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Colocynthis - General symptoms - Hahnemann

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.




When preparing the medicine from the colocynthis, it is best to take a grain of the dried fruit of this cucumber-like plant (Cucumis colocynthis) and triturate it with sugar of milk for three hours, in the manner indicated at the end of volume I., so as to get the millionth potency.

this is then dissolved and brought to the decillionth potency, so that we can use it in all its various grades of dynamization according to the nature of the circumstances of the disease. When well prepared it is of enormous virtue even in the smallest dose.

Camphora Camphor, Causticum causticum, crude coffee and Staphysagria staphisagria are used as antidotes of the bitter cucumber.

It has proved itself especially efficacious in the following ailments Anxiety.

lack of religious feeling.

porrigo in the face. toothache.

stomachache, also after eating.

, especially after vexation.

grumbling in the abdomen.

inguinal hernia. long-continued diarrhoea.

pain as from a bruise in the shoulder-joint after vexation.

ill consequences and troubles springing from.

, cramp in the calves and the intestines.

cramp-colic, bilious colic, bilious fever, insomnia, etc.

, where the hip-joint feels as if it were fastened to the pelvis and sacral region as if with iron claps, attended with pains darting down periodically from the lumbar muscles into the thigh.

The chief characteristic of colocynthis is the excitation of cramp-pains in the internal and external parts, tonic spasms, with squeezing pressive pains, and then Staphysagria staphisagria is the antidote. Also the drinking of coffee and Camphora camphor antidote its injurious action.

The proving of Colocynthis appears in the , and 250 of the 283 symptoms recorded here belong thereto. The remainder are Aegidi's (from a patient, see note to Sympt. 144,) and Hahnemann's in his later manner.


Note to Hoyer. "From ," and to reference add O. 178. To . note "Nothing about Colocynth is found here."

Not accessible.

From the apples taken for chronic gonorrhoea.

From colocynth given in apoplexy.

After "HOFFMANN" for [left] c. substitute ". X., O. 30, and note "Poisoning by a whole apple."

Case of poisoning.

Case of poisoning.

Colocynthis occurred twelve hours after a drop of Colocynth 3, in a patient already suffering several times a day from agonizing pain proceeding from the left kidney down the corresponding limb. Symptoms 22, 29, and 75 came on at the same time.

Effect of an enema containing colocynth.

Effect of an enema containing colocynth.


Colocynthis symptom not found.

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Poisoning Note. "During convalescence."

No such observation found here.