Comparison of Ignatia and Natrum-mur in Grief

Life is never happily ever after. Every individual goes through good and bad phases in relationships. We all experience rollercoaster of emotions: happy, sad, anger, rage, lack of confidence, humiliation, irritability. Sigmund Freund said, “Emotions are responsible for mental disturbances and somatic disorders. Physical symptoms are often the surface manifestations of deeply repressed conflicts” Time and again a homeopathic physician must have observed after case-taking the ailments from emotions – grief, disappointment, anger, indignation, vexation, etc

Comparison of Ignatia and Natrum mur in Grief

Grief is defined as intense sorrow caused by someone’s death, disappointment, loss of job, or divorce, etc. It is a process of reacting to the loss. It can be visible – weeping, anger, loss of confidence, violence, becoming dependent, constantly blaming self,  or hidden – suppressed with an indulgence of habits (alcohol, drugs, eating disorders). This rollercoaster of emotions can ultimately lead to grave depression or physical illnesses. A right homeopathic remedy has the ability to ease this suffering and halting physical complications.

Which are the homeopathic remedies do you think are appropriate for these ailments? Ignatia and Natrum Mur have been prescribed for grief, disappointment and they have relieved the suffering of the patients. These well-known polycrest remedies are indispensible but a wise homeopathic physician will know which ‘one’ is suitable to cases.

Here is the comparison of two closely-related remedies – Ignatia Amara and Natrum muriaticum

Ignatia Amara (Ign.)

A/F: acute grief or disappointment

Constitution: Dark, mild disposition. There is a rapid change in mental and physical ailments. The person is nervous, alert and apprehensive. The patient trembles when affected with sudden emotions.

Mental characteristics:

It is the main remedy for hysteria and brooding silently. It is suitable to a person who is sad with a tearful mood. There is constant sighing and sobbing, wants to be alone. There are contradictory emotions. A person is usually weeping but there can be outbursts of anger. The characteristic symptom of hysteria is the alteration of moods – Uncontrollable laughter alternates with crying. With grief comes headaches, trembling and sleeplessness. He feels better when someone hugs him.

There is a peculiar “lump in throat” sensation when crying.

Modalities: Contradictory modality: Pain better by lying on painful side,  better from exercise, physical exertion

Natrum Mur (Nat-m)

A/F: chronic grief, disappointment in love.

Constitution: Thin, emaciated with dry skin. Easily tired with the slightest exertion.

Mental characteristics:

Long-standing silent grief. Tearful mood and doesn’t like consolation (no hugs). There might be even angry outbursts when consoled. Wants to be alone. There is a guilt feeling after the loss – Thinks he has neglected his duty. Listens to sad music and dwells on the loss. The over-thinking nature brings on throbbing headache worse on mental exertion. They appear strong but are vulnerable and are afraid of being hurt due to prior disappointment. This is the reason they do not permit anyone to get close to them emotionally.

Modalities: Worse by consolation, sympathy, exertion

Few rubrics considered

  • Consolation, sympathy; ailments from, agg, sadness and weeping with
  • Contradictory
  • Dwells, events, on past disagreeable
  • Remorse
  • Sighing, hysteria, in
  • Lump sensation, sadness, during
  • Grief, ailments from, agg; prolonged and unresolved
  • Grief, ailments from, agg; weep, cannot

Love, disappointment, grief, with silent.

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