Cocculus Indicus

Last modified on January 17th, 2019

Dr. S.R. Phatak describes the clinically confirmed symptoms of the homeopathic remedy Cocculus Indicus in his Concise Materia Medica, published in 1977.


      It is a stupefying poison, hence it causes disturbances of the sensorium and affections of cerebro-spinal axis; producing paralytic muscular relaxation, with heaviness. The patient is very susceptible to fear, anger, grief and all mental disturbances. He is too weak to hold up his head, stand or even speak. Paralysis_of face; tongue, pharynx; paraplegia, with numbness and tingling. Suitable to light haired, timid, nervous, persons; bookworms; unmarried, childless women; and sensitive, romantic girls Hysteria. Numbness. Sensation of HOLLOWNESS or EMPTINESS; head, chest, abdomen. As if single parts had gone to sleep. Shuddering. Painful contractions of the limbs and the trunk. Tremors; of head, lower jaw; from excitement, exertion, pain. Intentional tremors. Cramps; in muscles; in masseters; in abdomen; dysmenorrhoea, in the heart. Spasms, through the body like electric shocks. Convulsions; from non- appearance or suddenly checked menses. Alternating symptoms. Ill effects of anger, fright, grief, anxiety, disappointment. Night watching. Overstrain mental and physical. Travelling. Sun. Tea drinking. Sensitive to cold. Falls down suddenly to ground unconscious. Senses acute. Train and sea sickness. Slowness; in moving; m answering; wants plenty of time to do everything. Unilateral affections. Twitching of isolated groups of muscles.


      Motion; of BOAT; CARS; swimming. Loss of sleep. Touch. Noise. Jar. Emotions. Kneeling. Stooping. At menses. Eating. Anxiety. Cold Open air. Exertion. Pain.


      Sitting. In room. Lying on side.


      Dazed. Profound sadness. Thoughts fixed on one unpleasant subject, sits as if absorbed in deep and sad thoughts and observes nothing about her. Sudden great anxiety. Things seem unreal. Slow grasp. Easily offended, cannot bear contradiction. Extremely sad, taciturn and peevish. Takes everything m bad pat Time passes too quickly. Drunkards; reeling, roaring, quarrelsome, singing. Very anxious about health of others. Talkative, witty, joking, dancing, gesticulating. Sees something alive on walls, floor, chair etc. Vaccillatory, does not accomplish anything at her work. Fears death and unknown dangers.


      VERTIGO; with nausea; with palpitation worse in a.m.; raising head; felt in forehead. Heavy head. Pain in occiput and nape worse lying on it; better bending backwards, worse coffee. Cannot lie on back during the headache. Opening and shutting sensation worse occiput. Convulsive trembling of head from weakness of muscles of neck. Cramps in left temporal muscles.


      Pain as if torn out of head (with headache). Eyes closed, with the balls constantly rolling about; in spasms. Protruding eyes. Pupils; contracted or dilated. Objects seem to move up and down. Jerking of eyelids.


      Sensitive to hearing, dreads sudden noise. Feel closed (right). Noises as from rushing water. Hardness of hearing.


      Sense of smell acute.


      Paralysis, of one side. Cramps in masseter muscles worse opening mouth. Prosopalgia, with wide radiating pain to fingers. Tremor of lower jaw, and chattering of teeth, when attempting to speak. Bloated, distorted and cold to touch.


      Tongue; as if paralysed, speech difficult; or hasty; pains at the base when protruded. Metallic taste. Food tastes as if salted too little; tobacco tastes bitter. Pain in teeth better when biting, with empty mouth. Teeth feel chilly.


      Paralysis preventing swallowing. Tickling in throat, with lachrymation. Oesophagus dry, burning. Constriction in throat; with difficult breathing and inclination to cough.


      Loathing of all food and drink. Nausea; rising to head or felt in head. Retching. Vomiting, with profuse flow of saliva; with headache, pain in bowels; on taking cold; of sour, bitter bad odour. As if a worm moving in. Hiccough and spasmodic yawning. Disgust for smell of food. Vomiting, with syncope. Vomiting from cerebral tumours; from loud talk. Craves beer. Sensation as if one has been a long time without food, until hunger is gone.


      Bloated. Seems full of sharp stones; on every movement; diarrhoea better lying on sides. Cold, wind, twisting, hysterical, nervous, with faintness, with salivation. Cramps in epigastrium, with difficulty in breathing. Liver more painful, after anger worse least jar. Abdominal muscles weak. Pain in abdominal ring as if something were forced through.

Urinary organs

      Frequent desire to urinate, with small discharge in pregnant women. Urine watery.


      Drawing sore pain in testes when touched. Genitals sensitive, with desire for coition.


      Menses; early, profuse, too often, gushes out in stream when rising on feet on tiptoe. Very weak during menses, can scarcely stand. Purulent, gushing leucorrhoea between menses; or in place of menses; weakening; can scarcely speak. Dysmenorrhoea followed by haemorrhoids. Clutching in uterus. Shivering over mammae. Leucorrhoea gushing, when squatting and stooping; during pregnancy, with frequent urging to urinate.

Respiratory organs

      Sensation of emptiness or of cramps in chest. Hysterical asthma. Cough from choking in throat. Audible rumbling in chest (left) as from emptiness worse walking.


      Palpitation worse quick motion, mental excitement; with vertigo and faintness, then stretching of arms, thumbs drawn inwards.

Neck and Back:

      Weak neck, cannot hold up head. Pain in neck or cracking in cervical vertebrae when moving head, and on yawning. Spinal weakness in lumbar region; worse walking. Paralytic pain in small of the back.


      Pain in shoulder and arms as if bruised. Hands; numb; or hot and cold alternately become numb on grasping objects; trembles while eating. Takes hold of things awkwardly and drops them. Limbs go to sleep. Trembling and pain in limbs. Knees weak; crack, on motion. Paraplegia. Alternation between arms. Limbs straightened out, painful when flexed or vice versa. Clumsy gait. Oedema of feet with paralysis of lower limbs. Humerus feels broken. Soles numb; while sitting. Involuntary motion of right arm and right leg better during sleep.


      Sleepless from mental or physical exhaustion. Constant drowsiness; after night watching, nursing. Spasmodic yawning, with hiccough. Anxious frightful dreams.


      Chilliness, with perspiration and heat of skin. Chill alternating with heat. Nervous form of low fever; from fits of anger. Chill with colic, nausea, vertigo. Sweat; from slight exertion, on affected part.


      Much itching worse undressing; in a feather bed. Ulcers very sensitive to touch.


      Gelsemium, Ignatia



About the author

S.R. Phatak

S.R. Phatak

A pioneer of Homoeopathy in Maharashtra, Dr Shankar Raghunath Phatak was born on 6th September, 1896. He did his MBBS from Grant Medical College, in 1924. Started his practice but somehow not satisfied with Allopathic Treatment.

He was convinced about Homoeopathy while going through Sir William Osler's writings on 'History of Medicine' so switched over to an entirely Homoeopathic Practice in 1932. He also started working on Homoeopathic literature along with his Practice.

He has contributed immensely to homoeopathic literature. He was an ardent follower of Dr Boger. His Repertory is based on Boger's ''A Synoptic key to Materia Medica'.

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