Origin : Found in Spain, Mexico, and the West Indies.
Background : The dried bodies of the female insects are used as a scarlet dye and food coloring, and in cosmetics, inks, artistsí pigments, and medicines.
Preparation : The fertilized females are killed by heat, then dried and macerated in alcohol.
Remedy Profile : Coccus cacti is generally prescribed for spasmodic coughing associated with catarrh, and for urinary problems with pain in the kidneys, particularly in those who are anxious and confused. The remedy is used for spasmodic coughing, especially whooping cough, and for asthma. Symptoms are usually worse in the mornings, and include frequent, violent, ticklish coughing fits accompanied by vomiting and retching up of clear, thick mucus that may hang from the mouth. There is a sensation as if a thread is hanging down the back of the throat. The mucous membranes in the throat may feel so sensitive that even brushing the teeth causes retching and vomiting.
Symptoms Better : For bathing in cold water; for walking; for cold drinks.
Symptoms Worse : On the left side of the body; for lying down; after sleep; for touch; for the pressure of clothing; for the slightest exertion; for brushing the teeth; for rinsing the mouth.