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CACTUS GRANDIFLORUS [Cact]


Constrictions, as of an iron band.

Haemorrhage, constrictions, periodicity and spasmodic pains.

Favours formation of clots speedily.

Endocarditis with mitral insufficiency, together with violent and rapid action.

SYNONYM
: Selenicereus

COMMON NAME
: Night-blooming Cereus.

FAMILY
: Cactaceae

SOURCE
: Tincture of youngest and tenderest stem.

A/F
: -Sun
-Damp
-Love disappointment
-Rheumatism

MODALITIES
: < Lying on left side > Open air
< Lying on back > Pressure on vertex
< Occiput > Sitting
< Periodically > Rest
< Exertion
< 10-11 a.m. or 11 p.m.

< Night
< Walking
< Going upstairs
< Noise
< Light
< Heat of sun
< Slight contact
< About noon
< Night (menses ceases at night)
< After eating, fasting

MIND
: -Fear of death, believes the disease is incurable.

-Sadness, apprehension, taciturn and tendency to be easily frightened.

-Irresitable desire to cry.

GUIDING INDICATIONS
: -Constriction, contraction and congestion of any organ in the body, especially heart, uterus, chest, throat, bladder, rectum, etc.

-Constricting pains run through whole whole pathogonesis of Cactus because it acts on circular muscles.

-Severe, violent, constricting pains, so severe that the patient cries out.

-Pains everywhere, darting and springing up like a chain of lightning, and pressing with a sharp vice-like grip, only to be renewed again.

-The whole body feels as if caged and each wire is being twisted tighter and tighter.

-Circulation becomes irregular, causing violent congestion or localised pulsation behind stomach at odd places.

-It is a haemorrhagic remedy. Favours formation of clots speedily.

-Periodicity is marked and neuralgic pains occur periodically.

-Head -Headache pressing like heavy weight on vertex during climacteric period.

-Congestive headaches, periodical threatening, apoplexly.

-Right sided prosopalgia, constricting pains, return at same hour daily.

-Heat in head from mental exertion.

-Vertigo-From deep breathing.

-C.V.S.-Heart feels clutched and released alternately by an iron band and there is no room to beat.

-Oppression of chest as from a great weight as if an iron band, preventing normal breathing and motion.

-Fluttering palpitation day and night < walking < lying on left side < approach of menses
-Endocarditis with mitral insufficiency, together with violent and rapid action.

-Endocardial murmurs, excessive impulse, increased precordial dullness, enlarged ventricle, low B.P.

-Numbness, or pains entending into the left arm, hand or even fingers with heart disease.

-Cardiac Rheumatism.

-If he holds the breath, it seems as if heart would fly to pieces, it would go so fast.

-Periodical attacks of suffocation with fainting cold sweat on face and loss of pulse.

-Feels as if cord is tightly tied around the lower part of the chest marking the attachment of diaphragm with heart.

-Female genitalia-Menstrual flow ceases when lying down. (Bov, Caust, Lil-tig).

-Menses blood is lumpy, black, pitch-like (Cocc, Mag-c).

-Severe dysmenorrhoea with heart symptoms.

-Fever-Paroxysm return at 11 a.m. and 11 p.m.

KEYNOTES
: -The whole body feels as if caged and each wire is being twisted tighter and tighter.

-Periodicity marked. Periodic neuralgia. Fever paroxysm return at 11 a.m. and 11 p.m.

-Menstrual flow ceases when lying down.

NUCLEUS OF REMEDY
: -Primarily a cardiac remedy, characterized by horribly, painful or constricting condition, with congestion and disturbance of blood flow.

CONFIRMATORY SYMPTOMS
: -Sensation of being caged and each wire twisted tighter and tighter.

CLINICAL
: -In any haemorrhage, seeming to be in relation with heart trouble, think of cactus-Dr. Nash.

-Cardiac troubles with oedema of left hand-Dr.Leon Ranniar.

REMEDY RELATIONSHIPS
: -Compare-Digital, Spig, Convallar, Kalmia, Naja, Magnol.

-Antidotes-Acon, Camph, China.

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