Homeopathic Medicine Ignatia Amara(Ign)
Common Name : Saint Ignatius Bean
Kingdom : Plants
Habitat: Philippine Islands. Like Nux vomica, it contains the alkaloids, Strychnine and Brucine.
Stage : Acute, Chronic
Side : Left, U.Rt.Low Lt.
Miasm : Psoric, Tubercular
Thermal State : Chilly
Action : OnlyPolycrest
Thirst : Thirsty, Thirstless
Appetite : Increased, Easy satiety, Reduced
Sensitivity : Low, High
Moon Phases : First Quarter, Full Moon, Last Quarter, New Moon
Time Phases : Morning, Noon, Afternoon, Forenoon, Evening, Night
Gender : Male, Female, Child
Preparations :Mother tincture of the seeds; and dilutions.
Ignatia Amara (Ign) is indicated for
Acute grief, acute disappointments makes patient bitter and hardened.
Depth of sorrow and grief stuck deep within, cannot be surfaced.
Romantic, idealistic, emotional, over sensitive, easily hurt feelings.
Cramping of emotions leads to defensiveness, rude, suspicious, challenging behaviour.
Spasms. Sighing. Choking.
Though chemically and botanically similar to Nux vomica, these two remedies are not interchangeable but each has a therapeutic individuality of its own. Ignatia is primarily a spinal remedy, producing a hyperaesthesia of the senses with a tendency to hysterical spasms and a loss of harmony in the coordination of the various portions of the body. When the excitability is exhibited by anger, vehemence and irascibility, Nux vomica is indicated. In Ignatia there is a rapid alteration of gaiety and a deposition of weep. There are symptoms of neuralgia.
This remedy is indicated in those of a nervous temperament who are sensitive and easily excited. They have dark hair and skin and a mild disposition, and a CONTRADICTION of the SYMPTOMS which are continually changing; there is a fever with no thirst, the sore throat is relieved by swallowing. There is a sensitiveness that is relieved by pressure. The chill is relieved by uncovering and the headache is relieved by stooping. There is a marked sensitiveness to pain and suffering from hysterical weakness, nervous exhaustion and faintness.
It is of service in those suffering from the effects of CHAGRIN, GRIEF, loss of friends, BAD NEWS and misfortunes, when the patient broods over her troubles in concealment rather than in public. She is introspective, silent and given to sighing and weeping.
It is an important remedy in HYSTERIA when there is extreme sensitiveness to all external impressions. She laughs and cries alternately, she suffers from globus hystericus, passes large quantities of pale, limpid urine. She cannot share her sorrow or anger with any one, she does not or cannot cry, weeps inwardly, and cannot become reconciled to what has occurred.
It is indicated in many cases of MELANCHOLIA when the general symptoms of the remedy are present.
It is of service in cases of ANGER and ill – humor, when she resents the slightest suggestion of a blame or contradiction, and retains these in her mind and is continually irritated from thinking of them.
At night the pain is intact to NEURALGIAS about the head; it is described as a pressing, boring, localized pain confined to one spot. The pain is aggravated from talking, listening or paying close attention; is ameliorated by stooping forward. The attack terminates in vomiting and in the passage of large quantities of urine.
It should be remembered in CILIARY and FACIAL NEURALGIAS when emotional excitement and twitching of the muscles of the face and eyelids are present. There may be spasmodic closure of the jaws and biting of the side of the cheek and tongue.
It has been employed in EPILEPSY and ECLAMPSIA when the attack is precipitated by some sudden emotion or when dependent upon a reflex irritations.
It should be remembered in INDIGESTION when this is dependent upon depressing emotions. There is marked distension of the stomach and abdomen with but little eructation of gas, but there is an excessive discharge of flatulence, which is offensive but is passed without any exertion of the abdominal muscles.
It should be studied in CHRONIC GASTRITIS when there is empty retching and at times vomiting of mucus and food, a heavily coated tongue, foul breath, constipation and morning aggravation i neurotic, hysterical women.
It should be remembered in HYPERCHLORHYDRIA, and GASTRALGIA when there is hiccough, empty retching which is relieved by eating, salivation and an empty or gone sensation referred to the epigastrium.
It should always be remembered in FUNCTIONAL NERVOUS STATES in those of the peculiar temperament of Ignatia; there is usually a history of fright or violent emotion.
It is to be borne in mind in PROLAPSE of the RECTUM. This may occur with slight exertion at stool or without any movement. It may be associated with constipation which is very similar to that of Nux vomica, with the constant ineffectual urging to stool that results only in prolapsus of the rectum.
It is indicated in a DIARRHOEA that is painless and is characterized by a sudden urging, often tenesmus, rumbling and emissions of flatus.
It should be thought of during MENSTRUATION when this is irregular, too early or profuse, and even suppressed from the effects of grief; a suppressed sorrow.
It has a place in the management of OVARIAN NEURALGIA when the mental symptoms of the remedy are present and she declares she cannot and will not stand this suffering.
It should be remembered in SEXUAL FRIGIDITY and STERILITY when the patient is sensitive and easily irritated but hides her grief and nurses her sorrow.
It is of service in SCIATICA, in nervous, hysterical subjects. It is worse during cold weather; at night the pain is intermittent, boring and tearing in character. The pain is such that the patient must move about.
There is a nervous REFLEX COUGH; it is constant and the patient claims it is due to tickling in the pharynx, larynx or trachea, but in reality is reflex from a remote organ as the ovaries, uterus, or due to worms. It is worse while lying down and is in no way relieved, but on the contrary aggravated, by coughing, but can be controlled by the will.
A/F [ Aliment From/ Causation] :
-Disappointment in love
-Tobacco, coffee, alcohol
-Old spinal injuries
< Grief [Ph-ac, Nat-m]
< Strong odours
< Cold open air
< After meals
< Periodical, at same hour
> Hard pressure
> Change of position
> Lying of painful side
> While eating
> When travelling
-Alert, oversensitive and nervous individuals.
-Incredible change of mood, jesting and laughter changing to sadness and tears, or weeping alternating with laughing.
-Highly emotional. Great defensiveness and touchiness.
-Jealousy, suspicious and doubting.
-Quarrelsome, rude. At times indifferent to moods (Sep, Lil-t).
-Ailments from silent grief and disappointment in love.
-Full of suppressed grief, seems to drown by it.
-Brooding over imaginary troubles.
-Consolation aggravates (Nat-m).
-Long sighing and sobbing which is aggravated before menses. Takes deep breath for relief.
-Easily frightened persons.
-Fear of robbers at midnight, of birds or chickens.
-Fears he will never sleep again.
-Desires to be alone. Weeps when alone.
-Faints easily everytime when girls go to church, or who fall in love with married men.
-Fault finding and too sensitive to be reprimanded or scolding aggravates.
-Contradiction aggravates (Anac, Ferr).
-Dreams of water, or of waves breaking over her.
-Remedy of great contradictions like:-Roaring in ears > music.
-Piles > when walking.
-Sore throat > when swallowing.
-Empty feeling in stomach not > by eating.
-Spasmodic laughter from grief.
-Cough < the more he coughs < standing still.
-Increased sexual desire with impotence.
-Headaches > stooping > lying on painful side.
-Thirst during chill. Red face during chill. No thirst in fever.
-Colour changes in face when at rest.
-Great hysterical remedy (Asaf, Mosch, Val, Cocc, Nux-m).
-Hypersensitive to all external impressions, touch, pain, noise, odour, etc.
-Spasmodic effects, often violent, with rigidity, twitching and tremors (Croc, Agar, Zinc).
–Epilepsy from fright.
-Single parts affected.
-Sensation of lump in parts.
-Pains in small circumscribed spots (Ox-ac, Kali-bi), associated with nervous shuddering; change their locality; come gradually, go suddenly, or come and go suddenly.
-Cannot stand smoking or tobacco smoke in any form.
-Head-Headache over a small spot that can be covered with the tip of finger.
-Sensation as if a nail had been driven through skull.
–Alopecia after grief.
-Face-Redness and heat of one cheek alternating with paleness [Cham].
-Sweats on face on a small spot while eating.
-Perspiration only on the face, perspires first on face or upper lip.
-Colour changes in face when at rest.
-Mouth-Toothache < in between acts of eating < lying down. -Bites inside of cheeks when chewing. -Throat-Sore throat > when swallowing.
-Globus hystericus, lump rising from stomach in throat, choking sensation.
-G.I.T.-Empty feeling in stomach not > by eating.
-Singing in stomach > taking a deep breath.
-Patient vomits simple food, but retains things such as cabbage, onions, indigestible things.
-Craving for cheese, fruits.
-Aversion for fruits.
-Constipation with excessive urging, more in upper abdomen, with great pain and flatulence.
-Pain shoots up the rectum.
-Rectal spasms, cramps, fissure, haemorrhoids, prolapse.
-Haemorrhoids with prolapse, with every loose stool.
-Pain in rectum remaining hours after stool (Aesc, Aloe, Mur-ac, Rat, Sulph).
-Pressure as of a sharp instrument in rectum from within outward.
-Respiratory system-Choking sensation in throat. Takes deep breath to get relief.
-Laryngeal stridulus that can be heard all over house.
-Cough worse the more he coughs < standing still.
-Female genitalia-Menses irregular, black, suppressed from grief.
-Male genitalia-Sexual desire with impotency.
-Back-Spasms after grief.
-Fevers-Quotidian, tertian, quartan type of malaria.
-Thirst during chill. Red face during chill.
-No thirst in fever.
-Febrile coldness > by external warmth.
1. Deep sighing – takes deep breath for amelioration.
2. Contradiction remedy -(Pain in ears > music. Piles > walking. Haemorrhoids and prolapsus ani with loose stool. Sore throat > when swallowing. Empty feeling in stomach not > eating. Spasmodic laughter from grief. Thirst and red face during chill. No thirst in fever).
3. Spasmodic effects of single parts.
4. Pain in small spots covered by finger.
5. Cannot stand tobacco in any form.
6. Headache > profuse urination.
7. Sweats on a small spot on face while eating.
8. Constipation with urge in upper abdomen.
1. Mentally and physically exhausted by grief.
2. Changeability of symptoms. Contradictory symptoms.
3. Involuntary sighing.
4. Headache as if a nail was driven out through the side > lying on painful side > profuse urination.
5. Cannot bear tobacco in any form.
NUCLEUS OF REMEDY:
-Produces hyperaesthesia of all senses, and tendency to produce clonic spasms.
-Adapted to individuals with nervous temperament, who are alert, nervous, rigid and apprehensive.
-Patients who have silent grief or disappointment in love.
-Great remedy for contradiction.
-Alopecia, Asthma, Bulimia, Chorea, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Cough, Depression, Encephalitis, Globus hystericus, Hirsuitism, Hysteria, Lumbago, Migraine, Obesity, Rectal cramp, Rectal fissure, Rectal prolapse, Spasms, Tics.
Inimical : Coff, Tab.
Compare : Acon, Agar, Anac, Apis, Ars, Asaf, Asar, Bell, Caust, Cham, Cimic, Cina, Cocc, Coll, Coloc, Croc, Cupr, Gels, Glon, Hyos, Ip, Lach, Lyc, Mag-c, Mag-m, Mosch, Nat-m, Nux-m, Nux-v, Op, Ph-ac, Phos, Plat, Plb, Podo, Puls, Sep, Sil, Stann, Stram, Sulph, Tarent, Teucr, Valer, Verat.
It Antidotes : Selen, Zinc.
Duration Of Action : 9 Days.