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Ipecac-root, Ipecac, Ipec, Ipeca

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HPUS label indication: Nausea

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

The chief action is on the ramifications of the pneumogastric nerve, producing spasmodic irritation in chest and stomach. Morphia habit. The principal feature of Ipecacuanha is its Persistent nausea and vomiting, which form the chief guiding symptoms. Indicated after indigestible food, raisins, cakes, etc. Especially indicated in fat children and adults, who are feeble and catch cold in relaxing atmosphere; warm, moist weather. Spasmodic affections. Hemorrhages Bright-red and Profuse.
WORSE, periodically; from veal, moist warm wind, lying down.
Compare: Emetine - principal alkaloid of Ipecacuanha ( A powerful amebicide, but is not a bactericide. Specific for amebiasis; of remarkable value in treatment of amebic dysentery; also as a remedy in pyorrhoea, 1/2 gr. daily for three days, then less. Emetin, 1/2 gr. hypodermically, in Psoriasis. Emetin hydroch. 2X, diarrhoea with colicky, abdominal pains and nausea. Emetin for endameba dysentery. In physiological doses must be carefully watched. May produce hepatization of lungs, rapid heart action, tendency for the head to fall forward and lobar pneumonia. In hematemesis and other hemorrhages, compare: Gelatin (which has a marked effect on the coagulability of the blood. Hypodermically; or if by mouth, a 10 percent. Jelly, about 4 oz., three times a day). Arsenic; Cham.; Puls.; Tart. Em.; Squill convolvulus (colic and diarrhoea.) Typha latifolia - Cat-tail flag (dysentery, diarrhoea) and summer complaint. Euphorbia Hypericifolia - Garden Spurge - (Very similar to Ipecac. Irritation of the respiratory and gastro-intestinal tracts and female organs). Lippia mexicana - (Persistent dry, hard, bronchial cough - asthma and chronic bronchitis).
In Asthma, compare: Blatta Orientalis.
Antidotes: Arsenic; China; Tab Ac.
Complementary: Cuprum; Arn.
Third to 200th potency.

    EXPECTORATION (click for more)

Bloody, spitting of blood (see chest haemorrhage)

Mucous; bloody

    MIND (click for more)

Full of desires, for what they know not.

Irritable; holds everything in contempt

Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; impulsive; capriciousness

Insecure, uncertain, scared; anxiety; during fever

Symptoms follow intense emotions; anger

    HEAD (click for more)

Bones of skull feel crushed or bruised

Cerebral haemorrhage

Pain, headache; sore bruised, sensitive to pressure
Pain, headache; with stomach complaints

Sensitive; brain

Pain extends to teeth and root of tongue.

    EYE (click for more)

Cornea dim

Eyes tire from near vision

Inflamed, red

Nausea from looking on moving objects.

Pain through eyeballs

Profuse lachrymation

Spasm of accommodation from irritable weakness of the ciliary muscle

State of vision constantly changing

    NOSE (click for more)

Coryza, with stoppage of nose and nausea


Nose bleed
Nose bleed; bright blood
Nose bleed; clotted, coagulated blood
Nose bleed; with cough; whooping cough

Running or blocked nose (coryza); with cough

    FACE (click for more)

Blue rings around eyes

Heat; cold one side, the other hot

Skin; discoloration; bluish
Skin; discoloration; bluish; circles around eyes
Skin; discoloration; bluish; during cough
Skin; discoloration; red; one-sided; one pale the other red

Stiffness, muscles; during cough

Periodical orbital neuralgia, with lachrymation, photophobia, and smarting eyelids.

    MOUTH (click for more)

Children put fingers in the mouth


    THROAT (click for more)

Irritation; trachea (wind pipe)

Sounds; rattling trachea (wind pipe, see respiration)

Tickling in the air passages
Tickling in the air passages; larynx

    ABDOMEN (click for more)

Amoebic dysentery with tenesmus; while straining pain so great that it nauseates; little thirst

Body rigid; stretched out stiff.

Mouth, moist; Much saliva

Pain; cramping, griping; on movement
Pain; cutting; navel; around navel
Pain; cutting; navel; around navel; during labour
Pain; extending to other parts; downward
Pain; navel; region of navel; extending to other parts; to womb
Pain; on movement
Pain; pressing; region of navel
Pain; sudden, sharp (sticking, etc.)
Pain; sudden, sharp (sticking, etc.); extending to other parts; downward
Pain; sudden, sharp (sticking, etc.); navel
Pain; sudden, sharp (sticking, etc.); navel; extending to other parts; womb
Pain; sudden, sharp (sticking, etc.); navel; region of; extending to womb
Pain; sudden, sharp (sticking, etc.); sides; left to right

Restlessness, uneasiness, etc.

Stomach; aversion to certain foods or drinks; all food; smell of
Stomach; desires, cravings; delicacies
Stomach; disordered
Stomach; indigestion
Stomach; indigestion; after stress
Stomach; loathing of food (see nausea)
Stomach; nausea; after smoking
Stomach; nausea; deathly
Stomach; nausea; during cough
Stomach; nausea; during headache
Stomach; nausea; in women; during labour
Stomach; sensation of stomach hanging down, relaxed
Stomach; vomiting; after eating
Stomach; vomiting; after stooping
Stomach; vomiting; bile; with headache
Stomach; vomiting; blood
Stomach; vomiting; during headache
Stomach; vomiting; food; from cough
Stomach; vomiting; green
Stomach; vomiting; on coughing

constant nausea and vomiting, with pale, twitching of face

Cutting, clutching; Worse, around the navel


Stomach feels relaxed, as if hanging down

Stomach; Tongue usually clean

Vomits food, bile, blood, mucus

    RECTUM (click for more)

Diarrhoea; during cholera epidemic
Diarrhoea; in children


Pain; urge to stool, or urinate, but producing nothing; during stool

    STOOL (click for more)

Dysenteric, slimy.

Pitch-like, green as grass, Like frothy molasses, with griping at navel


    URINE (click for more)


Cloudy; with perspiration

    GENITALS (click for more)

Menses too early and too profuse.

Vomiting during pregnancy

Pain from navel to uterus

Female; Uterine hemorrhage, Profuse, bright, gushing, with nausea
Female; metrorrhagia (non-menstrual bleeding)
Female; metrorrhagia (non-menstrual bleeding); active
Female; metrorrhagia (non-menstrual bleeding); between the menstrual periods
Female; metrorrhagia (non-menstrual bleeding); bright red
Female; metrorrhagia (non-menstrual bleeding); during and after labour
Female; metrorrhagia (non-menstrual bleeding); gushing
Female; metrorrhagia (non-menstrual bleeding); movement
Female; metrorrhagia (non-menstrual bleeding); profuse
Female; miscarriage
Female; pain; labour pains; cutting; around navel
Female; period; bright-red
Female; period; clotted
Female; period; copious
Female; period; copious; with faintness
Female; period; frequent

    RESPIRATION (click for more)


Chest seems full of phlegm, but does not yield to coughing

Cough incessant and violent, with every breath

Bleeding from lungs, With nausea; feeling of constriction; rattling cough

Bubbling rales

Complete aphonia.

Continued sneezing; coryza; wheezing cough


Dyspnoea; constant Constriction in chest

Hemoptysis from slightest exertion ( Mille.) Hoarseness, especially at end of a cold


Asthma attack
Asthma attack; in children
Asthma attack; spasmodic


Difficult (dyspnea)
Difficult (dyspnea); after exertion; physical exertion
Difficult (dyspnea); ascending
Difficult (dyspnea); with cough

Interrupted; coughing




Suffocative cough; child becomes stiff, and blue in the face

Whooping-cough, with nosebleed, and from mouth

Yearly attacks of difficult shortness of breathing

    COUGH (click for more)



Comes on suddenly

Dry cough; during fever

In children; suffocating, child becomes stiff and blue in face



Sensations in throat and air passages (either from coughing, or causing coughing); from irritation in air passages; in larynx

Suffocating; child becomes stiff and blue in face
Suffocating; evening; 7 p.m.

Tickling; larynx



With or after chill or fever; during fever

    CHEST (click for more)

Anxiety; region of heart


Inflammation; bronchial tubes (bronchitis)
Inflammation; children
Inflammation; lungs; infants

Lungs; haemorrhage (see expectoration)

Oppressed feeling
Oppressed feeling; heart

Pain; pressing; diaphragm

    BACK (click for more)

Pain; aching

    EXTREMITIES, LIMBS (click for more)

Body stretched stiff, followed by spasmodic jerking of arms towards each other.

Awkwardness; lower limbs; stumbling when walking

Coldness; lower limbs; foot
Coldness; upper limbs; hands

Heat; hand; palm

Pain; aching
Pain; aching; bones
Pain; aching; bones; during chill
Pain; aching; leg
Pain; aching; lower limbs; thigh; bone
Pain; during chill
Pain; lower limbs; bones
Pain; sore, bruised
Pain; sore, bruised; bones

Stiffness; during convulsion

    SLEEP (click for more)

Shocks in all limbs on going to sleep ( Ign.)

Sleepiness, tiredness; after vomiting

With eyes half wide open

    CHILL (click for more)

In warmth; in warm room; not relieved in warm room, nor by a warm heater

Open air

Periodic, recurring; recurring daily
Periodic, recurring; recurring every third day

Warm room

Warmth is unbearable

When not careful what is eaten

With disordered stomach

    FEVER (click for more)

Slightest chill with MUCH heat, NAUSEA, vomiting, and dyspnoea

Comes on suddenly; irregular; short chill, long heat, no thirst

Localised; stomach (gastric fever)

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

Intermittent fever, irregular cases, after Quinine

Relapses with improper diet.

    PERSPIRATION (click for more)

When indoors

    SKIN (click for more)

Blue around eyes
Miliary rash.
Pale, lax

Out-breaks on skin; suppressed

    INJURIES AND ACCIDENTS (click for more)

Poisoning; poisoning by quinine

    GENERALITIES (click for more)

Convulsions; convulsive movements
Convulsions; from indigestion

Eating and food; veal

Extreme emotion

General physical anxiety



Pain; bones
Pain; pressing; as from load
Pain; sore, bruised; bones

Periodic, recurring


Weakness (see lethargic, weariness); after period
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