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Ignatia Amara – Homeopathic Medicine; Its Use, Indications and Dosage

Ignatia is commonly known by the name St. Ignatius. It is a plant that belongs to the family Loganiaceae. The seeds of the plant are used to extract the homeopathic medicine. This plant is native to the East Indies, China, and the Philippine Islands. It is one of the best natural antidepressants and has no side effects.
As a remedy, it is primarily used for emotional disturbances, depression, effects of grief, and mental shock (as from loss of near and dear ones).      Ignatia


The remedy is prepared from the finely powdered dry seeds of St. Ignatius Bean. For preparing this medicine, the seeds of the St. Ignatius are powdered and soaked in alcohol. This mixture is strained and diluted to make it non-toxic. It then undergoes a process called succussion to make potencies, a type of oscillatory process that helps obtain the desired potency of the medicine.

The ‘Ignatia’ Constitution

It is frequently required by and is especially suited to sensitive, delicate women and children. It may not work for aggressive people, but it can cure gentle, sensitive, fine fibred, refined, overwrought women and their nervous complaints.
It is suited to those with a sensitive, excitable, nervous temperament, especially women with an easily excited nature but a mild disposition. They are quick to perceive things and execute commands rapidly. They are often idealistic and overworked and may appear as nervous, apprehensive, alert, rigid, trembling patients who suffer acutely in mind or body. Physically, they usually have dark hair and skin.

Clinical Indications

Depression, grief, sadness, weeping spells, fright effects, mood swings, worries /stress, mental shocks, mood swings, insomnia, headache, cough, premenstrual syndrome, postpartum depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, tonsillitis, a sensation of having a lump in the throat, twitchings, tremors, amenorrhea, piles, convulsions, worms.

Scope as a Homeopathic Remedy

1. Conditions of the Mind

This medicine carries a wide scope to treat many complaints related to the mind. It works very well to treat depression and runs no risk of causing dependency. The chief action of this remedy revolves around mental symptoms and ‘loss.‘ It works very well in cases of depression along with sadness caused by a recent event. The person needing this medicine shows a desire for loneliness and may have weeping spells.
Often called the ‘Natural Prozac,’ its effectiveness in treating depression associated with suppressed grief has been proven through clinical practice. The medicine is known to help remove subconscious imprints of grief from the mind. Its use for treatment is indicated in cases of clinical depression where grief is more apparent than rage.
It is symptoms like these that point towards the effectiveness with which this remedy can be used to treat depression. There are no violent fits of rage or overly reactive behavior involved; it works best for people who are unable to express themselves and turn their grief inwards. Overthinkers and emotionally sensitive people who brood silently on their own are the ones who need this medicine. A ‘paradoxical mental state’ is often indicative of this medicine, where the affected person displays rapid mood swings – moving from happiness to melancholy in a short span of time. The emotional disposition of the affected person is of primary importance.

On the surface, the person may seem normal; in fact, it is not uncommon for people with depression to carry on with their daily routines and responsibilities with no signs of a problem. But this disorder works under the veneer of everyday living and manifests in the form of low energy levels, lack of interest in hobbies and things that used to be pleasurable, persistent mood swings, unexplained weight loss or weight gain, changed sleeping patterns and a general feeling of unhappiness. Behavioral changes due to depression are also common – the person may not feel like going out, be unable to complete work and handle responsibilities, withdraw from friends and family, rely on sedatives or alcohol and lack the motivation to pursue pleasurable activities.
Apart from depression, it also helps in cases of anxieties, obsessive-compulsive disorders, bipolar disorder, premenstrual syndrome, and postpartum depression.
Stress, worries, and frustrations of daily routine can be easily dealt with this remedy. It offers help to people who are easily disturbed by the little things occurring in the day to day lives. Such a state is noted in highly sensitive and emotional people, where it helps provide mental stability and stamina to cope with stress.

The effects of emotional shocks; grief like from loss of loved ones, disappointments in life, disappointed love, sorrows, fright is treated wonderfully with this medicine. It also works well in cases of mood swings. Here the person has a sudden change of mood from sorrow to happiness and from weeping to laughing. In addition to the above, excessive mental and physical prostration is present. The memory also tends to become weak, along with marked forgetfulness. Another use of this remedy is in cases of anxiety. The person tends to feel anxious as if something bad, terrible has happened or some misfortune is about to happen.

2. Sleep Issues

This remedy remains highly beneficial for sleeplessness that arises from depression, grief, worries, care, sadness, and anxious thoughts. It also works well when the sleep is very light, not sound or when it is restless. The person tosses and frequently changes position in bed. Another feature is disturbed sleep from frequent dreams. Its use is also made in cases of sleepwalking (somnambulism).
It is also considered in children who wake up from sleep, crying and trembling. Disturbed sleep by a nightmare is another characteristic symptom.

3. Headache

Headache in persons of highly nervous and sensitive temperaments and arising from grief, anxiety, mental work are treated well with this remedy. Headaches following anger also call for the use of this medicine. The headache is congestive pressing or tearing in nature. A peculiar sensation of the nail sticking into the side of the head or temple region is often present. Apart from this, it is used for headaches that arise from the abuse of smoking, inhaling or smelling tobacco, alcohol, and coffee. Periodical headaches (weekly, fortnightly or monthly) also point towards its use. A person needing this medicine may feel that the headaches get better by warmth, rest, or while eating.

4. Cough

A cough of that is dry, hacking, and spasmodic nature is indicative of the use of this medicine. The cough is constant and there is severe irritation in the larynx and trachea. There is a sensation of dust in the throat – pit. The peculiar symptom is that more a person coughs, the desire to cough and irritation in the airways increases accordingly. This cough may also be intense and violent and can make a person sweat excessively and feel exhausted. Warm drinks tend to worsen the cough.

5. Throat Related Complaints

The key feature where it helps is the sensation of a ‘lump’ in the throat that a person is unable to swallow (globus hystericus). Another complaint is a sore throat with sharp pain. The pain may extend to the ear. Eating solid stuff relieves throat pain. A constrictive sensation in the middle of the throat is a chief accompanying symptom. This remedy is also thought of in cases of tonsillitis, white spots on tonsils, ulcers on tonsils, as well as follicular tonsillitis.

6. Nervous system

The complaints of the nervous system include twitches, spasms, tremors, and convulsions. Trembling and jerking in the limbs is present. Twitching of muscles of the face, lips, eyelids is prominent. Convulsions from grief or fright in adults, and in children during dentition are treated well. The chief features noted during these convulsions include a cold and pale body, a fixed staring look, stiffness, backward bending, clenched thumbs, and distorted facial muscles.

7. GIT (Gastrointestinal Complaints)

It is a highly beneficial remedy to correct gastric ailments caused by worries, grief, and depression. Cases of irritable bowel syndrome that are linked with depression and grief recover wonderfully with this medicine. The chief features are cramps in the abdomen, an empty sensation in the stomach and flatulent colic. It helps regulate bowel movements.

8. Colic

As a remedy, it is also used to treat colic that gets worse with the consumption of coffee or sweets. The abdomen gets distended, causing difficulty in breathing. The person may feel as if the abdomen would burst. Nausea, vomiting of bile and mucus and constipation is usually present. There appears a constant, ineffectual urging to pass stool, and the anus tends to constrict. Constriction of the anus after passing stool arises.

9. Diarrhea

It is used to treat certain cases of diarrhea with specific symptoms, like diarrhea that develops as a result of emotional stress like grief. In some cases, painless diarrhea may be present.  Alternating diarrhea and constipation may be present in a few cases.

10. Piles

It is also used to treat piles, especially in cases where the rectum prolapses from moderate straining at stool. Piles with sharp pain during a cough is another peculiar symptom. Prolapsed piles after every stool along with an itching and stitching pain in the rectum are also treated with this remedy. Pain in the rectum is seen to worsen by standing and walking, and relieved from sitting.
Worms including threadworms and ascarides, which cause itching in the anus, are also treated with it.

11. For Female Ailments

It helps in correcting the menstrual irregularities that arise primarily from grief. Here, this remedy treats both suppressed periods or excessive menstrual bleeding resulting from grief. It also helps in treating PMS (premenstrual syndrome) very effectively.
The symptoms like irritability, mood swings of PMS are well-managed with tis remedy. It also successfully treats cases of postpartum depression. Another indication is leucorrhea (vaginal discharges) that is corrosive, and purulent in nature. Bearing down pains may be present with the leucorrhea. Dyspareunia (painful intercourse ) or a sore pain in the vagina during intercourse is also treated with Ignatia. Another indication for females is miscarriage that arises from grief, or fright.

Keynote Indications

1. It is used to treat depression in people who showcase classic symptoms like sadness, sighing, sobbing, weeping, loneliness and brooding.

2. Ailments following sudden shocks like fears, disappointed love affections, and sudden bad news point towards its use.

3. Cares, worries, tensions, stress, frustrations of daily life activities can be dealt with it.

4. Grief struck individuals definitely need this medicine to recover from the effects of grief, like from the loss or death of someone dear.

5. Sadness, melancholia, weeping and preferring loneliness.

6. Tendency to weep along with sobbing and sighing.

7. Worries/stress in day to day occurrences of life.

8. Ailments from mental shocks like sudden bad news, or fear.

9. Sudden mood swings from happiness to sadness, for example, laughter followed by weeping.

10. Sleeplessness from grief, sadness, and worrying excessively.

11. Amenorrhea, or the suppression of menses due to grief.

12. Headaches as a result of grief, or excessive consumption of alcohol, coffee, and tobacco smoking.

13. Prolapsed piles with every stool needing manual replacement, sharp pain or itching rectum accompanies.


This Remedy can be used in 30C potency frequently. But while using high potencies 200 and 1 M, frequent repetition should be avoided.

Relationship with Other Remedies

Nat Mur is complementary homeopathic medicine.

Nux Vomica and Coffea Cruda are incompatible/inimical. So Nux Vomica and Coffea Cruda should not be used immediately before or after. In most cases, intercurrent homeopathic medicine is needed between these remedies.

Chamomilla, Pulsatilla, Cocculus Indicus and Acetic Acid act as antidotes.

Caution: Self-medication should be avoided and a homeopathic physician should be consulted advice before use.

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  1. Usama Shah says:

    Hello doctor,
    I have been really stressed for past few weeks tho i have anxiety thanophobia which i experienced last year it faded away with time and some sessions i have took.
    now i have lump like sensation/choking feeling that i will be short of breath with that i fear and worry alot that something is gonna happen to me.
    i have consulted a homeopathic doctor he suggested me bryta carb for throat, but i need something for my anxiety
    but my symptoms didn’t go away i have used and seen ignatia and i bought it for me i took it thrice and i am feeling quiet better now.
    what you suggest?

  2. Pranav k suryawanshi says:

    My son pranav, age 18 yrs having lonelyness, mood change, angry, sleeping problem, non confidenace, own opinion important.
    Is it useful Ignetia 200 and detail dose of it. Please guide in this matter.

  3. Ahindra Choudhury says:

    I am suffering from globus hysterica for two months.may I used ignatia 30 ?

  4. Salam. Sir i am from pakistan I am over thinking and have a problem of concentration. I am also talking with myself.plz prescribe a medicine. I am 40 yrs od

  5. Salam. Sir i am from pakistan I am over thinking and have a problem of concentration. I am also talking with myself.plz prescribe a medicine

  6. Shahina fatima says:

    Asalam o alekium I m 40 yrs old – meri eyes my 15 sal say black dot nazar arehy hn- dif dr say check up krwachuki hun but no relives – ab slowly slowly eyes week huri hy- age homeopathic my koi med achie ho to pls batady- mene Ruta6 b use ki hy – calcaria pros or flr b use ki but koi faida ni hua-aajkal phystostigma use kr ri Hun -es s b koi faida in – ratina my blood ki circulation k masala hy shyd- please mushy sahi guide krdy

  7. Shahida fatima says:

    Asalam o alekium I m 40 yrs old – meri eyes my 15 sal say black dot nazar arehy hn- dif dr say check up krwachuki hun but no relives – ab slowly slowly eyes week huri hy- age homeopathic my koi med achie ho to pls batady- mene Ruta6 b use ki hy – calcaria pros or flr b use ki but koi faida ni hua-aajkal phystostigma use kr ri Hun -es s b koi faida in – ratina my blood ki circulation k masala hy shyd- please mushy sahi guide krdy

  8. Ishaq Waheed says:

    Sir,a sever on one side of head…….and numbness of area in last some days how Ignitia Ammara 30 will work

  9. akta sharma says:

    Dear Dr sharma
    Can homeopathy helps women of 45 years to get pregnant
    She has regular scanty periods duration mostly 2 days or 3 days 3 day light period and has uterine fibroids 2 nos which are outside uterus
    Would you please suggest some remedy
    Person was shocked due to events just after her marriage separated from her husband for 8 years .

  10. Prem sagar setia says:

    What about the dose .How many drops &how many times a day for ignatia amara 200

  11. Manish chokhra says:

    I have several mental and physical problem.mentally-depression,OCD,bdd and doctor prescribed me Kali phosphate and ignatia 200

  12. Ram ch paul says:

    I am a patient of depression and anxiety. I am 48 years old. Pls suggest medicine with dose. Thanks,

    • Lisbeth Eyrich-Fischer says:

      I am wanting to use ignatia Amara 200C to deal with anxiety and a bit of depression. I’m 49 years old and am wondering what you would suggest as a dose.

  13. I have had Lupus for years I have gone thu Aortic
    Valve surgery 2 strokes..25 TIAs’ focal Seizuers…plus the ones I had before I was diagnosed… but no I having
    Depression bad wanna die one minute don’t want to
    .. no I really don’t want you to
    Die GOD has been so good to me
    Would Ignatsi Amara Help me??

  14. DIWAKER GUPTA says:

    Nice explanation, complete explanation…

  15. Maria N. says:

    Hallo, I have been using ignatia 1m after break ups and loss of jobs and it has done miracles for me – instant recovery. I am now struggling with the end of a relationship that ended in january, when i took 1m and got over it instantly. But he pulled me back in last month so now it is over again and am struggling, but not in a shock-like loss, like 4 months ago so i think 1m is too much, but not sure how to take smaller dosage, i haven’t tried it before. I bought 3 doses of 200ch and would try one dose every 12 hours unless you think once a day or just once would work? My system works well with ignatia so i don’t want to mess this up for future uses.

    Thank you

  16. Akansha chauhan says:


  17. Ashu Mittal says:

    Sir iam ibs patient with anxity stress nervous ness think to much of health problem please help

  18. Taposh Ghoshal says:

    My son aged 17 years is suffering since last one mibth. He is overthinking about rapidly growing population of India, scarcity of food, and fast depleting water and continuously thinks that it will lead to serious trouble in the country soon.
    He is always having very less sleep, less appetite and less happy. He is a loner. He is lean and weak. Has gets cold easily.
    My kindly advise whether I can give Ignatia or some other medicine. Please help urgently and let me know medicine and dose.
    Best regards
    T Ghoshal

  19. Carole Haber says:


    Is ignatia Tamara dangerous?

  20. Dr. Sharma . I am Jaibir Sharma. I am taking English antidepressants and anti anxiety that create numerous of side effects . So now I want to take safe medicine in homoeopathy like IGNATIA. so plz tell me how to take and start the treatment.

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