Cactus grandiflorus

Cactus grandiflorus symptoms. Dr. Phatak describes the confirmed symptoms of the homeopathic remedy Cactus grandiflorus in his Concise Materia Medica….

Editor’s note: Cactus grandiflorus or Selenicereus grandiflorus is a cactus species originating from the Antilles, Mexico and Central America.

The species is commonly referred to as queen of the night, night-blooming cereus, large-flowered cactus, sweet-scented cactus or vanilla cactus.

In Homeopathy, Cactus grandiflorus is commonly used for heart diseases (like Valvular diseases, Congestive Heart Failure etc), asthma and headache.

In potentised homeopathic dosage, it has no reported side effects. The most commonly used potency is Cactus g 30c. It is also used in mother tincture form as a cardiac tonic.


      Cactus grandiflorus homeopathy medicine for heart diseasesChief action of Cactus centres around the HEART and CIRCULATION. It affects the circular muscles, thereby producing CONSTRICTIONS; of the heart, throat, chest, bladder, rectum, vagina, neck.

Circulation becomes irregular, causing violent congestion or localized pulsations, behind stomach, at odd places. It is a HAEMORRHAGIC remedy, favours formation of clots speedily. Constrictive or spasmodic pains, that extorts cries.

In Cactus, Periodicity is marked, and neuralgic pains occur periodically. Body feels tight or wrapped. Hot gushing into chest. Toxic goitre, with cardiac symptoms.

General weakness and prostration. Fainting. Dropsical affections.

Ill effects of sun, damp, disappointment in love. Many complaints are associated with heart affections. Pulseless, panting and prostration. Low blood pressure, from weakness of heart.


      Open air. Pressure on vertex.


      Lying, on left side, on occiput. Periodically. Exertion. 10-11 a.m. or 11 p.m. Night. Walking. Going upstairs. Noise. Light. Sun heat.


      Taciturn. Weeps, knows not why worse consolation. Believes that his disease is incurable. Sad. Ill humoured. Easily frightened. Cheerful. Fear; of death, of something will happen.


      Heavy pain, as of a load on vertex better pressure worse talking, strong light. Cactus grandiflorus has Headache worse by seeing opera; missing of meals, noise, light, periodic, compressive, pulsating. Vertigo worse deep breathing, exertion.


      Dimness of sight. Eyes blood shot. Exophthalmic goitre.


      Pulsation in ears. Singing, ringing in ears.


      Profuse epistaxis, but soon ceases.


      Right sided prosopalgia worse missing of meals. Face; red bloated, pale, emaciated.


      Constriction of oesophagus, must drink to swallow. Suffocative constriction, with full throbbing carotids.


      Pulsation in coeliac artery behind the stomach. Vomiting of blood. Nausea in the morning: continuous all day. Loss of appetite. Aversion to meat of which he was fond.


      Intense burning in abdomen. As of a weight in anus. Pricking as from a pin in anus, better slight friction. Fistula in ano, with violent palpitation of heart.

Engorgement of liver due to heart disease. Sharp pain shooting through diaphragm and up into chest. Cactus grandiflorus has a sensation as if a cord was tied tighter and tighter around attachment of diaphragm, taking his breath away.

Urinary Organs

      Constriction of neck of bladder, causing retention of urine. Urine suppressed in fevers. Haematuria; urination prevented by clots, in vagina in females.


      Menses; lumpy; black; too soon, cease on lying. Constriction of vagina preventing coition; vaginismus. Painful menses, extorting loud cries.

Menstrual disorders, with heart symptoms. Pulsation in ovarian region. Cyanotic infants.

Respiratory organs

      Oppression of breathing, going upstairs. Cough, from heart affections. Continuous rattling of mucus in chest. Constriction in chest, as if bound; hindering breathing.

Periodical suffocation; with fainting, sweat on face and loss of pulse. Haemoptysis, with convulsive cough. Inflammation of diaphragm, with difficulty in breathing.

Cactus grandiflorus Heart symptoms

      FEELS CLUTCHED AND RELEASED ALTERNATELY BY AN IRON BAND BAND, or feels it expand and contract; seems to turn over. Endocarditis, with mitral insufficiency. Palpitation; worse lying on left side; at the approach of menses; during the day while walking; from disappointed love. Stitches in heart.

Endocardial murmurs. Hypertrophy. Low blood pressure. Pulse; irritable, intermittent, feeble. Irregular and intermittent action, after forceps delivery.

Heart disease, with oedema of left hand. As if heart would fly to pieces on holding the breath. Pulsations increase on holding the breath. Aneurism of large arteries and heart. Tobacco heart.


      Left arm numb. Fingers tingle. Icy cold hands. Oedema of hand (left) in heart disease; and of feet, extending to knees. Hands soft, feet enlarged. Pain in left arm down to fingers.


      Cactus grandiflorus has Sleeplessness, on account of strong pulsations in different places. Dreams; of falling; frightful; lascivious. Awakes in fright.


      Chilly not worse by covering. Persistent subnormal temperature.

Cactus grandiflorus is Related to

      Aconite; Coccus-cacti; Digitalis; Lachesis; Nux-vomica; Sulphur.

S.R. Phatak
A pioneer of Homoeopathy in Maharashtra, Dr Shankar Raghunath Phatak was born on 6th September, 1896. He did his MBBS from Grant Medical College, in 1924. Started his practice but somehow not satisfied with Allopathic Treatment.

He was convinced about Homoeopathy while going through Sir William Osler's writings on 'History of Medicine' so switched over to an entirely Homoeopathic Practice in 1932. He also started working on Homoeopathic literature along with his Practice.

He has contributed immensely to homoeopathic literature. He was an ardent follower of Dr Boger. His Repertory is based on Boger's ''A Synoptic key to Materia Medica'.