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