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Coccus cacti
Whooping Cough
by Nathan Nash 

Coccus cacti
Sundry Notes
by Various Authors


Coccus cacti
Whooping Cough
by Nathan Nash 

The object of this paper is to call special attention to Coccus cacti as a remedy for whooping cough in particular and other coughs in general. Soon after locating to Ohio a few cases presented with whooping cough which were treated homoeopathically with marked success. This caused quite a stir among the people so that nearly all cases sought the new treatment and afforded good and frequent opportunity for me to study the disease.

Of its nature I wish to say that I regard it as essentially of an inflammatory character, and I feel justified in this view after a protracted study of its characteristics. Observations at the beginning of whooping cough show the following symptoms in infants as well as adults. A single light cough or hack, caused by a tickling irritation one to three inches below the larynx With each little cough a small quantity of mucus is loosened and detached and in most cases, even in the adults, is swallowed. At the first these little coughs will occur from three to five minutes apart.


Most people attribute the cough to a cold and will likely apply for medicine for a cold, but if you can discover on the patient these peculiar hacks, or short coughs, you will save the patient trouble by giving Coccus cacti. The act of swallowing will occur after each cough. This condition may last a whole week, but more likely three to five days, when a second little cough will be added to the spell and the swallowing occur at the end of the second cough, not between it, as there is no perceptible interval between the two coughs or at least there is no rest between them. Some of the same mucus will be detached, as a result of the coughing and swallowed. The mucus at first is not colored in the least nor is it stringy, until in the second week. The viscid character of the mucus is a gradual process, just as the cough increases in severity and the inflammation extends over the mucous membrane. Usually before the end of the second week the fourth or fifth cough is added to the paroxysm. As the disease progresses there are more coughs, and each cough becomes more powerful, until the lungs are exhausted of air. With each cough the mucus is propelled forward, but the effort to inspire drives it backward until some of it hangs over into the oesophagus, irritates the epiglottis and strangulation ensues. The whoop occurs at the very moment the glottis opens to admit air into the lungs.The spasmodic character increases as the irritation approaches the glottis. The expectoration becomes tougher as the disease progresses. Seldom is the mucus changed from the transparent, before the third week. The paroxysms of cough are, as a rule, worse at night after the first week; up to this time some may sleep all right but cough considerably when waking.


As near as I can determine, the period of incubation is fourteen days, but some may run twenty-five days. I can not say that any case came under my observation in which the expectoration was not stringy and tough, until it became purulent; but never before the latter end of the second week. It is more likely to become so in the third week.



Coccus cacti has all of the characteristic symptoms of a fully developed case of whooping cough, but you will find all of the earlier symptoms as well and may be given with confidence; not only in whooping cough, but in many coughs in which the larynx, trachea and bronchi are involved.


As a curative in the conditions named it is very satisfactory for, without exaggeration, I have treated as may as five hundred cases, with not more than two deaths, in the last thirteen years. When given as a curative, I give two powders of the remedy, one to be dissolved in a third of a glass of fresh water, giving one teaspoonful every three or four hours until used, if awake; Sac. lac. to follow. In ten or twelve days, or when improvement cases, I direct the second powder given like the first. If but little cough remains I give the second powder dry, and repeat Sac. lac. If given at the beginning one powder in solution is sufficient. Occasionally a repetition of the prescription is necessary, but the great majority get but one. If treatment begins with the disease or first week, six days treatment will do; if in the second week ten days; but in nearly all cases will improvement show in three days, and it is usually progressive, Very seldom are there any sequelae or anything more than a slight sensitiveness of the larynx to colds for a week or two.   

A word as to potency. I have tested and used the 30th, 60th, 100th, 200th, 500th, 1m,50m. and cm, beginning with the 30th. As I obtained the higher potencies I prescribed them. I find the higher potencies are quicker in their action and without aggravation, while the lower will sometimes produce aggravation.


I know there are other remedies useful in the treatment of whooping cough but until there is a change in the characteristics of whooping cough or some peculiar constitution demands some other special remedy, few remedies will be needed besides Coccus cacti.



As to prophylaxis or preventive Coccus cacti may be given with as much confidence for whooping cough as Belladonna for scarlet fever, which every Hahnemannian has proved to be a preventive In the case of Coccus cacti for whooping cough I give four powders with medicated pellets in, one to be taken on retiring every third day.


Finally I wish to say a few words to those who may think I am too exclusive in the choice of remedial means for whooping cough. Just refer to Hering's Guiding Symptoms or Allen's Cyclopedia. Occasion has placed it in my course of observation, and experience has done the rest. I trust this paper my help others to be successful in treating this formerly troublesome and often very dangerous affection.


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Coccus cacti
Sundry Notes
by Various Authors

Note 1

Dr. Constantine Hering
Cochineal. Hemiptera.


This insect is found wild in Mexico and Central America, inhabiting different species of cactus and allied genera of plants. It is also cultivated to some extent in Texas and New Mexico. The female insect is the one used in medicine and commerce. They are collected and killed either by immersing in boiling water or over the heat of a fire. The insect has a peculiar coloring matter or principle, called by most authorities Cochinilin.


The female insects perish quickly after having deposited their eggs, which are hatched in the sun and give origin to innumerable insects, which spread themselves over the plant. After fecundation, the females, which before moved about, attach themselves to the leaves and increase rapidly in size, so that in the end, legs, antenn and proboscis are scarcely discoverable. They appear like excrescences on the plant and are then gathered with a blunt knife, quill or feather.


The trituration is the better preparation, as it contains also ethereal oil and formic acid.


Dr. Crtin calls attention to the confusion which frequently prevails in French homopathic literature between the Cochineal, Coccus cacti, and the lady-bird, Coccionella septempunctata, both being known in that language as Cochenille. He points out that it is Coccus cacti which is used in whooping cough, while the medicine which Dr. Jousset recommends in some cases of prosopalgia is Coccionella.



Acute Brights Disease (Acute desquamative nephritis); Asthma; Impotence and backache; Menorrhagia, Spasms; Tinnitus; Whooping cough;

Note 2

Coccus cacti & Paroxysmal cough: Coccus cacti suits almost any paroxysmal cough when the attacks are violent, but not very close together, and are attended by much redness of the face and a general sense of feeling too hot. If irritation of the kidneys, with scanty, thick heavy urine, passed pretty often also attends, it is doubly indicated and the results will be brilliant.

Note 3

This remedy has paroxysms of cough with vomiting of clear, ropy mucus, extending in thick, long strings even to the floor. This is sometimes seen in children who cough and cough with this tenacious mucus stringing from mouth and nose, waving to and fro until it finally gives way. The paroxysms come on in the morning, and accompanying them there is often vomiting of clear, ropy mucus as compared with Amra grisea which has  eructation of wind following cough. Coccus cacti is a useful remedy for the protracted bronchial catarrhs remaining after whooping cough. The excessive secretion of mucus under Coccus is marked and causes the child to strangle. The choking is most characteristic, even more so than the strangling.

 Note 4
Dr Vikas Sharma

Two homeopathic medicines that I have found are very useful in treating cough variant asthma are Drosera and Coccus cacti. Drosera stands at the top of the table for treating these recurrent cough episodes; the main symptoms for its use are cough that aggravates at night and is also aggravated in the morning. Coccus Cacti is useful when the child vomits every time a spasm of cough comes on. I have used both the medicines with great success in treating many cases of cough variant asthma. Although there are other medicnes like Antim Tart and Ipecac ; but for my patients  Drosera and Coccus cacti have worked wonders

Note 5
Classical Homeopathy
Dr George Vithoulkas

Couigh: Coccus cacti is an animal remedy often found valuable in whooping cough. With this remedy the aggravations generally come on in the after part of the night or in the morning when the child awakens. The paroxysms are not confined to this time, but the worst one comes then. The paroxysm ends in vomiting of clear ROPY MUCUS in large quantities, hanging in long strings from the mouth. For such a cough COCCUS CACTI is EXCELLENT.

Note 6
Whole Homeopathy
Beth Murray,%20Coughs,%20Sinus.pdf

Coccus Cacti: Paroxysmal (many at a time), tickling cough at 6 or 7 a.m. or 11:30 p.m., cough can be dry or produce ropes of thick mucous

becoming heated, warm rooms, warm drinks or food, lying, rinsing mouth, winter, in alcoholics

Cold or open air, cold drinks, cold food

Questions to ask:

  • What does the cough feel like?
  • What makes it worse?
  • What makes it better?
  • What body position aggravates the cough?
  • What body position helps the cough?
  • What foods do you desire most?
  • Do you prefer warm or cold drinks?
  • How does swallowing feel (swallowing solids, liquids, empty swallowing?)
  • What emotions do you feel prior to and since getting sick?
  • What external things bother you? (light? sound? dust? touching throat? odor?etc)
  • What kind of weather were you in prior to the cough?
  • What activities aggravate the cough? (breathing? moving? eructation? talking? sneezing etc.)
  • What other conditions accompany the cough? (chills? sleepiness? fever?
    diarrhea? etc)
  • What type of cough is it? (barking? deep? distressing? dry? paroxysmal?
    suffocative? whistling? etc.)


Cocchinella Female on left.Male on right
Cocchinella female on left. Male on right

Coccus cacti
Coccus cacti 

Kingdom: Animal
Latin Name: Coccus cacti
Common Name: Cochineal  
Homeopahtic: Coccus cacti  


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