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Cantharis vesicatoria

Cantharis vesicatoria is a well-known homeopathic remedy that is also known as "Lytta vesicatoria", or occasionally "Spanish fly", the latter referring to the iridescent green beetle from which it is derived.

The homeopathic remedy cantharis vesicatoria is associated with the urinary tract and is sometimes used to treat certain urinary tract conditions, such as cystitis, especially in cases where there is intense burning pain when urinating.

Other conditions for which cantharis vesicatoria is somtimes used include:

  • burns
  • burning pains
  • scalds
  • sunburns
  • burns with blisters
  • burning sensation in throat
  • severe anxiety


More about the substance used to prepare cantharis vesicatoria homeopathic remedy:

This homeopathic remedy is derived from a bright green insect that is also known as the 'Cantharid beetle', a 'Spanish fly' and as a 'blister beetle'.

A sketch of a cantharid (or 'blister') beetle is shown belowon the left.

The remedy is produced from use of the whole beetle, many of which are proceesed together after first being dried. Although the method of preparing this homeopathic remedy results in a final product that contains virtually no traces of the actual animal, the use of these insects is such that the homeopathic remedy cantharis vesicatoria cannot reasonably be considered vegetarian in the sense that animals were not used in its production. It is, however, one of only a few homeopathic remedies derived from insects.

Homeopathic preparations are usually supplied in either liquid or pill form. Regardless of the physical form in which the remedy is taken, its preparation will have involved a series of dilutions during which the original substance was repeatedly diluted and succussed (shaken) in a solvent such as water and/or alcohol.

There are very many (over 2,000) homeopathic remedies, some of which are available from chemists and health food shops. These pages feature some of the most popular homeopathic remedies and are for general interest only: This is not medical advice. Consult a qualified homeopathic practitioner for advice about use of this and any other homeopathic remedy. Bear in mind that homeopathic remedies are very dilute; even if a homeopathic remedy is beneficial, the substance from which it is derived may be harmful.

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