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CANTHARIDES signs and symptoms from the Characteristic Materia Medica by William Burt of the homeopathic medicine CANTHARIDES


This remedy has a powerful action upon the cerebro-spinal system and through it has a specific action upon the whole tract of the urinary mucous membrane, producing violent inflammation from the kidneys to the urethra. This powerful irritation is more or less reflected upon the sexual organs. Also, has a slight action on the mucous tract of the digestive organs.



The kind of suffering to which Cantharis is best adapted is of a violent, destructive character.

‘The patient is uneasy, restless, distressed, dissatisfied; the pains external and internal are fine, stinging, burning, in character.

Urinary Organs.-Constant desire to urinate; passing but a few drops at a time; sometimes mixed with blood.

Great burning distress in the urethra, with constant desire to urinate.

Great desire to urinate, with complete strangury and tenesmus of the cervix vesicae.

Cutting, burning pains in the urethra, with ineffectual efforts to urinate.

Sexual desire too strong; excessive desire for sexual congress.

Menses too early and too profuse.

Membranous dysmenorrhoea.

Sterile females.

Digestive Organs.-Through of drinking, sound of water, or touching the larynx, produce spasms.

Vesicles and canker in the mouth.-JAHR.

Vomiting, with violent retching and severe colic.

Tremendous burning pain through the whole intestinal canal; unquenchable thirst, with disgust for all kinds of drink.-RAUE.

Stools like the scrapings of the mucous membrane, mixed with blood, with burning and scanty urine.

Vesicular erysipelas, burns, and scalds causing vesication, herpes zoster, &c., use a dilute tincture locally.-FRANKLIN.

Its action on the base of the train has not been utilized as much as it should have been.

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