Bitter Cucumber, Colocy, Colocynth

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HPUS indication of Colocynthis: Colic-like pain
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Homeopathic remedies are prescribed on the basis that in a tiny dilution like cures like, so while very dilute Colocynthis may help, unprocessed Colocynthis may be best avoided.

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

  GENERAL - Colocynthis


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 ( Hypericum Perforatum Hyper.) Urinous odor or perspiration (Berberis Vulgaris Berb.; Nitric Acid 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.

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  MODALITIES ETC - Colocynthis


WORSE, from anger and indignation.


BETTER, doubling up, hard pressure, warmth, lying with head bent forward.

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  RELATIONSHIPS - Colocynthis


Compare: Lobelia Erinus Lobelia Erinus (violent cork-screw-like pains in abdomen). Dipodium punctatum (writhing. Twisting like a dying snake. Intractable insomnia.) Dioscorea Villosa Dioscor.; Chamomilla Chamom.; Cocculus Indicus Coccul.; Merc Viv Merc; Plum N/A .; Magnesia Phosphorica Mag. Phos.


Antidote: Coffea Tosta Coffea; Staphysagria Staphis.; Chamomilla Cham. Colocynthis is the best antidote to lead poisoning ( Royal).

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  MIND - Colocynthis


Extremely irritable

Becomes angry when questioned

Mortification caused by offense

Anger, with indignation ( Chamomilla Cham.; Bryonia Bry.; Nux Vomica Nux.)

Symptoms follow intense emotions; anger

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

Ailments after death of part of body

Restlessness, nervousness

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  VERTIGO, DIZZINESS - Colocynthis


Vertigo when turning head To the left

After drinking; alcohol; liquor

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  HEAD - Colocynthis


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



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

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  EYES - Colocynthis


Pains sharp, boring, Better pressure

Sensation on stooping, as if eye would fall out

Gouty affections of eyes

Violent pain in eyeballs which precede the development of glaucoma.

Lids; spasmodic closure

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  FACE - Colocynthis


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

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

Sounds re-echo in ears

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


burning (see heat); left


sudden, sharp; left




extending to ear

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  MOUTH - Colocynthis


Taste; bitter

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  BACK AND NECK - Colocynthis


Pain; with breath

while lying down; on back

dorsal (shoulder level); shoulder blades; right

pulling; dorsal (shoulder level); shoulder blades; right

pulling; lumbar (lower half of back); lying on back

piercing, stabbing; lumbar (lower half of back)

breathing in

while lying down; on back

stitching, sudden, sharp, shooting; lumbar (lower half of back); on movement

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  ABDOMEN - Colocynthis


Stomach; Very BITTER taste

Tongue rough, as from sand, and feels scalded

Canine hunger

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

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

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

Intestines feel as if bruised

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

Pain in small spot below navel

jelly-like stools

Musty odor




Contraction; navel

Pain; must bend double

bending double

during chill

during diarrhoea (colic)

after drinking

when overheated

drinking (including certain drinks); after drinking coffee

after intense emotions; after stress

bending limbs

from lead poisoning

comes on suddenly


extending to other parts; pubic region

navel; bending double

navel; region of navel

cramping, griping; bending forward

cramping, griping; after drinking water

cramping, griping; pressure

pressing; before stool

pressing; after stress

pressing; region of navel

bending forward

after eating fruit

cutting; bending double

cutting; after eating

cutting; like electric shock darting through the anus

cutting; lead colic

cutting; before stool

cutting; after stool

cutting; navel; around navel

after stool

gnawing, biting; forcing to bend forward

sudden, sharp (sticking, etc.); sides; between ribs and hip


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

Stomach; pain; after anger

pain; bending double

pain; after excitement

pain; cramping, griping, constricting; bending forward

pain; cutting; bending backward; double

pain; tearing; after anger


Dysenteric stool renewed each time by the least food or drink

Pain; after eating (including certain foods); after eating fruit

navel; region of navel; after dinner

pressing; region of navel; after dinner


Stomach; nausea; on compressing abdomen; when in pain


vomiting; after anger

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  RECTUM, ANUS, STOOL - Colocynthis


Constipation; after abuse of drugs

Diarrhoea; from emotions; after anger

after certain foods or drinks; fruit

after eating


Haemorrhoids; internal

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





Pasty, mushy

Like scrapings of intestines

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  GENITALS ETC - Colocynthis


Intense burning along urethra during stool

Vesical catarrh, discharge like fresh white of egg

Viscid ( Phosphorus Phos)

ACID) Fetid; small quantities, with frequent urging

Itching at orifice

Red, hard crystals, adhering firmly to vessel

Tenesmus of bladder

Pains on urinating Over whole abdomen.


like jelly

Thick; when standing up

Thick and sticky


Female; Boring pain in ovary

must draw up double, with great restlessness

Round, small cystic tumors in ovaries or broad ligaments

Wants abdomen supported by pressure

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

Female; pain; ovaries

pain; cutting; ovaries


period; suppressed; from anxiety

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  EXTREMITIES, LIMBS - Colocynthis

Extremities, limbs

Contraction of muscles

All the limbs are drawn together

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

Spontaneous luxation of the hip-joints

Stiffness of joints and shortening of tendons

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

Contraction of the muscles

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

Contraction of muscles and tendons


upper limbs

lower limbs




Diseased hip-joint (see pain in hip)

Pain; during chill

lower limbs; sciatica (pain radiating from back along back of thigh)


pulling; thigh; while walking

tearing; lower limbs

Perspiration; foot

Weakness; knee; while walking

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  FEVER AND CHILL - Colocynthis

Fever and chill

With pain

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  GENERALITIES - Colocynthis


Constriction; internally

Eating and food; after eating


Lying down; lying on side; on painless side


Pain; cutting; internally


pinching; internally

pressing; internally

Symptoms not symmetrical; right

Tension; externally

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