Information on Cactus

Latin NameSelenicereus grandiflorus
Other NamesNight-blooming cereus
Part UsedFresh Stems, Flowers
Herb FormsTincture.
AffectsCardiovascular system
CautionsAlthough generally safe, large doses of cactus (over 30 drops 3 x/daily) can lead to symptoms such as gastric irritation and heart irregularities, but this is rare. Consult an experienced herbalist and your physician if you are taking other prescription
Botanical InfoA tropical cactus with long, creeping fleshy stems and large white flowers that bloom infrequently in the night.
DescriptionCactus is mainly known for its use in heart problems, and especially when emotional or nervous system imbalances are involved. The extract is used for heart palpitations, particularly in nervous individuals, heart neuralgia, angina pectoris, heart problems (such as congestive heart failure) associated with tobacco use, and for emphysema. Homeopaths use it as well for endocarditis, myocarditis, and angina pectoris.

Cactus has a taste of BITTER and a temperature of COOL.


Tincture5-15 drops 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Cactus

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Angina, mildcardiac stimulanttincture, tablet
Arrhythmiaheart tonictincture, capsule, tablet
Heart palpitationsheart regulatingtincture
Heart, weakcardiac tonictincture, tablet


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