Ipecacuanha - The Homeopathic Remedy

Remedy profile of Ipecacuanha, Origin, Preparation,  Symptoms explanation and other information
Intermittent nausea or vomiting, Irritability, sweaty.

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Remedy Name/s: Common Name/s: Latin, Zoological, Botanical and mineralogical name/s:
Ipecacuanha, Ipecac. Ipecacuanha Psychotria Ipecacuanha, Cephaelis Ipecacuanha

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General description and domicile:
A shade loving plant that grows wild in the forests of Central and Southern America. It is a small shrub with a tortuous root or rhizome. The roots contain alkaloids that causes vomiting in mild doses but can be fatal in large doses.

Part used and extraction:
The roots are dug up and harvested. Thickened roots (in which a lot of starch was stored by the plant) are regarded as the best.

Remedy preparation:
Dried roots are powdered and steeped in alcohol to obtain mother tincture

The remedy was 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 these Pages

Remedy profile:
Whimsical, Irritable and intolerant people are best suited to this remedy. When ill they become intolerant and hard to please as they cannot make up their mind what they want. They become depressed and sad and easy to criticize and blame others for their problems. They do not make good patients.
The remedy is associated with chronic nausea and/or vomiting. Patients tend to look drawn and pale, face and hands are sweaty and they feel cold on the outside but hot on the inside.
Symptoms develop rapidly and become recurring
, relief may be short lived or for so long that it appears that the patient is getting better only to return intensely. This intermittent pattern is particular to this remedy profile.

Key Symptoms:
Intermittent nausea or vomiting, Irritability, sweaty.

Used for treatment of:


Migraines (accompanied by nausea and/or vomiting)

Heavy menstrual flow (bright red blood and red spotting)

Nausea (persistent and intermittent)

Vomiting (persistent and intermittent)



Gastroenteritis (stools green)


General Symptoms Worse for: Factors/Conditions that make the symptoms worse
Hot weather
At night

General Symptoms Better for: Factors/Conditions that improve symptoms
Fresh air

See also our Herbal page on Ipecacuanha.


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