Cantharis Fever Symptoms

Allen gives the therapeutic indications of the remedy Cantharis in different kinds of fevers like: Continued, Bilious, Intermittent, Malarial, Remittent, Pernicious, Typhoid, Typhus, Septic fever, etc…


Characteristic – Pain, raw, sore, burning in every part of body, both internally and externally, with excessive weakness.

Over – sensitiveness of all parts.

Disgust for everything, drink, food, tobacco.

Drinking, even small quantities of water, increases pain in the bladder.

Passage of white or pale – red tough mucus with stool, like scrapings from the intestines, with streaks of blood (, Colchicum).

Constant desire to urinate, passing but a few drops at a time, which is mixed with blood ( Sudden desire, itching in urethra, Petrol.).

Intolerable tenesmus vesicae, before, during and after urination.

Burning, cutting pains in urethra during micturition, violent tenesmus and strangury.

Bloody, nocturnal emissions (Ledum, Mercurius, Petroleum).

Sexual desire: increased, both sexes, preventing sleep, violent priapism, with excessive pain (

Skin: vesicular erysipelas, vesicles all over body which are sore and suppurating.

Erythema from exposure to sun’s rays (sunburn).

Aggravation: Oil and coffee, drinking, or even sight of cold water (Lyssinum, Stramonium), after midnight and during the day.

Amelioration: Warmth, rubbing, lying down.

Type: No periodicity of fever. Many conditions or symptoms appear every seventh day. Typhoid, yellow fever.

Time: 3 p.m. till 3 A.M. long – lasting chill ( Aranea, 24 hours).

At all hours in afternoon, from 1 to 10 p.m.

Chill: Without thirst, in afternoon or evening, not ameliorated by external warmth or covering ( Arsenicum, Ignatia, Kali carb., are all relieved by external heat worse from external heat, Apis, Ipecac. ). General coldness of the whole body, especially the limbs. Coldness and chills as soon as she attempts to rise, or puts one limb out of bed. Shivering and chill down the spine, feeling of coldness in the vertebral column (pain all down the spine on pressure, Quinine). Shaking chill beginning in, or running up the back (Caps., Eup. Purp.). Icy – coldness of hands and feet, with fearful pains in the urethra. Chill followed by thirst, without heat. Children pass urine frequently during chill.

Heat: With thirst, burning in the palms and soles, burning heat at night, which she does not feel (unbearable heat extreme restlessness, Arsenicum ). Burning on soles of feet, while hands are icy – cold. Burning, violent fever, great heat, with thirst, and redness all over the body. Great heat of abdomen (Apis).

Sweat: Profuse, on waking at night, when walking, from every movement (Bryonia, Camph.), cold on the hands and feet, on the genitalia and external pelvic region, smells like urine.

Tongue: Coated with thick, yellow fur, red at the edges. Taste lost, trembling tongue.

Disgust for everything. Canine hunger, especially for meat (see Arnica). Every paroxysm characterized by the cantharis dysuria.

Apyrexia: Irritation of the urinary organs, difficult, frequent and painful urination. Scanty and painful emission of blackish urine, then secretion of urine increased to four – fold the amount of liquids taken, with great thirst and desire for meat (aversion to meat, Arnica ). Very thirsty, but disgust for all kinds of drinks. Heaviness of the feet, a paralytic immobility of the limbs, must lie in bed.

Hemorrhages: from nose, mouth, stomach, intestines, genital and urinary organs, especially in typhoid and yellow fever.

Analysis – The violent tenesmus, the burning, cutting pains in bladder and urethra is the red strand of the remedy in fevers as in all diseases. Chill followed by thirst without heat, the aggravation of pain in bladder odor of sweat are peculiar.

H. C. Allen
Dr. Henry C. Allen, M. D. - Born in Middlesex county, Ont., Oct. 2, 1836. He was Professor of Materia Medica and the Institutes of Medicine and Dean of the faculty of Hahnemann Medical College. He served as editor and publisher of the Medical Advance. He also authored Keynotes of Leading Remedies, Materia Medica of the Nosodes, Therapeutics of Fevers and Therapeutics of Intermittent Fever.