Latrodectus mactans, known as the southern black widow or simply black widow, is a highly venomous species of spider in the genus Latrodectus. They are well known for the distinctive black and red coloring of the female of the species that will occasionally eat her mate after reproduction. The species is native to North America. The venom is seldom fatal to healthy humans.
The entire body of a live adult female black widow spider found in the warmer places of the globe is used as a homeopathic remedy.
The homeopathic remedy latrodectus mactans prepared from the adult female black widow spiders of genus Latrodectus is effective in treating a number of health conditions, especially those related to the heart. This medication is very useful in treating acute and constant chest pain related to heart attacks as well as angina. People who have attacks of angina (any painful spasmodic attack distinguished by choking or suffocating feelings) also experience numbness that gradually spreads to the left arm and hand. In addition, the homeopathic remedy latrodectus mac. is also prescribed for people who have a tendency to collapse frequently and suffer from nervousness, restiveness as well as a fright of breathlessness or gasping.
The symptoms of such patients improve when they are sitting peacefully at one place for quite some time and when they take a hot bath. However, the symptoms aggravate or deteriorate during night time, when the weather condition is humid and prior to a thunderstorm. Turning to the homeopathic medication latrodectus mac. does not only cure angina and other mentioned disorders, but also helps to provide relief from associated symptoms quite fast.
Sensitivity reactions, muscle cramps
None are recorded.
Black Widow Spider
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