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Ignatia Amara
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Ignatia Amara

St. Ignatius Bean, Ignat, Ignatia, Iamara

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HPUS label indication: Sadness

Below are the strongest indications of Ignatia Amara in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.

Produces a marked hyperaesthenia of all the senses, and a tendency to clonic spasms. Mentally, The emotional element is uppermost, and co-ordination of function is interfered with. Hence, it is one of the chief remedies for hysteria. It is especially adapted to the nervous temperament - women of sensitive, easily excited nature, dark, mild disposition, quick to perceive, rapid in execution. Rapid change of mental and physical condition, opposite to each other. Great contradictions. Alert, nervous, apprehensive, rigid, trembling patients who suffer acutely in mind or body, at the same time made worse by drinking Coffee. The Superficial and erratic character of its symptoms is most characteristic. Effects of grief and worry. Cannot bear tobacco. Pain is small, circumscribed spots ( Oxal-ac.) The plague. Hiccough and hysterical vomiting.
BETTER, while eating, change of position.
WORSE, in the morning, open air, after meals, Coffee, smoking, liquids, external warmth.
Compare: Zinc.; Kali-phos.; Sep.; Cimicif. Panacea arvensis - Poor man’s Mercury - (Sensitiveness over gastric region with hunger but an aversion to food).
Complementary: Coffea; Nux; Tab Ac.
Antidotes: Puls.; Cham.; Cocc.
Sixth to 200th potency.

    MIND (click for more)

After shocks, grief, disappointment.
Sighing and sobbing

Changeable mood; introspective; silently brooding

Melancholic, sad, tearful

Ailments after death of part of body

Aversions, dislikes; company
Aversions, dislikes; open air

Conscientious about things of little importance



Delusions, imaginations, hallucinations, illusions
Delusions, imaginations, hallucinations, illusions; illusions of fantasy

Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; anger (see irritability and quarrelsome)
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; anger (see irritability and quarrelsome); from contradiction
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; anger (see irritability and quarrelsome); with anxiety
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; anger (see irritability and quarrelsome); with fright
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; anger (see irritability and quarrelsome); with silent grief
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; impatience
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; inconstancy
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; indecisive
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; irritability; consolation
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; laughing
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; laughing; involuntarily
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; laughing; spasmodic
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; love; silent grief
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; mood; alternating mood
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; mood; changeable, variable mood
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; quarrelsome, argumentative
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; sensitive, oversensitive
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; sentimental
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; unhappy; despair
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; unhappy; despair; during chill
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; unhappy; grief
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; unhappy; grief; silent
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; unhappy; sadness, mental depression
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; unhappy; sadness, mental depression; during chill
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; weeping, crying, tearful mood (lamenting)
Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; weeping, crying, tearful mood (lamenting); involuntary

Hysteria; fainting

Insecure, uncertain, scared; anxiety; with fear
Insecure, uncertain, scared; fear

Mental exertion

Preoccupied; absorbed, buried in thought; introspection
Preoccupied; brooding (see anxiety, sadness)

Sighing (see respiration)

Symptoms follow intense emotions; ailments from grief
Symptoms follow intense emotions; anger
Symptoms follow intense emotions; disappointed love
Symptoms follow intense emotions; fright

Talking, conversation; intolerant of contradiction

Unconsciousness; after emotion
Unconsciousness; transient

Not communicative

    HEAD (click for more)

Headache as if a nail were driven out through the side

Congestive headaches following anger or grief; Worse, smoking or smelling tobacco, inclines head forward.

Cramp-like pain over root of nose

Feels hollow, heavy; Worse, stooping

Pain, headache; as if crushed shattered, beaten to pieces
Pain, headache; from emotions; after a fright
Pain, headache; from emotions; from grief
Pain, headache; from emotions; nervous
Pain, headache; in forehead
Pain, headache; piercing, stabbing (see cutting); as from a nail; sides; as if side driven outward, feels better when lying on it
Pain, headache; sides; right

    EYE (click for more)

Asthenopia, with spasms of lids and neuralgic pain about eyes ( Nat-m.) Flickering zigzags.

    NOSE (click for more)

Running or blocked nose (coryza); running, wet

Smell; acute, over sensitive
Smell; acute, over sensitive; sensitive to strong odours

    FACE (click for more)

Twitching of muscles of face and lips

Changes color when at rest.



Skin; discoloration; changing colour
Skin; discoloration; pale; during period
Skin; discoloration; red; evening


    MOUTH (click for more)

Easily bites inside of cheeks

Sour taste

Constantly full of saliva

Biting self; cheek when talking or chewing
Biting self; tongue


Saliva; sour (see taste)

Taste; sour

Toothache; worse after drinking Coffee and smoking.

    THROAT (click for more)

Feeling of a lump in throat that cannot be swallowed

follicular tonsillitis.

Sore throat; stitches when not swallowing; better, eating something solid

Stitches between acts of swallowing

Stitches extend to ear ( Hep.) Tonsils inflamed, swollen, With small ulcers

Tendency to choke, globus hystericus

Choking, constricting
Choking, constricting; evening
Choking, constricting; gullet

Inflammation; follicular

Irritation; increases the more one coughs
Irritation; larynx
Irritation; throat-pit

Larynx (voice box); spasm in vocal cords, stopping breathing

Pain; sore
Pain; sudden, sharp; when not swallowing
Pain; when not swallowing

Sensation of something in throat; lump
Sensation of something in throat; lump; rising sensation
Sensation of something in throat; sulphur vapour

Spasms, convulsions etc.


    ABDOMEN (click for more)

Rumbling in bowels

Sinking in stomach, relieved by taking a deep breath.

As if intestines were loose; as if intestines were hanging down

Complaints of spleen

Pain; after intense emotions; after excitement

Sense of weakness

Stomach; aversion to certain foods or drinks; tobacco; smoking (his accustomed cigar)
Stomach; burping, belching
Stomach; desires, cravings; indistinct, knows not what
Stomach; disordered; not relieved by eating
Stomach; disordered; sighing
Stomach; flabbiness
Stomach; indigestion; after grief
Stomach; sensation of stomach hanging down, relaxed
Stomach; thirst; during chill

All-gone feeling in stomach; Much flatulence; hiccough

Averse to ordinary diet; longs for great variety of indigestible articles

Cramps in stomach; worse slightest contact

Craving for acid things

Stomach; Sour eructation

Throbbing in abdomen ( Aloe; Sang.) Colicky, griping pains in one or both sides of abdomen.

Weak feeling in upper abdomen

    RECTUM (click for more)

Stitches in hemorrhoids during cough

Stools pass with difficulty; Painful constriction of anus after stool

Pressure as of a sharp instrument from within outward.


Diarrhoea from fright

Hemorrhage and pain; worse when stool is loose

Itching and stitching up the rectum

Constriction, contraction, closure, etc.
Constriction, contraction, closure, etc.; after stool
Constriction, contraction, closure, etc.; painful

Haemorrhoids; internal
Haemorrhoids; walking

Pain; after stool
Pain; griping
Pain; pressing (pressure)
Pain; soreness
Pain; soreness; after stool
Pain; sudden, sharp; extending to other parts; upward

Prolapse; during stool
Prolapse; evening

Stitches from anus deep into rectum

    URINE (click for more)

Profuse, watery ( Phos-ac.)

Clear as water

    GENITALS (click for more)

During menses great languor, with spasmodic pains in stomach and abdomen

Female; Menses, BLACK, too early, too profuse, or scanty

Feminine sexual frigidity

Female; period; suppressed; from grief

Male; excoriated (as if grazed, chaffed); penis; foreskin; on the margin
Male; itching; penis; foreskin
Male; pain; sore; penis; foreskin; margin
Male; retraction; penis
Male; shrivelled
Male; withered; penis

Suppression from grief.

    RESPIRATION (click for more)

Hollow spasmodic cough, worse in the evening, little expectoration, leaving pain in trachea.

Much sighing

Coughing increases the desire to cough

Dry, spasmodic cough in quick successive shocks

Deep; desire to breathe deeply

Shrill grating sound


Spasm of glottis (Calc.) Reflex coughs

    COUGH (click for more)


Dry cough
Dry cough; evening

Evening; in bed

From emotions; after stress

Hacking cough; evening
Hacking cough; evening; after lying down
Hacking cough; evening; in bed

Hollow; evening
Hollow; morning; on waking


Sensation of sulphur fumes or vapour

Sensations in throat and air passages (either from coughing, or causing coughing); from irritation in air passages; in larynx
Sensations in throat and air passages (either from coughing, or causing coughing); from irritation in air passages; in throat-pit
Sensations in throat and air passages (either from coughing, or causing coughing); from irritation in air passages; increases the more one coughs

Short; evening


    CHEST (click for more)

Anxiety; region of heart

Constriction, tension
Constriction, tension; spasmodic

Oppressed feeling

    BACK (click for more)

Stiffness; neck

    EXTREMITIES, LIMBS (click for more)

Hands and feet; corns; burning
Hands and feet; corns; sore

Movements and positions; jerking; falling asleep
Movements and positions; twitching

Paralysis; after mental emotion
Paralysis; hysterical

Perspiration; hand; palm

Jerking of limbs

Pain in tendo-Achilles and calf

Ulcerative pain in soles.

    SLEEP (click for more)

Dreams continuing a long time; troubling him.

Insomnia from grief, cares, with itching of arms and violent yawning

Jerking of limbs on going to sleep

Dreams; mental exertion


Very light

    CHILL (click for more)

Beginning in particular area; abdomen and extending from abdomen

Changing type

External; in spots

In the open air

Shaking, shivering, rigors
Shaking, shivering, rigors; evening

Single parts

Warmth; external warmth
Warmth; warm room

    FEVER (click for more)

Chill, with thirst; not relieved by external heat

During fever, itching; nettle-rash all over body.


Attacks changing

Desire to uncover

External heat
External heat; afternoon; with redness without internal heat
External heat; with chilliness

Localised; front of body

Stages of chill, heat and sweat; chill followed by heat

Warmth; covering

With chill

    PERSPIRATION (click for more)


Sensation as if about to perspire, but no moisture appears

Single parts

    SKIN (click for more)

Excoriation, especially around vagina and mouth.

Itching, nettle-rash

Out-breaks on skin; like nettle rash; during fever

Very sensitive to draft of air

    GENERALITIES (click for more)

Aversion to open air

Blood vessels; excited, rapid blood flow; after emotions

Change of position

Constriction; internally

Contradictory and alternating states

Convulsions; after punishment
Convulsions; convulsive movements
Convulsions; from fright
Convulsions; hysterical
Convulsions; internal

Eating and food; coffee
Eating and food; eating
Eating and food; sweets

Faintness, fainting
Faintness, fainting; hysterical (see hysteria)
Faintness, fainting; on excitement

Flabby feeling

Pain; constricting; internally
Pain; jerking; internally
Pain; pinching; internally
Pain; sudden, sharp; internally

Pressure; on painless side

Sensation of ball internally (compare knotted sensation)

Sensation of plug; internally

Sensitive; to pain

Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); warm heater


Twitching; twitching, involuntary movements (chorea)

Warm heater
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Entries on a white background are from Boericke's Materia Medica. Entries on a green background are from a reversed Kent's repertory, with some alterations to modernise the language. Uses are based on traditional homeopathic practice and have not been reviewed by the FDA.