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The most important feature of this
medicine is the
inflammatory condition, and the most important characteristic
in the inflammation is the rapidity with which it develops
into a gangrenous state. inflammation conditions usually
follow a definite course for days, but when this medicine is
put upon a part or taken internally the inflammatory state
terminates in death of the part with great rapidity.
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When taken internally it proceeds almost
immediately to attack the urinary tract and establish a
uraemic state which brings about the mental symptoms; the
local inflammatory condition comes on with great rapidity, and
this brings the patient down violently sick in a great
From strong doses in the poisonous effect we
get startling and alarming symptoms; the whole economy is in
disorder; grievous symptoms commonly of the urinary tract. The
parts become gangrenous at an early stage.
The 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
Head hot, frenzy, delirium, with great
excitement and rage, paroxysms renewed by dazzling or bright
objects, by touching the larynx or by trying to drink water as
Fear and confusion of ideas. The mind often
runs towards subjects that the inflamed parts would
3. Bladder and genitals: The bladder
and genitals are inflamed and the excitement and congestion of
the parts often arouse the sexual instinct, so that there are
sexual thoughts and sexual frenzy. Violent amorous frenzy, an
excitement such as accompanies inflammation attended with
thoughts that correspond. The sexual instinct has gone mad,
the erections in the male are painful and violent.
The penis is inflamed and sore and it would be
painful to have coitus, yet there is this frenzy. Insolence.
Blasphemy. Restlessness ending in rage. Restlessness causing
him to move constantly, a rage and delirium intermingled with
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 instances he deliriously sings lewd songs and
prattles on the subject of human genitals, urine and feces, 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 language. in such cases it is well to exclude
everybody from the room except the nurse and doctor. I have
seen a dear old mother weep and wring her hands and
Where did my daughter learn such
The daughter is not to
It is simply a condition of the
urinary tract or the menstrual function, brought on from cold
or exposure, or through the mothers neglect to tell her
daughter what she should know in regard, to her menstrual
function, and how there is inflammation of the ovaries or
uterus, or outside parts, and the urine burns and causes an
inflammatory condition of the outer parts, or the urine is
retained and there is frenzy. Such in Cantharis.
lancinating headaches as if stabbed with a knife an
inflammatory condition that takes hold of the mind violently.
Running all through the
remedy there is burning. In the head burning, throbbing and
stabbing. Unconsciousness and delirium in the mental state.
Burning in the side of the head. Stitches in the side of the
head and occiput. Lancinating pains deep in the brain. Hair
It is seldom indicated in eye troubles alone,
except such as come with head and mind symptoms.
Erysipelas of the face with large blisters.
Burning in the eyes and the whole atmosphere looks yellow.
Burning and smarting in the eyes.
Erysipelas of the eyes, with gangrenous
tendency. Eyes hot, scalding tears. Erysipelas of the face,
dorsum of the nose, involving the lids.
Rhus is more commonly. used in this condition,
but when it is violent Canth. will often be indicated and
preferable to Rhus, Rhus has the blisters and the burning, but
in Canth. between your two visits the erysipelas 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 skin
around burns from the touch. In Rhus this is not so. In
Cantharis the little blisters even if touched burn like
Eruptions burn when touched, ever so lightly,
i.e., those eruptions such as the remedy could
This patient enters into a state of
prostration, is pallid, has Hippocratic countenance and dies.
It corresponds to the lowest forms of disease, even gangrene
and violent inflammation of the bowels, bladder, brain, spine
and lungs; sinking and hippocratic countenance.
the lungs, gangrenous type, prostration and the lung that is
affected burns like fire, and immediately he expectorates
cadaverous smelling expectoration, thin, bloody, watery; it
has come on in an astonishingly rapid manner, and in a little
while he will die; the nose is contracted, there is the
hippocratic countenance, and the urine is suppressed.
I remember one patient who had just come out
of a prolonged drunk. I left the patient in the evening in
just such, a state as I have described.
He was drooling a bloody saliva from his mouth
and be was dying. He had had this condition come on in one
night from being nearly frozen in a drunk.
It would be Cantharis or death before morning,
but by morning he was expectorating a rusty sputum and went on
to good recovery.
Arsenic has the burning in the lungs and he
spits up black sputum, pneumonia signs are present, with the
restlessness and anxiety, and other symptoms of Arsenic, and
Arsenic will stop it at once. These violent remedies are
needed in those cases that will die.
6. Digestive System:
the throat. Great thirst, with burning in the throat and
stomach. Thirst, with aversion to all fluids, that is, the
craving of the mouth and throat are antagonized by the mental
state. Thirst in the throat and an aversion to water in the
mind. Violent, burning in the stomach, pylorus,
The abdomen is swollen and tympanitic;
lancinating pains cutting and stabbing. Wherever there is a
rapid inflammation in the bowels there is diarrhoea of bloody
mucus or serum, watery, bloody fluids from the bowels and
The same watery bloody fluid from the eyes.
And wherever this watery fluid comes in contact with the skin
it burns and excoriates. Bloody urine.
7. Excretory System
stool while urinating. The patient will sit on the commode
with violent tenesmus to pass urine and stool, feels that if
he could only 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. Tenesmus and urging not only
when the bladder is empty, but often when the bladder is
Retention of urine. Passes none or only a drop
or two. Violent tenesmus of the bladder. Cutting pains with
tenesmus, lancinating, stabbing like knives, in neck of
Pains shoot off in different directions.
Violent pains with frequent urging. Constant tenesmus. An
anxious state and frenzy come on; most violent suffering and
be has urging to pass urine and stool with sexual erethism
tantalizing in the extreme.
The whole urinary organs and genitalia are in
a state of inflammation and gangrene. Burning when urinating.
This bloody urine burns like fire in the bladder and about the
genitals. Retention or suppression of urine.
It is rare that one suffering from gonorrhea
has this violent inflammation, with burning and tenesmus of
the bladder and rectum, but in such a case this remedy is
indicated. The intensity and rapidity are the features of this
remedy. It brings on pain and excitement found in no other
remedy. Next to it comes Merc. cor.
In the female there is oversensitiveness of
all parts. Inflammation of the ovaries and uterus. Burning in
the vagina. Membranous dysmenorrhoea. Menses too early,
Puerperal convulsions. Retained placenta.
Burning pains. When there have been no expulsive pains present
to expel the afterbirth, with the symptoms running all through
this remedy, after it has been given, normal contractions of
the uterus have come on with expulsion of the
Violent lancinating pains through the kidneys
and back. Pains in the loins and abdomen. Pain on urinating so
that he moaned and screamed on passing a