Latin, Zoological, Botanical and mineralogical name/s:
||Spanish Fly, Blister beetle
General description and domicile:
The Spanish fly is native to Spain and parts of France and Asia. It is a
pretty green beetle that feeds of the leaves of trees including poplar, privet
and lilac trees.
Liquid extracts of this beetle has been used as an aphrodisiac
for years (or should I say "reputed" aphrodisiac as there is no evidence other
than anecdotal that this is true) as well as a treatment for warts (where it is
occasionally effective in raising a blister that lifts the wart), baldness
Warning: The beetle
contains a substance called cantharidine which is a powerful irritant if
ingested (it is even powerful enough to raise blisters if applied topically) and
any significant dose can and will cause kidney damage or even death. Symptoms of
poisoning are severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, painful mouth and
throat and in extreme cases the presence of blood in urine, stools and vomit.
Part used and extraction:
Whole, live beetles are used in the homeopathic remedy
Macerated and steeped in alcohol for five days to obtain mother tincture
The use of Spanish Fly can be traced back for more than 2000 years.
Hippocrates used it to treat dropsy and syphilis and it was extensively used as
blistering plasters to treat rheumatism, arthritis, joint and muscular aches.
Even to today some believe that it is an aphrodisiac if taken internally
possibly because it is a severe urinary tract irritant (that can cause permanent
damage) and the consequent awareness of this irritation on the genitalia is
confused with sexual stimulation.
How to use these pages:
What follows below is a profile of the homeopathic remedy. This profile must
be compared with the profile of the person to be treated in great detail before
treatment can be commenced. See
How to Use
Cantharis people have a high sex drive which tends to increase during
illness. They have volatile, even violent tempers and are frequently intolerant.
Children can be insolent and demanding.
Cantharis is prescribed for conditions that deteriorate or escalate rapidly. The
patient deteriorates very rapidly and general symptoms are typically a total
loss of appetite, sore throat, burning pain when urinating and constant,
persistent thirst accompanied with an aversion to drinking as swallowing is
painful and so is the build up of liquid in the urinary tract. Most pains are
described as burning.
Burning pain, high sex drive, painful urination, violent temper.
Used for treatment of:
Urinary tract infections/inflammation
Bladder - Kidney disorders
Insect bites and stings
General Symptoms Worse for:
Factors/Conditions that make the symptoms worse
General Symptoms Better for:
Factors/Conditions that improve symptoms
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