The mental state of Cocculus is one of dullness or stupefaction. He gets weary from the slightest exertion – physical and mental. He reflects long before answering (Answers, reflects long- Kent, 3). In some situations, finding it difficult to answer, he feels the need to answer hastily (Answers, hastily- Kent, 3). During the case-taking, one observes that a question needs to be repeated several times either by the doctor or by the patient to himself.
It is only then that the meaning sinks in.
The other part that stands out is the patient’s oversensitive nature. We find him in most situations wanting to compromise, or expecting people to do so. This stems from his extreme sensitiveness to rudeness. (Sensitive to rudeness- Kent, 79; Ailments from rudeness- Kent, 75; Sadness, as if from insult- Kent, 77). After feeling hurt or insulted he spends hours and days trying to understand why this particular incident took place. (Dwells on past disagreeable occurrences Kent, 39), and how he should have reacted to it (introspection).
Another side of the Cocculus individual is seen frequently but not recognised easily. This is the lively individual (Mirth, hilarity, liveliness- Kent, 65). He is mostly excitable, loquacious and in high spirits (Exhilaration -Kent, 41). But even in these cases the underlying sensitivity will be very marked.
A very important component of Cocculus is Anxiety about health (Kent, 7). This is pertaining to himself and equally to the health of his relatives (Anxiety about health; anxiety about health of relatives- Kent, 7). He can be visibly upset by any tragedy or sad situation (Horrible things and sad stories affect profoundly- Kent, 52). He goes out of his way to be of help to others who are suffering or are in trouble (Cares about others). There are instances where they undergo many sleepless nights to attend to someone who is critically ill or bed-ridden). They may finally succumb to this pressure themselves and it affects their health (Affects of night watching and loss of sleep- Kent, 1402). From this oversensitive nature with a need to compromise, along with dullness of mind, we find them in a situation where they recognise the gravity of the situation but are not in a position to respond or react as they would like to (Recognises everything, but cannot move- Kent, 71).
Cases 1: A woman of 53 years came to me for hypertension with severe headaches and cervical spondylitis. While describing her complaints I noticed that she was finding it an effort to get her thoughts together. She agreed that she could not sustain any mental effort as it left her extremely exhausted.
She needed a long time to answer questions (Answers, reflects long- Kent, 3) and would reply very slowly (Answers slowly- Kent,3), even though she had just thought about it (Memory weakness for what has just thought- Kent, 65)). She gave a history of severe ill-treatment by her in-laws which upset her a great deal and continues to this day. They would humiliate her in front of others (Indignation, affects of- Kent, 65; Rudeness, ailments from- Kent, 75; Sensitive to rudeness -Kent, 79). She also had a history travel sickness, (Nausea, riding in a carriage- Kent, 509). Cocculus cured the case.
Case 2: A woman of 44 years with a severe sun allergy causing rashes and itching on exposed parts. She repeatedly wanted me to reassure her that there would be no aggravation of her skin after starting the treatment. I could pacify her by saying that there should be no untoward reaction and if there was, she could call me anytime. She also suffered from acute vertigo and was afraid this would also be aggravated under homeopathic treatment.
In fact she had waited four months before consulting me because of these fears. (Easily frightened- Kent, 49). She was greatly relieved to know that she could call me without upsetting me. Her previous physicians would be very abrupt with her when she called at odd times (Sensitive rudeness -Kent, 79). She vividly described her symptoms with exaggerated movements of her hands (Gestures -Kent, 50) and seemed to be full of excitement. She was a lively person (Exhilaration -Kent, 41). She would answer with great haste (Answers hastily -Kent, 3)) and in the process used wrong words or misplaced words (Mistakes words, misplacing- Kent, 66; wrong words, using – Kent, 67). This would greatly amuse her children who were also present during the interview and she would get very upset when they laughed at her. (Anger from interruption -Kent, 2). She was also anxious about having a dental extraction under general anaesthesia that was due in two weeks. (Anticipatory anxiety). She had a dread of flying as she felt claustrophobic in closed spaces (Fear of narrow places), and if she had to travel she would always choose the aisle seat.
Cocculus cured all her problems and she is well to this day.
Dr. Sunil Anand – A leading Classical Homoeopathic Practitioner and Teacher now based in Pune. He is practicing homoeopathy for the past 20 years and is specially recognized for his cures in pediatric cases. His approach and simplicity make him an internationally acclaimed teacher. His seminars and workshops have been widely attended both in India and abroad. His Recent Workshop for the Students & Doctors from South Africa was well received. Associated with the C.M.P. Homoeopathic Medical College Mumbai & Presently an honorary visiting professor in D.S. Homoeopathic Medical College, Pune.