Homeopathic Medicine :: Ignatia Amara – St. Ignatius Bean

Indicated in patients with pronounced nervous symptoms, erratic in manifestation and resting upon a neurotic basis. The emotional symptoms are unusually important. There is often present muscular excitement, i. e., jerking and twitching, with a tendency to spastic conditions.

Mental depression; sadness.

Ill effects of depressing emotions, recent grief, disappointment in love; of abuse of coffee, alcohol, tobacco.

Great sensitiveness; broods over fancied slights and wrongs.

Amiable when everything is all right, but easily upset and annoyed.

Deep, involuntary sighing, with sense of goneness and sinking at the pit of the stomach; the latter nearly always better from eating.

Nervous excitement; feels as though would have convulsions or paralysis, and is afraid of it, but they do not come to pass.

Headache, as if a nail were being driven into the head; agonizing.

Headache, with sense of unfitness for mental effort, seemingly congestive, yet better from leaning forward and from resting head on the table; worse from tobacco smoke.

Toothache with tenderness and soreness of teeth, felt least when chewing.

Violent cough, caused by tickling in the throat as from a feather; the more he coughs, the worse the tickling; can stop it by effort of will.

Twitching of muscles, especially about the face.

Pain in small circumscribed spots.

Constriction of anal sphincter, worse from sitting down.

Haemorrhoids, with stitching pain from anus into rectum.

Chill with thirst; fever without thirst.

Urine profuse, watery.

Worse from coffee, tobacco, alcohol; from depressing emotions; from contact and motion; in the open air; in the morning.

Better from change of position; from hard pressure; from lying on the back, on the painful side.

(First Lessons in the Symptomatology of Leading Homoeopathic Remedies by H. R. Arndt, M. D. Philadephia. Boericke and Tafel.)