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Homoeopathic and Colocynth


Name of remedy: Bitter apple


Plant family and Latin name: Cucurbitaceae, Colocynthis citrullus


Country of origin:

This plant, with leaves similar to those of the watermelon plant, and which produces yellow flowers on hairy stems that produces bitter fruits, is native to Turkey, Asia, west coast of Africa, Egypt, Nubia and India.


Background information

This is a plant that is noted to have been cultivated and used back as far as 500 B.C. This is a plant that loves sandy soils of desert nature found in Mediterranean areas. This fruit has been used as a purgative, oil derived from the seeds is used in soap making, and Bedouin use ground seeds to make bread. Various components of this plant have shown larvicidal actions against mosquitoes. There are noted risks with this produce; including kidney damage, abortion and death! The seeds are noted to be none toxic/poisonous.


Homoeopathic symptom picture:

The person who could benefit from this remedy will be easily offended, and have many complaints caused by anger. They may scream, faint or vomit from pain. There is complaints of pain in the hips, the nerves of the abdomen, face and sciatic are affected. Where babies are afflicted with colic they will appear more settled on their tummy, and has been indicated as an anti-dote to lead poisoning.


Better for:

The person who requires this remedy will feel better with hard pressure, bending double over, heat, rest, laying on the painful side, drinking coffee, tobacco and day time.


Worse for:

The person indicated for this remedy will feel worse for feeling angry, foods, night time.


Areas of applications:

This remedy is indicated for post surgical procedures on areas such as the anus, urethra, vaginal area. Where there is colic or cramping effects associated to IBS, painful periods and suppressed periods, lochia associated to feelings of indignation/outrage, and neuralgia and sciatica.


Pain type:

Pain experienced will be wave like contractions, cramping, shooting, tearing, throbbing, cutting and pinching, the person may express this pain as an iron band grasped around them.



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There are a variety of remedy potency and most often the 6X dilution is indicated and which can be given frequently. Deborah’s personal preference is 30X. It is always wise to conduct further reading around the remedies, their potency and how to take them before taking them.

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