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Cantharis - Chest symptoms - T.F. Allen

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Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Cantharis in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.




(Is drawn together at times when coughing; the lungs themselves are contracted),

The side of the diaphragm is inflamed,

Feeling of dryness in the chest, for several days,

Burning in the chest,

Burning on the chest like fire; an again a small clot of blood in the mouth, in the morning (seventeenth day),

Hot burning on the chest, and pinching in the abdomen, with constipation (fifteenth afternoon),

Violent burning, with stitches over the whole chest, externally and internally, as if in the bones,

Sensation of fulness in the chest, stomach, and abdomen, after coffee (fourteenth day),

Pressure on the chest for a long time,

Sticking in the chest, from one side to the other,

Several fine needlelike stitches, deep in the left lower ribs, in the afternoon,

Tearing in the thorax, especially in the region of the heart (after half an hour),

Extreme sensitiveness of the chest to touch (tenth, eleventh, and twelfth days),

Relief of habitual oppression of chest (one prover),


Burning on the sternum (after eight hours),

Pressure on the sternum,

On the right side of the sternum, deep internally, a pressing, with stitching from within outward (after four hours),

Stitching in the centre of the sternum (third evening),

Frequent stitching in the forepart of the chest, especially on inspiration,

Several acute stitches in succession in the sternum, so that she screamed with pain, in the afternoon,

Many fine needlelike stitches in succession, in the lower part of the sternum (after three-quarters of an hour),


In the morning in bed, a violent pressure in the side of the chest, which disappears on rising,

Stitching pain in the forepart of the right chest; it then passes downward into the right lower ribs (after one hour and a half),

Stitching in the right side of the thorax,

Stitching in the right side of the chest (after two hours and a half),

Stitching in the lower part of the right chest, extending toward the middle of the sternum (after eight hours),

Stitching in the right side of the chest, on each inspiration, after midnight, and also on the following day,

Stitching in the right costal region, after dinner,

Stitching in the right false ribs (after seven hours),

Very fine stitching in the right chest, more in the upper part; immediately afterward in the left side; three-quarters of an hour after dinner,

Stitching in the left chest (after two hours and a half),

Stitching in the left side of the chest, more externally on the ribs (after ten hours),

Stitching in the left chest, after dinner,

Stitching in the lowest left ribs, extending toward the back,

She cannot lie on the left side, on account of stitching on inspiration (midnight), (third night),

Acute stitching in the left side of the chest under the arm, extending to the middle of the sternum,

Acute stitching in the left lower ribs, followed by a tearing near the right wrist, and then acute stitching in the left upper arm,

Very painful stitching in the left chest, and immediately afterward below the right breast,

(Stitches in the sides, during motion and rest),

A violent, stitchlike pain in the left side of the chest in the region of the heart, or in the heart itself (after five hours),

After the stitching in the sternum, several similar stitches in the last right false rib,

A few fine stitches in the middle of the right clavicle (after four hours),

Several fine stitches in the right lower ribs, in the afternoon,

Painful, acute stitches in the right costal region below the arm, frequently repeated, in the afternoon,

A stitch under the right arm extending into the chest,

In the right lower false ribs a painful stitch, while yawning (after four hours),

A pointed stitch in the right side of the chest; then tearing between the shoulder-blades; then acute stitching in the right shoulder; then stitching in the right shoulder-blade, whence it then passes into the right hypochondria region, in the afternoon,

Around armpit

A fine stitch extending from the right axilla into the chest (after one hour),

Stitching, inward, below the left breast, extending up under the axilla (after half an hour),

Fine stitches in the left side of the chest, below the axilla (after four hours),

Many fine stitches in the region of the left axilla on the side of the chest (second morning),


Great coldness of the surface, with imperceptible pulse (after seven hours),

Heat in the whole body, with accelerated pulse,


Slight stitches in the chest, which do not affect respiration (after three hours),

Squeezing and contraction in the forepart of the chest, with impeded respiration, stitching in the whole chest, from 11 A.M. till 8 P.M.; relieved on lying, but returning again (third day),

Pressure from the heart toward the sternum, toward evening, increased by speaking and deep respiration,

Pain in the chest, like a shooting, from the front toward the back, which impedes respiration,

Hurried breathing (soon after),

Respiration hurried,

Hurried respiration (after one hour),

Hurried and difficult respiration,

Difficult respiration,

Respiration becomes difficult,

Difficult and oppressed respiration, partly, as it appears, on account of contraction of the larynx and the trachea, partly also on account of dryness of the nose (soon after),

Respiration labored,

Breathing laborious,

Gasps for breath,

On ascending a mountain he gets out of breath; it catches him in the chest; he becomes nauseated (third day),

Oppression of breathing (second day),

Threatening suffocation (sexton),

Larynx and Trachea.

Hawking of tenacious mucus from the larynx (after half an hour),

Intense pain in larynx (one case), (third day),

Burning in the larynx and stomach,

Tickling, provoking cough,

Contraction of the trachea,


Rough voice (second day),

Hoarse voice,

Hoarseness in the chest,

Voice feeble,

Speech very low, with sensation of weakness of the vocal organs (twelfth day),

On deep respiration, and a speaking, she feels as if she dare not exert herself, on account of extraordinary weakness of the respiratory organs; she therefore speaks only in a weak and frightened tone,

Inability to speak (sexton),

Cough and Expectoration.

Cough, with pain in the abdomen,

Hacking cough, frequently (second day),

Frequent dry hacking cough (fifteenth day),

Several short paroxysms of dry cough, caused by irritation in the larynx, with more rapid respiration and a sort of tightness in the chest (immediately after taking),

Cough in the morning on rising, with difficult expectoration,

Sputa frothy and bloody,

Bloody expectoration after short cough (eighth day),

Heart and pulse

Anxiety in the praecordium,

Extreme praecordial anxiety,

Anxiety about the heart in the afternoon,

Pain in the heart,

Drawing pain in the region of the heart,

Stitch in the heart, followed by a crawling sensation,

Heart's Action.

Violent jerking of the heart, that runs quite to the head (after three weeks),

Palpitation of the heart,

Violent palpitation, toward evening,

Violent palpitation of the heart, for several minutes (soon after taking),

Habitual palpitation of the heart entirely ceased (one prover),


Uneasy beating of the pulse in the whole body, so that the limbs tremble, several days,

Hard full pulse, as in inflammatory fevers,

Pulse contracted,

Pulse thready (second day),

Weak pulse,

Pulse feeble, and scarcely perceptible (after two days),

Pulse scarcely perceptible,

Scarcely perceptible pulse (second day),

Pulse imperceptible,

Pulse scarcely changed during the chill,

Rapid pulse,

Hard, rapid pulse,

Pulse full, hard and rapid, as in inflammatory fever,

Pulse rapid, full, tense (second day),

Pulse weak, trembling, rapid,

Pulse quick and hard,

Small, quick pulse (after one hour),

Pulse quickened by two beats (two provers),

Pulse quickened by two beats, but evidently softer (two provers),

Pulse increased, fuller, after disappearance of the pains, in the morning (fourth day),

Pulse accelerated, full (third day),

Pulse accelerated twenty beats per minute (third day),

Frequent and small pulse,

Frequent, small, and weak pulse,

Small frequent pulse,

Pulse weak, compressible, frequent (110),

Pulse full, 80,

Pulse 98, full and soft (third day),

Pulse 100 (two cases), 80 (one case), (second day),

Pulse more than 100 to the minute,

Pulse 104, full and regular (third day),

Pulse 130, weak and tremulous,

Pulse slightly diminished (in some), (after two hours),

Progressive diminution of the pulse; the maximum of this diminution was twenty-two beats,

Pulse remarkably diminished (after three hours),

Remarkable diminution of pulse (five to sixteen beats), (after two hours),

Pulse slow and full (after two hours),

Pulse slower, by from two to forty beats (eight provers), (after two hours),

Pulse fell five beats,

The pulse, after violent action, lost seven beats in a minutes,

Pulse fell to about fifty per minute,

Pulse 45 (after vomiting),

Pulse 35, small and intermittent,

Pulse 20 and small (second day),

Pulse irregular and intermittent,

Small, hard, intermitting pulse,

Pulse 130, weak and paroxysmal,

Pulse accelerated, 92; skin hot (after nine days),

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