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.
-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.