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Cactus grandiflorus

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Cactus grandiflorus

1. Description


Latin Name:
Selenicereus grandiflorus
Cactus grandiflorus
Large flowered torch thistle, Large-flowering Cactus, Lunar Flower, Night-blooming Cereus, Night blowing Cereus, Queen of a single night, Queen of the Night, Selenicereus grandiflorus, Selenicus grandiflorus Sweet-scented Cactus, Vanilla Cactus, Vanilla night.

2. Source & History

The curiously short lived floweres bloom throughout the night only to wither up the next morning.

Used by the natives of its habitat (Jamaica) for fevers and difficulty in breathing it was left to
Dr. R. Rubini, a Homoeopathic physician of Naples to bring the drug into conspicuity as a heart remedy in the 1860's.

The mother tincture is obtained from stems and flowers collected in summer.

Much needless confusion has existed among Homeopaths by athe use of many different

species and varieties other than that of Cactus grandiflorus chief among which are those of the American species wich more often than not have proved to be inert.

3. Mentals & Generals

Sad, taciturn, hypochrondriacal, desiring of solitude, worse from comsolation. Intense pain may induce fear of death and despair of recovery.

In general the patuent is pale, pulseless and panting. Circulation is extremely labile (poor) as a result of whci the face may on occasion become red and bloated.

Sensation of constriction as if bound by a tight band in any part of the body with accompanying pain so great as to elicit screams of agony.

4. Particulars

Congestive headache
Constriction of thraot and lungs inducing deep breathing or gulping of air.
Stomach spasms and constipation
Constriction of the heart with sticking pain (angina), palpitations, irregular pulse, left side numb, tingling, paralysed.
Menstrual cramps 

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11 AM to 11 PM
Heat, damp,
after food
ascending starirs,
lying on left side.

Open airp

6. Keywords

Fear of deasth
Painful constrictions: head, chest, heart, stomach menstrual
Palipitations, irregular pulse

7. Clinicals

Heart attack (myocardial infarction),
Heart complaionts
Haemorrhage, Dysmenorrhoea

8. Constitutional Prescribing

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Cact is usually used empirically and hence its employment is traditionally reserved to symptomatic non constitutional prescribing

Notwithstanding the above high potency Constitutional prescription may be used as background together with a concurrent lower potency symptomatic remedy administered according to the Law of Similars in situations where two or more symptoms occur together eg Constrictive Menstrual pain 
with Constrictive Herat affectations.

In terms of Nebel's Constituional classification the constrictive symptoms, poor circulation, slow pulse combined with mental picture of sadness and solitude are all suggestive of the Carbonate. 

9. Relationships

up to 10 days
Acon., Dig., Gels., Kal., Lach., Tab.-
Remedies that Follow Well
Bell, Eupat, Lach, Nux-v, Sul.-

10. Posology

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11. Further Information

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Sylvian Cazalet Homeopathe International Reversed Kent's Repertory
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Cactus grandiflorus
Cactus grandiflorus

Kingdom: Plant
Latin Name: Selenicereus grandiflorus
Common Name: Night blooming Cereus
Homeopahtic: Cactus grandiflorus  

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