Last updated on November 27th, 2023 at 10:31 am
Ipecacuanha is a homeopathic medicine made from the roots and rhizomes (underground stems) of Cephaelis ipecacuanha, a shrub native to Brazil and other parts of South America. This plant contains natural emetine, a substance that causes vomiting when taken internally. In fact, ipecac syrup was once widely used to induce vomiting in cases of poisoning. In homeopathy, Ipecacuanha is given instead to relieve nausea and vomiting.
Nausea and Vomiting
Ipecacuanha’s main indication is relief of nausea and vomiting with hypersalivation.* It’s used for the type of nausea that doesn’t go away even after vomiting, such as occurs with a stomach virus or motion sickness, and is accompanied by painful heaving. For this condition, choose a 30C dilution and take five pellets three times a day or as needed with episodes of nausea.
Dry Cough and Nausea
Ipecacuanha also assists with respiratory complaints. It addresses coughing spells that trigger nausea, gagging, and vomiting, particularly when there is a buildup of phlegm. Ipecacuanha 3C is one of the active ingredients in Chestal Honey and Chestal Pellets, where it relieves cough associated with nausea.*
Menstrual Cramps with Nausea
A heavy menstrual flow that brings about painful cramps and nausea indicates a need for Ipecacuanha.* Choose the 30C dilution and take five pellets three to four times a day.
*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.