Ipecacuanha in homeopathy: properties, benefits and uses (all you need to know)

What is Ipecacuanha?

Ipecacuanha is used in homeopathy to treat all types of ailments associated with nausea and vomiting. These include irritation and whooping cough with a feeling of suffocation or shortness of breath, gastrointestinal problems such as catarrh and morning sickness.

Ipecacuanha is used when vomiting does not reduce the symptoms and the patient has a clean tongue without plaque. The symptoms mentioned worsen after eating ice cream, sweets, fruit, salad or pork, in warm, humid weather, through exercise and during the night. Those affected feel relief in fresh air and when resting.

Leading symptoms

  • Nausea with profuse salivation
  • Constant nausea that is not relieved by vomiting
  • Slimy vomit
  • Stomach complaints with clean or only slightly coated tongue
  • Migraines with nausea and vomiting
  • Cough, bronchitis, whooping cough with rattling breathing in children

Information about the agent

How do you recognize patients who need ipecacuanha?

The typical Ipecacuanha patient is cranky, impatient, irritable, and grumpy. He looks sweaty and anxious. His puffy or sunken face often shows blue circles under his eyes or one red and one pale side. Headaches that occur increase to migraines that radiate to the root of the tongue and are accompanied by nausea. All excretions (menstrual blood, stool, saliva) are light-colored and copious.


Ipecacuanha is indicated for all typical symptoms that improve or worsen through the following modalities:


  • Fresh air
  • quiet


  • in the evening and at night
  • Move
  • humidity
  • heat
  • cold
  • lay down
  • warmth

What are typical uses for Ipecacuanha?

  • migraine
  • bronchitis
  • colds
  • asthma
  • inflammation of the gastric mucosa
  • morning sickness
  • hay fever
  • menstrual cramps
  • nausea and vomiting

Areas of application in detail

Cough/ bronchitis

in spasmodic cough with a feeling of suffocation often in connection with nausea up to vomiting. There is thick mucus in the bronchi that can hardly be coughed up and rattles.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6


Dull or occasionally stabbing headaches in connection with dizziness, nausea and vomiting. Anger can also be triggered by indigestible food. Patient is irritable and suffers from depressive moods.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6


Physical discomfort in the afterbirth, which manifests itself in heavy bleeding and a pronounced feeling of weakness.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6

Nausea and vomiting

with an empty, uncomfortable feeling in the stomach, often together with a headache or dizziness. At the same time profuse salivation, tongue is not coated. Nausea does not get better with vomiting. Fat, ice and fruit are not tolerated.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6

Application information

Dosage forms of Ipecacuanha

Due to its strong toxic effects, ipecacuanha requires a prescription in potencies up to and including 3X; however, the usual uses are between D6 and D12.

Ipecacuanha dosage

How often the remedy is given, possibly alternately or in addition to other homeopathic remedies, should be coordinated based on the prevailing symptoms. Classic is a dose of five globules of Ipecacuanha in the potency D12 in case of need, preferably dissolved in water. If the symptoms last longer, the dose is increased to five globules or three tablets of D12 three times a day.

Ipecacuanha effect

Ipecacuanha acts on the digestive organs, the autonomic nervous system and the respiratory tract.

Ipecacuanha in pregnancy

Ipecacuanha is one of the homeopathic remedies used to treat morning sickness. It focuses primarily on morning sickness with accompanying vomiting, but can also be used for persistent symptoms. Depending on the symptoms, Ipecacuanha can be served alternately with Nux vomica.

Ipecacuanha for the baby

The homeopathic Ipecacuanha can be helpful in treating coughs. The babies have red cheeks and a clean tongue. Rattling noises are audible when breathing. The coughing fits are accompanied by nausea and often end with vomiting. The cough is spasmodic and can cause shortness of breath.

Ipecacuanha for dog, horse and cat

Ipecacuanha is indicated when animals suffer from persistent vomiting. In addition, mucous diarrhea can occur.
The homeopathic remedy is used for bright red bleeding. If breast milk is reddish in lactating females, Ipecacuanha may be indicated. The homeopathic remedy can also be helpful for bleeding from the uterus after childbirth.

Side Effects of Ipecacuanha

Side effects are not known. The remedy should only be used if it looks appropriate and in lower potencies (up to D12). If there is no improvement or, in rare cases, a persistent deterioration in the symptoms, ipecacuanha is not suitable from a homeopathic point of view and should be discontinued immediately. Higher potencies are ideally to be agreed with a homeopath.

Expertise for homeopaths

Supplemental Funds

  • Antimonium tartaricum
  • Arnica
  • Arsenicum album
  • Calcium carbonicum
  • Cuprum metallicum
  • sulfur

Good next

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  • Antimonium tartaricum
  • Apis mellifica
  • Aranea diadema
  • Arnica
  • Arsenicum album
  • belladonna
  • Bryonia
  • cactus
  • Cadmium sulfuricum
  • Calcium carbonicum
  • Chamomilla
  • China officinalis
  • Cuprum metallicum
  • Ignatia
  • Nux vomica
  • Podophyllum
  • Phosphorus
  • Pulsatilla
  • rheumatism
  • sepia
  • sulfur
  • tobacco
  • Veratrum album


  • Bismuth subnitrate
  • opium


  • alumina
  • Arnica
  • Arsenicum album
  • China officinalis
  • Dulcamara
  • Ferrum metallicum
  • Laurocerasus
  • Nux vomica
  • Sulfuric acid
  • tobacco
  • Veratrum album

Similar/Related remedies

  • Antimonium tartaricum
  • Lobelia inflata

Typical potencies: Ipecacuanha is often used in potencies 6X and 12X.

fabric type: Root of the tropical plant


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