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Tartarus

In the Middle Ages Weinstein used as a remedy for many diseases, for which he first had to clean, that is, the tartaric acid had to be removed first. The raw tartar (Tartarus crudus) was boiled ten times in water and this triggered the pure tartar (Tartarus depuratus). The solution was then filtered and the tartar crystallized again in the cold. This tartar is white, odorless, tastes slightly acidic, is heavy in water and in alcohol practically not soluble. There was a teaching called "tartarology" within alchemy and spagyric (manufacture of medicines), which dealt with the extraction, processing and use of tartar. Tartarus depuratus was used to treat chronic skin conditions, as a drainage agent via the kidneys, liver and intestines and, above all, to treat stone formation in the excretory organs. With the addition of antimony, it became Brechweinstein (Tartarus stibiatus), an important remedy for chronic diseases, especially for lung diseases such as asthma or chronic bronchitis, for dropsy, heart failure, gastritis, ulcers of the skin and mucous membrane and for vomiting diarrhea. Various tartar products are still used in naturopathy today. See also under health,

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