is one of best rated prescription for Urinary Tract
Infections in Homeopathy.This is a wonderful remedy for
kidney and bladder complaints. This is the remedy of
par excellence in the following ailments:
(i) Urethritis (ii) Cystis
(iii) Sunburn, Burns and Scalds (iv)
Impotence (v) Eryseplas
A typical Cantharis patient is chracterised by burning
inflammation, whch gets rapidly worse. It is no good
ignoring the patient
they want something done, and done quickly. When they
are ill like this they are very peculiar. They have
extreme anxiety with any
acute condition. They may scream or lose
consciousness. They may be extremely peevish. They have
a definite afternoon aggravation, very often with a
delirious, semi-violent state at this point. Cantharis
patients do not look happy
as a rule they look as if they are suffering intensely.
They have a disgust for food and often an urgent
unquenchable thirst. They may bring up masses of frothy
mucus. Their chief guiding symptoms are bladder
symptoms, the peculiar symptoms being- cutting,
contracting pains in region in the region of kidneys,
with an urge to urinate, and a history of it getting
worse and worse.
Points & Features:-
to urinate, with straining and cutting, burning pains.
Small unsatisfactory quantity passed at a time, or
Excessive burning pains (eyes, mouth, throat, stomach,
intestinal tract; all the mucous surfacaes and skin.).
Stringy and tenacious discharges from the membranes
with blebs or large blisters filled with water and
burning pain; useful for surface burns (locally).
Uncontrollable anguish, furious rage, frenzied
delirium, strong sexual desire, both sexes.
everything; drink, food, tobacco.
Dysenteric stools, bloody and shreddy, like scrappings
from intestines, with tenesmus in rectum and bladder.
Nearly all complaints accompanied with the
characteristic urinary symptoms.
I were to select the one remedy with which to prove the
truth of the formula similia, etc., I thaink this would
be the one. Thee is no remedy that so surely, and so
violently, irritates and inflames the urinaryh organs,
andno remedy so promptly cures such irritation when it
puts on the Cantharias type or form, which it often
Dr. H.N.Guernsey wrote:
It is a singular fact, though, known to mot practioners,
that if there be frequent micturition atttended wih
burning, cutting pain, or if not so frequent and the
cutting, burning pain attens the flow, Cantharis is
almot always the remedy for whatever other suffering
there may be, even in inflammation of the bring or
He might have added in the throat, and mucous membrances
all through the intestinal tract, even to the rectum and
anus, and in the pleura or on the skin.
Dr. Kent further says,
the strength of urinary symptom, for I knew nothing of
its curative powers on the respiratory organs at that
time, I gave a patient suffering from acute respiratory
conditons a dose of Cantharis based on her peculiar
urinary symptoms, the effect was magical.
mental symptoms are striking. Among those that are
guiding are sudden loss of consciousness
with red face. Suddenly goes into stupor. Confusion of
mind. Overwhelmed with strange ideas. Thoughts run riot
and go whatever way they will, as if possessed by
outside influence. Crying, barking; worse touching
larynx or drinking water. Constantly attempts to do
some thing, but accomplishes nothing.
Acute mania, generally of a sexual tyupe; amorous
frenzy, fiery sexual desire. This kind of mental conduct
in Cantharis is similar to what will take place in
Hyos., Phos., and Secale,
a violent delirious state intermingled with sexual ideas
and talk. In some instancaes he deliriously sings lewd
songs and prattleson the subject of human genitals,
urine and faeces, a wild raving on subjects not talked
about in health except among the depraved. But in
disease, chaste and modest persons, virgins, will speak
so that it is surprising where they have picked up such
lanvuage Dr Kent quotes,
have seen a dear old mother weep and wring her hands and
did my daughter learn such language?'
The daughter is not to blame. It is simply a condion of
the urinary tract or the menstrual fucntion, brought on
from cold or exposure, or through the mother's
neglect to tell her daughter what she should know in
regard to her menstrual function, and now there is
inflammation of the ovaries or uterus, or outside pars,
and the urine burns and causes an inflammatory conditon
of the outer parts, or the urine is retained and there
is frenzy. Such is Cantharis."
Then there are paroxysms of a rage, crying, barking.
Burning in brain. Sensation as if boiling water in
brain. Vertigo: worse in open arir.
It is seldom indicated in eye troubles, alone, except
such as come with head and mind symptoms. Burning and
smarting in the eyes and the whole atmosphere looks
yellow. Fiery, sparkling, staring look.
Inflammation of the eyes if caused by burn.
Erysiplas of the face, dorsum of the nose,
involvng the lids. Rhus is more commonly used in
this condition, but when it is violent, Cantharis
will often be indicated and preferable to Rhus. Rhus
has the blisters and the burning, but Canth.
Between your two visits the erysepelas has grown black,
it is dusky, a rapid change has taken place, and it
looks as if gangrene would set in. Burning in the
erysipelatous area and the kin around burns from the
touch and the usual characteristic symptoms of urine are
present. In Rhus this is not so. In Cantharis
the little blisters even if touched burn like fire. .
Burning in throat. Great thirst, with burning in the
throat and mouth and throat are antagonized by the
mental state. Thirst in the throatand an aversin to
water in the mind.Scalding feeling . Burnt aftger taking
too hot food. Constriction; aphthous ulceration. [Hydr.mur;
Pleurisy, as soon as effusion has taken place. Short,
hacking cougjh, blood streaked tenacious mucus. Burning
pains. Dr. Guernsy wrote
should always be remembered and studied in treating
affections of the air passagaes when the mucus is
(Hydrastis, Kali bich., Coccus cacti, etc.)."
Dr. Nash says that
I have the pleasure of verifying the truth of this in
the case of a lady who had suffered a long time with
bronchitis. The mucus was so profuse, and tenacious and
ropy, that I thought of kali bich. and thought it must
be the remedy; but it did not even ameliorate, and she
got worse all the time, until one day she mentioned that
she had gret cutting and burning on urinating which she
must do veryh frequently. On the strength of the urinary
symptom, for I knew nothing of its curative powers on
the respiratory organs at that time, I gave her
Cantharis. The effect was magical."
in the oesophagus, stomach, pylorus, abdomen[Carb].
Disgust for everything-drink, food, tobacco. Buring
thirst, with averion to all fluids. Aggravation from
drinking coffee; drinking the smallest quantity
increases pain in bladder, and is vomited. Thirst
Shivering with burning. Dysentery; mucous stools,
like scrapings of intestines. Bloody, with
burning and tenesmus and shuddring after stool.
pains in bladder, with frequent urging to urinate with
burning cutting pains in the neck of the bladder."
Before, during and after urinating fearful cutting pains
in the urethra.
urging to urinate; urine passed drop by drop with
scalds him, it is passed
drop by drop."Then
there is desire for stool while urinating. The patient
will sit on the commode with violent tenesmus to pass
urine and stool, feels tht if hcould onlyh pass a few
more drops of urine or a little more bloody stool he
would get relief, but no relief comes. All the parts are
inflamed and on fire. .
desire; painful erections. Pain in glans (Prunus;
Pareira.) Priapism in gonorrhoea.
In the female there is oversensitiveness of all parts.Nymphmania.
[Platina, Hyos; Lach; Stram,.] Inflammation of
ovaries and uterus. Burning in the vagina. Membraneous
dysmenorrhea. Menses too early, profuse, black.
Puerperal convulsions. Retianed placenta. Burning pains.
When thee have been no expulsive pains present to expel
the afterbirty, with the syumptoms running all through
this remedy, after it has been given normal contractions
of the uterus have come on with expulsion of the
Palpitation; pulse feeble, irregular;
tendency to syncope. Pericarditis, with effusion.
Pain in loins, with incessant desire to
Tearing in limbs. Ulcerative pains in
soles, cannot step.
Cantharis has a very decided action upon the
skin In erysipelas it is sometimes the best remedy, and
choice has to be made between it and Apis, which
also sometimes has great urinary irritaion in
such cases. In the Apis cases there is apt to more
oedema; in Cantharis more blistering.
In Cantharis the burning is more intense than
under the Apis, while in the later there is more
stinging. The urinary symptoms, if present , are very
much more intense under Cantharis.Burns, scalds,
with rawness and smarting, relieved by cold
applications., followed by undue inflammation. Hering
used to challenge skeptics to burn their fingers, and
then cure them by dipping the fingers into water
medicated with Cantharis. Burning in soles of feet at
Cold hands and feet; cold sweat; Soles burn. Chill, as
if water were oured over him.
Worse: From touch. Urinating. Drinking
cold water. Coffee.
From rubbing. Sight and sound water.
Similar to Apis Mell., Arsenicum album, Equisetum
hyemale and Merc. viv. In some disorders.
before and after blisters have formed. If the skin is
unbroken, an alcoholic solution of any potency (diluted
as a lotion) is applied and covered with cotton; this
will promptly relieve the pain and often prevent
vesication. If skin is broken, use in boiled or
distilled water externally and the potency is
Acon. nap, Camphora; Puls Nig., Apis mel. Kal. Nit.
Summary of Indications: