We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Cantharis?

Sara Schmidt
By
Updated Mar 03, 2024
Our promise to you
The Health Board is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At The Health Board, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Cantharis is an herb remedy for various medicines and homeopathy treatments. It is made from the Lytta vesicatoria beetle found in southern Spain, Asia, and France. The insect and the treatment are most commonly known as Spanish fly.

Severe cystitis can be treated with cantharis. Urinary tract infections and most other conditions resulting in burning pain can also be relieved with the insect remedy. These can include burning foot pain, scalding diarrhea, colitis, shingles, sore throat, and hand rashes. Even some stings, burns, and blisters can be cured by the remedy.

Digestive tract issues have been known to be healed with Spanish fly. This is particularly effective in conditions that result in a distended abdomen. Appetite loss, loss of the desire to drink, difficulty swallowing, and fluid retention can be reversed through its use as well. It may also be effective in treating warts, baldness, and inflammation.

Traditionally, the homeopathic medicine was used as an aphrodisiac to increase sexual desire. It is also used, however, to curb excessive sexual desire. Other mental and emotional states it has been used to ease include screaming, restlessness, violent irritability, insolence, fits of rage, and severe anxiety. Lower abdominal and back pain can also be treated with Spanish fly.

This remedy is available as a powder, liquid, and as a pill. The highly potent tincture of cantharis is available only by a doctor's prescription. Prepared from the entire beetle body, it may also be combined with other herbs, such as sepia, belladonna, phosphorus, sulphur homeopathic, and mercurius.

Spanish fly should not be used if undiluted. Both use of an undiluted formula and overuse can lead to toxicity. Some side effects can include diarrhea, vomiting of blood, abdominal cramps, stomach and throat pain, kidney damage, and convulsions. In severe cases coma or death can result. A physician should be consulted prior to using the remedy.

Blister beetle is another name for Spanish fly. Cantharis may also be known as N.O. Insecta, coleoptera, or cantharis vesicator. In traditional homeopathic medicine, healers collect the bright green cantharis beetles from their honeysuckle and olive trees at daybreak. This is to capture them while sluggish in order to avoid a possible struggle with the caustic insect.

They are then heated within the steam of boiling vinegar until they die. After this, they are crushed. Finally they are mixed with milk sugar in the trituration process to dilute their toxicity, and to make them suitable for human use.

The Health Board is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Sara Schmidt
By Sara Schmidt
With a Master's Degree in English from Southeast Missouri State University, Sara Schmidt puts her expertise to use by writing for The Health Board, plus various magazines, websites, and nonprofit organizations. She published her own novella and has other literary projects in the works. Sara's diverse background includes teaching children in Spain, tutoring college students, running CPR and first aid classes, and organizing student retreats, reflecting her passion for education and community engagement.
Discussion Comments
By rebelgurl28 — On Jun 23, 2011

While I definitely feel that homeopathic remedies are useful, cantharis is a homeopathic medicine that I have not used.

Even with a professional’s help, (which I agree is vital when considering homeopathic remedies) cantharis and pulsatilla (which can also be very toxic) are two that I am very wary of trying.

By jonpurdin — On Jun 21, 2011

Several websites advertise the cantharis homeopathic remedy, in fact, homeopathic remedies can be found all over the Internet.

It is good for people to learn about alternative medicine, but they really need to be careful and to consult a professional.

As the article indicates, some of these remedies are very powerful and many have undesirable side effects, especially if you are not cautious.

Sara Schmidt
Sara Schmidt
With a Master's Degree in English from Southeast Missouri State University, Sara Schmidt puts her expertise to use by writing for The Health Board, plus various magazines, websites, and nonprofit organizations. She published her own novella and has other literary projects in the works. Sara's diverse background includes teaching children in Spain, tutoring college students, running CPR and first aid classes, and organizing student retreats, reflecting her passion for education and community engagement.
The Health Board, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

The Health Board, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.