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Cantharis

Spanish Fly, Cantharidin


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HPUS label indication: Minor burns

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Below are the strongest indications of Cantharis in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.

Materia Medica Sources
 
H.C. Allen - no Cantharis
T.F. AllenBoenninghausenBoerickeBogerClarke  
Hahnemann - no Cantharis
HeringKent Lectures  
Kent New remedies - no Cantharis
 
Reversed & reworded Kent repertory - no Cantharis
 
Morrel - no Cantharis
NashChange default source(s)
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  GENERAL

General

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.

  MODALITIES ETC

Worse

WORSE, from touch, or approach, urinating, drinking cold water or Coffee.

Better

BETTER, rubbing.

  RELATIONSHIPS

Relations

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

Mind

Furious delirium

Anxious restlessness, ending in rage

Crying, barking; worse touching larynx or drinking water

Constantly attempts to do something, but accomplishes nothing

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

Paroxysms of rage, crying, barking

SUDDEN loss of consciousness with red face.

Delirium; raging, raving

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

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  HEAD

Head

Burning in brain

Sensation as if boiling water in brain

Vertigo; worse in open air.

Skin and scalp; powdery flaking skin

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  EYE

Eye

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

Burning in eyes.

Inflammation; from burns

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  EAR

Ear

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

Bones about ear painful ( Capsic.)

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  FACE

Face

Pale, wretched, death-like appearance

Itching vesicles on face, burning when touched

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

Hot and red.

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  MOUTH

Mouth

Teeth; pain; lower teeth

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  SKIN

Skin

Dermatitis venenata with bleb formation

Secondary eczema about scrotum and genitals, following excessive perspiration

Tendency to gangrene

Eruption with mealy scales

Vesicular eruptions, with burning and itching

Sunburn

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

Erysipelas, vesicular type, with great restlessness

Burning in soles of feet at night.

Blisters

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  THROAT

Throat

Tongue covered with vesicles; deeply furred; edges red

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

Great difficulty in swallowing liquids

Very Tenacious mucus ( Kal

bich.) Violent spasms reproduced by touching larynx

Inflammation of throat; feels on fire

Constriction; aphthous ulceration ( Hydr

Mur.; Nit

ac( Scalding feeling

Burnt after taking hot food.

Dryness

Pain; burning

Voice; weak

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  CHEST

Chest

Pleurisy, as soon as effusion has taken place

Intense dyspnoea; palpitation; frequent, dry cough

Tendency to syncope

Short, hacking cough, blood-streaked Tenacious mucus

Burning pains.

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

Pericarditis, with effusion.

Pain; burning

Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp

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  RESPIRATION

Respiration

Voice low; weak feeling

Stitches in chest ( Bry.; Kal

c.; Squilla.) Pleurisy, With exudation.

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  BACK

Back

Pain in loins, with incessant desire to urinate.

Pain; lumbar (lower half of back)

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  ABDOMEN

Abdomen

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

Burning thirst, with aversion to all fluids

Very sensitive, Violent burning

Vomiting of blood-streaked membrane and violent retching

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

Thirst unquenchable.

Bladder; gall stones

Bladder; inflammation

Bladder; pain

Bladder; pain; on beginning to urinate

Bladder; pain; while urinating; after a few drops pass

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; sore, tender

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

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  RECTUM

Rectum

Dysentery

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  STOOL

Stool

Shivering with burning

Dysentery; mucous stools, Like scrapings of intestines

Bloody, with BURNING and Tenesmus and shuddering after stool.

Bloody

Membranous

Mucous, slimy; clinging

Like scrapings of intestines

White

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  URINE

Urine

Intolerable urging and tenesmus

Nephritis with bloody urine

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

Intolerable tenesmus; cutting before, during, and after urine

Urine scalds him, and is passed drop by drop

constant desire to urinate

Membranous scales looking like bran in water

Urine jelly-like, shreddy.

Bloody

Burning (includes hot)

Cloudy

Cloudy; when passed

Colour; red

Scanty

Sediment

Sediment; bloody

Sediment; fluffy, woolly

Sediment; containing pus (see bladder, catarrh and inflammation)

Sediment; red

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  GENITALS

Genitals

Male; Strong desire; painful erection

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

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

Expels moles, dead foetuses, membranes, etc

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

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

Constant discharge from uterus; worse false step

Burning pain in ovaries; extremely sensitive

Pain in os coccyx, lancinating and tearing.

Male; erections; troublesome

Male; erections; night

Male; erections; continued

Male; erections; excessive

Male; erections; painful (see urethra)

Male; erections; strong

Male; inflammation

Male; pain; penis; head (glans)

Male; pain; burning

Male; sexual passion; increased

Male; sexual passion; violent

Female; inflammation; womb

Female; placenta retained

Female; sexual intercourse; desire increased

Urethra (urinary part of genitals); painful during erection

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; while urinating

Urethra (urinary part of genitals); pain; passage

Urethra (urinary part of genitals); pain; burning

Urethra (urinary part of genitals); pain; burning; urging to urinate

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; after urination

Urethra (urinary part of genitals); pain; cutting

Urethra (urinary part of genitals); pain; cutting; before urinating

Urethra (urinary part of genitals); pain; cutting; during urination

Urethra (urinary part of genitals); pain; cutting; after urinating

Urethra (urinary part of genitals); closing

Urethra (urinary part of genitals); closing; spasmodic

Urethra (urinary part of genitals); tension; during erections

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  EXTREMITIES, LIMBS

Extremities, limbs

Tearing in limbs

Ulcerative pain in soles; cannot step.

Cracking noise in joints; ankle

Perspiration; hand; cold

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  FEVER AND CHILL

Fever and chill

Cold hands and feet; cold sweat

Soles burn

Chill, as if water were poured over him.

With fever, but chill predominating

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

External heat

Yellow fever

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  PERSPIRATION

Perspiration

Odour; like urine

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  INJURIES AND ACCIDENTS

Injuries and accidents

Burns

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  GENERALITIES

Generalities

Convulsions; without consciousness

Eating and food; coffee

Eating and food; cold drinks

Haemorrhage

Inflammation; internally

Inflammation; internally; gangrenous

Pain; burning externally; internally

Pain; cutting; internally

Pain; pressing; internally

Pain; sudden, sharp; internally

Pain; sudden, sharp; inward

Rubbing

Sensitive; internally

Sensitive; excessive physical irritability

Symptoms not symmetrical; right

Swelling; inflammatory

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Sources
Uses are based on traditional homeopathic practice and have not been reviewed by the FDA.