It is not continuous though, but instead comes and goes.
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Who will benefit most from AT:
In homeopathy, the closer you match the remedy’s profile, the more likely it will be the right choice for you. Symptoms that indicate AT as a remedy often include a cold sweat, a lack of thirst, a white-coated tongue, and a pale face. You may have sunken eyes and a blue color creeping across the lips. AT is often used for chest infections in older patients—especially if they are weak and if they present with a cough.
Mental symptoms are not too strong, and thus are difficult to connect to AT. Adults can be anxious and apathetic, somewhat saddened by everything.
Just a little health advice if you are still on the lookout for something that works to quell coughs and nausea.