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IGNATIA

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(St. Ignatius Bean) Produces a marked hyperesthesia of all the senses, and a tendency to clonic spasms. Mentally, THE EMOTIONAL ELEMENT IS UPPERMOST, AND CO-ORDINATION OF FUNCTION IS INTERFERED WITH. Hence, it is one of the chief remedies for hysteria. It is especially adapted to the nervous temperament-women of sensitive, easily excited nature, dark, mild disposition, quick to perceive, rapid in execution. Rapid change of mental and physical condition, opposite to each other. Great contradictions. Alert, nervous, apprehensive, rigid, trembling patients who suffer acutely in mind or body, at the same time made worse by drinking coffee. The SUPERFICIAL and ERRATIC CHARACTER of its symptoms is most characteristic. EFFECTS OF GRIEF and worry. Cannot bear tobacco. Pain is small, circumscribed spots. (OXAL. AC.) THE PLAGUE. Hiccough and hysterical vomiting.

Mind
Changeable mood; introspective; silently brooding. Melancholic, sad, tearful. Not communicative. SIGHING AND SOBBING. After shocks, grief, disappointment.

Head
Feels hollow, heavy; WORSE, STOOPING. Headache as if a nail were driven out through the side. Cramp-like pain over root of nose. Congestive headaches following anger or grief; WORSE, SMOKING OR SMELLING TOBACCO, inclines head forward.

Eyes
ASTHENOPIA, with spasms of lids and neuralgic pain about eyes. (NAT. M.) Flickering zigzags.

Face
TWITCHING OF MUSCLES of face and lips. Changes color when at rest.

Mouth
SOUR TASTE. Easily bites inside of cheeks. Constantly full of saliva. Toothache; worse after drinking coffee and smoking. Throat. Feeling of a lump in throat that cannot be swallowed. Tendency to choke, globus hystericus. Sore throat; stitches when not swallowing; better, eating something solid. Stitches between acts of swallowing. Stitches extend to ear. (HEP.) Tonsils inflamed, swollen, WITH SMALL ULCERS. FOLLICULAR TONSILLITUS.

Stomach
Sour eructation. All-gone feeling in stomach; MUCH FLATULENCE; hiccough. Cramps in stomach; worse slightest contact. Averse to ordinary diet; longs for great variety of indigestible articles. Craving for acid things. SINKING IN STOMACH, RELIEVED BY TAKING A DEEP BREATH.

Abdomen
Rumbling in bowels. Weak feeling in upper abdomen. Throbbing in abdomen. (ALOE; SANG.) Colicky, griping pains in one or both sides of abdomen.

Rectum
Itching and stitching up the rectum. PROLAPSE. Stools pass with difficulty; PAINFUL CONSTRICTION OF ANUS AFTER STOOL. Stitches in haemorrhoids during cough. Diarrhoea from fright. Stitches from anus deep into rectum. Haemorrhage and pain; worse when stool is loose. Pressure AS OF A SHARP INSTRUMENT FROM WITHIN OUTWARD. Urine. Profuse, watery. (PHOS. AC)

Respiratory
Dry, spasmodic cough in quick successive shocks. Spasm of glottis (CALC) Reflex coughs. Coughing increases the desire to cough. MUCH SIGHING. Hollow spasmodic cough, worse in the evening, little expectoration, leaving pain in trachea.

Female
Menses, BLACK, too early, too profuse, or scanty. During menses great languor, with spasmodic pains in stomach and abdomen. Feminine sexual frigidity. Suppression from grief.

Extremities
Jerking of limbs. Pain in tendo-Achilles and calf. Ulcerative pain in soles.

Sleep
Very light. Jerking of limbs on going to sleep. Insomnia from grief, cares, with itching of arms and violent yawning. Dreams continuing a long time; troubling him.

Fever
Chill, with thirst; not relieved by external heat. During fever, itching; nettle-rash all over body.

Skin
Itching, nettle-rash. Very sensitive to draught of air. Excoriation, especially around vagina and mouth.

Modalities
WORSE, in the morning, open air, after meals, COFFEE, smoking, liquids, external warmth. BETTER, while eating, change of position.

Relationship
Compare: ZINC.; KALI PHOS.; SEP.; CIMICIF. PANACEA ARVENSIS-Poor man's Mercury-(Sensitiveness over gastric region with hunger but an aversion to food). Complementary: NAT. MUR. Incompatible: COFFEA; NUX; TABAC. Antidotes: PULS.; CHAM.; COCC.

Dose
Sixth, to 200th potency.