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Bitter Cucumber, Colocy, Colocynth

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HPUS label indication: Colic-like pain

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

Often indicated in the transition season when the air is cold, but the sun is still powerful enough to heat the blood. Develops most of its symptoms in the abdomen and head, causing intense neuralgias. It is especially suitable for irritable persons easily angered, and ill effects therefrom. Women with copious menstruation, and of sedentary habits. Persons with a tendency to corpulency. The neuralgic pains are nearly always relieved by pressure. Cramps and twitching and shortening of muscles. Constrictions and contractions. Cystospasm following operations on orifices ( Hyper.) Urinous odor or perspiration (Berb.; Nit-ac.) Agonizing pain in abdomen, causing patient to bend double, is most characteristic. Sensations: Cutting, twisting, grinding, contracting and bruised; As if clamped with Iron Bands.
BETTER, doubling up, hard pressure, warmth, lying with head bent forward.
WORSE, from anger and indignation.
Antidote: Coffea; Staphis.; Cham. Colocynthis is the best antidote to lead poisoning ( Royal).
Compare: Lobelia Erinus (violent cork-screw-like pains in abdomen). Dipodium punctatum (writhing. Twisting like a dying snake. Intractable insomnia.) Dioscor.; Chamom.; Coccul.; Merc; Plum.; Mag. Phos.

    MIND (click for more)

Anger, with indignation ( Cham.; Bry.; Nux.)

Becomes angry when questioned

Extremely irritable

Ailments after death of part of body

Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; anger (see irritability and quarrelsome); with indignation

Restlessness, nervousness

Symptoms follow intense emotions; anger

Mortification caused by offense

    VERTIGO, DIZZINESS (click for more)

After drinking; alcohol; liquor

    HEAD (click for more)

Lateral cutting headache, with nausea, vomiting

Burning pains, digging, rending, and tearing

Frontal headache; worse, stooping, lying on back, and moving eyelids.

Pain, headache; recurring headache
Pain, headache; rheumatic

Pains (better pressure and heat), with soreness of SCALP

Vertigo when turning head To the left

    EYE (click for more)

Sensation on stooping, as if eye would fall out

Lids; spasmodic closure

Gouty affections of eyes

Pains sharp, boring, Better pressure

Violent pain in eyeballs which precede the development of glaucoma.

    FACE (click for more)

Pain in stomach, always with pain of teeth or head.

Sounds re-echo in ears

Pain; burning (see heat); left
Pain; stinging
Pain; sudden, sharp; left
Pain; tearing
Pain; tearing; extending to ear
Pain; tearing; left
Pain; tearing; touch

Get relief from pressure ( China.) Neuralgia, With chilliness; teeth seem too long

Tearing, shooting, and swelling of face; left side great soreness

    MOUTH (click for more)

Taste; bitter

    ABDOMEN (click for more)

Agonizing cutting pain in abdomen Causing patient to bend over double, and pressing on the abdomen

Dysenteric stool renewed each time by the least food or drink

Bladder; catarrh mucous-pus (see urine, sediment containing pus)

Constriction; navel

Contraction; navel

Pain; after drinking
Pain; after drinking; when overheated
Pain; after eating (including certain foods); after eating fruit
Pain; after intense emotions; after stress
Pain; after stool
Pain; bending double
Pain; bending limbs
Pain; comes on suddenly
Pain; cramping, griping; after drinking water
Pain; cramping, griping; bending forward
Pain; cramping, griping; pressure
Pain; cutting; after eating
Pain; cutting; after stool
Pain; cutting; before stool
Pain; cutting; bending double
Pain; cutting; lead colic
Pain; cutting; like electric shock darting through the anus
Pain; cutting; navel; around navel
Pain; cutting; navel; around navel; after stool
Pain; drinking (including certain drinks); after drinking coffee
Pain; during chill
Pain; during diarrhoea (colic)
Pain; extending to other parts; pubic region
Pain; from lead poisoning
Pain; gnawing, biting; forcing to bend forward
Pain; must bend double
Pain; navel; bending double
Pain; navel; region of navel
Pain; navel; region of navel; after dinner
Pain; pressing; after stool
Pain; pressing; after stress
Pain; pressing; before stool
Pain; pressing; region of navel
Pain; pressing; region of navel; after dinner
Pain; pressing; region of navel; after eating fruit
Pain; pressing; region of navel; bending forward
Pain; pressure
Pain; sudden, sharp (sticking, etc.); sides; between ribs and hip
Pain; tearing

Stomach; nausea; on compressing abdomen; when in pain
Stomach; pain; after anger
Stomach; pain; after excitement
Stomach; pain; bending double
Stomach; pain; cramping, griping, constricting; bending forward
Stomach; pain; cutting; bending backward; double
Stomach; pain; tearing; after anger
Stomach; vomiting; after anger

Canine hunger

Colic with cramps in calves

Cutting in abdomen, especially after anger


Each paroxysm is attended with general agitation and a chill over the cheeks, ascending from the hypogastrium

Feeling in stomach as if something would not yield; drawing pain.

Intestines feel as if bruised

jelly-like stools

Musty odor

Pain in small spot below navel

Sensation as if stones were being ground together in the abdomen, and would burst

Stomach; Very BITTER taste

Tongue rough, as from sand, and feels scalded

    RECTUM (click for more)

Constipation; after abuse of drugs

Diarrhoea; after certain foods or drinks; fruit
Diarrhoea; after eating
Diarrhoea; from emotions; after anger


Haemorrhoids; internal

Urging, desire to stool (see pain; urge to stool, or urinate, but producing nothing); after eating (see diarrhoea)

    STOOL (click for more)



Like scrapings of intestines


Pasty, mushy

    URINE (click for more)

Viscid ( Phos

ACID) Fetid; small quantities, with frequent urging

Intense burning along urethra during stool

Itching at orifice

Pains on urinating Over whole abdomen.

Red, hard crystals, adhering firmly to vessel

Tenesmus of bladder

Sediment; like jelly

Thick and sticky

Thick; when standing up

Vesical catarrh, discharge like fresh white of egg

    GENITALS (click for more)

Round, small cystic tumors in ovaries or broad ligaments

Bearing-down cramps, causing her to bend double ( Opium.)

Female; Boring pain in ovary
Female; pain; cutting; ovaries
Female; pain; ovaries
Female; period; suppressed; from anxiety

must draw up double, with great restlessness

Wants abdomen supported by pressure

    BACK (click for more)

Pain; dorsal (shoulder level); shoulder blades; right
Pain; piercing, stabbing; lumbar (lower half of back)
Pain; piercing, stabbing; lumbar (lower half of back); breathing in
Pain; piercing, stabbing; lumbar (lower half of back); while lying down; on back
Pain; pulling; dorsal (shoulder level); shoulder blades; right
Pain; pulling; lumbar (lower half of back); lying on back
Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp, shooting; lumbar (lower half of back); on movement
Pain; while lying down; on back
Pain; with breath

    EXTREMITIES, LIMBS (click for more)

All the limbs are drawn together

Contraction of muscles

Contraction of the muscles

Contraction of muscles and tendons

Cramps; calf
Cramps; leg
Cramps; lower limbs
Cramps; thigh
Cramps; upper limbs

Diseased hip-joint (see pain in hip)

Pain; during chill
Pain; hip
Pain; lower limbs; sciatica (pain radiating from back along back of thigh)
Pain; pulling; thigh; while walking
Pain; tearing; lower limbs

Perspiration; foot

Weakness; knee; while walking

Pain down right thigh; muscles and tendons feel too short; numbness with pains ( Gnaph.) Pain in left knee joint.

Pain in right deltoid ( Guaco.) Cramp-like pain in hip; lies on affected side; pain from hip to knee

Sciatic pain, left side, drawing, tearing; better, Pressure and heat; worse, gentle touch

Spontaneous luxation of the hip-joints

Stiffness of joints and shortening of tendons

    CHILL (click for more)

With pain

    GENERALITIES (click for more)

Constriction; internally

Eating and food; after eating
Eating and food; fruit

Lying down; lying on side; on painless side


Pain; cutting; internally
Pain; pinching; internally
Pain; pressing; internally
Pain; pulling


Symptoms not symmetrical; right

Tension; externally
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Homeopathic remedies are prescribed on the basis that in a tiny dilution like cures like, so while the very dilute homeopathic remedy may help, the raw product is often best avoided.

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.