Ignatius Bean

Ignatia amara syn. Strychnos ignatia

The native people of the Philippines have been traditionally wearing the seeds of St. Ignatius bean in the form of amulets with a view to keep off as well as heal different types of ailments. The seeds were introduced from East Africa into Europe for the first time in the 17th century and the credit for this goes to the Spanish Jesuits.

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These seeds enclose a potent poison known as strychnine and when ingested it works on our nervous system. Later, the homeopathic remedy Ignatia prepared from these seeds was proved as well as published for the first time by the German physician Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in the documentation of his works Materia Medica Pura (1821-1834).

The homeopathic remedy Ignatia is most appropriate for people, particularly womenfolk, who are suffering from very powerful emotional problems, for instance, any severe grief following a death or a relationship gone astray. People who require this medication most are those who are often emotionally weak, touchy and artistic.

They are also inclined to mood swing and suffer from self-pity. In addition, such individuals may have a somewhat delicate air, usually found laughing as well as crying simultaneously. In case they try to hold back their emotions, it may often result in hysteria.

These people generally have very high expectations from people who are close to them and even when they are disheartened in love, they find it very hard to break all ties with their partner.

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In general, Ignatia is an effective homeopathic remedy for incongruous physical symptoms, for instance, indigestion which is eased when one eats something, or a tender throat getting better after swallowing some solid food. Usually, the symptoms are accompanied by intense feeling of pain and having an inclination to sigh and yawn too often.

People who respond to Ignatia well are those that have a loathing towards crowds, suffer from a phobia related to birds, particularly chicken. In addition, this homeopathic remedy is also employed to cure ailments that have their origin in emotional trauma. These conditions may include digestive disorders like queasiness and vomiting; headaches; tender throats; and nervous spasms and shuddering.

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St. Ignatius is a small tree that has been named after the saint who patronized retreats as well as exercises and it provides us with the St. Ignatius bean, which supports us emotionally as well as physically. Ignatia, the homeopathic remedy prepared from the bean, helps in curing an assortment of symptoms that are likely to be a result of emotional disorder.

In effect, any powerful emotional disorder has the ability to trigger a wide range of symptoms in our body. These strong emotional turbulences may include prolonged and extreme study periods, losing a dear one, chronic stress, homesickness, trauma (usually one that has been suffered in recent times) as well as broken hearts.

Besides facilitating in bringing out all held back emotions, the homeopathic remedy Ignatia is also effective in treating the qualms of heartache or ordeal.

It is also effective in curing the symptoms of emotional distress, such as insomnia, aches in the belly region as well as the waves of tenderness that may be accompanied by tumultuous emotions, and also to avert these issues later on - for instance, colds attributable to stress on the immune system of the sufferer.

Colds that are cured by Ignatia may begin with a sensation that you have a lump in your throat, while the cough healed by this homeopathic remedy may start out with a tickling sensation in the throat. In case the cold develops into a fever, people said to be belonging to the Ignatia temperament are likely to feel somewhat thirsty or have an itchy feeling accompanied by colds.

The other symptoms experienced by the Ignatia type may include a headache that may cause a sensation like a nail is being drilled into the head as well as the unease becomes further intense when they lie on the side of the body that is aching. In addition, the patient may also experience a bitter taste in his/ her mouth, have hiccups, and suffer from queasiness, vomiting and pain in the upper portion of the abdomen.

All these symptoms are likely to be alleviated when the patient eats something - as is the case in all other instances where Ignatia is required.

As far as the emotional aspects are concerned, the homeopathic remedy Ignatia works exceptionally well, especially when the patient is suffering from silent grief. However, it is also effective for people who are just on the contrary - such as constantly crying, suffering from nervousness and terror.

People who belong to the Ignatia type usually have a very sensitive nervous system and hence, it is not amazing that bodies of such people easily respond to emotional strain accompanied by convulsions, shuddering and also a feeling that they have developed a lump inside their throat.

In addition, such people usually also suffer from sleeplessness and nervous headaches. Ignatia is also effective for curing symptoms like nervous weakness attributable to any loss, prolonged aggravation and disappointment, living under tension and also studying for extremely long hours.

In addition, people suffering from health conditions owing to intense emotional anxiety, for instance, distress, anguish, resentment and holding back of such feelings may also find Ignatia beneficial. In effect, this homeopathic remedy is vital for easing grief accompanied by hysteria, mood swings and sleeplessness.

Ignatia is also useful for curing additional emotional conditions of the mind, such as self-pity, self-guilt, becoming tearful all of a sudden, the fright of being forced into doing something undesirable, held up reaction to violence or anger as well as apprehensions and depression.

The homeopathic remedy Ignatia is also useful for treating headaches, especially where the sufferer has a heavy sensation in his/ her head and perhaps light-headedness too. Such headaches normally deteriorate further when the sufferer is lying on the side of the body that is aching, nervous headaches attributable to emotional strain and in case of children, the headaches deteriorate when they take foods containing caffeine and the condition is eased when they are exposed to heat.

Ignatia helps to cure illnesses that occur together with unpredictable as well as ambiguous symptoms, such as tender throats that heal on consumption of solid foods; queasiness and vomiting that improve when the patient eats something and so on.

In addition, this homeopathic remedy is also effective for conditions like fever accompanied by cold and which bring on thirst; tickly coughs; sensitivity to pain; becoming unconscious in suffocating conditions; having an intense desire for unusual foods when ailing; and pain in the upper portion of the abdomen.

Ignatia is especially beneficial for women and is prescribed for women suffering from a prolapsed or displaced rectum accompanied by a sharp and shooting pain that moves upward; throbbing spasms of the uterus throughout menstruation; lack of menstruation, hemorrhoids and constipation set off by emotional turmoil.

Some of the condition specific uses of the homeopathic remedy Ignatia are discussed briefly below.

Digestive disorders
Ignatia is useful for conditions where queasiness and vomiting are alleviated when the sufferer eats something. Such conditions are usually accompanied by symptoms like hiccups, burping and copious formation of acidic-tasting saliva in the mouth. In addition, the patient may have a hunger that is unsatiated. This homeopathic remedy is also effective in curing other conditions, including constipation, diarrhea or even hemorrhoids that may have been started out owing to some kind of emotional strain.

Nervous disorders
This homeopathic remedy works excellently for nervous disorders accompanied by symptoms like shuddering, nervous spasms or lack of sensation in the limbs and face, perhaps worsening to hysterical paralysis, seizures, or chorea (a condition wherein the patient experiences unsystematic trembling of the limbs and face). It is important to note that Ignatia is only given provided the symptoms endured by the patient are set off by grief, shock or any other powerful emotional turbulence.

In case you notice that you are constantly engrossed in thought regarding painful conditions and you also take deep sighs quite often, you will find the homeopathic remedy Ignatia very useful. Everyone who has lost a dear one or broken up in a love relationship commonly suffers from sleeplessness and nightmares and their only remedial option is Ignatia.

The symptoms cured by this homeopathic remedy are inclined to be somewhat unpredictable and irregular, and they are likely to tighten as well as release frequently while the body and the mind endeavour to reinstate balance. People suffering from health conditions that are treated by Ignatia normally feel better when they eat something and when they are exposed to warmth.

On the contrary, their symptoms worsen when there is any type of emotional turbulence, when they drink coffee and are exposed to cold breeze.

Irrespective of the fact that they are normal to the person or have been brought on by emotions, individuals who require the homeopathic remedy most are those who are generally very sensitive, impractical and, at times, mysterious, and their moods are likely to change very often.

For instance, they may be laughing at one moment and crying in the next. In fact, such people conceal or hold back their feelings so cleverly that you can only get a hint about what are happening within them when they take deep sighs. Over a period of time, such people may possibly turn out to be extremely self-protective, distrustful, envious and also boorish.

It is worth mentioning here that the line differentiating Nat. mur. and Ignatia for treating grief as well as held back emotions is very narrow.

The difference may be explained by saying that as far as the responses of these two homeopathic remedies to sympathy are concerned, people belonging to the Nat. mur. type are likely to take exception to it, while those having Ignatia temperament will simply like to be left alone. Therefore, when an individual is besieged by any recent anguish, one should first consider giving Ignatia to the sufferer.


Ignatius beans, which form the basis of the homeopathic remedy Ignatia, are found growing throughout south-eastern Asia and are very widespread in countries like Vietnam and the Philippines.

To prepare this homeopathic remedy, one needs to collect the seeds of the Ignatius beans and pound them into a powdered form. Subsequently, the powder is macerated in alcohol and when it is infused with alcohol, the resultant solution is filtered and watered down to the desired level making it a non-toxic substance. The final product is the homeopathic remedy Ignatia, which does not retain even the slightest trace of the original seeds.


From Dr Hurrah
Ignatia is a great remedy for unconsciousness but must be given in high potency.
From Dr Sadia
Ignatia is the best remedy for grief and sadness but for a fast relief must be used in high potency.
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