What Are the Medicinal Uses for Ignatia?

Ignatia amara is a homeopathic remedy derived from the St. Ignatius bean, Strychnos ignatii. The bean comes from a tree native to the Philippines and other parts of Southeast Asia. Given the nickname "homeopathic Prozac" because of its calming effects on the nervous system, according to the website Natural Standard, Ignatia is used to treat stages of grief. Where homeopathic remedies have not been substantiated by scientific research trials, or if symptoms persist, consultation with a qualified health practitioner is advisable.

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Prevents Weight Loss

The October 2008 issue of the journal "Homeopathy" reported on a study that examined the effects of homeopathic remedies on the occurrence of diarrhea and weight loss in weaned piglets. The researchers observed that piglets given a sucrose saline solution that contained homeopathic doses of herbs including Ignatia amara, had less weight loss in the 7 days following weaning--during which they were administered the solution--than the control group of piglets that did not receive either sucrose saline solution or sucrose saline with the homeopathic remedies. It is unclear whether similar results could be obtained in human trials.

Suppresses Oral Lichen Planus

Oral lichen planus is an inflammatory autoimmune disease affecting the lining of the mouth, according to MayoClinic.com. Research conducted in 2009 at Tehran University of Medical Sciences Dental School's Department of Oral Medicine in Tehran, Iran, found that patients with oral lichen planus treated for four months with a homeopathic preparation of Ignatia at a dilution of 30C, or 10 to the sixth power, had a reduction in lesion size and in reported pain levels.

Emotional and Physical Effects of Menopausal

Ignatia did well in a trial of menopause-related emotional disturbances, with substantial improvement reported in both psychological and psychosomatic symptoms, or physical complaints stemming from psychological causes, according to an article in the January 2004 issue of "Science and Engineering Ethics." Compared with pharmaceutical treatments, the Ignatia preparation was better tolerated and had fewer side effects. Additionally, climacteric complaints diminished by 96 percent in the group taking Ignatia.

Emergency Medical Care

In a study on the effects of homeopathy in an emergency care setting, published in the January 2003 "Homeopathy," patients injured in a construction accident were administered Ignatia along with other homeopathic preparations and standard orthopedic care. Patients were started on Ignatia 24 hours after the initial trauma. Significant improvements in pain and reduced anxiety were reported. On discharge, patients reported the treatments as effective for 67 percent of their pain and anxiety complaints.

Eases Digestive Complaints

The website ABC Homeopathy lists additional medicinal uses for Ignatia, including its application in cases of stomach and intestinal cramping, sour stomach, craving for acidic foods, colicky pains in the abdomen and, in particular, flatulence.