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Dr Peter Darashah

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Most of ther symptoms of Coloc are developed in the abdomen and head, causing intense neuralgias which are almost always relieved by pressure. No remedy produces more severe colic than this one, and no remedy cures more promptly. Often indicated in the transition season when the air is cold, but the sun is still powerful enough to heat the blood. The main areas of Homeopathic use include the following conditions:-

1. Abdominal Colic
Cramps, twitching and shortening of muscles. Myalgic constrictions and contractions. Cystospasm following operations on orifices Agonizing pain in abdomen causing patient to bend double, isamost characteristicsumptom. Sensations of cutting, twisting, grinding, contracting and bruised as if clamped with iron bands are frequent.

The cutting pain in the abdomen is agonizing causing patient to bend over double and press on the abdomen for relief. The Coloc colic is terrible and is only bearable by bending double, or pressing something had against the abdomen. .Patients leans over chairs or table or bed posts to get relief. There is a sensation as if stones were being ground together in the abdomen and would burst. Intestines feel as bruised. The Coloc colic with cramps in calves is frequently triggered after anger. Each paroxysm is attended with general agitation and a chill over the cheek, ascending from the hypogastrium. Each time food is taken a dysentric jelly like stool with a musty odour results.

In addition females experience a boring pain in the ovary for which she must draw up double in order to obtain relief. Wants abdomen supported by pressure. Severe bearing-down cramps, causing her to bend double (Op).

Bov has a bending double cramp but is related more to after eating rather than neuralgia.
Cham is similar top Coloc in that both have colic from a fit of anger or other neuralgic affections but Cham is preferable in the colic of children when much wind distends the abdomen. Although the child tosses about in agony they but do not double up like Coloc.
Mag-p should cure in situations where both Coloc and Cham fail.
Staph also a remedy for colicky children but Staph patients usually exhibit a black early dental decay and sore eyes.
The Verat colic has the patient bending double but there is also a cold sweat on the forehead and additionally relief may be obtained by walking

2. Neuralgias
Contraction of muscles: All the limbs are drawn together. Pain in right deltoid  Cramp like pain in hip, lies on affected side with pain from hip to knee. Spontaneous luxation of the hip-joints. Stiffness of joints and shortening of tendons. Sciatic pain, left side, drawing, tearing; better from pressure and heat, worse from gentle touch. Contraction of the muscles. Pain down right thigh; muscles and tendons feel too short; numbness with pains Pain in left knee joint.

3. Prosopalgia/ Sciatica
Colocynth not only cures neuralgic affections originating in the abdominal region, but has been very efficacious in facial and sciatic neuralgia. The pains in these localities, like those in the abdomen, are of a decidedly crampy nature.

In sciatica, the pain of Coloc extends from the hip down the posterior portion of the thigh (along the sciatic nerve) into the popliteal fossa (> lying on painful side (Bry). There is a particular cramp like pain in hip with spontaneous luxation. Relief is obtained from the pressure of lying on the affected side. Other symptoms include stiffness of joints, shortening of tendons, contraction of muscles and sciatic left sided pain of a drawing, tearing nature which is worse from gentle touch.

Ars pain is worse between midnight and 3 am.
Mag-p has the same kind of crampy pain but is ameliorated by heat more efficiently then Coloc..
In Phyt the pains run down the outer side of the thigh
Gnaph has the pain extending down the back of the leg but symptoms alternate with numbness.

Materia Medica (other symptoms)

It is especially suitable for irritable persons easily angered, and ill effects there from.
Extremely irritable. Becomes angry when questioned. Mortification caused by offense. Anger with indignation. Disinclined to talk, to see friends, impatient, easily offended,
Women with copious menstruation, and of sedentary habits.
Persons with a tendency to corpulency.

Vertigo when turning head to the left,
Lateral cutting headache, with nausea, vomiting.
There is a frontal headache which is worse for stooping, lying on back, and moving eyelids. The pain is better for pressure and heat and accompanied with soreness of scalp.
Pains of a burning digging, rending, and tearing nature.

Pains sharp and boring, better pressure. .
Sensation that the eye wopuld fall out on stooping
Violent pain in eyeballs which precede the development of glaucoma.

Tearing, shooting, and swelling of face; left side great soreness. Relief from pressure
Neuralgia, with chilliness, teeth seem too long.

Frequent urging to urinate, scanty; urine sometimes thick, fetid, viscid, jelly-like.

< evening, anger; after eating;
> from coffee, Bending double and hard pressure.

Red Line Symptoms

1. Ill effects of anger with indignation or
from mortification caused by an offence

2. Muscle constrictions, contraction, shortening, twitching.

3. Prosopalgia/ Sciatica

4. Joint stiffness and pain

5. Abdominal colic relieved by bending double.



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