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Ipecacuanha: effects and areas of application

by Josephine Andrews
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Ipecacuanha is a homeopathic remedy for nausea. You can use it for various ailments that are accompanied by persistent nausea and vomiting, such as digestive problems or a severe cough. Here you can read more about the effect, dosage and use of the remedy, which is often used in the homeopathic treatment of children.

What is Ipecacuanha?

The homeopathic remedy Ipecacuanha is made from the ipecacuanha plant (Carapichea ipecacuanha). The plant contains toxic isoquinoline alkaloids. Therefore, an extract of ipecac can cause severe nausea.

The homeopathic mother tincture (Cephaelis ipecacuanha) in its diluted and “succussed” form has an expectorant effect on coughs and is said to help induce vomiting – for example in the case of poisoning.

When is Ipecacuanha used?

In principle, Ipecacuanha is said to help with any illness in which nausea and vomiting play a role. These mainly include gastrointestinal diseases and coughs, but ultimately any organ system can be diseased and the stomach disorder can accompany it.

  • A special reference to ipecacuanha as a suitable remedy is that vomiting does not reduce the symptoms, but on the contrary often worsens them.

Typical diseases and conditions that respond well to Ipecacuanha

  • Cough
  • whooping cough
  • Asthma
  • headache
  • nausea and vomiting
  • gastric mucosal inflammation
  • Diarrhea
  • nosebleeds
  • increased menstrual bleeding
  • increased birth bleeding 

Typical symptoms and complaints that should indicate Ipecacuanha

  • drowsiness after vomiting
  • Complaints keep coming back periodically
  • clean tongue, without coating
  • coughing to the point of vomiting
  • persistent nausea with all complaints
  • Nausea not better from vomiting
  • copious mucus production and salivation
  • no thirst
  • tendency to bleed

The complaints get better:

  • through rest
  • through fresh air

The symptoms get worse:

  • through food (especially pork and veal, fruit, ice cream and mess eating)
  • through movement
  • in hot and humid weather
  • by cold
  • in the evening and at night

These symptoms can either be the actual signs of the disease or accompany the disease. In any case, they indicate that Ipecacuanha can be helpful to the sick person.

If the symptoms persist or get worse, always go to a doctor and have the cause clarified. This is especially true when it comes to illnesses in babies and children.

Ipecacuanha for baby and child

Ipecacuanha is very often used with children. Sick Ipecacuanha children are cranky, impatient, and restless. They scream and yell frequently and are not happy about anything.

Children often suffer from nausea and vomiting. If your child becomes ill after eating pork, veal, ice cream, candy, or binge eating, consider ipecacuanha.

Nausea will likely be the first symptom. This nausea will not improve after your child vomits either. Vomiting will either bring out the food that came before it, or the child will gag without being able to say anything. During this stomach upset, your child will be pale, eyes sunken. You can see that the child is sick.

Ipecacuanha can also be the right remedy for children with a strong cough: if your child has to cough so much that it chokes or even vomits. Babies and small children in particular then usually suffer from excessive salivation, so that they often drool. The mucus production is also greatly increased, which is ultimately reflected in the choking cough, sometimes to the point of shortness of breath.

Another typical use of ipecac in children is repeated nosebleeds. If your child is bleeding from the nose more frequently for no apparent reason, a homeopathic treatment with ipecacuanha can be helpful. This is especially true if the blood is bright red. Since there can also be serious causes behind repeated nosebleeds, you should always have them checked out by a doctor.

What characterizes the Ipecacuanha type?

Ipecacuanha is a remedy that is used in most cases for acute symptoms. It is therefore not possible to describe a classic Ipecacuanha constitution type, which is said to respond to its constitutional remedy in every type of illness. However, the remedy should be more suitable for women and children than for men.

Patients who may benefit from ipecacuanha are often cranky, impatient, irritable and grumpy, and full of cravings but don’t know what. They find it difficult to endure loud noises.

How is Ipecacuanha used?

You use the homeopathic single remedy in the classic way in the form of small globules. Another way to use it as a single remedy is homeopathic drops or tablets. Due to the toxicity of the starting substance, Ipecacuanha must be prescribed in potencies D1 to D3.

The remedy has a special effect on coughs. That is why you will find it in many homeopathic combination remedies that are offered to treat colds and coughs. Many homeopathic mixed medicines for the treatment of stomach irritation also contain potentised ipecac. You can buy these combination drugs as tablets, globules or drops.

Ipecacuanha is used in most cases of acute illnesses. If you or your child have noticed corresponding Ipecacuanha symptoms, start self-treatment with Ipecacuanha 6X or Ipecacuanha 12X.

To see results quickly, repeat the administration of three Ipecacuanha globules several times a day. In acute cases, you can take Ipecacuanha D6 every half hour, but not more than ten times in 24 hours.

If the symptoms are more pronounced, if the patient is particularly suffering, or if the symptoms have existed for a long time, it is best to use Ipecacuanha D12. However, you should not repeat this potency more than six times a day.

Ipecacuanha also works very well for diseases that keep recurring at periodic intervals. In these cases and in the case of very severe courses of acute diseases, higher potencies such as Ipecacuanha 30C or Ipecacuanha 200C are required. However, you should not use such treatments yourself. Please only take high potencies if prescribed by a homeopath, who will also closely monitor the progress of the treatment.

Homeopathic medicines have no side effects, but the intake of Ipecacuanha must be stopped if initial aggravations occur . With self-medication, the symptoms should improve quickly.

Typical Ipecacuanha application areas

nausea and vomiting – Tongue is not coated
– Strong salivation
– Persistent nausea, does not improve with vomiting
– Vomiting after eating greasy food, fruit, ice cream or eating mixed up
– Feeling of emptiness in the stomach
– often with headache and dizziness
– Can also be used for vomiting during pregnancy
3 globules Ipecacuanha D6 up to ten times a day or 3 globules Ipecacuanha D12 up to six times a day.
Diarrhea – with cutting, colicky pain
– yellow, watery, frothy diarrhea (like fermented)
– sometimes bloody diarrhea
3 globules Ipecacuanha D6 up to ten times a day or 3 globules Ipecacuanha D12 up to six times a day.
cough / bronchitis – dry, choking cough
– constriction in the throat
– rattling of mucus
– coughing up to vomiting
– spasmodic cough
3 globules Ipecacuanha D6 up to ten times a day or 3 globules Ipecacuanha D12 up to six times a day.
Asthma – rattling all over the lungs
– difficult to dissolve secretion that cannot be coughed up
– feeling of suffocation
– worse in warm, damp and cold weather
3 globules Ipecacuanha D12 up to six times a day.

If you have persistent shortness of breath, be sure to see a doctor!

Headache migraine – with nausea and vomiting
– with dizziness
– bursting or stabbing pain
– migraine over one eye
– triggers can be anger or indigestible food
3 globules Ipecacuanha D6 up to ten times a day or 3 globules Ipecacuanha D12 up to six times a day.
menstrual disorders
heavy bleeding – heavy bleeding
– bright red blood
– nausea during periods
– worse when moving
Before the period once 2 globules Ipecacuanha C30. Repeat this three times before your period. Do not start on the 1st day of menstruation.
problems during and after childbirth – uterine bleeding
– starts suddenly, with bright red, non-clumped blood
– surges
– with nausea, vomiting and fainting
– during labor or after delivery
– worse from exercise
3 globules Ipecacuanha D12 up to six times a day.

Absolute emergency! Carry out homeopathic treatment only in addition to emergency treatment.

Repeated nosebleeds (especially in children and adolescents) – bright red blood
– partly with blood clots
3 globules of Ipecacuanha D12 twice a day. Repeat for a week.
The concept of homeopathy and its specific effectiveness are controversial in science and not clearly proven by studies.

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