Dr. (Sr). Vida Olivera
Dr. (Sr) Vida Olivera, Reader, is the Head of the Dept. of community
medicine, Fr Muller Homoeopathic Medical College, Mangalore. She has thirty
years of Clinical experience and ten years of teaching experience. She
is an examiner for post Graduate and under graduate students of Homoeopathy.
She has presented scientific papers at Kathmandu, Nepal, Shimla and Himachal
Cantharis is widely used drug in summer, since it has got special affinity to urinary tract organs.
History and Background
Cantharis Vesicatoria popularly known as the Spanish fly and blister beetles belong to the species the family Cantharidoe. The flies, originally perhaps, natives of spain and Italy are also found in France, Hungary and Russia.
Traditionally used for warts, baldness, arousing the libido and inducing miscarriage. The greek “Father of Medicine” Hippocrates, advocated Spanish fly for dropsy in the 5th century B.C. Marquis De Sade the 18th century French man, infamous for his perverse sexual practices, gave his victims Spanish fly as an aphrodisiac.The active principle is Cantharidin (C10 H12 O4 )
The remedy Cantharis, proved by Hahnemann in 1805 giving us 105 symptoms, left to others to reprove it and has now more than 1651 symptoms in Allen’s encyclopedia. The whole live beetles are killed by heating. They are then macerated in alcohol and left to stand for 5 days, before being filtered, diluted and succussed.
Cantharin when applied to the skin produces a burning pain, hyperaemia, vesicles which tend to coalesce and terminate in sloughing and ulceration. When applied to the chest the lungs become pale and anaemic. Prolonged application to abdomen results in peritonitis. When taken internally it has power of causing irritation of stomach, gastro enteritis, nausea, vomiting & purging. It produces congestion of kidneys and irritation of bladder, pain in the urethra and glans penis.
Cantharis is widely used in Urinary tract infections with burning, cutting pains and passes in drops. This remedy also useful for high libido and burns and scalds.
It has been employed in Pleurisy when there is profuse serous exudate with dysphoea, cough, palpitation and a sensation of extreme heat and burning in the chest. The perspiration is profuse and urine is scanty. Cantharis has been employed locally and internally in burns and inflammation of the eyes.
In the female, we find menstruation too early and dark with great soreness of the breasts. The ovaries are inflamed, with burning pains, extreme sensitiveness to touch and with aggravation at menstruation. It is to be thought of in puerperal metritis, especially with mania of a sexual type.
Other physical symptoms eased by this remedy include loss of appetite,
great thirst but no desire to drink.
“Burning” seems to run through the Cantharis pathogenesis in a very striking way. Another marked feature of the remedy is its effect in increasing the secretions of membranes. Cantharis expels moles, dead foetus, placentae, promotes fecundity (Guernesy).
The complaints are worse from drinking, from coffee; drinking cold water, whilst urinating, after urinating, from touch and better by rubbing, from warm applications.
Coffee of Cruda is incompatible with cantharis