It is the Spanish
fly, and the tincture is made of one part of dried Spanish
flies and five parts of
alcohol. Triturations are made of the powdered insect.
General action of Cantharis
Its special field of action is the mucous membrane of the genito-urinary tract,
producing violent inflammation throughout this system ; it also affects the
gastro-intestinal and respiratory mucous membranes.
Peculiar eye symptoms
Objects look yellow.
Cantharis in facial erysipelas
Erysipelas beginning on the dorsum of the nose and spreading to right cheek with
the formation of large vesicles, which break and discharge an excoriating
Burning from the mouth to the stomach ; throat highly inflamed and covered with
plastic lymph ; spasm and intense constriction about the throat.
Cantharis in dysentery
Discharge of blood streaked mucus, looking like scrapings of the intestines ;
cutting and burning in the anus ; the tenesmus of the bladder predominates over
that of the intestines.
Persistent and violent urging to urinate, with great tenesmus ; the urine is
passed only in drops, and seems like molten lead passing through the urethra ;
intense burning on urination, and aching in the small of the back.
Intense sexual excitement.
Gonorrhœa, with intense irritation and persistent erections ; the discharge is
purulent and bloody ; useful when the disease has been sent to the bladder by