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Cantharis - Throat symptoms - T.F. Allen

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HPUS indication of Cantharis: Minor burns

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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.



Throat inflamed, and covered with plastic lymph (one case) (third day),

He draws much tough mucus into the mouth through the posterior nares (in the first hour),

The throat dry, without thirst, in the afternoon,

Roughness and hoarseness in the throat (third forenoon),

Burning heat in the throat soon after,

Burning sensation in throat (after half an hour),

Sense of burning in throat and stomach (soon after),

Burning sensation in the throat, especially at the entrance of the oesophagus, extending to the epigastrium (second day),

Burning sensation in the throat and pit of stomach, increased by pressure,

Sense of constant burning in throat, most intense at top of oesophagus, and descending down towards stomach (third day),

Throat feels "on fire" (third day),

Throat swollen (third day),

Constriction and intense pain at the back of the throat,

Burning soreness of the throat, which is inflamed (after three weeks),

Intolerable scraping in the throat, with necessity for hawking up mucus after meals,


Uvula relaxed,


The tonsils are somewhat inflamed,

Tonsils swollen,

Fauces, Pharynx, and Oesophagus.

Erysipelatous blush of inflammation and turgid veins run across fauces (third day),

The fauces red, painful, with a pressing sensation, which on swallowing changes to a sticking,

Fauces abraded and blistered,

Aphthous ulcer at back part of fauces, size of a six pence, covered with a whitish adherent crust; a similar one on side of right tonsil (third day),

Dryness in the pharynx, with occasional sticking,

With hunger, a sort of pain in the pharynx (the fourth day),

Burning in pharynx and mouth (first day),

Burning in the pharynx on swallowing,

Burning and constriction in the pharynx,

Oesophagus felt as if on fire (second day),

Constrictive pain in the pharynx (after seven hours), (sexton),

Contractive sensation in the pharynx,

Burning-scraping sensation in the pharynx, and sweetish, disgusting taste on the tongue and in the whole mouth as far as the pharynx,

A large cylindrical mass, apparently the inner membrane of the gullet, was discharged by vomiting (second day),

Burning sensation along oesophagus, intolerable while drinking,

Burning and constriction of the oesophagus,


Dysphagia (second day),

Difficulty of swallowing, for several months,

Swallowing very difficult (third day),

Difficult, or rather impossible, deglutition,

Painful and difficult deglutition,

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