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Cocculus Indicus
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Cocculus Indicus

Indian Cockle, Cocculus, Coccul

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HPUS label indication: Motion sickness

Below are the strongest indications of Cocculus Indicus in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.

Within the sphere of action of Cocculus Indicus are many spasmodic, and paretic affections, notably those affecting one-half of the body. Affects the cerebrum, will not cure convulsive seizures proceeding from the spinal cord ( A. E. Hinsdale.) Painful contracture of limbs and trunk; tetanus. Many of the evil Effects of night-watching are relieved by it. It shows a special attraction For light-haired females, especially during pregnancy, causing much nausea and backache. Unmarried and childless women, sensitive and romantic girls, etc. All its symptoms are worse riding in a carriage or on shipboard; hence its use in seasickness. Sensation of Hollowness, or emptiness, as if parts had gone to sleep. Feels too weak to talk loud.
WORSE, eating, after loss of sleep, open air, smoking, riding, swimming, touch, noise, jar; afternoon. Menstrual period. After emotional disturbance.
Antidotes: Coffee, Nux.
Compare: Picrotoxin - alkaloid of Cocculus Indicus - (epilepsy, attacks in the morning on leaving horizontal position, hernia, locomotor ataxia, night-sweats); Symphoricarpus (morning sickness); Petrol.; Puls.; Ignat.

    MIND (click for more)

Cannot bear contradiction
Profound sadness

Time passes too quickly; absorbed in reveries


Heavy and stupid

Inclination to sing irresistible

Mind benumbed

Aversions, dislikes; open air


Delusions, imaginations, hallucinations, illusions

Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; mildness

Hysteria; fainting

Insecure, uncertain, scared; anxiety; sleep; after period

Intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; confusion
Intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; confusion; after drinking
Intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; confusion; after eating

Memory; forgetful
Memory; weakness of memory

Perception; time; time passes too quickly

Preoccupied; absorbed, buried in thought; introspection

Symptoms follow intense emotions; ailments from grief
Symptoms follow intense emotions; anger

Talking, conversation; dislike of talking, desire to be silent, taciturn


Slow of comprehension

Speaks hastily

Very anxious about the health of others.

    VERTIGO, DIZZINESS (click for more)

As if intoxicated
Loss of sleep
Must lie down

On rising; from bed

Tendency to fall over; falling sideways

While sitting; sitting up in bed

With nausea
With nausea; on rising in bed

    HEAD (click for more)

Pain, headache
Pain, headache; back of head (occiput)
Pain, headache; back of head (occiput); extending to other parts; neck
Pain, headache; from loss of sleep; from working at night
Pain, headache; in forehead
Pain, headache; pressing (see bursting, pulling); forehead; riding
Pain, headache; travelling; travelling by train or underground
Pain, headache; travelling; while travelling
Pain, headache; with other pains; pain in nape of neck

Headache In occiput and nape; worse, lying on back of head

Opening and shutting sensation, especially in occiput

Pain in eyes as if torn out of head.

Pupils contracted

Sense of emptiness in head

Sick headache from carriage-riding, cannot lie on back part of head

Trembling of head

Vertigo, nausea, Especially when riding or sitting up

    VISION (click for more)

Colours and shapes in front of eyes; colours; black; spots; floating (aka muscae volitantes or spiders)

    FACE (click for more)

Prosopalgia in afternoon, with wide radiations of pain.

Cramp-like pain in masseter muscle; Worse, opening mouth

Pain; affected by movement (for better or worse); when opening the mouth (see movement)

Skin; discoloration; iron deficiency anaemia (greenish-yellow discoloration)

Paralysis of facial nerve

    MOUTH (click for more)

Dryness; tongue

Taste; bitter; while smoking
Taste; metallic

    ABDOMEN (click for more)

Distended, with wind, and feeling as If full of sharp stones when moving; better, lying on one side or the other

1x.) Cramp in stomach during and after meal

Paralysis of muscles preventing deglutition

Abdominal muscles weak; it seems as if a hernia would take place.

Aversion to food, drink, tobacco

Metallic taste

Pain in abdominal ring, as if something were forced through

Bloated; during period
Bloated; trapped wind


Flatulence; night; midnight

Pain; cramping, griping; during chill
Pain; cramping, griping; during period
Pain; cramping, griping; night; midnight
Pain; cramping, griping; on movement
Pain; cutting; during period
Pain; groin region; hernia; as if a hernia would appear
Pain; night; midnight
Pain; pressing; lower part of abdomen; during period

Stomach; appetite; lacking, no appetite; with hunger
Stomach; aversion to certain foods or drinks; all food; smell of
Stomach; aversion to certain foods or drinks; all food; with hunger
Stomach; loathing of food (see nausea)
Stomach; nausea; after drinking
Stomach; nausea; after eating
Stomach; nausea; afternoon
Stomach; nausea; during headache
Stomach; nausea; from dryness in throat
Stomach; nausea; like fainting
Stomach; nausea; on movement
Stomach; nausea; on rising; up in bed
Stomach; nausea; seasickness
Stomach; nausea; sitting; when sitting up in bed
Stomach; nausea; thought of food
Stomach; nausea; when cold
Stomach; nausea; while travelling
Stomach; pain; during chill
Stomach; vomiting; while travelling

Desire for cold drinks, especially beer

Dryness of oesophagus

Hiccough and spasmodic yawning

Loss of appetite

Nausea, with faintness and vomiting

Seasickness ( Resorcin

Sensation in stomach as if one had been a long time without food until hunger was gone

Smell of food disgusts ( Colch.)

Stomach; Nausea from riding in cars, boat, etc., or looking at boat in motion; worse on becoming cold or taking cold

    RECTUM (click for more)

Diarrhoea; from riding

    GENITALS (click for more)

Female; Dysmenorrhoea, with profuse dark menses
Female; pain; cramping; womb; during period
Female; pain; cramping; womb; from movement
Female; pain; cutting; womb
Female; pain; cutting; womb; during movement
Female; pain; cutting; womb; during period
Female; pain; cutting; womb; with every breath
Female; pain; womb (see abdomen, pain); movement
Female; period; copious
Female; period; copious; standing
Female; period; copious; walking
Female; period; frequent
Female; vaginal discharge; bloody

Painful pressing in uterine region, followed by hemorrhoids

Purulent, gushing leucorrhoea between menses; Very weakening, can scarcely speak

So weak during menstruation, scarcely able to stand.

Too early menses, clotted, with spasmodic colic

    RESPIRATION (click for more)

Choking constriction in upper part of oesophagus, oppressing breathing and inducing cough.

Dyspnoea as from constriction of trachea, as if irritated by smoke

Sensation of emptiness and cramp in chest

    COUGH (click for more)


    CHEST (click for more)


    BACK (click for more)

Pain In shoulder and arms as if bruised

Pressure in scapula and nape

Paralytic pain in small of back

Weakness (tired feeling, in spine); lumbar (lower half of back)
Weakness (tired feeling, in spine); lumbar (lower half of back); walking
Weakness (tired feeling, in spine); neck

Cracking of cervical vertebrae when moving head

Stiffness on moving shoulders.

    EXTREMITIES, LIMBS (click for more)

Lower limbs very weak

Knees crack on motion

Trembling and pain in limbs

Arms go to sleep

Heaviness; lower limbs

Movements and positions; trembling
Movements and positions; trembling; during chill
Movements and positions; trembling; hand; when raising them high
Movements and positions; trembling; hand; while eating

Numbness (see tingling)
Numbness (see tingling); foot
Numbness (see tingling); foot; alternating with hands
Numbness (see tingling); foot; sole of foot
Numbness (see tingling); foot; sole of foot; sitting
Numbness (see tingling); hand
Numbness (see tingling); hand; alternating hands
Numbness (see tingling); upper limbs

Pain; sensation as if broken
Pain; sensation as if broken; upper arm; on raising it

Paralysis; lower limbs; painless
Paralysis; painless
Paralysis; upper limbs; sensation of paralysis

Perspiration; foot


Tingling, prickling, asleep (see numbness); foot
Tingling, prickling, asleep (see numbness); foot; alternating with hands
Tingling, prickling, asleep (see numbness); foot; while sitting
Tingling, prickling, asleep (see numbness); hand

Weakness; knee
Weakness; knee; while walking
Weakness; leg
Weakness; lower limbs
Weakness; lower limbs; paralytic
Weakness; thigh
Weakness; tottering

Hands are alternately hot and cold; numbness and cold sweat now of one, now of the other hand

Inflammatory swelling of knee

Intensely painful, paralytic drawing

Lameness; worse by bending

Limbs straightened out, painful when flexed.

Numb and unsteady

One-sided paralysis; worse after sleep

    SLEEP (click for more)

After loss of sleep, night-watching, nursing.

Coma vigil

Constant drowsiness

Dreams; anxious
Dreams; frightful


Sleeplessness, insomnia; night; from anxiety
Sleeplessness, insomnia; night; from nursing the sick

Spasmodic yawning

    CHILL (click for more)

In warmth; in warm room; not relieved in warm room, nor by a warm heater


    FEVER (click for more)

Chilliness, with perspiration, and heat of skin.

Chill, with flatulent colic, nausea, vertigo, coldness of lower extremities, and heat of head

Alternating with chills

Nervous form of low fever

Sweat general

    PERSPIRATION (click for more)


Single parts; front of body

    SKIN (click for more)

Discoloration; pale
Discoloration; red; spots

    GENERALITIES (click for more)

Anaemia; as from iron deficiency - greenish yellow skin

Aversion to open air

Constriction; externally

Convulsions; convulsive movements
Convulsions; internal

Extreme emotion

Faintness, fainting; hysterical (see hysteria)

From loss of sleep

Insensitive to pain (see irritability)

Lying down; lying in bed
Lying down; lying on side


Numbness; externally
Numbness; internally; in single parts

Open air

Pain; paralytic
Pain; pinching; internally
Pain; pressing; together
Pain; sore, bruised; bones
Pain; sore, bruised; externally
Pain; sudden, sharp; muscles; burning in muscles

Paralysis; after diphtheria
Paralysis; painless

Physical exertion

Pulsation; internally

Relaxation of muscles



Symptoms from masturbation

Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); hot feeling; flushes of heat


Trembling; after emotions
Trembling; externally



Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); from loss of sleep
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); from nursing the sick
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); loss of sleep
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); nervous weakness
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); paralytic
Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); walking; in open air

While travelling
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Entries on a white background are from Boericke's Materia Medica. Entries on a green background are from a reversed Kent's repertory, with some alterations to modernise the language. Uses are based on traditional homeopathic practice and have not been reviewed by the FDA.