Homeopathic Sepia

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Homeopathic Sepia is a very common polycrest remedy especially when it comes to female concerns. The central theme of Sepia is that of stasis and is relfected physically by laxness in the tisuses and in the smooth musculature, and especially in the hormonal and sexual dysfunctions.[1]


  • Origin: Sepia officinalis, also known as Ink of the Cuttlefish
  • Short Form: Sep


The following are the main indications for Sepia.[2], [3]

Chronic and Constitutional Conditions

  • Amenorrhea or irregular, late, or scant menses since pregnancy, puberty, or the oral contraceptive pill. Heaviness, bearing down feeling in the pelvis. Exhausted, indifferent to loved ones, to sympathy and to sex. Loss of muscle tone, falling hair.
  • Dysmenorrhea and PMS with heavy periods, low-back pain, irritability, dyspareunia
  • Vaginitis with white, offensive or excoriating discharge, itchiness of the genitalia
  • Infertility with irritability, hormonal dysregulation and a need to be busy and active, especially as it relates to work
  • Menopause with hot flashes on least motion with weakness, faintness, much sweating. Flashes seem to start in the pelvis and spread upwards. Heaviness in the uterus or prolapse. Low-back pain Excess bleeding, vaginitis, offensive urine. Falling hair. Weak stomach. Indifferent to loved ones, and to sex.
  • Mental Fatigue with the feeling of being worn out, overwhelmed, depressed and gloomy. Unable to read, speak. Wants to escape from responsibilities. Apathy, averse to loved ones. Dull, confused. Misplaces words, weak memory. Nervous and restless.
  • Depression from being overwhelmed and tired. Indifferent to loved ones. Emotionally closed, cold. Desires solitude, silence, but likes someone available nearby. Dullness. Sad, weeping. Wants to run away. Aversion to sex. Sarcastic, critical
  • Incontinence in women with bearing down feeling, uterine displacement or prolapse. Also for stress incontinence with coughing, laughing or sneezing. Useful after miscarriage as well as before, during, and after pregnancy. Often associated with hormonal disturbance, uterine problems, an indifferent state, and fatigue.


  • Incontinence, wets the bed in the first part of sleep. Hard to wake up the child. Acts especially well in light-complexioned boys. Weakened bladder.

Other common conditions: headache (chronic), hemorrhoids, herpes, hives, low back pain, milk intolerance, miscarriage, morning sickness, motion sickness, nausea, obesity (especially at menopause), psoriasis, uterine tumors, warts


  • Triggers: hormonal imbalances, overwork and being overwhelmed, business or family worry, loss, grief, pregnancy
  • General: predominately a female remedy; indifference, irritability, sarcastism with remorse, weeps easily or seemingly for no reason, hair falling out, bearing down feeling, tendency to miscarry, disconnected and indifference to loved ones, lack of sexual desire, chilly
  • Worse: hormonal changes, getting cold, fasting or missing a meal, frequent sex, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. or 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Better: vigorous exercise, left alone and keeping busy, warmth, evenings
  • Psychological: irritable and weepy, indifferent or feels aversion towards her husband and family, wants to be left alone, depressed and crying
  • Other symptoms: left-sided headaches, empty feeling in the stomach not ameliorated by eating, itchiness of the rectum, mask of pregnancy across the nose and cheeks
  • Food and drink: desire for vinegar, sour and sweet foods, aversion to fat and salt

Prescribing Considerations

Homeopathic remedies are prescribed based on homeopathic principles and after a detailed case taking. The prescription recommendations below are provided only as a guide. It is always recommended to consult with a naturopathic doctor or homeopathic practitioner prior to taking any homeopathic remedies, especially if your health is compromised or if your symptoms do not resolve in a timely fashion. The general recommendations for Sepia include:[4]

  • Should not be used too low or be repeated too frequently.
  • Complementary: Natrum muriaticum, Phosphorus, Nux vomica intensifies the action. Guaiacum often beneficial after Sepia.
  • Inimical: Lachesis, Pulsatilla
  • Compare: Murex, Silica, Sulphur, Asperula - Nacent oxygen - Distilled water charged with gas - (leucorrhea of young girls and uterine catarrh), Ozonum (sacral pain, tired feeling through pelvic viscera and perineum), Dictamnus - Burning Bush - (Soothes labor pains, metorrhagia, leucorrhea, and constipation, also somnambulism), Lapathum (leucorrhea with constriction and expulsive effort through womb and pain in kidneys)


  1. Morrison Roger (1993) Desktop Guide, to Keynote and Confirmatory Symptoms Hahnmann Clinic Publishing.
  2. Hershoff Asa (1999) Homeopathic Remedies: a quick and easy guide to common disorders and their homeopathic treatments Avery Publishing Group, New York.
  3. Ullman Robert, Reichenberg-Ullman Judyth (1997) Homeopathic Self-Care, the quick and easy guide for the whole family. Prima Publishing.
  4. Boericke W (1997) Pocket Manual of Homoeopathic Materia Medica and Repertory, a Chapter on Rare and Uncommon Remedies, B. Jain Publishers, India.