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Ignatia--A Remedy to Remember When Love Goes Awry
by Amy Lansky, PhD
Editor´s Note: In this short article, Amy presents the key indications for the homeopathic remedy Ignatia in situations of acute grief involving loss of a loved one for whatever reason. While Ignatia is one of the main remedies to consider for grief, there are several other important ones, the choice being determined by the totality of symptoms. If grief is ongoing, treatment with the person's constitutional remedy is highly advisable.
With Valentine's Day coming up, it's sometimes good to remember a remedy that can help when love doesn't go our way—Ignatia Amara. It is one of the primary remedies for acute grief, whether it be from the loss of a loved one from death or just a break-up. It can also be quite useful in other grief situations—for example, when one has lost a beloved possession or one's job. (However, if the feeling of grief is accompanied by strong anger and indignation, another remedy to consider is Staphysagria. If the grief has become a long-term condition and the person is closed and hardened by it, a remedy like Natrum Muriaticum might be more appropriate.)
One of the keynotes of Ignatia is constant sighing and the feeling that one has a lump in one's throat—that feeling of being all "choked up." When you're in an Ignatia state, you might also feel a bit hysterical. Other symptoms can include involuntary weeping, sleeplessness, impatience, irritability and indecision. A quick dose of Ignatia (30c is a good potency that can be found in any health food store) can really calm the nerves in these kinds of situations.
As always, consult first with your homeopath if you are currently undergoing homepathic treatment, because taking another remedy can interfere with the remedy you are on. If you are not currently undergoing homeopathic treatment, do not take any remedy for more than a few days without consulting with a homeopath. Finally, remember these tips that apply to all remedies:
* Once you feel relief, do not take another dose unless the symptoms return
* Do not repeat more frequently than three times a day or as advised by your homeopath
* Do not repeat if you experience any worsening of symptoms
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About the Author
Amy Lansky, PhD was a NASA researcher in artificial intelligence when her life was transformed by the miraculous homeopathic cure of her son's autism. In 2003, she published Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy, now one of the best-selling introductory books on homeopathy worldwide. Since then, Lansky has broadened her investigations to include ancient and modern teachings about consciousness, meditation, and our collective power to evolve and transform our world. The result is her newest book, Active Consciousness: Awakening the Power Within, published in 2011.