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Cantharis - Generalities symptoms

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.

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.


Abscesses; glands


Aversion to movement

Aversion to open air


Before sleep

Blackness of external parts

Blood vessels; congestion of blood
Blood vessels; congestion of blood; internally


Constriction; externally
Constriction; internally

Contractions, closing, stenoses, after inflammation

Convulsions; continuous contraction
Convulsions; convulsive movements
Convulsions; epileptic
Convulsions; epileptic
Convulsions; from fluids
Convulsions; from pressure on stomach
Convulsions; in women; from childbirth
Convulsions; internal
Convulsions; rapid muscle spasm
Convulsions; with consciousness
Convulsions; with falling
Convulsions; with falling; backwards
Convulsions; with falling; forward
Convulsions; with outbreak suppurating (producing pus)
Convulsions; with tetanus rigidity
Convulsions; without consciousness


Dread of bathing

During sleep

Eating and food; after eating
Eating and food; coffee
Eating and food; coffee
Eating and food; cold drinks
Eating and food; cold food
Eating and food; from hunger
Eating and food; warm food
Eating and food; while eating

Emaciated (extremely thin)


Faintness, fainting

Flabby feeling

Fluid build up; excess of blood, or other fluids
Fluid build up; external
Fluid build up; internal

Formication (like insects crawling around); glands
Formication (like insects crawling around); internally

From getting wet; wet applications

Full feeling; internally

General physical anxiety

Glands; itching, glands


Heaviness; externally
Heaviness; internally

Illusions of touch

In women; symptoms after period
In women; symptoms before period
In women; symptoms during period

Inflammation; externally
Inflammation; glands
Inflammation; indurated (hard from inflammation); glands
Inflammation; internally
Inflammation; internally; gangrenous

Jar, stepping

Late morning

Laying hand on a part

Lethargic, tired

Lying down; after lying down
Lying down; after lying down
Lying down; inclination to lie down
Lying down; lying down
Lying down; lying down
Lying down; lying in bed
Lying down; lying in bed
Lying down; lying on back
Lying down; lying on back
Lying down; lying on side
Lying down; lying on side
Lying down; lying on side; on left side




Mucous secretions increased


Night; after midnight

Numbness; externally
Numbness; internally; in single parts


On first sitting down

On waking

Open air

Open air

Pain; appear suddenly; and disappear suddenly
Pain; bones
Pain; boring
Pain; burning externally
Pain; burning externally; internally
Pain; constricting; internally
Pain; cutting; externally
Pain; cutting; internally
Pain; digging up (burrowing, rooting sensation)
Pain; glands
Pain; gnawing, biting
Pain; gnawing, biting; bones
Pain; gnawing, biting; externally
Pain; gnawing, biting; internally
Pain; jerking; externally
Pain; paralytic
Pain; pinching
Pain; pinching; internally
Pain; pressing; bones
Pain; pressing; externally
Pain; pressing; from within outward
Pain; pressing; internally
Pain; pressing; together
Pain; sore, bruised
Pain; sore, bruised; externally
Pain; sudden, sharp; bones
Pain; sudden, sharp; downward
Pain; sudden, sharp; externally
Pain; sudden, sharp; internally
Pain; sudden, sharp; inward
Pain; sudden, sharp; muscles
Pain; sudden, sharp; muscles; tearing in muscles
Pain; sudden, sharp; outward
Pain; sudden, sharp; transversely
Pain; sudden, sharp; upward
Pain; tearing; bones
Pain; tearing; downward
Pain; tearing; externally
Pain; tearing; internally
Pain; tearing; muscles
Pain; tearing; muscles; sticking in muscles
Pain; twinging
Pain; twisting
Pain; ulcerative; externally
Pain; ulcerative; glands
Pain; ulcerative; internally

Paralysis; internally
Paralysis; of organs
Paralysis; one-sided; right

Periodic, recurring
Periodic, recurring; seventh day

Perspiration; after perspiration

Physical exertion



Pulsation; internally

Pulse; abnormal
Pulse; bounding
Pulse; contracted
Pulse; frequent, accelerated, elevated, exalted, fast, innumerable, rapid
Pulse; frequent, accelerated, elevated, exalted, fast, innumerable, rapid; and intermittent
Pulse; frequent, accelerated, elevated, exalted, fast, innumerable, rapid; and small
Pulse; frequent, accelerated, elevated, exalted, fast, innumerable, rapid; morning
Pulse; full
Pulse; hard
Pulse; hard
Pulse; imperceptible
Pulse; intermittent
Pulse; irregular
Pulse; slow
Pulse; small
Pulse; soft
Pulse; tense
Pulse; thready
Pulse; trembling
Pulse; weak

Relaxation of muscles





Sensation of air; as if fanned

Sensation of wind

Sensitive; excessive physical irritability
Sensitive; externally
Sensitive; internally
Sensitive; to pain





Swelling; glands
Swelling; glands; hot
Swelling; glands; painful
Swelling; in general
Swelling; inflammatory
Swelling; of affected parts
Swelling; swollen sensation

Symptoms after sexual intercourse
Symptoms after sexual intercourse; symptoms after sexual excesses

Symptoms during sexual intercourse

Symptoms not symmetrical; left
Symptoms not symmetrical; right
Symptoms not symmetrical; symptoms on one side

Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); becoming cold; hand out of bed
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); cold air
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); cold in general
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); cold, wet weather
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); from becoming cold
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); hot feeling; sensation of heat
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); warm bed
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); warm heater
Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); warmth

Tension; externally
Tension; muscles



Trembling; externally
Trembling; from anxiety

Twitching; of tendons

Ulcers, at glands (see skin)


Walking down stairs

Walking up stairs or hill



Walking; beginning of walk
Walking; walking fast

Warm bed

Warm heater


Weakness (see lethargic, weariness)
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); after emission
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); alcoholic drinks
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); night
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); paralytic

Weariness (see weakness)

Wet weather

While sitting

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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.

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.