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Colchicum Autumnale
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Colchicum Autumnale

Meadow Saffron, Colchicum, Colchicine, Colchicinum, Colchicum automnale

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HPUS label indication: Bloating

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

Affects markedly the muscular tissues, periosteum, and synovial membranes of joints. Has specific power of relieving the gouty paroxysms. It seems to be more beneficial in chronic affections of these parts. The parts are red, hot, swollen. Tearing pains; worse, in the evening and at night and from touch; stubbing the toes hurts exceedingly. There is always great prostration, internal Coldness, and tendency to collapse. Effects of night watching and hard study. Shocks as from electricity through one half of body. Bad effects from suppressed sweat. Dreams of mice.
BETTER, stooping.
WORSE, sundown to sunrise; motion, loss of sleep, smell of food in evening, mental exertion.
Antidotes: Thuja; Camph.; Coccul.; Nux; Puls.
Compare: Colchicine (intestinal catarrh with shreddy membranes; convulsive jerkings of right hand; rheumatic fever, gout, endo and pericarditis, pleurisy, arthritis, deformans in early stages; Intense pain of rheumatism 3x trit.). Also, Carbo; Arnica; Lilium; Arsen.; Verat.

    MIND (click for more)

Memory; forgetful
Memory; weakness of memory

    HEAD (click for more)

Cerebral haemorrhage

Headache chiefly frontal and temporal, but also occipital and in nape of neck, worse afternoon and evening.

    EYE (click for more)

Dim vision after reading

Lachrymation worse in open air; violent tearing pain in eyes

Pupils unequal; left pupil contracted

Spots before eyes.

Variations in visual acuity

    EAR (click for more)

Itching in ears; sharp, shooting pains below right tragus.

    NOSE (click for more)

Smell; acute, over sensitive; sensitive to strong odours
Smell; acute, over sensitive; sensitive to the odour of broth
Smell; acute, over sensitive; sensitive to the odour of cooking food
Smell; acute, over sensitive; sensitive to the odour of eggs
Smell; acute, over sensitive; sensitive to the odour of food

    FACE (click for more)

Pain in facial muscles, moving about

Tingling and oedematous swelling; cheeks red, hot, sweaty

Very irritable with the pains (Cham.) Pain behind angle of right lower jaw.

    ABDOMEN (click for more)

Distention of abdomen, with gas, inability to stretch out legs

Bloated; trapped wind

Flatulence; obstructed


Kidneys; inflammation; with bloody, ink-like, thick urine
Kidneys; pain

Pain; after stool

Stomach; appetite; lacking, no appetite; at smell of food
Stomach; aversion to certain foods or drinks; all food; smell of
Stomach; distended (swollen from inner pressure); after eating
Stomach; fullness; after eating
Stomach; loathing of food (see nausea)
Stomach; nausea; from odours
Stomach; nausea; from odours; any food
Stomach; nausea; from odours; eggs
Stomach; nausea; from odours; fish
Stomach; nausea; from odours; soup
Stomach; nausea; on looking at food
Stomach; nausea; thought of food
Stomach; nausea; thought of soup
Stomach; retching; after vomiting
Stomach; vomiting; violent
Stomach; without thirst




Burning or Icy coldness in stomach and abdomen

Caecum and ascending colon much distended

craving for various things, but is averse to them when smelling them, seized then with nausea

Fullness and continuous rumbling

Gouty gastralgia

Pain in transverse colon.

Pain over liver

Profuse salivary secretion

Stomach; Dry mouth, tongue burns, gums and teeth pain

The Smell of food causes nausea even to fainting, especially fish

Thirst for effervescent, alcoholic beverages

THIRST; pain in stomach and flatulence

Vomiting of mucus, bile and food; worse, any motion; Great coldness in stomach

    RECTUM (click for more)

Diarrhoea; in autumn


Pain; during stool
Pain; urge to stool, or urinate, but producing nothing; during dysentery

    STOOL (click for more)

Autumnal dysentery; stools contain White shreddy particles in large quantities

Ineffectual pressing; feels faeces in rectum, but cannot expel them.

Painful, scanty, transparent, jelly-like mucus; pain, as if anus were torn open, with prolapse


Like scrapings of intestines


Mucous, slimy
Mucous, slimy; bloody
Mucous, slimy; jelly-like
Mucous, slimy; transparent

Thin, liquid


White; shreds particles

    URINE (click for more)

Dark, scanty or suppressed; bloody, brown, black, inky; contains clots of putrid decomposed blood, albumin, sugar.

Colour; black
Colour; black; like ink
Colour; dark


Urine heavier than usual

    GENITALS (click for more)

Cold feeling in thigh after period

Female; Pruritis of genitals

Sensation of swelling in vulva and clitoris.

    CHEST (click for more)

Heart; fluid build up around heart
Heart; palpitations

Lungs; fluid build up in chest cavity (pulmonary oedema)

Oppressed feeling

Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp
Pain; tearing

Heart; Anxiety in region of heart

Impulse not felt

Pericarditis, with severe pain, oppression and dyspnoea, pulse threadlike

Sound of heart becomes weaker, pulse of low tension.

    BACK (click for more)

Aching in lumbar and lumbo-sacral region

Pain; on movement

Backache, better, rest and pressure.

Dull pain across loins

    EXTREMITIES, LIMBS (click for more)

Tingling in the finger nails


Movements and positions; lameness
Movements and positions; lameness; lower limbs
Movements and positions; lameness; lower limbs; from suppressed perspiration

Pain; fingers; rheumatic
Pain; forearm
Pain; forearm; paralytic
Pain; hand; rheumatic
Pain; hip
Pain; hip; rheumatic
Pain; joints; gouty
Pain; joints; in damp, cold weather
Pain; joints; movement
Pain; joints; paralytic
Pain; joints; rheumatic
Pain; on movement
Pain; rheumatic
Pain; rheumatic; acute
Pain; rheumatic; in warm weather
Pain; shoulder; rheumatic
Pain; tearing; paralytic
Pain; upper limbs
Pain; upper limbs; movement
Pain; upper limbs; paralytic
Pain; upper limbs; rheumatic
Pain; wet weather

Paralysis; upper limbs; sensation of paralysis

Swollen; hand
Swollen; joints

Inflammation of great toe, gout in heel, Cannot bear to have it touched or moved

Joints stiff and feverish; shifting rheumatism; pains worse at night

Knees strike together, can hardly walk

Limbs, lame, weak, tingling

Oedematous swelling and coldness of legs and feet.

Pain in front of thigh

Pain worse in evening and warm weather

Pins and needles in hands and wrists, fingertips numb

Right plantar reflex abolished

Sharp pain down left arm

Tearing in limbs during warm weather, stinging during cold

    CHILL (click for more)


Chilliness (see also whole body; temperature)

Shaking, shivering, rigors

    FEVER (click for more)


Continued fever
Continued fever; abdominal


    PERSPIRATION (click for more)

From suppressed complaints

Odour; sour

    SKIN (click for more)

Blotchy papular rash on face

Pink spots on back, chest and abdomen

Dry; inability to perspire (see inactivity)

Itching; crawling


    GENERALITIES (click for more)

Eating and food; sight of all food
Eating and food; smell of all food


Faintness, fainting; from odours; of cooking food

Fluid build up; external
Fluid build up; internal

Formication (like insects crawling around); external parts
Formication (like insects crawling around); internally

Movement; movement of affected part


Pain; paralytic
Pain; tearing; externally

Pulse; imperceptible


Symptoms from suppression of perspiration

Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); cold, wet weather



Weakness (see lethargic, weariness)
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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.