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Colocynthis - Chest symptoms - T.F. Allen

Bitter Cucumber, Colocy, Colocynth, Coloc.

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HPUS indication of Colocynthis: Colic-like pain

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Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Colocynthis in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.




Whistling in the chest on inspiration, in the morning (after one hour and three-quarters),


Tension over the chest and forehead, during a very soft and smoothly passed stool,

Some constriction in the chest (after two hours); subsequently stitches in the upper part of the left half of the chest, especially when walking,

Constrictive sensation, with transient stitches in the chest, beginning soon after the dose, and troubling him all day, especially when walking,

Frequent pressure and oppression of the chest, in the afternoon; dull stitches in the chest and sides,

Oppression of the chest (after two hours),

Oppression of the chest, in the evening,

Oppression of the chest, or pressure upon the chest, very severe in the evening,

Oppression of the chest, soon after eating,

Oppression of the chest, as if everything were too tight; with compression on the sides, especially on stooping forward, while sitting, and in the evening, for six days,

Great oppression of the chest, before midnight, driving away sleep,

Great oppression of the chest, as from external pressure, on inspiration, which also causes sticking in the chest,

Troublesome oppression of the chest,

Some stitches in the chest, and under the ribs, here and there, every day,

Dull stitches on expiration; slight pressure in the chest, for six days,


Pressure in the middle of the sternum, as if something were lying upon the lungs,

Spots on the anterior part of the thorax that were sore and painful, as if bruised,


Constant burning in a spot on the right side of the chest, towards 11 o'clock,

Tensive and pressing pain, in both sides, where the diaphragm is attached,

Griping pain in the right intercostal muscles,

Occasional sticking pains in the right chest, in the forenoon,

Single stitches, as if from needles, under the left pectoralis,

Transient stitches in the right side of the chest, from before backwards, in the afternoon,

Transitory stitches in the left side of the chest,

Frequently repeated long stitches in the left chest and left knee,

Twitching in the region of the fifth and sixth left ribs,

Muscular twitches in the right intercostal muscles, which disappear on becoming erect (fifth hour),


Pressive pain in several places on the thorax, in the hepatic region, and over the heart, impeding respiration (continuing several hours), towards evening,

Oppression and stitch on respiration in the right side, not very considerable,

Stitches in the left side, cutting short the breathing, towards evening,

Respiration is short and rapid, for several days, without dyspnoea or heat,

Attack of dyspnoea, at night, with slow, difficult breathing, which provokes cough,

Larynx, Trachea, and Bronchi.

Distressing dryness of the air-passages; on the two next days a perceptible and disagreeable feeling of fatigue in the affected parts,

Constriction of the larynx, disappearing in the open air (after half an hour),

Sensitiveness of the larynx began, and the voice became rough and hoarse, towards evening,

A spot in the larynx which scratches and provokes coughing, feels somewhat scrapy on inspiration,

Frequent tickling irritation in the larynx, with a dry cough,

Titillation in larynx, dry, short cough, especially during the night, and waking him from sleep (fifth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth days),


Heart and pulse


Oppression of the heart, towards 8 P.M.,

Painful stitches in the cardiac region on going to bed,

Heart's Action.


Palpitation, when sitting,


Pulse small, rapid,

Pulse slow, full; first ten hours,

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