Homeopathic Colocynthis

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Colocynthis is a common acute acting remedy used for any type of colic disorder, primarily intestinal but can include gallstones, kidney stones and dysmenorrhea. It is also used in cases of neuralgia and sciatica.[1]


  • Plant: Citrullus colocynthis, also known as Bitter Cucumber
  • Short Form: Coloc


The following are the main indications for Colocynthis.[2], [3]

Acute Conditions

  • Neuralgia with a sense of restlessness. The pain is typically sharp, shooting, lightening pains or vice-like, cramping pains, in waves. Pain followed by numbness, associated with spasm. Tender to touch. Pain causes anger, irritability, faintness. Neuralgia of abdomen, limbs, face, teeth, ovary, uterus, kidney etc. Pain is better pressure and better bending double.
  • Sciatica with neuralgic, shooting pain, radiating to the knee, heel. Intense, vice-like cramping and spasms that are better with bending.
  • Dysmenorrhea with attacks of cutting, cramping, numbing pain; from navel to genitals, with nausea and vomiting. Pains before menses. Sudden spasms causing a cry or jerking. Profuse menses. Pain is better bending and pressure.
  • Gallstones with violent, cutting, clutching pain. As if stones being rubbed together. Pains in waves every 10 minutes, starting at umbilicus; nausea and vomiting.

Chronic and Constitutional Conditions

Children and Adolescents

  • Colic with intense cramping pains; writhing in pain, bending double feels better. Sudden cries and jerking. Frothy, watery, shreddy, sour, yellow diarrhea. Very irritable, restless, enraged, throws things. Colic or diarrhea after anger.

Other common conditions: Anger, Drug detox, Cramps, Kidney conditions, Miscarriage, Neck pain, Ovary conditions


  • Triggers: illness after indignation or humiliation, suppressed anger
  • General: irritable, restless, cutting, twisting, grinding pain as if clamped with iron bands, vice-like cramping
  • Worse: becoming angry, lying on the painless side
  • Better: hard pressure, bending over double/drawing the legs up, lying on the painful side
  • Psychological: offended at everything, everything annoys him or her, angry when questioned, strong opinions of right and wrong.
  • Other symptoms: agonizing pain in the abdomen, cramps in the hips or thighs
  • Food and drink: desire for bread

Prescribing Considerations

Homeopathic remedies are prescribed based on homeopathic principles and after a detailed case taking. The prescription recommendations below are provided only as a guide. It is always recommended to consult with a naturopathic doctor or homeopathic practitioner prior to taking any homeopathic remedies, especially if your health is compromised or if your symptoms do not resolve in a timely fashion. The general recommendations for Colocynthis include:[4]


  1. Morrison Roger (1993) Desktop Guide, to Keynote and Confirmatory Symptoms Hahnmann Clinic Publishing
  2. Hershoff Asa (2000) Homeopathic Remedies, A Quick and Easy Guide to Common Disorders and their Homeopathic Treatments, Avery Publishing Group, New York.
  3. Ullman Robert, Reichenberg-Ullman Judyth (1997) Homeopathic Self-Care, the quick and easy guide for the whole family. Prima Publishing.
  4. Boericke W (1996) Pocket Manual of Homoeopathic Materia Medica and Repertory, a Chapter on Rare and Uncommon Remedies, B. Jain Publishers, India.