Homeopathic Cantharis

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Latest Edit: Hector 2014-03-18 (EDT)

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Cantharis is characterized by a violent and aggressive action on the tissues. It is used mainly in disorders involving the mucous membranes, especially in the urinary tract, and to a lesser extent the gastrointestinal and respiratory systems.[1]


  • Animal: Cantharis vesicatoria, also known as Spanish Fly
  • Short Form: Canth


The following are the main indications for Cantharis.[2], [3]

  • Urinary Tract Infections especially of violently sudden onset. Severe burning pain before, after and especially during urination. Bloody urine, constant desire to urinate, urine passes one drop at a time, sensitive kidney region.
  • Burns before or after blisters form, but also for stages of infection, ulceration, or gangrene. Burning sensation Second or third degree burn. Better cold applications
  • Scalds to mouth, throat or any area. Rawness, stinging, smarting, burning, and itching. Inflamed vesicles. Feels better with cold water.

Other common conditions: sunburns, acid or chemical burns, diarrhea, urethritis, inflammed vesicles, bronchitis, pharyngitis, prostatitis, sexual disorders


  • Triggers: suppresed symptoms,
  • General: symptoms come on rapidly and progress quickly, burning pains
  • Worse: hearing the sound of water, coffee, from touch or approach
  • Better: cold or cold applications, rest, lying quietly on her back, rubbing
  • Psychological: mental symptoms tend to be extreme, anger or great irritability, excessive sexual energy
  • Other symptoms: thick mucous, itchiness

Prescribing Considerations

Homeopathic remedies are prescribed based on homeopathic principles and after a detailed case taking. The prescription recommendations below are provided only as a guide. It is always recommended to consult with a naturopathic doctor or homeopathic practitioner prior to taking any homeopathic remedies, especially if your health is compromised or if your symptoms do not resolve in a timely fashion. The general recommendations for Cantharis include:[4]

  • Cantharis is typically used for disorders involving the mucous membranes, especially in the urinary tract and to a lesser degree the gastrointestional and respiratory systems.
  • Bears repeated dosing well.
  • Can be used locally for burns and eczema.
  • Antidotes: Aconite, Camphor, Pulsatilla
  • Compare: Cantharidin (glomerular nephritis), Vesicaria (urinary and kidney remedy), Fuschina (cortical nephritis with albuminuria), Androsace lactea (urinary troubles), Apis mellifica, Arsenicum album, Mercurius corrosivus


  1. Morrison Roger (1993) Desktop Guide, to Keynote and Confirmatory Symptoms Hahnmann Clinic Publishing.
  2. Hershoff Asa (2000) Homeopathic Remedies, A Quick and Easy Guide to Common Disorders and their Homeopathic Treatments, Avery Publishing Group, New York.
  3. Ullman Robert, Reichenberg-Ullman Judyth (1997) Homeopathic Self-Care, the quick and easy guide for the whole family. Prima Publishing.
  4. Boericke W (1996) Pocket Manual of Homoeopathic Materia Medica and Repertory, a Chapter on Rare and Uncommon Remedies, B. Jain Publishers, India.