Homeopathic Cocculus

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Cocculus is a remedy affecting mainly the central nervous system and in most cases there is at least some component of vertigo. It is often used in chronic and progressive neurological disorders.[1]


  • Plant: Cocculus indicus, also known as Indian Cockle
  • Short Form: Cocc


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

Acute Conditions

  • Motion Sickness from the motion of boat, car, or other moving object. Can't tolerate thought/smell of food. Indigestion, vomiting, faintness. Wants to be left alone.
  • Dysmenorrhea with sharp, rubbing pain, like stones in the abdomen. Early, profuse, dark clotted menses. Hollow, empty sensation. Nausea. Extreme weakness, can hardly talk, walk. Faintness. Restless, trembling. Dazed, sluggish. Pain in absence of flow. Dysmenorrhea with hemorrhoids.

Chronic and Constitutional Conditions

  • Vertigo in the forehead, with nausea, palpitations, faintness. Heavy occiput (base of the head). As if intoxicated, dazed, numb. Weak, tremors. Empty, hollow feelings.
  • Headache located in the occiput (the base of the head) with very weak muscles, heavy head, as if in a daze. Vomiting, trembling, numbness. Head feels empty, separate from the body.

Other common conditions: mental fatigue, morning sickness


  • Triggers: traveling in moving vehicles, loss of sleep, long nursing of the sick, worrying about others
  • General: empty or hollow feeling, trembling and weakness
  • Worse: traveling in or watching a moving object, loss of sleep, after emotional disturbances
  • Better: sitting, lying on the side
  • Psychological: weakness after excessive worrying and caring for a loved one, nervous exhaustion, profound sadness, slow mental processes, time passes slowly
  • Other symptoms: tremendous nausea due to dizziness, cracking of knee joints
  • Food and drink: aversion to food

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 Cocculus include:[4]

  • Antidotes: Coffea, Nux vomica
  • Compare: Picrotoxin -alkaloid of Cocculus -(epilepsy, attacks in the morning on leaving horizontal position, hernia, locomotor ataxia, night-sweats), Symphoricarpus (morning sickness), Petroleum, Pulsatilla, Ignatia


  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.