(Ipecac Root)


Ipecacuanha primarily affects the pneumogastric nerve, causing spasmodic irritation in the chest and stomach. It is notable for persistent nausea and vomiting, which are key symptoms. It is often indicated after consuming indigestible foods like raisins and cakes, particularly in feeble children and adults who catch colds in warm, moist weather. It addresses spasmodic conditions and bright red, profuse hemorrhages.

Mind: Irritable, contemptuous, full of unknown desires.

Head: Skull bones feel crushed, pain extends to teeth and root of tongue.

Eyes: Inflamed, red, painful eyeballs, profuse tearing, dim cornea, tired from near vision, variable vision, spasms of accommodation, nausea from moving objects.

Nose: Coryza with obstruction and nausea, nosebleeds.

Face: Blue rings around eyes, periodic orbital neuralgia with tearing, photophobia, and smarting eyelids.

Stomach: Clean tongue, moist mouth with increased saliva, constant nausea and vomiting, pale face, facial twitching, vomiting of food, bile, blood, mucus, relaxed stomach feeling, hiccough.

Abdomen: Amoebic dysentery with tenesmus and nausea, little thirst, severe pain around navel, rigid body.

Stool: Pitch-like, green, frothy, with gripping pain at navel, dysenteric and slimy.

Female: Profuse bright uterine hemorrhage with nausea, vomiting during pregnancy, pain from navel to uterus, early and heavy menses.

Respiratory: Dyspnea, constant chest constriction, asthma, incessant bronchitis, asthma attacks, sneezing, coryza, wheezing cough, stiff and blue-faced child during cough, whooping cough with phlegm, suffocative cough, bleeding from nose and mouth, hemoptysis from slight exertion, hoarseness, complete aphonia.

Extremities: Body stiffness followed by spasmodic jerking in arms.

Sleep: Eyes half-open, shocks in limbs when falling asleep.

Fever: Intermittent fever with irregular cases post-quinine, slight chill with much heat, nausea, vomiting, dyspnea, relapses from poor diet.

Skin: Pale, lax, blue around eyes, miliary rash.

Modalities: Worse periodically, from veal, warm moist wind, lying down.


Compare: Emetinum (amoebicide, not bactericide, for amoebiasis, amoebic dysentery, pyorrhea), Emetin for diarrhea, colicky pain, nausea. Watch physiological doses to avoid lung hepatization, rapid heart action, head drooping, pneumonia. Compare hemorrhages: Gelatin for blood coagulability. Also, Ars., Cham., Puls., Ant-t., Squil., Convolvulus, Typha latifolia, Euphorbia hypericifolia, Lippia mexicana.

Asthma comparison: Blatta-o. Antidotes: Ars., Chin., Tab. Complementary: Cupr., Arn.

Dose: Third to 200th potency.



Contemptuous attitude
Full of desires for unknown things

Skull feels crushed or bruised
Pain extending to teeth and root of tongue

Red, inflamed (conjunctivitis)
Pain through eyeballs
Profuse tearing
Dim cornea (keratitis)
Tired eyes from near vision (hypermetropia)
Changing vision
Spasms of accommodation due to weak ciliary muscle
Nausea from looking at moving objects

Coryza with nasal obstruction and nausea
Epistaxis (nosebleed)

Blue rings around eyes
Periodical orbital neuralgia with tearing, photophobia, and smarting eyelids

Clean tongue
Moist mouth with increased saliva
Pale face with twitching
Vomiting of food, bile, blood, mucus (gastric ulcer)
Stomach feels relaxed, as if hanging down

Amoebic dysentery with tenesmus
Severe pain causing nausea
Little thirst
Cutting pain around navel
Rigid body

Pitch-like, green, frothy molasses-like, with griping at navel
Dysenteric and slimy

Profuse, bright uterine hemorrhage with nausea
Vomiting during pregnancy
Pain from navel to uterus
Early and profuse menses (menorrhagia)

Chest constriction
Violent coughs with breath (bronchitis)
Child turns blue and stiff with whooping cough
Bubbling rales
Suffocative cough
Epistaxis (nosebleed)
Bleeding from mouth
Lung bleeding with nausea
Rattling cough
Hemoptysis from exertion (phthisis)
Hoarseness at cold’s end
Complete aphonia

Body stiffens
Spasmodic jerking in arms (tetanus)

Eyes half open
Shocks in limbs when falling asleep (Ign.)

Intermittent and irregular after quinine
Slight chill with much heat
Nausea, vomiting, dyspnea
Relapses from poor diet

Pale, lax skin
Blue around eyes
Miliary rash

Worse periodically
Worse from veal, moist warm wind, lying down

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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