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Ignatia Amara

St. Ignatius Bean, Ignat, Ignatia, Iamara

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Available in 2C-30C, 200C, 3X-30X, 200X, 1M-50M, CM from $6.50
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HPUS label indication: Sadness

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

Materia Medica Sources
H.C. Allen - no Ignatia Amara
T.F. AllenBoenninghausenBoerickeBogerClarke  
Hahnemann - no Ignatia Amara
HeringKent Lectures  
Kent New remedies - no Ignatia Amara
Reversed & reworded Kent repertory  
Morrel - no Ignatia Amara
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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.


Sixth to 200th potency.

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WORSE, in the morning, open air, after meals, Coffee, smoking, liquids, external warmth.


BETTER, while eating, change of position.

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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.

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Changeable mood; introspective; silently brooding

Melancholic, sad, tearful

Not communicative

Sighing and sobbing

After shocks, grief, disappointment.

Aversions, dislikes; open air

Aversions, dislikes; company

Conscientious about things of little importance



Delusions, imaginations, hallucinations, illusions

Delusions, imaginations, hallucinations, illusions; illusions of fantasy

Symptoms follow intense emotions; anger

Symptoms follow intense emotions; fright

Symptoms follow intense emotions; ailments from grief

Symptoms follow intense emotions; disappointed love

Mental exertion

Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; anger (see irritability and quarrelsome)

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; anger (see irritability and quarrelsome); from contradiction

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; sentimental

Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; sensitive, oversensitive

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

Ailments after death of part of body

Preoccupied; absorbed, buried in thought; introspection

Preoccupied; brooding (see anxiety, sadness)

Sighing (see respiration)

Talking, conversation; intolerant of contradiction


Unconsciousness; after emotion

Unconsciousness; transient

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Feels hollow, heavy; Worse, stooping

Headache as if a nail were driven out through the side

Cramp-like pain over root of nose

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

Pain, headache; from emotions; after a fright

Pain, headache; from emotions; from grief

Pain, headache; from emotions; nervous

Pain, headache; in forehead

Pain, headache; sides; right

Pain, headache; as if crushed shattered, beaten to pieces

Pain, headache; piercing, stabbing (see cutting); as from a nail; sides; as if side driven outward, feels better when lying on it

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

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Running or blocked nose (coryza); running, wet

Smell; acute, over sensitive

Smell; acute, over sensitive; sensitive to strong odours

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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


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Sour taste

Easily bites inside of cheeks

Constantly full of saliva

Toothache; worse after drinking Coffee and smoking.

Biting self; cheek when talking or chewing

Biting self; tongue


Saliva; sour (see taste)

Taste; sour

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Itching, nettle-rash

Very sensitive to draft of air

Excoriation, especially around vagina and mouth.

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

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Feeling of a lump in throat that cannot be swallowed

Tendency to choke, globus hystericus

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

follicular tonsillitis.

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

Choking, constricting

Choking, constricting; evening

Choking, constricting; gullet

Sensation of something in throat; lump

Sensation of something in throat; lump; rising sensation

Sensation of something in throat; sulphur vapour

Inflammation; follicular

Irritation; increases the more one coughs

Irritation; larynx

Irritation; throat-pit

Pain; when not swallowing

Pain; sore

Pain; sudden, sharp; when not swallowing

Spasms, convulsions etc.


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Anxiety; region of heart

Constriction, tension

Constriction, tension; spasmodic

Oppressed feeling

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Evening; in bed


Dry cough

Dry cough; evening

From emotions; after stress

Hacking cough; evening

Hacking cough; evening; in bed

Hacking cough; evening; after lying down

Hollow; morning; on waking

Hollow; evening

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

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



Short; evening

Sensation of sulphur fumes or vapour


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Dry, spasmodic cough in quick successive shocks

Spasm of glottis (Calc.) Reflex coughs

Coughing increases the desire to cough

Much sighing

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


Deep; desire to breathe deeply


Shrill grating sound

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Stiffness; neck

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Stomach; Sour eructation

All-gone feeling in stomach; Much flatulence; hiccough

Cramps in stomach; worse slightest contact

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

Craving for acid things

Sinking in stomach, relieved by taking a deep breath.

Rumbling in bowels

Weak feeling in upper abdomen

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

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

Pain; after intense emotions; after excitement

Complaints of spleen

Sense of weakness

Stomach; aversion to certain foods or drinks; tobacco; smoking (his accustomed cigar)

Stomach; desires, cravings; indistinct, knows not what

Stomach; disordered; not relieved by eating

Stomach; disordered; sighing

Stomach; burping, belching

Stomach; flabbiness

Stomach; sensation of stomach hanging down, relaxed

Stomach; indigestion; after grief

Stomach; thirst; during chill

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Itching and stitching up the rectum


Stools pass with difficulty; Painful constriction of anus after stool

Stitches in hemorrhoids during cough

Diarrhoea from fright

Stitches from anus deep into rectum

Hemorrhage and pain; worse when stool is loose

Pressure as of a sharp instrument from within outward.

Constriction, contraction, closure, etc.

Constriction, contraction, closure, etc.; painful

Constriction, contraction, closure, etc.; after stool

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; evening

Prolapse; during stool

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Profuse, watery ( Phos-ac.)

Clear as water

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

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

Feminine sexual frigidity

Suppression from grief.

Male; withered; penis

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

Female; period; suppressed; from grief

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Extremities, limbs

Jerking of limbs

Pain in tendo-Achilles and calf

Ulcerative pain in soles.

Hands and feet; corns; burning

Hands and feet; corns; sore

Movements and positions; jerking; falling asleep

Movements and positions; twitching

Paralysis; hysterical

Paralysis; after mental emotion

Perspiration; hand; palm

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Sleep and dreams

Very light

Jerking of limbs on going to sleep

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

Dreams continuing a long time; troubling him.

Dreams; mental exertion


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Fever and chill

Chill, with thirst; not relieved by external heat

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

In the open air

Beginning in particular area; abdomen and extending from abdomen

Changing type


External; in spots

Shaking, shivering, rigors

Shaking, shivering, rigors; evening

Single parts

Warmth; warm room

Warmth; external warmth


Localised; front of body

Attacks changing

With chill

External heat

External heat; afternoon; with redness without internal heat

External heat; with chilliness

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

Desire to uncover

Warmth; covering

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Sensation as if about to perspire, but no moisture appears

Single parts

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Aversion to open air

Sensation of ball internally (compare knotted sensation)

Change of position

Blood vessels; excited, rapid blood flow; after emotions

Constriction; internally

Contradictory and alternating states

Convulsions; convulsive movements

Convulsions; from fright

Convulsions; hysterical

Convulsions; internal

Convulsions; after punishment

Eating and food; eating

Eating and food; coffee

Eating and food; sweets

Faintness, fainting

Faintness, fainting; on excitement

Faintness, fainting; hysterical (see hysteria)

Flabby feeling

Pain; constricting; internally

Pain; jerking; internally

Pain; pinching; internally

Pain; sudden, sharp; internally

Sensation of plug; internally

Pressure; on painless side

Sensitive; to pain

Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); warm heater



Twitching; twitching, involuntary movements (chorea)

Warm heater

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