COCCULUS – Homeopathic Medicine

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

General Action

      It produces violent convulsions and loss of control over muscles; excessive vertigo and nausea. Paralysis of muscles.


      Paralytic immobility of the limbs, with drawing pains in the bones. One-sided paralysis, with numbness of the limbs. Paralytic attack, with pain in the back, so that it is difficult to stand steadily. Sensation of emptiness and constriction of internal parts. Tendency to tremble. Great weariness from the slightest effort, amounting even to faintness. Intolerance of the open air, both warm and cold. General aggravation from eating, drinking, sleeping, talking, driving and smoking.

Clinical. General tendency to paralysis; heaviness and sluggishness of the whole body, numbness; sometimes trembling and jerking of various groups of muscles; at times unconquerable drowsiness. Spasmodic affections; epilepsy characterized by cold extremities and numbness; chorea, the patient is exhausted; hysteria, especially menstrual; complains of numbness and weakness of the extremities; particularly useful in complaints resulting from loss of sleep. General hyperaesthesia of all sense; intolerance of the least excitement. Symptoms of emptiness and hollowness in the thoracic or abdominal cavities are associated with the symptoms of weakness or paralysis. General bad effect of prolonged insomnia. Nervous exhaustion, with profound weakness of extremities, aching in thighs, falling asleep of limbs: weak, empty feeling in chest or abdomen.


      Sadness. Sensitive; everything offends him. Great anxiety. Intolerance of noise. Easily startled. Memory lost. Sits in deep thought.

Clinical. It is especially adapted to cases which present a mental condition of stupidity; slow of comprehension or cannot think of words with which to express themselves; the mind feels benumbed, especially with vertigo, nausea, etc. Mental derangements resulting from suppression of menses. Melancholy; is wrapped in profound sadness, with apprehension, desire to escape, etc. the consequences of vexation, with grief.


      Convulsive trembling of the head. Aching, with nausea. Headache (<) cold air. Head seems tied up; brain feels rolled up into a small ball. General confusion or vertigo, (<) eating and drinking; (<) rising up in bed, with nausea, and with dullness in the forehead as if a board were bound across the forehead. Pain in the forehead as if eyes would be torn out.

Clinical. Vertigo as if intoxicated is an almost constant concomitant of Cocculus symptoms, generally associated with a feeling of stupefaction of head and numbness and unsteadiness of extremities. Sick headaches, pain especially seated in occiput, extending down spine; extremely sensitive to external impressions, with constant nausea and vertigo. Sick headaches, especially brought on by reading in cars and carriages; seasickness.


      Bruised pain in the eyes, with inability to open them at night. Pain in the eyes as if they would be torn out of the head. Pupils contracted. Vision dim, with black spots before the eyes.


      Sound of rushing water in the ears, with difficult hearing.


      The lines of the face are deepened; it seems drawn. Earthy color, with a painful expression. Heat of the face, with red cheeks, even in a cold room.

Clinical. Paralysis of facial nerve, involving the lids of one eye and side of the face. Attacks of prosopalgia, recurring regularly, preceded by irritable disposition, prostration, yawning, chilliness, coldness of feet; pains are boring and crushing, and extend even as far as the fingers. Tearing pains in the whole left side of the head and face, followed by paralysis.


      Tongue dry, or dry at the edges, without thirst. Tongue coated white or yellow. A metallic taste, with loss of appetite. General dryness of the mouth and throat.


      Swallowing difficult, particularly on account of choking contraction in the upper part of pharynx, which even impedes breathing and causes cough, particularly on account of loss of power of the faucial muscles. Speech difficult on account of paralysis of the tongue and other muscles.


      Loss of appetite; even aversion to food. Hunger, but the smell of food causes aversion. Thirst, especially when eating. Aversion to all acids. Eructations, empty; bitter; efforts to eructate which are in effectual, and instead of which there is hiccough. Nausea in the morning, so that she can scarcely rise; especially when riding in a wagon or the cars. Nausea, with salivation and headache and bruised feeling in the abdomen. Nausea, associated with faintness. Griping, pinching, constrictive pains in the stomach. Pain beneath the stomach after eating. A feeling as if a worm were moving about in the stomach. Cramps in the stomach while eating and immediately afterward, with violent pinching and clawing. A feeling of fulness and griping in the stomach, with oppressed breathing.


      Pinching and griping in the upper part of the abdomen, and oppression of breath. Great flatulent distention; gas seems to collect in small masses; the gas seems to be confined by spasmodic constriction of the bowels, sometimes (>) lying on one side. A feeling of emptiness in the abdomen. Ulcerative pain in the abdomen. The inguinal hernia is apt to protrude and become incarcerated, especially on rising rom a seat. An internal feeling in the groin as if stuffed, and as if the bowels would fall out. A weak pain in the right inguinal ring as if something would be forced out, while sitting, (>) rising.

Clinical. Flatulent colic only slightly ameliorated by evacuating gas; attacks come on at night, associated with feeling of emptiness, nausea, vertigo, etc. Gastralgia from suppression of menses. Excessive flatulent distention of abdomen and dysmenorrhoea A valuable remedy in hernias, both umbilical and inguinal; is particularly indicated when the abdominal muscles are weak and it seems as if a hernia would easily take place. Flatulent colic in pregnancy, etc. The flatulent colic ameliorated by eructating gas, aggravated by coughing.


      Diarrhoea; thin, whitish-yellow water. Constipation, with ineffectual urging to stool on account of lack of peristaltic motion.

Clinical. Diarrhea brought on by riding in cars or carriage, aggravated by drinking cold water, with flatulent distention; colic; feeling as if sharp stones rubbing together in abdomen; numbness of legs, vertigo, nausea, etc.

Urinary Organs

      Urine watery. Frequent urging to urinate, with scanty discharge.

Sexual Organs, Female

      Menstruation too early, with distention of abdomen and cutting- contractive pain in abdomen on every motion and every breath, with contraction of rectum. Menstruation too early, with distention of abdomen and pain in upper abdomen on every motion and when sitting, as from sharp pressure of a stone, with pain on touch as from an internal ulcer.

Clinical. Menses too profuse, gushing, very exhausting, with menstrual colic, as from sharp stone rubbing together; flatulent distention and dysmenorrhoea and suppressed menstruation, with numbness; remote symptoms, vertigo, nausea, flatulent colic, numbness of extremities, etc. Suppression of menses, with purulent gushing leucorrhoea and flatulent abdomen.

Respiratory Organs

      Dyspnoea, as from constriction in the throat. Short-breathed, on account of tension in the abdomen and oppression of the chest. Fatiguing cough, with oppression of the chest. Cough seemed to be caused by a constriction of the air passages.

Heart and Pulse


Neck and Back

      Weakness in the muscles of the neck, with heaviness of head; can scarcely hold it up, (>) leaning head backward. Stiff pain in the muscles on moving the head, or on yawning. Stiffness in the cervical muscles, with great weakness. Cracking in the cervical vertebrae. Paralytic pain in the small of the back, with spasmodic drawing across the hips, preventing walking, with anxiety and fear. Clinical. Great weakness of cervical and dorsal muscles, then paralysis; in spinal irritation, with great hyperaesthesia of all senses. Constant pain in back, shooting through body to both sides and along spine to occiput, and even to temples at times, aggravated by walking and stooping; tenderness from pressure on vertebral spines from last dorsal vertebra to sacrum; frequent giddiness; does not fall asleep until late on account of pain.


      General trembling, especially in the evening, with chilliness. Paralytic drawing pains in the limbs; can scarcely rise, with loss of appetite. Stiffness of all the joints; painful. The feet and hands fall asleep. Sticking pain in the shoulder joint and muscles of the arm, during rest. Bone pain in the arms, as if beaten, on raising them. The arms fall asleep. Trembling of the hand when eating, (<) on raising it. One hand, and then the other becomes insensible and asleep. Paralytic immobility and paralysis of the lower extremities from the small of the back downward. A bruised pain in the thighs. The knees crack on motion; sometimes become inflamed and swollen, with stinging pains. The knees knock-under from weakness; he totters when walking and threatens to fall to one side. Burning in the feet. Feet fall asleep when sitting; swelling of the feet.


      Constant yawning and stretching after lying down in bed. Loss of sleep on account of anxiety and physical restlessness. Anxious dreams.


      Constant chilliness, with hot skin. Chill in the evening and shivering, especially in the back. Exhausting sweat on motion.

Clinical. Intermittent fever; chill, associated with flatulent colic, nausea, disgust at the smell of food, vertigo, etc.; chill, frequently partial, with coldness of lower extremities and heat of head; the chill mingles with the heat and the febrile stage seems to be imperfectly developed; the sweat is general, cold only on the face; the attack followed by extreme debility and by numerous Cocculus symptoms. Low types of malarial fevers, typhoid, rheumatic, relapsing, etc., with intense headache at base of occiput; vertigo, nausea, extreme faintness, numbness; great difficulty in collecting ideas.

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.