Sepia officinalis

The homeopathic remedy sepia is prepared from the dark brownish-grey colored pigment obtained from the ink sac of the common cuttlefish and is used to cure a number of health problems, especially those related to women's reproductive organs.

The cuttlefish has a soft body and is an invertebrate belonging to the Phylum Mollusca. This animal has eight arms and has a close relation with other members of the Phylum Mollusca - octopus and squid. The cuttlefish moves ahead under water by shooting jets of water from specific organs in its body.

When this aquatic animal is in danger, it discharges surges of dark ink known as sepia that forms a cloud in the water and the cover-up helps it to back away. It may be noted here that the ink has often been used for creative purposes, but if any one consumes the ink, it can result in horrid side effects, as in the case of a painter licking his/ her paint brush.

In homeopathy, the medication sepia is prescribed for people suffering from health conditions that are accompanied by symptoms, such as indifference or lethargy, debility and mood swings.

In the domain of the alternative stream of medicine homeopathy, sepia is considered to be among the 20 medications that possess the broadest range of applications. In other words, sepia is a homeopathic remedy that can be used to treat numerous health conditions and associated symptoms. It is significant to note that homeopaths discovered sepia to be a potential remedy for various ailments way back in 1834.

Precisely speaking, the homeopathic remedy sepia is mainly of the female type or especially meant for treating ailments or health conditions suffered by women. Similar to other homeopathic remedies like natrum muriaticum, pulsatilla and ignatia, even sepia too makes up its individual exceptional or inimitable 'adaptation' of woman.

Hence, one may simply say that each one of these types actually symbolize a dissimilar standard or model of the womanly and when they come together, their combined characteristics and embodiment makes up the complete dominion of woman.

The usual freedom of women said to be belonging to the Sepia type distinguishes them from all other women. Such type of women always want and try to be their individual self, virtually set free from what other expect from them, particularly the men folk.

In this respect, the Sepia women are at variance with the women belonging to the Natrum type, who usually seek freedom in reaction to the agonies that they have endured. In other words, the type of independence sought by the Natrum type women is more of a means of protection from the hurts they have received in the past.

On the contrary, women belonging to the Sepia type are independent in nature. Unlike the Natrum women, the Sepia women are not avoiding or running away from what they have borne, but they simply try to be their individual self and turn down the effort of other people to shape their personality according to their respective wishes or needs.

In fact, at times, the independent nature of the Sepia women provides them with a certain kind of masculine façade to other people. This is primarily owing to the fact that people generally expect men to be more self-determining compared to women, but the masculine appearance of the Sepia type women is not actual masculinity.

In effect, the tough façade of a self-protective Natrum or Ignatia type women is real masculinity, since they have an efficient and belligerent appearance that shields the internal sensitivity. Conversely, a common Sepia woman does not have such a front and her self-determination is a result of the celebration of her individual distinctiveness as well as the feeling of strength she obtains from her personal correlation with her body and the Earth.

This feeling of power or strength is essentially feminine as it is dependent on being sensitive to an individual's body and is placed within it as well as on a natural intelligence, which practically has nothing or very less to do with genuine mental power.

On the other hand, real masculine power is actually more reliant on hostile, animal power and mental power or intellect. One may describe or compare both with karate and aikido. Precisely speaking, while karate is a highly offensive and hurtful martial art that has the ability to harm the opponent immensely, aikido is a 'soft' or gentle martial art that is completely defensive and is founded on the suppleness and the knack of the practitioner to basically 'float' with the opponent's actions.

Parts used

The homeopathic remedy sepia is prepared from unadulterated pigments of the ink enclosed in the cuttlefish's ink sac. In other words, the pure brownish-grey ink obtained from the cuttlefish's ink sac forms the basis of this medication. Soon after the ink is obtained from the cuttlefish, it is dehydrated and succussed (shaken thoroughly).

Subsequently, the dried ink is profusely diluted till the desired levels are attained by adding huge amounts of milk sugar (lactose). The resultant solution is the homeopathic remedy sepia, which does not retain any trace of ink and is safe for human use. This homeopathic remedy is used to treat an assortment of health conditions and is known to be very versatile in homeopathy.

Here is a word of caution. Proper care and caution needs to be exercised while preparing the homeopathic remedy sepia to take advantage of its unique health benefits.


The homeopathic remedy sepia is used to treat numerous health conditions, especially problems suffered by women. For instance, this medication works on the ovaries, uterus and vagina and is primarily prescribed to cure gynecological disorders, such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), hot flashes in menopausal women, excruciating or profuse menstrual flow, emotional as well as physical symptoms endured by women during and after pregnancy, a slumped uterus or the slipping of the uterus from its original place and candidiasis (a fungal infection). In homeopathy, sepia is considered to be a wonderful medication for women who are generally reluctant to have sexual intercourse or experience pain during sexual intercourse and may feel too tired following sexual activities.

In addition, this homeopathic remedy is also beneficial for women who do not like to be touched before menstrual period, during their menopause or owing to any emotional problems being endured by them. In such cases, turning to sepia helps to cure the condition as well as provide relief from the associated symptoms.

Sepia is a very useful medication to treat health conditions that come together with exhaustion or fatigue, for instance, painful back and sides caused by debility of the muscles.

In addition, this homeopathic remedy is also effective for treating conditions such as dizziness, indigestion caused by consumption of milk and foods rich in fat accompanied by gas and pain in the abdominal region, sweaty feet, profuse perspiration, mucus that has a salt taste owing to any allergy or cold, and even hair loss.

As aforementioned, in homeopathy, sepia is considered to be one remedy that has several applications. Apart from what has been written above, some of the condition specific uses of the homeopathic remedy sepia are discussed in brief below.

Poor blood circulation

The homeopathic medication sepia is an excellent remedy for all types of circulatory complaints such as varicose veins and hot and cold flashes. In fact, all individuals suffering from poor blood circulation are very well aware of the common as well as extremely annoying symptoms associated with this condition.

Homeopathic physicians prescribe sepia for people who generally suffer from conditions arising out of poor blood circulation such as profuse perspiration, varicose veins and other health problems. Turning to this homeopathic medication may even help menopausal women get relief from the frequent hot flashes endured by them. It has been proved that regular usage of sepia helps to cure this condition in menopausal women completely.

Digestive problems

Sepia is an appropriate medication for individuals who have problems in digesting milk, any other dairy product or foods rich in fat content. Taking the homeopathic remedy sepia regularly not only helps to cure this condition, but also alleviate the associated symptoms, including aching abdomen, dizziness, nausea and flatulence. Hence, it is not surprising that homeopathic physicians prescribe this medication extensively for people suffering from this rather uncommon problem.


People suffering from allergy or cold are aware that these conditions are almost always accompanied by catarrh - a bothersome problem. In such cases, the catarrh (redness of a mucous membrane with augmented production of mucus) may have a salty taste and may be accompanied by a cough or other associated symptoms. Turning to the homeopathic remedy sepia not only helps to cure the condition, but also provide relief from all the related symptoms.

Skin conditions

The homeopathic remedy sepia is useful in treating a number of skin disorders. In fact, this medication is very effective for treating skin problems like stained and itchy patches that may be found all over the body.

Another very common skin condition that can be effectively cured by using sepia is brown chloasma (brown or tan patches on the skin) that occurs all over the nose and cheeks during pregnancy. People suffering from these specific skin conditions as well as others may turn to sepia for immediate relief.


While there are several types as well as intensity of headaches, the homeopathic remedy sepia is know to be effective in treating them all. Sepia is especially useful in alleviating those types of headaches that generally go together with nausea. Alternately, such headaches may have an inclination to occur very often and be very severe in nature. Turning to sepia helps to cure all these types of headaches.


The dark brownish-grey pigment from cuttlefish's ink forms the basis of the homeopathic remedy sepia and is primarily found in the Mediterranean Sea.


From Olivia - Feb-23-2016
If someone had an allergic reaction to all seafood I wonder whether taking sepia would bring about a reaction...but being a homeopathic remedy...probably not.! I am on it at the moment & having good results with prolapse bladder/ bowel & womb problems...it's only been 2 weeks on remedy & noticeable positive results...can only get better!!
From Corine - Feb-09-2016
For me it works also for mood swings, menopause symptoms relief, gives a kind of happy feeling for a few hours, but also seems to increase the weight gain, unfortunately.
From Hedda Heyerdahl - Aug-11-2015
I was feeling heavy, tired, indifferent. I also had a vaginal bacteria and some yeast development between my toes. I was given Sepia Q6 by my homoeopathist. I felt immediate relief from mood swing, depressive, anger, and overall I felt so much more at ease.
From SP - Jul-23-2015
I had been suffering from vaginal itchiness accompanied by offensive smell. This was embarrassing for me. I followed all the hygienic procedures but this persisted except during menstruation. I was advised to take Sepia 200. I had it for a fortnight before bedtime. Now I have been cured completely!!
From Jane - Feb-27-2013
I just started taking Sepia yesterday for menopause issues. It already has helped with hot flashes and my mood swings are less!!! I am a believer!
From Marie - Feb-21-2013
At 6 and a half weeks pregnant, I began to feel the nausea, only it started at around 10 am and lasted all day and evening. The nausea was making it very difficult to work, and keep up with daily household chores. My naturopath prescribed sepia 30k 2x/day and within 3 days my nausea was almost completely gone! I have just run out 4 days ago, and the last 2 days, I have begun to feel the nausea returning and have ordered more sepia!
From Mira - Jun-06-2012
I had distended uterus problem. My right side of the body from the abdomen used to pain a lot. I could not walk, my right foot used to hurt, there used to be constant pain on the right side of the abdomen for more than 20 years. I started using this wonderful drug Sepia in 200 potency for one week in reducing intervals starting with 3-4 times a day 6 pills at a time.
I felt the uterus moving up and the pain on the right side came down but the thing is I do not know what dosage I should take but still I tried taking as above, it worked. Please consult doctor before taking this drug.
From Emotional - Apr-24-2012
I had Sepia to help with headaches I were getting prior to my period, initially it made me so emotional but is helping me so much with headaches and emotion and other female issues. Sepia is very powerful.
From ? - Sep-27-2011
My naturopathic doctor prescribed sepia before bedtime, to assist with frequent urination during early pregnancy. It was causing me to get up during the night four to eight times a night. Taking a liquid dose of 12c, 9 drops at bedtime, reduced me to one or two times waking during the night to use the restroom.
Additionally, a midwife suggested sepia to my friend who has pelvic organ prolapse (partial cystocele, partial rectocele, and partial uterine during pregnancy). She too takes a liquid dose of 12c, 9 drops three times a day, and experiences significant relief with the prolapse. She did not realize how much it was helping until she ran out and went several days without it!
Then she immediately called me to request that I purchase another bottle for her from my naturopathic doctor, because she said it made such a difference.
From Miro - 2010
Sepia is considered one of the main remedies that focuses on the female organ, yet one should not be surprised to find a male sepia patient especially as sepia is the chronic remedy for nux vomica.
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