Ipecacuanha is the ninth letter in our series ABC’s of Homeopathy for The Mauimama. Ipecacuanha’s abbreviation is Ip.
Ipecacuanha is made from the dried root of the perennial plant Cephaelis ipecacuanha, which is native to Brazil. In the seventeenth century it was used as an anti-dysentery drug in France and South America. Today this homeopathic remedy is used for diarrhea, nausea, hemorrhaging and bronchial complaints.
Dr. Christopher Hammond, MB. BS. LCH in his book Homeopathy wrote that Ipecacuanha is the chosen remedy for, “Dysentery like diarrhea with awful tenesmus; the patient may pass a little blood or green slime. There is constant nausea; vomits bile; vomits everything taken in; with great prostration and valor.”
Ipecacuanha is also used to relieve nausea and vomiting without diarrhea, especially if vomiting does not eliminate the nausea and can be a helpful remedy in relieving painful labors when there is constant nausea.
It can also be used to help colicky babies. Miranda Castro writes in The Complete Homeopathy Handbook; “The Ipeacuanha baby is capricious, pleased by nothing; screams or howls in frustration if thwarted. When ill, is anxious and generally difficult to look after. Complaints come on after getting angry or frustrated.”
According to Roger Morrison, M.D. (Desktop Guide to Keynotes and Confirmatory Symptoms) Ipecacuanha has two other special areas of usefulness: asthma (or asthmatic bronchitis) and hemorrhages and goes on to suggest that the remedy will help; “Asthmatic bronchitis and coughs especially of children. Rattling cough which comes on in warm humid weather. Pertussis or other severe coughs with retching, vomiting, stiffness and cyanosis.”
Miranda Castro agrees stating that Ipecacuanha can be useful for hemorrhage and bleeding after childbirth. “Bleeding after childbirth (hemorrhage) with bright red flow of blood with severe nausea.”
Headaches and migraine symptoms with severe nausea and vomiting may also be relieved with Ipecacuanha. This remedy is recommended if the headache extends to the face, teeth, cavity or root of the tongue. Or if the headache feels as if there is bruising all the way down to the bones and teeth. Or when nausea precedes the headache.
Ipecacuanha 30c can be taken internally, but please see your homeopath for 200c dose if needed.
It was hard for me to choose between Ipecacuanha and Ignatia Amara for our “letter I” as both remedies are so useful in a family’s first aid kit. I chose Ipecacuanha as it can be really helpful during pregnancy, labor and with children’s coughs and vomiting and as I am writing specifically for Mothers and children I thought this homeopathic would be used the most out of the two. I do want to mention Ignatia Amara though as this remedy is invaluable in helping one through the grieving process. Emotionally Ignatia Amara can be very helpful when dealing with grief of any kind, the grieving of the loss of a loved one, or a relationship, or simply a loss of life as you knew it or emotional upset. This remedy works on a very deep level of grief and can help you move through it and see the light at the end of tunnel. For this reason, I want to encourage you to add Ignatia Amara to your first aid kit too as we all encounter loss of some kind at some point in our lives.
As always please see your Doctor or seek medical attention if you are experiencing a medical emergency as homeopathy is not intended to replace medical care.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy New Year,
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