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Spanish Fly, Cantharidin

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HPUS label indication: Minor burns

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.
BETTER, rubbing.
WORSE, from touch, or approach, urinating, drinking cold water or Coffee.
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.
Complementary: Camph.

    MIND (click for more)

Acute mania, generally of a sexual type; amorous frenzy; fiery sexual desire

Anxious restlessness, ending in rage

Constantly attempts to do something, but accomplishes nothing

Crying, barking; worse touching larynx or drinking water

Furious delirium

Delirium; raging, raving

Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; rage, fury (see insanity, mania, delirium)

Paroxysms of rage, crying, barking

SUDDEN loss of consciousness with red face.

    HEAD (click for more)

Burning in brain

Skin and scalp; powdery flaking skin

Sensation as if boiling water in brain

Vertigo; worse in open air.

    EYE (click for more)

Burning in eyes.

Inflammation; from burns

Yellow vision ( Santon.) Fiery, sparkling, staring look

    EAR (click for more)

Bones about ear painful ( Capsic.)

Sensation as if wind were coming from ear, or hot air

    FACE (click for more)

Erysipelas of face, with burning, biting heat with urinary symptoms

Hot and red.

Itching vesicles on face, burning when touched

Pale, wretched, death-like appearance

    MOUTH (click for more)

Teeth; pain; lower teeth

    THROAT (click for more)

Very Tenacious mucus ( Kal

Burning in mouth, pharynx, and throat; vesicles in mouth

Great difficulty in swallowing liquids

ac( Scalding feeling

bich.) Violent spasms reproduced by touching larynx

Burnt after taking hot food.

Constriction; aphthous ulceration ( Hydr

Inflammation of throat; feels on fire

Mur.; Nit


Pain; burning

Voice; weak

Tongue covered with vesicles; deeply furred; edges red

    ABDOMEN (click for more)

Vomiting of blood-streaked membrane and violent retching

Bladder; gall stones
Bladder; inflammation
Bladder; pain
Bladder; pain; aching; after urination
Bladder; pain; burning
Bladder; pain; burning; cervix
Bladder; pain; burning; cervix; during urination
Bladder; pain; burning; cervix; extending through urethra (urinary part of genitals)
Bladder; pain; cutting; cervix
Bladder; pain; cutting; cervix; extending through urethra (urinary part of genitals)
Bladder; pain; on beginning to urinate
Bladder; pain; sore, tender
Bladder; pain; while urinating; after a few drops pass
Bladder; retention of urine (see urination delayed)
Bladder; retention of urine (see urination delayed); painful
Bladder; urge to urinate, but producing nothing
Bladder; urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); constant
Bladder; urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); ineffectual
Bladder; urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); painful
Bladder; urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); sudden; must hasten to urinate, or urine will escape
Bladder; urination; dribbling (by drops)
Bladder; urination; dribbling (by drops); involuntary
Bladder; urination; painful or difficult urination
Bladder; urination; painful or difficult urination; painful; dances around the room in agony
Bladder; urination; painful or difficult urination; while perspiring
Bladder; urination; seldom

Kidneys; pain
Kidneys; pain; contracting; to penis, down ureters (tubes between kidneys and bladder)
Kidneys; pain; cutting
Kidneys; pain; cutting; comes on suddenly, and burning in both kidneys
Kidneys; pain; tearing
Kidneys; suppression of urine
Kidneys; suppression of urine; from suppressed gonorrhoea

Burning thirst, with aversion to all fluids

Stomach; Burning sensation of oesophagus and stomach ( Carb.) Disgust for everything - drink, food, tobacco

Thirst unquenchable.

Very sensitive, Violent burning

worse From drinking Coffee; drinking the smallest quantity increases pain in bladder, and is vomited

    RECTUM (click for more)


    STOOL (click for more)

Bloody, with BURNING and Tenesmus and shuddering after stool.

Dysentery; mucous stools, Like scrapings of intestines

Shivering with burning


Like scrapings of intestines


Mucous, slimy; clinging


    URINE (click for more)

Membranous scales looking like bran in water

Intolerable urging and tenesmus

Urine scalds him, and is passed drop by drop

constant desire to urinate

Intolerable tenesmus; cutting before, during, and after urine

Nephritis with bloody urine

Urine jelly-like, shreddy.


Burning (includes hot)

Cloudy; when passed

Colour; red


Sediment; bloody
Sediment; containing pus (see bladder, catarrh and inflammation)
Sediment; fluffy, woolly
Sediment; red

Violent paroxysms of cutting and burning in whole renal region, with painful urging to urinate; bloody urine, by DROPS

    GENITALS (click for more)

Female; Retained placenta (Sep.), with painful urination

Nymphomania ( Plat.; Hyos.; Lach.; Stram.) Puerperal metritis, with inflammation of bladder

Burning pain in ovaries; extremely sensitive

Constant discharge from uterus; worse false step

Expels moles, dead foetuses, membranes, etc

Female; inflammation; womb
Female; placenta retained
Female; sexual intercourse; desire increased

Male; erections; continued
Male; erections; excessive
Male; erections; night
Male; erections; painful (see urethra)
Male; erections; strong
Male; erections; troublesome
Male; inflammation
Male; pain; burning
Male; pain; penis; head (glans)
Male; sexual passion; increased
Male; sexual passion; violent

Urethra (urinary part of genitals); closing
Urethra (urinary part of genitals); closing; spasmodic
Urethra (urinary part of genitals); contraction; internally
Urethra (urinary part of genitals); discharge; bloody
Urethra (urinary part of genitals); discharge; gonorrhoea
Urethra (urinary part of genitals); inflammation
Urethra (urinary part of genitals); pain; burning
Urethra (urinary part of genitals); pain; burning; after urination
Urethra (urinary part of genitals); pain; burning; before urination
Urethra (urinary part of genitals); pain; burning; during urination
Urethra (urinary part of genitals); pain; burning; urging to urinate
Urethra (urinary part of genitals); pain; cutting
Urethra (urinary part of genitals); pain; cutting; after urinating
Urethra (urinary part of genitals); pain; cutting; before urinating
Urethra (urinary part of genitals); pain; cutting; during urination
Urethra (urinary part of genitals); pain; passage
Urethra (urinary part of genitals); pain; while urinating
Urethra (urinary part of genitals); painful during erection
Urethra (urinary part of genitals); tension; during erections

Male; Strong desire; painful erection

Menses too early and too profuse; black swelling of vulva with irritation

Pain in glans ( Prunus; Pareira.) Priapism in gonorrhoea.

Pain in os coccyx, lancinating and tearing.

    RESPIRATION (click for more)

c.; Squilla.) Pleurisy, With exudation.

Stitches in chest ( Bry.; Kal

Voice low; weak feeling

    CHEST (click for more)

Heart; Palpitation; pulse feeble, irregular; tendency to syncope

Short, hacking cough, blood-streaked Tenacious mucus

Tendency to syncope

Burning pains.

Pain; burning
Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp

Intense dyspnoea; palpitation; frequent, dry cough

Pericarditis, with effusion.

Pleurisy, as soon as effusion has taken place

    BACK (click for more)

Pain; lumbar (lower half of back)

Pain in loins, with incessant desire to urinate.

    EXTREMITIES, LIMBS (click for more)

Cracking noise in joints; ankle

Perspiration; hand; cold

Tearing in limbs

Ulcerative pain in soles; cannot step.

    CHILL (click for more)

At certain time of day or night; from 3 p.m.; lasting 12 hours (recurring every third day)

With fever, but chill predominating

    FEVER (click for more)

Chill, as if water were poured over him.

Cold hands and feet; cold sweat

External heat

Yellow fever

Soles burn

    PERSPIRATION (click for more)

Odour; like urine

    SKIN (click for more)

Burns, scalds, with rawness and smarting, relieved by cold applications, followed by undue inflammation

Erysipelas, vesicular type, with great restlessness

Vesicular eruptions, with burning and itching

Burning in soles of feet at night.

Dermatitis venenata with bleb formation

Eruption with mealy scales

Secondary eczema about scrotum and genitals, following excessive perspiration



Tendency to gangrene

    INJURIES AND ACCIDENTS (click for more)


    GENERALITIES (click for more)

Convulsions; without consciousness

Eating and food; coffee
Eating and food; cold drinks


Inflammation; internally
Inflammation; internally; gangrenous

Pain; burning externally; internally
Pain; cutting; internally
Pain; pressing; internally
Pain; sudden, sharp; internally
Pain; sudden, sharp; inward


Sensitive; excessive physical irritability
Sensitive; internally

Swelling; inflammatory

Symptoms not symmetrical; right
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Entries on a white background are from Boericke's Materia Medica. Entries on a green background are from a reversed Kent's repertory, with some alterations to modernise the language. Uses are based on traditional homeopathic practice and have not been reviewed by the FDA.