The air breathing arthropods with eight legs and fangs that inject venom…yes! We are talking about the spiders. Spiders are far more important on our planet than we may know. It is said that wherever we are, there is likely to be a spider within a meter of us. 

Spiders are found worldwide on every continent except for Antarctica. They have learned to survive in almost every habitat except in the air and the sea. There are 4,000 mammal species and more than ten times that many spider species. With more than 45,000 different species of spiders, they are the largest order of arachnids and rank 7th in total species diversity. Only a small number of these are said to be dangerous to humans, and less than 30 have been responsible for human deaths.

Most spider species have eight eyes, though some have six. Although, many have a bad vision, there is a spider called the jumping spider, which is believed to see more colours than humans can. Though not all spiders build webs, every species produces silk. They use the strong, flexible protein fibre for many different purposes: to climb (just like the Spider Man!), to tether themselves for safety in case of a fall, to create egg sacs, to wrap up prey, to make nests, and more. A new study also reveals that a spider's silk web is more than a home; it's also a stringed instrument! Which is why they are believed to be sensitive to music. (Homeopaths do you remember studying Tarentula hispanica!)

Most species of spiders are carnivorous, that either trap flies and other insects in their webs, or hunt them down. They can’t swallow their food as it is, so they inject their prey with digestive fluids, then suck up the liquefied remains. 

Homeopathy is the practice of medicine that embraces a holistic and natural approach for the treatment of the sick. A fascinating aspect of homeopathy is that we even have remedies made from spiders. Each spider remedy is unique, with a different set of symptoms however they share many of the same characteristics. Tarentula hispanica is our best-known spider remedy and is the most well-represented in the Repertory, however, Aranea diadema, Latrodectus mactans, and Theridion are also some of the frequently used ones. Some of the themes common in spider remedies are as under:

  • lack of perception of fatigue 
  • extreme activity with a sense of hurry,
  • sensitivity to sound, music or vibration, 
  • neurological disturbances, 
  • joint problems, 
  • digestive problems, 
  • relationship and sexual difficulties. 
  • awareness of suffering. 
  • desire to travel far and often. 
  • well educated and serious. and 
  • relief from open air, music, dance, coffee and cigarettes.


Homoeopathic medicines prepared from spiders are listed below:

S.No.

Spider Remedy

Common name

1.

Aranea diadema

Papal cross spider; Garden spider

2.

Aranea ixobola

Black cross spider

3.

Aranea scinencia

Grey spider

4.

Aranea avicularis

Mygale avicularis

5.

Mygale lasiodora

Black Cuban spider

6.

Latrodectus mactans

Black widow spider

7.

Latrodectus hasselti

Redback spider

8.

Latrodectus katipo

Poison spider; New Zealand spider

9.

Tarentula cubensis

Hairy spider; Cuban spider

10.

Tarentula hispanica

Spanish spider

11.

Theridion curassavicum

Orange spider

12.

Atrax robusta

Trap-door spider

13.

Loxosceles reclusa

Brown recluse spider

14.

Tegenaria domestica

House spider

15.

Tela arnaea

Spider’s web