Ipecacuanha

Last modified on January 17th, 2019

Ipecacuanha homeopathic medicine for malaria fever

Dr. S.R. Phatak describes the clinically confirmed symptoms of the homeopathic remedy Ipecacuanha in his Concise Materia Medica, published in 1977.

Generalities

      It acts chiefly on the pneumo-gastric nerve; producing gastro intestinal disturbances; AND RESPIRATORY AFFECTIONS, with CONTINUOUS NAUSEA. Discharges are foamy and profuse. BRIGHT RED, GUSHING HAEMORRHAGES;with nausea. Nausea and shortness of breath usually accompany most of the complaints. Convulsions; infantile, body rigid, stretched out, followed by spasmodic jerking of arms towards each other. Awkward, stumbles against everything. Tetanic spasms from swallowing tobacco. Convulsions; in whooping cough; from suppressed exanthema; from indigestible food. It is indicated in fat children and adults who are feeble and catch cold in warm moist weather. Ill effects of vexation, reserved displeasure. Injuries, suppressed eruptions. Quinine; morphia; indigestible food; loss of blood. Over- sensitive to heat and cold. Opisthotonos and emprosthotonos.

Worse

      WARMTH, damp; of room. Overeating. Ices, pork, veal, mixed or rich foods; candy, fruits; raisins, salads, lemon peel. Berries. Periodically. Heat and cold. Vomiting. Motion. Lying.

Better

      Open air. Rest. Pressure. Closing eyes. Cold drinks.

Mind

      Holds everything in contempt, and desires others also should do the same. Cries, screams, howls and is hard to please (children). Full of desires, but knows not for what. Sad. Faints suddenly; in summer or hot room.

Head

      Ache as if bruised or crushed, down into the root of the tongue. Migraine, with nausea and vomiting. Pain in occiput worse vomiting; during chill. Cold sweat on forehead.

Eyes

      Inflamed, red; conjunctivitis. Profuse gushing lachrymation; with nausea. Shooting pains through the eyeball. Nausea from looking on moving objects.

Ears

      Cold (right); during fever. Cannot endure the least noise.

Nose

      Bleed, blood bright red. Coryza with stoppage of nose and nausea. Sneezing.

Face

      Pale; blue about the eyes or lips; white linea nasalis. Periodical orbital neuralgia, with lachrymation, photophobia and smarting eyelids.

Mouth

      Child thrusts its fists into the mouth and screams. Clean or red pointed tongue. Saliva increased. Toothache, with a jerk radiating to temples; better while eating. Tongue, clean, yellow, or white, pale. Taste; bitter, sweetish, bloody.

Stomach

      Desire for dainties; sweets. Feels miserable or sinking or relaxed as if hanging down. Horrid nausea, not better by vomiting. Vomits; blood, bile, food, mucous; worse stooping. Aversion to food. Thirstless. Vomiting of infants at the breast.

Abdomen

      Griping, drawing or cutting pain about the navel worse motion better by repose; extending towards the uterus. Stools; brown, grass or yellow green, frothy, molasses-like or bloody; slimy. Dysentery; with head hot and cold legs. Lumps of mucous in stools.

Urinary

      Unsuccessful urging to urinate. Haematuria, with nausea and cutting in abdomen and urethra, with oppression in chest and short breath. Shooting from kidney, down the thighs to the knees.

Female

      Uterine haemorrhages, profuse, bright, steady flow or gushing; with nausea and gasping, with each gush of blood. Cutting pain in uterus from left to right. Stitches from navel to uterus. Menses; too early and too profuse. Vomiting during pregnancy. Prolapse of uterus worse during menses. Haemorrhage of placenta praevia. Steady flow of bright red blood, which does not coagulate. Great weakness with scanty menses.

Respiratory

      Painless hoarseness at the end of a cold. Constant constriction in chest and larynx, worse least motion. Spasms of vocal cords. Gasps for breath. Asthma. Cough incessant and violent, with every breath. Paroxysms of suffocative cough, with retching; child stiffens out, becomes red or blue in face and finally is nauseated; gags and vomits; better stepping into open air, better warmth and repose. Whooping cough with bleeding from the nose and from the mouth. LOOSE coarse RATTLE IN CHEST WITHOUT EXPECTORATION. Broncho-pneumonia. Haemoptysis worse slightest exertion. Asthma accompanied by skin disease. Suffocative attacks from foreign substance in wind pipe.

Neck and Back

      Tetanic spasms of back which bends the back backwards or forwards. Shooting from kidney region into thighs. Cramps between scapulae during motion.

Extremities

      Coldness of one hand, other is hot. Femur as if dislocated on sitting down. Pains as if bruised in all the bones.

Sleep

      Shocks in limbs on falling to sleep. Eyes half open during sleep, with moaning and groaning. Loss of sleep causes nausea and fatigue.

Fever

      Short chill with long heat. Chill alternating with heat. Heat without thirst. Suppressed of mixed intermittents; nausea in all stages. Catarrhal or gastric fevers. Hands and feet drip cold sweat. Infantile remittent fever.

Skin

      Itching, with nausea, scratches until he vomits.

Related

      Ant-t; Lobelia

Complementary

      Ars; Cuprum

About the author

S.R. Phatak

S.R. Phatak

A pioneer of Homoeopathy in Maharashtra, Dr Shankar Raghunath Phatak was born on 6th September, 1896. He did his MBBS from Grant Medical College, in 1924. Started his practice but somehow not satisfied with Allopathic Treatment.

He was convinced about Homoeopathy while going through Sir William Osler's writings on 'History of Medicine' so switched over to an entirely Homoeopathic Practice in 1932. He also started working on Homoeopathic literature along with his Practice.

He has contributed immensely to homoeopathic literature. He was an ardent follower of Dr Boger. His Repertory is based on Boger's ''A Synoptic key to Materia Medica'.

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