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Know Your Remedies: Cocculus Indicus (Cocc.)

Common Names: Indian berry; fish berry; levant nut.

General Information

Cocculus Indicus (Cocc.) is a key remedy for motion sickness or complaints following lack of sleep, especially lack of sleep from caring for others. These complaints usually revolve around, dullness or confusion, dizziness, slowness, nausea, headaches, and weakness. Those needing
Cocculus are often empathic, sensitive, serious, and tend to be quiet individuals.

Motion Sickness

  • From looking at moving objects.
  • From riding in cars or boats.


  • From motion or looking at moving objects.
  • With dizziness.
  • On rising – has to lie down.
  • Worsened by the smell of food.

Vertigo / Dizziness

  • From looking at moving objects
  • After loss of sleep.
  • Things spin in all directions.
  • Drunken feeling.

Confusion and Fogginess

  • Slowing of reactions.
  • Slow to answer questions.
  • Weakness of memory for what has just been thought.

Dysmenorrhoea / Painful Periods

  • With weakness, dizziness, and cramps.
  • Bleeding profuse, early, and dark.

Sleep Disturbances

  • Sleeplessness from mental or physical exhaustion.
  • Sleeplessness from cares and worry about others.

For Pets

  • Travel and motion sickness.
  • Dogs may salivate with the nausea but not vomit.

Where do I find it?

Cocculus (Cocc.) is available from our online store as a single remedy and is also included in the following Complexes (combination remedies): Brain Fog; Cramps – Menstrual; Fatigue – Mental; Insomnia from Anxiety or Grief; Motion Sickness; Nausea; Jet-lag.


While above self-limiting or acute complaints are suitable for home treatment also contact your healthcare provider during emergency situations or if symptoms worsen or fail to improve. Chronic or persistent complaints, which may or may not be mentioned above, require a different treatment and dosage protocol so are best managed by a qualified homeopath for good results.

Dosage Instructions (suitable for babies to adults)

For the home treatment of acute and self-limiting complaints take one pill or five drops of the remedy every 1 minute to 4 hours (1 minute for intense or emergency symptoms (plus seek emergency help), 4 hours for milder ones). Once an improvement is noticed, stop dosing and repeat the remedy only if symptoms return. If there is no improvement at all by three doses, choose a different remedy or seek professional guidance.

Note: Chronic symptoms or complaints require a course of professional treatment by a qualified homeopath to manage the changes in potencies and remedies that may be required.

More Information

Guidelines on which potency to use

From Past Masters

Homeopathy is a 200-year system of medicine. Early medical homeopaths recorded initial provings, remedy relationships, and their early experiences with each remedy in great detail.

These writings were then shared with others to advance homeopathic knowledge and practice.

Today, these same writings give a fascinating insight into the symptoms and clinical conditions for which each remedy was used.

The following extract, with minor editing, is one example.

Leaders In Homoeopathic Therapeutics by E. B. NASH M.D.

Cocculus Indicus (Cocc.)

Weakness of cervical muscles, can hardly hold the head up.

Weakness in small of back as if paralyzed; gives out when walking; can hardly stand, walk or talk.

Hands and feet get numb; asleep.

Headache with nausea and vomiting; gets faint and sick on rising up or riding in carriage or boat.

General sensation of weakness; or weak, hollow, gone feeling in head, stomach, abdomen, etc.; < by loss of sleep or night watching.

Great distention with flatulent colic, wind or menstrual colic; crampy pains, inclined to hernia.

Modalities: < sitting up, moving, riding in carriage or boat, smoking, talking, eating, drinking, night watching; > when lying quiet.

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Farrington says: “Cocculus acts on the cerebro-spinal system, producing great debility of these organs. It causes a paralytic weakness of the spine, and especially of its motor nerves; thus we find it a certain and frequent remedy in paralysis originating in disease of the spinal cord.

It is especially indicated in the beginning of the trouble, when the lumbar region of the spine is affected; there is weakness in the small of the back as if paralyzed; the small of the back gives out when walking.

There is weakness of the legs, and by the legs I mean the entire lower extremities; the knees give out when walking, the soles of the feet feel as if they were asleep, the thighs ache as if they were pounded; first one hand goes to sleep, then the other; sometimes the whole arm goes to sleep and the hand feels as if swollen. These symptoms lie at the foundation of the symptomatology of the whole drug; they all seem to depend upon spinal weakness.”

Dunham says: “Its sphere of action is preeminently the system of animal life; the voluntary muscular system first, and then the sensorium are the primary seats of action. Nausea extending to the point of vomiting and accompanied by faintness and by severe vertigo when lifting the head is a characteristic symptom.”

Hughes says: “It influences the voluntary muscles rather than the intellectual powers; with this Hahnemann’s provings entirely agree.”

Pareira says: “It acts rather on the voluntary muscles than the intellectual powers.”

We have given these quotations from different authors in order to find whether they afforded us much help from a practical standpoint. Dr. Hughes says the provings of Hahnemann corroborate these generalizations. We quote from the provings:

“Weakness of the cervical muscles with heaviness of the head, muscles seem unable to support the head.” (Calc. phos, Verat. alb.). “Paralytic pain in the small of the back, with spasmodic drawing across the hips, which prevents walking.” “His knees sink down from weakness, he totters while walking and threatens to fall to one side.”

“At one time his feet are asleep, at another the hands.” “The hand trembles while eating, and the more the higher it is raised.” “Now one hand, now the other, seems insensible and asleep.” The soles of the feet go to sleep, while sitting.” “General attacks of paralytic weakness, with pain in the back.”

All these are verified symptoms from Allen’s Encyclopædia of Pure Materia Medica. They are in the simplest terms, and while they do agree with the statements of the above quoted learned men, acting upon the spine and motor muscles, could be applied to the cure of the sick according to the directions of Hahnemann by any layman of ordinary intelligence.

Thus is the practice of curative medicine simplified, being delivered from speculative theorizings of dreamers, and if it will cure the sick in the case of a Cocculus patient, it will by the same unerring law of “symptom covering” do it in every curable case.

We might sum up the whole action of this remedy upon the nervous system in one word, viz., prostration, but what does that amount to for purposes of prescribing.

Many remedies prostrate fearfully, but each one has its peculiar kind of prostration, and when men, like I heard a celebrated surgeon in a homœopathic college do, make their boast that they prescribed on physiological ground, without any regard to symptomatology, I can but feel that such know little or nothing of the art of homœopathic prescribing, no matter what their other attainments.

According to Hahnemann’s teachings symptomatology leads in scientific prescribing, no matter what the pathological condition.

Aside from the symptoms which attend the general prostration and spinal trouble, or coupled with them, we have the following which are characteristic. “Confusion or stupefaction of the head, increased by eating and drinking.” “Vertigo, as if intoxicated and confusion of the mind.” “Whirling vertigo on rising up in bed; which compelled him to lie down again.” “Sick headache with nausea and inclination to vomit.” “All these symptoms are made particularly worse by riding in carriage or boat.” Sea-sickness. (Sea-sickness > on deck in fresh cold air.) (Tabac.).

The headaches and vertigo of Cocculus are different from Bryonia, notwithstanding the fact that both are made worse by rising up in bed. In Bryonia and some other remedies the sickness at the stomach precedes the headache which in Cocculus is exactly the reverse. Painful sensation of weakness or emptiness in the head is found under Cocculus and is in keeping with the general weakness.

This sensation of emptiness, which is another name for weakness, is a general characteristic of Cocculus, and is found in head, abdomen, bowels, chest, heart, stomach; in short, in all internal parts.

The nausea of Cocculus, which is so constant a symptom of the headaches, is something like that which is so characteristic of Colchicum, viz.: “Extreme aversion to food, caused even by the smell of food, although with hunger.” With Colchicum there is more pronounced nausea, as well as aversion. The patient is nauseated even to faintness. There is with Cocculus a metallic taste in the mouth.

The sensorium comes under the same profound depression that invades the general nervous system. The patient is sad, absorbed within himself, brooding, moody, silent, sits in a corner buried in sad thoughts, etc. This is particularly the case in nervous fevers. Depression, depression, depressionCocculus has some very important symptoms in the abdominal and uterine regions.

One is great distention of the abdomen. This is found in both flatulent colic and dysmenorrhœa. In flatulent colic, for which it is so valuable a remedy, the patient complains of a sensation as if the abdomen were full of sharp sticks or stones. The attacks are often at mid-night. The flatus seems here and there, and passage of it does not seem to relieve much, for new forms again take its place.

Then again there seems to be great pressure in the inguinal region as if hernia would occur.

In dysmenorrhœa, in addition to the distention, there are gripingcramping pains, which are very severe, and also a remarkable degree of weaknessShe is so weak that she can hardly stand, walk or talk. This is very characteristic and, so far as weakness goes, resembles Carbo animalis, but in Cocculus it is in line with the general prostration of the remedy, while in Carbo animalis the flow weakens her. In Cocculus the flow may not be at all excessive, but on the contrary may grow less and less and a leucorrhœa appear in its stead, or even between the menses also. This is the way we have to differentiate between remedies if we are successful in practice.

Now, if I were to give the four great characteristic symptoms of this remedy they would be these:

1. Weakness of cervical muscles, with heaviness of head.

2. Affections caused or < by riding in cars, carriage or boat.

3. Sensation of weakness, or hollowness in various organs.

4. Ill effects from loss of sleep, night-watching or over-work. (Causticum Cuprum met., Ignatia, Nitric acid.).