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Spanish Fly, Cantharidin
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Homeopathic remedies are prescribed on the basis that in a tiny dilution like cures like, so while very dilute Cantharis may help, unprocessed Cantharis is often best avoided.

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

  GENERAL - Cantharis


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 Coffea Cruda 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.

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  MODALITIES ETC - Cantharis


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


BETTER, rubbing.

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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 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 Mel Apis; Ars.; Mercurius Corrosivus Merc. Cor.


Complementary: Camphora Camph.


Antidotes: Aconite Acon.; Camphora Camph.; Pulsatilla Puls.

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  MIND - Cantharis


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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Vertigo; worse in open air.

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  HEAD - Cantharis

Burning in brain

Sensation as if boiling water in brain


Skin and scalp; powdery flaking skin

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  EYES - Cantharis


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

Burning in eyes.

Inflammation; from burns

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  EARS - Cantharis


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

Bones about ear painful ( Capsicum Annuum Capsic.)

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  FACE - Cantharis


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 - Cantharis

Gums and teeth

Teeth; pain; lower teeth

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  THROAT - Cantharis


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 ( N/A -mur">Hydr)

Mur.; Nit

ac( Scalding feeling)

Burnt after taking hot food.


Pain; burning

Voice; weak

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  CHEST - Cantharis


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

stitching, sudden, sharp


Voice low; weak feeling

Stitches in chest ( Bryonia Bry.; Kal)

c.; Squilla N/A .) Pleurisy, With exudation.

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  SKIN - Cantharis


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


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.


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  BACK AND NECK - Cantharis


Pain in loins, with incessant desire to urinate.

Pain; lumbar (lower half of back)

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  ABDOMEN - Cantharis


Burning thirst, with aversion to all fluids

Very sensitive, Violent burning

Thirst unquenchable.

Bladder; gall stones



on beginning to urinate

while urinating; after a few drops pass

aching; after urination


burning; cervix

burning; cervix; during urination

burning; cervix; extending through urethra (urinary part of genitals)

cutting; cervix

cutting; cervix; extending through urethra (urinary part of genitals)

sore, tender

retention of urine (see urination delayed)


urge to urinate, but producing nothing

urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); constant

urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); ineffectual

urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); painful

urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); sudden; must hasten to urinate, or urine will escape

urination; dribbling (by drops)


urination; painful or difficult urination

painful; dances around the room in agony

while perspiring

urination; seldom

Kidneys; pain

pain; contracting; to penis, down ureters (tubes between kidneys and bladder)

pain; cutting

comes on suddenly, and burning in both kidneys

pain; tearing

suppression of urine

from suppressed gonorrhoea


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


Vomiting of blood-streaked membrane and violent retching

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

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  RECTUM, ANUS, STOOL - Cantharis




Shivering with burning

Dysentery; mucous stools, Like scrapings of intestines

Bloody, with BURNING and Tenesmus and shuddering after stool.



Mucous, slimy; clinging

Like scrapings of intestines


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  GENITALS ETC - Cantharis


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.


Burning (includes hot)


when passed

Colour; red




fluffy, woolly

containing pus (see bladder, catarrh and inflammation)



Nymphomania ( Platinum Metallicum Plat.; Hyoscyamus Niger Hyos.; Lachesis Lach.; Stramonium Stram.) Puerperal metritis, with inflammation of bladder


Male; erections; painful (see urethra)

Urethra (urinary part of genitals); painful during erection

contraction; internally

discharge; bloody

discharge; gonorrhoea


pain; while urinating

pain; passage

pain; burning

urging to urinate

before urination

during urination

after urination

pain; cutting

before urinating

during urination

after urinating



tension; during erections


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

Male; pain; penis; head (glans)


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


Constant discharge from uterus; worse false step

Female; inflammation; womb


Male; Strong desire; painful erection

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

Expels moles, dead foetuses, membranes, etc

Burning pain in ovaries; extremely sensitive

Pain in os coccyx, lancinating and tearing.

Male; erections; troublesome

erections; night

erections; continued

erections; excessive

erections; strong


pain; burning

sexual passion; increased

sexual passion; violent

Female; placenta retained

sexual intercourse; desire increased

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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 - Cantharis

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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  GENERALITIES - Cantharis


Convulsions; without consciousness


Odour; like urine


Eating and food; coffee

cold drinks


Inflammation; internally

internally; gangrenous

Pain; burning externally; internally

cutting; internally

pressing; internally

sudden, sharp; internally

sudden, sharp; inward

Sensitive; internally

excessive physical irritability

Symptoms not symmetrical; right

Swelling; inflammatory

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