Latrodectus MactansWidow Spider, Lactrodectus Mactans
Below are the strongest indications of Latrodectus Mactans in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.
The bite produces tetanic effects that last several days. A picture of Angina pectoris is presented by the action of the drug. The precordial region seems to be the center of attack. Constriction of chest muscles, with radiation to shoulders and back. Lowered coagulability.
Compare: Latrodectus hasselti - New South Wales Black Spider - (Long lasting effects seem to indicate it as a “chronic” blood poisoning. Arrests intense pain in pyaemia. Great oedema in neighborhood of wound; paralysis of limbs, with great wasting of muscles. Violent, darting, burning pains preceding paralysis; vertigo, tendency to fall forward, septicaemic conditions; constant delusion of Flying. Loss of memory. Roaring noises.) Aranea; Mygale; Theridion; Latrodectus kalipo - New Zealand spider - (lymphangitis and nervous twitchings, scarlet burning eruption.) Triatoma - Kissing bug - (Swelling with violent itching of fingers and toes. Smothering sensation and difficult breathing succeeded by fainting and rapid pulse.)
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.