back Coccus Cacti

Synonym. - Coccionella Indica. Natural order. - Hemiptera. Common name.- Cochineal. Preparation.- Tincture from the dried insects.

Through the cerebro-spinal system this remedy acts especially upon the kidneys, and the digestive and respiratory tracts, giving rise to irritation, inflammation and excessive secretion of ropy mucus from the parts affected, notably the fauces and larynx.

Mind. - Apprehensive, irritable, fretful.

Head. - Confusion of the head : dizziness. Rush of blood to the head (Bell., Fer.). Dull, pressive headache ; also in frontal region. Throbbing, pressing, or sticking pains in temples.

Eyes. - Pressive pain in.orbits. Conjunctivitis ; increased lachrymation.

Ears.- Drawing, tearing pain and stitches in and about the ears. Sensation as if the ears were stopped (Mang., Sil.). Tickling and itching in the ears (Baryt., Hep. s., Merc). Cracking in the ears on swallowing. Great roaring in the ears as from a storm.

Nose. - Frequent and violent sneezing. Excessive secretion of mucus in the nose. Dryness of the nose. Yellow crusts on margins of nose.

Pace.- Crawling sensations in the face.

Mouth.- Drawing and jerking pains in teeth ; teeth sensitive to cold things (Ant. crud., Calc., Staph., Sulph.). Mouth and tongue dry, with much thirst (Ars., Bry.). Burning in mouth and throat (Ars., Canth., Caps.). Bawness ot mouth and throat. Great sensitiveness of mouth and fauces, so that rinsing the mouth caused cough and vomiting of thick masses of mucus. 11%e arches of the -palate very irritable; loud speaking or brushing teeth causes cough and vomiting. Metallic taste, with accumulation of water in the mouth. Taste: metallic (Aesc, Coccul., Merc, Sulph.) ; bitter (Bry., Cinch., Nux v., Puls., Sulph.) ; sweetish (Ars., Bry., Merc, Sulph.) ; sour.

Throat.- Dryness and burning in throat and fauces. Bawnesi and scraping in throat, with expectoration of mucus Constant tickling- in throat. Sensation as if uvula were elongated, causing constant hawking . Throat symptoms worse from warmth, especially in bed. Difficult degluti tion.

Stomach.- Ravenous appetite; much thirst. Eructations, Heartburn. Nausea, retching ; inclination to vomit. Distension of stomach. Heaviness and pressure in stomach; sticking pains. Epigastric region sensitive to touch.

Abdomen. - Pains in left hypochondrium, as from incarcerated flatulence ; pains extend to left side of back and lumbar vertebral. Burning drawing in region of spleen. Flatulent distension of abdomen, with much rumbling. Griping in abdomen, followed by diarrhoea.

Stool. - Urging to stool; sometimes ineffectual. Copious, soft or pasty stools.

Urinary Organs.- Dull, pressive pain and soreness in region of kidneys. Pressure in bladder. Burning pain in urethra while urinating (Can. sat., Canth., Staph.). Stitches and itching in urethra. Frequent and great urging to urinate. Frequent and copious urination, urine clear as water (Phos. ac.) ; soon becomes turbid and cloudy. Urine deposits brickdust sediment (Arm, Lyc., Natr. mur., Phos.).

Male Organs.- Frequent erections, with increased desire. Lascivious mood; nocturnal emissions (Cinch., Phos. ac, Staph.).

Female Organs.- Swelling and heat of pudenda. Menses too early; too profuse, and last too long (Calc. c, Nux v.).

Respiratory Organs.- Collection of mucus in air-passages (Ant. tart., Ipec, Samb., Stan.). Rawness in air-passages, causing cough. Sensation of a crumb the size of a walnut sticking behind the larynx, obliging him to swallow constantly. Tickling in the larynx very violent, waking at night, causing cough, with expectoration of much tenacious mucus. Fatigue of the vocal organs (Arg. nit., Arum, Phos.), even after speaking without exertion; the voice becoming rough and hoarse; respiration somewhat laborious. Paroxysms of tickling cough, ending with expectoration of mucus. Cough caused by brushing teeth or rinsing mouth with zuater. Cough, with expectoration of large quantities of viscid, albuminous mucus {Stan.). Short paroxysms of cough, followed by easy expectoration of globules of mucus. Difficult breathing. Oppression and soreness in chest. Stitches and sticking pains in sides of chest.

Heart and Pulse.- Pressive pain in precordial region. Irregular beating and palpitation of the heart, with anxiety after eating. Pulse accelerated.

Back.- Stitches between the shoulders. Bruised pain in small of back and region of kidneys. Violent pressive pain in region of kidneys.

Extremities.- Drawing, tearing pains in the limbs (Rhus tox., Puls.).

Generalities. - Great weariness and prostration. Itching and prickling sensations in the skin.

Sleep. - Irresistible desire to sleep. Uneasy, restless sleep, interrupted by vivid dreams.

Fever.- Chilliness all over the body, especially in the afternoon and evening. Increased warmth of body. Greatly overpowered by moderate heat. Profuse general sweat, especially in the morning.

Compare.- Can th., Iodi., Kali bich., Kali iod.


The chief use of this drug has been in the treatment of laryngitis, bronchial catarrh and whooping cough. Character- ized by an excessive secretion of mucus, usually ropy, tenacious, and difficult to expectorate, causing strangulation. Chronic catarrh of the larynx with much hoarseness and accumulation of mucus. Coryza. Pharyngitis, much hawking of thick viscid mucus, causing retching and vomiting. A valuable remedy in nephritic colic, pains extending from kidneys into bladder; hematuria ; excessive deposit of uric acid and urates.

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