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Know Your Remedies: Tarentula Hispanica (Tarent.)

Common Names: Tarentula, Spanish spider, wolf spider, hunting spider.

General Information

Tarentula is a remedy for an overstimulated nervous system, constant motion, and rapid movements. Intense inner restlessness is only relieved by exertion. Children needing this remedy are often labelled hyperactive while adults will be highly industrious or compulsive workers. They enjoy loud, rhythmic music, and will enthusiastically dance to it – sometimes to the point of wildness.

Types of convulsions, chorea, twitches and jerks fall within the sphere of this remedy. Physical pain or distress is often relieved by rolling from side to side and firm rubbing but light touch is disliked.

A high thirst for cold water and a desire for spicy foods is common. Open air improves symptoms. Children, and sometimes adults, may eat sand.

Mental-Emotional Symptoms

  • Hurried and rapid movements.
  • Slyness, cunning.
  • Sudden, violent, or destructive behavior – breaks or tears things.
  • Types of passionate mania and rages.
  • Dislike of, or aggravation from, strong, bright colours.


  • Restless and fidgety.
  • Constant motion but lacks control. Types of chorea.
  • Restless legs.
  • Twitching and jerking.


  • Constipation with restlessness, anxiety, or rubbing of head against pillow.

Genitals and Libido

  • Sensitive.
  • Hypersexual or promiscuous behavior.


  • Restless – tossing, turning, twitching or jerking.

Where do I find it?

Tarentula Hispanica (Tarent.) is available from our online store as a single remedy in either pills or liquid, and as part of the following Complex (combination remedy): Restless Legs.


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 may be required.

More Information

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.

Tarentula Hispanica

This spider poison has like other spider poisons very positive nervous symptoms.

It acts upon the uterus and ovaries, and upon the female sexual organs generally.

“In case of hyperesthesia or congestion of these organs, which set up a general hysterical condition, states simulating spinal neurasthenia, sensitive and painful back; excessive restlessness, and impressibility to excitements, music, especially, where there is constant inclination to keep the hands busy (Kali bromatum), and again especially if accompanied by sexual desire or pruritus of the genitals, Tarantula is able to accomplish much.”

Choreaic conditions, which are often the outcome of an advanced stage of the above described nervous condition, are peculiarly amenable to this remedy.

Twitching or jerking of the muscles in conjunction with other troubles should always call to mind this remedy, with which such jerkings are so characteristic.

It has a restlessness in women similar to the restlessness in men of Phosphorus, viz., cannot keep quiet in any position; must keep in motion, though walking < all the symptoms.

This remedy is not yet as thoroughly understood as it should be.

Another spider ought to be mentioned in this connection, viz., the Tarentula cubensis.