COLOCYNTHIS – Homeopathic Medicine

Last modified on January 8th, 2019

TF Allen
Written by TF Allen

COLOCYNTHIS homeopathic drug picture symptoms from A Primer of Materia Medica by T.F. Allen, of the homeopathy remedy COLOCYNTHIS

General Action

      A violent hydragogue cathartic, producing terrible colic. It also causes violent pains in nearly all the nerves of the body, almost always relieved by pressure.


      Tearing pains throughout all parts of the body. Cramplike pains and contractions of internal and external parts. Stiffness of the joints. Muscular twitchings. Contraction of tendons. All the limbs become drawn up. Weakness. Faintness, with coldness, external. Weakness, with bruised sensation in small of back. Most of the symptoms are (>) motion, the pains (>) pressure.


      Tearing digging pains through the brain, (<) on moving the eyelids or bending forward, with pain in the eyes. Pressing down in the forehead, (<) stooping and lying on back. Attacks of violent, one- sided, pinching headache, with nausea and vomiting every afternoon at 5 o’clock. The pains in the head are generally confined to one side, are (>) hard pressure, and are nearly always a sharp cutting or boring.


      Cutting pains in the eyeballs. Burning pains in the eyes. The eye pains are (<) stooping, (>) pressure.


      Throbbing, burrowing pains in the nose. Fluent coryza.


      Tearing pains in the face, especially in one side and in the left malar bone, extending into left eye, (>) pressure. Sticking, neuralgic pains in the upper jaw. Face usually pale and relaxed, with sunken eyes. Rarely dark redness of the face.


      Neuralgic toothache on one side, recurring daily, pains extending over the side of the face to the ear and head. Burning pains in the tongue. Scalded sensation. Taste bitter.


      Drinks much, without thirst. Unnatural appetite for bread. Empty eructations. Vomiting of yellow, bitter liquid. Griping in the stomach always after eating, especially towards evening; sometimes followed by soft stool. Pinching in the pit of the stomach, with constriction; sensitiveness; tolerates no covering. Cramp in the stomach,(>) eructations. Clinical. Violent gastralgia; cutting and sharp pains, which seem to center in the pit of the stomach from other parts; ameliorated by hard pressure and bending double, thought the spot may be sensitive to the touch.


      Distention; sensitive. Flatulent colic of the most violent sort, cutting, pinching, griping, etc. A feeling as if the intestines were squeezed between stones; the pains sometimes worse below the navel, always obliging the patient to bend over; always (>) hard pressure, some times (>) after stool.

Clinical. Colic of the most violent character, ameliorated by hard pressure, sometimes with nausea and vomiting, sometimes with diarrhoea, sometimes with discharge of great quantities of gas; pains often extend into chest and pelvis, and may be caused by suppressed perspiration, as from drinking ice water when heated, or they may be brought on by fits of anger; the patient always doubles up with the colic.


      Ineffectual urging to stool, frequently followed by sudden stool.


      Stool mostly liquid, (<) after eating, preceded by terrible colic; evacuation thin, frothy, or with much mucus. Occasionally indicated in most obstinate constipation, with very hard, nodular stools.

Clinical. Diarrhoea as the result of anger, or from fruit, with colic; the evacuation preceded by the characteristic colic of Coloc. as an important indication. Dysentery, bloody and mucous; stools always after eating or drinking, preceded by colic.

Urinary Organs

      Sudden pressure on the bladder, (>) evacuation of gas from the bowels. Frequent urging to urinate, scanty discharge, or with copious, clear, watery urine. Urine like brown beer, becoming turbid as soon as cold, with copious sediment; or thin, whitish color, depositing a light brown, flocky, translucent sediment, with hard, solid, reddish crystals, adherent to the vessel.

Sexual Organs

      Clinical. Suppressed menses with characteristic colic. Dysmenorrhoea, with violent pain, ameliorated by hard pressure, Ovarian tumor. Cysts in the broad ligament. Many cases of cystic tumors in the ovaries or broad ligament have been cured by Coloc., especially if the tumors are round and small, associated with pain or with general discomfort, ameliorated by pressure; the patient always wants the abdomen supported by a bandage, and has periodic attacks of severe pain. Inflammation of ovaries, with great soreness, ovarian colic, etc. Chyluria; urine is white like milk, coagulates in cold.

Respiratory Organs

      Ticking cough at night. A feeling of constriction of the larynx, (>) open air. Oppression of the chest. Pains in the intercostal muscles.

Neck and Back

      Drawing pains in the cervical muscles, (<) motion. Pressing pain in the left side of the neck, like rheumatism, (<) turning. Stiffness in the nape of the neck on moving it. Drawing pain in the region of the right scapula. Tensive and bruised pain in the small of the back.


      Rheumatic pains in the joints. Drawing pains in the extremities. Sticking or tearing pains, especially in the joints of the wrist and hand. Occasional tight pains in the thumbs and fingers. Violent drawing, twitching pains in the region of the left hip, or sharp pains in the region of right hip, suddenly appearing and disappearing when walking, (>) sitting, with heat and sensitiveness of the part; pain better in the warmth of the bed, but returned after a time. Pain along the course of the sciatic nerve as far as the hollow of the knee. Pain as if the psoas muscles were too short. Drawing pain in one or the other thigh as far as the knee. Violent sticking or tearing pains in the toes and foot, simulating gout.

Clinical. Sciatica; pain extremely violent, tearing, shooting, boring, aggravated by heat, pressure and by flexing leg on abdomen.


      Chilliness over the body, usually with pains. Heat, especially of the upper part of the body. Sweat over the whole towards morning.

About the author

TF Allen

TF Allen

Dr. Timothy Field Allen, M.D. ( 1837 - 1902)
Born in 1837in Westminster, Vermont. . He was an orthodox doctor who converted to homeopathy
Dr. Allen compiled the Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica over the course of 10 years.
In 1881 Allen published A Critical Revision of the Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica.

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