CantharisSpanish Fly, Cantharidin
Homeopathic remedies are prescribed on the basis that in a tiny dilution like cures like, so while the very dilute homeopathic remedy may help, the raw product is often best avoided.
Below are the strongest indications of Cantharis in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.
This powerful drug produces a furious disturbance in the animal economy, attacking the urinary and sexual organs especially, perverting their function, and setting up violent inflammations,
and causing a frenzied delirium, simulating hydrophobia symptoms ( Anagallis.) Puerperal convulsions. Produces most violent inflammation of the whole gastro-intestinal canal, especially lower bowel. Oversensitiveness of all parts. Irritation. Raw, burning pains. Hemorrhages. Intolerable, constant urging to urinate is most characteristic. Gastric, hepatic and abdominal complaints That are aggravated by drinking Coffee. Gastric derangements of pregnancy. Dysuria, with other complaints. Increases secretion of mucous membranes, tenacious mucus. The inflammations Cantharis produces (bladder, kidneys, ovaries, meninges, pleuritic and pericardial membranes) are usually associated with bladder irritation.
WORSE, from touch, or approach, urinating, drinking cold water or Coffee.
BETTER, rubbing.≡ show all authors ...
Antidotes: Acon.; Camph.; Puls.
Compare: Cantharis - (Glomerular nephritis). The immediate pharmacological action of Cantharidin is irritability of the capillaries, rendering the passage of nutritive fluids through them less difficult. This is most marked in the capillaries of the kidneys. The increase of blood sugar coincident with the glomerular nephritis appears to be a valuable observation. Vesicaria - (Urinary and kidney remedy. Smarting, burning sensation along urethra and in bladder with frequent desire to void urine often with strangury. Cystitis irritable bladder. Tincture 5-10 drop doses). Fuschina coloring substance used in adulteration of wine ( Cortical nephritis with albuminuria, 6th-thirtieth potency Redness of ears, mouth, swollen gums; deep, red urine; red, profuse diarrhoea, with severe abdominal pains). Androsace lactea (urinary troubles, diuretic; dropsy). Apis; Ars.; Merc. Cor.
Anxious restlessness, ending in rage
Crying, barking; worse touching larynx or drinking water
Constantly attempts to do something, but accomplishes nothing
Acute mania, generally of a sexual type; amorous frenzy; fiery sexual desire
Paroxysms of rage, crying, barking
SUDDEN loss of consciousness with red face.
Delirium; raging, raving
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; rage, fury (see insanity, mania, delirium)≡ more ...
Burning in brain
Sensation as if boiling water in brain
Vertigo; worse in open air.
Skin and scalp; powdery flaking skin≡ more ...
Yellow vision ( Santon.) Fiery, sparkling, staring look
Burning in eyes.
Inflammation; from burns≡ more ...
Sensation as if wind were coming from ear, or hot air
Bones about ear painful ( Capsic.)≡ more ...
Pale, wretched, death-like appearance
Itching vesicles on face, burning when touched
Erysipelas of face, with burning, biting heat with urinary symptoms
Hot and red.≡ more ...
Dermatitis venenata with bleb formation
Secondary eczema about scrotum and genitals, following excessive perspiration
Tendency to gangrene
Eruption with mealy scales
Vesicular eruptions, with burning and itching
Burns, scalds, with rawness and smarting, relieved by cold applications, followed by undue inflammation
Erysipelas, vesicular type, with great restlessness
Burning in soles of feet at night.
Blisters≡ more ...
Tongue covered with vesicles; deeply furred; edges red
Burning in mouth, pharynx, and throat; vesicles in mouth
Great difficulty in swallowing liquids
Very Tenacious mucus ( Kal
bich.) Violent spasms reproduced by touching larynx
Inflammation of throat; feels on fire
Constriction; aphthous ulceration ( Hydr
ac( Scalding feeling
Burnt after taking hot food.
Voice; weak≡ more ...
Pleurisy, as soon as effusion has taken place
Intense dyspnoea; palpitation; frequent, dry cough
Tendency to syncope
Short, hacking cough, blood-streaked Tenacious mucus
Heart; Palpitation; pulse feeble, irregular; tendency to syncope
Pericarditis, with effusion.
stitching, sudden, sharp≡ more ...
Voice low; weak feeling
Stitches in chest ( Bry.; Kal
c.; Squilla.) Pleurisy, With exudation.≡ more ...
Pain in loins, with incessant desire to urinate.
Pain; lumbar (lower half of back)≡ more ...
Stomach; Burning sensation of oesophagus and stomach ( Carb.) Disgust for everything - drink, food, tobacco
Burning thirst, with aversion to all fluids
Very sensitive, Violent burning
Vomiting of blood-streaked membrane and violent retching
worse From drinking Coffee; drinking the smallest quantity increases pain in bladder, and is vomited
Bladder; gall stones
on beginning to urinate
while urinating; after a few drops pass
aching; after urination
burning; cervix; during urination
burning; cervix; extending through urethra (urinary part of genitals)
cutting; cervix; extending through urethra (urinary part of genitals)
retention of urine (see urination delayed)
urge to urinate, but producing nothing
urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); constant
urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); ineffectual
urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); painful
urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); sudden; must hasten to urinate, or urine will escape
urination; dribbling (by drops)
urination; painful or difficult urination
painful; dances around the room in agony
pain; contracting; to penis, down ureters (tubes between kidneys and bladder)
comes on suddenly, and burning in both kidneys
suppression of urine
from suppressed gonorrhoea≡ more ...
Shivering with burning
Dysentery; mucous stools, Like scrapings of intestines
Bloody, with BURNING and Tenesmus and shuddering after stool.
Mucous, slimy; clinging
Like scrapings of intestines
White≡ more ...
Intolerable urging and tenesmus
Nephritis with bloody urine
Violent paroxysms of cutting and burning in whole renal region, with painful urging to urinate; bloody urine, by DROPS
Intolerable tenesmus; cutting before, during, and after urine
Urine scalds him, and is passed drop by drop
constant desire to urinate
Membranous scales looking like bran in water
Urine jelly-like, shreddy.
Burning (includes hot)
containing pus (see bladder, catarrh and inflammation)
red≡ more ...
Male; Strong desire; painful erection
Pain in glans ( Prunus; Pareira.) Priapism in gonorrhoea.
Female; Retained placenta (Sep.), with painful urination
Expels moles, dead foetuses, membranes, etc
Menses too early and too profuse; black swelling of vulva with irritation
Constant discharge from uterus; worse false step
Burning pain in ovaries; extremely sensitive
Pain in os coccyx, lancinating and tearing.
Male; erections; troublesome
erections; painful (see urethra)
pain; penis; head (glans)
sexual passion; increased
sexual passion; violent
Female; inflammation; womb
sexual intercourse; desire increased
Urethra (urinary part of genitals); painful during erection
pain; while urinating
urging to urinate
tension; during erections≡ more ...
Tearing in limbs
Ulcerative pain in soles; cannot step.
Cracking noise in joints; ankle
Perspiration; hand; cold≡ more ...
Fever and chill
Cold hands and feet; cold sweat
Chill, as if water were poured over him.
With fever, but chill predominating
At certain time of day or night; from 3 p.m.; lasting 12 hours (recurring every third day)
Yellow fever≡ more ...
Convulsions; without consciousness
Eating and food; coffee
Pain; burning externally; internally
sudden, sharp; internally
sudden, sharp; inward
excessive physical irritability
Symptoms not symmetrical; right
Swelling; inflammatory≡ more ...