Ignatia AmaraIgnatia Amara

(St. Ignatius Bean)


Produces heightened sensitivity of all senses and a tendency to clonic spasms. Emotionally driven, it disrupts coordination, making it a key remedy for hysteria. Best suited for nervous, sensitive, excitable women with a dark, mild disposition, quick perception, and rapid action. Characterized by rapid mental and physical changes, contradictory symptoms, alertness, nervousness, apprehensiveness, rigidity, and trembling, worsened by coffee. Symptoms are superficial and erratic. Notable for effects of grief and worry, intolerance to tobacco, and localized pain. Also treats hiccough and hysterical vomiting.

Mind: Changeable mood; introspective; silently brooding; melancholic, sad, tearful; not communicative; sighing and sobbing; after shocks, grief, disappointment.

Head: Feels hollow and heavy; worse with stooping. Headache like a nail driven through the side. Cramp-like pains over the nose. Congestive headaches from anger or grief; worse with smoking or tobacco smell; inclines head forward.

Eyes: Asthenopia with eyelid spasms and neuralgic pain around the eyes; flickering zigzags.

Face: Twitching facial muscles and lips; color changes at rest.

Mouth: Sour taste; easily bites cheeks; full of saliva; toothache worse after coffee and smoking.

Throat: Lump sensation, choking tendency, globus hystericus, sore throat with stitches when not swallowing, better with solid food, stitches extending to the ear, inflamed tonsils with small ulcers, follicular tonsillitis.

Stomach: Sour eructation, all gone feeling, flatulence, hiccough, cramps worsened by slight contact, aversion to ordinary diet, craving for acidic foods, stomach sinking relieved by deep breath.

Abdomen: Rumbling; weak feeling in upper abdomen; throbbing; colicky pain in sides.

Rectum: Itching, stitching pains, prolapse, difficult stool, painful constriction after stool, hemorrhoid stitches during cough, diarrhea from fright, stitches from anus to rectum, hemorrhage, and pain worsened by loose stool, sharp internal pressure.

Urinary: Profuse, watery urine.

Female: Early, black, heavy, or scanty menses; spasmodic pain during menses; sexual frigidity; suppression from grief.

Respiratory: Dry, spasmodic cough; spasm of the glottis; reflex cough; much sighing; hollow cough worse in the evening, with little expectoration, leaving trachea pain.

Extremities: Jerking limbs; pain in Achilles tendon and calf; ulcerative pain in soles.

Sleep: Very light; limb jerking before sleep; insomnia from grief; dreams that linger.

Fever: Chill with thirst; not relieved by external heat; itching and nettle rash during fever.

Skin: Itching and nettle rash; sensitive to air drafts; excoriation around vagina and mouth.

Modalities: Worse in the morning, open air, after meals, coffee, smoking, liquids, external warmth; better while eating, changing position.

Relationships: Compare with Zinc., Kali-p., Sep., Cimic. Panacea arvensis – Poor man’s mercury (sensitivity over the gastric region with hunger but aversion to food). Complementary: Nat-m. Incompatible: Coff., Nux-v., Tab. Antidotes: Puls., Cham., Cocc.

Ignatia Amara



Changeable mood
Introspective and silently brooding
Melancholic, sad, and tearful
Not communicative
Sighing and sobbing
Reactions to shocks, grief, and disappointment

Hollow and heavy feeling
Worse with stooping
Headache like a nail driven through the side
Cramp-like pains over the nose
Congestive headaches from anger or grief
Worse with smoking or tobacco smell
Inclines head forward

Asthenopia with eyelid spasms
Neuralgic pain around the eyes
Flickering zigzags

Twitching facial muscles and lips
Color changes at rest

Sour taste
Easily bites cheeks
Full of saliva
Toothache, worse after coffee and smoking

Lump sensation that cannot be swallowed
Tendency to choke
Sore throat better with solid food
Inflamed, swollen tonsils with small ulcers
Follicular tonsillitis

Sour eructation
Feeling of emptiness
Flatulence and hiccough
Cramps worse with slight contact
Craves indigestible foods and acidic things
Relieved by deep breath

Weak feeling in upper abdomen
Colicky pain in sides

Itching and stitching pains
Difficult stools
Painful constriction after stool
Stitches during cough
Diarrhea from fright
Hemorrhoids with pain and bleeding, worse with loose stool

Profuse, watery urine

Early, black, heavy, or scanty menses
Spasmodic pain during menses
Sexual frigidity
Suppression from grief

Dry, spasmodic cough
Spasm of the glottis
Reflex cough
Much sighing
Hollow cough worse in the evening with little expectoration, leaving trachea pain

Jerking limbs
Pain in Achilles tendon and calf
Ulcerative pain in soles

Very light
Limb jerking before sleep
Insomnia from grief
Lingering dreams

Chill with thirst, not relieved by external heat
Itching and nettle rash during fever

Itching and nettle rash
Sensitive to air drafts
Excoriation around vagina and mouth

Worse in the morning, open air, after meals, coffee, smoking, liquids, and external warmth
Better while eating and changing position

selection of the potency

  1. Individualization:

    • Homeopathy is based on the principle of treating the individual, not just the disease. The unique symptoms and characteristics of the person are crucial in determining the most suitable potency.
  2. Intensity of Symptoms:

    • The intensity of the symptoms guides the choice of potency. If the symptoms are intense and acute, a lower potency (e.g., 6C, 30C) might be considered. For chronic conditions with less intensity, higher potencies (e.g., 200C, 1M) may be appropriate.
  3. Sensitivity of the Patient:

    • Some individuals are more sensitive to homeopathic remedies, while others may require higher potencies. The practitioner considers the patient’s sensitivity when selecting the potency.
  4. Acute vs. Chronic Conditions:

    • Lower potencies are often used for acute conditions, while higher potencies may be considered for chronic or long-standing issues.
  5. Previous Response to Potencies:

    • The patient’s response to previous homeopathic treatments helps guide the choice of potency. If a particular potency has been effective in the past, it may be repeated or adjusted as needed.
  6. Vital Force and Susceptibility:

    • Homeopathy views illness as a disturbance in the vital force. The practitioner assesses the patient’s overall vitality and susceptibility to determine the appropriate potency.
  7. Aggravation or Amelioration:

    • The direction of the symptom response (aggravation or amelioration) after taking a remedy can influence the choice of potency.
  8. Miasmatic Considerations:

    • In classical homeopathy, the concept of miasms (inherited disease tendencies) is considered. The practitioner take this into account when selecting the potency.
  9. Practitioner Experience:

    • The experience and preference of the homeopathic practitioner play a role. Some practitioners may have success with certain potencies based on their clinical experience.


  • Do not exceed the recommended dose by physician
  • Keep out of the reach of children
  • Store in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight
  • Maintain half an hour gap between food/drink/any other medicines and homoeopathic medicine
  • Avoid any strong smell in the mouth while taking medicine e.g. camphor, garlic, onion, coffee, hing

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