Ignatia is valuable at all stages in life, for
sensitive children who have developed sore throats or a
tummy-ache or insomnia after being punished or severely
frightened or if homesick; for teenagers who brood and pine
after being ditched by a "loved one"; for men and women at all
ages and in all walks of life who have suffered inwardly and
become introspective and moody ... suffering from ill health
as a result.
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this remedy there is great strain upon the emotional centers.
Recurrent shocks develop sensitivity, an aversion of
personality, and confusion in the normal rhythm of the thought
mechanism and indecision in action, which leads to various
forms of irrational behavior. Ignatia basically typifies
irresolution throughout the mental function; a heart breaking
jumble of contradictory impulses, immature in formation and
destructive in action. This characteristic symptom places the
remedy in a position for easy selection.
I know no more distressing form
of mental sickness than that in which one is torn between the
impulse to do or not to do. Although these people appear in
the attacks to be aggressive there is no depth of action, the
balance between the emotions and the will is painfully
disturbed and presents the picture of despair. The apparent
exacerbations lack the proper foundation, are more or less
spurious, and end in defeat of purpose.
The physical erethism, which
accompanies this mental state, produces a multitude of
symptoms. Many of these persons have a kind spirit, are
misunderstood by their associates, and are raked by the
shellfire of indecision, which exposes to view the vicious and
caustic elements to the exclusion of the good. Our duty in
homoeopathy is to face the realities of the complex mental
entity, ferret out the discord in the ebb and flow of the
thought unit, and from a logical conclusion of what we need in
the search of the remedy. When this is done, and often we fail
in the effort, the physical accessory symptoms naturally fall
Ignatia is oversensitive,
impulsive and ignites easily destructive tendencies, has
alternate moods (Lyc.) with an undercurrent of jealousy. These
people love much but not wisely, project their idealism more
or less into strange concepts of life relationship. There may
be psychic shock, although generally in fluxion, corresponding
to its pathogenesis and clinical experience. Its sphere of
influence covers many cases of misplaced affection,
disappointment, grief and financial reverses. I have found in
my practice among the Indians and other primitive peoples an
uncanny ability to early sense the approach of death. In their
simple relationship to the great forces of nature some
unexplained adjustment exists within which has been lost to
most of us. When death finally struck there was a simultaneous
outcry, which shook the old timbers of the domicile. No words
can describe the pandemonium of grief, which poured out of the
hearts of the relatives gathered about the deathbed. Nature
was exacting her toll and the subsequent reaction was
beneficial. We are indeed fortunate to have Ignatia and
similar remedies at our command, giving a clear-cut picture of
tragedy in the pathogenesis.
There is fear and timidity, a
shrinking from realities, a desire to be alone. A man in the
late sixties who had a long history of convulsion attacks of a
minor nature, with intense fear, especially at night when
waking, always burning a light, suddenly through death lost
the companionship of his wife. He had always depended upon her
comfort during these attacks and now was in great emotional
distress. Ignatia brought about a quick and favorable
reaction. As an evidence of the depth of action in this person
attacks of migraine, violent in nature many years, have
disappeared. A favorable reaction from the remedy shows in a
definite stiffening of the moral fiber, clearer understanding
of the particular problem, and lifting of the defeatist
Transitory ill humour and anger;
fixed ideas; broods over unpleasant occurrences, alternating
with laughing and weeping. He is obstinate and nothing
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Natrum mur has long been
recognized as a natural complementary. Calcarea, Sepia, Silica
and Sulphur may follow; Lycopodium when there is fear, desire
for company and the 4-8 p.m. aggravation. Sighs and sobs;
sensitive to noise; morbid and inconsolable grief;
apprehensive feeling in chest, stomach and abdomen, which
interferes with breathing; silent anguish; paroxysms of terror
causing her to shriek. Desire for solitude, with fear of
strangers, who may cause her to be very angry. This remedy has
violent anger with irresolution. Fear something will happen,
and weeping ameliorates (Lyc). Contradiction aggravates,
A woman having had a severe
disappointment with marked despair, silent grief,
inconsolable, feeling unable to continue her work, was given
Ignatia, which took off the rough edge of the emotional shock,
but did not bring the balance desired and which was necessary.
The impatience she had was directed toward some minute finger
warts appearing on the neck. Nitric acid was given with the
most astounding results, clearing up the condition of shock,
which again proves the remarkable difference in the similars
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There are spasmodic affections;
in the throat with hysterical symptoms. The remedy covers a
wide range of suppressed mental suffering. We have at our
disposal truly curative remedies in all forms of emotional
shock, the one under discussion ranking among the best.
Homoeopathy brings a balance in a gentle way, eliminating the
routine direct sedation. It is worth all the effort and study
we put into the selection of the remedy to see these
unfortunate people again regain the equilibrium which nature
has intended for them to possess.
While it can help bring out suppressed
emotions, Ignatia is also helpful in the pangs of grief or
trauma - the sleeplessness, bellyaches, and waves of pain that
can be the companion of turbulent emotions, and to prevent
issues soon after - such as colds due to the strain on the
immune system. Ignatia colds can start with a lump in the
throat sensation and it's spasmodic cough is set off by a
tickle in the throat. If a fever takes over, an Ignatia type
may be quite thirsty or itchy with chills. Some other symptoms
may be a headache which feels as if a nail is being driven
into the skull and the discomfort is made more intense by
lying on the painful side. A sour taste in the mouth, hiccups,
upper abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting which is somewhat
relieved by eating are other Ignatia signs. Women can complain
of uterine cramps during menstruation, constipation due to
emotional stress and hemmorhoids.
On the emotional side, Ignatia works
especially well with silent grief, though it also helps those
at the other extreme-constant crying, fear, fright and
anxiety. Ignatia types have a sensitive nervous system so it's
not surprising that their bodies react to emotional stress
with twitchings, spasms, a lump in the throat feeling, nervous
headaches or insomnia. Nervous debility caused fom loss,
living in stressful situations, frustration and disappointment
or long, intense periods of study can all be soothed by
If you find yourself constantly thinking about
painful situations and you sigh deeply and often, this
homeopathic remedy might be of help. As all disappointed
loves know, insomnia or nightmares may be your only choice -
until Ignatia. Its symptoms tend to be erratic and spasmodic,
they may tighten and release often as the body and mind try to
restore balance. Its conditions usually feel better for eating
and with warmth and worse with emotional disturbance, coffee
and cold fresh air.
Whether natural to the individual or induced
by emotions, the people who need Ignatia's support the most
are sensitive, idealistic, and sometimes secretive, whose
moods may alternate frequently
- tears turning to laughter and back again. They may internalize their feelings so well
that only their sighs let you know what is
beneath the surface. Over time they can
become very defensive, touchy, suspicious,
jealous and even rude. The line between
Nat mur and Ignatia for grief and suppressed feelings
is narrow. One way to tell the
difference is their response to sympathy, Nat mur may resent it, while Ignatia just prefers to be
alone. Ignatia should be considered first when overwhelmed by
Indicated in patients with pronounced nervous
symptoms, erratic in manifestation and resting upon a neurotic
basis. The emotional symptoms are unusually important. There
is often present muscular excitement, i. e., jerking and
twitching, with a tendency to spastic conditions.
Mental depression; sadness.
Ill effects of depressing emotions, recent
grief, disappointment in love; of abuse of coffee, alcohol,
Great sensitiveness; broods over fancied
slights and wrongs.
Amiable when everything is all right, but
easily upset and annoyed.
Deep, involuntary sighing, with sense of
goneness and sinking at the pit of the stomach; the latter
nearly always better from eating.
Nervous excitement; feels as though would have
convulsions or paralysis, and is afraid of it, but they do not
come to pass.
Headache, as if a nail were being driven into
the head; agonizing.
Headache, with sense of unfitness for mental
effort, seemingly congestive, yet better from leaning forward
and from resting head on the table; worse from tobacco
Toothache with tenderness and soreness of
teeth, felt least when chewing.
Violent cough, caused by tickling in the
throat as from a feather; the more he coughs, the worse the
tickling; can stop it by effort of will.
Twitching of muscles, especially about the
Pain in small circumscribed spots.
Constriction of anal sphincter, worse from
Haemorrhoids, with stitching pain from anus
Chill with thirst; fever without
Urine profuse, watery.
Worse from coffee, tobacco, alcohol; from
depressing emotions; from contact and motion; in the open air;
in the morning.
Better from change of position; from hard
pressure; from lying on the back, on the painful
Kingdom: Plant Latin Name: Strychnos
ignatia Common Name: St Ignatius Bean Homeopahtic:
Ign to Homeopatics Level
Headers Brought to you
1. - Full of suppressed
grief, seems weighed down by it, broods over imaginary
2. - Ailments from grief, or suppressed mental
3. - Slight blame or contradiction irritates and
excites him to anger.
4. - Headache as if a nail were driven
out through the side of the head, relieved by lying on the painful
5. - Headache increased by smoking
tobacco, or being where another is smoking.
6. - Sensation of weakness and sinking
in pit of stomach.
7. - Frequent sighing; constant desire
to take deep breath.
8. - Every time he stands still during
a walk he coughs.
9. - Sleepy after each coughing
10. - Spasmodic affections of children
consequent on being put to sleep soon after punishment.
11. - Change of position relieves the
12. - During the chill, thirsty,
external warmth pleasant, during the fever heat, no thirst; external
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by: IGNATIA FOR PETS
Pets Can Need It,
Too Promotes a sense of calm in animals exhibiting fear,
fretting, anxiety or any unwanted behavior caused by:
Being left alone 2) Travel anxiety 3) Thunderstorms 4)
Fireworks/ Noise 6) Vet or groomer visits 7) Stressful
to you by:
Especially suited to
nervous temperament; women of a sensitive, easily excited nature;
dark hair and skin but mild disposition, quick to perceive, rapid in
execution. In striking contrast with the fair complexion, yielding,
lachrymose, but slow and indecisive, Pulsatilla.
The remedy of great contradictions:
the roaring in ears > by music; the piles > when walking; sore
throat feels > when swallowing; empty feeling in stomach not >
by eating; cough < the more he coughs; cough on standing still
during a walk ([Ast. fl.]); spasmodic laughter from grief; sexual
desire with impotency; thirst during a chill, no thirst during the
fever; the color changes in the face when at rest.
Mental conditions rapidly, in an
almost incredibly short time, change from joy to sorrow, from
laughing to weeping ( Coff. , Croc. , Nux m. ); moody.
Persons mentally and physically
exhausted by long-concentrated grief.
Involuntary sighing ( Lach. ); with a
weak, empty feeling at pit of stomach; not > by eating ( Hydr. ,
Bad effects of anger, grief, or
disappointed love ( Cal. p. , Hyos. ); broods in solitude over
Desire to be alone.
Finely sensitive mood, delicate
Inconstant, impatient, irresolute,
Amiable in disposition if feeling
well, but easily disturbed by very slight emotion; easily offended.
The slightest fault finding or
contradiction excites anger, and this makes him angry with himself.
Children, when reprimanded, scolded,
or sent to bed, get sick or have convulsions in sleep.
Ill effects, from bad news; from
vexation with reserved displeasure; from suppressed mental
sufferings; of shame and mortification ( Staph. ).
Headache, as if a nail was driven out
through the side, relieved by lying on it. ( Coff. , Nux , Thuja ).
Cannot bear tobacco; smoking, or being
in tobacco smoke, produces or aggravates headache.
In talking or chewing, bites inside of
Sweat on the face on a small spot only
Oversensitiveness to pain ( Coff. ,
Constipation; from carriage riding; of
a paralytic origin; with excessive urging, felt more in upper
abdomen ( Ver. ); with great pain, dreads to go to the closet; in
women who are habitual coffee drinkers.
Prolapsus ani from moderate straining
at stool, stooping or lifting ( Nit. ac. , Pod. , Ruta ); < when
the stool is loose.
Haemorrhoids: prolapse with every
stool, have to be replaced; sharp stitches shoot up the rectum (
Nit. a. ); < for hours after stool ( Rat. , Sulph. ).
Twitchings, jerkings, even spasms of
single limbs or whole body, when falling asleep.
Pain in small, circumscribed spots.
Fever: red face during chill ( Fer. );
chill, with thirst during chill only; > by external heat; heat
without thirst, < by covering ( > by covering, Nux ).
Complaints return at precisely the
Ignatia bears the same relation to the
diseases of women that Nux does to sanguine, bilious men.
There are many more Ignatia persons in
North America than Nux vomica persons - Hering.