Latin, Zoological, Botanical and mineralogical name/s:
||Psychotria Ipecacuanha, Cephaelis Ipecacuanha
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.
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
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.
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
General Symptoms Better for:
Factors/Conditions that improve symptoms
See also our
Herbal page on Ipecacuanha.
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