CACTUS GRANDIFLORUS-SELENICEREUS SPINULOSUSCactus Grandiflorus, also known as Night Blooming Cereus, is a homeopathic remedy that primarily affects circular muscular fibers, leading to various constrictions in the body. Its actions on the heart and arteries are particularly notable, producing characteristic sensations akin to being constricted by an iron band. These sensations can occur in different areas such as the esophagus, bladder, and elsewhere. Mentally, it induces symptoms akin to those experienced in heart conditions, including sadness and melancholy.

Physically, Cactus Grandiflorus manifests symptoms such as constriction, periodicity, and spasmodic pain. Individuals may feel as though their whole body is being tightly confined. It is indicated for conditions like atheromatous arteries, weak heart, congestions, irregular blood distribution, and quick clot formation. Additionally, it is relevant in toxic goiter with cardiac symptoms, presenting with a pulseless, panting, and prostrated state.

Mind: Cactus grandiflorus produces a state of melancholy, taciturnity, and sadness, often accompanied by a fear of death. There may be an expression of anxiety and even screaming due to pain.

Head: Cactus Grandiflorus presents various head symptoms, including a sensation of weight on the vertex and right-sided pulsating pain. Congestive headaches, often periodic and threatening apoplexy, are common. There’s a feeling as if the head is being compressed in a vise, with distended blood vessels. Pulsations in the ears and dim sight can also occur. Right-sided prosopalgia, characterized by constricting pains that return at the same hour daily (Cedron).

Nose: Profuse nosebleeds (epistaxis) and a runny nose (fluent coryza) can occur.

Throat: Constriction of the esophagus, dryness of the tongue, and suffocative sensations in the throat may be experienced. These symptoms are often accompanied by throbbing sensations in the carotid arteries, especially in cases of angina pectoris.

Stomach: Symptoms in the stomach include constriction, pulsation, and a feeling of heaviness. Vomiting of blood (hematemesis) can occur.

Stool: The stool symptoms include hard, black stools (malena), diarrhea in the morning, and hemorrhoids that are swollen and painful. There’s also a sensation of great weight in the anus and hemorrhage from the bowels in malarial fevers with heart symptoms.

Urinary: Constriction in the bladder neck leading to urinary retention, hemorrhage from the bladder, and frequent urination may occur.

Female: Women may experience constriction in the uterine region and ovaries, dysmenorrhea, vaginismus, and menstrual flow that is early, dark, and pitch-like. Menstruation may cease upon lying down, especially in conjunction with heart symptoms.

Respiratory: Cactus grandiflorus presents with oppressed breathing as if from a weight on the chest, constriction in the chest hindering respiration, and inflammation of the diaphragm. Hemoptysis with convulsive, spasmodic cough is also noted.

Heart: In cases where the heart is affected, Cactus Grandiflorus presents with a range of symptoms. There may be palpitations, which are often violent and rapid, exacerbated by lying on the left side or at the approach of menses. Angina pectoris, characterized by suffocation, cold sweat, and a sensation of constriction akin to an iron band around the chest, is a notable manifestation. Pain from the heart may radiate down the left arm, and there could be accompanying symptoms like vertigo, dyspnea, and flatulence. Cardiac symptoms associated with Cactus Grandiflorus include endocarditis with mitral insufficiency, weak heart in arteriosclerosis, and conditions like tobacco heart. Endocardial murmurs, excessive impulse, and enlarged ventricles may also be present. Furthermore, the remedy is indicated in cases of low blood pressure.

Extremities: Edema of the hands and feet, numbness of the left arm, icy cold hands, and restless legs may be experienced.

Sleep: Sleeplessness due to pulsations in different parts of the body and frightening dreams may occur.

Fever: In terms of fever symptoms, Cactus Grandiflorus typically manifests with fever occurring at the same hour every day. There’s often a coldness in the back accompanied by icy cold hands. Intermittent fever patterns are common, with paroxysms usually around midday (11 a.m.), incomplete in their stages, and often accompanied by hemorrhages. Coldness predominates during the fever episode, with cold sweat and great anguish. Persistent subnormal temperature may also be observed.

Modalities: Symptoms worsen around noon, lying on the left side, walking, going upstairs, and at 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. Symptoms improve in the open air.

Relationship: Cactus grandiflorus is antidoted by Aconite, Camphor, and China. It is often compared to other homeopathic remedies like Digitalis, Spigelia, Convallaria, Kalmia, Naja, and Magnesium carbonicum.

Dose: Tincture, preferably made from flowers, or in potency up to third attenuation. Higher potencies may be used in cases of nervous palpitations.CACTUS GRANDIFLORUS-SELENICEREUS SPINULOSUS


Mind: Melancholy, taciturnity, sadness, fear of death, screaming with pain, and anxiety.

Head: Headaches worsened by missing meals, sensation of weight on the vertex, right-sided pulsating pain, congestive headaches threatening apoplexy, feeling of head being compressed in a vise, pulsations in the ears, and diminished vision.

Nose: Profuse epistaxis (nosebleeds) and fluent coryza (runny nose).

Throat: Constriction of the esophagus, dryness of the tongue, suffocative constriction of the throat, and throbbing carotids in angina pectoris.

Stomach: Constriction, pulsation, or heaviness in the stomach, vomiting of blood (hematemesis).

Stool: Hard, black stools (melena), morning diarrhea, hemorrhoids swollen and painful, sensation of great weight in the anus, bowel hemorrhages in malarial fevers with heart symptoms.

Urinary: Constriction in the bladder neck causing urine retention, bladder hemorrhage, clots of blood in the urethra, constant micturition.

Female: Constriction in the uterine region and ovaries, dysmenorrhea with pulsating pain, vaginismus, dark, pitch-like menses ceasing upon lying down with heart symptoms.

Respiratory: Oppressed breathing, chest constriction hindering respiration, inflammation of diaphragm, hemoptysis with convulsive, spasmodic cough, difficulty in breathing.

Heart: Constriction of the heart, palpitations (especially worse lying on the left side and before menses), angina pectoris with suffocation and cold sweat, endocarditis with mitral insufficiency, weak heart in arteriosclerosis, tobacco heart, palpitations with associated vertigo, dyspnea, flatulence, left arm pain.

Extremities: Edema of hands and feet, numbness of the left arm, icy cold hands, restless legs.

Sleep: Sleeplessness due to pulsations in different body parts, frightful dreams.

Fever: Daily fever at the same hour, coldness in the back with icy cold hands, intermittent fever with paroxysms around midday, persistent subnormal temperature.

Modalities: Worsening symptoms around noon, lying on the left side, walking, going upstairs, at 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. Improvement in open air.

selection of the potency

  1. Individualization:

    • Homeopathy is based on the principle of treating the individual, not just the disease. The unique symptoms and characteristics of the person are crucial in determining the most suitable potency.
  2. Intensity of Symptoms:

    • The intensity of the symptoms guides the choice of potency. If the symptoms are intense and acute, a lower potency (e.g., 6C, 30C) might be considered. For chronic conditions with less intensity, higher potencies (e.g., 200C, 1M) may be appropriate.
  3. Sensitivity of the Patient:

    • Some individuals are more sensitive to homeopathic remedies, while others may require higher potencies. The practitioner considers the patient’s sensitivity when selecting the potency.
  4. Acute vs. Chronic Conditions:

    • Lower potencies are often used for acute conditions, while higher potencies may be considered for chronic or long-standing issues.
  5. Previous Response to Potencies:

    • The patient’s response to previous homeopathic treatments helps guide the choice of potency. If a particular potency has been effective in the past, it may be repeated or adjusted as needed.
  6. Vital Force and Susceptibility:

    • Homeopathy views illness as a disturbance in the vital force. The practitioner assesses the patient’s overall vitality and susceptibility to determine the appropriate potency.
  7. Aggravation or Amelioration:

    • The direction of the symptom response (aggravation or amelioration) after taking a remedy can influence the choice of potency.
  8. Miasmatic Considerations:

    • In classical homeopathy, the concept of miasms (inherited disease tendencies) is considered. The practitioner take this into account when selecting the potency.
  9. Practitioner Experience:

    • The experience and preference of the homeopathic practitioner play a role. Some practitioners may have success with certain potencies based on their clinical experience.


  • Do not exceed the recommended dose by physician
  • Keep out of the reach of children
  • Store in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight
  • Maintain half an hour gap between food/drink/any other medicines and homoeopathic medicine
  • Avoid any strong smell in the mouth while taking medicine e.g. camphor, garlic, onion, coffee, hing

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