Colchicum in homeopathy: properties, benefits and uses (all you need to know)

What is Colchicum?

The homeopathic remedy Colchicum, obtained from the crushed tubers and soaked in alcohol, is used to treat joint problems, sensitivity to the weather, trembling limbs, nausea, stomach pain and diarrhea.

The joints are painful and stiff, hot or swollen. Digestive problems, which are often associated with colic and flatulence, cause an icy feeling in the lower abdomen.

Leading symptoms

  • Hypersensitivity to odors
  • Nausea, vomiting, fainting triggered by smells
  • bloated stomach
  • Joint inflammation worse from slightest movement or touch
  • Icy cold or burning in the stomach
  • Extreme exhaustion

Information about the agent

How do you recognize patients who need Colchicum?

The most noticeable symptom of patients requiring colchicum is a pronounced sensitivity to smells. The smell of food alone triggers discomfort ranging from nausea to fainting and leads to a general aversion to food.

Colchicum – Adults are weak, restless people who have trouble concentrating or remembering things. You are depressed and irritable; but fear nothing.

Colchicum children are particularly sensitive to sounds. Sometimes they can detect smells that others don’t even notice. The children cannot bear contradiction. They’re easily irritated, unhappy, and don’t do what they’re told.


Colchicum is indicated for all typical symptoms that improve or worsen by the following modalities:


  • Quiet
  • warmth


  • in the evening
  • effort
  • excitement
  • contact
  • humidity
  • smell of food
  • cold

What are typical areas of application for Colchicum?

  • gout
  • rheumatic complaints
  • nausea
  • Vomit
  • diarrhea

Areas of application in detail


Pain in swollen joints, with severe sensitivity to touch. The symptoms are aggravated by cold and movement, as well as in the evening and at night. Improved by rest and warmth. The patient often suffers from gastrointestinal problems, feels weak and tends to collapse. Typical: kitchen smells cause strong nausea up to the urge to vomit.
Prescription up to and including D3.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6

Application information

Dosage forms of Colchicum

The usual uses of Colchicum are between 6X and 12X. All lower potentized doses are toxic!

Colchicum dosage

How often and how long Colchicum is taken depends on the intensity of the symptoms.

The usual dosage consists of five globules D30 once a day or a dose of the potency D6 three times a day. In the case of acute symptoms, Colchicum D6 can be temporarily administered hourly until improvement.

If you vomit during pregnancy, take three globules of D12, if possible dissolved in water, fifteen minutes before meals.

colchicum effect

Colchicum acts on the locomotor system and the gastrointestinal tract.

Colchicum in pregnancy

Colchicum helps with extreme morning sickness associated with stomach pain. The remedy is indicated when violent vomiting occurs several times a day. The nausea is mainly triggered by the smell of food, especially fish and eggs. The severity of the vomiting can range from physical wasting to depressive, pregnancy-refusing behavior.

The drug can be taken throughout pregnancy and has proven particularly effective in the first trimester of pregnancy.

The healing effect helps the pregnant woman develop a positive feeling for her changed physical condition.

Colchicum for the baby

Colchicum is rarely given to babies or children. It is used for loud rumblings in the stomach and nausea caused by the smell of food. The stomach is bloated. The children are weak and restless.

Colchicum for dogs, horses and cats

Colchicum can be given to colicky animals when the abdomen is severely distended and there is loud abdominal rumbling. Movement makes the symptoms worse. Colic is often triggered by eating poisonous plants.

Inflammation of the joints in animals is treated with colchicum when exercise aggravates the pain and swelling.

Colchicum side effects

It is advisable to seek professional advice before self-medication. During pregnancy, lactation and infants Colchicum may only be used from the potency D6.

Similar means


Bryonia is helpful for aching, swollen joints that get worse with the slightest movement. Bryonia ‘s fatigue is not as pronounced as Colchicum’s. Signs for the administration of Bryonia are aggravation from touch but relief from firm pressure and aggravation from warmth.

Typical potencies: Colchicum is mostly used in the potencies 6X and 12X.

Prescription: Colchicum requires a prescription up to the potency D3.

fabric type: medicinal plant


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