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Cocculus Indicus






Source: Indian Cockle.


A very important medicine used  in our routine practice and  is considered to be prescribed in the following ailments:-


Travel SicknessMigraine   -     Occiptal headaches     - Meniere's disease    


Action: Cocculus acts on the cerbro-spinal system, producing great debility of these organs It causes a paralytic weakness of the spine, and especially of its motor nerves.Thus, we find it a certain and frequent remedy in paralysis originating in disease of the spinal cord.


Typical Subjects: 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 by riding in a carrieage or on shipboard; hence in use in patients having affinity to seasickness.


Points and features:-


Weakness of cervical muscles with heaviness of head, can hardly hold the head up.

Affections-Nausea or vomiting Vertigo etc.  caused  or < by ridng in cars, carriage or boat.

Sensation of weakness, or hollowness in various organs.

 Ill effects from loss of sleep, night-watching or overwork. (Causticum, Cuprum met., Ignatia, Nitric acid).


Mind:  Impulsive, and stupid. Time passes too quickly; absorbed in reveries. Inclination to sing irrestible. Slow of comprehension.  Mind benumbed.  Profound sadness. Cannot bear contradiction. Speaks hastily.


Head:- Vertigo, nausea, especially when riding in a carriage or sitting up. Sense of emptiness in head.  Sick headaches from carige riding, cannot lie on back part of head. Pupils contracted . A peculiar symptom of Cocculus is the sensation as if the occiputwere opening and shutting  especially in occiput. This is also one of the kot chracteristic symptoms of Cannabis;. another is a tendency to constnt headache, it has also pain in left orbit and frontal protuberance. Trembling of head. Pain in eyes as if torn out of head. The headaches of Cocculus in general are worse from mental effecort, and are better indoors and during rest, and there is a constant tendency to stretch the head backwards.

Face: Paralysis of facial nerve. Cramp-like pain in masseter muscle;  worse, opening mouth.  Facial neuralgia in afternoon, with wide raditions of pain.


Throat: Paralytic conditons of the throat after diphtheria.  Paralysis of oesphagus. Cannot swallow.


Stomach:- Nausea from riding in cars, boat etc. or looking at boat in motion; worse on becoming cold or taking cold. Nausea, with faintness and vomiting. Aversion to food, drink, tobacco. Loathing of food. Metallic/bitter or sour & nauseas taste in the mouth. No food tempts. He lies there sick with a little fever or a "cold".  In intermittent or perhaps a low typhoid state, we have this loathing of food with nausea. You go to the bedside and you ask the nurse, "What hve you been feeding the patient? and the patient gags. The thought of food makes the patient gag.The nurse will say that every tme she mentions food the patient gags. That thought of food or the smell of food in the other room, or in the kitchen, will nauseate  the patient. Two medicines have this-Cocculus and Colchicum.


Abdomen:-Distended, with wind and feeling if full of sharp stones when moving, better, lying on one side or the other.Th flatus seems here and there, and passage of of id does not seem to relieve much, for new forms again takes its place. Pain in inguinal region, as if something were forced through. Abdominal muscles week; it seems as if a hernia would take place


Female: Dysmenorrhoea with profuse dark menses. Too early menses, clotted, with spasmodic colic. The pains  are griping, cramping pains which are very severe, and also a remarkable degree of weakness. She is so weak tht she can hardly stand, walk or talk. This is very chracteristic and so far as weakness goes, resembles Carbo animalis, but in Cocculus it is in line with the geneal prostration of the remedy, while in Carbo Ani. the flow weakens her. In Cocculus the flow may not be all excessive, but on the contrary may grow less and less and a leucorrhoea appears in its sted, or even between the menses also.


Respiratory:-Sensation of emptiness and cramp in chest. Dyspnoea as from constriction of trachea, as if irritated by smoke.  Choking constriction in upper part of oesophgus, oppressing breathing and inducing cough.


Back:  Cracking of certical vertebrae when movng head. The chracteristic symptom is  "Weakness of cervical muscles with heaviness of the head, muscles seem unable to support the head"- also in Calc.Phos.,Verat.alb). Paralytic pain in small of the back.  The small of the back gives out when walking. Pain in shoulder and arms as if bruised. Pressure in scapula and nape. Stiffness on moving shoulders.There is 


Extremities:- Knees sink down from weakness, he totters while walking and threatens to fall to one side.  At one time the feet are asleep, at another the hands,.  The hand trembles while eating, and the more the higher it is raised. Now one hand, now th other seems insensible and asleep. The soles of the feet go to sleep, while sitting. Geneall attacks of paralytic weakness with pain in the back. Knees crack on motion. Limbs straightened out, painful when flexed. This weakness is because Cocculus acts on the voluntary muscular system first, and then the sensorium-the intellectual powers causing nausea, vomiting, vertigo etc.


Sleep:- Spasmodic yawing. Coma vigil.Constant drowsiness. After loss of sleep, night-watching, nursing. Dr. Kent gives an examaple ,"A wife nursing her husband, a daughter nurising her father, becomes worn out by the anxiety, worry and loss of sleep. She is exhausted; unable to sustain any mental or physicaleffort; weak in the knees, weak in the back and when th time comes for her to sleep she cannot sleep. Sickness brought about in this manner is analogous to that caused by the

Cocculus poison and hence Cocculus from the time of hahnemann to the present time has been a remedy for complaints from nursing,(not exactly complaints that come on in the professional

nurse, for cocculus needs the combinatin of vexaion, anxiety and prologned loss of sleep, such as you have in the mother or daughter who is nursing, or the nurse when she takes on the anxiety felt by a member of the family; a wife nursing her husband through typhoid, or other long spell of sickness.  At the end of it she is prostrated in  body and mind, she cannot sleep, she has congestie hedaches, nausea, vomitng an vertigo.That shows how a Cocculus case begins. One who is thus exhausted in  body and mind goes out for a ride. She gets sick headache, pain in back, dizziness, nausea and vomiting. She gets into the car to take a journeh. Soick headache comes on. She goes on a milie or two and will hve nausea, vomiting and sick headache. She feels weak ll over, feels as if she would sink away. Sshe gets spssms through the body like electric shocks, conveulsiions after loss of sleep. The patient goes on with nervousness and excitement anxiety and loss of sleep until convulsions supervene.


Fever: Chill with flatulent colic, nausea, vertigo, coldness of lower extremities, and heat of head. Sweat general. Nervous form of low fever. Chillines withg perspiration, and heat of skin.



Modalities: Worse     Eating;    DrinkingLoss of sleep;   Smoking;  Talking;  Carriage ;     riding;   Motion or tossing of ship or vehicle Rising up during the pregnant state; swimming; Menstrual period; after emotional disturbance.



Summary of Indications:


Travel Sickness-    Migraine-Occipital headaches-       Meniere's Disease.





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