Homeopathic Ignatia

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Ignatia is one of the most common grief remedies, especially when there is an element of spasticity and hysteria in the grief state.[1]


  • Plant: Ignatia amara, also known as St. Ignatius Bean or Strychnos ignatia
  • Short Form: Ign


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

Acute Conditions

  • Grief and emotional crisis. Silent grieving or outbursts. Mild and delicate nature; idealistic, overly responsible, with a sense of guilt. Easily offended. Spasms, twitches, tics. Sighing, sobs, quivering lips. Lump in throat. Hypersensitive to pain. Nervous, hysterical, excitable. Strange symptoms.
  • Depression, idealistic, romanticist, responsible. Self-reproach, shame. Silent grief. Alternating moods; weeping, laughter, rage. Cramps, twitches, spasms. Irritable, worse from consolation. Sensitive to touch, tobacco, coffee. Held back emotions; sighing, sobbing, lump in the throat, bites the lip.

Children and Adolescents

  • Colic in infants who are being breastfed by a mother who is experiencing intense grief or other emotional upset.

Other common conditions: Headache, Cough (spasmodic), Drug detox (psychoactive drugs, tranquilizers, antidepressants etc.), Insomnia (especially from grief), Tobacco detox


  • Triggers: acute loss, grief, broken heart, shock, fright, upsets, anger
  • General: sense of grief, either acutely or chronically, alternating moods, frequent sighing, aversion to consolation
  • Worse: in the morning, open air, after meals, coffee, tobacco, eating sweets, liquids, external warmth
  • Better: deep breathing, while eating, change of position, traveling
  • Psychological: defensive and easily offended, high-strung and emotionally reactive, says or does the opposite of what you would expect
  • Other symptoms: throat pain lessened by swallowing, sensation of lump in the throat especially after grief, feeling of pressure or tightness in the chest, symptoms that are just the opposite of what you would expect, back spasms, perspire primarily only on the face
  • Food and drink: strong desire for or dislike of fruit, desire for chesse

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 Ignatia include:[4]


  1. Morrison Roger (1993) Desktop Guide, to Keynote and Confirmatory Symptoms Hahnmann Clinic Publishing
  2. Hershoff Asa (2000) 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.