Know Your Remedies: Cactus Grandiflorus (Cact.)
Common Name: Night-blooming cereus.
A significant remedy for severe constricting, contracting or congestive pains, especially in the heart, bladder, rectum, vagina, or uterus. These pains are triggered or worsened by the slightest touch. This remedy may also be indicated when a trio of complaints are present – indigestion, haemorrhoids and heart problems. There may tingling and crawling down the left arm and the hand may swell. The person may also have regular dreams of falling. Symptoms often worsen at 10-11pm.
- Sadness with heart disease.
- Facial pains with throbbing in the temples – especially the right temple.
- Severe constricting pains in chest or diaphragm – “as if grabbed by an iron fist”.
- May feel as if caged in wire or by a tight metal band.
- The heart may feel as if it is bound in an iron band or as though it is being clutched and released.
- Constrictive asthma with heart disease.
- Renal colic with bloody or clotted urine.
Female and Menstrual Problems
- Vaginismus – constriction of the vagina making intercourse difficult or impossible.
- Severe constricting menstrual pain with the passing of clots.
Where do I find it?
Cactus Grandifloras (Cact.) is available from our online store as a single, and in the following Complex (combination remedy): Cramp – Menstrual.
While above self-limiting or acute complaints are suitable for home treatment also contact your healthcare provider during emergency situations or if symptoms worsen or fail to improve. Chronic or persistent complaints, which may or may not be mentioned above, require a different treatment and dosage protocol so are best managed by a qualified homeopath for good results.
Dosage Instructions (suitable for babies to adults)
For the home treatment of acute and self-limiting complaints take one pill or five drops of the remedy every 1 minute to 4 hours (1 minute for intense or emergency symptoms (plus seek emergency help), 4 hours for milder ones). Once an improvement is noticed, stop dosing and repeat the remedy only if symptoms return. If there is no improvement at all by three doses, choose a different remedy or seek professional guidance.
Note: Chronic symptoms or complaints require a course of professional treatment by a qualified homeopath to manage the changes in potencies and remedies that may be required.
Guidelines on which potency to use
From Past Masters
Homeopathy is a 200-year system of medicine. Early medical homeopaths recorded initial provings, remedy relationships, and their early experiences with each remedy in great detail.
These writings were then shared with others to advance homeopathic knowledge and practice.
Today, these same writings give a fascinating insight into the symptoms and clinical conditions for which each remedy was used.
The following extract, with minor editing, is one example.
Leaders In Homoeopathic Therapeutics by E. B. NASH M.D.
Constriction of the heart, as if an iron band prevented its normal movement; < lying on left side.
Constriction, general; of heart, chest, bladder, rectum, uterus, vagina, etc.
Hćmorrhages in connection with heart troubles; nose, lungs, stomach, rectum, bladder.
Palpitation; day or night; worse when walking and lying on left side, approach of menses.
Fear of death; believes the disease incurable.
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Cactus grandiflorus is another great heart remedy, and its grand characteristic is not at all like Digitalis. It is a “sensation of constriction of the heart, as if an iron band prevented its normal movement.” (Iodine has a sensation as if heart was squeezed together. Lilium tigrin., as if grasped and released alternately. Lachesis, constriction on awaking, throws off covering; Arsenicum alb., constriction or oppression on walking). This sensation of constriction is not confined to the heart, but is found in the chest, bladder, rectum, uterus, vagina; in short, it seems to be a general characteristic for this remedy, as does that of fullness for Ćsculus hippocastanum.
The heart troubles of Cactus are quite apt to be caused by inflammatory rheumatism, where it is one of our best remedies.
Among the symptoms found, more or less connected with heart troubles, for which Cactus is indicated, are: Heavy pain on vertex like a weight (Glonoine; Lachesis at climacteric), a frequent symptom in persons suffering with heart troubles, cerebral congestion, profuse epistaxis, hćmatemesis, hćmorrhages from anus, hćmaturia or hćmoptysis. In any hćmorrhages, seeming to be in sympathy with heart trouble, think of Cactus.
Now, besides the leading characteristic of Cactus on the heart, we have other chest and heart symptoms which are very valuable. Oppression of chest or difficult breathing, as if the chest could not be expanded, with this sense of band-like constriction.
“Periodical attacks of suffocation, with fainting, cold perspiration on face and loss of pulse.”
“Fluttering and palpitation of heart, increased when walking or lying on left side.”
“Great irregularity of heart’s action, intermittent pulse, valvular murmurs in organic diseases of heart.”
“Palpitation < lying on left side (Nat. mur.).
Śdema of left hand, foot and leg.”
“Rheumatism of all joints, beginning in upper extremities.” (Ledum in lower.).
“Numbness of the left arm” (Aconite; aching, Rhus toxicod.).
“Cactus is a remedy of not very wide range; but of paramount importance in its sphere.”