Latin, Zoological, Botanical and mineralogical name/s:
|Ignatia, Ignatia Amanra
||Ignatius beans, St. Ignatius's beans
||Strychnos Ignatii, Ignatia Amara
General description and domicile:
Native to South East Asia but mostly the Philippines this small tree is very
attractive with long, almost vine like, smooth branches and pear shaped fruit
that contain one inch long fat pebble-like seeds that are hard and odor free but
very poisonous and bitter. The seed contains more strychnine than Nux Vomica.
Symptoms of mild poisoning are drooling, nausea, vomiting, delusions,
involuntary muscular spasms and twitching, vertigo. In significant doses death
Warning: Extreme care must be taken when handling this
plant as very small doses of the seeds can be fatal.
Part used and extraction:
Powdered and steeped in alcohol to obtain mother tincture
The seeds were named Ignatius beans after the Jesuit priest St Ignatius
Loyola. The Jesuits valued the seeds as a remedy against cholera (but as the
difference between a therapeutic and fatal dose is small I would imagine that
they may have killed as many as were cured).
Proved by Hahnemann.
How to use these pages:
What follows below is a profile of the homeopathic remedy. This profile must
be compared with the profile of the person to be treated in great detail before
treatment can be commenced. See
How to Use
Ignatia people are artistic and creative. They are idealistic but tend not
to express their feelings. They seem controlled and reserved but can be
emotionally fragile and prone to bouts of self pity. They have pronounced mood
swings and can often feel elated and sad simultaneously. They are inclined to
hide depression and sadness from others. They fall in love easily, love very
deeply and a loss of a loved one causes prolonged grief that they may never
recover from. A child may grief for a lost pet long after the adults have
forgotten the pet, a teenager breaking up with a boy- or girlfriend, an adult
losing a close friend or a child.
This deep grief is often cloaked from all but the closest of
friends and even then it is played down. The grief is silent and internalized
and eventually affects the person's health.
Physical symptoms are contradictory e.g. a sore throat that
feels better when eating. Other physical signs of an inner grief are frequent
sighing and a sensitivity to pain.
Conditions caused by grief, sensitivity to pain, hidden, bottled up emotions.
Used for treatment of:
Associated with grief and crying while simultaneously trying to laugh it off
A lump in the throat feeling with a tickle in the back of the throat that gets
worse when coughing (again that contradiction in symptoms that is so typical of
Headaches (associated with grief or emotional stress)
Nervous disorders (associated with grief)
Shock (caused by grief and emotional upsets)
Nausea (accompanied by hunger - contradictory symptoms again)
Vomiting (better after eating - that contradiction again)
General Symptoms Worse for:
Factors/Conditions that make the symptoms worse
General Symptoms Better for:
Factors/Conditions that improve symptoms
Pressure on affected area
See also our
Herbal page on Ignatia Amara.
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