Proving Symptoms of homeopathy medicine Colocynthis, described by Richard Hughes in his book, A Cyclopedia of Drug Pathogenesis, published in 1895….


Citrullus Colocynthis, Schrad. Bitter apple or cucumber. Nat. Ord., Cucurbitaceae.


I. HAHNEMANN, Materia Medica Pura, vol. vi of original, vol. i of translation. Contains 26 symptoms from self, 195 from 6 fellow – provers, and 29 from authors.

2. IBID., Chronic Diseases, Part 3 of original, vol. of translation. Contains a few additional symptoms only, from self.

3. Dr. ARNETH, aet. 25, choleric temp., strong and healthy.

3 a.In November, 1842, took increasing doses of tinct. up to 25 dr. from 1st to 13th, without result. On 14th and 15th took 45 dr. twice daily. From 16th to 23rd, without repeating medicine, had (contrary to habit) two pappy stools daily, with slight abdominal griping. Stools having become natural again on 24th and 25th, on 26th took at 1 p. m. 50 dr. Pappy stool that evening and next morning, and abundant urination, were only results. 27th. – 70 dr. At 11 a. m. increased urine, and on following day there was griping in epigastrium after each meal, worse towards evening, and pretty severe drawing in left testicle for 1/4 hour 29th. – 80 dr. at 2 p. m. Next morning furuncle on face, and on December, 2nd another on back. Both disappeared in a few days.

3 b. All traces of former action of drug having disappeared. A took, December 7th, morning and evening, 3j of 3rd (aqueous) dil. After it two pappy evacuations. 8th. – Repeated dose at bedtime;had scarcely got into bed before he experienced in epigastrium more violent griping than from tinct., but without evacuation following. 9th. – Same dose morning and evening. After each two pappy stools. From 10th to 14th took daily 3j of 2nd dil. about room. 11th. – Towards evening began irritability of larynx, and voice became rough and hoarse. 12th. – Besides these symptoms, distressing dryness of air passages, and on 2 next day sensible and unpleasant fatigue in affected parts. Remarkable aggravation after each dose. Two pappy stools daily. Foregoing symptoms having subsided, 21st – 23rd took twice daily same dose. For first 2 day only usual griping (lasting 4 days more) and pappy stools. On night of 22nd, in bed, drawing in right shoulder. 23rd. – In afternoon, violent drawing pain in all teeth (quite unprecedented). 24th. – Besides the toothache (which lasted all day) in evening moderate tension of ant. sup. spinous process of left ilium, which next day changed to violent drawing, extending to groin and upper third of inner aspect of thigh, pretty violent all days, and not disappearing till 26th; with singular feeling of stiffness in left great toe. No toothache since night of 24th. ON 26th, 3j in evening, and next day a noon 3iss and in evening 3j of 1st dil. without result save for a slight conjunctival irritation not uncommon with him.

3 c. From December 27th to January 6th great inclination to looseness, often 3 stools a day. On 9th (being quite well) and 2 following day took at noon 3j of 4th dil. Soon after first dose violent eructations for 1/2 hours 10th. – Drawing and tearing in right shoulder – joint in morning, lasting all day. Painful tension in left patella in evening 11th. – Pain in patella so considerable that walking was painful; heat and swelling found there on undressing in evening, with indistinct pulsation. Itching at anus all day; stools natural. By 12th symptoms had disappeared; and no result could be obtained from 5th dil. ( CEsterr. Zeitsch., left)

4. BOHM, aet. 40, atoning for every error of diet by a violent fit of colic, took on several occasions small increasing doses of tinct. Upto 3 dr. no effect was noticed, but whenever dose exceeded this there came on after eating cutting in umbilical or hypogastric region, with tenesmus or fluid stool. On October 3rd he took 12 dr. in forenoon. Soon afterwards slight colic in umbilical region; little appetite at noon; violent eructation after eating, cutting in hypogastrium, and fluid stool with tenesmus. Cutting and tenesmus lasted till in evening he got warm in bed. Slept well, and felt well on waking while in bed; but soon after rising had fresh attack of umbilical colic and frequent eructations. On going out felt very weak; had little appetite at noon; fluid stool after eating, with discharge of flatus and painful feeling in abdomen whole afternoon, only removed (as before) on getting warm in bed. These symptoms were daily renewed till 13th, when, after cocculus taken as antidote, they rapidly disappeared. (Ibid.)

5. FLEISCHMANN, aet 41, strong but gouty, took on 1st day 5 dr., and on 2nd day 10 dr. without effect. On 3rd days 15dr.; violent griping in umbilical region all day, feeling of coldness in abdomen, looseness of bowels. These symptoms lasted with more or less intensity for several day, and he too no more for three weeks. Beginning then again with 10 dr. besides previous very troublesome symptoms he had discharge of blood from anus, which continued for more than a year afterwards, with violent sticking and burning pain in small of back and anus. Before this proving he had never had anal haemorrhage. (Ibid.)

Richard Hughes
Dr. Richard Hughes (1836-1902) was born in London, England. He received the title of M.R.C.S. (Eng.), in 1857 and L.R.C.P. (Edin.) in 1860. The title of M.D. was conferred upon him by the American College a few years later.

Hughes was a great writer and a scholar. He actively cooperated with Dr. T.F. Allen to compile his 'Encyclopedia' and rendered immeasurable aid to Dr. Dudgeon in translating Hahnemann's 'Materia Medica Pura' into English. In 1889 he was appointed an Editor of the 'British Homoeopathic Journal' and continued in that capacity until his demise. In 1876, Dr. Hughes was appointed as the Permanent Secretary of the Organization of the International Congress of Homoeopathy Physicians in Philadelphia. He also presided over the International Congress in London.