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A Salute to Ignatia Real Medicine for Post Traumatic Stress and More

Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na)

May 25th, 2014  |  61 Comments

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Every aspiring homeopath (caring mom) must learn how to recognize each remedy's uses and characteristics, and how to differentiate between remedies.  

materia medica (Latin for “materials of medicine”) is the tool that helps one do this, and is, therefore, the most necessary book in your homeopathic library.  

This is my materia medica.

Salute to SUNThis Memorial Day, in honor of our veterans, active duty service members, the families of those who serve and of those we have lost to battle; I want to highlight one of the most useful weapons in our arsenal of homeopathic remedies…Ignatia amara, the ultimate post traumatic stress medicine.

(I’m using the “weapons” parallel not only because of today’s military theme, but also because the handy red box, below, that holds our 100 remedies kit,  was originally designed for storing bullets…I like to think of each little vial of pills as ammo against ill health!)

Ignatia is the #1 remedy of choice when dealing with many emotional problems that some in duty have undergone.

Here is a list of the sufferings that for over 200 years have historically been  resolved by Ignatia:

  • grief (even long term)
  • emotional shock; old or new
  • Acute Stress Reaction*
  • certain kinds of anxiety or panic attacks
  • persistent feelings of regret
  • mental or physical exhaustion
  • worry
  • homesickness
  • emotional or physical breakdown after prolonged stress
  • PTSD and more.*

This is why it’s such an important remedy for military families – both those who serve and those who wait at home.

Formerly referred to as “shell shock”, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder* is characterized by stress reactions that persist long after the danger of a traumatic experience has passed.

These stress reactions can take many forms, including both physical and mental symptoms such as nightmares, flashbacks, hyper-vigilance or jumpiness (exaggerated startle reflex), insomnia, depression, anger, emotional numbness, racing heart, difficulty concentrating, headaches or stomachaches, etc.

It is not uncommon among service people such as soldiers, rescue workers and police officers who experience deep remorse and self-blame after a perceived failure to protect or save others from harm, or among those who experience “survivors guilt” after a disaster.

These commanding emotions of fear, grief, worry and regret, are all prominent in the remedy picture of Ignatia, and the picture includes all the many branches of symptoms that have those three emotions at their stem.

One of the methods for Ignatia amara 200C to be used, is two times per day for many days, if not weeks. As improvement ensues, its use may be eliminated and then reinstated later if the suffering reappears.

Often, it will not be needed again and again.

I witnessed the good doctors at the Prasanta Banerji Homeopathic Research Center in Calcutta using this potency and frequently and now for nearly 3 years I have employed the same.

For years, I’ve also used Ignatia amara 30C, (as in the kit here) in the same fashion (twice daily) and have found it to also be as effective.

Remedy Kit

Remedy Kit

Having noted this, however, if the 30th potency doesn’t help, the  200 potency might be a better choice.

Here are some more uses for this monumental remedy:

  • For those who worry about and are taking care of others who are sick, injured or in danger
  • After experiencing  any trauma
  • For those who are frightened or have lost their confidence for any reason
  • For someone who has difficulty trusting again
  • For anyone who is depressed or tormented from persistent negative thoughts or fixed ideas
  • For when someone has lost their faith and is mired in disillusionment after a disappointment in life
  • For when someone has endured immediate or longstanding sorrow

“What if I’m already taking an anti-anxiety drug?”

No worry. Homeopathy does not interfere with drugs.  But as far as I’m concerned,  the idea is to stay clear of  them, if possible. They often cause the next illness in the name of longstanding and worse-than-the-original-illness- side- effects.

If Ignatia can provide relief, then synthetic drugs become superfluous.

Undoubtedly, it could be injudicious to simply leap off a drug without supervision.  But with care, and the aid of the prescribing doctor to help properly wean off, many have been able to minimize and even eliminate dependency.

Hence, Ignatia doesn’t mask the sadness like antidepressants, or worse eliminate the highs and lows of emotional range, it helps to bring about acceptance, strength, and resilience, an ability to start seeing the joys of life as well as the sorrows, and recover the fortitude needed to go on.

Remember, homeopathy doesn’t cover up symptoms; it resolves illness.

And so, on this important day in the U.S.  I proudly acknowledge our veterans and their families and offer this gift of information.

Please pass this on to all who might benefit.

(Actually, I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t!) _____________________________________________________________________________

*Acute Stress Reaction and PTSD are two of the many problems covered in my invaluable course The Survivalist Guide to Homeopathy. Want to learn more about how homeopathy is THE medicine for when the SHTF? For more information, and to learn how to Think Outside of the Box, click here >> https://survivalmedicine.joettecalabrese.com/duty-and-responsibility/.

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I am a homeopath with a world wide practice working with families and individuals via Skype. I'm also a teacher and most importantly, a mom who raised my now-adult children depending on homeopathy over the last 31 years. I lived decades of my life with food intolerances, allergies, and chemical sensitivities until I was cured with homeopathy, so I understand pain, anxiety s and suffering. You may feel that your issues are more severe or different than anyone else’s, but I have seen it all in my practice and in my work in India. My opinion is that nothing has come close to the reproducible, safe and effective results that my clients, students and I have achieved with homeopathy.

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61 thoughts on “A Salute to Ignatia Real Medicine for Post Traumatic Stress and More”

  1. Natasha says:

    Thank you for the post, very helpful.

    Is this the best remedy for depression in general? A friend of mine has been 2+ years on medicated anti-depressants, and I would love to give them this to try. They seem placid, even almost happy in their melancholic state, which doesn’t exactly fit the bill. However, the partner is truly suffering, with the stress of the whole situation.

    I wonder if Ignatia, would help either of them?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      There are other homeopathic medicines for depression as well, Ignatia being only one. It depends on the cause and how it presents that determines the remedy choice. Without taking the case, it would be difficult to determine for sure.

  2. Liz says:

    Ignatia is invaluable for so many situations of stress. It is amazing. Thanks for sharing this valuable information.

  3. Megan says:

    wow my hubby has what my friends and I call PTSD from being abused as a child, this so describes his being. Im going to have him read this and if he agrees, try the 30c. already have him talking silica 3 times a day cause he fits that like a glove.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Hi Megan, Make sure that your reason for using this or any remedy is based on how he presents today; not on what happened long ago. If indeed the problems of his childhood are still manifesting in the behaviors and sorrows I mentioned in the article, then its a good fit.

      1. megan says:

        thanks for your reply. I think it is but have been studying to find help. the silica i found when studing and I was surprised something fit so well. and yes he still shows signs today at 53 yrs old. he fits 8 of the things listed.

  4. Cheli says:

    Hi Joette! Love this! I have noticed a real difference with Ignatia with my mother, who has PTSD from her stroke and severe anxiety. She can’t take medications (and won’t do so anyway) but I have to say that the Ignatia not only does the job but she doesn’t really need to take it anymore.

  5. Natalie says:

    This remedy has indeed been a huge blessing to us as a military family. I only wish I would have discovered its uses for PTSD several years ago!

  6. Lola says:

    It’s fascinating that scientists have recently been proposing, based on animal studies, that effects of PTSD can be passed on multi-generationally. Severe stress or fear can affect the brain in ways that cause epigenetic changes that are then passed on to offspring.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I agree. This has been shown via the holocaust victims and their offspring. We call it miasmatic in homeopathy.

  7. Christy says:

    Joette, I have a 9-year-old adopted son that has many of the symptoms listed. The books I have read call the situation he endured before adoption as brain trauma (not physical, but mental.) I would love to try this remedy. Should I try the 30C or the 200C? Does it matter for a child?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      In that it is a brain trauma, I’d have to look at the situation differently. This would not be the 1st remedy I’d consider for such. Unfortunately, without taking the case, I couldn’t offer any specific information.

      1. Sarah says:

        After 24 yrs of marriage & going thru 3+yrs in a self help/support group my husband tells me I need to be content w/him taking care of me and as long as he’s “nice” to me but not have communication. I’m having a very hard time accepting this (even tho I obviously have to).such an incredible disappointment to say the least.

  8. Sarah says:

    Would you recommend this oil for PTSD related to sexual abuse as a child?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      The choice of the remedy is less about the cause and more about the sufferings experienced today. In other words, if the abuse frm years ago manifests in the symptoms mentioned, then it may be the correct remedy. But if the person has resolved the issues from the past, this remedy is not correct. By the way, the remedy is not an oil; it is in pill form.

  9. Chuck says:

    One of my buddies from Vietnam has had PTSD for years. same for me off and on. I might just give it a try.

  10. Ajmal Khan says:

    So much thanks for this information,
    on 20 May 2014 A married woman consult me for her suppressed menses for five months with negative pregnancy test.
    During taking the case she told me that when her father died then it was 13th day of her last menses and after that
    her menses is absent.
    I gave her Ignatia 10M single dose,next morning her menses started.

  11. Victoria says:

    I used Ignatia on my dog Lucy when she fell into a deep slump after I had to put my other dog down. I could not believe the difference in her behavior within just two days! Seeing is believing, Thanks Joette!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      And the critics of homeopathy call it placebo! Silly middle-aged men with nothing better to do.

  12. Kelsey says:

    I have a question that I’m not sure if you can answer here. I’ve been seeing a classical homeopath since last December. I went because of some extreme anxiety I had been experiencing for several months (along with bouts of depression), but also I have had many other chronic health issues since birth (that possibly led up to the very sudden and out of the blue anxiety). Anyway, instead of having me take daily doses of my chosen remedy, she has had me take one dose of a strong potency (most recently 200c) and then two to three weeks later (whenever I feel myself starting to go downhill again) she’ll have me take another single dose. I’ve made lots of progress finally in the past couple of months as far as the anxiety is concerned, but still feel really crummy physically, and just haven’t seen as much progress as I would’ve hoped by now. Why do some homeopaths prescribe daily doses and others just one dose every several weeks? I feel like if rather be taking a daily dose and feel like I might make more progress that way, but don’t know how to address that with my homeopath, since obviously she knows a lot more than I do about it. Any thoughts?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      It might be difficult to convince your homeopath that you ought to be taking the remedies every day, since we homeopaths are a stubborn lot. Most us were trained the way she practices, since that is what Dr. James Kent of Chicago practiced until early in the last centrury. He has been a considerable infuence on classical homeopathy.
      The reason I repeat more frequently is becuase I was awarded a yearly fellowship with the Prasanta Banerji Homeopathic Research Foundation in Calcutta where I adopted their methods and found them to be indesputable and most importatnly reproducable. Its that simple. Its in our training and experience.

      I find that the method I use (which is not only frequent repetition, but some combination remedies, etc.) is faster acting.
      Having said this, if you are seeing results with your homeopathy, you ought to stay with her. Sometimes slow and steady is good pace.

      1. Kelsey says:

        Thanks, Joette. I appreciate the response. I just had another follow-up with her and didn’t mention what I felt about repeating the dose more frequently, but after we talked she actually came to the conclusion that I should be repeating the doses more frequently (I’m taking just two drops each time of a stock bottle she had me make, so I’m taking a very small dose each time)! So I guess my intuition was right! Hopefully I’ll see some more improvement now. That’s interesting about the different methods. Thanks for taking the time to respond!

  13. Donna Greco says:

    My husband took this remedy after working as a firefighter at the scene of the World Trade Center after the terrorist attack. He was having nightmares and emotional shock and a lot of trauma issues from what he saw at the scene. This rememdy helped him get thru it. Thanks to Joette for recommending it at a time when he really needed relief.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I often think of your husband the sacrifice he was willing to make and the pleasure that came from helping him.

  14. gill says:

    if a person has all the above but also has the reaction of anger and resentment/hatred towards the past situations, while thinking of them. Would this still be ignatia or would it now be natrum mur?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Its less likely that its Ignatia if the main emotion is anger. But I’d have to take the case in order to know which remedy would be best chosen. Nat mur could be correct, but Stramonium or Nux vomica and many others also cover these symptoms.

  15. gill says:

    thanks-good info though overall

  16. drgeometry says:

    As a chiropractor I have been adding this to many of my clients with GREAT results. I also gave it to my 23 year old nephew with a history of heroin addiction….he’s been off drugs for a year, but very depressed, not motivated and not functional. He has been incredibly irritable, angry and cranky with everyone in his family. Within 2 days of ignatia everyone in the family has seen tremendous changes with a much more positive outlook and ability to interact with people…. Thanks. Now just need to work on his sleep cycle as it is backward….sleeps all day and stays up all night.

  17. Elizabeth says:

    Dear Joette,

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful information.

    A few questions I’d hoped to ask:

    You recommend (per the Banerji protocol) taking Ignatia amara 200C twice a day. How many pellets should one take at each dosing?

    The label on Boiron’s Ignatia amara 30C recommends 5 pellets three times per day. But if I followed these instructions, my little vial would be empty in less than a week! I’m afraid a long-term need for the remedy would quickly become too expensive at this dosing!

    Would Ignatia amara be appropriate for chronic, free-form anxiety, marked by extreme overthinking, rumination, and OCD? Would it be appropriate for the physiological stress symptoms of “adrenal fatigue”? These states of being have robbed my peace of mind and ability to think straight and concentrate for many years.

    Given the long history and chronic nature of my sadness/anxiety/fear, would long-term/indefinite use of Ignatia amara be recommended? How should I determine the length of the treatment course?

    And, one more! How quickly do you typically see results with this remedy?

    Thank you again for your kind help! I am fond of St. Ignatius–his rules of spiritual discernment have been a guidepost for me–so it’s lovely to try a remedy bearing his name.

    Take care,
    Elizabeth

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Generally, if the remedy is well chosen, results have been shown to set in within a span of a few weeks or months. However, the point of homeopathy, unlike drug therapy nor supplement therapy, is to take the remedy until the issue is completed. That is, it is not intended that the medicine be taken for a lifetime. That would infer that the condition could not be resolved without the substance. Homeopathy has a reputation for uprooting illness, not holding it at bay. Having said this, many find that taking less than the # of pills mentioned on the bottle also works well.
      I might also add that when I offer the Banerji Protocols with a specific potency, that is the potency that they have found to be most efficacious.

      Unfortunately,this forum is not the place to determine what remedy is best suited for an individual.

      Yes, I agree with your thoughts regarding St. Ignatius.

      1. Elizabeth says:

        Thank you, Joette, for taking the time to respond. Perhaps I will look into scheduling a consultation with you to better understand the nuances of your advice and to receive some person-specific recommendations 🙂

        Take care–
        Elizabeth

  18. jan says:

    hi.

    its over 2 yrs since the last comment here. but… here i am.

    a friend just gave me a bottle of ignatia amara 6c. it has no indication of dosage. haven’t found any info online so far.

    gonna try taking 3 pellets twice a day. anyone have any info or experience? thank u.

    best wishes,
    j c

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Always read the outside of the bottle that will indicate the number of pills that comprise one dose. Having said this, why would you use 6c?

  19. Suzy says:

    My sister started this protocol a few weeks ago. This past week she started to feel as if the sun was coming out again and had 3 better days in a row. Today she felt sad again. How long after feeling better should one stop taking the remedy? A day? A week?
    Thank you

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      When I take personal cases, I direct folks to stay with Ignatia 200, 2D for about 6+ weeks. If its acting, we don’t stop using it unless we can call it mo longer a concern.
      ‘So happy to hear.

  20. smbtv says:

    Have you written any posts in regards to anorexia or eating disorders? Wondering what types of medicines might be used in a case like that. When the symptoms are refusal to eat for fear of becoming fat, excessive weight loss, teenage female, etc. Thanks!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I have an on-line course for such conditions that offer specifics. Its titled Good Gut Bad Gut. Should you be interested, find this on the front page of my site.

    2. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I have not written on the subject but have worked with many with this problem.

  21. Robin Karania says:

    i m suffering from severe anxiety, fear some times tention and gastric with a lot of Burp problems since last 5+ years, I M 40 Years Male , can u suggest any remedy in homeopathy Please..

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Instead of my taking your case, why not use what I provide here for you? Its right here for the picking.

  22. Elaine says:

    If this is a well chosen correct remedy, how many days until one begins to feel benefits? Within a day, week? I do think Ignatia 200 calms my panic & anxiety, but of course now I fear proving the remedy and possibly feeling worse with such frequent dosing! If its not the right remedy how will we know?? Many thanks Joette!

  23. Angela says:

    How many pellets of 200c for a 48 year old man with PTSF and a history of violent childhood sexual abuse?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      The number of pills that comprise a dose is printed on the outside of the bottle, regardless of life circumstances.

      1. Angela says:

        Sorry, I meant “PTSD”. So, I should just give him the dose listed on the bottle? I am in the process of scheduling a consult with you but I wanted to try this while I get in your schedule.

        1. Vivi says:

          I am suffering from anxiety, panic attacks. I have irritable bowel syndrome ( diarrhea ) and painful menstrual cramps. One friend told me that ignatia 200c will help me. I would like to know how to take it, the dose is too much? Do I have to stop drinking coffee or eating some foods? Are there side effects?
          Thank you

          1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

            There are no side effects per se. That is, if the medicine is correct it will do good. If does not do good, its use should be halted.
            The directions on how many pills is equal to a dose is printed on the side of the bottle. The way it is taken by most is according to the article.
            Coffee drinking is not a problem when using the repetitive method I discuss. Nor are certain foods a problem. I urge you to spend time learning more by spending time on this site, listening to podcasts and reading my articles.

  24. vivi says:

    I am suffering from anxiety, panic attacks. I have irritable bowel syndrom ( diarrhea ) and painful menstrual cramps , the pain begins days before with black blood spots. And because all of them i feel depressed. A friend suggests to take ignatia 200c . How to take it? Are there side effects? I read that at first place aggravates the emotional symptoms and cause of that i afraid to take it. Have i to stop drinking coffee, tea or eating some foods?
    Thank you

  25. vivi says:

    I am sorry for writing two times my post but i couldn’ t see it , so i wrote it again.
    Thank you for the answer

  26. Javaid says:

    Hi, I am suffering from throat alergies/infections for the past 5 years now. I think doctors have tried every single antibiotic and anti allergy on me but nothing works for me. Some call it acute farngitis some call it tonsalitis and what not I don’t even remember the names now. All of these treatments and the pain that I have gone through has made me a patient of depression anxiety and I just jeep on thinking about getting into a Big disease because of all this I can not concentrate on anything else except thinking about my pains aches and throat. Some one recommended me to have this medicine. So I want to know should I take this medication for my stress and depression ? And secondly can you please suggest any medicine for my throat As well.
    Thanks

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I don’t take cases and give personal advice on this forum. BUt if the remedy I described seems to fit, it might be something to consider. You may also use this blog to find the most common conditions and which homeopathics to use for such. I believe if you dig around, you’ll find some solutions.

  27. M P says:

    I found this post when looking up feelings of lack of trust, missing my parents now that they are both passed away, even though I am almost a senior myself. the main problem is due to emotional abuse from my ex, and so many years later, I simply do not trust anyone.
    I have taken Ignatia 200C shortly after my mother died 3 years ago, but recently I still find those feelings resurfacing again, plus memories of the past abuse coming up.
    I will try taking Ignatia 200C again to deal with my deep feelings of grief and lack of trust. Can one repeat the same dose or do I need to go to a higher dose?
    thank you so much for the clarity of this article.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      If you read the article again, I believe you’ll find your answer on repetition and over what period of time its generally taken.

  28. NG says:

    Can you say a little more about Ignatia vs. Natrum Mur? I have read repeatedly that Natrum Mur is the chronic of Ignatia, so if PTSD/shock/trauma happened years ago, should one take Ignatia or is Natrum Mur the better choice?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Yes, we’ve all read that NM is the chronic of Ignatia, but in my experience, Ignatia works in such a large number of cases, that it has become my 1st choice regardless of the age of the trauma.

  29. M P says:

    I took Ignatia 2ooC twice daily for about 10 days and really feel the difference in how I feel. I do not feel so empty inside anymore. I am now switching to Sympytum for arthritis and joint pain. Thanks so much for all the help, Dr. Calabrese.

  30. After a thorough study of remedies to treat emotional and physical imbalances, I made it to IGNATIA AMARA. Bought the 200 potency to treat self but yet to start the dosage. Your article is very informative as to the usage and efficacy of this wonderful drug particularly by soldiers who most of their time stay away from their families with homesickness, sorrow, distress, emotions etc., I have been using homeo remedies for the past 2 years to treat several symptoms chronic and acute nature and found them to be more effective, economical minus side effects in particular. Somehow, I avoid conventional medicine in order to keep my physique away from the toxins that suppress the symptoms deeper into the body.

    Joe, can you please suggest whether this remedyhelps in treating spndylosis coupled with hyperthyroidism, glandular and muscular pains while addressing the mental agony ? Would be much thankful for your response. Regards.

    Raju Lalitheswara
    Hyderabad, India.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      It doesn’t cover these conditions but if you use your browser and plug in my name plus the specific condition (or at leas a synonym for it) you’ll likely find an article or blog in which I cover it/them.

  31. Suzy says:

    Any possibility of teaching a course on Mental Disorders and protocols? ie Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, etc.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Its in the works for sometime in the future.

  32. Lalitheswarara Raju says:

    Joe, may I have your mail Id or Blog name ?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      joettecalabrese@joettecalabrese.com

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