Ignatia - Homeopathy for Treating the Symptoms of Shock and Grief

Homeopathic remedies are made from a wide range of natural substances including a huge variety of plants.

The remedy Ignatia, derived from the tree St. Ignatius' Bean, native to the Philippines and parts of China, is used homeopathically to treat grief and shock .

It is found to be very effective for the symptoms of acute grief following the loss of a loved one. Ignatia is renowned for it’s strong action on the emotions and the nervous system.

Some of the symptoms associated with Ignatia include sleeplessness, shock, physical and nervous exhaustion occurring after the death of a friend or family member.

Unexpressed grief can build up causing a sensation of a constant lump in the throat where emotions are expressed as sighing, sobbing and sudden outbursts of anger or grief over little things. If left unexpressed, over time this can develop into long-term health problems including frequent headaches, nervous complaints, anxiety and digestive problems. In fact, a wide variety of physical and emotional complaints can be helped with Ignatia particularly when the root of the problem can be traced back to a loss or grief.

After the sudden death of a young person or tragic accident in a locality, families, peers and communities can all be affected and traumatised by the experience.

The Homeopathic remedy Ignatia, given during the aftermath of a tragic event; at the time of the funeral or in the following days or weeks, can help the body to release the shock, express the grief and assist the nervous system to relax and begin to heal. A deep, healing sleep can be experienced, the mind becomes calmer and over time the whole body becomes stable and able to process what has happened without developing further health problems.

Ignatia can also be a very useful remedy to give to children and teens who have experienced a loss and have difficulty speaking about it yet are affected by it and have some change in behaviour or health dating back to a shock or loss.

A simple example of this could be a child who begins to have problems in school or develops a physical illness after the death of a beloved family pet. Another common example would be a teenager who is heartbroken when a romance ends badly and is finding it difficult to recover and regain interest in school and social life.

It can also be useful where a child moves house and leaves good friends behind and is finding it difficult to settle, crying at night, having angry outbursts and pining for their old friends. The character depicted in the movie “Inside Out” may well have benefitted from a dose of Ignatia!

As a holistic remedy Ignatia works on all levels, physical, mental and emotional. It helps with releasing emotions and settles the nervous system, building up strength and vitality, enhancing the ability to let go gently and move forward, open to the next life adventure.

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Disclaimer: This information is intended as educational information only and is not to be taken as medical advice. It is your responsibility to seek medical help and diagnosis where appropriate. Health care professionals should always be consulted for any health problem or medical concern.