Erectile dysfunction is a leading cause of male fertility problems. Natural and homeopathic remedies can often be used to treat an erectile dysfunction, and cantharis is a homeopathic product that can stimulate male fertility.
Cantharis is a dilution used in homeopathy and contains extracts from the insect with the same name, which is commonly found in the South of Europe (mostly Spain and France) as well as in parts of Western Asia. The insect may also be known as the Spanish fly and is considered highly toxic. The beetle is green or brown and is no larger than half an inch.
Cantharis and Male Fertility
Cantharis extracts can be used to create a homeopathic dilution and may be applied in patients that have an erectile dysfunction or one of the following conditions:
- Painful erection
- Painful ejaculation
- Burning sensation when urinating or pain when urinating
- Erection that continues for a long time and incapacity to ejaculate
The cantharis beetle is used whole, being dried and turned into powder which will be used in a dilution. The dilution may contain solely cantharis powder and serum, or may also contain other compounds as well. Tablets may also be prepared from cantharis beetle powder. The cantharis dilution has also soothing effects, so it may be helpful if the erectile dysfunction is caused by stress or an emotional problem.
Other Uses of Cantharis
Extracts of cantharis may also be used in other health problems such as:
- Amenorrhea in women (lack of menstruation) which is an important factor that affects female fertility
- Cystitis and urinary tract infections, the solution cleaning the digestive and urinary tract, removing all harmful bacteria
- Chronic vomiting
- Reduce skin flakiness
- Skin rashes
- Skin burns
- Eliminate pus from external wounds
- Promote liquid elimination to replace conventional diuretics
In certain regions of south Europe, the cantharis extracts have been used to provoke an abortion.Some alternative medicine specialists may also employ the cantharis extracts to stimulate the growth of hair in male patients that have alopecia. Cantharis is also known to have calming effects, so it may be used in people that are stressed or suffer from anxiety.
Dosage and Safety
The cantharis beetle is known to be toxic and may be extremely dangerous if consumed in high doses. For this reason, the treatment should be prescribed by a homeopath that assesses the condition of the patient. The treatment should be constantly supervised.
If the cantharis beetle solution is taken in excess, it may cause side effects such as:
- Abdominal pain and cramps
- Gastric ulcers
- Vomiting blood
- Blood in the feces
- Burning sensation in the stomach and esophagus
- Kidney and liver damage
In high doses, the cantharis extracts can cause coma, seizures and even death. The product shouldn’t be used in pregnant and lactating women or people with kidney or liver problems.